23 days in Russia, Ulaanbaatar & Gorkhi Terelj National Park Itinerary

23 days in Russia, Ulaanbaatar & Gorkhi Terelj National Park Itinerary

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23 days in Russia, Ulaanbaatar & Gorkhi Terelj National Park Itinerary

Start: Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
1
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Gorkhi Terelj National Park, Mongolia
— 1 day
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
— 1 night
Train:  22 h 45 min
4
Irkutsk, Russia
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
5
Listvyanka, Russia
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 45 min
6
Khuzhir, Russia
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 45 min
7
Irkutsk, Russia
— 1 night
Train:  16 h
8
Krasnoyarsk, Russia
— 2 nights
Train:  29 h
9
Yekaterinburg, Russia
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
10
Kungur, Russia
— 1 night
Drive:  9 h 45 min
11
Kazan, Russia
— 1 night
Train:  13 h 30 min
12
Moscow, Russia
— 2 nights
Train:  4 h 15 min
13
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 2 nights
Fly:  6 h 15 min
End: Frankfurt, Germany

1
night
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

The capital and largest city in the country, Ulaanbaatar stands as Mongolia's transport, cultural, and commercial hub.
On the 1st (Sun), hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, shop like a local with 976 Art Gallery, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Dashchoilin Monastery.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Ulaanbaatar tour planner.

If you are flying in from Germany, the closest major aiport is Chinggis Khaan International Airport. March in Ulaanbaatar sees daily highs of 0°C and lows of -17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Gorkhi Terelj National Park.

Things to do in Ulaanbaatar

Tours Outdoors Historic Sites
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Photography Tours
Dashchoilin Monastery ©
Dashchoilin Monastery
976 Art Gallery ©
976 Art Gallery

1
day
Gorkhi Terelj National Park, Mongolia

Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Gorkhi Terelj National Park trip itinerary site.

Explore your travel options from Ulaanbaatar to Gorkhi Terelj National Park with the Route module. In March, daily temperatures in Gorkhi Terelj National Park can reach 0°C, while at night they dip to -17°C. On the 2nd (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Ulaanbaatar.

Things to do in Gorkhi Terelj National Park

Tours Outdoors
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Horseback Riding Tours

1
night
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Ulaanbaatar ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Khustain Uul. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): learn about all things military at G.K Zhukov house Museum, appreciate the history behind Khorloogin Choibalsan Statue, and then appreciate the history behind Silk Road Complex Monument [Migration].

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Ulaanbaatar travel route builder tool.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Gorkhi Terelj National Park to Ulaanbaatar. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Irkutsk.

Things to do in Ulaanbaatar

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

Khustain Uul
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G.K Zhukov house Museum ©
G.K Zhukov house Museum
Khorloogin Choibalsan Statue ©
Khorloogin Choibalsan Statue

1
night
Irkutsk, Russia

Irkutsk
The most popular stop on the Trans-Siberian railway, Irkutsk gained fame as the cultural center of Decembrist exiles.
To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Irkutsk holiday planner.

You can fly from Ulaanbaatar to Irkutsk in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In March in Irkutsk, expect temperatures between 1°C during the day and -14°C at night. You'll set off for Listvyanka on the 5th (Thu).

Things to do in Irkutsk

Museums Parks Outdoors
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1
night
Listvyanka, Russia

Listvyanka ©
Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Baikal Astrophysical Observatory, explore the activities along Lake Baikal, then appreciate the history behind Memorable Sign A.V. Vampilov, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Nicholas Church, and finally see the interesting displays at Museum Retro Park.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Listvyanka road trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Irkutsk to Listvyanka takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 1°C in March, and nighttime lows around -14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can travel to Khuzhir.

Things to do in Listvyanka

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trip

Lake Baikal
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Baikal Astrophysical Observatory ©
Baikal Astrophysical Observatory
Lake Baikal ©
Lake Baikal
St. Nicholas Church ©
St. Nicholas Church

2
nights
Khuzhir, Russia

Khuzhir ©
On the 6th (Fri), get outside with Bazarnaya Bay and then make a trip to Monument Brodyage. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Buddhist Stupa, identify plant and animal life at Cape Kharantsy, then take an in-depth tour of Khuzhir Local Lora Museum of Revyakin, then make a trip to Cape Burkhan/Shamanka Rock, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Reigning Mother of God.

For ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Khuzhir driving holiday planning app.

Getting from Listvyanka to Khuzhir by car takes about 5.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Irkutsk.

Things to do in Khuzhir

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Buddhist Stupa, Bazarnaya Bay, Monument Brodyage, Cape Sagan-Khushun
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Cape Sagan-Khushun ©
Cape Sagan-Khushun
Buddhist Stupa ©
Buddhist Stupa

1
night
Irkutsk, Russia

Irkutsk ©
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): stroll the grounds of Lisikhinskoye Cemetery, pause for some photo ops at Monument Enforcement Officers Killed in the Line of Duty, appreciate the history behind Irkutsk Sculpture Park, then admire the striking features of House Feinberg, then ponder the design of Fountain Near The Wedding Palace, and finally get engrossed in the history at Museum of Urban Life.

