60 days in Russia Itinerary

60 days in Russia Itinerary

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Moscow
— 6 nights
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Tula
— 5 nights
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Kolomna
— 4 nights
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Vladimir
— 3 nights
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Nizhny Novgorod
— 5 nights
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Kostroma
— 4 nights
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Yaroslavl
— 5 nights
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Uglich
— 2 nights
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Veliky Novgorod
— 2 nights
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Pskov
— 2 nights
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St. Petersburg
— 6 nights
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Kaliningrad
— 6 nights
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Kazan
— 4 nights
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Sochi
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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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Red Square and Saint Basil's Cathedral. Museum-lovers will appreciate Tsaritsyno Museum-Reserve and Alexandrovskaya Sloboda. Change things up with these side-trips from Moscow: Sergiyev Posad (Sergiyevskaya Kukhmisterskaya, Cathedral of the Assumption, &more), Ski Stadium Zorkiy (in Krasnogorsk) and Muzey tekhniki Vadima Zadorozhnogo (in Arkhangelskoye). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Kolomenskoye Historical and Architectural Museum and Reserve, stroll the grounds of Tserkov' Uspeniya Presvyatoy Bogoroditsy V Novodevich'yem Monastyre, walk around Gorky Central Park of Culture and Leisure, and pause for some serene contemplation at Uspensky Cathedral.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Moscow day trip app.

Sydney, Australia to Moscow is an approximately 23-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 7 hours traveling from Sydney to Moscow. Traveling from Sydney in January, expect Moscow to be cooler, temps between -7°C and -12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can go by car to Tula.

Things to do in Moscow

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Tula State Museum of Weapons and The Tsiolkovsky State Museum of Cosmonautics. Museum of St. Matrona of Moscow and Church in Honor of St. Alexander Nevskiy will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Tula: Kaluga (Planetarium, K. Tsiolkovskiy's House Museum, &more), Museum of Samovars and Bouillottes (in Grumant) and Trinity Church (in Bekhovo). The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at Tula Kremlin Museum, examine the collection at P. Krylov's Museum, brush up on your military savvy at Kulikovo field, and admire the masterpieces at Tula Museum of Fine Arts.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Tula online road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Moscow to Tula takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can drive to Kolomna.

Things to do in Tula

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Kolomna

— 4 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. Get a sense of the local culture at Kolomna Kremlin and Museum Pastila Factory. You'll explore and learn at Ryazan Kremlin and Gosudarstvennyy Muzey-Zapovednik S. A. Yesenina. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kolomna: Konstantinovo (Estate of S. Yesenin's Parents Museum & Zemskaya Shkola Museum), Ryazan (Church of the Holy Spirit, Assumption Cathedral, &more) and Zaraysk Kremlin State Museum Reserve (in Zaraysk). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Muzeynaya Fabrika Kolomenskoy Pastily and explore the engaging exhibits at Museum House of Samovar.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Kolomna tour itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Tula to Kolomna in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January, daily temperatures in Kolomna can reach -6°C, while at night they dip to -13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Vladimir.

Things to do in Kolomna

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Vladimir

— 3 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Holy Assumption Cathedral and Vodonapornaya Bashnya Museum. Visit Church of the Intercession of the Holy Virgin and Cathedral of Saint Demetrius for their historical value. Change things up with these side-trips from Vladimir: Suzdal (Saint Antipius and Saint Lazarus churches, Museum of Wooden Architecture, &more) and Nikolsky Women's Monastery (in Sanino). There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Golden Gate, examine the collection at Borodins' Blacksmith Shop, pause for some photo ops at Monument to Prince Vladimir And Saint Fedor, and don't miss a visit to Bolshaya Moskovskaya Street.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Vladimir trip itinerary builder tool.

Getting from Kolomna to Vladimir by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and subway. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Nizhny Novgorod.

