30 days in Russia Itinerary

30 days in Russia Itinerary

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Fly
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Kaliningrad
— 2 nights
Fly
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Moscow
— 4 nights
Drive
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Tula
— 2 nights
Drive
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Sergiyev Posad
— 3 nights
Train
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Yaroslavl
— 3 nights
Drive
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Vladimir
— 2 nights
Train
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Nizhny Novgorod
— 2 nights
Drive
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Diveyevo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kazan
— 2 nights
Fly to Pulkovo, Bus to Veliky Novgorod
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Veliky Novgorod
— 1 night
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St. Petersburg
— 6 nights
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Kaliningrad — 2 nights

A city of science and philosophy, cosmopolitan Kaliningrad once served as a cultural hub of Germany, Poland, and Lithuania.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Kurshskaya Kosa and Fort XI Donhoff. Get some historical perspective at Cathedral of Christ the Savior and Konigsberg Cathedral. There's more to do: examine the collection at B-413 Submarine Museum and take a tour of Research vessel "Vityaz".

To see traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Kaliningrad trip planner.

Copenhagen, Denmark to Kaliningrad is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. In September, daytime highs in Kaliningrad are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Moscow.
Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Sep 1 — 3:

Moscow — 4 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.
Red Square and Lenin's Mausoleum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Saint Basil's Cathedral and Church of The Holy Virgin will appeal to history buffs. The adventure continues: browse the exhibits of Moscow Kremlin, steep yourself in history at Kolomenskoye Historical and Architectural Museum and Reserve, explore the different monuments and memorials at Tserkov' Uspeniya Presvyatoy Bogoroditsy V Novodevich'yem Monastyre, and pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Christ the Saviour.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Moscow road trip site.

Traveling by flight from Kaliningrad to Moscow takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Kaliningrad to Moscow, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Kaliningrad in September, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Moscow: temperatures range from 17°C by day to 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Tula.
Historic Sites · Museums
Side Trip
Find places to stay Sep 3 — 7:

Tula — 2 nights

Though Tula is best known for Leo Tolstoy's country estate, the city has plenty of additional cultural and historical intrigue.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): examine the collection at Museum Moto Auto ART, examine the collection at Yasnaya Polyana, then get engrossed in the history at Museum of Samovars and Bouillottes, then admire the masterpieces at IllyuziON, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Church in Honor of St. Alexander Nevskiy. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin, get engrossed in the history at Tula Kremlin Museum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Ascension Church, and finally steep yourself in history at Tula State Museum of Weapons.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Tula itinerary planning website.

Drive from Moscow to Tula in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can go by car to Sergiyev Posad.
Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Fun & Games
Side Trips
Find places to stay Sep 7 — 9:

Sergiyev Posad — 3 nights

Sergiyev Posad is a city and the administrative center of Sergiyevo-Posadsky District in Moscow Oblast, Russia. Your inner history buff will appreciate The Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra and Gefsimansky Chernigovsky Skit (convent). Get a sense of the local culture at Cathedral of the Assumption and Vvedenskiy and Pyatnitskiy Churches. Explore Sergiyev Posad's surroundings by going to Saint Nicholas Temple (in Tsarevo), Cathedral of the Assumption (in Stromyn) and Nikolsky Women's Monastery (in Pereslavl-Zalessky). There's more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Trinity Cathedral and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of St. John Chrysostom Nativity.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Sergiyev Posad trip builder site.

Traveling by car from Tula to Sergiyev Posad takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September, daytime highs in Sergiyev Posad are 18°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Yaroslavl.
Historic Sites
Side Trips
Find places to stay Sep 9 — 12:

Yaroslavl — 3 nights

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 The Resurrection Church on the Debra for their historical value. Do some cultural sightseeing at State Museum Preserve Rostov Kremlin and Fire-Observation Tower. Explore Yaroslavl's surroundings by going to Dom Gorodskogo Golovy Botnikova Museum (in Kostroma) and Yakovlevsky Savior Monastery (in Rostov). There's more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. John the Baptist Church.

To see photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Yaroslavl travel route planner.

Traveling by train from Sergiyev Posad to Yaroslavl takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In September, daily temperatures in Yaroslavl can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Vladimir.
Historic Sites · Museums
Side Trips
Find places to stay Sep 12 — 15:

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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Church of The Transfiguration, get engrossed in the history at Suzdal Kremlin, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nikolsky Women's Monastery. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Assumption Cathedral, then see the interesting displays at Borodins' Blacksmith Shop, then explore the galleries of Cathedral of Saint Demetrius, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Intercession of the Holy Virgin.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Vladimir journey website.

Traveling by car from Yaroslavl to Vladimir takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Nizhny Novgorod.
Historic Sites · Museums
Side Trips
Find places to stay Sep 15 — 17:

Nizhny Novgorod — 2 nights

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 18th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Nativity of Most Holy Mother of God, step into the grandiose world of The Kremlin, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of St. Alexander Nevskiy. On the next day, pause for some serene contemplation at Voznesenskiy Pechyorskiy muzhskoy monastyr', then examine the collection at Museum of Literary Heroes Tales of Belkin, then see the interesting displays at Museum-house of the writer Maxim Gorky, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Fedorovsky Embankment.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Nizhny Novgorod trip itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Vladimir to Nizhny Novgorod in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In September in Nizhny Novgorod, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 8°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel to Diveyevo.
Historic Sites · Museums
Side Trip
Find places to stay Sep 17 — 19:

Diveyevo — 2 nights

Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Spring of Saint Panteleimon, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Saint Seraphim-Diveyevo Monastery, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Royal Skete. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Tue): explore the activities along Sacred Spring of Serafim Sarovskiy, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bell-tower, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Transfiguration Cathedral, then pause for some serene contemplation at Chapel in Honor of Serafim Sarovskiy, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Queen of Heaven's Holy Trench.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Diveyevo tour itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Nizhny Novgorod to Diveyevo takes 3 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel to Kazan.
Historic Sites · Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Sep 19 — 21:

Kazan — 2 nights

The heart of Tatar culture, Kazan carries the epithet of the "Third Capital of Russia" because of its rich history and thriving economy.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Holy Martyr Barbara, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kul Sharif Mosque, then contemplate the long history of Kazan Kremlin, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Holy Martyr Paraskeva, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Descent of the Holy Spirit in Sukonnaya Sloboda. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Museum "Tatarskaya Sloboda", then view the masterpieces at Gallery-Workshop of Zaitsev, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Annunciation Cathedral.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our 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 September in Kazan, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Veliky Novgorod.
Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Sep 21 — 23:

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 24th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Tserkov' Spasa na Nereditse, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Perynskiy Skete, take an in-depth tour of Cathedral of the Nativity of the Virgin Monastery of St. Anthony, then examine the collection at Novgorodskiy Muzey-Zapovednik, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Novgorod Kremlin (Detinets).

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Veliky Novgorod trip app.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Kazan to Veliky Novgorod takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to drive to St. Petersburg.
Historic Sites · Museums
Side Trip
Find places to stay Sep 23 — 24:

St. Petersburg — 6 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.
Let the collections at The State Hermitage Museum and Russian Museum capture your imagination. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood and Grand Peterhof Palace and Gardens. There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Isaac's Cathedral, browse the exhibits of Peter and Paul Fortress, stroll through Catherine Palace and Park, and examine the collection at Sovereign's Fun.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the St. Petersburg trip planner.

You can drive from Veliky Novgorod to St. Petersburg in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in St. Petersburg can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can fly back home.
Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping
Find places to stay Sep 24 — 30:

Russia travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Churches · Historic Sites
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.