15 days in Russia Itinerary

15 days in Russia Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
St. Petersburg
— 3 nights
2
Veliky Novgorod
— 2 nights
3
Yaroslavl
— 2 nights
4
Moscow
— 2 nights
5
Kaliningrad
— 3 nights
6
Sochi
— 2 nights

3
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Neva Embankments and Sobor Petra I Pavla. And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at The State Hermitage Museum, take an in-depth tour of Grand Peterhof Palace and Gardens, snap pictures at Palace Bridge, and pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read St. Petersburg trip itinerary planner.

Kursk to St. Petersburg is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive. While traveling from Kursk, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in St. Petersburg, ranging from highs of 25°C to lows of 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Veliky Novgorod.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature
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Neva Embankments
Neva Embankments
The State Hermitage Museum ©
The State Hermitage Museum
Palace Bridge ©
Palace Bridge

2
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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 14th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Cathedral of the Nativity of the Virgin Monastery of St. Anthony, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. George Monastery, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Yaroslav’s Courtyard, then take in the views from Pedestrian Bridge Across River Volkhov, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Novgorod Kremlin (Detinets). On the next day, see the interesting displays at Vitoslavlitsy Museum, appreciate the history behind Millennium of Russia, and then admire the striking features of St. Sophia Cathedral.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Veliky Novgorod trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by train from St. Petersburg to Veliky Novgorod takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel to Yaroslavl.

Things to do in Veliky Novgorod

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Aug 13 — 15:
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Novgorod Kremlin (Detinets) ©
Novgorod Kremlin (Detinets)
Millennium of Russia
Millennium of Russia
St. Sophia Cathedral ©
St. Sophia Cathedral

2
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yakovlevsky Savior Monastery and then see the interesting displays at State Museum Preserve Rostov Kremlin. On your second day here, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. John the Baptist Church, then admire the local landmark of Strelka Fountains, then get to know the fascinating history of Yaroslavl Embankment, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Elijah the Prophet.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Yaroslavl trip builder tool.

Getting from Veliky Novgorod to Yaroslavl by combination of bus and flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in August, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to drive to Moscow.

Things to do in Yaroslavl

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Rostov
Find places to stay Aug 15 — 17:
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Yaroslavl Embankment ©
Yaroslavl Embankment
State Museum Preserve Rostov Kremlin ©
State Museum Preserve Rostov Kremlin
Church of Elijah the Prophet ©
Church of Elijah the Prophet

2
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): make a trip to Red Square, pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Basil's Cathedral, then explore the world behind art at State Tretyakov Gallery, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Christ the Saviour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Lenin's Mausoleum, steep yourself in history at Moscow Kremlin, and then explore the world behind art at Armoury Chamber.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Moscow online day trip planner.

Drive from Yaroslavl to Moscow in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Moscow are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to travel to Kaliningrad.

Things to do in Moscow

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Aug 17 — 19:
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Red Square ©
Red Square
Armoury Chamber ©
Armoury Chamber
Cathedral of Christ the Saviour ©
Cathedral of Christ the Saviour

3
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Kaliningrad

Kaliningrad ©
A city of science and philosophy, cosmopolitan Kaliningrad once served as a cultural hub of Germany, Poland, and Lithuania.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at B-413 Submarine Museum and Amber Museum. Spend the 20th (Thu) exploring nature at Kurshskaya Kosa. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Fort #5 King Fredric-Wilhelm the Third, pause for some photo ops at Immanuel Kant's Grave, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Kaliningrad Zoo, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Konigsberg Cathedral.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Kaliningrad holiday builder tool.

You can fly from Moscow to Kaliningrad in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone changes from Moscow Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In August in Kaliningrad, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Sochi.

Things to do in Kaliningrad

Nature · Wildlife · Museums
Find places to stay Aug 19 — 22:
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Kurshskaya Kosa ©
Kurshskaya Kosa
B-413 Submarine Museum ©
B-413 Submarine Museum
Fort #5 King Fredric-Wilhelm the Third ©
Fort #5 King Fredric-Wilhelm the Third

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): get outside with Gazprom Mountain-Tourist Centre, then glide through natural beauty at Krasnaya Polyana Mountain Cluster, then fly down the slopes at Gornaya Karusel Sport-Tourist Complex, and finally explore the wealth of natural beauty at Khostinsky Tisosamshitovaya Grove. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to The Observation Tower on Akhun Mountain, then head outdoors with Skypark Sochi, and then admire the sheer force of Agura Waterfalls.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Sochi trip maker tool.

Fly from Kaliningrad to Sochi in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from Kaliningrad to Sochi is 1 hour. Traveling from Kaliningrad in August, expect Sochi to be somewhat warmer, temps between 34°C and 25°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sochi

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports
Find places to stay Aug 22 — 24:
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Krasnaya Polyana Mountain Cluster ©
Krasnaya Polyana Mountain Cluster
Skypark Sochi ©
Skypark Sochi
Gornaya Karusel Sport-Tourist Complex ©
Gornaya Karusel Sport-Tourist Complex

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