30 days in Russia Itinerary

30 days in Russia Itinerary

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Moscow
— 4 nights
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St. Petersburg
— 2 nights
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Kazan
— 5 nights
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Novosibirsk
— 5 nights
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Irkutsk
— 6 nights
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Moscow
— 2 nights
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Moscow

— 4 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: make a trip to Red Square, contemplate the long history of Moscow Kremlin, admire the landmark architecture of Lenin's Mausoleum, and brush up on your military savvy at Armoury Chamber.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Moscow trip planner.

New Delhi, India to Moscow is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2.5 hours traveling from New Delhi to Moscow. Traveling from New Delhi in January, expect Moscow to be cooler, temps between -7°C and -12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can fly to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Moscow

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St. Petersburg

— 2 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: pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Isaac's Cathedral, get engrossed in the history at The Pushkin Apartment Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Peter and Paul Fortress, and browse the exhibits of Kazan Cathedral.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the St. Petersburg trip builder site.

You can fly from Moscow to St. Petersburg in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In January in St. Petersburg, expect temperatures between -5°C during the day and -10°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Kazan.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

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Kazan

— 5 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.
Step out of Kazan to go to Raifa and see Raifa Monastery, which is approximately 40 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kul Sharif Mosque, see the interesting displays at Kazan Kremlin, take a stroll through Bauman Street (Kazansky Arbat), and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Annunciation Cathedral.

To find out how to plan a trip to Kazan, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from St. Petersburg to Kazan in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from St. Petersburg in January, things will get slightly colder in Kazan: highs are around -10°C and lows about -17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Novosibirsk.

Things to do in Kazan

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 9 — 14:

Novosibirsk

— 5 nights

Siberian Chicago

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.
Novosibirsk is known for zoos & aquariums, nightlife, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: pause for some photo ops at Skul'ptura Stsena Pokupki, stroll around Zayeltsovskiy Park of Culture and Leisure, don't miss a visit to Respect Gallery, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chapel of St. Nicholas.

To find maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Novosibirsk vacation planning app.

You can fly from Kazan to Novosibirsk in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Moscow Standard Time (MSK) to Novosibirsk Standard Time (NOVT) is 4 hours. Traveling from Kazan in January, expect Novosibirsk to be a bit cooler, temps between -15°C and -24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to fly to Irkutsk.

Things to do in Novosibirsk

Museums · Parks · Theme Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 14 — 20:

Irkutsk

— 6 nights

Paris of Siberia

The most popular stop on the Trans-Siberian railway, Irkutsk gained fame as the cultural center of Decembrist exiles.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Irkutsk: Listvyanka (Nerpinary & Baikal Museum) and Taltsy Museum (in Taltsy). Spend the 22nd (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Lake Baikal, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of The Epiphany, pause for some photo ops at Monument to The Dog, and don't miss a visit to 130 Kvartal.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Irkutsk road trip site.

You can fly from Novosibirsk to Irkutsk in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Novosibirsk to Irkutsk. January in Irkutsk sees daily highs of -15°C and lows of -27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Thu) to allow time for the flight to Moscow.

Things to do in Irkutsk

Museums · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

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Moscow

— 2 nights

Third Rome

On the 28th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in nature's colorful creations at Aptekarskiy Ogorod Botanical Garden, then examine the collection at Chambers of The Romanov Boyars, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, and finally admire the masterpieces at Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Moscow tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Irkutsk to Moscow takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 5 hours traveling from Irkutsk to Moscow. When traveling from Irkutsk in January, plan for somewhat warmer days and much warmer nights in Moscow: temperatures range from -7°C by day to -12°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Moscow

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 27 — 29:

Russia travel guide

4.7
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.