28 days in Russia Itinerary

28 days in Russia Itinerary

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Fly
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Moscow
— 4 nights
Drive
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Tula
— 3 nights
Drive
3
Kostroma
— 2 nights
Drive
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Vladimir
— 2 nights
Train
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Nizhny Novgorod
— 3 nights
Fly
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St. Petersburg
— 5 nights
Drive
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Veliky Novgorod
— 2 nights
Bus to Pulkovo, Fly to Kaliningrad
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Kaliningrad
— 3 nights
Fly
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Kazan
— 2 nights
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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.
Step out of Moscow to go to Krasnogorsk and see Ski Stadium Zorkiy, which is approximately 38 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Red Square, admire the masterpieces at Art Gallery of the European and American Countries of the XIX-XX centuries, learn about all things military at Armoury Chamber, and see the interesting displays at Bulgakov's House Museum-Theater.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Moscow online trip planner.

Jakarta, Indonesia to Moscow is an approximately 18-hour flight. Traveling from Jakarta to Moscow, you'll gain 4 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Jakarta in February; daily highs in Moscow reach -2°C and lows reach -7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Tula.

Things to do in Moscow

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Winter Sports

Side Trip

Tula

— 3 nights
Though Tula is best known for Leo Tolstoy's country estate, the city has plenty of additional cultural and historical intrigue.
Step out of Tula to go to Grumant and see Museum of Samovars and Bouillottes, which is approximately 36 minutes away. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Tula State Museum of Weapons, examine the collection at Museum Moto Auto ART, don't miss a visit to Bronepoyezd 13 Tulskiy Rabochiy, and admire the landmark architecture of Tula Kremlin Museum.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Tula trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Moscow to Tula in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can drive to Kostroma.

Things to do in Tula

Museums · Historic Sites · Fun & Games · Shopping

Side Trips

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.
On the 9th (Tue), examine the collection at Museum Petrovskaya Igrushka, appreciate the history behind Monument to the Dog, then pause for some serene contemplation at The Resurrection Church on the Debra, then see the interesting displays at Dom Gorodskogo Golovy Botnikova Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Bread Museum. On the next day, examine the collection at Museum Istoricheskaya Syrovarnya, then experience rural life at Sumarokovskaya Elk Farm, then examine the collection at Theatrical Costume Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Peter Toy Museum.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Kostroma trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Tula to Kostroma in 7.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. February in Kostroma sees daily highs of -1°C and lows of -7°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can go by car to Vladimir.

Things to do in Kostroma

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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.
On the 11th (Thu), shop like a local with Vladimir Art gallery, engage your brain at Spoon Museum, explore the world behind art at Gzhel', Chastnyy Muzey Im. Velikogo Glada Valakesa, then indulge in some personalized pampering at Vladmassage, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Intercession of the Holy Virgin. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Bolshaya Moskovskaya Street, examine the collection at Borodins' Blacksmith Shop, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Assumption Cathedral, and finally examine the collection at Vodonapornaya Bashnya Museum.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Vladimir trip planner.

You can drive from Kostroma to Vladimir in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Nizhny Novgorod.

Things to do in Vladimir

Museums · Historic Sites · Spas · Shopping

Side Trip

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, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of St. Alexander Nevskiy, make a trip to Bolshaia Pokrovskaia Street, and pause for some photo ops at Chkalov Monument.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Nizhny Novgorod online trip maker.

Traveling by train from Vladimir to Nizhny Novgorod takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February in Nizhny Novgorod, expect temperatures between -2°C during the day and -10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Nizhny Novgorod

Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Museums

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 Russian Museum, get a taste of the local shopping with Nevsky Prospekt, and admire the landmark architecture of Peter and Paul Fortress.

To find reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the St. Petersburg trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by flight from Nizhny Novgorod to St. Petersburg takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Nizhny Novgorod in February, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in St. Petersburg, with lows of -6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Veliky Novgorod.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Veliky Novgorod

— 2 nights
An ancient city thriving as a modern tourist destination, Veliky Novgorod rightly bills itself as the birthplace of Russia.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sun): pause for some photo ops at Sculpture Electrician and Cat, see the interesting displays at Novgorodskiy Muzey-Zapovednik, appreciate the extensive heritage of Novgorod Kremlin (Detinets), then admire the landmark architecture of Granovitaya Palata, then admire the landmark architecture of Vazhnya, and finally admire the striking features of St. Sophia Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a leisurely stroll along Monument to Painting Boy, see the interesting displays at Center of Musical Antiquities, then admire the striking features of Church of Peter and Paul, and finally pause for some photo ops at Millennium of Russia.

Before you visit Veliky Novgorod, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by car from St. Petersburg to Veliky Novgorod takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Kaliningrad.

Things to do in Veliky Novgorod

Museums · Historic Sites

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 23rd (Tue) exploring nature at Kurshskaya Kosa. There's much more to do: examine the collection at B-413 Submarine Museum, appreciate the history behind Immanuel Kant's Grave, step aboard Research vessel "Vityaz", and make a trip to Protection of the Holy Virgin Temple.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Kaliningrad trip builder.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Veliky Novgorod to Kaliningrad in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Veliky Novgorod to Kaliningrad is minus 1 hour. In February, daily temperatures in Kaliningrad can reach 2°C, while at night they dip to -3°C. On the 25th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Kazan.

Things to do in Kaliningrad

Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Museums

Kazan

— 2 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.
On the 26th (Fri), take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of the Apostles Peter and Paul, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Annunciation Cathedral, then steep yourself in history at Kazan Kremlin, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kul Sharif Mosque, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Slava Zaitsev's Art Gallery and Studio. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Raifa Monastery, take a stroll through Bauman Street (Kazansky Arbat), then examine the collection at Konstantin Vasiliev Museum, and finally examine the collection at Museum "Tatarskaya Sloboda".

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Kazan trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by flight from Kaliningrad to Kazan takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Kaliningrad to Kazan. Traveling from Kaliningrad in February, expect Kazan to be a bit cooler, temps between -5°C and -14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kazan

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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.