30 days in Russia Itinerary

30 days in Russia Itinerary

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Sochi
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Kazan
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Nizhny Novgorod
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St. Petersburg
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Kaliningrad
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Moscow
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Sochi

— 4 nights

Russia's Summer Capital

Called the "Summer Capital of Russia," the busy resort town of Sochi is best known as the host of the 2014 Winter Olympics.
Sochi is known for winter sports, parks, and theme parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: hit the slopes at Rosa Khutor Ski Resort, get engrossed in the history at Nik Panuli auto museum, glide through natural beauty at Krasnaya Polyana Mountain Cluster, and stop by Dary Krasnoi Polyany.

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Ahmedabad, India to Sochi is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from India Standard Time to Moscow Standard Time, which is usually a -2.5 hour difference. While traveling from Ahmedabad, expect cooler days and a bit cooler nights in Sochi, ranging from highs of 13°C to lows of 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can fly to Kazan.

Things to do in Sochi

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Spas
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Kazan

— 4 nights

Sports Capital of Russia

The heart of Tatar culture, Kazan carries the epithet of the "Third Capital of Russia" because of its rich history and thriving economy.
Take a break from Kazan with a short trip to Raifa Monastery in Raifa, about 40 minutes away. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kul Sharif Mosque, view the masterpieces at Gallery-Workshop of Zaitsev, contemplate the long history of Kazan Kremlin, and examine the collection at Konstantin Vasiliev Museum.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Kazan driving holiday planner.

You can fly from Sochi to Kazan in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Sochi in December: high temperatures in Kazan hover around -5°C and lows are around -11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to fly to Nizhny Novgorod.

Things to do in Kazan

Side Trip

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Nizhny Novgorod

— 4 nights

Russia's Pocket

Founded eight centuries ago at the confluence of the Volga and the Oka rivers, Nizhny Novgorod boasts over 600 historical, cultural, and architectural monuments.
Nizhny Novgorod is known for historic sites, museums, and zoos & aquariums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: step into the grandiose world of The Kremlin, engage your brain at Museum of Old Equipment and Tools, don't miss a visit to Bolshaia Pokrovskaia Street, and pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Nativity of Most Holy Mother of God.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Nizhny Novgorod online trip itinerary builder.

You can fly from Kazan to Nizhny Novgorod in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. December in Nizhny Novgorod sees daily highs of -2°C and lows of -7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to fly to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Nizhny Novgorod

Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums · Zoos & Aquariums
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St. Petersburg

— 7 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 Saint Isaac's Cathedral, contemplate the long history of Palace Square, see the interesting displays at Russian Museum, and walk around Catherine Palace and Park.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read St. Petersburg trip maker.

Getting from Nizhny Novgorod to St. Petersburg by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Traveling from Nizhny Novgorod in December, things will get a bit warmer in St. Petersburg: highs are around 1°C and lows about -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Kaliningrad.

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Kaliningrad

— 3 nights

Amber City

A city of science and philosophy, cosmopolitan Kaliningrad once served as a cultural hub of Germany, Poland, and Lithuania.
Spend the 30th (Thu) exploring nature at Kurshskaya Kosa. There's still lots to do: take a tour of Research vessel "Vityaz", pause for some serene contemplation at Konigsberg Cathedral, examine the collection at Amber Museum, and make a trip to Fort XI Donhoff.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Kaliningrad trip itinerary planner.

Fly from St. Petersburg to Kaliningrad in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from St. Petersburg to Kaliningrad is minus 1 hour. In December, plan for daily highs up to 3°C, and evening lows to -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Moscow.

Things to do in Kaliningrad

Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Museums
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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: contemplate the long history of Red Square, look for gifts at Perlov Tea House, explore the world behind art at State Tretyakov Gallery, and walk around Sparrow Hills (Vorobyovy Gory).

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Getting from Kaliningrad to Moscow by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time (EET) to Moscow Standard Time (MSK) is 1 hour. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Kaliningrad in January: high temperatures in Moscow hover around -7°C and lows are around -12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can fly back home.

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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.