29 days in Russia Itinerary

29 days in Russia Itinerary

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29 days in Russia Itinerary

Start: Calgary
Fly:  23​h 30​min
1
Ulan-Ude
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  1​h 15​min
2
Irkutsk
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Novosibirsk
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Yekaterinburg
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
5
Nizhny Novgorod
— 4 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
6
Moscow
— 4 nights
train:  4​h 15​min
7
St. Petersburg
— 6 nights
Fly:  18​h
End: Calgary

2
nights
Ulan-Ude

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 24th (Fri), pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Protection Church, then examine the collection at Zabaykalye Peoples Ethnography Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Datsan Rinpoche Bagsha, and finally shop like a local with Ethno Gallery Orda. On the next day, find something for the whole family at Green Park, appreciate the history behind Monument to the Verkhneudinskiy Kupets, then get curious at Geological Museum, and finally pause for some photo ops at Monument to Lenin.

For ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Ulan-Ude online trip maker .

Calgary, Canada to Ulan-Ude is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. Traveling from Calgary to Ulan-Ude, you'll lose 15 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Calgary in July, things will get a bit warmer in Ulan-Ude: highs are around 32°C and lows about 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Irkutsk.

Things to do in Ulan-Ude

Museums Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Zabaykalye Peoples Ethnography Museum
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Datsan Rinpoche Bagsha ©
Datsan Rinpoche Bagsha

4
nights
Irkutsk

Irkutsk ©
The most popular stop on the Trans-Siberian railway, Irkutsk gained fame as the cultural center of Decembrist exiles.
Bring the kids along to Kurazh and Park Lukomorye. Get out of town with these interesting Irkutsk side-trips: Nerpinary (in Listvyanka) and Taltsy Museum (in Taltsy). The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Baikal, step off the mainland to explore Konny Island, delve into the lush surroundings at Kaiskaya Forest, and take an in-depth tour of Irkutsk Regional Historical and Memorial Museum of Decembrists.

For photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Irkutsk trip planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Ulan-Ude to Irkutsk takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In July, daytime highs in Irkutsk are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to travel to Novosibirsk.

Things to do in Irkutsk

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Angarsk, Nerpinary, Lake Baikal, Taltsy Museum
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Lake Baikal ©
Lake Baikal
Nerpinary ©
Nerpinary
Taltsy Museum ©
Taltsy Museum

3
nights
Novosibirsk

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Novosibirsk Zoo and Center of Oceanography and Marine Biology Delfiniya. There's much more to do: get in on the family fun at Wonder Park Galileo, kick back and relax at Sun City, get curious at Museum of Archeology and Ethnography of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, and see the interesting displays at Children and Youth Centre Planetarium.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Novosibirsk route app .

You can fly from Irkutsk to Novosibirsk in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Irkutsk to Novosibirsk. July in Novosibirsk sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can travel to Yekaterinburg.

Things to do in Novosibirsk

Parks Theme Parks Museums
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Novosibirsk Zoo ©
Novosibirsk Zoo
Aquapark Akvamir ©
Aquapark Akvamir

4
nights
Yekaterinburg

Yekaterinburg ©
Located at the meeting point of two continents, Yekaterinburg serves as the cultural capital of the Urals region.
Kids will enjoy Monitoring And Rehabilitation Center For Predatory Birds Kholzan and Dom Strakhov. Step out of Yekaterinburg to go to Visim and see Deer Farm, which is approximately 2 hours away. There's lots more to do: have fun and explore at Newton BIO Park, see the interesting displays at V. Vysotskiy Museum, engage your brain at Ural Mineralogy Museum, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Touching Zoo Lukomorye.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Yekaterinburg online trip builder .

You can fly from Novosibirsk to Yekaterinburg in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. The time zone changes from Novosibirsk Time to Yekaterinburg Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. In August, daytime highs in Yekaterinburg are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can travel to Nizhny Novgorod.

Things to do in Yekaterinburg

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Deer Farm, Monitoring And Rehabilitation Center For Predatory Birds Kholzan
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Newton BIO Park ©
Newton BIO Park
Touching Zoo Prostokvashino ©
Touching Zoo Prostokvashino
FentaziGrad ©
FentaziGrad

4
nights
Nizhny Novgorod

Nizhny Novgorod ©
Founded eight centuries ago at the confluence of the Volga and the Oka rivers, Nizhny Novgorod boasts over 600 historical, cultural, and architectural monuments.
Family-friendly places like Limpopo Zoo and Galileo Park will thrill your kids. Change things up with a short trip to Pustynskiye Lakes in Staraya Pustyn (about 1h 30 min away). The adventure continues: get curious at Museum of Old Equipment and Tools, get to know the fascinating history of Fedorovsky Embankment, get to know the resident critters at Madagaskar, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Dolphinarium Atlantida.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Nizhny Novgorod online journey planner .

You can fly from Yekaterinburg to Nizhny Novgorod in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Yekaterinburg Time (YEKT) to Moscow Standard Time (MSK) is minus 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in August, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can travel to Moscow.

Things to do in Nizhny Novgorod

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Pustynskiye Lakes
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Madagaskar ©
Madagaskar
Dolphinarium Atlantida ©
Dolphinarium Atlantida

4
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Moscow Zoo and Bird Park Vorobyi. Change things up with these side-trips from Moscow: Muzey tekhniki Vadima Zadorozhnogo (in Arkhangelskoye) and Church of The Holy Virgin (in Dubrovitsy). There's much more to do: make a trip to Red Square (Krasnaya Ploshchad), admire the striking features of Lenin's Mausoleum, see the interesting displays at Moscow Kremlin (Moskovsky Kreml), and pause for some serene contemplation at Uspensky Cathedral.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Moscow trip planner.

Getting from Nizhny Novgorod to Moscow by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. August in Moscow sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Moscow

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bird Park Vorobyi, Church of The Holy Virgin, Muzey tekhniki Vadima Zadorozhnogo
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Red Square ©
Red Square
Moscow Zoo ©
Moscow Zoo
Muzey tekhniki Vadima Zadorozhnogo ©

6
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.
Bring the kids along to Divo Ostrov and Dyuny Beach. And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at The State Hermitage Museum, admire the striking features of Peterhof Grand Palace, examine the collection at Russian Museum, and pause for some serene contemplation at Savior on the Spilled Blood.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our St. Petersburg trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by train from Moscow to St. Petersburg takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In August, daily temperatures in St. Petersburg can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. On the 19th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums Parks Historic Sites
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The State Hermitage Museum ©
The State Hermitage Museum
Divo Ostrov ©
Divo Ostrov
Cruiser Aurora ©
Cruiser Aurora

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