51 days in Russia Itinerary

51 days in Russia Itinerary

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51 days in Russia Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  14 h 45 min
1
St. Petersburg
— 10 nights
Fly:  5 h 45 min
2
Kazan
— 5 nights
Fly:  4 h
3
Nizhny Novgorod
— 5 nights
Train:  2 h 15 min
4
Vladimir
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
5
Ples
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
6
Yaroslavl
— 4 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
7
Sergiyev Posad
— 5 nights
Train:  1 h 30 min
8
Moscow
— 8 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
9
Kaliningrad
— 5 nights
Fly:  8 h 30 min
10
Sochi
— 3 nights
Fly:  20 h
End: Toronto

10
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.
Shop till you drop at Nevsky Prospekt and Pig's Snout Art Gallery. Get some historical perspective at Savior on the Spilled Blood and Peter and Paul Fortress (Petropavlovskaya Krepost). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Palace Square (Dvortsovaya Ploshchad), examine the collection at The Anna Akhmatova Museum, get engrossed in the history at Kazan Cathedral, and explore the world behind art at The State Hermitage Museum.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our St. Petersburg online route planner .

Toronto, Canada to St. Petersburg is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Toronto to St. Petersburg, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Toronto in August, things will get little chillier in St. Petersburg: highs are around 25°C and lows about 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Kazan.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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The State Hermitage Museum ©
The State Hermitage Museum
Saint Isaac's Cathedral ©
Saint Isaac's Cathedral
Grand Peterhof Palace ©
Grand Peterhof Palace

5
nights
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.
Get some cultural insight at Kazan Kremlin and Kul Sharif Mosque. Appreciate the collections at Slava Zaitsev's Art Gallery and Studio and Museum of Happy Childhood. Get out of town with these interesting Kazan side-trips: Raifa (Raifa Lake & Arboretum Volga-Kama Biosphere Reserve), City Lake (in Zelenodolsk) and Sea Eye Lake (in Shariboksad). The adventure continues: take a stroll through Bauman Street (Kazansky Arbat), don't miss a visit to Sviyazhsk, admire the striking features of Agricultural Palace, and contemplate the waterfront views at Nizhniy Kaban Lake.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Kazan holiday maker site .

You can fly from St. Petersburg to Kazan in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. When traveling from St. Petersburg in August, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Kazan: temperatures range from 29°C by day to 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to travel to Nizhny Novgorod.

Things to do in Kazan

Parks Nature Theme Parks

Side Trips

Raifa, City Lake, Sea Eye Lake
Find places to stay Aug 27 — Sep 1:
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Slava Zaitsev's Art Gallery and Studio ©
Kazan Kremlin ©
Kazan Kremlin
Kul Sharif Mosque ©
Kul Sharif Mosque

5
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.
Appreciate the collections at Museum of Old Equipment and Tools and Veshch v Sebe Art Gallery. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Kremlin and Yurkovka Art Gallery. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nizhny Novgorod: Gorodets (Museum Samovarov, Museum House Countess Panina, & more) and Chkalovsk (Museum of Speeds & Museum of Valery Chkalov). There's still lots to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Fedorovsky Embankment, take an in-depth tour of Rukavishnikovykh Usadba, examine the collection at Russian Museum of Photography, and view the masterpieces at TOLK Gallery.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Nizhny Novgorod road trip planning site .

You can fly from Kazan to Nizhny Novgorod in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. September in Nizhny Novgorod sees daily highs of 18°C and lows of 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Vladimir.

Things to do in Nizhny Novgorod

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Gorodets, Chkalovsk
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Museum Samovarov ©
Museum Samovarov
The Kremlin ©
The Kremlin
Fedorovsky Embankment
Fedorovsky Embankment

2
nights
Vladimir

Vladimir ©
The most visited destination in the Golden Ring circuit, the city of Vladimir is known for its remarkably preserved white-stone monuments, which have World Heritage status.
On the 7th (Sat), see the interesting displays at Spaso-Evfimiyev Monastery Museum Complex, take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint George Cathedral (Church), don't miss a visit to Borodins' Blacksmith Shop, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Assumption Cathedral, and finally shop like a local with Vladimir Art gallery. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at Vodonapornaya Bashnya Museum, get engrossed in the history at Golden Gate, pause for some photo ops at Monument to Prince Vladimir And Saint Fedor, see the interesting displays at Museum Of Wooden Architecture & Peasant Life, then see the interesting displays at Suzdal Kremlin, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Intercession of the Holy Virgin.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Vladimir day trip site .

Getting from Nizhny Novgorod to Vladimir by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can drive to Ples.

Things to do in Vladimir

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

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

1
night
Ples

Ples
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): take in panoramic vistas at Sobornaya Mountain, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mountain Levitan, take in the exciting artwork at Provincial ARTgallery-M, then examine the collection at House-Museum of Isaak Ilisch Levitan, and finally appreciate the history behind Monument to Isaac Levitan.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Ples trip tool .

You can drive from Vladimir to Ples in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Yaroslavl.

