23 days in Russia Itinerary

23 days in Russia Itinerary

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

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Kaliningrad

— 2 nights

Amber City

A city of science and philosophy, cosmopolitan Kaliningrad once served as a cultural hub of Germany, Poland, and Lithuania.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kurshskaya Kosa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat): appreciate the history behind Immanuel Kant's Grave, then pause for some serene contemplation at Konigsberg Cathedral, then examine the collection at B-413 Submarine Museum, and finally step aboard Research vessel "Vityaz".

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Kaliningrad day trip website.

Manchester, UK to Kaliningrad is an approximately 10-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also fly; or do a combination of car and train. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is 2 hours. Traveling from Manchester in January, things will get a bit cooler in Kaliningrad: highs are around 0°C and lows about -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Moscow.

Things to do in Kaliningrad

Wildlife · Nature · Museums · Historic Sites

Moscow

— 4 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: don't miss a visit to Red Square, admire the masterpieces at Art Gallery of the European and American Countries of the XIX-XX centuries, steep yourself in history at Tserkov' Uspeniya Presvyatoy Bogoroditsy V Novodevich'yem Monastyre, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Basil's Cathedral.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Moscow trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Kaliningrad to Moscow takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Kaliningrad to Moscow. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Kaliningrad in January; daily highs in Moscow reach -7°C and lows reach -12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Vladimir.

Things to do in Moscow

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Vladimir

— 2 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Thu): make a trip to Bolshaya Moskovskaya Street, explore the world behind art at Gzhel', Chastnyy Muzey Im. Velikogo Glada Valakesa, see the interesting displays at Chambers Cultural and Educational Center, then get engrossed in the history at Golden Gate, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Intercession of the Holy Virgin. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Saint Demetrius, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Assumption Cathedral, then examine the collection at Borodins' Blacksmith Shop, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Savior Transfiguration Parish Church of St. Nicholas.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Vladimir day trip site.

Traveling by train from Moscow to Vladimir takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Kostroma.

Things to do in Vladimir

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Peter Toy Museum, appreciate the history behind Monument to the Dog, take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Resurrection Church on the Debra, then see the interesting displays at Dom Gorodskogo Golovy Botnikova Museum, and finally examine the collection at Bread Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Museum Istoricheskaya Syrovarnya, relax in the rural setting at Sumarokovskaya Elk Farm, then see the interesting displays at Theatrical Costume Museum, and finally examine the collection at M. Malyshev's House Museum.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Kostroma trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Vladimir to Kostroma in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January in Kostroma, expect temperatures between -9°C during the day and -15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) to allow enough time to 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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Mon): step into the grandiose world of The Kremlin, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Nativity of Most Holy Mother of God, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of St. Alexander Nevskiy. On the next day, don't miss a visit to Bolshaia Pokrovskaia Street, engage your brain at Museum of Old Equipment and Tools, appreciate the history behind Sculpture the Shoe Shiner, admire the landmark architecture of Charitable House of Bugrov, then pause for some photo ops at Monument to Yevgeniy Yevstigneyev, and finally appreciate the history behind Chkalov Monument.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Nizhny Novgorod journey planning tool.

Getting from Kostroma to Nizhny Novgorod by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. January in Nizhny Novgorod sees daily highs of -8°C and lows of -15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Kazan.

Things to do in Nizhny Novgorod

Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Museums

Kazan

— 3 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kazan: Raifa (Church in Honor of the Holy Fathers in Sinai and Raifa & Raifa Monastery). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Kazan Kremlin, pause for some serene contemplation at Annunciation Cathedral, examine the collection at Konstantin Vasiliev Museum, and view the masterpieces at Slava Zaitsev's Art Gallery and Studio.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Kazan day trip website.

Drive from Nizhny Novgorod to Kazan in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. Traveling from Nizhny Novgorod in February, plan for slightly colder nights in Kazan, with lows around -14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Veliky Novgorod.

Things to do in Kazan

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Veliky Novgorod

— 2 nights
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 6th (Sat): pause for some photo ops at Sculpture Electrician and Cat, examine the collection at Novgorodskiy Muzey-Zapovednik, appreciate the extensive heritage of Novgorod Kremlin (Detinets), then admire the striking features of Granovitaya Palata, then admire the striking features of Vazhnya, and finally admire the striking features of St. Sophia Cathedral. On the 7th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Center of Musical Antiquities, then appreciate the history behind Millennium of Russia, then examine the collection at Vitoslavlitsy Museum, and finally admire the striking features of Church of Peter and Paul.

To find maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Veliky Novgorod trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Kazan to Veliky Novgorod takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can go by car to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Veliky Novgorod

Museums · Historic Sites

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: admire the masterpieces at The State Hermitage Museum, see the interesting displays at Saint Isaac's Cathedral, make a trip to Palace Square, and take an in-depth tour of Kazan Cathedral.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the St. Petersburg day trip site.

Getting from Veliky Novgorod to St. Petersburg by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in St. Petersburg can reach -1°C, while at night they dip to -6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods

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.