60 days in Russia Itinerary

60 days in Russia Itinerary

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Bus to Vienna, Fly to Moscow
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Moscow
— 6 nights
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Gelendzhik
— 5 nights
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Krasnodar
— 3 nights
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Sochi
— 6 nights
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Volgograd
— 4 nights
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Kazan
— 4 nights
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Novosibirsk
— 2 nights
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Krasnoyarsk
— 5 nights
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Irkutsk
— 4 nights
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Vladivostok
— 6 nights
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Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky
— 5 nights
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St. Petersburg
— 7 nights
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Kaliningrad
— 2 nights
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Moscow — 6 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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Red Square and Moscow Kremlin. Change things up with these side-trips from Moscow: Church of The Holy Virgin (in Dubrovitsy) and Muzey tekhniki Vadima Zadorozhnogo (in Arkhangelskoye). The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Basil's Cathedral, stroll the grounds of Tserkov' Uspeniya Presvyatoy Bogoroditsy V Novodevich'yem Monastyre, stroll around Sparrow Hills (Vorobyovy Gory), and explore the world behind art at Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Moscow trip itinerary planner.

Bratislava, Slovakia to Moscow is an approximately 7-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also drive; or take a train. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Moscow Standard Time (MSK), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Bratislava in October, with highs in Moscow at 7°C and lows at 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Gelendzhik.
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Gelendzhik — 5 nights

Situated along a Black Sea bay, the town of Gelendzhik is one of Russia's most popular summer destinations.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Safari Park and Rimskaya Imperiya Park. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Gelendzhik: Table Stone Mother's Heart (in Pshada), Church in the Name of Elijah the Prophet (in Myskhako) and Novorossiysk (Embankment of Admiral Serebryakov & Monument to the Unknown Sailor). The adventure continues: take in the pleasant sights at Gelendzhik Embankment, don't miss a visit to Gelendzhik Casement Lighthouse, delve into the distant past at The Centre of The Universe, and pause for some photo ops at Dama s Sobachkoi.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Gelendzhik itinerary planner.

You can fly from Moscow to Gelendzhik in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Moscow in October; daily highs in Gelendzhik reach 20°C and lows reach 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Krasnodar.
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Krasnodar — 3 nights

Founded as one of Catherine the Great's southern border outposts, Krasnodar is now a modern urban center, known locally as "Little Paris" because of its elegant European appearance.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Galitskogo Park and St. Elijah Church. There's much more to do: pause for some photo ops at Monument to Catherine the Great, make a trip to Krasnaya ulitsa, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Catherine's Cathedral, and ponder the design of Avrora Singing Fontains.

To find out how to plan a trip to Krasnodar, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Gelendzhik to Krasnodar takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In October in Krasnodar, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Sochi.
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Sochi — 6 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.
Family-friendly places like Rosa Khutor Ski Resort and Roza Pik will thrill your kids. Take a break from Sochi with a short trip to Wet Canyon of River Psakho in Galitsino, about 34 minutes away. There's much more to do: walk around Olimpiyskiy Park Adler, pause for some serene contemplation at Preobrazheniya Gospodnya Church, take in nature's colorful creations at Arboretum Park, and take an in-depth tour of Nik Panuli auto museum.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Sochi trip planner.

Getting from Krasnodar to Sochi by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Traveling from Krasnodar in October, expect Sochi to be a bit warmer, temps between 24°C and 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Volgograd.
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Volgograd — 4 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.
Kids will enjoy The Eternal Flame and Mamayev Kurgan. Venture out of the city with trips to Lotus lake (in Krasny Buksir) and Volzhsky (Church of St. John the Theologian & Gidrostroitel City Park). Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the history behind The Motherland Calls Sculpture, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Petting Zoo, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Nicholas Cathedral, and head outdoors with Alley of Poplars.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Volgograd day trip site.

Traveling by flight from Sochi to Volgograd takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Sochi in October; daily highs in Volgograd reach 14°C and lows reach 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight 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.
Attractions like Kazan Kremlin and Kul Sharif Mosque make great kid-friendly stops. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Cathedral of the Apostles Peter and Paul, pause for some serene contemplation at Annunciation Cathedral, admire the landmark architecture of Agricultural Palace, and explore the activities along Nizhniy Kaban Lake.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Kazan trip app.

