13 days in Russia Itinerary

13 days in Russia Itinerary

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Fly to Nizhny Novgorod Strigino International Airport, Drive to Diveyevo
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Diveyevo
— 1 night
Drive
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Vladimir
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rostov
— 2 nights
Fly to Pulkovo, Bus to Veliky Novgorod
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Veliky Novgorod
— 1 night
Drive
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Vyborg
— 1 night
Drive
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St. Petersburg
— 3 nights
Fly

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Diveyevo

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Queen of Heaven's Holy Trench, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of the Annunciation, and then admire the landmark architecture of Saint Seraphim-Diveyevo Monastery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Spring of Saint Panteleimon, take in the spiritual surroundings of Royal Skete, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bell-tower, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Transfiguration Cathedral, then pause for some serene contemplation at Trinity Cathedral, and finally stroll through Sacred Spring of Serafim Sarovskiy.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Diveyevo driving holiday planner.

London, UK to Diveyevo is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. You'll lose 3 hours traveling from London to Diveyevo due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to travel to Vladimir.

Things to do in Diveyevo

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Vladimir

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): see the interesting displays at The Convent of the Intercession (Pokrovsky Monastery), see the interesting displays at Spaso-Evfimiyev Monastery Museum Complex, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Assumption Church (Uspenskaya tserkov), then see the interesting displays at Suzdal Kremlin, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Intercession of the Holy Virgin. On your second day here, examine the collection at Museum of Wooden Architecture, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Saint Demetrius, browse the exhibits of Golden Gate, then see the interesting displays at Vodonapornaya Bashnya Museum, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Assumption Cathedral.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Vladimir visit planning website.

Traveling by car from Diveyevo to Vladimir takes 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Rostov.

Things to do in Vladimir

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Rostov

— 2 nights
Rostov is a town in Yaroslavl Oblast, Russia, one of the oldest in the country and a tourist center of the Golden Ring. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Varnitsky Trinity Monastery of St. Sergius, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yakovlevsky Savior Monastery, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. John the Evangelist, and finally see the interesting displays at State Museum Preserve Rostov Kremlin. On the 17th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Virgin Hodegetria, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Saviour on Anteroom, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Resurrection of Christ, then get engrossed in the history at Museum Rostovskoye Podvorye, then pause for some serene contemplation at The Church of St Isidore, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Gate-Church of St John Divine.

To find photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Rostov trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Vladimir to Rostov by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to travel to Veliky Novgorod.

Things to do in Rostov

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Veliky Novgorod

— 1 night
An ancient city thriving as a modern tourist destination, Veliky Novgorod rightly bills itself as the birthplace of Russia.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): appreciate the extensive heritage of Novgorod Kremlin (Detinets), take in the spiritual surroundings of St. George Monastery, take in the spiritual surroundings of Perynskiy Skete, pause for some serene contemplation at Peryn skete, then see the interesting displays at Vitoslavlitsy Museum, and finally appreciate the history behind Millennium of Russia. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at St. Basil's Cathedral, take an in-depth tour of Paraskeva Church at the Marketplace, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin at the Marketplace, appreciate the extensive heritage of Yaroslav’s Courtyard, then pause for some serene contemplation at The Church of the Transfiguration, and finally admire the landmark architecture of St. Sophia Cathedral.

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Getting from Rostov to Veliky Novgorod by combination of flight and bus takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can go by car to Vyborg.

Things to do in Veliky Novgorod

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Vyborg

— 1 night
Vyborg, a town and the administrative center of Vyborgsky District in Leningrad Oblast, Russia, lies on the Karelian Isthmus near the head of the Vyborg Bay, 130km to the northwest of St. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Historical-Cultural Center Varyazhskiy Dvor, contemplate the long history of Vyborg Castle, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Lutheran Church of St. Peter and Pavel, and finally go for a walk through Spaso-Preobrazhenskiy Cathedral.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Vyborg trip planner.

Traveling by car from Veliky Novgorod to Vyborg takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to go by car to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Vyborg

Historic Sites

St. Petersburg

— 3 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Oreshek Fortress and Neva Embankments. Get some historical perspective at Sobor Petra I Pavla and Winter Palace of Peter I. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Tsarskoye Selo State Museum Preserve, get engrossed in the history at Pavlovsk State Museum, snap pictures at Palace Bridge, and explore the world behind art at The General Staff Building.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read St. Petersburg itinerary maker app.

Getting from Vyborg to St. Petersburg by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in St. Petersburg are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Historic Sites · Tours · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

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.