16 days in Russia Itinerary

16 days in Russia Itinerary

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St. Petersburg
— 4 nights
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Moscow
— 3 nights
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Volgograd
— 2 nights
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Rostov-on-Don
— 4 nights
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St. Petersburg

— 4 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood and Sobor Petra I Pavla. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Saint Isaac's Cathedral and Bronze Horseman, Monument To Peter I. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Russian Museum, contemplate the long history of The Marly Palace, make a trip to Palace Square, and step into the grandiose world of Catherine's Body.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the St. Petersburg trip itinerary builder website.

Los Angeles, USA to St. Petersburg is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. You'll lose 11 hours traveling from Los Angeles to St. Petersburg due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Los Angeles in May, with highs in St. Petersburg at 62°F and lows at 45°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Moscow.

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Moscow

— 3 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Red Square and Moscow Kremlin. Get some historical perspective at Saint Basil's Cathedral and Tserkov' Uspeniya Presvyatoy Bogoroditsy V Novodevich'yem Monastyre. There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at State Tretyakov Gallery, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Vysoko-Petrovskiy Monastery, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, and visit a coastal fixture at Diver Lighthouse.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Moscow visit planner.

Traveling by flight from St. Petersburg to Moscow takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 66°F in May, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Volgograd.

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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 13th (Thu): get engrossed in the history at State Historical and Memorial Preserve The Battle of Stalingrad, then examine the collection at Museum Pamyat, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Alley of the Heroes, and finally steep yourself in history at The Ruins of the Mill Named after Grudinin// Gergardt. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Fri): make a trip to The Eternal Flame, then pause for some photo ops at Mamayev Kurgan, and then pause for some photo ops at The Motherland Calls Sculpture.

For photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Volgograd trip builder.

Traveling by flight from Moscow to Volgograd takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Moscow in May, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Volgograd: temperatures range from 75°F by day to 53°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can drive to Rostov-on-Don.

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Rostov-on-Don

— 4 nights

Gates to the Caucasus

The gateway to the northern Caucasus region, Rostov-on-Don serves as a stopover for travelers on their way to the country's celebrated Black Sea coast.
Popular historic sites such as Ascension Cathedral and Greek Cathedral of the Annunciation are in your itinerary. Do some cultural sightseeing at Soldier Synagogue and Open-Air Museum of Railway Equipment. Go for a jaunt from Rostov-on-Don to Azov to see Azov Historical Archeological and Paleontological Museum-Reserve about 44 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the history behind The Sculptural Composition Merchant-Peddler and his Cat, take in panoramic vistas at Tachanka-Rostovchanka, admire the local landmark of Fontain, and don't miss a visit to Pushkin Street (Pushkinskaya ulitsa).

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Rostov-on-Don road trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Volgograd to Rostov-on-Don takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Rostov-on-Don are 73°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can fly back home.

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Russia travel guide

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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.