60 days in Central Russia Itinerary

60 days in Central Russia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Central Russia trip itinerary planner

Make it your trip
Fly to Moscow Sheremetyevo, Train to Kolomna
1
Kolomna
— 6 nights
Drive
2
Ryazan
— 4 nights
Drive
3
Tula
— 5 nights
Drive
4
Kaluga
— 3 nights
Drive
5
Smolensk
— 3 nights
Drive
6
Tver
— 4 nights
Drive
7
Uglich
— 3 nights
Drive
8
Yaroslavl
— 5 nights
Drive
9
Kostroma
— 3 nights
Drive
10
Murom
— 3 nights
Drive
11
Vladimir
— 5 nights
Drive
12
Pereslavl-Zalessky
— 4 nights
Drive
13
Sergiyev Posad
— 4 nights
Fly
14
Voronezh
— 2 nights
Fly
15
Moscow
— 5 nights
Fly

S M T W T F S
26
27
28
29
30
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
1
2
3
4

Kolomna

— 6 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. Popular historic sites such as Cathedral of the Assumption and Church of Nikola Posadsky are in your itinerary. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Yegor'yevskiy Istoriko-Khudozhestvennyy Muzey and Tram Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kolomna: Holy Spring of Blessed David (in Talezh) and Zaraysk (Zaraiskaya Dam, Zaraysk Kremlin State Museum Reserve, &more). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Art-Kommunalka Erofeyev and Others Museum-Residency, explore the engaging exhibits at Museum House of Samovar, and make a trip to Sobornaya Square.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Kolomna trip itinerary maker site.

New York City, USA to Kolomna is an approximately 15-hour combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Moscow Standard Time is 8 hours. Traveling from New York City in October, expect Kolomna to be colder, temps between 45°F and 35°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Ryazan.

Things to do in Kolomna

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Ryazan

— 4 nights
Ryazan is a city and the administrative center of Ryazan Oblast, Russia, located on the Oka River 196km southeast of Moscow. Popular historic sites such as Church of The Transfiguration of Our Saviour On Yar and Nativity of Christ Cathedral are in your itinerary. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Gosudarstvennyy Muzey-Zapovednik S. A. Yesenina and Estate of S. Yesenin's Parents Museum. Step out of Ryazan with an excursion to Monastery of St. John the Theologian in Poshchupovo--about 56 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at The Ryazan State Regional Art Museum, appreciate the history behind Monument Mashrooms With Eyes, see the interesting displays at Museum of the History of Ryazan Lollipop, and take an in-depth tour of Academician I. Pavlov's Memorial Museum Estate.

To find where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Ryazan online travel planner.

You can drive from Kolomna to Ryazan in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Tula.

Things to do in Ryazan

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Tula

— 5 nights
Though Tula is best known for Leo Tolstoy's country estate, the city has plenty of additional cultural and historical intrigue.
Explore hidden gems such as Voznesenskaya Davidova Pustyn' and Polenov Residence State Museum. Vysotskiy Monastyr' and Kozlova Zaseka Station Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Tula side-trips: Serpukhov (Vladychny Women's Monastery, P.A. Stolypin Monument, &more), The Bison Breeding Centre (in Danki) and Bogoroditsk Palace Museum and Park (in Bogoroditsk). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Old Tula Drug Store, admire the masterpieces at Tula Museum of Fine Arts, pause for some photo ops at Monument to Tula Gingerbread, and stroll through Tsargrad Beach.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Tula trip builder website.

You can drive from Ryazan to Tula in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to drive to Kaluga.

Things to do in Tula

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Childrens 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. The Convent of St. Ambrose and Our Lady of Kazan and Optina Pustyn Friary will appeal to history buffs. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Fairytale House and Borovsk Paintings. Explore Kaluga's surroundings by going to Bird Park Vorobyi (in Vorobi) and Holy Pafnutiev Borovsky Monastery (in Borovsk). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at K. Tsiolkovskiy's House Museum and stroll around Kaluga Park Park of Culture and Leisure.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Kaluga trip builder website.

You can drive from Tula to Kaluga in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can go by car to Smolensk.

