58 days in Russia Itinerary

58 days in Russia Itinerary

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Vladivostok
— 4 nights
Fly
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Krasnoyarsk
— 1 night
Fly
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Sochi
— 5 nights
Drive
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Gelendzhik
— 4 nights
Fly
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Kazan
— 4 nights
Fly
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Nizhny Novgorod
— 3 nights
Train
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Vladimir
— 3 nights
Train
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Moscow
— 5 nights
Drive
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Tula
— 3 nights
Drive
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Yaroslavl
— 3 nights
Fly to Pulkovo, Bus to Veliky Novgorod
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Veliky Novgorod
— 4 nights
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Ruskeala
— 1 day
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St. Petersburg
— 5 nights
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Kaliningrad
— 10 nights
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Vladivostok — 4 nights

Often compared to San Francisco and Naples, the sprawling eastern city of Vladivostok serves as the largest Russian port on the Pacific Ocean.
Get outdoors at Golden Horn Bay and Russian Island. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Vladivostok Fortress and Svetlanskaya Street. The adventure continues: enjoy breathtaking views from Eagle's Nest Mount, make a trip to Tsesarevich Embankment, visit a coastal fixture at Tokarevskiy mayak, and admire the striking features of Railroad Terminal.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Vladivostok trip itinerary planner.

New York City, USA to Vladivostok is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. You'll lose 15 hours traveling from New York City to Vladivostok due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New York City in September, expect Vladivostok to be a bit cooler, temps between 69°F and 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can fly to Krasnoyarsk.
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Krasnoyarsk — 1 night

Famed for its scenic location, Krasnoyarsk so impressed author Anton Chekhov that he considered it Siberia's most appealing city, describing it as a "picturesque, cultured town." A convenient pit stop for passengers making the trans-Siberian journey, the city serves as the country's major railway junction halfway between Moscow and Vladivostok.
On the 10th (Thu), explore the activities along Enisey River and then contemplate the long history of Paraskeva Pyatnitsa Chapel. On the next day, walk around Roev Ruchey Zoo and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Stolby National Park.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Krasnoyarsk holiday builder.

You can fly from Vladivostok to Krasnoyarsk in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone changes from Vladivostok Standard Time (VLAT) to Krasnoyarsk Standard Time (KRAT), which is usually a -3 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Sochi.
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Sochi — 5 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Iceberg Skating Palace and 33 Waterfalls. Get in touch with nature at Agura Waterfalls and Akhshtyrskaya Cave. There's much more to do: ponder the design of The Singing Fountains, pause for some photo ops at Monument to Nikolai Panin-Kolomenkin, head outdoors with Gazprom Mountain-Tourist Centre, and enjoy breathtaking views from The Observation Tower on Akhun Mountain.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Sochi travel route planning app.

Traveling by flight from Krasnoyarsk to Sochi takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone changes from Krasnoyarsk Standard Time to Moscow Standard Time, which is usually a -4 hour difference. In September, daily temperatures in Sochi can reach 78°F, while at night they dip to 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can drive to Gelendzhik.
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Gelendzhik — 4 nights

Situated along a Black Sea bay, the town of Gelendzhik is one of Russia's most popular summer destinations.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Central Fountain and White Bride Sculpture. Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Dodo Wildlife Park. Explore Gelendzhik's surroundings by going to Abrau-Dyurso Zavod Shampanskikh Vin (in Abrau-Durso), Cruiser Mikhail Kutuzov Museum (in Novorossiysk) and The Lighthouse (in Anapa). There's much more to do: stroll around Cultural Center The Stariy Park, take in the pleasant sights at Gelendzhik Embankment, appreciate the history behind Monument to the Sailors, and find something for the whole family at Safari Park.

To find maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Gelendzhik online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Sochi to Gelendzhik takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Sochi in September, Gelendzhik is a bit cooler at night with lows of 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Kazan.
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Kazan — 4 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like The bell tower of the Cathedral of the Epiphany and Kremlyovskaya Embankment. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Annunciation Cathedral and Suyumbike Tower. Explore Kazan's surroundings by going to Temple of the Resurrection (in Alekseevskoe) and Yuryevskaya Cave (in Tenishevo). There's much more to do: pause for some photo ops at Monument Cat Kazan, make a trip to Kazan Family Center/ Viewpoint, see the interesting displays at Museum of Soviet Life, and take a stroll through Bauman Street (Kazansky Arbat).

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Kazan tour itinerary planning app.

You can fly from Gelendzhik to Kazan in 7.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Gelendzhik in September; daily highs in Kazan reach 62°F and lows reach 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Nizhny Novgorod.
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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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Fedorovsky Embankment and Verhnevolzhskaya Embankment. Church of Nativity of Most Holy Mother of God and The Kremlin will appeal to history buffs. There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of St. Alexander Nevskiy, pause for some photo ops at Chkalov Monument, take an in-depth tour of Rukavishnikovykh Usadba, and make a trip to Chkalov Staircase.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Nizhny Novgorod trip maker tool.

Traveling by flight from Kazan to Nizhny Novgorod takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In September in Nizhny Novgorod, expect temperatures between 60°F during the day and 45°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Vladimir.
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Vladimir — 3 nights

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Church of the Intercession of the Holy Virgin and Cathedral of Saint Demetrius. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Borodins' Blacksmith Shop and The Convent of the Intercession (Pokrovsky Monastery). Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Vladimir: Suzdal (Museum of Wooden Architecture, Suzdal Kremlin, &more), Church of Boris and Gleb (in Kideksha) and Zhivonachalnay Trinity Church / Troitsi Zhivonachalnay Church (in Yuryev-Polsky). There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Vodonapornaya Bashnya, steep yourself in history at Golden Gate, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Assumption Cathedral, and pause for some photo ops at Monument to Prince Vladimir And Saint Fedor.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Vladimir online day trip planner.

