7 days in St. Petersburg & Moscow Itinerary

7 days in St. Petersburg & Moscow Itinerary

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7 days in St. Petersburg & Moscow Itinerary

Start: Auckland
Fly:  29​h
1
St. Petersburg
— 1 night
train:  4​h 15​min
2
Moscow
— 3 nights
Fly:  27​h
End: Auckland

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Savior on the Spilled Blood, steep yourself in history at Palace Square (Dvortsovaya Ploshchad), then examine the collection at Saint Isaac's Cathedral, and finally get engrossed in the history at Kazan Cathedral. On the 5th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas, examine the collection at The Marly Palace, then admire the striking features of Peterhof Grand Palace, and finally see the interesting displays at Russian Museum.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the St. Petersburg trip planner .

Auckland, New Zealand to St. Petersburg is an approximately 29-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 9 hours traveling from Auckland to St. Petersburg. While traveling from Auckland, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in St. Petersburg, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Moscow.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

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Savior on the Spilled Blood ©
Savior on the Spilled Blood
Saint Isaac's Cathedral ©
Saint Isaac's Cathedral
Peterhof Grand Palace ©
Peterhof Grand Palace

3
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. Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): ride with the locals on Moskovskiy Metropoliten, admire the striking features of Tserkov' Uspeniya Presvyatoy Bogoroditsy V Novodevich'yem Monastyre, admire the landmark architecture of Lenin's Mausoleum, then steep yourself in history at Red Square (Krasnaya Ploshchad), then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Basil's Cathedral, and finally see the interesting displays at State Central Theatre Museum of Bahrushin. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Uspensky Cathedral, then see the interesting displays at Moscow Kremlin (Moskovsky Kreml), and then explore the world behind art at State Tretyakov Gallery.

To see maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Moscow day trip planning site .

Getting from St. Petersburg to Moscow by train takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In July in Moscow, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 16°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 8th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Moscow

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Red Square ©
Red Square
St. Basil's Cathedral ©
St. Basil's Cathedral

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