Things to do in Kaluga

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Smolensk

— 3 nights
Smolensk is a city and the administrative center of Smolensk Oblast, Russia, located on the Dnieper River, 360km west-southwest of Moscow. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Thunder Tower of the Smolensk Fortress and Smolensk Fortress. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Church of St. Michael the Archangel and Katyn Nationl Memorial Complex. Step out of Smolensk with an excursion to Teremok Historical and Architectural Complex in Flenovo--about 30 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Central Park of Culture and Rest Lopatinsky Garden, pause for some photo ops at Monument to Aleksandr Tvardovskiy and Vasiliy Tyorkin, and view the masterpieces at Art Gallery at the Smolensk State Museum Reserve.

To find more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Smolensk journey planner.

Drive from Kaluga to Smolensk in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can go by car to Tver.

Things to do in Smolensk

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

Tver

— 4 nights
Get some cultural insight at Boris and Gleb Monastery and Museum of Pushkin. Discover out-of-the-way places like Expeditions to Torzhok and Embankment of Stepan Razin. Change things up with these side-trips from Tver: Goldwork Embroidery Museum and Factory (in Torzhok), The Church of the Transfiguration (in Staritsa) and Panfilov's Guardsmen Museum (in Nelidovo).

For reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Tver trip planner.

Drive from Smolensk to Tver in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can drive to Uglich.

Things to do in Tver

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Uglich

— 3 nights
Uglich is a historic town in Yaroslavl Oblast, Russia, which stands on the Volga River. Get some historical perspective at Church of Tsarevich Demetrius on the Blood and Resurrection Monastery. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Transfiguration Cathedral and Mouse Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Uglich: Myshkin (Myshkin Folk Museum, Museum of Russian Valenki, &more). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Uglich Kremlin.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Uglich trip itinerary maker website.

You can drive from Tver to Uglich in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Yaroslavl.

Things to do in Uglich

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Yaroslavl

— 5 nights
A World Heritage Site boasting hundreds of architectural monuments, Yaroslavl sits on the confluence of the Volga and Kotorosl Rivers and is renowned for its historical town center.
Get a sense of the local culture at Yakovlevsky Savior Monastery and Epiphany Church. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to St. John the Baptist Church and Kazansky Monastery. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Yaroslavl: Rostov (Monastery of St Avraam, Assumption Cathedral, &more) and Resurrection Cathedral (in Tutayev). The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at Saviour Church on the City, see the interesting displays at Yaroslavskiy Khudozhestvennyy Muzey, don't miss a visit to Vvedenskiy Tolga Convent, and get engrossed in the history at Museum of the Yaroslavl City History.

Make your Yaroslavl itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Getting from Uglich to Yaroslavl by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train. In October in Yaroslavl, expect temperatures between 42°F during the day and 34°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can go by car to Kostroma.

Things to do in Yaroslavl

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Kostroma

— 3 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.
Get some historical perspective at The Resurrection Church on the Debra and Fire Tower. Do some cultural sightseeing at Dom Gorodskogo Golovy Botnikova Museum and Les-Chudodey Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Ples (Provincial ARTgallery-M, Mountain Levitan, &more) and Sumarokovskaya Elk Farm (in Sumarokovo). There's more to do: see the interesting displays at Nature Museum of The Kostroma Region and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Epiphany Monastery of St. Anastasia.

For maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Kostroma road trip website.

Drive from Yaroslavl to Kostroma in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 31°F in November, and nighttime lows around 26°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Murom.

Things to do in Kostroma

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Murom

— 3 nights
Murom is a historical city in Vladimir Oblast, Russia, which sprawls along the left bank of the Oka River. Get some cultural insight at St. Nicholas Church on the Embankment (Nikolo-Naberezhnaya) and Transfiguration monastery. Visit Holy Trinity Convent and The Monastery of the Annunciation for their historical value. Venture out of the city with trips to Gorokhovets (The House of the Ship Owner Mikhail Shorin & Gorokhovets History and Architecture Museum). Next up on the itinerary: pause for some photo ops at Statue of Ilya Muromets, take in the views from Cable-braced bridge, admire the striking features of Shopping Arcade, and get to know the fascinating history of Moskovskaya Street.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Murom trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Kostroma to Murom by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to drive to Vladimir.

