21 days in Russia Itinerary

21 days in Russia Itinerary

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Train to Sion, Fly to Kazan
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Kazan
— 2 nights
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Nizhny Novgorod
— 2 nights
Fly
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St. Petersburg
— 8 nights
Fly
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Kaliningrad
— 3 nights
Fly
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Moscow
— 5 nights
Fly

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kul Sharif Mosque, steep yourself in history at Kazan Kremlin, pause for some serene contemplation at Annunciation Cathedral, then view the masterpieces at Slava Zaitsev's Art Gallery and Studio, and finally examine the collection at Museum "Tatarskaya Sloboda". On your second day here, identify plant and animal life at Arboretum Volga-Kama Biosphere Reserve, hit the bull's-eye at Shooting Complex Olimp, then admire the landmark architecture of Cathedral of the Apostles Peter and Paul, and finally examine the collection at Konstantin Vasiliev Museum.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Kazan vacation planner.

Pune, India to Kazan is an approximately 17-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2.5 hours traveling from Pune to Kazan. In February, daytime highs in Kazan are -5°C, while nighttime lows are -14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Nizhny Novgorod.

Things to do in Kazan

Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

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 9th (Sun): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Limpopo Zoo, step into the grandiose world of The Kremlin, and then admire the striking features of State Bank. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of St. Alexander Nevskiy, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Nativity of Most Holy Mother of God, get to know the fascinating history of Fedorovsky Embankment, then get curious at Museum of Old Equipment and Tools, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Voznesenskiy Pechyorskiy muzhskoy monastyr'.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Nizhny Novgorod trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kazan to Nizhny Novgorod takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Kazan in February since evenings lows in Nizhny Novgorod dip to -10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) to allow time to travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Nizhny Novgorod

Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Childrens Museums

St. Petersburg

— 8 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, get engrossed in the history at Grand Peterhof Palace and Gardens, see the interesting displays at The Anna Akhmatova Museum, and contemplate the long history of Palace Square.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the St. Petersburg trip planner.

You can fly from Nizhny Novgorod to St. Petersburg in 5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Expect a bit warmer evenings in St. Petersburg when traveling from Nizhny Novgorod in February, with lows around -6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to travel to Kaliningrad.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums · Historic Sites · Nightlife · Shopping

Kaliningrad

— 3 nights

Amber City

A city of science and philosophy, cosmopolitan Kaliningrad once served as a cultural hub of Germany, Poland, and Lithuania.
Change things up with a short trip to Fringilla in Zelenogradsk (about 1h 5 min away). Spend the 19th (Wed) exploring nature at Kurshskaya Kosa. Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Christ the Savior, take a tour of Research vessel "Vityaz", deepen your knowledge of military history at Fort XI Donhoff, and examine the collection at B-413 Submarine Museum.

To see maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Kaliningrad journey maker.

Traveling by flight from St. Petersburg to Kaliningrad takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from St. Petersburg to Kaliningrad. While traveling from St. Petersburg, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Kaliningrad, ranging from highs of 2°C to lows of -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel to Moscow.

Things to do in Kaliningrad

Wildlife · Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Moscow

— 5 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Moscow: FREEZONE (in Sharapovo) and Church of The Holy Virgin (in Dubrovitsy). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Red Square, have some family-friendly fun at Walk in the Dark, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Tserkov' Uspeniya Presvyatoy Bogoroditsy V Novodevich'yem Monastyre.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Moscow trip planner.

Fly from Kaliningrad to Moscow in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Kaliningrad to Moscow due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Kaliningrad in February: high temperatures in Moscow hover around -2°C and lows are around -7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Moscow

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

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.