18 days in Russia Itinerary

18 days in Russia Itinerary

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Moscow
— 3 nights
Drive
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Sergiyev Posad
— 1 night
Drive
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Pereslavl-Zalessky
— 1 night
Drive
4
Uglich
— 1 night
Drive
5
Suzdal
— 1 night
Drive
6
Vladimir
— 2 nights
Drive
7
Bogolyubovo
Drive
8
Nizhny Novgorod
— 1 day
Drive
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Diveyevo
— 1 night
Drive
10
Kazan
— 1 night
Fly
11
Yekaterinburg
— 1 night
Fly to Pulkovo, Bus to Veliky Novgorod
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Veliky Novgorod
— 1 night
Drive
13
St. Petersburg
— 2 nights

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Moscow — 3 nights

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Ski Stadium Zorkiy and The Bison Breeding Centre. Appreciate the collections at Moscow Kremlin and Armoury Chamber. Change things up with a short trip to Bird Park Vorobyi in Vorobi (about 1h 45 min away). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Red Square, contemplate the long history of Kremlin Walls and Towers, see the interesting displays at Tsaritsyno Museum-Reserve, and admire the striking features of Lenin's Mausoleum.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Moscow day trip tool.

If you are flying in from India, the closest major aiports are Sheremetyevo International Airport, Domodedovo International Airport, Vnukovo International Airport, Zhukovsky International Airport and Ostafyevo International Airport. In December, daily temperatures in Moscow can reach -1°C, while at night they dip to -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Sergiyev Posad.
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Find places to stay Dec 21 — 24:

Sergiyev Posad — 1 night

Sergiyev Posad is a city and the administrative center of Sergiyevo-Posadsky District in Moscow Oblast, Russia. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Gefsimansky Chernigovsky Skit (convent) and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of the Assumption.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Sergiyev Posad attractions planning tool.

You can drive from Moscow to Sergiyev Posad in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Sergiyev Posad can reach -2°C, while at night they dip to -7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Pereslavl-Zalessky.
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Find places to stay Dec 24 — 25:

Pereslavl-Zalessky — 1 night

Pereslavl-Zalessky, also known as Pereyaslavl-Zalessky, is a town in Yaroslavl Oblast, Russia, located on the main Moscow–Yaroslavl road and on the southeastern shore of Lake Pleshcheyevo at the mouth of the Trubezh River. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nikitsky Monastery.

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You can drive from Sergiyev Posad to Pereslavl-Zalessky in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of train and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Uglich.
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Find places to stay Dec 25 — 26:

Uglich — 1 night

Uglich is a historic town in Yaroslavl Oblast, Russia, which stands on the Volga River. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): examine the collection at Museum Svistulki, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Tsarevich Demetrius on the Blood, then pause for some serene contemplation at Transfiguration Cathedral, then see the interesting displays at Uglich Hydropower Engineering Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Uglich Kremlin.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Uglich trip planning tool.

You can drive from Pereslavl-Zalessky to Uglich in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Suzdal.
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Find places to stay Dec 26 — 27:

Suzdal — 1 night

One of Russia's oldest settlements, the small town of Suzdal boasts nearly a thousand years of history.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Suzdal Kremlin, then explore the galleries of Museum Complex Spaso-Evfimiev Monastery, then pause for some serene contemplation at Transfiguration Cathedral, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Boris and Gleb.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Suzdal trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Uglich to Suzdal in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of train and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Vladimir.
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Side Trip
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 28:

Vladimir — 2 nights

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 29th (Sun), pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Saint Demetrius, see the interesting displays at Vodonapornaya Bashnya, steep yourself in history at Golden Gate, examine the collection at Borodins' Blacksmith Shop, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint George Cathedral (Church), and finally examine the collection at Spoon Museum. Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at Vladimir Suzdal Museum Reserve, admire the masterpieces at Gzhel', Chastnyy Muzey Im. Velikogo Glada Valakesa, explore the engaging exhibits at Museum-Tale Babusya-Yagusya, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Assumption Cathedral, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Bolshaya Moskovskaya Street.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Vladimir trip planner.

You can drive from Suzdal to Vladimir in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to drive to Bogolyubovo.
Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 30:

Bogolyubovo

To see photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Bogolyubovo itinerary planner.

