31 days in Russia Itinerary

31 days in Russia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Russia holiday planner

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Kazan
— 2 nights
Fly
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Nizhny Novgorod
— 3 nights
Fly
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St. Petersburg
— 6 nights
Drive
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Veliky Novgorod
— 2 nights
Bus to Pulkovo, Fly to Kaliningrad
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Kaliningrad
— 3 nights
Fly
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Sergiyev Posad
— 2 nights
Drive
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Moscow
— 5 nights
Fly
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Volgograd
— 2 nights
Drive
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Elista
— 2 nights
Drive
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Sochi
— 3 nights
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Kazan

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): examine the collection at Museum "Tatarskaya Sloboda", take in the exciting artwork at Gallery-Workshop of Zaitsev, and then examine the collection at Konstantin Vasiliev Museum. On the 3rd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Kazan Kremlin, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kul Sharif Mosque, and then admire the striking features of Leaning Suyumbike Tower.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Kazan road trip planning tool.

Kolkata (Calcutta), India to Kazan is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2.5 hours traveling from Kolkata (Calcutta) to Kazan. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Kolkata (Calcutta) in May: high temperatures in Kazan hover around 22°C and lows are around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to fly to Nizhny Novgorod.

Things to do in Kazan

Find places to stay May 1 — 3:

Nizhny Novgorod

— 3 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: explore the historical opulence of The Kremlin, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of St. Alexander Nevskiy, admire the landmark architecture of State Bank, and engage your brain at Museum of Old Equipment and Tools.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Nizhny Novgorod trip tool.

Fly from Kazan to Nizhny Novgorod in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In May in Nizhny Novgorod, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Nizhny Novgorod

Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums
Find places to stay May 3 — 6:

St. Petersburg

— 6 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: explore the world behind art at The State Hermitage Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, see the interesting displays at Saint Isaac's Cathedral, and contemplate the long history of Grand Peterhof Palace and Gardens.

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You can fly from Nizhny Novgorod to St. Petersburg in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. While traveling from Nizhny Novgorod, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in St. Petersburg, ranging from highs of 19°C to lows of 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can drive to Veliky Novgorod.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Find places to stay May 6 — 12:

Veliky Novgorod

— 2 nights
An ancient city thriving as a modern tourist destination, Veliky Novgorod rightly bills itself as the birthplace of Russia.
On the 13th (Fri), admire the striking features of St. Sophia Cathedral and then appreciate the history behind Millennium of Russia. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the history behind Sculpture Electrician and Cat, then examine the collection at Novgorodskiy Muzey-Zapovednik, and then see the interesting displays at Center of Musical Antiquities.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Veliky Novgorod tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from St. Petersburg to Veliky Novgorod in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can travel to Kaliningrad.

Things to do in Veliky Novgorod

Find places to stay May 12 — 14:

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 15th (Sun) exploring nature at Kurshskaya Kosa. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Fort XI Donhoff, examine the collection at B-413 Submarine Museum, step aboard Research vessel "Vityaz", and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Christ the Savior.

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Getting from Veliky Novgorod to Kaliningrad by combination of bus and flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Veliky Novgorod to Kaliningrad, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In May, daily temperatures in Kaliningrad can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Sergiyev Posad.

Things to do in Kaliningrad

Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay May 14 — 17:

Sergiyev Posad

— 2 nights
Sergiyev Posad is a city and the administrative center of Sergiyevo-Posadsky District in Moscow Oblast, Russia. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at Temple of The Annunciation and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Gefsimansky Chernigovsky Skit (convent). Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of The Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of the Assumption, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Refectory Church of St Sergius.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Sergiyev Posad travel route builder.

Traveling by flight from Kaliningrad to Sergiyev Posad takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Kaliningrad to Sergiyev Posad, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In May, daytime highs in Sergiyev Posad are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Moscow.

Things to do in Sergiyev Posad

Side Trip

Find places to stay May 17 — 19:

Moscow

— 5 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, walk around Sparrow Hills (Vorobyovy Gory), explore the world behind art at Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Basil's Cathedral.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Moscow trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Sergiyev Posad to Moscow takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Volgograd.

Things to do in Moscow

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Tours
Find places to stay May 19 — 24:

Volgograd

— 2 nights
The setting of some of the bloodiest battles of World War II, the vast city of Volgograd sits on the banks of the Volga River in the southern section of the country.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): make a trip to The Eternal Flame and then contemplate the long history of The Ruins of the Mill Named after Grudinin// Gergardt. On the next day, make a trip to Hall of Military Glory, then appreciate the history behind The Motherland Calls Sculpture, and then pause for some photo ops at Mamayev Kurgan.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Volgograd trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Moscow to Volgograd takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Moscow in May, plan for a bit warmer days in Volgograd, with highs around 28°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Elista.

Things to do in Volgograd

Find places to stay May 24 — 26:

Elista

— 2 nights
Elista is the capital city of the Republic of Kalmykia, Russia. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): make a trip to Old Hurul/ Buddist Tample and then make a trip to Buddha Shakyamuni Golden Abode. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Buddhist temple “Gedden Sheddup Choikorling”.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Elista trip planner.

You can drive from Volgograd to Elista in 4 hours. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in May, and nighttime lows around 15°C. On the 28th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Sochi.
Find places to stay May 26 — 28:
Highlights from your trip

Sochi

— 3 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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): get in on the family fun at Sochi Park and then stroll around Olimpiyskiy Park Adler. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Mon): take in nature's colorful creations at Arboretum Park and then fly down the slopes at Rosa Khutor Ski Resort.

To find traveler tips and more tourist information, use the Sochi trip planner.

You can drive from Elista to Sochi in 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. When traveling from Elista in May, plan for a bit cooler days in Sochi, with highs around 25°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Sochi

Parks · Theme Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors
Find places to stay May 28 — 31:

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.