56 days in Russia Itinerary

56 days in Russia Itinerary

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56 days in Russia Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  27​h
1
Vladivostok
— 4 nights
Fly:  15​h 15​min
2
Kazan
— 5 nights
Fly:  6​h
3
Sochi
— 6 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
Gelendzhik
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
5
Moscow
— 7 nights
Fly:  4​h
6
Pskov
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
7
Veliky Novgorod
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
8
St. Petersburg
— 7 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
9
Nizhny Novgorod
— 5 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
10
Vladimir
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
11
Yaroslavl
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h
12
Kaliningrad
— 5 nights
Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: Chicago

4
nights
Vladivostok

Vladivostok ©
Often compared to San Francisco and Naples, the sprawling eastern city of Vladivostok serves as the largest Russian port on the Pacific Ocean.
Explore hidden gems such as Russky Bridge and Golden Bridge. And it doesn't end there: step off the mainland to explore Russian Island, appreciate the extensive heritage of Vladivostok Fortress, explore the activities along Golden Horn Bay, and contemplate the long history of Nikolai's Triumphal Arch/ Arch of Prince Nicholas.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Vladivostok online vacation planner .

Chicago, USA to Vladivostok is an approximately 27-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Chicago to Vladivostok is 16 hours. In May, Vladivostok is slightly colder than Chicago - with highs of 62°F and lows of 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Kazan.

Things to do in Vladivostok

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Russky Bridge ©
Russky Bridge
Golden Bridge ©
Golden Bridge

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Annunciation Cathedral and Leaning Suyumbike Tower. Go for a jaunt from Kazan to Sviyazhsk to see Sviyazhsk about 56 minutes away. There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of Agricultural Palace, see the interesting displays at Museum "Tatarskaya Sloboda", pause for some photo ops at Monument Cat Kazan, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at The bell tower of the Cathedral of the Epiphany.

For other places to visit and more tourist information, refer to the Kazan trip itinerary website .

You can fly from Vladivostok to Kazan in 15.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 7 hours traveling from Vladivostok to Kazan. May in Kazan sees daily highs of 67°F and lows of 47°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Sochi.

Things to do in Kazan

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trip

Sviyazhsk
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Bauman Street (Kazansky Arbat) ©
Bauman Street (Kazansky Arbat)
Annunciation Cathedral ©
Annunciation Cathedral
Agricultural Palace ©
Agricultural Palace

6
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Krasnaya Polyana Mountain Cluster and Iceberg Skating Palace. Change things up with a short trip to 33 Waterfalls in Bolshoy Kichmay (about 1h 20 min away). There's lots more to do: enjoy breathtaking views from The Observation Tower on Akhun Mountain, admire the local landmark of The Singing Fountains, meet the residents at Riviera Dolphinarium, and have fun at Fisht Olympic Stadium.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Sochi trip itinerary maker website .

Getting from Kazan to Sochi by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Sochi when traveling from Kazan in May, with lows around 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can go by car to Gelendzhik.

Things to do in Sochi

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

33 Waterfalls
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Krasnaya Polyana Mountain Cluster ©
Krasnaya Polyana Mountain Cluster
Iceberg Skating Palace ©
Iceberg Skating Palace

2
nights
Gelendzhik

Gelendzhik ©
Situated along a Black Sea bay, the town of Gelendzhik is one of Russia's most popular summer destinations.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Tue): get in on the family fun at Safari Park and then take in the pleasant sights at Gelendzhik Embankment. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to White Bride Sculpture and then walk around The Old Park Cultural Center.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Gelendzhik online trip maker .

Drive from Sochi to Gelendzhik in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of train and taxi. In May, daily temperatures in Gelendzhik can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Moscow.

Things to do in Gelendzhik

Theme Parks Parks

Side Trip

The Old Park Cultural Center
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Safari Park ©
Safari Park
Gelendzhik Embankment ©
Gelendzhik Embankment
The Old  Park Cultural Center ©
The Old Park Cultural Center

7
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Tsaritsyno Museum-Reserve and The Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra. Change things up with these side-trips from Moscow: Alexandrovskaya Sloboda (in Aleksandrov), Kolomna (Kalachnaya, Kolomna Kremlin, & more) and Bird Park Vorobyi (in Vorobi). The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Armoury Chamber, admire the striking features of Kremlin Walls and Towers, contemplate the long history of Red Square, and walk around Gorky Central Park of Culture and Leisure.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Moscow trip itinerary builder app .

You can fly from Gelendzhik to Moscow in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Gelendzhik in May; daily highs in Moscow reach 66°F and lows reach 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Pskov.

Things to do in Moscow

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Kolomna, Alexandrovskaya Sloboda, The Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra, Bird Park Vorobyi
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Red Square ©
Red Square
Tsaritsyno Museum-Reserve ©
Tsaritsyno Museum-Reserve
The Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra ©

3
nights
Pskov

Pskov ©
Pskov is a city and the administrative center of Pskov Oblast, Russia, located about 20km east from the Estonian border, on the Velikaya River. Explore hidden gems such as Izborsk Fortress and Holy Trinity Cathedral. Change things up with these side-trips from Pskov: Slovenskiye Springs (in Izborsk), The State museum-reserve of Alexander Pushkin (in Pushkinskie Gory) and The Holy Dormition Pskovo-Pechersky Monastery (in Pechory). There's more to do: don't miss a visit to Pskov Kreml/ Krom and appreciate the history behind Monument In Memory of the Ledovoye Battle.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Pskov day trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Moscow to Pskov takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 66°F in May, and nighttime lows around 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Veliky Novgorod.

