53 days in Russia Itinerary

53 days in Russia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Russia route planner

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Kaliningrad
— 3 nights
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Krasnodar
— 3 nights
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Sochi
— 5 nights
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Volgograd
— 3 nights
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Chelyabinsk
— 2 nights
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Samara
— 2 nights
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Kazan
— 4 nights
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Nizhny Novgorod
— 6 nights
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Kostroma
— 5 nights
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Vladimir
— 4 nights
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Moscow
— 6 nights
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St. Petersburg
— 8 nights
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Kaliningrad

— 3 nights

Amber City

A city of science and philosophy, cosmopolitan Kaliningrad once served as a cultural hub of Germany, Poland, and Lithuania.
Bring the kids along to Kurshskaya Kosa and B-413 Submarine Museum. There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Christ the Savior, steep yourself in history at Fort XI Donhoff, pause for some photo ops at Monument to Alexander Vasilevskiy, and don't miss a visit to Protection of the Holy Virgin Temple.

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Joplin, USA to Kaliningrad is an approximately 24-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time is 8 hours. Traveling from Joplin in February, expect nights in Kaliningrad to be about the same, around 26°F, while days are little chillier, around 36°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to travel to Krasnodar.

Things to do in Kaliningrad

Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Museums

Krasnodar

— 3 nights
Founded as one of Catherine the Great's southern border outposts, Krasnodar is now a modern urban center, known locally as "Little Paris" because of its elegant European appearance.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Monument to Kuban Cossacks and Church of the Nativity. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Krasnaya ulitsa, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Catherine's Cathedral, appreciate the history behind Monument Shurik and Lidochka, and slough off your stress at Public Baths TRI BOGATYRYA.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Krasnodar online route planner.

You can fly from Kaliningrad to Krasnodar in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from Kaliningrad to Krasnodar is 1 hour. Traveling from Kaliningrad in February, expect nights in Krasnodar to be about the same, around 27°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to travel to Sochi.

Things to do in Krasnodar

Historic Sites · Baths · Spas

Sochi

— 5 nights

Russia's Summer Capital

Called the "Summer Capital of Russia," the busy resort town of Sochi is best known as the host of the 2014 Winter Olympics.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Rosa Khutor Ski Resort and Krasnaya Polyana Mountain Cluster. Next up on the itinerary: hit the slopes at Tirol Club, head outdoors with Gazprom Mountain-Tourist Centre, pause for some serene contemplation at Preobrazheniya Gospodnya Church, and admire the striking features of Cathedral of St. Michael the Archangel.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Sochi trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Krasnodar to Sochi takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In February, Sochi is somewhat warmer than Krasnodar - with highs of 52°F and lows of 39°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to travel to Volgograd.

Things to do in Sochi

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Historic Sites

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.
Family-friendly places like State Historical and Memorial Preserve The Battle of Stalingrad and Hall of Military Glory will thrill your kids. Step out of Volgograd to go to Volzhsky and see Church of St. John the Theologian, which is approximately 38 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to The Eternal Flame, contemplate the long history of House of Loaders, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Nicholas Cathedral, and pause for some photo ops at Mamayev Kurgan.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Volgograd trip app.

Fly from Sochi to Volgograd in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Sochi to Volgograd due to the time zone difference. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Sochi in February; daily highs in Volgograd reach 27°F and lows reach 16°F. On the 22nd (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Chelyabinsk.

Things to do in Volgograd

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Chelyabinsk

— 2 nights

Tank City

The industrial city of Chelyabinsk has a markedly Soviet feel, but is a great destination for exploring mountain life in Russia.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): admire the striking features of Culture Palace ChMK, take in the pleasant sights at House-Estate of Merchant Ryabinin, then appreciate the history behind Sculpture of The Postman, then contemplate the long history of Eternal Flame, and finally examine the collection at Museum of Labor and Fighting Glory. Keep things going the next day: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

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

You can fly from Volgograd to Chelyabinsk in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Moscow Standard Time (MSK) to Yekaterinburg Standard Time (YEKT) is 1 hour. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Volgograd in February, with highs in Chelyabinsk at 21°F and lows at 5°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Samara.

