57 days in Russia Itinerary

57 days in Russia Itinerary

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Moscow
— 6 nights
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Sergiyev Posad
— 5 nights
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Kaliningrad
— 5 nights
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St. Petersburg
— 7 nights
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Nizhny Novgorod
— 5 nights
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Kazan
— 5 nights
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Yekaterinburg
— 6 nights
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Tyumen
— 6 nights
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Krasnoyarsk
— 6 nights
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Irkutsk
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Moscow

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.
Attractions like Red Square and State Tretyakov Gallery make great kid-friendly stops. Step out of Moscow with an excursion to Ski Stadium Zorkiy in Krasnogorsk--about 38 minutes away. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Moscow Kremlin, stop by Perlov Tea House, engage your brain at Museum of Human Living Systems, and pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Basil's Cathedral.

To see photos and other tourist information, go to the Moscow trip itinerary planning site.

Auckland, New Zealand to Moscow is an approximately 26-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Auckland to Moscow is minus 9 hours. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Auckland in December; daily highs in Moscow reach -1°C and lows reach -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Sergiyev Posad.

Things to do in Moscow

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Tours

Side Trip

5
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Sergiyev Posad

Sergiyev Posad is a city and the administrative center of Sergiyevo-Posadsky District in Moscow Oblast, Russia. Kids will appreciate attractions like The Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra and Trinity Cathedral. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sergiyev Posad: Dmitrov (Church of Saint Elizabeth, Park Beryozovaya Roshha, &more), Gagarin Research & Test Cosmonaut Training Center (in Zvezdny Gorodok) and Yakhroma (Sports and Entertaining Park Yakhroma & The Church of Ascension). There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of the Assumption, take in the spiritual surroundings of Intercession Khotkovo Monastery, and get engrossed in the history at Sergiyev Posad State History and Art Museum Preserve.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Sergiyev Posad tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Moscow to Sergiyev Posad in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around -7°C in January, and nighttime lows around -13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Kaliningrad.

Things to do in Sergiyev Posad

Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums · Parks

Side Trips

5
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Kaliningrad

Amber City

A city of science and philosophy, cosmopolitan Kaliningrad once served as a cultural hub of Germany, Poland, and Lithuania.
Attractions like Kurshskaya Kosa and Research vessel "Vityaz" make great kid-friendly stops. Change things up with these side-trips from Kaliningrad: Beach Promenade (in Yantarnyy) and Nesselbek (in Orlovka). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at B-413 Submarine Museum, view the masterpieces at Art Gallery Gates, steep yourself in history at Fort XI Donhoff, and appreciate the history behind Immanuel Kant's Grave.

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

Getting from Sergiyev Posad to Kaliningrad by flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. The time zone changes from Moscow Standard Time (MSK) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In January, Kaliningrad is somewhat warmer than Sergiyev Posad - with highs of 0°C and lows of -5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Kaliningrad

Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

7
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St. Petersburg

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.
Bring the kids along to Saint Isaac's Cathedral and Russian Museum. And it doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, admire the landmark architecture of Grand Peterhof Palace and Gardens, wander the streets of Nevsky Prospekt, and see the interesting displays at Faberge Museum.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our St. Petersburg driving holiday planner.

You can fly from Kaliningrad to St. Petersburg in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Kaliningrad to St. Petersburg due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Kaliningrad in January, things will get little chillier in St. Petersburg: highs are around -5°C and lows about -10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to travel to Nizhny Novgorod.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks

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Nizhny Novgorod

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.
Kids will enjoy Limpopo Zoo and State Bank. There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of The Kremlin, view the masterpieces at Veshch v Sebe Art Gallery, get to know the fascinating history of Fedorovsky Embankment, and pause for some serene contemplation at Voznesenskiy Pechyorskiy muzhskoy monastyr'.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Nizhny Novgorod day trip planning app.

Getting from St. Petersburg to Nizhny Novgorod by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Traveling from St. Petersburg in January, expect Nizhny Novgorod to be little chillier, temps between -8°C and -15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to drive to Kazan.

