15 days in Russia Itinerary

15 days in Russia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Russia holiday planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Moscow
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kostroma
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Nizhny Novgorod
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Kazan
— 2 nights
Fly
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St. Petersburg
— 5 nights
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Moscow

— 3 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.
Moscow is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Red Square, stroll around Patriarch's Pond, brush up on your military savvy at Armoury Chamber, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Tserkov' Uspeniya Presvyatoy Bogoroditsy V Novodevich'yem Monastyre.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Moscow travel route app.

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to Moscow is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and car. In January, Moscow is much colder than Jeddah - with highs of -7°C and lows of -12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Kostroma.

Things to do in Moscow

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Kostroma

— 2 nights
As part of Russia's Golden Ring of historical towns, the city of Kostroma is something of an open-air museum with ties to the Romanov dynasty.
On the 27th (Wed), examine the collection at Museum Petrovskaya Igrushka, pause for some photo ops at Monument to the Dog, admire the striking features of The Resurrection Church on the Debra, then see the interesting displays at Dom Gorodskogo Golovy Botnikova Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Bread Museum. On the 28th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Museum Istoricheskaya Syrovarnya, then experience rural life at Sumarokovskaya Elk Farm, then see the interesting displays at M. Malyshev's House Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Peter Toy Museum.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Kostroma trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Moscow to Kostroma in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Moscow in January since evenings lows in Kostroma dip to -15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can drive to Nizhny Novgorod.

Things to do in Kostroma

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nizhny Novgorod

— 2 nights

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 29th (Fri): engage your brain at Nizhniy Novgorod Radio Laboratory Museum of Science, then step into the grandiose world of The Kremlin, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Nativity of Most Holy Mother of God. Keep things going the next day: admire the striking features of Charitable House of Bugrov, don't miss a visit to State Bank, then get curious at Museum of Old Equipment and Tools, then don't miss a visit to Bolshaia Pokrovskaia Street, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of St. Alexander Nevskiy.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Nizhny Novgorod vacation planning site.

Drive from Kostroma to Nizhny Novgorod in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around -8°C in January, and nighttime lows around -15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can go by car to Kazan.

Things to do in Nizhny Novgorod

Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Museums

Kazan

— 2 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.
On the 31st (Sun), see the interesting displays at Konstantin Vasiliev Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of the Apostles Peter and Paul, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Annunciation Cathedral, then steep yourself in history at Kazan Kremlin, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kul Sharif Mosque. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the history behind Monument to the Horse Petrushka, take a stroll through Bauman Street (Kazansky Arbat), then get a taste of the local shopping with Slava Zaitsev's Art Gallery and Studio, and finally examine the collection at Museum "Tatarskaya Sloboda".

For photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Kazan trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Nizhny Novgorod to Kazan in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. January in Kazan sees daily highs of -10°C and lows of -17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Kazan

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

St. Petersburg

— 5 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.
St. Petersburg is known for museums, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at The State Hermitage Museum, examine the collection at Russian Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Isaac's Cathedral, and take an in-depth tour of Peter and Paul Fortress.

For photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our St. Petersburg trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Kazan to St. Petersburg takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Kazan in February, expect St. Petersburg to be somewhat warmer, temps between -1°C and -6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to 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.