59 days in Russia Itinerary

59 days in Russia Itinerary

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Fly to Pulkovo Airport, Drive to Vyborg
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Vyborg
— 2 nights
Drive
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St. Petersburg
— 5 nights
Drive
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Veliky Novgorod
— 4 nights
Drive
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Pskov
— 4 nights
Train to Ajeroport, Fly to Kaluga
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Kaluga
— 3 nights
Drive
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Tula
— 4 nights
Drive
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Kolomna
— 3 nights
Drive
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Ryazan
— 4 nights
Drive
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Diveyevo
— 4 nights
Drive
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Suzdal
— 4 nights
Drive
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Pereslavl-Zalessky
— 4 nights
Drive
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Uglich
— 3 nights
Drive
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Rostov
— 4 nights
Drive
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Moscow
— 4 nights
Fly
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Kaliningrad
— 3 nights
Bus to Gdansk, Fly to Salt Lake City

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Vyborg

— 2 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. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Spaso-Preobrazhenskiy Cathedral and then steep yourself in history at Vyborg Castle. On the 3rd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Byurger Estate, admire the landmark architecture of Building of the United Bank of Nordic, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Lutheran Church of St. Peter and Pavel, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ryaisyalya Church, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of Konevskaya Icon of Our Lady.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Vyborg trip itinerary builder app.

Salt Lake City, USA to Vyborg is an approximately 21.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Moscow Standard Time, which is usually a 10 hour difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can go by car to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Vyborg

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

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.
You'll explore and learn at Pavlovsk State Museum and The State Hermitage Museum. Saint Isaac's Cathedral and Grand Peterhof Palace and Gardens will appeal to history buffs. And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Erarta Museum, see a show at Yusupov Palace, admire the striking features of Peter and Paul Fortress, and examine the collection at Museum of Soviet Arcade Machines.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our St. Petersburg trip planning website.

You can drive from Vyborg to St. Petersburg in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°F in February, and nighttime lows around 22°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to drive to Veliky Novgorod.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nightlife

Veliky Novgorod

— 4 nights
An ancient city thriving as a modern tourist destination, Veliky Novgorod rightly bills itself as the birthplace of Russia.
Vitoslavlitsy Museum and Center of Musical Antiquities are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Dostoevsky Memorial House Museum and St. George Monastery. Get out of town with these interesting Veliky Novgorod side-trips: Luga (Memorial Partizanskaya Slava & Church of St. Nicholas) and Staraya Russa (Transfiguration Monastery, Church of George Victorious, &more). Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of Novgorod Kremlin (Detinets), appreciate the history behind Millennium of Russia, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Tserkov' Spasa na Nereditse, and browse the exhibits of Cathedral of the Nativity of the Virgin Monastery of St. Anthony.

Plan trip to Veliky Novgorod with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Drive from St. Petersburg to Veliky Novgorod in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Pskov.

Things to do in Veliky Novgorod

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Pskov

— 4 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. Let the collections at The State museum-reserve of Alexander Pushkin and House-Museum of Sergey Dovlatov capture your imagination. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to The Holy Dormition Pskovo-Pechersky Monastery and Holy Trinity Cathedral. Venture out of the city with trips to Gannibaly House Museum in Petrovskoe (in Petrovskoye), Memorial Estate of Mussorgsky M. P. (in Naumovo) and Pushkinskie Gory (Art Laboratory & Osipovy-Wolf House Museum in Trigorskoe). There's lots more to do: explore the ancient world of Izborsk Fortress, take some stellar pictures from Olginskaya Chapel And Viewing Point, steep yourself in history at Spaso-Kazanskiy Simanskiy Monastery, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of Assumption (Paromeniye).

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Traveling by car from Veliky Novgorod to Pskov takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 31°F in February, and nighttime lows around 21°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can travel to Kaluga.

Things to do in Pskov

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Kaluga

— 3 nights
Kaluga is a city and the administrative center of Kaluga Oblast, Russia, located on the Oka River 150km southwest of Moscow. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at K. Tsiolkovskiy's House Museum and The Tsiolkovsky State Museum of Cosmonautics. Appreciate the collections at Museum-Diorama Great Standing at Ugra and Museum of 1812. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kaluga: The Convent of St. Ambrose and Our Lady of Kazan (in Shamordino), Church of the Intercession of the Holy Virgin (in Nedelnoye) and Church of the Resurrection (in Tarusa). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kaluga Saint-Tikhonov Hermitage, take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Church of the Transfiguration, contemplate the long history of Temple of the Lord's Entrance to Jerusalem, and see the interesting displays at Museum of Workmanship, Architecture and Daily Life.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Kaluga trip planning app.

Do a combination of train and flight from Pskov to Kaluga in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Tula.