Traveling by train from Nizhny Novgorod to Vladimir takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Moscow.
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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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Cathedral Square and Cathedral of Christ the Saviour. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Bird Park Vorobyi and Victory Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Moscow: Kolomna (Muzeynaya Fabrika Kolomenskoy Pastily, Kolomna Kremlin, &more), The Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra (in Sergiyev Posad) and Alexandrovskaya Sloboda (in Aleksandrov). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Kuskovo Estate, walk around Gorky Central Park of Culture and Leisure, brush up on your military savvy at Armoury Chamber, and steep yourself in history at Kremlin Walls and Towers.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Moscow online visit planner.

Traveling by train from Vladimir to Moscow takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In September, daytime highs in Moscow are 59°F, while nighttime lows are 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to drive to Tula.
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Tula — 3 nights

Though Tula is best known for Leo Tolstoy's country estate, the city has plenty of additional cultural and historical intrigue.
Get some historical perspective at Kolosovo Homested and Tula State Museum of Weapons. Step off the beaten path and head to P. Belousov Central Park of Culture and Recreation and Polenov Residence State Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tula: Kimovsk (Church of Our Lady of Sorrows Utoli Moya Pechali & The memorial Complex to the Fallen during the War Kimovchanamam) and Holy Trinity Church (in Uzlovaya). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Monument to Tula Gingerbread, see the interesting displays at Yasnaya Polyana, and get engrossed in the history at Tula Kremlin Museum.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Tula sightseeing tool.

You can drive from Moscow to Tula in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Yaroslavl.
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Yaroslavl — 3 nights

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Yakovlevsky Savior Monastery and The Resurrection Church on the Debra. Step off the beaten path and head to St. John the Baptist Church and Church of St. Gregory the Theologian. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Yaroslavl: Kostroma (Museum of Wooden Architecture & Monastery of st Ipaty) and State Museum Preserve Rostov Kremlin (in Rostov). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Vvedenskiy Tolga Convent, get to know the fascinating history of Yaroslavl Embankment, ponder the design of Strelka Fountains, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Elijah the Prophet.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Yaroslavl tour itinerary website.

Drive from Tula to Yaroslavl in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. October in Yaroslavl sees daily highs of 42°F and lows of 34°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can travel to Veliky Novgorod.
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Veliky Novgorod — 4 nights

An ancient city thriving as a modern tourist destination, Veliky Novgorod rightly bills itself as the birthplace of Russia.
Popular historic sites such as Yaroslav’s Courtyard and St. George Monastery are in your itinerary. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to St. Sophia Cathedral and Chapel of St. Elias the Prophet. Change things up with these side-trips from Veliky Novgorod: Church of the Assumption (in Korostyn), Cathedral of Elijah the Prophet (in Soltsy) and Leohnovsky St. Anthony Monastery (in Leokhnovo). Next up on the itinerary: snap pictures at Pedestrian Bridge Across River Volkhov, take in panoramic vistas at Victory Monument, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Intercession, and pause for some photo ops at Millennium of Russia.

Discover how to plan a Veliky Novgorod trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Yaroslavl to Veliky Novgorod in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Ruskeala.
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Ruskeala — 1 day

Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): admire the sheer force of Ruskeala Waterfalls and then walk around Ruskeala Mountain Park.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Ruskeala trip builder site.

You can drive from Veliky Novgorod to Ruskeala in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from Veliky Novgorod to Ruskeala is minus 1 hour. In October, daily temperatures in Ruskeala can reach 43°F, while at night they dip to 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to drive to St. Petersburg.
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St. Petersburg — 5 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Memorial Sign Strelka Of Vasilievskiy Island and Church of The Exaltation of The Holy Cross. Get some historical perspective at The Marly Palace and Sobor Petra I Pavla. Change things up with these side-trips from St. Petersburg: Lutheran Church (in Moloskovitsy) and WindTunnel FlyStation (in Kuzmolovsky). The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nikolo-Bogoyavlenskiy Morskoy Sobor, explore the activities along Neva Embankments, contemplate the long history of Tsarskoye Selo State Museum Preserve, and examine the collection at Museum of Soviet Arcade Machines.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read St. Petersburg online journey planner.

Traveling by car from Ruskeala to St. Petersburg takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of car and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Ruskeala to St. Petersburg. In October, daily temperatures in St. Petersburg can reach 46°F, while at night they dip to 36°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Kaliningrad.
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Kaliningrad — 10 nights

Amber City

A city of science and philosophy, cosmopolitan Kaliningrad once served as a cultural hub of Germany, Poland, and Lithuania.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Fort #5 King Fredric-Wilhelm the Third and Viewing Tower Lighthouse. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Dancing Forest and Queen Louise Square. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kaliningrad: Old Lighthouse Rinderort (in Zalivino), Rossitten Church (in Rybachy) and Zelenogradsk (MURARIUM Art-Collection of Cats & Zelenogradsk Promenade). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Beach Promenade, get outside with Outdoor Activities, make a trip to King's Gates, and contemplate the waterfront views at Verkhneye Lake.

For other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Kaliningrad trip planner.

Traveling by flight from St. Petersburg to Kaliningrad takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from St. Petersburg to Kaliningrad due to the time zone difference. While traveling from St. Petersburg, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Kaliningrad, ranging from highs of 53°F to lows of 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Sat) to allow time for the flight back home.
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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.
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