60 days in Russia Itinerary

60 days in Russia Itinerary

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Drive to Ngurah Rai (Bali) International Airport, Fly to Vladivostok International Airport
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Vladivostok
— 3 nights
Fly
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Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, Sakhalin
— 4 nights
Fly to Irkutsk, Ferry to Listvyanka
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Listvyanka
— 1 night
Ferry to Irkutsk embankment, Fly to Kazan
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Kazan
— 3 nights
Drive
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Nizhny Novgorod
— 4 nights
Train
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Vladimir
— 4 nights
Drive
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Kostroma
— 3 nights
Drive
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Yaroslavl
— 3 nights
Fly to Pulkovo, Bus to Veliky Novgorod
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Veliky Novgorod
— 5 nights
Drive
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Pskov
— 4 nights
Drive
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St. Petersburg
— 5 nights
Fly
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Kaliningrad
— 4 nights
Fly
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Sochi
— 3 nights
Drive
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Gelendzhik
— 3 nights
Fly to Moscow Domodedovo, Train to Tula
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Tula
— 2 nights
Drive
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Moscow
— 4 nights
Fly to Ngurah Rai (Bali) International Airport, Drive to Bugbug

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Vladivostok

— 3 nights
Often compared to San Francisco and Naples, the sprawling eastern city of Vladivostok serves as the largest Russian port on the Pacific Ocean.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Svetlanskaya Street and Eagle's Nest Mount. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Vladivostok: Ussuriysk (Archangel Michael Temple, Saint George the Victorious Temple, &more). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Tsesarevich Embankment, steep yourself in history at Nikolai's Triumphal Arch/ Arch of Prince Nicholas, visit a coastal fixture at Tokarevskiy mayak, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Vladivostok Fortress.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Vladivostok online road trip planner.

Bugbug, Indonesia to Vladivostok is an approximately 20.5-hour combination of car and flight. The time zone changes from Central Indonesia Time (WITA) to Vladivostok Standard Time (VLAT), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from Bugbug in April, expect Vladivostok to be cooler, temps between 13°C and 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel to Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk.

Things to do in Vladivostok

Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Nature

Side Trip

Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, Sakhalin

— 4 nights
Though the streets of the modern, wealthy Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk are named after Russian communists, some of its history belongs to Japan.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Gorny Vozduh (Mountain Air) and Gagarin Park. Take a break from Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk with a short trip to Country Resort BAMBOOCHKI in Chaplanovo, about 54 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Museum of Local Lore, don't miss a visit to Memorial to Victims of Neftegork Earthquake, brush up on your military savvy at Pobeda Museum and Memorial Complex, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk trip itinerary builder.

Fly from Vladivostok to Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk in 4.5 hours. The time zone changes from Vladivostok Standard Time to Sakhalin Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. When traveling from Vladivostok in April, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk: temperatures range from 7°C by day to -2°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel to Listvyanka.

Things to do in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trip

Listvyanka

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Taltsy Museum, then stop by Baikal Bskie Souvenirs, then explore the activities along Lake Baikal, and finally observe the fascinating underwater world at Nerpinary. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some photo ops at Monument to the Soldiers Who Died in World War II, then stroll around Baikal Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Nicholas Church, and finally examine the collection at Museum Retro Park.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Listvyanka road trip planning website.

You can do a combination of flight and ferry from Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk to Listvyanka in 11.5 hours. The time zone changes from Sakhalin Standard Time (SAKT) to Irkutsk Standard Time (IRKT), which is usually a -3 hour difference. While traveling from Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Listvyanka, ranging from highs of 12°C to lows of -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Kazan.

Things to do in Listvyanka

Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Annunciation Cathedral and Museum "Tatarskaya Sloboda". There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of The bell tower of the Cathedral of the Epiphany, cool off at Riviera Aquapark, don't miss a visit to Kazan Family Center/ Viewpoint, and pause for some photo ops at Monument Cat Kazan.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Kazan trip maker.

You can do a combination of ferry and flight from Listvyanka to Kazan in 13 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of ferry and train. Traveling from Listvyanka to Kazan, you'll gain 5 hours due to the time zone difference. In April in Kazan, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can drive to Nizhny Novgorod.

Things to do in Kazan

Theme Parks · Museums · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods

Nizhny Novgorod

— 4 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Church of Nativity of Most Holy Mother of God and Fedorovsky Embankment. Change things up with these side-trips from Nizhny Novgorod: Vysotskiy Fountain (in Gorokhovets), Arzamas (The Temple of An Icon of the Mother of God of the Sign, Museum of Russian Patriarchate (branch NGIAMZ in Arzamas), &more) and Puchezh Museum of Local Lore (in Puchezh). There's still lots to do: pause for some photo ops at Chkalov Monument, make a trip to State Bank, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of St. Alexander Nevskiy, and explore the historical opulence of The Kremlin.

For reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Nizhny Novgorod road trip tool.

Drive from Kazan to Nizhny Novgorod in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In April, daytime highs in Nizhny Novgorod are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Vladimir.

Things to do in Nizhny Novgorod

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Vladimir

— 4 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Borodins' Blacksmith Shop and Alexandrovskaya Sloboda. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Vladimir: Suzdal (Suzdal Kremlin, Museum of Wooden Architecture, &more), Golitsyny Estate (in Sima) and Murom (Sqaure 1100 Years of Murom & Holy Trinity Convent). Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Saint Demetrius, take in the spiritual surroundings of Annunciation Monastery, take an in-depth tour of Golden Gate, and pause for some photo ops at Monument to Prince Vladimir And Saint Fedor.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Vladimir journey maker site.

You can take a train from Nizhny Novgorod to Vladimir in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Kostroma.

Things to do in Vladimir

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kostroma

— 3 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Dom Gorodskogo Golovy Botnikova Museum and Susaninskaya Square. Explore Kostroma's surroundings by going to Ples (Statue of the Cat, Provincial ARTgallery-M, &more) and Sumarokovskaya Elk Farm (in Sumarokovo). There's lots more to do: admire the landmark architecture of The Resurrection Church on the Debra, steep yourself in history at Trade rows, pause for some serene contemplation at Monastery of st Ipaty, and explore the engaging exhibits at Terem Snegurochki.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Kostroma trip maker.

Traveling by car from Vladimir to Kostroma takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In April, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to drive to Yaroslavl.

Things to do in Kostroma

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Yaroslavl

— 3 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like St. John the Baptist Church and Vvedenskiy Tolga Convent. Get out of town with these interesting Yaroslavl side-trips: Rostov (Zhar Ptitsa forge, State Museum Preserve Rostov Kremlin, &more). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Yaroslavl Architectural Historical and Art Museum Preserve, get to know the fascinating history of Yaroslavl Embankment, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Elijah the Prophet, and ponder the design of Strelka Fountains.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Yaroslavl trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Kostroma to Yaroslavl takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in Yaroslavl are 11°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to travel to Veliky Novgorod.

Things to do in Yaroslavl

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Veliky Novgorod

— 5 nights
An ancient city thriving as a modern tourist destination, Veliky Novgorod rightly bills itself as the birthplace of Russia.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Yaroslav’s Courtyard and St. George Monastery. Get out of town with these interesting Veliky Novgorod side-trips: Krestetskiy District Local History Museum (in Kresttsy), Staraya Russa (Mina Great Martyr Church, Tsaritsinskiy Spring, &more) and Soltsy (Park-Estate Gorki & Cathedral of Elijah the Prophet). The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of St. Sophia Cathedral, appreciate the extensive heritage of Novgorod Kremlin (Detinets), pause for some photo ops at Millennium of Russia, and snap pictures at Pedestrian Bridge Across River Volkhov.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Veliky Novgorod holiday planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Yaroslavl to Veliky Novgorod takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Pskov.

Things to do in Veliky Novgorod

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Pskov

— 4 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. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Izborsk Fortress and Monument In Memory of the Ledovoye Battle. Get out of town with these interesting Pskov side-trips: Pechory (The Holy Dormition Pskovo-Pechersky Monastery & Petrovskaya Church), Pushkinskie Gory (Art Laboratory, Monument A.S. Pushkin, &more) and Truvor Cross (in Izborsk). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Holy Trinity Cathedral, pause for some photo ops at Monument to Finnish Composer Jean Sibelius, see the interesting displays at Museum of the History of the Expedition of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR to clarify the Site of the Battle of Ice in 1242, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Temple of Elijah Proroka Mokrogo s Luga.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Pskov trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Veliky Novgorod to Pskov takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Pskov can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Pskov

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

St. Petersburg

— 5 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Chasovnya Svyatoy Blazhennoy Ksenii Peterburgskoy and The Pushkin Apartment Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to WindTunnel FlyStation (in Kuzmolovsky) and Gatchina Palace and Estate Museum (in Gatchina). There's lots more to do: head off the coast to Yelagin Island, don't miss a visit to Memorial Sign Strelka Of Vasilievskiy Island, explore the world behind art at Erarta Museum, and see the interesting displays at The Republic of Cats Cultural and Museum Complex.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read St. Petersburg trip maker tool.

