30 days in Russia Itinerary

30 days in Russia Itinerary

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Vladivostok
— 1 night
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Novosibirsk
— 2 nights
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Yekaterinburg
— 10 nights
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Kazan
— 10 nights
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Vladivostok

— 1 night
Often compared to San Francisco and Naples, the sprawling eastern city of Vladivostok serves as the largest Russian port on the Pacific Ocean.
To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Vladivostok itinerary maker site.

If you are flying in from South Africa, the closest major aiport is Vladivostok International Airport. In January, daily temperatures in Vladivostok can reach -9°C, while at night they dip to -23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Novosibirsk.

Things to do in Vladivostok

Parks · Shopping · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 7:

Novosibirsk

— 2 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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Wed): walk around Zayeltsovskiy Park of Culture and Leisure, browse the different shops at San Siti, hit the slopes at Tulskiy Ski Lodge, then don't miss a visit to Monument of Laboratory Mice, then see the interesting displays at Novosibirsk Museum of the Railway Technology, and finally see the interesting displays at Children and Youth Centre Planetarium.

To find where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Novosibirsk trip planner.

You can fly from Vladivostok to Novosibirsk in 9.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference moving from Vladivostok Standard Time (VLAT) to Novosibirsk Standard Time (NOVT) is minus 3 hours. Traveling from Vladivostok in January, you will find days in Novosibirsk are a bit cooler (-15°C), and nights are about the same (-24°C). You will have some time to spend on the 14th (Thu) before leaving for Yekaterinburg.

Things to do in Novosibirsk

Parks · Outdoors · Shopping · Winter Sports
Find places to stay Jan 11 — 14:

Yekaterinburg

— 10 nights
Located at the meeting point of two continents, Yekaterinburg serves as the cultural capital of the Urals region.
Get a sense of the local culture at The UMMC Museum complex and Art Gallery of Church on Blood. Step out of the city life by going to Rapid Revun and Forest Park of Foresters of Russia. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Yekaterinburg: Rock Stone Gate (in Kamensk-Uralsky), Nevyansk (Leaning Tower of Nevyansk, Cathedral of the Transfiguration, &more) and Sysert (Bessonova Mount, Natural Park Bazhovskiye Places, &more). There's still lots to do: stop by Tavolozhskaya Ceramics, get great views at Visotsky Business Center Lookout, look for all kinds of wild species at Archaeological Monument Rock Tents, and view the masterpieces at Art Bird Gallery.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Yekaterinburg tour itinerary planning website.

Traveling by flight from Novosibirsk to Yekaterinburg takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from Novosibirsk to Yekaterinburg is minus 2 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Yekaterinburg can reach -13°C, while at night they dip to -22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to travel to Kazan.

Things to do in Yekaterinburg

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 15 — 25:

Kazan

— 10 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.
You've now added Solntse Vnutri Kazani to your itinerary. Museum-lovers will appreciate Kazan Kremlin and Kazan Art Gallery. Shop till you drop at Bauman Street (Kazansky Arbat) and Slava Zaitsev's Art Gallery and Studio. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kazan: Raifa (Church in Honor of the Holy Fathers in Sinai and Raifa, Raifa Monastery, &more), Planetarium (in Oktyabrskiy) and Sviyazhsk (Lazy Torzhok Mini-Amusement Park, Sviyazhskiy Holy Dormition Monastery, &more). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kul Sharif Mosque, get outside with Kazan Tennis Academy, see the interesting displays at Natural History of Tatarstan Museum, and contemplate the waterfront views at Nizhniy Kaban Lake.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Kazan visit planning website.

Take a train from Yekaterinburg to Kazan in 12 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Yekaterinburg Standard Time to Moscow Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Yekaterinburg in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Kazan, with lows of -17°C. On the 4th (Thu), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Kazan

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 25 — Feb 4:

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.