54 days in Russia Itinerary

54 days in Russia Itinerary

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54 days in Russia Itinerary

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

3
nights
Tula

Tula ©
Though Tula is best known for Leo Tolstoy's country estate, the city has plenty of additional cultural and historical intrigue.
You'll explore and learn at Kulikovo field and Tula State Museum of Weapons. Get some historical perspective at Trinity Church and Voznesenskaya Davidova Pustyn'. Change things up with these side-trips from Tula: Polenov Residence State Museum (in Strakhovo) and Church of the Nativity of the Virgin (in Podmoklovo). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Museum-estate of Leo Tolstoy, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin, and view the masterpieces at IllyuziON.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Tula using our trip planner.

Athens, Greece to Tula is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time to Moscow Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Moscow.

Things to do in Tula

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Yasnaya Polyana, Church of the Nativity of the Virgin, Polenov Residence State Museum, Kulikovo field, Trinity Church
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Kulikovo field ©
Kulikovo field
Yasnaya Polyana ©
Yasnaya Polyana
Polenov Residence State Museum ©
Polenov Residence State Museum

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.
Visiting Meshherskoye and Lake Beloye (Vologda Oblast) will get you outdoors. You'll explore and learn at Moscow Kremlin (Moskovsky Kreml) and Kolomenskoye Historical and Architectural Museum and Reserve. Explore Moscow's surroundings by going to Kournikova Gallery (in Borki), Kolomna (Kolomenskiy Patefon Museum, Kolomna Kremlin, & more) and Muzey tekhniki Vadima Zadorozhnogo (in Arkhangelskoye). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Red Square (Krasnaya Ploshchad), explore the world behind art at State Tretyakov Gallery, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Basil's Cathedral, and admire the landmark architecture of Lenin's Mausoleum.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Moscow journey tool .

Getting from Tula to Moscow by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Moscow can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Sergiyev Posad.

Things to do in Moscow

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Kolomna, Kournikova Gallery, Muzey tekhniki Vadima Zadorozhnogo, Church of The Holy Virgin
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Red Square ©
Red Square
Moscow Kremlin
Moscow Kremlin
Saint Basil's Cathedral ©
Saint Basil's Cathedral

6
nights
Sergiyev Posad

Sergiyev Posad ©
Sergiyev Posad is a city and the administrative center of Sergiyevo-Posadsky District in Moscow Oblast, Russia. Get some cultural insight at The Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra and Gefsimansky Chernigovsky Skit (convent). Visit Cathedral of the Assumption and Cathedral of the Assumption for their historical value. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sergiyev Posad: Temple of The Annunciation (in Bratovshchina), Holy Annunciation Monastery (in Kirzhach) and Orekhovo Zuevsky City Exhibition Hall (in Orekhovo-Zuevo). The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nikolsky Women's Monastery, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of St. Sergius of Radonezh, examine the collection at Museum of Manmade Jewels, and contemplate the long history of Church of St. John Chrysostom Nativity.

To see ratings and more tourist information, use the Sergiyev Posad vacation maker website .

You can take a train from Moscow to Sergiyev Posad in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In September, daily temperatures in Sergiyev Posad can reach 18°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Yaroslavl.

Things to do in Sergiyev Posad

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Aleksandrov, Radonezh, Cathedral of the Assumption, Orekhovo Zuevsky City Exhibition Hall, House-Museum of Kropotkin
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The Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra ©
The Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra
Gefsimansky Chernigovsky Skit (convent) ©
Cathedral of the Assumption
Cathedral of the Assumption

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Yaroslavl Embankment and Yakovlevsky Savior Monastery. Popular historic sites such as Church of Elijah the Prophet and St. John the Baptist Church are in your itinerary. Explore Yaroslavl's surroundings by going to Kostroma (Museum Petrovskaya Igrushka, The Resurrection Church on the Debra, & more), Museum Istoricheskaya Syrovarnya (in Budikhino) and State Museum Preserve Rostov Kremlin (in Rostov). The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Krasnoe Selo Jewelry and Folk Applied Arts Museum, examine the collection at House of Merchant Gorokhov, make a trip to Vvedenskiy Tolga Convent, and steep yourself in history at Velikoselskiy Kremlin.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Yaroslavl itinerary planner .

Traveling by train from Sergiyev Posad to Yaroslavl takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In September, daily temperatures in Yaroslavl can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to drive to Ples.

Things to do in Yaroslavl

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kostroma, Rostov, Krasnoe Selo Jewelry and Folk Applied Arts Museum, Velikoselskiy Kremlin, Museum of Gramophones and Phonorecords
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Dom Gorodskogo Golovy Botnikova Museum ©
State Museum Preserve Rostov Kremlin ©
State Museum Preserve Rostov Kremlin
Yaroslavl Embankment ©
Yaroslavl Embankment

1
night
Ples

Ples
On the 23rd (Mon), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mountain Levitan and then take in the exciting artwork at Provincial ARTgallery-M.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Ples trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by car from Yaroslavl to Ples takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Vladimir.

