28 days in Russia, Ulaanbaatar & Beijing Itinerary

28 days in Russia, Ulaanbaatar & Beijing Itinerary

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28 days in Russia, Ulaanbaatar & Beijing Itinerary

Start: Singapore, Singapore
Fly:  16​h 15​min
1
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 2 nights
train:  4​h 15​min
2
Moscow, Russia
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Yekaterinburg, Russia
— 2 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  3​h
4
Tyumen, Russia
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Tobolsk, Russia
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
6
Novosibirsk, Russia
— 1 night
7
Tomsk, Russia
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h
8
Krasnoyarsk, Russia
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h
9
Irkutsk, Russia
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h
10
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
11
Beijing, China
— 1 night
Fly:  11​h 30​min
End: St. Petersburg, Russia

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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.
Let the collections at Museum of Soviet Arcade Machines and Erarta Museum Of Contemporary Art capture your imagination. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Neva Embankments and Pavlovsk Palace and Park. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Tsarskoye Selo State Museum Preserve, appreciate the history behind Bronze Horseman, Monument To Peter I, admire the landmark architecture of Winter Palace of Peter I, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Peter and Paul Cathedral.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our St. Petersburg trip planner .

Singapore, Singapore to St. Petersburg is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Singapore Time (SGT) to Moscow Standard Time (MSK) is minus 5 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Singapore in July: highs in St. Petersburg hover around 26°C, while lows dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to travel to Moscow.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Historic Sites Museums Tours
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Neva Embankments
Neva Embankments
Museum of Soviet Arcade Machines ©
Erarta Museum ©
Erarta Museum

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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 inner history buff will appreciate The Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra and Kremlin Walls and Towers. Get in touch with nature at Bolshoi Gorodskoi Prud and Meshherskoye. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Lake Beloye (Vologda Oblast), brush up on your military savvy at The Armoury, examine the collection at Diamond Fund (Almazny Fond), and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Peter and Paul.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Moscow trip planner .

Getting from St. Petersburg to Moscow by train takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In July, daytime highs in Moscow are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to travel to Yekaterinburg.

Things to do in Moscow

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Bolshoi Gorodskoi Prud, The Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra
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Meshherskoye ©
Meshherskoye
Lake Beloye (Vologda Oblast) ©
Lake Beloye (Vologda Oblast)
Church of Peter and Paul ©
Church of Peter and Paul

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Yekaterinburg, Russia

Yekaterinburg ©
Located at the meeting point of two continents, Yekaterinburg serves as the cultural capital of the Urals region.
Step out of the city life by going to Talc Stone Lake and Natural Park Bazhovskiye Places. Museum-lovers will appreciate President Center of Boris Eltsin and Museum-Exhibition Center Dom Poklevskikh-Kozell. Step out of Yekaterinburg with an excursion to Jaws Brewery in Zarechnyy--about 1h 05 min away. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Church on the Blood, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chapel in Honor of the Grand Duchess Elizabeth and Nun Barbara, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Nicholas Church, and get great views at Visotsky Business Center Lookout.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Yekaterinburg road trip planning website .

Getting from Moscow to Yekaterinburg by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Moscow to Yekaterinburg is 2 hours. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Moscow in July since evenings lows in Yekaterinburg dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Tyumen.

Things to do in Yekaterinburg

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Sysert, St. Nicholas Church, Jaws Brewery
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St. Nicholas Church ©
St. Nicholas Church
Visotsky Business Center Lookout ©
Visotsky Business Center Lookout

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Tyumen, Russia

Tyumen ©
The first Russian settlement in Siberia, Tyumen now benefits from the wealth of the oil-rich region it calls home.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Tue): get outside with Tsvetnoy Boulevard, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Peter and Pavel, and then explore the activities along Embankment of Tura River. On the next day, identify plant and animal life at Gilevskaya Grove, pause for some serene contemplation at The Church of St. Nicholas, take in the spiritual surroundings of The Temple in Honor of the Annunciation, then take an in-depth tour of Museum Complex of Slovtsov, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Archangel Michael Church.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Tyumen trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Yekaterinburg to Tyumen takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Tyumen can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to travel to Tobolsk.

Things to do in Tyumen

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

The Church of St. Nicholas
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Gilevskaya Grove ©
Gilevskaya Grove
Museum Complex of Slovtsov ©
Museum Complex of Slovtsov
Saint Archangel Michael Church ©
Saint Archangel Michael Church

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Tobolsk, Russia

Tobolsk ©
Tobolsk is a town in Tyumen Oblast, Russia, located at the confluence of the Tobol and Irtysh Rivers. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Chamber Museum of Emperor Nicholas II, take in the spiritual surroundings of Saint Sophia Cathedral, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Basil's Cathedral, then examine the collection at Gostiny Dvor, and finally examine the collection at The Governor's Palace Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the world behind art at Gubernskiy museum, don't miss a visit to Temple of Archangel Michael, then pause for some serene contemplation at Catholic Church of the Holy Trinity, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Zechariah and Elizabeth Church, and finally examine the collection at Tobolsk Historical and Architectural Museum Reserve.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Tobolsk holiday planning site .

