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, get engrossed in the history at Peter and Paul Fortress, admire the landmark architecture of Smolny Cathedral, and explore the galleries of Grand Peterhof Palace and Gardens.

For reviews and more tourist information, read our St. Petersburg trip itinerary site.

Helsinki, Finland to St. Petersburg is an approximately 4.5-hour train ride. You can also drive; or fly. The time zone difference when traveling from Helsinki to St. Petersburg is 1 hour. In November, plan for daily highs up to 3°C, and evening lows to -1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can travel to Moscow.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

7
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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: contemplate the long history of Red Square, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Basil's Cathedral, admire the masterpieces at Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, and stroll around Sparrow Hills (Vorobyovy Gory).

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Traveling by train from St. Petersburg to Moscow takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. December in Moscow sees daily highs of -1°C and lows of -5°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to travel to Kazan.

Things to do in Moscow

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Tours

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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.
Get out of town with these interesting Kazan side-trips: 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, don't miss a visit to Bulgar Mosque, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Trinity Cathedral, and examine the collection at Hermitage - Kazan Center.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Kazan trip planner.

Fly from Moscow to Kazan in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In December, Kazan is little chillier than Moscow - with highs of -5°C and lows of -11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) 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.
Take a break from Yekaterinburg with a short trip to Victory Park in Beryozovsky, about 32 minutes away. The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Yekaterinburg Museum of Fine Arts, steep yourself in history at Rastorguyev-Kharitonov's House, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Nativity, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Nicholas Church.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Yekaterinburg travel planner.

Traveling by flight from Kazan to Yekaterinburg takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from Kazan to Yekaterinburg is 2 hours. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Kazan in December, with highs in Yekaterinburg at -9°C and lows at -17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) 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: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, see the interesting displays at World Funeral Culture Museum, pause for some photo ops at Monument to the Heroes of Peace Time, Firefighters and Lifeguards, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Church of St. Nicholas Martyr.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Novosibirsk road trip tool.

You can fly from Yekaterinburg to Novosibirsk in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Yekaterinburg Standard Time (YEKT) to Novosibirsk Standard Time (NOVT) is 2 hours. In December, daytime highs in Novosibirsk are -7°C, while nighttime lows are -15°C. On the 3rd (Sun), 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: experience rural life at Harbin Northern Modern City Agriculture Model Garden, explore the different monuments and memorials at Haerbin Martyrs Cemetery, take a peaceful walk through Harbin Forest Botanical Garden, and examine the collection at Saint Sophia Cathedral.

To find out how to plan a trip to Harbin, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Novosibirsk to Harbin takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Novosibirsk to Harbin. In January, plan for daily highs up to -13°C, and evening lows to -27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough 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 12th (Tue) wandering through the wild on Travel China Guide. There's lots more to do: take in the pleasant sights at The Bund (Wai Tan), make a trip to Jin Mao Tower, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jade Buddha Temple, and enjoy breathtaking views from Oriental Pearl Tower (Dongfang Mingzhu).

Before you visit Shanghai, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Fly from Harbin to Shanghai in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In January, Shanghai is much warmer than Harbin - with highs of 11°C and lows of 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time 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 15th (Fri): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Dongguan Yinpingzui Peak and then make a trip to Huangdaxian Temple of Dongguan. On the 16th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in panoramic vistas at Liuhua Tower and then take in the awesome beauty at Huangqi Mountain.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Dongguan online attractions planner.

You can fly from Shanghai to Dongguan in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In January, Dongguan is a bit warmer than Shanghai - with highs of 23°C and lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Foshan (Louvre International Furniture Art Expo Center & The Foshan Folk Art Researche Institute). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Shamian Island, deepen your understanding at South China Agricultural University, and don't miss a visit to Canton Tower.

For where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Guangzhou trip itinerary maker site.

You can drive from Dongguan to Guangzhou in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Dongguan in January since evenings lows in Guangzhou dip to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough 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 26th (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: stroll through Mutianyu Great Wall, don't miss a visit to Summer Palace (Yiheyuan), take in the spiritual surroundings of Ming Tombs (Ming Shishan Ling), and take an in-depth tour of The Palace Museum.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Beijing route maker.

Traveling by flight from Guangzhou to Beijing takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from Guangzhou in January; daily highs in Beijing reach 3°C and lows reach -10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow 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.