Things to do in Ples

Parks Nature Shopping
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Museum Of Wooden Architecture & Peasant Life, see the interesting displays at Spaso-Evfimiyev Monastery Museum Complex, then examine the collection at Vodonapornaya Bashnya Museum, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Assumption Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Suzdal Kremlin, admire the striking features of Nikolsky Women's Monastery, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Intercession of the Holy Virgin, then shop like a local with Vladimir Art gallery, and finally have fun and explore at Borodins' Blacksmith Shop.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Vladimir online driving holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Ples to Vladimir takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Nizhny Novgorod.

Things to do in Vladimir

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Suzdal, Nikolsky Women's Monastery, Church of the Intercession of the Holy Virgin
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Spaso-Evfimiyev Monastery Museum Complex ©
Holy Assumption Cathedral ©
Holy Assumption Cathedral

6
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Kremlin and Museum of Old Equipment and Tools. For shopping fun, head to Veshch v Sebe Art Gallery or Yurkovka Art Gallery. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nizhny Novgorod: Makaryev Monastery (in Makaryevo), Pustynskiye Lakes (in Staraya Pustyn) and Kazanskaya Church (in Diveyevo). Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Nativity of Most Holy Mother of God, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Limpopo Zoo, examine the collection at Museum Samovarov, and contemplate the long history of Priklonskiye-Rukavishnikovy Estate.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Nizhny Novgorod online attractions planner .

Traveling by train from Vladimir to Nizhny Novgorod takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In September, daytime highs in Nizhny Novgorod are 18°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel to Kazan.

Things to do in Nizhny Novgorod

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Chkalovsk, Makaryev Monastery, Kazanskaya Church, Pustynskiye Lakes, Museum Samovarov
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The Kremlin ©
The Kremlin
Makaryev Monastery ©
Makaryev Monastery

6
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.
Popular historic sites such as Kazan Kremlin and Bauman Street (Kazansky Arbat) are in your itinerary. Head to Slava Zaitsev's Art Gallery and Studio and Kazan Art Galleryfor some retail therapy. Explore Kazan's surroundings by going to Bilyarsk State Historical, Archaeological and Natural Museum Preserve (in Alekseevskoe), Ethnocultural Complex Shorunzha (in Shorunzha) and Lenino-Kokushkino, State Historical and Cultural Museum Preserve (in Lenino-Kokushkino). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kul Sharif Mosque, admire the landmark architecture of Qolsarif Mosque, get engrossed in the history at Museum of Cannon Yard, and examine the collection at Konstantin Vasiliev Museum.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Kazan online trip itinerary maker .

Fly from Nizhny Novgorod to Kazan in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in October, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Kazan

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Raifa, Cathedral in Honor of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Bilyarsk State Historical, Archaeological and Natural Museum Preserve, Ethnocultural Complex Shorunzha, Lenino-Kokushkino, State Historical and Cultural Museum Preserve
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Kazan Kremlin ©
Kazan Kremlin
Kul Sharif Mosque ©
Kul Sharif Mosque

11
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Eco Path and Natural Sanctuary Komarovskiy Bereg. You'll explore and learn at The State Hermitage Museum and Catherine Palace and Park. And it doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Isaac's Cathedral, make a trip to Palace Square (Dvortsovaya Ploshchad), examine the collection at The Anna Akhmatova Museum, and take an in-depth tour of Kazan Cathedral.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our St. Petersburg itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Kazan to St. Petersburg takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In October in St. Petersburg, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and 2°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to travel to Kaliningrad.

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

6
nights
Kaliningrad

Kaliningrad ©
A city of science and philosophy, cosmopolitan Kaliningrad once served as a cultural hub of Germany, Poland, and Lithuania.
Konigsberg Cathedral and Kirch Neuhausen will appeal to history buffs. Get a sense of the local culture at Kurshskaya Kosa and B-413 Submarine Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kaliningrad: Yantarnyy (Beach Promenade & Beach Shakhta Anna), Private Museum Old German School Valdvinkel (in Polessk) and Stand-Up Paddleboarding (in Zelenogradsk). Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Christ the Savior, view the masterpieces at Art Gallery Gates, contemplate the long history of Fort XI Donhoff, and examine the collection at Amber Museum.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Kaliningrad trip itinerary maker tool .

Getting from St. Petersburg to Kaliningrad by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Moscow Standard Time (MSK) to Eastern European Time (EET) is minus 1 hour. When traveling from St. Petersburg in October, plan for somewhat warmer days in Kaliningrad, with highs around 13°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kaliningrad

Museums Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Yantarnyy, Private Museum Old German School Valdvinkel, Kirch Neuhausen, Stand-Up Paddleboarding, Gusevskiy Local History Museum named after A.M. Ivanov
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Kurshskaya Kosa ©
Kurshskaya Kosa
B-413 Submarine Museum ©
B-413 Submarine Museum
Fort XI Donhoff ©
Fort XI Donhoff

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