Things to do in Murom

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Vladimir

— 5 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Church of the Intercession of the Holy Virgin and Assumption Church (Uspenskaya tserkov). Cathedral of Saint Demetrius and Nativity of the Virgin Cathedral will appeal to history buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Suzdal (Church of Boris and Gleb, Transfiguration Cathedral, &more). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Golden Gate, have fun and explore at Borodins' Blacksmith Shop, get engrossed in the history at History Museum, and get to know the fascinating history of Bolshaya Moskovskaya Street.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Vladimir itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Murom to Vladimir in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can go by car to Pereslavl-Zalessky.

Things to do in Vladimir

Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums · Shopping

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. Your inner history buff will appreciate Nikolsky Women's Monastery and Cathedral of the Transfiguration of the Saviour. Take a break from the city and head to National Park Lake Pleshheyevo and Pereslavskiy Arboretum Named After S.F. Kharitonov. Take a break from Pereslavl-Zalessky with a short trip to Origin of Fairy Tale Museum in Vasilevo, about 32 minutes away. The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nikitsky Monastery, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Peasant Design Kon V Palto, examine the collection at Old Sewing Machines Museum, and steep yourself in history at City Walls.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Pereslavl-Zalessky itinerary maker website.

You can drive from Vladimir to Pereslavl-Zalessky in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to drive to Sergiyev Posad.

Things to do in Pereslavl-Zalessky

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Sergiyev Posad

— 4 nights
Sergiyev Posad is a city and the administrative center of Sergiyevo-Posadsky District in Moscow Oblast, Russia. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Federal State Cultural Establishment Artistic and Literary Museum-Reserve Abramtsevo and Gefsimansky Chernigovsky Skit (convent). Discover out-of-the-way places like Alexandrovskaya Sloboda and Refectory Church of St Sergius. Change things up with these side-trips from Sergiyev Posad: Dmitrov (Museum-Reserve Dmitrov Kremlin & Boris and Gleb Monastery) and Aleksandrov (Arsaki & Museum of Manmade Jewels). The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of the Assumption, explore the world behind art at Sergiyev Posad State History and Art Museum Preserve, and see the interesting displays at Museum of Soviet Childhood.

Plan trip to Sergiyev Posad with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Drive from Pereslavl-Zalessky to Sergiyev Posad in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a daytime high around 35°F in November, and nighttime lows around 28°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can fly to Voronezh.

Things to do in Sergiyev Posad

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Trails

Side Trips

Voronezh

— 2 nights
Voronezh is a city and the administrative center of Voronezh Oblast, Russia, straddling the Voronezh River and located 12km from where it flows into the Don. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): observe the fascinating underwater world at Voronezh Oceanarium, then stroll around Park Alyye Parusa, and then examine the collection at Voronezh Regional Art Museum of I.N. Kramskoy. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of the Annunciation, see the interesting displays at Ship-Museum Goto Predestinatsia, then have fun and explore at Interactive Museum BIM, and finally appreciate the history behind Monument to White Bim Black Ear.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Voronezh journey planning website.

Traveling by flight from Sergiyev Posad to Voronezh takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. November in Voronezh sees daily highs of 38°F and lows of 29°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Moscow.

Things to do in Voronezh

Museums · Parks · Childrens Museums · Fun & Games

Side Trip

Moscow

— 5 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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Krutitskoe Podvorye and Nikolskaya Ulitsa. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Patriot Park Museum Complex - Stand №2 and Mikhail Bulgakov State Museum. Explore Moscow's surroundings by going to Melikhovo Chekhov Museum Preserve (in Melikhovo) and Tchaikovsky House Museum (in Klin). There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Museum of Russian Impressionism, stroll around Neskuchny sad, learn more about the world around you at State Darwin Museum, and examine the collection at Muzeon Art Park.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Moscow trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Voronezh to Moscow takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In November, plan for daily highs up to 34°F, and evening lows to 27°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Moscow

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Central Russia travel guide

4.2
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.