21 days in Russia & Ulaanbaatar Itinerary

21 days in Russia & Ulaanbaatar Itinerary

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21 days in Russia & Ulaanbaatar Itinerary

Start: Riga, Latvia
Bus + Fly:  6 h
1
Moscow, Russia
— 5 nights
Train:  13 h 30 min
2
Kazan, Russia
— 1 day
Train:  12 h
3
Yekaterinburg, Russia
— 1 day
Train:  18 h 30 min
4
Novosibirsk, Russia
— Few hours
Train:  27 h
5
Irkutsk, Russia
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
6
Listvyanka, Russia
— 1 night
Taxi + Train:  7 h 30 min
7
Ulan-Ude, Russia
— 1 day
Fly:  11 h 30 min
8
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
— 1 night
train:  67 h
9
Vladivostok, Russia
— 3 nights
Train + Fly:  17 h
End: Riga, Latvia

5
nights
Moscow, Russia

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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow Zoo, Ostankino TV Tower, and other attractions. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Red Square, don't miss a visit to Lenin's Mausoleum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Basil's Cathedral, and explore the world behind art at State Tretyakov Gallery.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Moscow journey builder .

Riga, Latvia to Moscow is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Riga to Moscow due to the time zone difference. In August, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Kazan.

Things to do in Moscow

Museums Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums
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Red Square ©
Red Square
Moscow Kremlin
Moscow Kremlin
Saint Basil's Cathedral ©
Saint Basil's Cathedral

1
day
Kazan, Russia

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 9th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Kazan Kremlin, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kul Sharif Mosque, then admire the striking features of Agricultural Palace, and finally take a stroll through Bauman Street (Kazansky Arbat).

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Kazan day trip planning website .

Traveling by flight from Moscow to Kazan takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In August in Kazan, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can travel to Yekaterinburg.

Things to do in Kazan

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
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Kazan Kremlin ©
Kazan Kremlin
Kul Sharif Mosque ©
Kul Sharif Mosque
Bauman Street (Kazansky Arbat) ©
Bauman Street (Kazansky Arbat)

1
day
Yekaterinburg, Russia

Yekaterinburg
Located at the meeting point of two continents, Yekaterinburg serves as the cultural capital of the Urals region.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Church on the Blood and then learn about all things military at Museum of military vehicles and other machinery, UMMC.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Yekaterinburg trip planner .

Fly from Kazan to Yekaterinburg in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Moscow Standard Time to Yekaterinburg Time is 2 hours. Traveling from Kazan in August, expect slightly colder with lows of 13°C in Yekaterinburg. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Novosibirsk.

Things to do in Yekaterinburg

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Museum of military vehicles and other machinery, UMMC
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few
hours
Novosibirsk, Russia

Novosibirsk
Situated in Siberia's southwestern portion, Novosibirsk developed into a major urban center in the last decade of the 19th century, when it became a convenient pit stop for railway travelers making the epic trans-Siberian journey.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): get to know the fascinating history of The Lenina Square and then see the interesting displays at Novosibirsk Museum of the Railway Technology.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Novosibirsk trip builder .

You can fly from Yekaterinburg to Novosibirsk in 5.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Yekaterinburg Time (YEKT) to Novosibirsk Time (NOVT) is 2 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Irkutsk.

Things to do in Novosibirsk

Historic Sites Museums
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1
night
Irkutsk, Russia

Irkutsk ©
The most popular stop on the Trans-Siberian railway, Irkutsk gained fame as the cultural center of Decembrist exiles.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Irkutsk Regional Historical and Memorial Museum of Decembrists, 130 Kvartal and Monument to the Founders of Irkutsk. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): pause for some photo ops at Monument to the Founders of Irkutsk, then don't miss a visit to 130 Kvartal, and then get engrossed in the history at Irkutsk Regional Historical and Memorial Museum of Decembrists.

Before you visit Irkutsk, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Getting from Novosibirsk to Irkutsk by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Novosibirsk Time to Irkutsk Time is 1 hour. In August, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can drive to Listvyanka.

Things to do in Irkutsk

Museums
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130 Kvartal ©
130 Kvartal
Monument to the Founders of Irkutsk ©
Monument to the Founders of Irkutsk

1
night
Listvyanka, Russia

Listvyanka ©
Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): explore the activities along Lake Baikal, observe the fascinating underwater world at Nerpinary, then take some stellar pictures from Cableway, and finally examine the collection at Baikal Museum.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Listvyanka trip site .

Getting from Irkutsk to Listvyanka by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. August in Listvyanka sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Ulan-Ude.

Things to do in Listvyanka

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Nature

Side Trip

Lake Baikal
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Lake Baikal ©
Lake Baikal
Baikal Museum ©
Baikal Museum
Nerpinary ©
Nerpinary

1
day
Ulan-Ude, Russia

Ulan-Ude ©
Ulan-Ude is the capital city of the Republic of Buryatia, Russia; it is located about 100km southeast of Lake Baikal on the Uda River at its confluence with the Selenga. On the 15th (Sat), examine the collection at Ethnographic Museum of the People of Transbaikalia Culture Gau and then admire the landmark architecture of Datsan Rinpoche Bagsha.

For ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Ulan-Ude online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by combination of ferry and flight from Listvyanka to Ulan-Ude takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in August, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel to Ulaanbaatar.

Things to do in Ulan-Ude

Historic Sites Museums
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Datsan Rinpoche Bagsha ©
Datsan Rinpoche Bagsha

1
night
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Ulaanbaatar ©
The capital and largest city in the country, Ulaanbaatar stands as Mongolia's transport, cultural, and commercial hub.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes The Central Museum of Mongolian Dinosaurs as well as Bogd Khaan Palace Museum of Mongolia. On the 16th (Sun), get engrossed in the history at Bogd Khaan Palace Museum of Mongolia, then appreciate the history behind Genghis Khan Square, then examine the collection at The Central Museum of Mongolian Dinosaurs, and finally explore the wealth of natural beauty at Gorkhi-Terelj National Park.

To see maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Ulaanbaatar trip planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Ulan-Ude to Ulaanbaatar. In August, daytime highs in Ulaanbaatar are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 12°C. On the 17th (Mon), you're off toVladivostok.

Things to do in Ulaanbaatar

Parks Nature Museums
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Gorkhi-Terelj National Park ©
Gorkhi-Terelj National Park
Genghis Khan Square ©
Genghis Khan Square
Bogd Khaan Palace Museum of Mongolia ©
Bogd Khaan Palace Museum of Mongolia

3
nights
Vladivostok, Russia

Vladivostok ©
Often compared to San Francisco and Naples, the sprawling eastern city of Vladivostok serves as the largest Russian port on the Pacific Ocean.
You've now added Primorskiy Oceanarium to your itinerary. There's still lots to do: take in the views from Russky Bridge, head off the coast to Russian Island, examine the collection at Amber Museum, and get engrossed in the history at S-56 Submarine Museum.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Vladivostok trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can fly from Ulaanbaatar to Vladivostok in 8.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Ulaanbaatar Time (ULAT) to Vladivostok Time (VLAT) is 2 hours. Traveling from Ulaanbaatar in August, plan for a bit warmer nights in Vladivostok, with lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Vladivostok

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Nature
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Russian Island ©
Russian Island
Russky Bridge ©
Russky Bridge
Golden Bridge ©
Golden Bridge

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