56 days in Russia Itinerary

56 days in Russia Itinerary

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56 days in Russia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  27​h
1
Sochi
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h 30​min
2
Kaliningrad
— 6 nights
Fly + Bus:  9​h 15​min
3
Pskov
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Veliky Novgorod
— 2 nights
Train:  2​h 45​min
5
St. Petersburg
— 7 nights
Fly:  5​h
6
Yaroslavl
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Kostroma
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
8
Vladimir
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
9
Kolomna
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
10
Tula
— 3 nights
Train:  2​h 15​min
11
Moscow
— 6 nights
Fly:  5​h
12
Kazan
— 6 nights
Fly:  15​h 15​min
13
Vladivostok
— 3 nights
Fly:  17​h
End: Sydney

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Krasnaya Polyana Mountain Cluster and Agura Waterfalls. Step out of the city life by going to 33 Waterfalls and Wet Canyon of River Psakho. There's still lots to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Khostinsky Tisosamshitovaya Grove, hit the slopes at Gazprom Mountain-Tourist Centre, enjoy breathtaking views from The Observation Tower on Akhun Mountain, and get outside with Gornaya Karusel Sport-Tourist Complex.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Sochi day trip planner .

Sydney, Australia to Sochi is an approximately 27-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Sydney to Sochi, you'll gain 7 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Sydney in August: highs in Sochi hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can travel to Kaliningrad.

Things to do in Sochi

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

33 Waterfalls, Wet Canyon of River Psakho
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Krasnaya Polyana Mountain Cluster ©
Krasnaya Polyana Mountain Cluster
Gornaya Karusel Sport-Tourist Complex ©
Khostinsky Tisosamshitovaya Grove ©
Khostinsky Tisosamshitovaya Grove

6
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 Konigsberg Cathedral and B-413 Submarine Museum. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Fort XI Donhoff and Fort #5 King Fredric-Wilhelm the Third. Venture out of the city with trips to Zelenogradsk Promenade (in Zelenogradsk) and Dancing Forest (in Rybachy). Spend the 12th (Thu) exploring nature at Kurshskaya Kosa. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Altes Haus, contemplate the waterfront views at Verkhneye Lake, get curious at Museum of the World Ocean, and take an in-depth tour of Friedland Gates Museum.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Kaliningrad sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Sochi to Kaliningrad in 8.5 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. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Sochi in August: high temperatures in Kaliningrad hover around 27°C and lows are around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Pskov.

Things to do in Kaliningrad

Museums Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Zelenogradsk Promenade, Dancing Forest
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Kurshskaya Kosa ©
Kurshskaya Kosa
B-413 Submarine Museum ©
B-413 Submarine Museum
Konigsberg Cathedral ©
Konigsberg Cathedral

2
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. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like The Holy Dormition Pskovo-Pechersky Monastery and Holy Trinity Cathedral. Izborsk Fortress and Art Laboratory Kordon-2 are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to The State museum-reserve of Alexander Pushkin (in Pushkinskie Gory) and Slovenskiye Springs (in Izborsk). 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 find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Pskov trip itinerary planning website .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Kaliningrad to Pskov in 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Kaliningrad to Pskov due to the time zone difference. August in Pskov sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can go by car to Veliky Novgorod.

Things to do in Pskov

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Izborsk, Pushkinskie Gory, 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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of St. George Monastery, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Perynskiy Skete, then examine the collection at Vitoslavlitsy Museum, and finally appreciate the history behind Millennium of Russia. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Novgorod Kremlin (Detinets), appreciate the extensive heritage of Yaroslav’s Courtyard, then snap pictures at Pedestrian Bridge Across River Volkhov, and finally admire the landmark architecture of St. Sophia Cathedral.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Veliky Novgorod online road trip 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 22nd (Sun) early enough to take a train to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Veliky Novgorod

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Perynskiy Skete
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St. George Monastery ©
St. George Monastery
Novgorod Kremlin (Detinets) ©
Novgorod Kremlin (Detinets)
Vitoslavlitsy Museum ©
Vitoslavlitsy Museum

