25 days in Russia Itinerary

25 days in Russia Itinerary

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Moscow
— 7 nights
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St. Petersburg
— 6 nights
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Irkutsk
— 7 nights
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Rostov-on-Don
— 4 nights

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Moscow

— 7 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.
Moscow is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Red Square, examine the collection at Bulgakov's House Museum-Theater, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Basil's Cathedral.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Moscow trip planning app.

If you are flying in from India, the closest major aiports are Sheremetyevo International Airport, Domodedovo International Airport, Vnukovo International Airport, Zhukovsky International Airport and Ostafyevo International Airport. October in Moscow sees daily highs of 7°C and lows of 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to fly to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Moscow

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Tours
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St. Petersburg

— 6 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.
St. Petersburg is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, see the interesting displays at Saint Isaac's Cathedral, admire the striking features of Vitebskiy Railway Station, and contemplate the long history of Palace Square.

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Getting from Moscow to St. Petersburg by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In October, daily temperatures in St. Petersburg can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 2°C. You will leave for Irkutsk on the 17th (Sun).

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Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods
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Irkutsk

— 7 nights

Paris of Siberia

The most popular stop on the Trans-Siberian railway, Irkutsk gained fame as the cultural center of Decembrist exiles.
Explore Irkutsk's surroundings by going to Taltsy Museum (in Taltsy) and Listvyanka (Nerpinary & Baikal Museum). Spend the 18th (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Baikal, see the interesting displays at Museum of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia Across the Irkutsk Region, pause for some photo ops at Monument to the Founders of Irkutsk, and take an in-depth tour of Irkutsk Regional Historical and Memorial Museum of Decembrists.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Irkutsk trip planner.

You can fly from St. Petersburg to Irkutsk in 7.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from St. Petersburg to Irkutsk, you'll lose 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier evenings in Irkutsk when traveling from St. Petersburg in October, with lows around -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Rostov-on-Don.

Things to do in Irkutsk

Museums · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

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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.
Get out of town with these interesting Rostov-on-Don side-trips: Taganrog (Gorky Park & Depaldo Stone Steps) and Ascension Cathedral (in Novocherkassk). There's lots more to do: stop by Underpass Art, stop by Semikarakorskaya Ceramics Official Store, pause for some photo ops at Monument-Obelisk to the Liberators of Rostov, and examine the collection at Modern Fine Arts Museum on Dmitrovskaya.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Rostov-on-Don trip app.

You can fly from Irkutsk to Rostov-on-Don in 11 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from Irkutsk to Rostov-on-Don is minus 5 hours. In October, Rostov-on-Don is a bit warmer than Irkutsk - with highs of 15°C and lows of 5°C.

Things to do in Rostov-on-Don

Parks · Theme Parks · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums

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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.