33 days in Russia Itinerary

33 days in Russia Itinerary

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33 days in Russia Itinerary

Start: Cluj-Napoca
Fly:  12 h
1
St. Petersburg
— 4 nights
Train:  4 h 15 min
2
Moscow
— 4 nights
Train:  1 h 30 min
3
Sergiyev Posad
— 1 night
Train:  2 h 30 min
4
Yaroslavl
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
5
Kostroma
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 15 min
6
Vladimir
— 1 night
Train:  2 h 15 min
7
Nizhny Novgorod
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h
8
Kazan
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
9
Yekaterinburg
— 2 nights
Fly:  6 h
10
Irkutsk
— 2 nights
Fly:  9 h 30 min
11
Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky
— 3 nights
Fly:  13 h 45 min
12
Volgograd
— 2 nights
Fly:  8 h 15 min
13
Sochi
— 3 nights
Fly:  11 h 30 min
End: Cluj-Napoca

4
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.
St. Petersburg is known for museums, historic sites, parks, nightlife, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at The State Hermitage Museum, take an in-depth tour of Kazan Cathedral, see the interesting displays at Russian Museum, and admire the natural beauty at Catherine Palace and Park.

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Cluj-Napoca, Romania to St. Petersburg is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Cluj-Napoca to St. Petersburg. Traveling from Cluj-Napoca in August, expect nights in St. Petersburg to be about the same, around 15°C, while days are little chillier, around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to travel to Moscow.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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The State Hermitage Museum ©
The State Hermitage Museum
Saint Isaac's Cathedral ©
Saint Isaac's Cathedral
Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood ©

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Moskovskiy Metropoliten as well as GUM. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Red Square (Krasnaya Ploshchad), explore the different monuments and memorials at Tserkov' Uspeniya Presvyatoy Bogoroditsy V Novodevich'yem Monastyre, learn about all things military at Armoury Chamber, and admire the striking features of Lenin's Mausoleum.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Moscow trip itinerary planner .

You can take a train from St. Petersburg to Moscow in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. August in Moscow sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Sergiyev Posad.

Things to do in Moscow

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Red Square ©
Red Square
Saint Basil's Cathedral ©
Saint Basil's Cathedral
Moscow Kremlin
Moscow Kremlin

1
night
Sergiyev Posad

Sergiyev Posad ©
Sergiyev Posad is a city and the administrative center of Sergiyevo-Posadsky District in Moscow Oblast, Russia. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Gefsimansky Chernigovsky Skit (convent), Vvedenskiy and Pyatnitskiy Churches and Trinity Cathedral. Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra, pause for some serene contemplation at Trinity Cathedral, then pause for some serene contemplation at Vvedenskiy and Pyatnitskiy Churches, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Gefsimansky Chernigovsky Skit (convent).

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You can take a train from Moscow to Sergiyev Posad in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. August in Sergiyev Posad sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Yaroslavl.

Things to do in Sergiyev Posad

Historic Sites
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The Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra ©
The Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra
Gefsimansky Chernigovsky Skit (convent) ©
Trinity Cathedral ©
Trinity Cathedral

1
night
Yaroslavl

Yaroslavl ©
A World Heritage Site boasting hundreds of architectural monuments, Yaroslavl sits on the confluence of the Volga and Kotorosl Rivers and is renowned for its historical town center.
You've now added State Museum Preserve Rostov Kremlin to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): see the interesting displays at State Museum Preserve Rostov Kremlin, then admire the local landmark of Strelka Fountains, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Yaroslavl Embankment, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Elijah the Prophet.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Yaroslavl trip itinerary maker website .

Getting from Sergiyev Posad to Yaroslavl by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive. In August, daily temperatures in Yaroslavl can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can drive to Kostroma.

Things to do in Yaroslavl

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

State Museum Preserve Rostov Kremlin
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State Museum Preserve Rostov Kremlin ©
Yaroslavl Embankment ©
Yaroslavl Embankment
Church of Elijah the Prophet ©
Church of Elijah the Prophet

1
night
Kostroma

Kostroma ©
As part of Russia's Golden Ring of historical towns, the city of Kostroma is something of an open-air museum with ties to the Romanov dynasty.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Trade rows as well as Monastery of st Ipaty. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Museum of Wooden Architecture, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Monastery of st Ipaty, and then contemplate the long history of Trade rows.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Kostroma trip maker app .

You can drive from Yaroslavl to Kostroma in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. August in Kostroma sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Vladimir.

Things to do in Kostroma

Museums Historic Sites
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Monastery of st Ipaty ©
Monastery of st Ipaty

1
night
Vladimir

Vladimir ©
The most visited destination in the Golden Ring circuit, the city of Vladimir is known for its remarkably preserved white-stone monuments, which have World Heritage status.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Saint Demetrius, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Assumption Cathedral, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Intercession of the Holy Virgin.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Vladimir tour itinerary planning website .

Getting from Kostroma to Vladimir by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Nizhny Novgorod.

Things to do in Vladimir

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Church of the Intercession of the Holy Virgin
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Holy Assumption Cathedral ©
Holy Assumption Cathedral
Cathedral of Saint Demetrius ©
Cathedral of Saint Demetrius

2
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.
On the 14th (Wed), get to know the resident critters at Limpopo Zoo and then step into the grandiose world of The Kremlin.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Nizhny Novgorod holiday planner .

Getting from Vladimir to Nizhny Novgorod by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive. In August, daytime highs in Nizhny Novgorod are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can travel to Kazan.