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The State Hermitage Museum and Catherine Palace and Park. Do your shopping at MARS Center and Shop Black Caviar. Step out of St. Petersburg with an excursion to Gatchina Palace and Estate Museum in Gatchina--about 1h 05 min away. And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Peter and Paul Fortress, steep yourself in history at The Marly Palace, browse the exhibits of Peterhof Grand Palace, and contemplate the waterfront views at Neva Embankments.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the St. Petersburg itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Veliky Novgorod to St. Petersburg in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in St. Petersburg can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel to Yaroslavl.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Gatchina Palace and Estate Museum
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Grand Peterhof Palace ©
Grand Peterhof Palace
The State Hermitage Museum ©
The State Hermitage Museum
Saint Isaac's Cathedral ©
Saint Isaac's Cathedral

5
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.
Visit Yaroslavl Embankment and Church of Elijah the Prophet for their historical value. Museum-lovers will appreciate State Museum Preserve Rostov Kremlin and Museum of Flat Irons. Explore Yaroslavl's surroundings by going to Mouse Museum (in Myshkin), Uglich (Uglich Hydropower Engineering Museum, Uglich Kremlin, & more) and Yakovlevsky Savior Monastery (in Rostov). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Private Museum Music and Time, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. John the Baptist Church, don't miss a visit to Vvedenskiy Tolga Convent, and ponder the design of Strelka Fountains.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Yaroslavl trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by flight from St. Petersburg to Yaroslavl takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can drive to Kostroma.

Things to do in Yaroslavl

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Uglich, Rostov, Museum of Flat Irons, Mouse Museum, Museum of Gramophones and Phonorecords
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Yaroslavl Embankment ©
Yaroslavl Embankment
State Museum Preserve Rostov Kremlin ©
Yakovlevsky Savior Monastery ©
Yakovlevsky Savior Monastery

4
nights
Kostroma

Kostroma ©
As part of Russia's Golden Ring of historical towns, the city of Kostroma is something of an open-air museum with ties to the Romanov dynasty.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Monastery of st Ipaty and The Resurrection Church on the Debra. Museum of Wooden Architecture and Provincial ARTgallery-M will appeal to museum buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Krasnoe Selo Jewelry and Folk Applied Arts Museum (in Krasnoye-na-Volge), Ples (Ples Embankment & Mountain Levitan) and Sumarokovskaya Elk Farm (in Sumarokovo). And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Epiphany Monastery of St. Anastasia, see the interesting displays at Museum Istoricheskaya Syrovarnya, and make a trip to Susaninskaya Square.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Kostroma trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Yaroslavl to Kostroma takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 19°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to drive to Vladimir.

Things to do in Kostroma

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Ples, Sumarokovskaya Elk Farm, Krasnoe Selo Jewelry and Folk Applied Arts Museum, Museum Istoricheskaya Syrovarnya
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Monastery of st Ipaty ©
Monastery of st Ipaty
Susaninskaya Square ©
Susaninskaya Square

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Museum Of Wooden Architecture & Peasant Life and Vodonapornaya Bashnya Museum. Get a sense of the local culture at Spaso-Evfimiyev Monastery Museum Complex and Golden Gate. Explore Vladimir's surroundings by going to Suzdal (Suzdal Kremlin & The Convent of the Intercession (Pokrovsky Monastery)). Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Saint Demetrius, explore the engaging exhibits at Borodins' Blacksmith Shop, get curious at Spoon Museum, and pause for some photo ops at Monument to Prince Vladimir And Saint Fedor.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Vladimir trip planner .

You can drive from Kostroma to Vladimir in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can drive to Kolomna.

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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Suzdal Kremlin ©
Suzdal Kremlin

2
nights
Kolomna

Kolomna ©
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Museum Pastila Factory, see the interesting displays at Muzeynaya Fabrika Kolomenskoy Pastily, examine the collection at Kalachnaya, see the interesting displays at Tram Museum, then see the interesting displays at Kolomna Kremlin, and finally examine the collection at Kolomenskiy Patefon Museum. On your second day here, examine the collection at Museum of Military Glory, then admire the masterpieces at Zaraysk Kremlin State Museum Reserve, and then see the interesting displays at Kolomyanka.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Kolomna trip planner .