Things to do in Ples

Parks Nature Museums
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4
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.
Yaroslavl Embankment and St. John the Baptist Church will appeal to history buffs. Museum-lovers will appreciate State Museum Preserve Rostov Kremlin and Uglich Hydropower Engineering Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Yaroslavl: Rostov (Church of St. John the Evangelist, Yakovlevsky Savior Monastery, & more) and Uglich (Museum Svistulki, Church of Prince Demitry the Martyr, & more). There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Elijah the Prophet, see the interesting displays at Yaroslavl Architectural Historical and Art Museum Preserve, and don't miss a visit to Vvedenskiy Tolga Convent.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Yaroslavl day trip app .

Traveling by car from Ples to Yaroslavl takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in September, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Sergiyev Posad.

Things to do in Yaroslavl

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Rostov, Uglich, Museum of Gramophones and Phonorecords
Find places to stay Sep 9 — 13:
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State Museum Preserve Rostov Kremlin ©
Yaroslavl Embankment ©
Yaroslavl Embankment
Yakovlevsky Savior Monastery ©
Yakovlevsky Savior Monastery

5
nights
Sergiyev Posad

Sergiyev Posad ©
Sergiyev Posad is a city and the administrative center of Sergiyevo-Posadsky District in Moscow Oblast, Russia. Let the collections at Sergiyev Posad State History and Art Museum Preserve and Alexandrovskaya Sloboda capture your imagination. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like The Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra and Church of St. John Chrysostom Nativity. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sergiyev Posad: Botik Museum (in Veskovo) and Pereslavl-Zalessky (National Park Lake Pleshheyevo & Museum of Flat Irons). There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Gefsimansky Chernigovsky Skit (convent), contemplate the long history of Grave of Boris Godunov, take in the dramatic scenery at Waterfall Gremiachy, and get engrossed in the history at Peasant Life Museum Zhili-Byli.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Sergiyev Posad road trip tool .

You can take a train from Yaroslavl to Sergiyev Posad in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In September, daily temperatures in Sergiyev Posad can reach 18°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Moscow.

Things to do in Sergiyev Posad

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Pereslavl-Zalessky, Botik Museum, Alexandrovskaya Sloboda
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Alexandrovskaya Sloboda ©
Alexandrovskaya Sloboda
The Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra ©
The Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra
Trinity Cathedral ©
Trinity Cathedral

8
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Meshherskoye and Scuba & Snorkeling. Do your shopping at Kournikova Gallery and GUM. Venture out of the city with trips to Church of The Holy Virgin (in Dubrovitsy), Bird Park Vorobyi (in Vorobi) and Kolomna (Kolomna Kremlin & Kolomenskiy Patefon Museum). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Red Square (Krasnaya Ploshchad), stroll the grounds of Tserkov' Uspeniya Presvyatoy Bogoroditsy V Novodevich'yem Monastyre, explore the galleries of Kolomenskoye Historical and Architectural Museum and Reserve, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Basil's Cathedral.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Moscow online itinerary planner .

You can take a train from Sergiyev Posad to Moscow in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Kaliningrad.

Things to do in Moscow

Museums Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kolomna, Bird Park Vorobyi, Church of The Holy Virgin, Zipline, Kournikova Gallery
Find places to stay Sep 18 — 26:
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Red Square ©
Red Square
Moscow Kremlin
Moscow Kremlin
Saint Basil's Cathedral ©
Saint Basil's Cathedral

5
nights
Kaliningrad

Kaliningrad ©
A city of science and philosophy, cosmopolitan Kaliningrad once served as a cultural hub of Germany, Poland, and Lithuania.
Get some cultural insight at Kurshskaya Kosa and B-413 Submarine Museum. Appreciate the collections at Art Gallery Gates and Amber Museum. Explore Kaliningrad's surroundings by going to Yantarnyy (Beach Promenade & Beach Shakhta Anna), Art Gallery Solnechny Vernisazh (in Svetlogorsk) and Museum of Russian Superstitions (in Lesnoy). Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Konigsberg Cathedral, look for gifts at Cultura Bottle Shop, get curious at Museum of the World Ocean, and steep yourself in history at Fort XI Donhoff.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Kaliningrad tour itinerary planner .

Fly from Moscow to Kaliningrad in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Moscow to Kaliningrad due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Moscow in September, plan for a bit warmer days in Kaliningrad, with highs around 21°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 10°C. On the 1st (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Sochi.

Things to do in Kaliningrad

Museums Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Yantarnyy, Museum of Russian Superstitions, Art Gallery Solnechny Vernisazh
Find places to stay Sep 26 — Oct 1:
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Kurshskaya Kosa ©
Kurshskaya Kosa
B-413 Submarine Museum ©
B-413 Submarine Museum
Fort XI Donhoff ©
Fort XI Donhoff

3
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.
On the 2nd (Wed), take in the exciting artwork at Fort Art Gallery and then stroll through Rosa Khutor Ski Resort. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Lazarevskiy Ethnographic Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Train Station Sochi, then see the interesting displays at Bolshe Spetsiy, and finally learn about winemaking at Babushkina Khata Museum.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Sochi online trip itinerary planner .

You can fly from Kaliningrad to Sochi in 8.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Kaliningrad to Sochi, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Kaliningrad in October; daily highs in Sochi reach 24°C and lows reach 13°C. On the 4th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sochi

Outdoors Museums Parks

Side Trip

Babushkina Khata Museum
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Rosa Khutor Ski Resort ©
Rosa Khutor Ski Resort
Fort Art Gallery ©
Fort Art Gallery
Surb Sargis Armavir Apostle Church ©
Surb Sargis Armavir Apostle Church

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