Things to do in Nizhny Novgorod

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

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Kazan

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 Kul Sharif Mosque and Annunciation Cathedral. Explore Kazan's surroundings by going to Planetarium (in Oktyabrskiy) and Raifa Monastery (in Raifa). The adventure continues: browse the exhibits of Kazan Kremlin, attend a concert at Center of Contemporary Culture Smena, pause for some photo ops at Sculpture Composition Doveriye, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of the Apostles Peter and Paul.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Kazan vacation builder website.

You can drive from Nizhny Novgorod to Kazan in 6 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a train. In January in Kazan, expect temperatures between -10°C during the day and -17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can travel to Yekaterinburg.

Things to do in Kazan

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Spas

Side Trips

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Yekaterinburg

Located at the meeting point of two continents, Yekaterinburg serves as the cultural capital of the Urals region.
Family-friendly places like Ekaterinburg Guide Center and Dom Strakhov will thrill your kids. There's much more to do: take an in-depth tour of The UMMC Museum complex, get great views at Visotsky Business Center Lookout, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chapel of Saint Blessed Grand Prince Alexander Nevsky, and look for gifts at Vinoteka Solovyova.

To plan Yekaterinburg vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

You can fly from Kazan to Yekaterinburg in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from Kazan to Yekaterinburg is 2 hours. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Yekaterinburg when traveling from Kazan in January, with lows around -22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Tyumen.

Things to do in Yekaterinburg

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Theme Parks

Side Trip

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Tyumen

Capital of Villages

The first Russian settlement in Siberia, Tyumen now benefits from the wealth of the oil-rich region it calls home.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Embankment of Tura River and Galeria Voyage Mall. Next up on the itinerary: pause for some photo ops at Monument to Metropolitan Filofey Leshchinskiy, pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Archangel Michael Church, head outdoors with Square Birchwood, and don't miss a visit to Monument Locomotive FD21-3031.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Tyumen travel website.

You can drive from Yekaterinburg to Tyumen in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around -8°C in February, and nighttime lows around -19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to travel to Krasnoyarsk.

Things to do in Tyumen

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Nature

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Krasnoyarsk

Famed for its scenic location, Krasnoyarsk so impressed author Anton Chekhov that he considered it Siberia's most appealing city, describing it as a "picturesque, cultured town." A convenient pit stop for passengers making the trans-Siberian journey, the city serves as the country's major railway junction halfway between Moscow and Vladivostok.
Family-friendly places like Enisey River and Tatyshev Island will thrill your kids. And it doesn't end there: glide through natural beauty at Vetluzhanka, make a trip to Temple of the Holy Apostle and Evangelist Luke, explore the engaging exhibits at Interactive Science Museum Newton Park, and see the interesting displays at Literature Museum.

For reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Krasnoyarsk online tour itinerary planner.

You can fly from Tyumen to Krasnoyarsk in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Tyumen to Krasnoyarsk, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to travel to Irkutsk.

Things to do in Krasnoyarsk

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Outdoors

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Irkutsk

Paris of Siberia

The most popular stop on the Trans-Siberian railway, Irkutsk gained fame as the cultural center of Decembrist exiles.
Family-friendly places like Lake Baikal and 130 Kvartal will thrill your kids. Explore Irkutsk's surroundings by going to Memorable Sign A.V. Vampilov (in Listvyanka) and Angarsk (Oneka-Angarsk Art Center, Art Center, &more). There's lots more to do: take a tour by water with Sval, don't miss a visit to Sts. Nicholas and Innocent Temple, get a taste of the local shopping with Gallery of V. Bronshteyn, and appreciate the history behind Monument Enforcement Officers Killed in the Line of Duty.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Irkutsk trip itinerary builder app.

Getting from Krasnoyarsk to Irkutsk by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from Krasnoyarsk to Irkutsk is 1 hour. In February, plan for daily highs up to -9°C, and evening lows to -25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Irkutsk

Parks · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

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.