You can drive from Tyumen to Tobolsk in 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Novosibirsk.

Things to do in Tobolsk

Museums Historic Sites
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Gostiny Dvor ©
Gostiny Dvor
Gubernskiy museum ©
Gubernskiy museum

1
night
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.
On the 20th (Sat), tour the pleasant surroundings at Novosibirsk Zoo, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chapel of St. Nicholas, then pause for some serene contemplation at Alexandre Nevsky Cathedral (Sobor Alexandra Nevskogo), and finally work off some steam at Health/Fitness Clubs & Gyms. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of the Intercession of the Mother of God, see the interesting displays at Museum of History and Development of Zheleznodorozhny District, then examine the collection at Museum of History of Development of the Central District, then appreciate the history behind Sculpture Buying Scene, and finally see the interesting displays at Children and Youth Centre Planetarium.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Novosibirsk travel route builder site .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Tobolsk to Novosibirsk. The time zone changes from Yekaterinburg Time (YEKT) to Novosibirsk Time (NOVT), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in July, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to go by car to Tomsk.

Things to do in Novosibirsk

Museums Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums
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Chapel of St. Nicholas ©
Chapel of St. Nicholas
Turkish Baths

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Tomsk, Russia

Tomsk ©
Tomsk is a city and the administrative center of Tomsk Oblast in Russia, located on the Tom River. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Lutheran Church of Blessed Virgin Mary and Church of St. Alexander Nevskiy. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Cossack Fort and Zoological Museum of Tomsk State University. There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Znamenskaya Church, see the interesting displays at Anatomical Pathology Museum, pause for some photo ops at Monument to Military Medical Workers, and take an in-depth tour of Museum of History of Tomsk State University.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Tomsk planner .

You can drive from Novosibirsk to Tomsk in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July, daytime highs in Tomsk are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Krasnoyarsk.

Things to do in Tomsk

Museums Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Seversk Museum, Cossack Fort
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Cossack Fort ©
Cossack Fort
Church of St. Alexander Nevskiy ©
Church of St. Alexander Nevskiy

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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 25th (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Stolby National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Literature Museum, admire the landmark architecture of The First Fire Station in Krasnoyarsk, examine the collection at V. Astafyev Literary Museum, then contemplate the long history of Paraskeva Pyatnitsa Chapel, and finally explore the activities along Enisey River.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Krasnoyarsk trip maker app .

Getting from Tomsk to Krasnoyarsk by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can travel to Irkutsk.

Things to do in Krasnoyarsk

Nature Parks Wildlife
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Stolby National Park ©
Stolby National Park
Paraskeva Pyatnitsa Chapel ©
Paraskeva Pyatnitsa Chapel
Literature Museum ©
Literature Museum

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Irkutsk, Russia

Irkutsk ©
The most popular stop on the Trans-Siberian railway, Irkutsk gained fame as the cultural center of Decembrist exiles.
Step out of the city life by going to Lake Baikal and Pribaikalskiy National Park. Museum-lovers will appreciate Baikal Limnological Museum and Museum Retro Park. Step out of Irkutsk to go to Taltsy and see Taltsy Museum, which is approximately 54 minutes away. There's still lots to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Irkutsk visit planner .

You can fly from Krasnoyarsk to Irkutsk in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone changes from Krasnoyarsk Time to Irkutsk Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In July, daytime highs in Irkutsk are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to travel to Ulaanbaatar.

Things to do in Irkutsk

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Listvyanka, Taltsy Museum, Lake Baikal
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Taltsy Museum ©
Taltsy Museum
Pribaikalskiy National Park ©
Pribaikalskiy National Park
Baikal Limnological Museum ©
Baikal Limnological Museum

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Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Ulaanbaatar ©
The capital and largest city in the country, Ulaanbaatar stands as Mongolia's transport, cultural, and commercial hub.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Gorkhi-Terelj National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Choijin Lama Temple Museum, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then take an in-depth tour of National History Museum, and finally explore the world behind art at Zanabazar Museum of FIne Art.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Ulaanbaatar tour itinerary planner .

Fly from Irkutsk to Ulaanbaatar in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Beijing.

Things to do in Ulaanbaatar

Nature Parks Museums
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Choijin Lama Temple Museum ©
Choijin Lama Temple Museum
Zanabazar Museum of FIne Art ©
Zanabazar Museum of FIne Art
Spas

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Beijing, China

As the political and cultural capital of China, Beijing stands at the heart of Chinese history, buzzing with the energy of its high population density and centuries of importance.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Back Lakes (Hou Hai), see Juyong Pass of Great Wall, then take a stroll through 798 Art Zone, and finally walk around Jingshan Park (Jingshan Gongyuan). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at PAPP'S TEA and then indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Beijing journey planner .

Getting from Ulaanbaatar to Beijing by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train, car, and bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Ulaanbaatar in August; daily highs in Beijing reach 37°C and lows reach 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Beijing

Tours Neighborhoods Shopping
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Food Tours
Back Lakes (Hou Hai) ©
Back Lakes (Hou Hai)
798 Art Zone ©
798 Art Zone

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