14 days in Russia Itinerary

14 days in Russia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Russia trip planner

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Veliky Novgorod
— 1 night
Drive
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St. Petersburg
— 3 nights
Drive
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Ruskeala
— 2 nights
Train to Ladozhskaya, Fly to Kazan
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Kazan
— 1 night
Fly
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Volgograd
— 2 nights
Fly
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Moscow
— 2 nights
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Veliky Novgorod

— 1 night
An ancient city thriving as a modern tourist destination, Veliky Novgorod rightly bills itself as the birthplace of Russia.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Kremlevskiy Beach, appreciate the extensive heritage of Novgorod Kremlin (Detinets), admire the landmark architecture of Granovitaya Palata, then pause for some serene contemplation at The Church of the Transfiguration, then examine the collection at Vitoslavlitsy Museum, and finally pause for some photo ops at Millennium of Russia.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Veliky Novgorod road trip planner.

Moscow to Veliky Novgorod is an approximately 6.5-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or do a combination of flight and bus. On the 22nd (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Veliky Novgorod

Historic Sites · Beaches · Parks · Outdoors
Find places to stay May 21 — 22:

St. Petersburg

— 3 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.
On the 22nd (Sat), contemplate the long history of Palace Square and then explore the activities along Neva Embankments. Keep things going the next day: head off the coast to Yelagin Island, then get a taste of the local shopping with Nevsky Prospekt, and then explore the stunning scenery at Canyon of River Lava.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read St. Petersburg trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Veliky Novgorod to St. Petersburg takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in St. Petersburg can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to drive to Ruskeala.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Adventure

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 22 — 25:

Ruskeala

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): explore the activities along Ladoga Lake and then take in the dramatic scenery at Ruskeala Waterfalls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Wed): stroll around Park Vakkosalmi, then examine the collection at Regional Museum of Northern Ladoga, then see the interesting displays at Cultural Exhibition Center of Gogolev, and finally stroll around Ruskeala Mountain Park.

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Traveling by car from St. Petersburg to Ruskeala takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and car. The time zone difference moving from Moscow Standard Time (MSK) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from St. Petersburg in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Ruskeala, with lows of 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can travel to Kazan.

Things to do in Ruskeala

Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 25 — 27:

Kazan

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then shop like a local with Bauman Street (Kazansky Arbat), and then see the interesting displays at Museum of Soviet Life.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Kazan trip builder.

You can do a combination of train and flight from Ruskeala to Kazan in 13 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Ruskeala to Kazan, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Ruskeala in May, expect Kazan to be a bit warmer, temps between 22°C and 9°C. On the 28th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Volgograd.

Things to do in Kazan

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay May 27 — 28:

Volgograd

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): get to know the fascinating history of Alley of the Heroes, then appreciate the history behind Mamayev Kurgan, then kick back and relax at Beach, Krasnoslobodsk, and finally explore the activities along Volga-Don Canal imeni Lenina.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Volgograd trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Kazan to Volgograd in 7.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Kazan to Volgograd. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Kazan in May; daily highs in Volgograd reach 28°C and lows reach 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Moscow.

Things to do in Volgograd

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 28 — 30:

Moscow

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sun): trek along Park Novodevichi Prudy and then take a stroll through Old Arbat (Stary Arbat). Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Basil's Cathedral, contemplate the long history of Red Square, then kick back and relax at Lake Beloye (Vologda Oblast), and finally kick back and relax at Meshherskoye.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Moscow online tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Volgograd to Moscow by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Volgograd to Moscow due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Volgograd in May; daily highs in Moscow reach 22°C and lows reach 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Moscow

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches
Find places to stay May 30 — Jun 1:

Russia travel guide

4.7
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.