Things to do in Vladimir

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

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.
Rukavishnikovykh Usadba and Nizhny Novgorod State Art Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Cathedral of St. Alexander Nevskiy and Voznesenskiy Pechyorskiy muzhskoy monastyr'. Change things up with a short trip to Pustynskiye Lakes in Staraya Pustyn (about 1h 30 min away). The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Nativity of Most Holy Mother of God, don't miss a visit to Bolshaia Pokrovskaia Street, step into the grandiose world of The Kremlin, and examine the collection at Museum of Literary Heroes Tales of Belkin.

To see more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Nizhny Novgorod day trip tool.

Getting from Vladimir to Nizhny Novgorod by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Nizhny Novgorod are -2°C, while nighttime lows are -10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can go by car to Kostroma.

Things to do in Nizhny Novgorod

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Kostroma

— 4 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Monastery of st Ipaty and Dom Gorodskogo Golovy Botnikova Museum. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Museum of Wooden Architecture and The Resurrection Church on the Debra. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kostroma: Provincial ARTgallery-M (in Ples), Sumarokovskaya Elk Farm (in Sumarokovo) and Krasnoe Selo Jewelry and Folk Applied Arts Museum (in Krasnoye-na-Volge). There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Epiphany Monastery of St. Anastasia, see the interesting displays at Peter Toy Museum, and have fun and explore at Terem Snegurochki.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Kostroma day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Nizhny Novgorod to Kostroma takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In February, daily temperatures in Kostroma can reach -1°C, while at night they dip to -7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Yaroslavl.

Things to do in Kostroma

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like State Museum Preserve Rostov Kremlin and Yaroslavl Architectural Historical and Art Museum Preserve. Visit Yakovlevsky Savior Monastery and Nikolsky Women's Monastery for their historical value. Venture out of the city with trips to Museum of Kitchen Machinery (in Vyatskoye), Rostov (Church of the Resurrection of Christ, Assumption Cathedral, &more) and Pereslavl-Zalessky (Radio Museum, Museum of Flat Irons, &more). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Einstein's Entertaining Sciences Museum, get to know the fascinating history of Yaroslavl Embankment, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Elijah the Prophet, and don't miss a visit to Vvedenskiy Tolga Convent.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Yaroslavl day trip planner.

Drive from Kostroma to Yaroslavl in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. February in Yaroslavl sees daily highs of -1°C and lows of -7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can drive to Uglich.

Things to do in Yaroslavl

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Uglich

— 2 nights
Uglich is a historic town in Yaroslavl Oblast, Russia, which stands on the Volga River. On the 20th (Sat), examine the collection at Museum Svistulki, contemplate the long history of Church of Tsarevich Demetrius on the Blood, see the interesting displays at Bicycle Museum, examine the collection at Russian Vodka Museum, then examine the collection at Uglich Hydropower Engineering Museum, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Assumption. On the 21st (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of Museum Uchenskogo Kraya, examine the collection at Petr Smirnov Museum, then see the interesting displays at Mouse Museum, and finally get engrossed in the history at Museum of Merchantry of Myshkin Makhayev Dvor.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Uglich trip planning app.

Getting from Yaroslavl to Uglich by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of train and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to go by car to Veliky Novgorod.

Things to do in Uglich

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Veliky Novgorod

— 2 nights
An ancient city thriving as a modern tourist destination, Veliky Novgorod rightly bills itself as the birthplace of Russia.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): examine the collection at Center of Musical Antiquities, take in the views from Pedestrian Bridge Across River Volkhov, head outdoors with Kremlevskiy Beach, appreciate the extensive heritage of Yaroslav’s Courtyard, then examine the collection at Likhudov Building Museum, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Novgorod Kremlin (Detinets). On the 23rd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Perynskiy Skete, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. George Monastery, head outdoors with Yuryevskiy Beach, then examine the collection at Vitoslavlitsy Museum, then appreciate the history behind Millennium of Russia, and finally admire the striking features of Granovitaya Palata.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Veliky Novgorod trip itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Uglich to Veliky Novgorod in 8 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can drive to Pskov.