Things to do in Chelyabinsk

Spas · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Samara

— 2 nights
A city rich in cultural and architectural heritage, Samara sits at the confluence of the Volga and Samara Rivers, its backdrop the wooded Zhiguli Mountains.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Holy Martyrs Faith, explore the world behind art at Children's Art Gallery, then get in on the family fun at Adventure Park Tarzaniya, then get in on the family fun at Galileo Park, and finally enjoy some diversion at Entertaining Sciences Museum Myobius. Keep things going the next day: glide through natural beauty at Dinamo Ski Lodge, then glide through natural beauty at Chaika Ski Lodge, and then admire the masterpieces at Rainbow Cultural and Exhibition Center.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Samara route planning app.

Traveling by flight from Chelyabinsk to Samara takes 9 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from Chelyabinsk to Samara is minus 1 hour. In February, daytime highs in Samara are 23°F, while nighttime lows are 10°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Kazan.

Things to do in Samara

Museums · Theme Parks · Parks · Winter Sports
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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.
Kids will enjoy Kazan Kremlin and Kul Sharif Mosque. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kazan: Raifa Monastery (in Raifa) and Planetarium (in Oktyabrskiy). There's much more to do: get a taste of the local shopping with Slava Zaitsev's Art Gallery and Studio, pause for some serene contemplation at Annunciation Cathedral, see the interesting displays at Museum of Soviet Life, and stay fit while traveling at Spa sanatoriy Ryadom s Domom.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Kazan trip planning website.

You can drive from Samara to Kazan in 5.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or fly. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Samara to Kazan due to the time zone difference. February in Kazan sees daily highs of 24°F and lows of 10°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can go by car to Nizhny Novgorod.

Things to do in Kazan

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Nizhny Novgorod

— 6 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.
Bring the kids along to Church of Nativity of Most Holy Mother of God and The Kremlin. There's lots more to do: get curious at Museum of Old Equipment and Tools, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of St. Alexander Nevskiy, take in the pleasant sights at Rozhdestvenskaya Street, and browse the exhibits of Galileo Park.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Nizhny Novgorod tour planner.

You can drive from Kazan to Nizhny Novgorod in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In March in Nizhny Novgorod, expect temperatures between 36°F during the day and 20°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Kostroma.

Things to do in Nizhny Novgorod

Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums · Shopping

Kostroma

— 5 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.
Family-friendly places like Dom Gorodskogo Golovy Botnikova Museum and Museum of Wooden Architecture will thrill your kids. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kostroma: Ples (Provincial ARTgallery-M & Sobornaya Mountain), Yaroslavl (Church of St. John Chrysostom, Vvedenskiy Tolga Convent, &more) and Sumarokovskaya Elk Farm (in Sumarokovo). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Bread Museum, get to know the resident critters at Zoo Park in Kostroma, admire the striking features of The Resurrection Church on the Debra, and pause for some photo ops at Monument to the Dog.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Kostroma trip planner.

Traveling by car from Nizhny Novgorod to Kostroma takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Nizhny Novgorod in March, expect a bit warmer with lows of 26°F in Kostroma. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Vladimir.

Things to do in Kostroma

Museums · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks

Side Trips

Vladimir

— 4 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.
Kids will enjoy Spoon Museum and Chocolate Studio. Venture out of the city with trips to Murom (Transfiguration monastery, Holy Trinity Convent, &more). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Borodins' Blacksmith Shop, pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Assumption Cathedral, have fun and explore at Muzey Nauki I Cheloveka Evrika, and indulge in some personalized pampering at Vladmassage.

For maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the 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 your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Moscow.

Things to do in Vladimir

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Spas

Side Trips

Moscow

— 6 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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Red Square and Saint Basil's Cathedral. Explore Moscow's surroundings by going to Ski Stadium Zorkiy (in Krasnogorsk) and Muzey tekhniki Vadima Zadorozhnogo (in Arkhangelskoye). The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at State Tretyakov Gallery, see the interesting displays at Melnikov House, stroll the grounds of Tserkov' Uspeniya Presvyatoy Bogoroditsy V Novodevich'yem Monastyre, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

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Traveling by train from Vladimir to Moscow takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In March in Moscow, expect temperatures between 36°F during the day and 24°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time to travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Moscow

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Tours

Side Trips

St. Petersburg

— 8 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.
Family-friendly places like The State Hermitage Museum and Palace Square will thrill your kids. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Saint Isaac's Cathedral, admire the masterpieces at The Shadow Museum, look for gifts at Magazin Kuptsov Yeliseyevykh, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read St. Petersburg online trip itinerary planner.

Take a train from Moscow to St. Petersburg in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 36°F in March, and nighttime lows around 23°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

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.