Things to do in Kaluga

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Tula

— 4 nights
Though Tula is best known for Leo Tolstoy's country estate, the city has plenty of additional cultural and historical intrigue.
Tula State Museum of Weapons and Odoev Museum of Local Lore will appeal to museum buffs. Popular historic sites such as Museum of St. Matrona of Moscow and Muzey-Usad'ba A.t.bolotova "Dvoryaninovo" are in your itinerary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tula: Anastasov Monastery (in Odoyev), Polenov Residence State Museum (in Strakhovo) and Bekhovo (Trinity Church & Bekhovo Cemetery). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Museum Garmoni Deda Filimona, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of the Assumption, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Nativity of the Virgin, and brush up on your military savvy at Kulikovo field.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Tula day trip planning site.

You can drive from Kaluga to Tula in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Kolomna.

Things to do in Tula

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kolomna

— 3 nights
Kolomna is an ancient city of Moscow Oblast, Russia, situated at the confluence of the Moskva and Oka Rivers, 114km (by rail) southeast of Moscow. Get some historical perspective at Trinity Church and Holy Spring Bely Kolodets. Step off the beaten path and head to Zaraysk Kremlin State Museum Reserve and Museum Pastila Factory. Go for a jaunt from Kolomna to Zaraysk to see Golubkina House-Museum about 56 minutes away. It doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Muzeynaya Fabrika Kolomenskoy Pastily and admire the masterpieces at Ozerov House, Cultural Center.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Kolomna trip maker tool.

You can drive from Tula to Kolomna in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. February in Kolomna sees daily highs of 31°F and lows of 22°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can drive to Ryazan.

Things to do in Kolomna

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Ryazan

— 4 nights
Ryazan is a city and the administrative center of Ryazan Oblast, Russia, located on the Oka River 196km southeast of Moscow. Visit Church of the Holy Spirit and Church of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin for their historical value. Let the collections at Ryazan Kremlin and Museum of Wooden Architecture Forest Fortress capture your imagination. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ryazan: S.A. Esenin Museum (in Spas-Klepiki), Konstantinovo (Anna Snegina's Poem Museum, Gosudarstvennyy Muzey-Zapovednik S. A. Yesenina, &more) and Meshcherskiy Museum of Wooden Architecture of V.P. Groshev (in Yegoryevsk). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Museum of Bee Farming Research Institute, view the masterpieces at Design Gallery Pereulok Schastya, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Archangel Cathedral.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Ryazan trip planner.

You can drive from Kolomna to Ryazan in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can travel to Diveyevo.

Things to do in Ryazan

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Diveyevo

— 4 nights
Discover out-of-the-way places like Saint Seraphim-Diveyevo Monastery and Cathedral of the Annunciation. Let the collections at Estate-Industrial Complex Batashevyh-Shepelevyh and Museum of the History of VSW capture your imagination. Explore Diveyevo's surroundings by going to Holy Trinity Church (in Murom), Sanaksar Monastery (in Temnikov) and Arzamas (Church of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin & Resurrection Cathedral).

Take the guesswork out of planning a Diveyevo vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Ryazan to Diveyevo takes 5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Suzdal.

Things to do in Diveyevo

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Suzdal

— 4 nights
One of Russia's oldest settlements, the small town of Suzdal boasts nearly a thousand years of history.
Popular historic sites such as Holy Assumption Cathedral and Epiphany Monastery are in your itinerary. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Spaso-Evfimiyev Monastery Museum Complex and Cathedral of Saint Demetrius. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Suzdal: Mstera (Aesthete Museum "Gzhel" & Mstera Art Museum), Vladimir (Vodonapornaya Bashnya Museum, Golden Gate, &more) and Yuryev-Polsky (Yuryev-Polsky Museum of History, Architecture and Art, Saints Peter and Paul's Monastery, &more). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Suzdal Kremlin and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Tserkov' sv. Nikolaya.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Suzdal trip planner.

Drive from Diveyevo to Suzdal in 5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Pereslavl-Zalessky.

Things to do in Suzdal

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Pereslavl-Zalessky

— 4 nights
Pereslavl-Zalessky, also known as Pereyaslavl-Zalessky, is a town in Yaroslavl Oblast, Russia, located on the main Moscow–Yaroslavl road and on the southeastern shore of Lake Pleshcheyevo at the mouth of the Trubezh River. Discover out-of-the-way places like Museum of Flat Irons and Old Sewing Machines Museum. Museum-lovers will appreciate Museum Reptiles and Origin of Fairy Tale Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Pereslavl-Zalessky: Nikolo-Solbinsky Convent (in Solba), The Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra (in Sergiyev Posad) and Aleksandrov (Museum of Arcade Machines Retro & Alexandrovskaya Sloboda). There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Nikolsky Women's Monastery, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of the Presentation of the Lord, see the interesting displays at Museum Tsarstvo Ryapushki, and contemplate the long history of Kleshchinsky complex.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Pereslavl-Zalessky online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Suzdal to Pereslavl-Zalessky takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Uglich.