Things to do in Veliky Novgorod

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Pskov

— 2 nights
Pskov is a city and the administrative center of Pskov Oblast, Russia, located about 20km east from the Estonian border, on the Velikaya River. Start off your visit on the 24th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Holy Trinity Cathedral, make a trip to Pskov Kreml/ Krom, pause for some serene contemplation at Church Reverend Alexei, then make a trip to Holy Transfiguration Mirozh Monastery, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pokrova and Rozhdestva ot Proloma Church, and finally examine the collection at Pogankin Chambers. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Monument In Memory of the Ledovoye Battle, examine the collection at Izborsk State Museum Preserve, contemplate the long history of Izborsk Fortress, then pause for some serene contemplation at The Holy Dormition Pskovo-Pechersky Monastery, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of the Forty Martyrs of Sebaste.

Plan a Pskov trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Getting from Veliky Novgorod to Pskov by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In February, plan for daily highs up to 0°C, and evening lows to -7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) to allow time to drive to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Pskov

Historic Sites · Museums

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The State Hermitage Museum and Erarta Museum. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Saint Isaac's Cathedral and Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at The Shadow Museum, take an in-depth tour of Pavlovsk State Museum, explore the different monuments and memorials at Alexander Nevsky Lavra, and steep yourself in history at Tsarskoye Selo State Museum Preserve.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our St. Petersburg road trip app.

You can drive from Pskov to St. Petersburg in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In February in St. Petersburg, expect temperatures between -1°C during the day and -6°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Kaliningrad.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Spas

Kaliningrad

— 6 nights

Amber City

A city of science and philosophy, cosmopolitan Kaliningrad once served as a cultural hub of Germany, Poland, and Lithuania.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Kurshskaya Kosa and Amber Museum. Museum of the World Ocean and Friedland Gates Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kaliningrad: Svetlogorsk (Tikhoye Lake & Water Tower), Zelenogradsk (Zelenogradsk Promenade & Monument to Cats in Zelenogradsk) and Yantarnyy (Beach Shakhta Anna & Beach Promenade). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at B-413 Submarine Museum, visit a coastal fixture at Viewing Tower Lighthouse, get engrossed in the history at Bunker Museum, and make a trip to King's Gates.

To find where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Kaliningrad trip planner.

You can fly from St. Petersburg to Kaliningrad in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from St. Petersburg to Kaliningrad, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from St. Petersburg in March; daily highs in Kaliningrad reach 7°C and lows reach -1°C. On the 9th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Kazan.

Things to do in Kaliningrad

Wildlife · Museums · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Kazan

— 4 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.
Do your shopping at Bauman Street (Kazansky Arbat) and Slava Zaitsev's Art Gallery and Studio. Get some cultural insight at Cathedral of the Apostles Peter and Paul and The bell tower of the Cathedral of the Epiphany. Explore Kazan's surroundings by going to Raifa (Church in Honor of the Holy Fathers in Sinai and Raifa, Raifa Monastery, &more). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Museum "Tatarskaya Sloboda", admire the landmark architecture of Agricultural Palace, pause for some serene contemplation at Annunciation Cathedral, and make a trip to Kremlyovskaya Embankment.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Kazan trip maker app.

You can fly from Kaliningrad to Kazan in 8 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. The time zone changes from Eastern European Standard Time to Moscow Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Kaliningrad in March, expect Kazan to be slightly colder, temps between 0°C and -9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can travel to Sochi.

Things to do in Kazan

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Nightlife

Side Trip

Sochi

— 4 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Krasnaya Polyana Mountain Cluster and Gazprom Mountain-Tourist Centre. Escape the urban bustle at Gornaya Karusel Sport-Tourist Complex and Rosa Khutor Ski Resort. The adventure continues: catch a live event at "Laura" Cross-country Ski & Biathlon Center, meet the residents at Riviera Dolphinarium, take a leisurely stroll along Marine Passenger Terminal, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Khostinsky Tisosamshitovaya Grove.

For where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Sochi journey planner.

Traveling by flight from Kazan to Sochi takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Kazan in March, with highs in Sochi at 15°C and lows at 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sochi

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Transportation

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.