12 days in Russia Itinerary

12 days in Russia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Russia trip planner

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Moscow
— 4 nights
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St. Petersburg
— 6 nights
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Moscow

— 4 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Tserkov' Uspeniya Presvyatoy Bogoroditsy V Novodevich'yem Monastyre and Art Gallery of the European and American Countries of the XIX-XX centuries. Appreciate the collections at Museum of Soviet Arcade Machines and Cathedral of the Archangel (Arkhangelsky Sobor). The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Basil's Cathedral, get to know the fascinating history of Cathedral Square, don't miss a visit to Lenin's Mausoleum, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Resurrection (Voskresenskyie) Gates with Iverskaya Chapel.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Moscow vacation planner.

Tehran, Iran to Moscow is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Tehran to Moscow is minus 0.5 hours. Expect much colder weather when traveling from Tehran in June: highs in Moscow hover around 70°F, while lows dip to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) to allow time to travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Moscow

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

St. Petersburg

— 6 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 and learn at Saint Isaac's Cathedral and The Anna Akhmatova Museum. Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood and Palace Square will appeal to history buffs. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Memorial Sign Strelka Of Vasilievskiy Island, get engrossed in the history at Kazan Cathedral, learn about all things military at Military Historical Artillery Museum, and admire the landmark architecture of Peter and Paul Fortress.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our St. Petersburg day trip planning website.

You can take a train from Moscow to St. Petersburg in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 72°F in July, and nighttime lows around 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums

Russia travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Churches · Monuments
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.