23 days in Ulan-Ude & Russian Trans-Urals Itinerary

23 days in Ulan-Ude & Russian Trans-Urals Itinerary

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Ulan-Ude
— 8 nights
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Chelyabinsk
— 5 nights
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Zlatoust
— 4 nights
Drive
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Magnitogorsk
— 4 nights
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Ulan-Ude

— 8 nights
Ulan-Ude is the capital city of the Republic of Buryatia, Russia; it is located about 100km southeast of Lake Baikal on the Uda River at its confluence with the Selenga. Venture out of the city with trips to Ivolginsk Datsan (Buddhist Monastery) (in Ivolginsk) and Mineral Springs Khalyuty (in Khalyuty). Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the history behind Monument to Lenin, don't miss a visit to Arbat, look for gifts at Buryad Ethno Market ZAM, and see the interesting displays at Museum of History of Ulan-Ude.

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Moscow to Ulan-Ude is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from Moscow to Ulan-Ude is 5 hours. Traveling from Moscow in April, plan for little chillier nights in Ulan-Ude, with lows around -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Chelyabinsk.

Things to do in Ulan-Ude

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Chelyabinsk

— 5 nights

Tank City

The industrial city of Chelyabinsk has a markedly Soviet feel, but is a great destination for exploring mountain life in Russia.
Chelyabinsk is known for historic sites, museums, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get to know the fascinating history of Pedestrian Street Kirovka, appreciate the history behind Modnitsa Pered Zaerkalom, examine the collection at State History Museum of South Ural, and pause for some serene contemplation at Saint George Church.

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Getting from Ulan-Ude to Chelyabinsk by flight takes about 10 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Ulan-Ude to Chelyabinsk, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Ulan-Ude in April since evenings lows in Chelyabinsk dip to 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can travel to Zlatoust.

Things to do in Chelyabinsk

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Spas

Zlatoust

— 4 nights
Zlatoust is a city in Chelyabinsk Oblast, Russia, located on the Ay River (in the Kama basin), 160km west of Chelyabinsk. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Zlatoust: Miass (Lake Turgoyak, Ski resort Sun Valley ( Solnechanya Dolina), &more). There's much more to do: appreciate the history behind Monument to Anosov, take in the spiritual surroundings of Bell Tower With Chapel of St. John Chrysostom, explore the striking landscape of Taganai National Park, and walk around Mountain Park of Bazhov.

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You can drive from Chelyabinsk to Zlatoust in 2.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Chelyabinsk to Zlatoust. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Magnitogorsk.

Things to do in Zlatoust

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trip

Magnitogorsk

— 4 nights
Magnitogorsk is an industrial city in Chelyabinsk Oblast, Russia, located on the eastern side of the extreme southern extent of the Ural Mountains by the Ural River. Magnitogorsk is known for winter sports, museums, and theme parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Ascension, get outside with Ski center Metallurg-Magnitogorsk, see the interesting displays at Museum of Magnitogorsk Metallurgical Plant, and pause for some photo ops at Monument to Lermontov.

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You can drive from Zlatoust to Magnitogorsk in 4 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Zlatoust to Magnitogorsk is 2 hours. May in Magnitogorsk sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Magnitogorsk

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping