60 days in Russia Itinerary

60 days in Russia Itinerary

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Vladivostok
— 6 nights
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Irkutsk
— 5 nights
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Krasnoyarsk
— 3 nights
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Perm
— 2 nights
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Chelyabinsk
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Yekaterinburg
— 5 nights
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Kazan
— 3 nights
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Nizhny Novgorod
— 5 nights
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Ples
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Kostroma
— 2 nights
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Vladimir
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Moscow
— 6 nights
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St. Petersburg
— 6 nights
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Kaliningrad
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Krasnodar
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Sochi
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Vladivostok

— 6 nights
Often compared to San Francisco and Naples, the sprawling eastern city of Vladivostok serves as the largest Russian port on the Pacific Ocean.
Your inner history buff will appreciate St. Nicholas Cathedral and Saint Nicholas Church. Let the collections at Primorye State Art Gallery and Children's Art Gallery capture your imagination. Spend the 3rd (Wed) exploring nature at Vyatlina Cape. There's lots more to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, get outside with Amur Bay, kick back and relax at Astafyev's Bay, and examine the collection at Museum of Frontier Troops.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Vladivostok travel route builder app.

Sydney, Australia to Vladivostok is an approximately 17-hour flight. Traveling from Sydney in February, expect Vladivostok to be colder, temps between -4°C and -19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Irkutsk.

Things to do in Vladivostok

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Irkutsk

— 5 nights

Paris of Siberia

The most popular stop on the Trans-Siberian railway, Irkutsk gained fame as the cultural center of Decembrist exiles.
Get outdoors at Lake Baikal and Kaiskaya Forest. Shop till you drop at Gallery of V. Bronshteyn and Artefact Art Gallery. Get out of town with these interesting Irkutsk side-trips: Listvyanka (Baikal Bskie Souvenirs & Stone Cherskogo) and Taltsy Museum (in Taltsy). There's much more to do: get a taste of the local shopping with Dias Art Gallery, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Our Lady of Kazan, examine the collection at Muzeum Krajoznawcze Obwodu Irkuckiego, and take in the dramatic natural features at Cape Skriper.

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You can fly from Vladivostok to Irkutsk in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Vladivostok to Irkutsk. Traveling from Vladivostok in March, expect Irkutsk to be a bit cooler, temps between 1°C and -14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to travel to Krasnoyarsk.

Things to do in Irkutsk

Museums · Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Krasnoyarsk

— 3 nights
Famed for its scenic location, Krasnoyarsk so impressed author Anton Chekhov that he considered it Siberia's most appealing city, describing it as a "picturesque, cultured town." A convenient pit stop for passengers making the trans-Siberian journey, the city serves as the country's major railway junction halfway between Moscow and Vladivostok.
For shopping fun, head to Kamenka Cultural Space or Planeta. Take a break from the city and head to Stolby National Park and Vetluzhanka. There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Enisey River, ski along the peaceful trails at Ski Lodge SFU, browse the different shops at Vzletka Plaza, and let little ones run wild at Tatyshev Island.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Krasnoyarsk sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Irkutsk to Krasnoyarsk in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Irkutsk to Krasnoyarsk. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can travel to Perm.

Things to do in Krasnoyarsk

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Shopping

Perm

— 2 nights
A busy industrial center straddling the banks of the Kama River, the sprawling city of Perm sits at the western foothills of the Ural Mountains.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Khokhlovka Architectural and Ethnographic Museum, explore the activities along Strelka Peninsula, glide through natural beauty at Ski Lodge PGNIU, relax and rejuvenate at Aurma, then fly down the slopes at Dinamo Ski Lodge, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Silver Light Gallery. On the 16th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the world behind art at Perm State Art Gallery, shop like a local with Maris-Art Gallery, then see the interesting displays at Exhibition Hall of the Perm Local Lore Museum, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Private Gallery Unique.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Perm trip maker app.

You can fly from Krasnoyarsk to Perm in 8.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Krasnoyarsk to Perm due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 0°C in March, and nighttime lows around -10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to drive to Chelyabinsk.

Things to do in Perm

Museums · Shopping · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Chelyabinsk

— 2 nights

Tank City

The industrial city of Chelyabinsk has a markedly Soviet feel, but is a great destination for exploring mountain life in Russia.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Wed): get outside with Ice Palace Uralskaya Molniya, buy something for everyone on your list at Focus, get outside with Bystrai, then view the masterpieces at Laboratory of Contemporary Art, then steep yourself in history at Eternal Flame, and finally see the interesting displays at Museum of Labor and Fighting Glory. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Bely Parus, enjoy the sand and surf at Izumrudny Karyer, then ski along the peaceful trails at Adzhigardak Ski Resort, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and finally shop like a local with Okno Gallery.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Chelyabinsk attractions planner.