Traveling by car from Vladimir to Kolomna takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, daytime highs in Kolomna are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to drive to Tula.

Things to do in Kolomna

Museums

Side Trip

Zaraysk Kremlin State Museum Reserve
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Museum Pastila Factory ©
Museum Pastila Factory
Kolomna Kremlin ©
Kolomna Kremlin
Muzeynaya Fabrika Kolomenskoy Pastily ©

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Tula State Museum of Weapons and Polenov Residence State Museum. You'll explore and learn at Yasnaya Polyana and Museum of Samovars and Bouillottes. Step out of Tula to go to Serpukhov and see Vysotskiy Monastyr', which is approximately 1h 25 min away. And it doesn't end there: stroll around P. Belousov Central Park of Culture and Recreation, appreciate the history behind Monument to Tula Gingerbread, brush up on your military savvy at Kulikovo field, and shop like a local with IllyuziON.

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You can drive from Kolomna to Tula in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Moscow.

Things to do in Tula

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Vysotskiy Monastyr', Polenov Residence State Museum, Museum of Samovars and Bouillottes, Yasnaya Polyana, Kulikovo field
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Yasnaya Polyana ©
Yasnaya Polyana
Polenov Residence State Museum ©
Polenov Residence State Museum
Kulikovo field ©
Kulikovo field

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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.
Get some cultural insight at Red Square and Kolomenskoye Historical and Architectural Museum and Reserve. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like The Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra and Cathedral of Christ the Saviour. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Moscow: Alexandrovskaya Sloboda (in Aleksandrov), Church of the Assumption (in Shchapovo) and Church of St. John Chrysostom Nativity (in Sergiyev Posad). There's still lots to do: stroll around Bird Park Vorobyi, explore the world behind art at State Tretyakov Gallery, learn about all things military at Armoury Chamber, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Basil's Cathedral.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Moscow holiday builder website .

You can take a train from Tula to Moscow in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to travel to Kazan.

Things to do in Moscow

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Sergiyev Posad, Alexandrovskaya Sloboda, Church of the Assumption, Church of The Holy Virgin, Bird Park Vorobyi
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The Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra ©
The Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra
Bird Park Vorobyi ©
Bird Park Vorobyi
Red Square ©
Red Square

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Bauman Street (Kazansky Arbat) and Cathedral of the Apostles Peter and Paul. Get some cultural insight at Natural History of Tatarstan Museum and Museum "Tatarskaya Sloboda". Change things up with these side-trips from Kazan: Sviyazhsk (in Sviyazhsk) and Lenino-Kokushkino, State Historical and Cultural Museum Preserve (in Lenino-Kokushkino). Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Annunciation Cathedral, examine the collection at Museum of Soviet Life, admire the striking features of Agricultural Palace, and admire the masterpieces at Slava Zaitsev's Art Gallery and Studio.

For ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Kazan online trip itinerary builder .

You can fly from Moscow to Kazan in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Kazan can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel to Vladivostok.

Things to do in Kazan

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Lenino-Kokushkino, State Historical and Cultural Museum Preserve
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Bauman Street (Kazansky Arbat) ©
Bauman Street (Kazansky Arbat)
Annunciation Cathedral ©
Annunciation Cathedral
Cathedral of the Apostles Peter and Paul ©

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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.
Visiting Russian Island and Golden Horn Bay will get you outdoors. Do some cultural sightseeing at Tokarevskiy mayak and Vladivostok Fortress. The adventure continues: take in the views from Russky Bridge, make a trip to Tsesarevich Embankment, admire the landmark architecture of Railroad Terminal, and take in panoramic vistas at Eagle's Nest Mount.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Vladivostok day trip website .

Traveling by flight from Kazan to Vladivostok takes 15.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from Kazan to Vladivostok due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Kazan in September, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Vladivostok: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Vladivostok

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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S-56 Submarine Museum ©
S-56 Submarine Museum
Russian Island ©
Russian Island

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