Traveling by car from Pskov to St. Petersburg takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. May in St. Petersburg sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 8°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can travel to Kaliningrad.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Kaliningrad

— 4 nights

Amber City

A city of science and philosophy, cosmopolitan Kaliningrad once served as a cultural hub of Germany, Poland, and Lithuania.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Dancing Forest and Friedland Gates Museum. Explore Kaliningrad's surroundings by going to Zelenogradsk Promenade (in Zelenogradsk), Beach Promenade (in Yantarnyy) and Water Tower (in Svetlogorsk). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Bunker Museum, enjoy the sea views from Viewing Tower Lighthouse, steep yourself in history at Fort XI Donhoff, and get curious at Museum of the World Ocean.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Kaliningrad online journey planner.

Traveling by flight from St. Petersburg to Kaliningrad takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Moscow Standard Time (MSK) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In May in Kaliningrad, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can travel to Sochi.

Things to do in Kaliningrad

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Sochi

— 3 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like The Singing Fountains and Marine Passenger Terminal. Go for a jaunt from Sochi to Bolshoy Kichmay to see 33 Waterfalls about 1h 10 min away. There's lots more to do: fly down the slopes at "Laura" Cross-country Ski & Biathlon Center, take in the dramatic scenery at Agura Waterfalls, take in panoramic vistas at The Observation Tower on Akhun Mountain, and head outdoors with Alpika-Service Skiing Resort.

Discover how to plan a Sochi trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

You can fly from Kaliningrad to Sochi in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time (EET) to Moscow Standard Time (MSK) is 1 hour. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Kaliningrad in May since evenings lows in Sochi dip to 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Gelendzhik.

Things to do in Sochi

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Nature

Side Trip

Gelendzhik

— 3 nights
Situated along a Black Sea bay, the town of Gelendzhik is one of Russia's most popular summer destinations.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to The Lighthouse and Museum of Bread and Wine. Change things up with these side-trips from Gelendzhik: Gorgippiya Anapa Archeological Museum (in Anapa), Abrau-Dyurso Zavod Shampanskikh Vin (in Abrau-Durso) and Novorossiysk (Cruiser Mikhail Kutuzov Museum & Malaya Zemlja V Novorossijske Memorial Complex). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to White Bride Sculpture, go for a walk through Gelendzhik Embankment, stroll around The Old Park Cultural Center, and get outside with Heart Stone.

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Drive from Sochi to Gelendzhik in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, daily temperatures in Gelendzhik can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Tula.

Things to do in Gelendzhik

Theme Parks · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Tula

— 2 nights
Though Tula is best known for Leo Tolstoy's country estate, the city has plenty of additional cultural and historical intrigue.
On the 24th (Sun), make a trip to Monument to Tula Gingerbread, examine the collection at Yasnaya Polyana, explore the galleries of Tula State Museum of Weapons, stroll around P. Belousov Central Park of Culture and Recreation, then examine the collection at Tula Museum of Samovars, and finally get engrossed in the history at Tula Kremlin Museum.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Tula trip builder site.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Gelendzhik to Tula in 9 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. You will leave for Moscow on the 25th (Mon).

Things to do in Tula

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Moscow

— 4 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center and Worker and Kolkhoz Woman. Get out of town with these interesting Moscow side-trips: The Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra (in Sergiyev Posad) and Kolomna (Museum Pastila Factory, Muzeynaya Fabrika Kolomenskoy Pastily, &more). There's lots more to do: get a new perspective on nature at State Darwin Museum, appreciate the history behind Tomb of Unknown Soldier, admire the natural beauty at Aptekarskiy Ogorod Botanical Garden, and get curious at The Museum of Cosmonautics.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Moscow trip planner.

Traveling by car from Tula to Moscow takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Moscow can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Moscow

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

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.