Getting from Perm to Chelyabinsk by car takes about 8 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train. In March in Chelyabinsk, expect temperatures between 0°C during the day and -10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Yekaterinburg.

Things to do in Chelyabinsk

Outdoors · Shopping · Museums · Spas

Side Trip

Yekaterinburg

— 5 nights
Located at the meeting point of two continents, Yekaterinburg serves as the cultural capital of the Urals region.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The UMMC Museum complex and Art Gallery of Church on Blood. Visiting Seven Brothers Rocks and Nizhneisetskaya Ski Lodge will get you outdoors. Explore Yekaterinburg's surroundings by going to Tavolozhskaya Ceramics (in Verhnie Tavolgi), Jaws Brewery (in Zarechnyy) and Verkhnyaya Pyshma Historical Museum (in Verhnyaya Pyshma). There's still lots to do: get a taste of the local shopping with Art Bird Gallery, view the masterpieces at Metenkov's House, indulge in some personalized pampering at Sauna on Shaumyana 73, and glide through natural beauty at Ski Lodge at Yekaterinburg-Sortirovochny Station.

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Drive from Chelyabinsk to Yekaterinburg in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In March, daily temperatures in Yekaterinburg can reach 0°C, while at night they dip to -11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Kazan.

Things to do in Yekaterinburg

Museums · Shopping · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Kazan

— 3 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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Bauman Street (Kazansky Arbat) and Annunciation Cathedral. Slava Zaitsev's Art Gallery and Studio and Center of Contemporary Culture Smena will appeal to museum buffs. There's much more to do: relax and rejuvenate at Spa sanatoriy Ryadom s Domom, contemplate the long history of Kazan Kremlin, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of the Apostles Peter and Paul, and take in the exciting artwork at Khazinе National Art Gallery.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Kazan day trip planning tool.

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. Expect a daytime high around 0°C in March, and nighttime lows around -9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Nizhny Novgorod.

Things to do in Kazan

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites · Nightlife

Nizhny Novgorod

— 5 nights

Russia's Pocket

Founded eight centuries ago at the confluence of the Volga and the Oka rivers, Nizhny Novgorod boasts over 600 historical, cultural, and architectural monuments.
Escape the urban bustle at Pustynskiye Lakes and Strigino Ski Lodge. Shop till you drop at Yurkovka Art Gallery and FUTURO Gallery. Go for a jaunt from Nizhny Novgorod to Dzerzhinsk to see Montmartre Art Gallery about 52 minutes away. There's lots more to do: view the masterpieces at Veshch v Sebe Art Gallery, get a taste of the local shopping with Kovcheg Gallery, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Nativity of Most Holy Mother of God, and find something for the whole family at Galileo Park.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Nizhny Novgorod road trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Kazan to Nizhny Novgorod takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 2°C in March, and nighttime lows around -7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can go by car to Ples.

Things to do in Nizhny Novgorod

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Outdoors

Side Trips

Ples

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): take some stellar pictures from Sobornaya Mountain, then get a taste of the local shopping with Provincial ARTgallery-M, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Souvenir Shop Furlyalyai.

To see ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Ples travel route planner.

Drive from Nizhny Novgorod to Ples in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Kostroma.

Things to do in Ples

Shopping · Museums · Historic Sites

Kostroma

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): take in the exciting artwork at Old City Art Gallery, see the interesting displays at Dom Gorodskogo Golovy Botnikova Museum, examine the collection at Bread Museum, then admire the landmark architecture of The Resurrection Church on the Debra, then slough off your stress at Tutto Bene, and finally examine the collection at Museum Istoricheskaya Syrovarnya. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Peter Toy Museum, see the interesting displays at M. Malyshev's House Museum, examine the collection at Museum of Wooden Architecture, then see the interesting displays at Museum Petrovskaya Igrushka, and finally view the masterpieces at Alina Exhibition Hall.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Kostroma trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Ples to Kostroma by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can drive to Vladimir.

Things to do in Kostroma

Museums · Shopping · Spas · Baths

Side Trip

Vladimir

— 1 night
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.
On the 4th (Sun), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Intercession of the Holy Virgin, pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Assumption Cathedral, see the interesting displays at Borodins' Blacksmith Shop, then have fun and explore at Spoon Museum, then take in the exciting artwork at Vladimir Art gallery, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at Vladmassage.

