21 days in Russia Itinerary

21 days in Russia Itinerary

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Fly
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Kaliningrad
— 3 nights
Fly
2
St. Petersburg
— 5 nights
Train
3
Moscow
— 4 nights
Train
4
Vladimir
— 2 nights
Train
5
Nizhny Novgorod
— 3 nights
Drive
6
Kazan
— 3 nights
Fly

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Kaliningrad

Amber City

A city of science and philosophy, cosmopolitan Kaliningrad once served as a cultural hub of Germany, Poland, and Lithuania.
Spend the 1st (Tue) exploring nature at Kurshskaya Kosa. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at B-413 Submarine Museum, steep yourself in history at Fort XI Donhoff, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Konigsberg Cathedral, and pause for some photo ops at Monument to Baltic Sailors.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Kaliningrad driving holiday planner.

Erbil, Iraq to Kaliningrad is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Arabian Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Erbil in November, plan for colder days and little chillier nights in Kaliningrad: temperatures range from 7°C by day to 2°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Kaliningrad

Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Museums

5
nights
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: examine the collection at Saint Isaac's Cathedral, contemplate the long history of Palace Square, take an in-depth tour of Kazan Cathedral, and stroll around Catherine Palace and Park.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our St. Petersburg vacation maker site.

Getting from Kaliningrad to St. Petersburg by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Kaliningrad to St. Petersburg, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In December, plan for daily highs up to 1°C, and evening lows to -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to travel to Moscow.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods

4
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Moscow

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.
Step out of Moscow with an excursion to Church of The Holy Virgin in Dubrovitsy--about 52 minutes away. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Red Square, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Basil's Cathedral, admire the masterpieces at State Tretyakov Gallery, and examine the collection at State Central Museum of Contemporary History of Russia.

To find other places to visit and tourist information, you can read our Moscow trip itinerary planner.

You can take a train from St. Petersburg to Moscow in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Moscow can reach -1°C, while at night they dip to -5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Vladimir.

Things to do in Moscow

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

2
nights
Vladimir

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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): have fun and explore at Museum of Illusions and Sciences Da Vinci, engage your brain at Spoon Museum, pause for some photo ops at Sculpture Artist, then steep yourself in history at Borodins' Blacksmith Shop, then pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Assumption Cathedral, and finally admire the masterpieces at Gzhel', Chastnyy Muzey Im. Velikogo Glada Valakesa. On the next day, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Intercession of the Holy Virgin, examine the collection at Chambers Cultural and Educational Center, then examine the collection at Vodonapornaya Bashnya Museum, and finally have fun and explore at Chocolate Studio.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Vladimir trip planner.

You can take a train from Moscow to Vladimir in 2.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Nizhny Novgorod.

Things to do in Vladimir

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

3
nights
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.
Nizhny Novgorod is known for historic sites, museums, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the historical opulence of The Kremlin, see the interesting displays at Museum-house of the writer Maxim Gorky, engage your brain at Museum of Old Equipment and Tools, and admire the landmark architecture of State Bank.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Nizhny Novgorod driving holiday planner.

Take a train from Vladimir to Nizhny Novgorod in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Nizhny Novgorod can reach -2°C, while at night they dip to -7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Kazan.

Things to do in Nizhny Novgorod

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

3
nights
Kazan

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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of the Apostles Peter and Paul, pause for some serene contemplation at Annunciation Cathedral, then see the interesting displays at Hermitage - Kazan Center, then steep yourself in history at Kazan Kremlin, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kul Sharif Mosque. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Sat): see the interesting displays at E. Boratynskiy's Museum, then stay fit while traveling at Spa sanatoriy Ryadom s Domom, then don't miss a visit to Kazan Virgin Monastery, and finally examine the collection at Konstantin Vasiliev Museum.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Kazan trip builder website.

Drive from Nizhny Novgorod to Kazan in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Nizhny Novgorod in December since evenings lows in Kazan dip to -11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kazan

Museums · Historic Sites · Spas

Russia travel guide

4.6
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.