26 days in Russia Itinerary

26 days in Russia Itinerary

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Volgograd
— 3 nights
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Moscow
— 5 nights
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Kaliningrad
— 3 nights
Fly to Pulkovo, Bus to Veliky Novgorod
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Veliky Novgorod
— 2 nights
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St. Petersburg
— 5 nights
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Nizhny Novgorod
— 3 nights
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Kazan
— 4 nights
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Volgograd

— 3 nights
The setting of some of the bloodiest battles of World War II, the vast city of Volgograd sits on the banks of the Volga River in the southern section of the country.
Volgograd is known for historic sites, museums, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: appreciate the history behind The Motherland Calls Sculpture, steep yourself in history at The Ruins of the Mill Named after Grudinin// Gergardt, make a trip to Monument to Fallen River Workers on Volga, and admire the striking features of House of Loaders.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Volgograd online travel planner.

New Delhi, India to Volgograd is an approximately 13-hour flight. You'll gain 1.5 hours traveling from New Delhi to Volgograd due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New Delhi in April, things will get colder in Volgograd: highs are around 19°C and lows about 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can travel to Moscow.

Things to do in Volgograd

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Moscow

— 5 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: steep yourself in history at Red Square, admire the masterpieces at State Tretyakov Gallery, learn about all things military at Armoury Chamber, and walk around Sparrow Hills (Vorobyovy Gory).

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Moscow trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by flight from Volgograd to Moscow takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Moscow Standard Time to Moscow Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Volgograd in April: high temperatures in Moscow hover around 11°C and lows are around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Kaliningrad.

Things to do in Moscow

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Parks

Kaliningrad

— 3 nights

Amber City

A city of science and philosophy, cosmopolitan Kaliningrad once served as a cultural hub of Germany, Poland, and Lithuania.
Spend the 11th (Sun) exploring nature at Kurshskaya Kosa. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Fort XI Donhoff, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Christ the Savior, step aboard Research vessel "Vityaz", and appreciate the history behind Monument to Alexander Vasilevskiy.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Kaliningrad road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Moscow to Kaliningrad takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Moscow to Kaliningrad. In April, daily temperatures in Kaliningrad can reach 14°C, while at night they dip to 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Veliky Novgorod.

Things to do in Kaliningrad

Wildlife · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

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 14th (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at Tserkov' Spasa na Nereditse, examine the collection at Vitoslavlitsy Museum, then admire the striking features of St. Sophia Cathedral, and finally pause for some photo ops at Millennium of Russia. On the next day, pause for some photo ops at Sculpture Electrician and Cat, admire the striking features of Granovitaya Palata, see the interesting displays at Novgorodskiy Muzey-Zapovednik, then pause for some photo ops at Girl-Tourist Monument, and finally see the interesting displays at Center of Musical Antiquities.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Veliky Novgorod road trip planning site.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Kaliningrad to Veliky Novgorod in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Kaliningrad to Veliky Novgorod is 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive 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: explore the world behind art at The State Hermitage Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Isaac's Cathedral, get engrossed in the history at Peter and Paul Fortress, and browse the exhibits of Kazan Cathedral.

Discover how to plan a St. Petersburg trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Drive from Veliky Novgorod to St. Petersburg in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in April, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to travel to Nizhny Novgorod.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums · Historic Sites · Tours · Neighborhoods

Nizhny Novgorod

— 3 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.
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, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Nativity of Most Holy Mother of God, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Limpopo Zoo, and make a trip to State Bank.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Nizhny Novgorod day trip site.

Getting from St. Petersburg to Nizhny Novgorod by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In April, daytime highs in Nizhny Novgorod are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Kazan.

Things to do in Nizhny Novgorod

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kazan: Sviyazhskiy Holy Dormition Monastery (in Sviyazhsk) and Raifa (Trinity Cathedral, Raifa Monastery, &more). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Kazan Kremlin, admire the striking features of Cathedral of the Apostles Peter and Paul, examine the collection at Museum "Tatarskaya Sloboda", and explore the world behind art at Slava Zaitsev's Art Gallery and Studio.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Kazan trip builder.

You can drive from Nizhny Novgorod to Kazan in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. April in Kazan sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kazan

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

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.