35 days in Russia Itinerary

35 days in Russia Itinerary

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35 days in Russia Itinerary

Start: Cluj-Napoca
Fly:  9​h
1
Sochi
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h 30​min
2
Volgograd
— 1 day
Fly:  6​h 30​min
3
Kazan
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h
4
Nizhny Novgorod
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
5
St. Petersburg
— 8 nights
Fly:  5​h
6
Yaroslavl
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
7
Moscow
— 5 nights
Train + Taxi:  2​h 30​min
8
Suzdal
— 2 nights
+2
Taxi + Fly + Bus:  8​h 30​min
9
Veliky Novgorod
— 1 day
Bus + Fly:  8​h 30​min
10
Yekaterinburg
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h
11
Irkutsk
— 1 night
Fly:  9​h 30​min
12
Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky
— 2 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Cluj-Napoca

2
nights
Sochi

Sochi ©
Called the "Summer Capital of Russia," the busy resort town of Sochi is best known as the host of the 2014 Winter Olympics.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Riviera Park of Culture and Leisure as well as Agura Waterfalls. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): explore the striking landscape of Khostinsky Tisosamshitovaya Grove, then take in the dramatic scenery at Agura Waterfalls, then stroll around Olimpiyskiy Park Adler, and finally take in panoramic vistas at The Observation Tower on Akhun Mountain. Keep things going the next day: stroll around Riviera Park of Culture and Leisure and then admire the natural beauty at Arboretum Botanical Garden Dendrariy.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Sochi sightseeing planner .

Cluj-Napoca, Romania to Sochi is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Cluj-Napoca to Sochi due to the time zone difference. In September, Sochi is somewhat warmer than Cluj-Napoca - with highs of 30°C and lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Volgograd.

Things to do in Sochi

Parks Nature
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Olimpiyskiy Park Adler ©
Olimpiyskiy Park Adler
Arboretum Botanical Garden Dendrariy ©

1
day
Volgograd

Volgograd ©
The setting of some of the bloodiest battles of World War II, the vast city of Volgograd sits on the banks of the Volga River in the southern section of the country.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Pavlov's House as well as The Ruins of the Mill Named after Grudinin. On the 4th (Wed), contemplate the long history of The Ruins of the Mill Named after Grudinin, learn about all things military at State Historical and Memorial Preserve The Battle of Stalingrad, then appreciate the history behind Mamayev Kurgan, then contemplate the long history of Pavlov's House, and finally appreciate the history behind 'The Motherland Calls' Sculpture.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Volgograd trip planner .

You can fly from Sochi to Volgograd in 8.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Sochi in September: high temperatures in Volgograd hover around 26°C and lows are around 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to travel to Kazan.

Things to do in Volgograd

Museums Historic Sites
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'The Motherland Calls' Sculpture ©
Pavlov's House ©
Pavlov's House
Mamayev Kurgan ©
Mamayev Kurgan

1
night
Kazan

Kazan ©
The heart of Tatar culture, Kazan carries the epithet of the "Third Capital of Russia" because of its rich history and thriving economy.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Sviyazhsk as well as Temple of All Religions. On the 5th (Thu), don't miss a visit to Sviyazhsk, wander the streets of Bauman Street (Kazansky Arbat), and then pause for some serene contemplation at Annunciation Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the landmark architecture of Agricultural Palace, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of the Apostles Peter and Paul, make a trip to Temple of All Religions, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kul Sharif Mosque, then admire the striking features of Leaning Suyumbike Tower, and finally admire the striking features of Kazan Kremlin.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Kazan road trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Volgograd to Kazan takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Volgograd in September: highs in Kazan hover around 19°C, while lows dip to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to travel to Nizhny Novgorod.