Things to do in Pskov

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Izborsk, The State museum-reserve of Alexander Pushkin , The Holy Dormition Pskovo-Pechersky Monastery
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Holy Trinity Cathedral ©
Holy Trinity Cathedral
Izborsk Fortress ©
Izborsk Fortress

2
nights
Veliky Novgorod

Veliky Novgorod ©
An ancient city thriving as a modern tourist destination, Veliky Novgorod rightly bills itself as the birthplace of Russia.
On the 31st (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of St. George Monastery, examine the collection at Vitoslavlitsy Museum, then admire the striking features of Granovitaya Palata, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Novgorod Kremlin (Detinets). On the 1st (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the extensive heritage of Yaroslav’s Courtyard, snap pictures at Pedestrian Bridge Across River Volkhov, then admire the landmark architecture of St. Sophia Cathedral, and finally appreciate the history behind Millennium of Russia.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Veliky Novgorod travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Pskov to Veliky Novgorod takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to take a train to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Veliky Novgorod

Historic Sites Museums
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Novgorod Kremlin (Detinets) ©
Novgorod Kremlin (Detinets)
Millennium of Russia
Millennium of Russia
St. Sophia Cathedral ©
St. Sophia Cathedral

7
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at WindTunnel FlyStation and Park And Gardens of Peterhof. There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at The State Hermitage Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Sobor Petra I Pavla, contemplate the long history of Tsarskoye Selo State Museum Preserve, and get engrossed in the history at Pavlovsk State Museum.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our St. Petersburg trip planning tool .

You can take a train from Veliky Novgorod to St. Petersburg in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in St. Petersburg can reach 68°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to travel to Nizhny Novgorod.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

WindTunnel FlyStation
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The State Hermitage Museum ©
The State Hermitage Museum
Park And Gardens of Peterhof
Park And Gardens of Peterhof
Palace Bridge ©
Palace Bridge

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Fedorovsky Embankment and Limpopo Zoo. There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Nativity of Most Holy Mother of God, make a trip to Verhnevolzhskaya Embankment, appreciate the history behind Chkalov Monument, and step into the grandiose world of The Kremlin.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Nizhny Novgorod trip planning website .

Fly from St. Petersburg to Nizhny Novgorod in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 72°F in June, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Vladimir.

Things to do in Nizhny Novgorod

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Limpopo Zoo ©
Limpopo Zoo
Rozhdestvenskaya Street ©
Rozhdestvenskaya Street
The Kremlin ©
The Kremlin

3
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Church of the Intercession of the Holy Virgin and Museum Of Wooden Architecture & Peasant Life. Change things up with these side-trips from Vladimir: Suzdal (Spaso-Evfimiyev Monastery Museum Complex, The Convent of the Intercession (Pokrovsky Monastery), & more). And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Assumption Cathedral, appreciate the history behind Monument to Prince Vladimir And Saint Fedor, examine the collection at Vodonapornaya Bashnya Museum, and have fun and explore at Spoon Museum.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Vladimir online trip itinerary builder .

You can take a train from Nizhny Novgorod to Vladimir in 2.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Yaroslavl.

Things to do in Vladimir

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums

Side Trips

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

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Yaroslavl Embankment and State Museum Preserve Rostov Kremlin. Get out of town with these interesting Yaroslavl side-trips: Museum of Flat Irons (in Pereslavl-Zalessky), Yakovlevsky Savior Monastery (in Rostov) and Kostroma (Monastery of st Ipaty & Museum of Wooden Architecture). There's still lots to do: ponder the design of Strelka Fountains and see the interesting displays at Private Museum Music and Time.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Yaroslavl tour itinerary website .

Getting from Vladimir to Yaroslavl by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a train. In June, daily temperatures in Yaroslavl can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to travel to Kaliningrad.

Things to do in Yaroslavl

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kostroma, Rostov, Museum of Flat Irons
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Yaroslavl Embankment ©
Yaroslavl Embankment
State Museum Preserve Rostov Kremlin ©
Yakovlevsky Savior Monastery ©
Yakovlevsky Savior Monastery

5
nights
Kaliningrad

Kaliningrad ©
A city of science and philosophy, cosmopolitan Kaliningrad once served as a cultural hub of Germany, Poland, and Lithuania.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Konigsberg Cathedral and Museum of the World Ocean. Explore Kaliningrad's surroundings by going to Water Tower (in Svetlogorsk) and Zelenogradsk Promenade (in Zelenogradsk). Spend the 23rd (Tue) exploring nature at Kurshskaya Kosa. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at B-413 Submarine Museum, contemplate the waterfront views at Verkhneye Lake, pause for some photo ops at Immanuel Kant's Grave, and get to know the resident critters at Kaliningrad Zoo.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Kaliningrad online holiday planner .

You can fly from Yaroslavl to Kaliningrad in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Moscow Standard Time (MSK) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in June, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kaliningrad

Museums Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Zelenogradsk Promenade, Water Tower
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Amber Museum ©
Amber Museum
Konigsberg Cathedral ©
Konigsberg Cathedral
B-413 Submarine Museum ©
B-413 Submarine Museum

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