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Getting from Khuzhir to Irkutsk by car takes about 4.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to travel to Krasnoyarsk.

Things to do in Irkutsk

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Museum of Urban Life ©
Museum of Urban Life

2
nights
Krasnoyarsk, Russia

Krasnoyarsk ©
Famed for its scenic location, Krasnoyarsk so impressed author Anton Chekhov that he considered it Siberia's most appealing city, describing it as a "picturesque, cultured town." A convenient pit stop for passengers making the trans-Siberian journey, the city serves as the country's major railway junction halfway between Moscow and Vladivostok.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): admire the local landmark of Fountain Reki Siberi, pause for some serene contemplation at Catholic Cathedral of the Transfiguration, pause for some photo ops at Hourglass, stroll around 1st of May Park, then appreciate the history behind Rocket Kosmos Monument, and finally pause for some photo ops at The Memorial Complex in Honor of the 70th Anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Wed): pause for some photo ops at V.I. Surikov Monument, appreciate the history behind The Sculptural Composition Children of War, admire the local landmark of Fountain Piterskiy Mostik, then have fun and explore at Interactive Science Museum Newton Park, and finally make a trip to 350-Year Anniversary Square.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Krasnoyarsk trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Irkutsk to Krasnoyarsk takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Irkutsk Time (IRKT) to Krasnoyarsk Time (KRAT) is minus 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Yekaterinburg.

Things to do in Krasnoyarsk

Museums Childrens Museums Historic Sites
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2
nights
Yekaterinburg, Russia

Yekaterinburg ©
Located at the meeting point of two continents, Yekaterinburg serves as the cultural capital of the Urals region.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Visotsky Business Center Lookout and Weir on river Iset. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Ganina Yama Monastery, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at New Tikhvin Nunnery, stroll around Park Green Grove, and pause for some photo ops at Monument to Soldiers of Ural Voluntary Tank Bulk.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Yekaterinburg day trip app.

Fly from Krasnoyarsk to Yekaterinburg in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Krasnoyarsk to Yekaterinburg is minus 2 hours. In March, daily temperatures in Yekaterinburg can reach 0°C, while at night they dip to -11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel to Kungur.

Things to do in Yekaterinburg

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Visotsky Business Center Lookout ©
Visotsky Business Center Lookout
Ganina Yama Monastery ©
Ganina Yama Monastery

1
night
Kungur, Russia

Kungur ©
Kungur is a town in the southeast of Perm Krai, Russia, located in the Ural Mountains at the confluence of the Iren and Shakhva Rivers into the Sylva River . Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Sculpture The Centre of The Universe, admire the striking features of Former House of Dubinin, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Theotokos of Tikhvin Church, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Nicholas, then appreciate the history behind Monument to the Pioneers, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Kungurskaya Cave.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Kungur trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Yekaterinburg to Kungur takes 4 hours. In March in Kungur, expect temperatures between 0°C during the day and -10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel to Kazan.

Things to do in Kungur

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Church of St. Nicholas ©
Church of St. Nicholas
Theotokos of Tikhvin Church ©
Theotokos of Tikhvin Church

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Kazan Kremlin, see the interesting displays at Natural History of Tatarstan Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Annunciation Cathedral, then pause for some photo ops at Monument of Musa Jalil, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of the Apostles Peter and Paul, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at The bell tower of the Cathedral of the Epiphany.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Kazan trip planning site.

Explore your travel options from Kungur to Kazan with the Route module. The time zone difference moving from Yekaterinburg Time to Moscow Standard Time is minus 2 hours. In March, plan for daily highs up to 0°C, and evening lows to -9°C. On the 18th (Wed), you're off to Moscow.

Things to do in Kazan

Historic Sites Museums
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Annunciation Cathedral ©
Annunciation Cathedral
Natural History of Tatarstan Museum ©
Natural History of Tatarstan Museum

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Red Square, then see the interesting displays at Muzeon Art Park, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Krutitskoe Podvorye, and finally admire the masterpieces at Art Gallery of the European and American Countries of the XIX-XX centuries. Here are some ideas for day two: indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, then walk around Sokolniki Park, and then admire the masterpieces at State Tretyakov Gallery.

To see traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Moscow road trip app.

Traveling by flight from Kazan to Moscow takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Kazan in March since evenings lows in Moscow dip to -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Moscow

Museums Historic Sites Tours
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Red Square ©
Red Square
Krutitskoe Podvorye ©
Krutitskoe Podvorye

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nights
St. Petersburg, Russia

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to WindTunnel FlyStation and Dom Kompanii Zinger. There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at The State Hermitage Museum, make a trip to Chasovnya Svyatoy Blazhennoy Ksenii Peterburgskoy, explore the galleries of Saint Isaac's Cathedral, and steep yourself in history at Palace Square.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the St. Petersburg travel app.

Take a train from Moscow to St. Petersburg in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In March, daily temperatures in St. Petersburg can reach 2°C, while at night they dip to -5°C. On the 23rd (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trip

WindTunnel FlyStation
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The State Hermitage Museum ©
The State Hermitage Museum
Saint Isaac's Cathedral ©
Saint Isaac's Cathedral

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