Things to do in Kazan

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Sviyazhsk
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Kazan Kremlin ©
Kazan Kremlin
Annunciation Cathedral ©
Annunciation Cathedral

2
nights
Nizhny Novgorod

Nizhny Novgorod ©
Founded eight centuries ago at the confluence of the Volga and the Oka rivers, Nizhny Novgorod boasts over 600 historical, cultural, and architectural monuments.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): step into the grandiose world of The Kremlin, don't miss a visit to Bolshaia Pokrovskaia Street, then don't miss a visit to Chkalov Staircase, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Nativity of Most Holy Mother of God. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Limpopo Zoo, get to know the fascinating history of Fedorovsky Embankment, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Makaryev Monastery.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Nizhny Novgorod trip planner.

Getting from Kazan to Nizhny Novgorod by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Nizhny Novgorod are 18°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Nizhny Novgorod

Historic Sites Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Makaryev Monastery
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Limpopo Zoo ©
Limpopo Zoo
The Kremlin ©
The Kremlin
Makaryev Monastery ©
Makaryev Monastery

8
nights
St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg ©
Built on a desolate swamp as a showcase capital of Imperial Russia, this grand city has certainly lived up to the expectations of its founder, Tsar Peter the Great.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Yusupov Palace, Pavlovsk State Museum, Summer Palace of Peter I, and other attractions you added. There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at The State Hermitage Museum, examine the collection at Saint Isaac's Cathedral, admire the striking features of Catherine Palace and Park, and get engrossed in the history at Kazan Cathedral.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our St. Petersburg tour itinerary planning app .

You can fly from Nizhny Novgorod to St. Petersburg in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. September in St. Petersburg sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Yaroslavl.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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The State Hermitage Museum ©
The State Hermitage Museum
Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood ©
Saint Isaac's Cathedral ©
Saint Isaac's Cathedral

2
nights
Yaroslavl

Yaroslavl ©
A World Heritage Site boasting hundreds of architectural monuments, Yaroslavl sits on the confluence of the Volga and Kotorosl Rivers and is renowned for its historical town center.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Spassky (St Saviour) Monastery. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): see the interesting displays at State Museum Preserve Rostov Kremlin, appreciate the extensive heritage of Yaroslavl Embankment, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Spassky (St Saviour) Monastery. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Elijah the Prophet, admire the local landmark of Strelka Fountains, then see the interesting displays at Private Museum Music and Time, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of the Assumption.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Yaroslavl trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by flight from St. Petersburg to Yaroslavl takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in September, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Sergiyev Posad.

Things to do in Yaroslavl

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

State Museum Preserve Rostov Kremlin
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State Museum Preserve Rostov Kremlin ©
Yaroslavl Embankment ©
Yaroslavl Embankment
Church of Elijah the Prophet ©
Church of Elijah the Prophet

5
nights
Moscow

Moscow ©
Russia's political, economic, and cultural center, Moscow remains the most populous inland city in the world, famed for its colorful history and rich architectural heritage.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Gorky Central Park of Culture and Leisure, Uspensky Cathedral, The Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra, and other attractions you added. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Red Square (Krasnaya Ploshchad), make a trip to Lenin's Mausoleum, examine the collection at Moscow Kremlin (Moskovsky Kreml), and admire the masterpieces at Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Moscow trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by car from Yaroslavl to Moscow takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September in Moscow, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Suzdal.

Things to do in Moscow

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

The Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra
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Red Square ©
Red Square
Saint Basil's Cathedral ©
Saint Basil's Cathedral
Moscow Kremlin
Moscow Kremlin

2
nights
Suzdal

Suzdal ©
One of Russia's oldest settlements, the small town of Suzdal boasts nearly a thousand years of history.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Golden Gate, Vladimir Suzdal Museum Reserve and Cathedral of Saint Demetrius. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Suzdal Kremlin, examine the collection at Museum Of Wooden Architecture & Peasant Life, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nativity of the Virgin Cathedral, then examine the collection at Spaso-Evfimiyev Monastery Museum Complex, and finally examine the collection at The Convent of the Intercession (Pokrovsky Monastery). Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Intercession of the Holy Virgin, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Assumption Cathedral, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Saint Demetrius, then take an in-depth tour of Vladimir Suzdal Museum Reserve, and finally browse the exhibits of Golden Gate.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Suzdal trip planner .