Things to do in Nizhny Novgorod

Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums Parks
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Limpopo Zoo ©
Limpopo Zoo
The Kremlin ©
The Kremlin

2
nights
Kazan

Kazan ©
The heart of Tatar culture, Kazan carries the epithet of the "Third Capital of Russia" because of its rich history and thriving economy.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Qolsarif Mosque, Kazan Federal University and Temple of All Religions. The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Kazan Kremlin, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kul Sharif Mosque, see the interesting displays at Museum of Soviet Life, and pause for some serene contemplation at Annunciation Cathedral.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Kazan day trip planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Nizhny Novgorod to Kazan takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August in Kazan, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can travel to Yekaterinburg.

Things to do in Kazan

Historic Sites Theme Parks Museums
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Kazan Kremlin ©
Kazan Kremlin
Kul Sharif Mosque ©
Kul Sharif Mosque
Annunciation Cathedral ©
Annunciation Cathedral

2
nights
Yekaterinburg

Yekaterinburg ©
Located at the meeting point of two continents, Yekaterinburg serves as the cultural capital of the Urals region.
You've added Leaning Tower of Nevyansk, Church of All Saints, Weir on river Iset, and other attractions to your itinerary. Next up on the itinerary: get great views at Visotsky Business Center Lookout, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church on the Blood, and don't miss a visit to Ganina Yama Monastery.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Yekaterinburg trip itinerary builder tool .

You can fly from Kazan to Yekaterinburg in 5.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Moscow Standard Time to Yekaterinburg Time is 2 hours. Expect little chillier evenings in Yekaterinburg when traveling from Kazan in August, with lows around 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can travel to Irkutsk.

Things to do in Yekaterinburg

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Leaning Tower of Nevyansk
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Church on the Blood ©
Church on the Blood
Visotsky Business Center Lookout ©
Visotsky Business Center Lookout
Leaning Tower of Nevyansk ©
Leaning Tower of Nevyansk

2
nights
Irkutsk

Irkutsk ©
The most popular stop on the Trans-Siberian railway, Irkutsk gained fame as the cultural center of Decembrist exiles.
You've now added Dive Center New Dimension to your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting Irkutsk side-trips: Listvyanka (Baikal Limnological Museum & Nerpinary) and Taltsy Museum (in Taltsy). And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Lake Baikal, don't miss a visit to 130 Kvartal, pause for some photo ops at Monument to the Founders of Irkutsk, and get engrossed in the history at Irkutsk Regional Historical and Memorial Museum of Decembrists.

For where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Irkutsk trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Yekaterinburg to Irkutsk takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Yekaterinburg to Irkutsk is 3 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky.

Things to do in Irkutsk

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Listvyanka, Taltsy Museum, Lake Baikal
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Lake Baikal ©
Lake Baikal
Dive Center New Dimension ©
Dive Center New Dimension
Taltsy Museum ©
Taltsy Museum

3
nights
Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky

Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky ©
Your list of things to see and do now includes Science Museum of Volcanology, Trinity Cathedral, Kamchatka Regional Museum of Local Lore, and other attractions. Step out of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky to go to Paratunka and see Paratunskiye Hot Spring, which is approximately 44 minutes away.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky tour itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by flight from Irkutsk to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky takes 9.5 hours. The time zone changes from Irkutsk Time to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatski Time, which is usually a 4 hour difference. When traveling from Irkutsk in August, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky: temperatures range from 23°C by day to 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to travel to Volgograd.

Things to do in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Kamchatka Peninsula, Paratunskiye Hot Spring
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Volcano Mutnovsky ©
Volcano Mutnovsky
Kamchatka Peninsula ©
Kamchatka Peninsula
Avachinsky ©
Avachinsky

2
nights
Volgograd

Volgograd ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Wed): steep yourself in history at The Ruins of the Mill Named after Grudinin, then learn about all things military at State Historical and Memorial Preserve The Battle of Stalingrad, then pause for some photo ops at Mamayev Kurgan, and finally don't miss a visit to 'The Motherland Calls' Sculpture. Keep things going the next day: admire the striking features of Volgograd Railway Station.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Volgograd trip itinerary builder app .

You can fly from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky to Volgograd in 14 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky to Volgograd is minus 9 hours. In August, Volgograd is somewhat warmer than Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky - with highs of 36°C and lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Sochi.

Things to do in Volgograd

Museums Historic Sites
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Highlights from your plan
'The Motherland Calls' Sculpture ©
'The Motherland Calls' Sculpture
Mamayev Kurgan ©
Mamayev Kurgan
Volgograd Railway Station ©
Volgograd Railway Station

3
nights
Sochi

Sochi ©
Called the "Summer Capital of Russia," the busy resort town of Sochi is best known as the host of the 2014 Winter Olympics.
On the 30th (Fri), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Khostinsky Tisosamshitovaya Grove and then fly down the slopes at Rosa Khutor Ski Resort. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the natural beauty at Arboretum Botanical Garden Dendrariy and then get in on the family fun at Sochi Park.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Sochi online visit planner .

Getting from Volgograd to Sochi by flight takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Traveling from Volgograd in August, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Sochi, with lows around 25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Sochi

Parks Winter Sports Theme Parks
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Rosa Khutor Ski Resort ©
Rosa Khutor Ski Resort
Sochi Park ©
Sochi Park
Olimpiyskiy Park Adler ©
Olimpiyskiy Park Adler

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