To see where to stay and other tourist information, read our Vladimir day trip website.

You can drive from Kostroma to Vladimir in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Moscow.

Things to do in Vladimir

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Spas

Side Trip

Moscow

— 6 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.
State Tretyakov Gallery and ARTSTORY gallery will appeal to museum buffs. Get some historical perspective at Red Square and Moscow Kremlin. Change things up with these side-trips from Moscow: Bath House in Borzyye (in Borzyye), Kournikova Gallery (in Borki) and Muzey tekhniki Vadima Zadorozhnogo (in Arkhangelskoye). The adventure continues: shop like a local with Zurab Tseretelli's Art Gallery, take in the exciting artwork at Art Gallery Na Kashirke, pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Basil's Cathedral, and wander the streets of Kuznetsky Most Street.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Moscow route builder tool.

Getting from Vladimir to Moscow by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive. April in Moscow sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Moscow

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites · Spas

Side Trips

St. Petersburg

— 6 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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate The State Hermitage Museum and Saint Isaac's Cathedral. For shopping fun, head to Nevsky Prospekt or Dolls Gallery. The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, awaken your taste buds at AE-Travel, admire the masterpieces at PinkRabbit Muzeros, and see the interesting displays at Russian Museum.

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Take a train from Moscow to St. Petersburg in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In April, plan for daily highs up to 9°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to travel to Kaliningrad.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites · Spas

Kaliningrad

— 4 nights

Amber City

A city of science and philosophy, cosmopolitan Kaliningrad once served as a cultural hub of Germany, Poland, and Lithuania.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Art Gallery Gates and Barakholshhik. We've included these beaches for you: Beach Promenade and Beach Shakhta Anna. Get out of town with these interesting Kaliningrad side-trips: Sport and Health Complex TsSKA (in Baltiysk) and Dive Club Demersus (in Yantarnyy). Spend the 17th (Sat) exploring nature at Kurshskaya Kosa. The adventure continues: get the lay of the land with InKaliningrad, examine the collection at B-413 Submarine Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Christ the Savior, and stop by Cultura Bottle Shop.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Kaliningrad tour itinerary builder.

You can fly from St. Petersburg to Kaliningrad in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from St. Petersburg to Kaliningrad is minus 1 hour. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from St. Petersburg in April: highs in Kaliningrad hover around 14°C, while lows dip to 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can travel to Krasnodar.

Things to do in Kaliningrad

Wildlife · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Krasnodar

— 2 nights
Founded as one of Catherine the Great's southern border outposts, Krasnodar is now a modern urban center, known locally as "Little Paris" because of its elegant European appearance.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): buy something for everyone on your list at 7 Zvezd/7 stars, browse the different shops at MEGA Adygeya-Kuban', get a taste of the local shopping with Art Gallery 7 Kartin, then stop by Gallery Krasnodar Shopping Mall, and finally soak in style at Public Baths TRI BOGATYRYA. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. George's Church, catch the contagious excitement of Krasnodar Racetrack, buy something for everyone on your list at Krasnaya Ploshhad Shopping Mall, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Elijah Church, then appreciate the history behind Monument to Kuban Cossacks, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St. Catherine's Cathedral.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Krasnodar trip builder.

Traveling by flight from Kaliningrad to Krasnodar takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Kaliningrad to Krasnodar due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Kaliningrad in April: high temperatures in Krasnodar hover around 21°C and lows are around 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can travel to Sochi.

Things to do in Krasnodar

Shopping · Historic Sites · Fun & Games · Spas

Sochi

— 5 nights

Russia's Summer Capital

Called the "Summer Capital of Russia," the busy resort town of Sochi is best known as the host of the 2014 Winter Olympics.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Babushkina Khata Museum and Art Glass Studio. For shopping fun, head to Fort Art Gallery or A.A.S. Tree Plastique Art Gallery. Venture out of the city with trips to Wet Canyon of River Psakho (in Galitsino) and Endemic Mountain Brewery (in Medoveyevka). categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at. There's still lots to do: boost your wellbeing at Banya Magi, fly down the slopes at Gornaya Karusel Sport-Tourist Complex, hike along Bzerpinskiy Karniz, and ski along the peaceful trails at Krasnaya Polyana Mountain Cluster.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Sochi online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Krasnodar to Sochi takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sochi

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Museums

Side Trips

Russia travel guide

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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.