Traveling by flight from Volgograd to Kazan takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Volgograd in October, plan for slightly colder days in Kazan, with highs around 7°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Novosibirsk.
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Novosibirsk — 2 nights

Siberian Chicago

Situated in Siberia's southwestern portion, Novosibirsk developed into a major urban center in the last decade of the 19th century, when it became a convenient pit stop for railway travelers making the epic trans-Siberian journey.
Bring the kids along to Novosibirsk Zoo and Cathedral of Ascension (Voznesensky Sobor). The adventure continues: get in on the family fun at Wonder Park Galileo, see the interesting displays at Museum of the History of West Siberian Railway, pause for some photo ops at Sculpture Vovka v Tridevyatom Tsarstve, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of the Transfiguration of the Lord.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Novosibirsk road trip planning tool.

Getting from Kazan to Novosibirsk by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from Kazan to Novosibirsk is 4 hours. Traveling from Kazan in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Novosibirsk, with lows of -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can fly to Krasnoyarsk.
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Krasnoyarsk — 5 nights

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Stolby National Park and St. Nicholas Church and a Monument for Victims of Political Repression. There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Enisey River, get curious at Interactive Science Museum Newton Park, find something for the whole family at Galileo Park, and walk around 1st of May Park.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Krasnoyarsk tour builder.

Traveling by flight from Novosibirsk to Krasnoyarsk takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can fly to Irkutsk.
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Irkutsk — 4 nights

Paris of Siberia

The most popular stop on the Trans-Siberian railway, Irkutsk gained fame as the cultural center of Decembrist exiles.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Lake Baikal and Irkutsk Zoo. When in Irkutsk, make a side trip to see Stone Cherskogo in Listvyanka, approximately Listvyanka away. And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic natural features at Cape Skriper, pause for some serene contemplation at Harlampiyevskaya Archangel Michael Church, find something for the whole family at Park Patriot Irkutsk, and walk around Volkonskikh Park.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Irkutsk journey app.

Fly from Krasnoyarsk to Irkutsk in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Krasnoyarsk to Irkutsk due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around -5°C in November, and nighttime lows around -17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can fly to Vladivostok.
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Vladivostok — 6 nights

Often compared to San Francisco and Naples, the sprawling eastern city of Vladivostok serves as the largest Russian port on the Pacific Ocean.
Attractions like Russky Bridge and Golden Horn Bay make great kid-friendly stops. Spend the 10th (Thu) exploring nature at Vyatlina Cape. There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Lotus Lake, enjoy breathtaking views from Eagle's Nest Mount, find something for the whole family at Adventure Park V Gostyakh U Leshego, and admire the landmark architecture of Railroad Terminal.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Vladivostok trip builder.

You can fly from Irkutsk to Vladivostok in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference moving from Irkutsk Standard Time (IRKT) to Vladivostok Standard Time (VLAT) is 2 hours. In November, Vladivostok is somewhat warmer than Irkutsk - with highs of 2°C and lows of -7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky.
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Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky — 5 nights

Kids will appreciate attractions like Volcano Mutnovsky and Kamchatka Peninsula. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky: Kronotskiy Reserve (in Yelizovo) and Zelenovskiye Ozerki Hot Springs (in Razdolnyy).

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky online travel route planner.

Getting from Vladivostok to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky by flight takes about 5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Vladivostok to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky is 2 hours. In November in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, expect temperatures between 1°C during the day and -7°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to St. Petersburg.
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St. Petersburg — 7 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.
Attractions like Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood and The State Hermitage Museum make great kid-friendly stops. There's much more to do: examine the collection at Saint Isaac's Cathedral, wander the streets of Nevsky Prospekt, explore the galleries of Grand Peterhof Palace and Gardens, and contemplate the long history of Palace Square.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our St. Petersburg trip planning website.

Getting from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky to St. Petersburg by flight takes about 12.5 hours. The time zone changes from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatski Standard Time to Moscow Standard Time, which is usually a -9 hour difference. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky in November since evenings lows in St. Petersburg dip to -1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Kaliningrad.
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Kaliningrad — 2 nights

Amber City

A city of science and philosophy, cosmopolitan Kaliningrad once served as a cultural hub of Germany, Poland, and Lithuania.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Kurshskaya Kosa. Keep things going the next day: take a tour of Research vessel "Vityaz", then pause for some serene contemplation at Konigsberg Cathedral, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Christ the Savior.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Kaliningrad online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from St. Petersburg to Kaliningrad takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from St. Petersburg to Kaliningrad is minus 1 hour. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from St. Petersburg in November; daily highs in Kaliningrad reach 7°C and lows reach 2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to travel 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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