60 days in Russia & China Itinerary

60 days in Russia & China Itinerary

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St. Petersburg, Russia
— 8 nights
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Moscow, Russia
— 7 nights
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Kazan, Russia
— 7 nights
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Yekaterinburg, Russia
— 7 nights
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Novosibirsk, Russia
— 7 nights
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Harbin, China
— 4 nights
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Shanghai, China
— 7 nights
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Dongguan, China
— 2 nights
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Guangzhou, China
— 3 nights
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Beijing, China
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St. Petersburg, Russia

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: see the interesting displays at Saint Isaac's Cathedral, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, explore the world behind art at The State Hermitage Museum, and head off the coast to Yelagin Island.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the St. Petersburg trip planner.

Helsinki, Finland to St. Petersburg is an approximately 4.5-hour train ride. You can also drive; or fly. The time zone changes from Eastern European Standard Time (EET) to Moscow Standard Time (MSK), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in July, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can travel to Moscow.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

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Moscow, Russia

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.
Moscow is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Red Square, pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Basil's Cathedral, admire the masterpieces at State Tretyakov Gallery, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Moscow trip builder website.

Getting from St. Petersburg to Moscow by train takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Kazan.

Things to do in Moscow

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Tours

7
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Kazan, Russia

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kazan: Raifa (Cathedral of the Georgian Icon of Our Lady, Belfry With The Church in Honor of Archangel Michael, &more). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Kazan Kremlin, appreciate the history behind Sculpture Composition Doveriye, examine the collection at Konstantin Vasiliev Museum, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of the Apostles Peter and Paul.

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Traveling by flight from Moscow to Kazan takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In July, daytime highs in Kazan are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Yekaterinburg.

Things to do in Kazan

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

7
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Yekaterinburg, Russia

Located at the meeting point of two continents, Yekaterinburg serves as the cultural capital of the Urals region.
Step out of Yekaterinburg to go to Beryozovsky and see Victory Park, which is approximately 32 minutes away. The adventure continues: take some stellar pictures from Visotsky Business Center Lookout, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chapel of Saint Blessed Grand Prince Alexander Nevsky, don't miss a visit to Chertovo Gorodische, and steep yourself in history at Rastorguyev-Kharitonov's House.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Yekaterinburg itinerary planning app.

Getting from Kazan to Yekaterinburg by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Kazan to Yekaterinburg. Traveling from Kazan in July, expect Yekaterinburg to be slightly colder, temps between 26°C and 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can travel to Novosibirsk.

Things to do in Yekaterinburg

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

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Novosibirsk, Russia

Siberian Chicago

Situated in Siberia's southwestern portion, Novosibirsk developed into a major urban center in the last decade of the 19th century, when it became a convenient pit stop for railway travelers making the epic trans-Siberian journey.
Novosibirsk is known for zoos & aquariums, nightlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get to know the resident critters at Novosibirsk Zoo, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chapel of St. Nicholas, appreciate the history behind Monument Electrician, and see the interesting displays at Museum of History and Development of Dzerzhinsky District.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Novosibirsk trip maker.

Traveling by flight from Yekaterinburg to Novosibirsk takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Yekaterinburg to Novosibirsk due to the time zone difference. In July, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 15°C. On the 6th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Harbin.

Things to do in Novosibirsk

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Spas

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Harbin, China

Ice City

The influence of neighboring Russia remains visible throughout much of Harbin, with the country's northernmost metropolis possessing an intoxicating eclecticism in its architecture, food, and art.
Harbin is known for theme parks, museums, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at Saint Sophia Cathedral, explore the different monuments and memorials at Haerbin Martyrs Cemetery, relax in the rural setting at Harbin Northern Modern City Agriculture Model Garden, and browse the different shops at Jinan international Shopping Plaza.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Harbin sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Novosibirsk to Harbin takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. The time zone changes from Novosibirsk Standard Time (NOVT) to China Standard Time (CST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Novosibirsk in August; daily highs in Harbin reach 31°C and lows reach 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Shanghai.

Things to do in Harbin

Museums · Parks · Nature · Shopping

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Shanghai, China

Pearl of the Orient

With a nickname like the "Pearl of the Orient," it's not surprising Shanghai offers some of the most rewarding attractions and activities in the Far East.
Spend the 15th (Sun) wandering through the wild on Travel China Guide. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to The Bund (Wai Tan), get great views at Jin Mao Tower, admire the natural beauty at Yu Garden (Yuyuan), and examine the collection at Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan).

To see traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Shanghai online holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Harbin to Shanghai takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Harbin in August, expect Shanghai to be somewhat warmer, temps between 38°C and 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to travel to Dongguan.

Things to do in Shanghai

Shopping · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Wildlife

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Dongguan, China

Though humans have lived in the area for thousands of years, Dongguan only became a city in 1985.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): take in the awesome beauty at Dongguan Yinpingzui Peak and then make a trip to Huangdaxian Temple of Dongguan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Thu): enjoy breathtaking views from Liuhua Tower and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Huangqi Mountain.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Dongguan holiday planning app.

Traveling by flight from Shanghai to Dongguan takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in August, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to drive to Guangzhou.

Things to do in Dongguan

Parks · Nature
Highlights from your trip

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Guangzhou, China

A massive metropolis and critical international trading hub, Guangzhou sprawls along the Pearl River, distinctly vibrant and cosmopolitan.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Guangzhou: Foshan (Louvre International Furniture Art Expo Center & The Foshan Folk Art Researche Institute). The adventure continues: head off the coast to Shamian Island, gain insight at South China Agricultural University, and make a trip to Moxingling.

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Guangzhou online route planner.

Drive from Dongguan to Guangzhou in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Beijing.

Things to do in Guangzhou

Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

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Beijing, China

As the political and cultural capital of China, Beijing stands at the heart of Chinese history, buzzing with the energy of its high population density and centuries of importance.
Spend the 29th (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: see Mutianyu Great Wall, identify plant and animal life at Yudushan Scenic Resort, get engrossed in the history at Lama Temple (Yonghegong), and appreciate the extensive heritage of Summer Palace (Yiheyuan).

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Beijing day trip site.

Fly from Guangzhou to Beijing in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Guangzhou in August, expect little chillier with lows of 24°C in Beijing. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Russia travel guide

4.6
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.

China travel guide

4.4
Landmarks · Observation Decks · History Museums
With well over 1.3 billion residents, China represents the most populous country in the world, considered by many the cradle of civilization thanks to its history spanning many millennia. While a single trip to China rarely satisfies curious travelers, a well-organized tour reveals a land of awe-inspiring natural scenery, ancient monuments, and giant cities, where the diverse population includes almost 60 different ethnic groups speaking dozens of distinct languages. While many Westerners may know China mostly for its centuries-old tradition of martial arts, discerning travelers visit this vast nation for its outstanding cuisine, pristine landscapes, epic train journeys, and small towns of hardworking and genuinely hospitable people.

Guangdong travel guide

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Landmarks · Theme Parks · Parks
An economically backwards region for most of its history, Guangdong transformed into an industrial and commercial powerhouse after the 1978 reforms. Now the richest of China's provinces, the area draws a growing number of tourists with its natural scenery and distinct culture. On a vacation in Guangdong, discover wild landscapes unspoiled by commercial tourism, as well as World Heritage-listed architecture and historic sites. One of the region's more surprising and hugely rewarding destinations, the small town of Kaiping features castle-like private dwellings that blend elements of both Eastern and Western architecture.