Bogolyubovo is very close to Vladimir. On the 30th (Mon), you'll travel to Nizhny Novgorod.
Historic Sites · Winter Sports · Parks · Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 30 — 31:

Nizhny Novgorod — 1 day

Founded eight centuries ago at the confluence of the Volga and the Oka rivers, Nizhny Novgorod boasts over 600 historical, cultural, and architectural monuments.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Tue): explore the historical opulence of The Kremlin, take an in-depth tour of Rukavishnikovykh Usadba, and then get curious at Museum of Old Equipment and Tools.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Nizhny Novgorod trip site.

Drive from Bogolyubovo to Nizhny Novgorod in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around -2°C in December, and nighttime lows around -7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) to allow time to travel to Diveyevo.
Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums
Find places to stay Dec 30 — 31:

Diveyevo — 1 night

Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Sacred Spring of Serafim Sarovskiy and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Spring of Saint Panteleimon.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Diveyevo sightseeing site.

Traveling by car from Nizhny Novgorod to Diveyevo takes 3 hours. On the 1st (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Kazan.
Historic Sites · Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 1:
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Kazan — 1 night

The heart of Tatar culture, Kazan carries the epithet of the "Third Capital of Russia" because of its rich history and thriving economy.
On the 2nd (Thu), examine the collection at Museum "Tatarskaya Sloboda", contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of the Apostles Peter and Paul, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kul Sharif Mosque, then contemplate the long history of Kazan Kremlin, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Annunciation Cathedral.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Kazan trip planner.

You can drive from Diveyevo to Kazan in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. In January, plan for daily highs up to -10°C, and evening lows to -17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can catch the flight to Yekaterinburg.
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Yekaterinburg — 1 night

Located at the meeting point of two continents, Yekaterinburg serves as the cultural capital of the Urals region.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): see the interesting displays at President Center of Boris Eltsin, explore the activities along Weir on river Iset, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church on the Blood. On the 4th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Monument to Soldiers of Ural Voluntary Tank Bulk and then learn about all things military at The UMMC Museum complex.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Yekaterinburg online attractions planner.

Fly from Kazan to Yekaterinburg in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Moscow Standard Time to Yekaterinburg Standard Time is 2 hours. Traveling from Kazan in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Yekaterinburg, with lows of -22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel to Veliky Novgorod.
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Find places to stay Jan 2 — 4:

Veliky Novgorod — 1 night

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 5th (Sun): appreciate the extensive heritage of Novgorod Kremlin (Detinets), take in the spiritual surroundings of St. George Monastery, then examine the collection at Vitoslavlitsy Museum, and finally appreciate the history behind Sculpture Electrician and Cat.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Veliky Novgorod visit planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Yekaterinburg to Veliky Novgorod takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Yekaterinburg to Veliky Novgorod. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to drive to St. Petersburg.
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Find places to stay Jan 4 — 5:

St. Petersburg — 2 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Grand Peterhof Palace and Gardens, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, and then steep yourself in history at Palace Square. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Tue): appreciate the history behind Bronze Horseman, Monument To Peter I, then pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Isaac's Cathedral, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Neva Embankments.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the St. Petersburg day trip planner.

Getting from Veliky Novgorod to St. Petersburg by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In January in St. Petersburg, expect temperatures between -5°C during the day and -10°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel back home.
Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 7:

Russia travel guide

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Mother Russia
Feared and revered not long ago as the land "behind the Iron Curtain" and before that as "the land of the Tsars," Russia is a land of many contrasts. Spreading over two continents, it is also the largest country in the world and one of the most powerful. Founded by a group of East Slavs in the 10th century, it is home to over 160 different ethnic groups and indigenous peoples. They have all left their mark on the land, but the Slavic and Byzantine traditions hold a special place in Russia's rich historical and cultural legacy. The diverse natural beauty includes vast swathes of plains intersected with thousands of rivers, lakes, and dramatic mountain ranges along the southern borders. Arctic tundra, taiga, mixed forests, steppe, and desert-like areas successively carpet the land from the north to the south. Perfectly preserved ancient towns surrounded by mighty kremlins with colorful onion-domed churches attract tourists just as much as the nation's biggest metropolises, Moscow and Saint Petersburg.