22 days in Russia Itinerary

22 days in Russia Itinerary

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Fly
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St. Petersburg
— 5 nights
Drive
2
Veliky Novgorod
— 2 nights
Bus to Pulkovo, Fly to Kaliningrad
3
Kaliningrad
— 3 nights
Fly
4
Moscow
— 4 nights
Train
5
Vladimir
— 1 night
Train
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Nizhny Novgorod
— 3 nights
Drive
7
Kazan
— 3 nights
Fly

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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: see the interesting displays at Saint Isaac's Cathedral, admire the masterpieces at The State Hermitage Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, and take an in-depth tour of Peter and Paul Fortress.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the St. Petersburg trip maker site.

Kolkata (Calcutta), India to St. Petersburg is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll gain 2.5 hours traveling from Kolkata (Calcutta) to St. Petersburg due to the time zone difference. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Kolkata (Calcutta) in December; daily highs in St. Petersburg reach 1°C and lows reach -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can go by car to Veliky Novgorod.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums · Historic Sites · Spas · Shopping

2
nights
Veliky Novgorod

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 7th (Mon): appreciate the history behind Girl-Tourist Monument, take in the views from Pedestrian Bridge Across River Volkhov, see the interesting displays at Center of Musical Antiquities, examine the collection at Novgorodskiy Muzey-Zapovednik, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Novgorod Kremlin (Detinets), and finally pause for some photo ops at Sculpture Electrician and Cat. On the 8th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the striking features of Granovitaya Palata, pause for some photo ops at Millennium of Russia, then stroll around Kremlin Park, and finally admire the landmark architecture of St. Sophia Cathedral.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Veliky Novgorod day trip planning app.

Getting from St. Petersburg to Veliky Novgorod by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can travel to Kaliningrad.

Things to do in Veliky Novgorod

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites

3
nights
Kaliningrad

Amber City

A city of science and philosophy, cosmopolitan Kaliningrad once served as a cultural hub of Germany, Poland, and Lithuania.
Spend the 9th (Wed) exploring nature at Kurshskaya Kosa. The adventure continues: examine the collection at B-413 Submarine Museum, step aboard Research vessel "Vityaz", appreciate the history behind Immanuel Kant's Grave, and make a trip to Monument to Baltic Sailors.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Kaliningrad tour planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Veliky Novgorod to Kaliningrad in 7 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Moscow Standard Time (MSK) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In December, daily temperatures in Kaliningrad can reach 3°C, while at night they dip to -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can travel to Moscow.

Things to do in Kaliningrad

Wildlife · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

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.
Take a break from Moscow with a short trip to Church of The Holy Virgin in Dubrovitsy, about 52 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Red Square, admire the landmark architecture of Tserkov' Uspeniya Presvyatoy Bogoroditsy V Novodevich'yem Monastyre, pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Basil's Cathedral, and explore the world behind art at New Tretyakov Gallery.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Moscow day trip planning tool.

Fly from Kaliningrad to Moscow in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Kaliningrad to Moscow, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Kaliningrad in December; daily highs in Moscow reach -1°C and lows reach -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can take a train to Vladimir.

Things to do in Moscow

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks

Side Trip

1
night
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.
On the 16th (Wed), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Assumption Cathedral, have fun and explore at Spoon Museum, examine the collection at Chamber Official Place, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Saint Demetrius, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Intercession of the Holy Virgin.

To see maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Vladimir trip planner.

Traveling by train from Moscow to Vladimir takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Nizhny Novgorod.

Things to do in Vladimir

Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums

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, examine the collection at Russian Museum of Photography, don't miss a visit to Bolshaia Pokrovskaia Street, and engage your brain at Museum of Old Equipment and Tools.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Nizhny Novgorod holiday maker site.

Traveling by train from Vladimir to Nizhny Novgorod takes 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Kazan.

Things to do in Nizhny Novgorod

Historic Sites · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks

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.
On the 20th (Sun), see the interesting displays at Konstantin Vasiliev Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Annunciation Cathedral, examine the collection at Hermitage - Kazan Center, then contemplate the long history of Kazan Kremlin, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kul Sharif Mosque. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a stroll around Center of Contemporary Culture Smena, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of the Apostles Peter and Paul, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Holy Martyr Paraskeva, then make a trip to Kazan Virgin Monastery, and finally stay fit while traveling at Spa sanatoriy Ryadom s Domom.

For ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Kazan day trip planning app.

You can drive from Nizhny Novgorod to Kazan in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. Expect little chillier evenings in Kazan when traveling from Nizhny Novgorod in December, with lows around -11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kazan

Historic Sites · Museums · Nightlife · Shopping

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.