16 days in Russia Itinerary

16 days in Russia Itinerary

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16 days in Russia Itinerary

Start: Pune
Fly:  18​h 45​min
1
Kazan
— 1 day
Fly:  6​h 30​min
2
Kaliningrad
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
St. Petersburg
— 4 nights
Fly + taxi:  5​h 15​min
4
Ples
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Vladimir
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
6
Tula
— 1 night
train:  2​h 15​min
7
Moscow
— 2 nights
Fly:  11​h 15​min
End: Pune

1
day
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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kul Sharif Mosque, explore the galleries of Kazan Kremlin, see the interesting displays at Museum of Happy Childhood, then take in the exciting artwork at Slava Zaitsev's Art Gallery and Studio, then take a stroll through Bauman Street (Kazansky Arbat), and finally see the interesting displays at Konstantin Vasiliev Museum.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Kazan day trip planner .

Pune, India to Kazan is an approximately 19-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from India Standard Time to Moscow Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in June, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to travel to Kaliningrad.

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Kazan Kremlin ©
Kazan Kremlin
Kul Sharif Mosque ©
Kul Sharif Mosque
Konstantin Vasiliev Museum ©
Konstantin Vasiliev Museum

1
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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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Curonian Spit National Park. On your second day here, examine the collection at B-413 Submarine Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Konigsberg Cathedral, then contemplate the long history of Fort XI Donhoff, and finally take an in-depth tour of Konigsberg Stock Exchange.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Kaliningrad online itinerary planner .

You can fly from Kazan to Kaliningrad in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. The time zone changes from Moscow Standard Time (MSK) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In June, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) to allow time to travel to St. Petersburg.

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Konigsberg Cathedral
Konigsberg Cathedral
B-413 Submarine Museum ©
B-413 Submarine Museum
Fort XI Donhoff ©
Fort XI Donhoff

4
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Russian Museum and The State Hermitage Museum. Museum-lovers will appreciate Catherine Palace and Park and Saint Isaac's Cathedral. There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Savior on the Spilled Blood, admire the striking features of Peterhof Grand Palace, see the interesting displays at Grand Maket Russia Interactive Museum, and contemplate the long history of Palace Square (Dvortsovaya Ploshchad).

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read St. Petersburg travel route site .

You can fly from Kaliningrad to St. Petersburg in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Kaliningrad to St. Petersburg, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. June in St. Petersburg sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel to Ples.

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The State Hermitage Museum ©
The State Hermitage Museum
Saint Isaac's Cathedral ©
Saint Isaac's Cathedral
Russian Museum ©
Russian Museum

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Ples

Ples
On the 16th (Sun), make a trip to Ples Embankment, explore the world behind art at Landscape Museum, then see the interesting displays at House-Museum of Isaak Ilisch Levitan, then get a taste of the local shopping with Provincial ARTgallery-M, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mountain Levitan.

To see where to stay and other tourist information, you can read our Ples vacation planner.

Do a combination of flight and taxi from St. Petersburg to Ples in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can drive to Vladimir.

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Vladimir

Vladimir ©
The most visited destination in the Golden Ring circuit, the city of Vladimir is known for its remarkably preserved white-stone monuments, which have World Heritage status.
On the 17th (Mon), appreciate the history behind Monument to Prince Vladimir And Saint Fedor, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Intercession of the Holy Virgin, examine the collection at Suzdal Kremlin, then examine the collection at Spaso-Evfimiyev Monastery Museum Complex, and finally see the interesting displays at The Convent of the Intercession (Pokrovsky Monastery). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Museum Of Wooden Architecture & Peasant Life, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Assumption Cathedral, then explore the engaging exhibits at Borodins' Blacksmith Shop, and finally examine the collection at Vodonapornaya Bashnya Museum.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Vladimir trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Ples to Vladimir in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Tula.

Things to do in Vladimir

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Suzdal, Church of the Intercession of the Holy Virgin
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Tula

Tula ©
Though Tula is best known for Leo Tolstoy's country estate, the city has plenty of additional cultural and historical intrigue.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Wed): stroll around P. Belousov Central Park of Culture and Recreation, then contemplate the long history of Tula State Museum of Weapons, then examine the collection at Museum-estate of Leo Tolstoy, and finally take an in-depth tour of Kulikovo field.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Tula trip itinerary website .

You can drive from Vladimir to Tula in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Moscow.

Things to do in Tula

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Side Trips

Museum-estate of Leo Tolstoy, Kulikovo field
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Museum-estate of Leo Tolstoy ©
Museum-estate of Leo Tolstoy
Kulikovo field ©
Kulikovo field

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): admire the striking features of Lenin's Mausoleum, explore the world behind art at State Tretyakov Gallery, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Basil's Cathedral, and finally make a trip to Red Square (Krasnaya Ploshchad). On the next day, admire the striking features of GUM, brush up on your military savvy at Armoury Chamber, then examine the collection at Moscow Kremlin (Moskovsky Kreml), and finally get engrossed in the history at Bulgakov`s House Museum-Theatre.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Moscow trip maker app .

You can take a train from Tula to Moscow in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June in Moscow, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Moscow

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Red Square (Krasnaya Ploshchad) ©
Red Square (Krasnaya Ploshchad)
Moscow Kremlin (Moskovsky Kreml)
Moscow Kremlin (Moskovsky Kreml)
State Tretyakov Gallery ©
State Tretyakov Gallery

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