60 days in Russia Itinerary

60 days in Russia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Russia trip planner

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Ulan-Ude
— 5 nights
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Irkutsk
— 10 nights
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Yekaterinburg
— 8 nights
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Kazan
— 7 nights
Fly
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Moscow
— 10 nights
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St. Petersburg
— 19 nights
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Ulan-Ude

— 5 nights
Ulan-Ude is the capital city of the Republic of Buryatia, Russia; it is located about 100km southeast of Lake Baikal on the Uda River at its confluence with the Selenga. Go for a jaunt from Ulan-Ude to Ivolginsk to see Ivolginsk Datsan (Buddhist Monastery) about 46 minutes away. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Datsan Rinpoche Bagsha, stroll around Victory Memorial Park, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Protection Church, and take an in-depth tour of Natsionalnyy muzey RB.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Ulan-Ude driving holiday planner.

Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia to Ulan-Ude is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also fly. January in Ulan-Ude sees daily highs of -20°C and lows of -33°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Irkutsk.

Things to do in Ulan-Ude

Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Irkutsk

— 10 nights

Paris of Siberia

The most popular stop on the Trans-Siberian railway, Irkutsk gained fame as the cultural center of Decembrist exiles.
Explore Irkutsk's surroundings by going to Listvyanka (Memorable Sign A.V. Vampilov, Baikal Museum, &more), Angarsk (Park Lukomorye & Clock Museum) and Taltsy Museum (in Taltsy). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Baikal, go for a walk through Nizhnyaya Naberezhnaya Angary, explore the striking landscape at Cape Skriper, and examine the collection at Museum of Medicinal Herbs and Minerals.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Irkutsk trip planner.

Traveling by car from Ulan-Ude to Irkutsk takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Ulan-Ude in January: high temperatures in Irkutsk hover around -15°C and lows are around -27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Yekaterinburg.

Things to do in Irkutsk

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Yekaterinburg

— 8 nights
Located at the meeting point of two continents, Yekaterinburg serves as the cultural capital of the Urals region.
Yekaterinburg is known for museums, historic sites, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: learn about all things military at The UMMC Museum complex, admire the striking features of Rastorguyev-Kharitonov's House, don't miss a visit to Ganina Yama Monastery, and look for gifts at Vinoteka Solovyova.

For traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Yekaterinburg tour planning tool.

Fly from Irkutsk to Yekaterinburg in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Irkutsk Standard Time to Yekaterinburg Standard Time is minus 3 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Irkutsk in February; daily highs in Yekaterinburg reach -5°C and lows reach -17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel to Kazan.

Things to do in Yekaterinburg

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Kazan

— 7 nights

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 (Raifa Monastery & Trinity Cathedral). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Kazan Kremlin, shop like a local with Bauman Street (Kazansky Arbat), take in the spiritual surroundings of Kul Sharif Mosque, and view the masterpieces at Slava Zaitsev's Art Gallery and Studio.

Plan my day in Kazan using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Getting from Yekaterinburg to Kazan by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Yekaterinburg to Kazan due to the time zone difference. In February, daytime highs in Kazan are -5°C, while nighttime lows are -14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to travel to Moscow.

Things to do in Kazan

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Outdoors

Side Trip

Moscow

— 10 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Moscow side-trips: Ski Stadium Zorkiy (in Krasnogorsk), Muzey tekhniki Vadima Zadorozhnogo (in Arkhangelskoye) and Church of The Holy Virgin (in Dubrovitsy). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Red Square, explore the world behind art at State Tretyakov Gallery, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Basil's Cathedral, and steep yourself in history at Kolomenskoye Historical and Architectural Museum and Reserve.

For where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Moscow road trip planning app.

You can fly from Kazan to Moscow in 5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Traveling from Kazan in February, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Moscow, with lows around -7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Moscow

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

St. Petersburg

— 19 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.
St. Petersburg is known for museums, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at The State Hermitage Museum, see the interesting displays at The Kunstkamera, pause for some serene contemplation at Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas, and take an in-depth tour of Peter and Paul Fortress.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the St. Petersburg trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Moscow to St. Petersburg by train takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In March in St. Petersburg, expect temperatures between 2°C during the day and -5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to take a train back home.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

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.