15 days in Russia Itinerary

15 days in Russia Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Sochi
— 3 nights
2
Kazan
— 2 nights
3
Kaliningrad
— 3 nights
4
Veliky Novgorod
— 2 nights
5
St. Petersburg
— 3 nights
6
Ruskeala
— 1 night

3
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Khostinsky Tisosamshitovaya Grove and Agura Waterfalls. Visiting Gornaya Karusel Sport-Tourist Complex and Skypark Sochi will get you outdoors. Go for a jaunt from Sochi to Bolshoy Kichmay to see 33 Waterfalls about 1h 10 min away. And it doesn't end there: hit the slopes at Gazprom Mountain-Tourist Centre, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Riviera Dolphinarium, enjoy the sand and surf at Central Beach Dagomys, and enjoy breathtaking views from The Observation Tower on Akhun Mountain.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Sochi road trip planning tool.

Kursk to Sochi is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Kursk in August: high temperatures in Sochi hover around 34°C and lows are around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to travel to Kazan.

Things to do in Sochi

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trip

33 Waterfalls
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Gornaya Karusel Sport-Tourist Complex ©
Gornaya Karusel Sport-Tourist Complex
Khostinsky Tisosamshitovaya Grove ©
Khostinsky Tisosamshitovaya Grove
33 Waterfalls ©
33 Waterfalls

2
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Kazan

Kazan ©
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 14th (Fri): admire the landmark architecture of Leaning Suyumbike Tower, take a stroll through Bauman Street (Kazansky Arbat), then admire the striking features of Agricultural Palace, and finally make a trip to Kremlyovskaya Embankment. On the next day, don't miss a visit to Kazan Family Center/ Viewpoint, then examine the collection at Museum of Soviet Life, and then examine the collection at Museum "Tatarskaya Sloboda".

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Kazan day trip tool.

Fly from Sochi to Kazan in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Sochi in August, expect Kazan to be a bit cooler, temps between 29°C and 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Kaliningrad.

Things to do in Kazan

Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping
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Museum ©
Museum "Tatarskaya Sloboda"
Bauman Street (Kazansky Arbat) ©
Bauman Street (Kazansky Arbat)
Leaning Suyumbike Tower ©
Leaning Suyumbike Tower

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 discover tucked-away gems like Beach Promenade and Zelenogradsk Promenade. There's much more to do: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Kaliningrad Zoo, see the interesting displays at B-413 Submarine Museum, and pause for some serene contemplation at Konigsberg Cathedral.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Kaliningrad trip itinerary builder.

Fly from Kazan to Kaliningrad in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Kazan to Kaliningrad due to the time zone difference. In August, daily temperatures in Kaliningrad can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can travel to Veliky Novgorod.

Things to do in Kaliningrad

Outdoors · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Beach Promenade, Zelenogradsk Promenade
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Beach Promenade ©
Beach Promenade
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Zelenogradsk Promenade ©
Zelenogradsk Promenade

2
nights
Veliky Novgorod

Veliky Novgorod ©
An ancient city thriving as a modern tourist destination, Veliky Novgorod rightly bills itself as the birthplace of Russia.
On the 19th (Wed), snap pictures at Pedestrian Bridge Across River Volkhov, get outside with Kremlevskiy Beach, examine the collection at Vitoslavlitsy Museum, then appreciate the history behind Millennium of Russia, and finally admire the landmark architecture of St. Sophia Cathedral. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Yuryevskiy Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. George Monastery, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Yaroslav’s Courtyard, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Novgorod Kremlin (Detinets).

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Veliky Novgorod trip itinerary site.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Kaliningrad to Veliky Novgorod in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time to Moscow Standard Time is 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Veliky Novgorod

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Beaches
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Novgorod Kremlin (Detinets) ©
Novgorod Kremlin (Detinets)
Kremlevskiy Beach ©
Kremlevskiy Beach
Millennium of Russia
Millennium of Russia

3
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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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Memorial Sign Strelka Of Vasilievskiy Island and Tsarskoye Selo State Museum Preserve. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Oranienbaum State Museum Reserve, snap pictures at Palace Bridge, contemplate the long history of Bronze Horseman, Monument To Peter I, and don't miss a visit to Sobor Petra I Pavla.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read St. Petersburg holiday planning app.

Getting from Veliky Novgorod to St. Petersburg by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in August, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can drive to Ruskeala.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Historic Sites · Museums · Spas
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Neva Embankments
Neva Embankments
Spas
Memorial Sign Strelka Of Vasilievskiy Island ©

1
night
Ruskeala

Ruskeala ©
Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): take in the dramatic scenery at Ruskeala Waterfalls and then walk around Ruskeala Mountain Park.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Ruskeala trip planning app.

You can drive from St. Petersburg to Ruskeala in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from St. Petersburg to Ruskeala, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in August, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Ruskeala

Nature · Parks
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Ruskeala Waterfalls ©
Ruskeala Waterfalls

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