You can do a combination of train and taxi from Moscow to Suzdal in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Veliky Novgorod.

Things to do in Suzdal

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Vladimir, Church of the Intercession of the Holy Virgin
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Holy Assumption Cathedral ©
Holy Assumption Cathedral

1
day
Veliky Novgorod

Veliky Novgorod ©
An ancient city thriving as a modern tourist destination, Veliky Novgorod rightly bills itself as the birthplace of Russia.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Cathedral of the Virgin of the Sign (Znamensky). Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): admire the striking features of St. Sophia Cathedral, admire the landmark architecture of Cathedral of the Virgin of the Sign (Znamensky), appreciate the history behind Millennium of Russia, appreciate the extensive heritage of Novgorod Kremlin (Detinets), then admire the landmark architecture of Church of the Savior's Transfiguration on Ilin Street, and finally examine the collection at Vitoslavlitsy Museum.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Veliky Novgorod holiday maker .

You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Suzdal to Veliky Novgorod in 8.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Yekaterinburg.

Things to do in Veliky Novgorod

Museums Historic Sites
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Vitoslavlitsy Museum ©
Vitoslavlitsy Museum
Novgorod Kremlin (Detinets) ©
Novgorod Kremlin (Detinets)
Millennium of Russia
Millennium of Russia

2
nights
Yekaterinburg

Yekaterinburg ©
Located at the meeting point of two continents, Yekaterinburg serves as the cultural capital of the Urals region.
You've added Church of All Saints, Yekaterinburg Museum of Fine Arts, The Church of Ascension, and other attractions to your itinerary. The adventure continues: get great views at Visotsky Business Center Lookout, make a trip to Ganina Yama Monastery, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church on the Blood, and contemplate the long history of Yekaterinburg War Memorial.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Yekaterinburg day trip planner .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Veliky Novgorod to Yekaterinburg in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from Veliky Novgorod to Yekaterinburg is 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in September, and nighttime lows around 5°C. On the 29th (Sun), you're off toIrkutsk.

Things to do in Yekaterinburg

Historic Sites Museums
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Church on the Blood ©
Church on the Blood
Visotsky Business Center Lookout ©
Visotsky Business Center Lookout
Ganina Yama Monastery ©
Ganina Yama Monastery

1
night
Irkutsk

Irkutsk ©
The most popular stop on the Trans-Siberian railway, Irkutsk gained fame as the cultural center of Decembrist exiles.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): don't miss a visit to 130 Kvartal, contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Baikal, and then examine the collection at Baikal Limnological Museum. On the 30th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Taltsy Museum, pause for some photo ops at Monument to the Founders of Irkutsk, and then get engrossed in the history at Irkutsk Regional Historical and Memorial Museum of Decembrists.

To see reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Irkutsk day trip app .

Traveling by flight from Yekaterinburg to Irkutsk takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Yekaterinburg to Irkutsk is 3 hours. September in Irkutsk sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky.

Things to do in Irkutsk

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Lake Baikal, Taltsy Museum, Baikal Museum
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Baikal Museum ©
Baikal Museum
Lake Baikal ©
Lake Baikal
Taltsy Museum ©
Taltsy Museum

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nights
Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky

Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky ©
You've now added Vilyuchik Volcano to your itinerary. Step out of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky to go to Paratunka and see Paratunskiye Hot Spring, which is approximately 44 minutes away.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky trip itinerary planning tool .

Getting from Irkutsk to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky by flight takes about 9.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Irkutsk Time to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatski Time is 4 hours. Traveling from Irkutsk in October, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, with lows around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Kamchatka Peninsula, Paratunskiye Hot Spring
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Volcano Mutnovsky ©
Volcano Mutnovsky
Kamchatka Peninsula ©
Kamchatka Peninsula
Volcano Gorely ©
Volcano Gorely

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