5 days in Russia Itinerary

5 days in Russia Itinerary

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St. Petersburg
— 2 nights
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Moscow
— 2 nights
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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: see the interesting displays at Saint Isaac's Cathedral, explore the world behind art at The State Hermitage Museum, take a tour of Cruiser Aurora, and steep yourself in history at Palace Square.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the St. Petersburg road trip planner.

Doha, Qatar to St. Petersburg is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Doha in December, with highs in St. Petersburg at 1°C and lows at -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can fly to Moscow.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

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Moscow

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): walk around Sparrow Hills (Vorobyovy Gory), stroll the grounds of Tserkov' Uspeniya Presvyatoy Bogoroditsy V Novodevich'yem Monastyre, see the interesting displays at Bulgakov's House Museum-Theater, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Vysoko-Petrovskiy Monastery, then pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Basil's Cathedral, and finally contemplate the long history of Red Square. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Lenin's Mausoleum and then explore the world behind art at State Tretyakov Gallery.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Moscow online trip itinerary builder.

Fly from St. Petersburg to Moscow in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. December in Moscow sees daily highs of -1°C and lows of -5°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Moscow

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
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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.