14 days in Russia Itinerary

14 days in Russia Itinerary

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— 2 nights
Nizhny Novgorod
— 2 nights
St. Petersburg
— 5 nights
— 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.
Change things up with a short trip to Raifa Monastery in Raifa (about 40 minutes away). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kul Sharif Mosque, admire the striking features of Kazan Kremlin, pause for some serene contemplation at Annunciation Cathedral, and indulge in some personalized pampering at Spa sanatoriy Ryadom s Domom.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Kazan trip planner.

Barnaul to Kazan is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. The time zone changes from Novosibirsk Standard Time (NOVT) to Moscow Standard Time (MSK), which is usually a -4 hour difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Barnaul in December: high temperatures in Kazan hover around -5°C and lows are around -11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Nizhny Novgorod.

Things to do in Kazan

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Spas

Side Trip

Nizhny Novgorod

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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): step into the grandiose world of The Kremlin and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Limpopo Zoo. On the 10th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Bolshaia Pokrovskaia Street, engage your brain at Museum of Old Equipment and Tools, don't miss a visit to State Bank, then get to know the fascinating history of Fedorovsky Embankment, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Voznesenskiy Pechyorskiy muzhskoy monastyr'.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Nizhny Novgorod online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Kazan to Nizhny Novgorod takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In December in Nizhny Novgorod, expect temperatures between -2°C during the day and -7°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Nizhny Novgorod

Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums

St. Petersburg

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.
St. Petersburg is known for museums, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Isaac's Cathedral, see the interesting displays at Faberge Museum, contemplate the long history of Palace Square, and admire the landmark architecture of Peter and Paul Fortress.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our St. Petersburg travel route planner.

You can fly from Nizhny Novgorod to St. Petersburg in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Nizhny Novgorod in December; daily highs in St. Petersburg reach 1°C and lows reach -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to travel to Moscow.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Shopping


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.
Moscow is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Red Square, admire the striking features of Lenin's Mausoleum, pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Basil's Cathedral, and admire the masterpieces at Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Moscow online vacation planner.

Getting from St. Petersburg to Moscow by train takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In December in Moscow, expect temperatures between -1°C during the day and -5°C at night. On the 19th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Moscow

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Russia travel guide

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.