31 days in Russia Itinerary

31 days in Russia Itinerary

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Volgograd
— 4 nights
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Kazan
— 3 nights
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Nizhny Novgorod
— 2 nights
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Moscow
— 5 nights
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Yaroslavl
— 4 nights
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St. Petersburg
— 6 nights
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Veliky Novgorod
— 2 nights
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Kaliningrad
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Volgograd — 4 nights

The setting of some of the bloodiest battles of World War II, the vast city of Volgograd sits on the banks of the Volga River in the southern section of the country.
Step out of Volgograd to go to Krasny Buksir and see Lotus lake, which is approximately 32 minutes away. The adventure continues: appreciate the history behind Mamayev Kurgan, get engrossed in the history at State Historical and Memorial Preserve The Battle of Stalingrad, walk around Pobedi Park, and don't miss a visit to The Eternal Flame.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Volgograd trip builder site.

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to Volgograd is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Jeddah in August: highs in Volgograd hover around 36°C, while lows dip to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Kazan.
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Find places to stay Aug 31 — Sep 4:

Kazan — 3 nights

Sports Capital of Russia

The heart of Tatar culture, Kazan carries the epithet of the "Third Capital of Russia" because of its rich history and thriving economy.
Kazan is known for historic sites, sightseeing, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Kazan Kremlin, admire the local landmark of Fountains Cascade, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kul Sharif Mosque, and examine the collection at Gallery-Workshop of Zaitsev.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Kazan route planner.

You can fly from Volgograd to Kazan in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Volgograd, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Kazan, ranging from highs of 19°C to lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Nizhny Novgorod.
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Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature
Find places to stay Sep 4 — 7:

Nizhny Novgorod — 2 nights

Russia's Pocket

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 8th (Thu): step into the grandiose world of The Kremlin, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Nativity of Most Holy Mother of God, and then pause for some photo ops at Monument to Minin and Pozharsky. On the 9th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the striking features of State Bank, then examine the collection at Museum-house of the writer Maxim Gorky, then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of St. Alexander Nevskiy, and finally learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Limpopo Zoo.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Nizhny Novgorod trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Kazan to Nizhny Novgorod by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Moscow.
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Find places to stay Sep 7 — 9:

Moscow — 5 nights

Third Rome

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.
Moscow is known for historic sites, museums, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Red Square, pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Basil's Cathedral, browse the exhibits of Moscow Kremlin, and admire the landmark architecture of Lenin's Mausoleum.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Moscow day trip site.

Fly from Nizhny Novgorod to Moscow in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In September, daytime highs in Moscow are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to fly to Yaroslavl.
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Find places to stay Sep 9 — 14:

Yaroslavl — 4 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Yaroslavl: Sumarokovskaya Elk Farm (in Sumarokovo), Kostroma (The Resurrection Church on the Debra & Dom Gorodskogo Golovy Botnikova Museum) and Rostov (Yakovlevsky Savior Monastery, State Museum Preserve Rostov Kremlin, &more). Next up on the itinerary: get to know the fascinating history of Yaroslavl Embankment, appreciate the history behind Monument to Military Financiers, don't miss a visit to Ascension Parish Annunciation, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. John the Baptist Church.

For other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Yaroslavl trip site.

Fly from Moscow to Yaroslavl in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In September, daytime highs in Yaroslavl are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to St. Petersburg.
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Find places to stay Sep 14 — 18:

St. Petersburg — 6 nights

Venice of the North

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.
St. Petersburg is known for museums, historic sites, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at The State Hermitage Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, get engrossed in the history at Peter and Paul Fortress, and stroll around Catherine Palace and Park.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the St. Petersburg journey builder.

Traveling by flight from Yaroslavl to St. Petersburg takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In September in St. Petersburg, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Veliky Novgorod.
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Find places to stay Sep 18 — 24:

Veliky Novgorod — 2 nights

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 25th (Sun): admire the striking features of St. Sophia Cathedral, appreciate the history behind Millennium of Russia, then admire the striking features of Granovitaya Palata, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Novgorod Kremlin (Detinets). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Mon): examine the collection at Novgorodskiy Muzey-Zapovednik, pause for some photo ops at Sculpture Electrician and Cat, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. John the Evangelist on Vitka, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Tserkov' Spasa na Nereditse.

Before you visit Veliky Novgorod, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Drive from St. Petersburg to Veliky Novgorod in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to travel to Kaliningrad.
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Find places to stay Sep 24 — 26:

Kaliningrad — 4 nights

Amber City

A city of science and philosophy, cosmopolitan Kaliningrad once served as a cultural hub of Germany, Poland, and Lithuania.
Spend the 27th (Tue) exploring nature at Kurshskaya Kosa. And it doesn't end there: take a tour of Research vessel "Vityaz", appreciate the history behind Monument to Baltic Sailors, examine the collection at B-413 Submarine Museum, and pause for some serene contemplation at Konigsberg Cathedral.

To see reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Kaliningrad planning tool.

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Veliky Novgorod to Kaliningrad takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Moscow Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time is minus 1 hour. In September in Kaliningrad, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 10°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can catch the flight back home.
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Find places to stay Sep 26 — 30:

Russia travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Churches · Monuments
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.
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