22 days in Russia Itinerary

22 days in Russia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Russia planner

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Moscow
— 3 nights
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St. Petersburg
— 8 nights
Fly
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Kazan
— 4 nights
Fly
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Nizhny Novgorod
— 2 nights
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Moscow
— 4 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.
For shopping fun, head to Gostiny Dvor Arcade or Multimedia Art Museum. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kolomenskoye Historical and Architectural Museum and Reserve and Tserkov' Vozneseniya Gospodnya. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at S. Obraztsov State Academical Puppet Theatre, get to know the fascinating history of Boulevard Ring, take an in-depth tour of Victor Vasnetsov House Museum, and admire the striking features of Kamergerskiy Lane.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Moscow itinerary builder.

If you are flying in from India, the closest major aiports are Sheremetyevo International Airport, Domodedovo International Airport, Vnukovo International Airport, Zhukovsky International Airport and Ostafyevo International Airport. November in Moscow sees daily highs of 1°C and lows of -3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to fly to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Moscow

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Saint Isaac's Cathedral and Alexander Nevsky Lavra. Get some cultural insight at The Menshikov Palace and Petrovskaya Aquatoria Museum-Model of St. Petersburg and Suburbs. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at The Anna Akhmatova Museum, steep yourself in history at The Marly Palace, explore the wide array of goods at St.Peterburg House of Books, and pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the St. Petersburg visit planner.

Fly from Moscow to St. Petersburg in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In November, daytime highs in St. Petersburg are 3°C, while nighttime lows are -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Kazan.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Adventure

Kazan

— 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Annunciation Cathedral and Museum of Soviet Life. Cathedral of the Apostles Peter and Paul and The bell tower of the Cathedral of the Epiphany will appeal to history buffs. Explore Kazan's surroundings by going to Sviyazhsk (Rozhdestvenskaya Square, Sviyazhskiy Holy Dormition Monastery, &more). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Natural History of Tatarstan Museum, pause for some photo ops at Monument Cat Kazan, get a taste of the local shopping with Gallery-Workshop of Zaitsev, and contemplate the long history of Kazan Kremlin.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Kazan trip itinerary planning site.

Fly from St. Petersburg to Kazan in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In November, Kazan is slightly colder than St. Petersburg - with highs of 0°C and lows of -4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to fly to Nizhny Novgorod.

Things to do in Kazan

Museums · Historic Sites · Nature · 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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Wed): explore the historical opulence of The Kremlin, then stroll through Nizhny Novgorod Ekzotarium Exhibition Center, and then admire the masterpieces at Museum of History of Art Crafts of The Nizhny Novgorod Region. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Voznesenskiy Pechyorskiy muzhskoy monastyr', then take in the exciting artwork at Yurkovka Art Gallery, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Michael the Archangel Cathedral, and finally admire the masterpieces at Nizhniy Novgorod State Exhibition Complex.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Nizhny Novgorod trip planning app.

Getting from Kazan to Nizhny Novgorod by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In November, daytime highs in Nizhny Novgorod are 0°C, while nighttime lows are -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Moscow.

Things to do in Nizhny Novgorod

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Moscow

— 4 nights

Third Rome

Discover out-of-the-way places like Art Gallery of the European and American Countries of the XIX-XX centuries and Cathedral Square. You'll explore and learn at Muzeon Art Park and The Victory Museum. Explore Moscow further: contemplate the long history of Red Square, get engrossed in the history at Gorky's House (Ryabushinsky Mansion), admire the striking features of Lenin's Mausoleum, and examine the collection at Mikhail Bulgakov State Museum.

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Fly from Nizhny Novgorod to Moscow in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Moscow

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Russia travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Churches · Historic Sites
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.