Things to do in Pereslavl-Zalessky

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Uglich

— 3 nights
Uglich is a historic town in Yaroslavl Oblast, Russia, which stands on the Volga River. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Church of Tsarevich Demetrius on the Blood and Uglich Kremlin. You'll explore and learn at Uglich Hydropower Engineering Museum and Uglich Museum of History. Explore Uglich's surroundings by going to Church of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin (in Kalyazin), Katskari Ethnographical Museum (in Martynovo) and Myshkin (Petr Smirnov Museum & Museum of Merchantry of Myshkin Makhayev Dvor). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Bicycle Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of The Holy Martyrs Florus and Laurus, pause for some serene contemplation at Transfiguration Cathedral, and don't miss a visit to Church of Prince Dimitriy Na Pole.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Uglich day trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Pereslavl-Zalessky to Uglich takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can go by car to Rostov.

Things to do in Uglich

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Rostov

— 4 nights
Rostov is a town in Yaroslavl Oblast, Russia, one of the oldest in the country and a tourist center of the Golden Ring. Step off the beaten path and head to Yakovlevsky Savior Monastery and Monastery of St Avraam. Appreciate the collections at State Museum Preserve Rostov Kremlin and Palaty. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Rostov: Karabikha State Memorial Literature Museum Preserve (N. A. Nekrasov) (in Karabikha) and Church in the name of St. John Chrysostom (in Godenovo). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Dom Remyosel, take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Church of St Isidore, and get engrossed in the history at Museum Baklushi.

For where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Rostov travel tool.

Traveling by car from Uglich to Rostov takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 39°F in March, and nighttime lows around 26°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can drive to Moscow.

Things to do in Rostov

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Armoury Chamber and Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts. Get some historical perspective at Red Square and Church of The Holy Virgin. Venture out of the city with trips to Holy Trinity Aleksandr Nevskiy Monastery (in Akatovo), Klin (Museum of Christmas Tree Decorations & Klin Podvorye, Christmas Tree Ornament Exhibit) and Panfilov's Guardsmen Museum (in Nelidovo). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Kolomenskoye Historical and Architectural Museum and Reserve, admire the masterpieces at State Tretyakov Gallery, examine the collection at Diamond Fund (Almazny Fond), and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Basil's Cathedral.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Moscow road trip planning website.

Drive from Rostov to Moscow in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°F in March, and nighttime lows around 24°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can travel to Kaliningrad.

Things to do in Moscow

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Kaliningrad

— 3 nights

Amber City

A city of science and philosophy, cosmopolitan Kaliningrad once served as a cultural hub of Germany, Poland, and Lithuania.
Get some historical perspective at Kirch Neuhausen and Konigsberg Cathedral. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to B-413 Submarine Museum and Amber Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Kaliningrad side-trips: Drevnyaya Sambiya (in Lesnoy) and Private Museum Old German School Valdvinkel (in Polessk). There's lots more to do: get curious at Museum of the World Ocean, explore the striking landscape of Kurshskaya Kosa, take in the exciting artwork at Art Gallery Gates, and don't miss a visit to Fishing Village.

To find other places to visit and tourist information, use the Kaliningrad visit planner.

Fly from Moscow to Kaliningrad in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone changes from Moscow Standard Time to Eastern European Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Moscow in March: high temperatures in Kaliningrad hover around 44°F and lows are around 30°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kaliningrad

Museums · Childrens Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Russia travel guide

4.7
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.

Central Russia travel guide

4.3
Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · Churches
Located in the far west of the country and formed around the Moscow Princedom in the 15th century, Central Russia is Russia's historical core and still the seat of Russian politics and economics. Tourists are mostly drawn to the metropolis of Moscow, with its mixture of the classical and the modern and a bustling nightlife. Northeast of Moscow lies the Golden Ring, an iconic series of the country's oldest cities unspoiled by industrialization. The historical legacy of picturesque architecture and traditional arts and crafts make these cities popular with travelers searching for an idyllic setting. The region also boasts birthplaces of many famous Russians, including Lev Tolstoy, Sergey Yesenin, Anton Chekhov, and Yuri Gagarin, as well as the sites of the three historic battles: one against the Tatars in 1380, another with Napoleon's army in 1812, and the third with Nazi Germans in 1941. Although there are considerable inequalities between the capital and other cities, some hidden corners of the region have plenty to offer.