27 days in Russia Itinerary

27 days in Russia Itinerary

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Kaliningrad
— 2 nights
Fly to Nizhny Novgorod Strigino International Airport, Drive to Diveyevo
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Diveyevo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Suzdal
— 3 nights
Drive
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Rostov
— 3 nights
Drive
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Tula
— 2 nights
Drive
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Pskov
— 2 nights
Drive
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Veliky Novgorod
— 3 nights
Drive
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St. Petersburg
— 3 nights
Drive
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Vyborg
— 3 nights
Drive to Pulkovo Airport, Fly to Zürich Airport

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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.
On the 7th (Sun), see the interesting displays at B-413 Submarine Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Mon): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Kaliningrad Zoo, then examine the collection at Amber Museum, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Konigsberg Cathedral.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Kaliningrad trip planner.

Zurich, Switzerland to Kaliningrad is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Zurich to Kaliningrad is 1 hour. In July, daily temperatures in Kaliningrad can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to travel to Diveyevo.

Things to do in Kaliningrad

Museums · Childrens Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks

Side Trips

Diveyevo

— 2 nights
Popular historic sites such as Sacred Spring of Serafim Sarovskiy and Cathedral of the Annunciation are in your itinerary. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Queen of Heaven's Holy Trench and Saint Seraphim-Diveyevo Monastery. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Diveyevo: Estate-Industrial Complex Batashevyh-Shepelevyh (in Vyksa) and Sanaksar Monastery (in Temnikov).

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Diveyevo visit site.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Kaliningrad to Diveyevo. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time (EET) to Moscow Standard Time (MSK) is 1 hour. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can travel to Suzdal.

Things to do in Diveyevo

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Suzdal

— 3 nights
One of Russia's oldest settlements, the small town of Suzdal boasts nearly a thousand years of history.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Church of Boris and Gleb and Svyato-Bogolyubsky monastery. Get a sense of the local culture at Church of the Intercession of the Holy Virgin and St. George's Cathedral. Change things up with these side-trips from Suzdal: Yuryev-Polsky Museum of History, Architecture and Art (in Yuryev-Polsky) and Vladimir (Dmitriyevskiy Cathedral Museum, Holy Assumption Cathedral, &more). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Wax Museum and get engrossed in the history at Suzdal Kremlin.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Suzdal trip planning tool.

You can drive from Diveyevo to Suzdal in 4.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can drive to Rostov.

Things to do in Suzdal

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Rostov

— 3 nights
Rostov is a town in Yaroslavl Oblast, Russia, one of the oldest in the country and a tourist center of the Golden Ring. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Church of St. John the Evangelist and Church of the Saviour on Anteroom. Let the collections at Palaty and Museum of Church Antiquities capture your imagination. Take a break from Rostov with a short trip to National Park Lake Pleshheyevo in Pereslavl-Zalessky, about 1h 20 min away. Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Virgin Hodegetria, get engrossed in the history at Museum Rostovskoye Podvorye, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yakovlevsky Savior Monastery, and see the interesting displays at State Museum Preserve Rostov Kremlin.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Rostov trip planner.

Getting from Suzdal to Rostov by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus and train. In July in Rostov, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Tula.

Things to do in Rostov

Museums · Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tula

— 2 nights
Though Tula is best known for Leo Tolstoy's country estate, the city has plenty of additional cultural and historical intrigue.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Polenov Residence State Museum and Odoev Museum of Local Lore. Trinity Church and Tula State Museum of Weapons will appeal to history buffs. Explore Tula's surroundings by going to Anastasov Monastery (in Odoyev) and Kulikovo field (in Monastyrshchino). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of the Assumption, explore the galleries of Tula Kremlin Museum, appreciate the history behind Monument to Defenders of Hero-Town Tula, and examine the collection at Yasnaya Polyana.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Tula trip planner.

Drive from Rostov to Tula in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to drive to Pskov.

Things to do in Tula

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Pskov

— 2 nights
Pskov is a city and the administrative center of Pskov Oblast, Russia, located about 20km east from the Estonian border, on the Velikaya River. Get a sense of the local culture at Izborsk State Museum Preserve and Osipovy-Wolf House Museum in Trigorskoe. Your inner history buff will appreciate Pokrova and Rozhdestva ot Proloma Church and Truvor Settlement. Get out of town with these interesting Pskov side-trips: Izborsk (Izborsk Fortress & Slovenskiye Springs), Gannibaly House Museum in Petrovskoe (in Petrovskoye) and The State museum-reserve of Alexander Pushkin (in Pushkinskie Gory). There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Holy Dormition Pskovo-Pechersky Monastery, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Holy Trinity Cathedral, and make a trip to Pskov Kreml/ Krom.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Pskov driving holiday website.

Traveling by car from Tula to Pskov takes 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. In July, daily temperatures in Pskov can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to drive to Veliky Novgorod.

Things to do in Pskov

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Veliky Novgorod

— 3 nights
An ancient city thriving as a modern tourist destination, Veliky Novgorod rightly bills itself as the birthplace of Russia.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Novgorodskiy Muzey-Zapovednik and Cathedral of the Nativity of the Virgin Monastery of St. Anthony. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Yaroslav’s Courtyard and Perynskiy Skete. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Veliky Novgorod: Staraya Russa (Transfiguration Monastery, Holy Trinity Church, &more). There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Tserkov' Spasa na Nereditse, see the interesting displays at Vitoslavlitsy Museum, get to know the fascinating history of Novgorod Kremlin (Detinets), and admire the striking features of St. George Monastery.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Veliky Novgorod trip itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Pskov to Veliky Novgorod in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to go by car to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Veliky Novgorod

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

St. Petersburg

— 3 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.
Get some cultural insight at Pavlovsk State Museum and Tsarskoye Selo State Museum Preserve. Visit Sobor Petra I Pavla and Memorial Sign Strelka Of Vasilievskiy Island for their historical value. There's much more to do: explore the world behind art at Erarta Museum, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, steep yourself in history at Winter Palace of Peter I, and explore the galleries of The General Staff Building.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our St. Petersburg online tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Veliky Novgorod to St. Petersburg in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. July in St. Petersburg sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Vyborg.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Nature

Vyborg

— 3 nights
Vyborg, a town and the administrative center of Vyborgsky District in Leningrad Oblast, Russia, lies on the Karelian Isthmus near the head of the Vyborg Bay, 130km to the northwest of St. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Historical-Cultural Center Varyazhskiy Dvor and Spaso-Preobrazhenskiy Cathedral. Lutheran Church of St. Peter and Pavel and Orthodox Shrine of the Nativity of Mary will appeal to history buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Vyborg side-trips: Temple of Konevskaya Icon of Our Lady (in Sapernoye), Losevo Rapids (in Losevo) and Ryaisyalya Church (in Melnikovo). There's more to do: take in the history at Historical-Memorial Area Kuuterselka 1944 and contemplate the long history of Vyborg Castle.

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Drive from St. Petersburg to Vyborg in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Vyborg

Historic Sites · Outdoors

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.