35 days in Russia Itinerary

35 days in Russia Itinerary

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35 days in Russia Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  19​h 45​min
1
Vladivostok
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
2
Irkutsk
— 4 nights
Fly:  10​h 45​min
3
Kazan
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
4
Nizhny Novgorod
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
St. Petersburg
— 8 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
6
Kaliningrad
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
7
Moscow
— 6 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
8
Volgograd
— 3 nights
Fly:  25​h
End: Melbourne

3
nights
Vladivostok

Vladivostok ©
Often compared to San Francisco and Naples, the sprawling eastern city of Vladivostok serves as the largest Russian port on the Pacific Ocean.
Vladivostok is known for museums, historic sites, nature, nightlife, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the views from Russky Bridge, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, ride a horse along Astafyev's Bay, and take in the dramatic natural features at Cape Tobizina.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Vladivostok trip builder app .

Melbourne, Australia to Vladivostok is an approximately 20-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight. In October, Vladivostok is slightly colder than Melbourne - with highs of 15°C and lows of 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Irkutsk.

Things to do in Vladivostok

Nature Parks Trails
Find places to stay Oct 11 — 15:
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Astafyev's Bay ©
Astafyev's Bay
Russky Bridge ©
Russky Bridge
Golden Bridge ©
Golden Bridge

4
nights
Irkutsk

Irkutsk ©
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: Angarsk (Art Center & Victory Museum). The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Baikal, have fun at Sport Entertainment Complex Laser People, get your game on at Time to Fly Aerodynamic Complex, and pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Sign.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Irkutsk holiday maker tool .

Getting from Vladivostok to Irkutsk by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Vladivostok to Irkutsk due to the time zone difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Vladivostok in October: high temperatures in Irkutsk hover around 7°C and lows are around -5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to travel to Kazan.

Things to do in Irkutsk

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Angarsk, Lake Baikal, Cape Skriper, Church of Our Lady of Kazan
Find places to stay Oct 15 — 19:
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Lake Baikal ©
Lake Baikal
Church of Our Lady of Kazan ©
Church of Our Lady of Kazan
Victory Museum ©
Victory Museum

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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Annunciation Cathedral, examine the collection at Konstantin Vasiliev Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kul Sharif Mosque, then explore the galleries of Kazan Kremlin, and finally see the interesting displays at Natural History of Tatarstan Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: let the kids burn off some steam at Shooting Complex Olimp, examine the collection at Museum "Tatarskaya Sloboda", then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of the Apostles Peter and Paul, and finally explore the world behind art at Slava Zaitsev's Art Gallery and Studio.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Kazan online visit planner .

Getting from Irkutsk to Kazan by flight takes about 11 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Irkutsk to Kazan is minus 5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Kazan when traveling from Irkutsk in October, with lows around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to travel to Nizhny Novgorod.

Things to do in Kazan

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
Find places to stay Oct 19 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Kazan Kremlin ©
Kazan Kremlin
Kul Sharif Mosque ©
Kul Sharif Mosque

3
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.
Nizhny Novgorod is known for historic sites, museums, zoos & aquariums, fun & games, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: step into the grandiose world of The Kremlin, engage your brain at Museum of Old Equipment and Tools, appreciate the extensive heritage of Fedorovsky Embankment, and pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Nativity of Most Holy Mother of God.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Nizhny Novgorod road trip planning website .

Traveling by flight from Kazan to Nizhny Novgorod takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October in Nizhny Novgorod, expect temperatures between 7°C during the day and 0°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Nizhny Novgorod

Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums Parks
Find places to stay Oct 21 — 24:
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The Kremlin ©
The Kremlin
Rozhdestvenskaya Street ©
Rozhdestvenskaya Street

8
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, nightlife, parks, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at The State Hermitage Museum, examine the collection at Russian Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas, and get engrossed in the history at Catherine Palace and Park.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our St. Petersburg trip builder app .

Traveling by flight from Nizhny Novgorod to St. Petersburg takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In October, daily temperatures in St. Petersburg can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can travel to Kaliningrad.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Find places to stay Oct 24 — Nov 1:
Highlights from your plan
The State Hermitage Museum ©
The State Hermitage Museum
Savior on the Spilled Blood ©
Savior on the Spilled Blood
Saint Isaac's Cathedral ©
Saint Isaac's Cathedral

3
nights
Kaliningrad

Kaliningrad ©
A city of science and philosophy, cosmopolitan Kaliningrad once served as a cultural hub of Germany, Poland, and Lithuania.
Go for a jaunt from Kaliningrad to Zelenogradsk to see Monument to Cats in Zelenogradsk about 40 minutes away. Spend the 2nd (Sat) exploring nature at Kurshskaya Kosa. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at B-413 Submarine Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Christ the Savior, and contemplate the long history of Fort XI Donhoff.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Kaliningrad online tour builder .

You can fly from St. Petersburg to Kaliningrad in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from St. Petersburg to Kaliningrad is minus 1 hour. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from St. Petersburg in November: high temperatures in Kaliningrad hover around 7°C and lows are around 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can travel to Moscow.

Things to do in Kaliningrad

Historic Sites Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Monument to Cats in Zelenogradsk
Find places to stay Nov 1 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral of Christ the Savior ©
Cathedral of Christ the Savior
Kurshskaya Kosa ©
Kurshskaya Kosa
B-413 Submarine Museum ©
B-413 Submarine Museum

6
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Moscow: Church of The Holy Virgin (in Dubrovitsy), The Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra (in Sergiyev Posad) and FREEZONE Aerodynamic Complex (in Sharapovo). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Red Square, explore the different monuments and memorials at Tserkov' Uspeniya Presvyatoy Bogoroditsy V Novodevich'yem Monastyre, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Basil's Cathedral, and stroll around Sparrow Hills (Vorobyovy Gory).

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Moscow driving holiday planner.

You can fly from Kaliningrad to Moscow in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time (EET) to Moscow Standard Time (MSK) is 1 hour. Traveling from Kaliningrad in November, expect Moscow to be a bit cooler, temps between 1°C and -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Volgograd.

Things to do in Moscow

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

The Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra, Church of The Holy Virgin, FREEZONE Aerodynamic Complex
Find places to stay Nov 4 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Red Square ©
Red Square
St. Basil's Cathedral ©
St. Basil's Cathedral
Moscow Kremlin (Moskovsky Kreml)
Moscow Kremlin (Moskovsky Kreml)

3
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.
Volgograd is known for historic sites, museums, nightlife, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to 'The Motherland Calls' Sculpture, learn about all things military at State Historical and Memorial Preserve The Battle of Stalingrad, head outdoors with Alley of Poplars, and pause for some photo ops at Mamayev Kurgan.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Volgograd trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Moscow to Volgograd takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Moscow in November, expect nights in Volgograd to be about the same, around -1°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Volgograd

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

Volga-Akhtuba Floodplain Park
Find places to stay Nov 10 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
'The Motherland Calls' Sculpture ©
'The Motherland Calls' Sculpture
Mamayev Kurgan ©
Mamayev Kurgan
Volga-Akhtuba Floodplain Park ©
Volga-Akhtuba Floodplain Park

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