60 days in Russia Itinerary

60 days in Russia Itinerary

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St. Petersburg
— 7 nights
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Moscow
— 7 nights
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Tula
— 3 nights
Drive
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Sergiyev Posad
— 5 nights
Drive
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Kostroma
— 4 nights
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Vladimir
— 4 nights
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Nizhny Novgorod
— 4 nights
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Kazan
— 3 nights
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Yekaterinburg
— 6 nights
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Krasnoyarsk
— 4 nights
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Volgograd
— 2 nights
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Sochi
— 4 nights
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Kaliningrad
— 6 nights
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St. Petersburg

— 7 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.
Attractions like Saint Isaac's Cathedral and Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood make great kid-friendly stops. The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at The State Hermitage Museum, get engrossed in the history at Grand Peterhof Palace and Gardens, pause for some serene contemplation at Kazan Cathedral, and see the interesting displays at Russian Museum.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the St. Petersburg trip website.

Toronto, Canada to St. Petersburg is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Toronto to St. Petersburg is 8 hours. In November, St. Petersburg is a bit cooler than Toronto - with highs of 3°C and lows of -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Moscow.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Spas

Moscow

— 7 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.
Kids will enjoy Red Square and Lenin's Mausoleum. Change things up with a short trip to Muzey tekhniki Vadima Zadorozhnogo in Arkhangelskoye (about 38 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at State Tretyakov Gallery, stroll the grounds of Tserkov' Uspeniya Presvyatoy Bogoroditsy V Novodevich'yem Monastyre, look for gifts at Perlov Tea House, and let the kids burn off some steam at Action Games Joyment.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Moscow trip planner.

Getting from St. Petersburg to Moscow by train takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. In November in Moscow, expect temperatures between 1°C during the day and -3°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can go by car to Tula.

Things to do in Moscow

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Tula

— 3 nights
Though Tula is best known for Leo Tolstoy's country estate, the city has plenty of additional cultural and historical intrigue.
Kids will enjoy Tula State Museum of Weapons and P. Belousov Central Park of Culture and Recreation. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tula: Serpukhov (Vysotskiy Monastyr' & Church of All Saints) and Church of the Nativity of the Virgin (in Podmoklovo). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Yasnaya Polyana, appreciate the history behind Monument to KGB Servicemen and Diversionists, don't miss a visit to Monument to Lev Tolstoi, and get curious at Old Tula Drug Store.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Tula travel route builder app.

Traveling by car from Moscow to Tula takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Sergiyev Posad.

Things to do in Tula

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Sergiyev Posad

— 5 nights
Sergiyev Posad is a city and the administrative center of Sergiyevo-Posadsky District in Moscow Oblast, Russia. Attractions like The Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra and Trinity Cathedral make great kid-friendly stops. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sergiyev Posad: Pereslavl-Zalessky (Nikolsky Women's Monastery & Forty Saints' Church), Dmitrov (Museum-Reserve Dmitrov Kremlin, Monument to Cyril and Methodius, &more) and Origin of Fairy Tale Museum (in Vasilevo). There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of the Assumption, make a trip to St. Nicholas Temple, admire the masterpieces at Sergiyev Posad State History and Art Museum Preserve, and admire the landmark architecture of Saint Nicholas Temple.

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

You can drive from Tula to Sergiyev Posad in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In November, plan for daily highs up to 1°C, and evening lows to -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Kostroma.

Things to do in Sergiyev Posad

Historic Sites · Museums

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Sumarokovskaya Elk Farm and The Resurrection Church on the Debra. Change things up with these side-trips from Kostroma: Yaroslavl (Vvedenskiy Tolga Convent, Yaroslavl Museum of Photography, &more). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Dom Gorodskogo Golovy Botnikova Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Monastery of st Ipaty, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Kostroma Exotarium.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Kostroma trip itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from Sergiyev Posad to Kostroma in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 0°C in November, and nighttime lows around -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can go by car to Vladimir.

Things to do in Kostroma

Museums · Historic Sites · 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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Holy Assumption Cathedral and Museum of Illusions and Sciences Da Vinci. When in Vladimir, make a side trip to see St. George's Cathedral in Yuryev-Polsky, approximately Yuryev-Polsky away. And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Intercession of the Holy Virgin, see the interesting displays at Borodins' Blacksmith Shop, get great views at Viewpoints, and indulge in some personalized pampering at Vladmassage.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Vladimir trip planner.

Drive from Kostroma to Vladimir in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Nizhny Novgorod.

Things to do in Vladimir

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Spas

Side Trips

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.
Kids will enjoy The Kremlin and Cathedral of St. Alexander Nevskiy. And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Nativity of Most Holy Mother of God, examine the collection at Museum-house of the writer Maxim Gorky, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Limpopo Zoo, and admire the landmark architecture of State Bank.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Nizhny Novgorod route planner.

Getting from Vladimir to Nizhny Novgorod by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around -2°C in December, and nighttime lows around -7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Kazan.

Things to do in Nizhny Novgorod

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks

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.
Kids will enjoy Kazan Kremlin and Cathedral of the Apostles Peter and Paul. There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Annunciation Cathedral, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kul Sharif Mosque, work off some steam at Spa sanatoriy Ryadom s Domom, and examine the collection at E. Boratynskiy's Museum.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Kazan trip planner.

Traveling by car from Nizhny Novgorod to Kazan takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Nizhny Novgorod in December since evenings lows in Kazan dip to -11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Yekaterinburg.

Things to do in Kazan

Museums · Historic Sites · Nightlife · Shopping

Yekaterinburg

— 6 nights
Located at the meeting point of two continents, Yekaterinburg serves as the cultural capital of the Urals region.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Dom Strakhov and Folk Arts Center Gamayun. There's still lots to do: get in on the family fun at Cyber Park, view the masterpieces at Art Bird Gallery, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of St. Alexander of the Neva, and admire the majestic nature at Forest Park of Foresters of Russia.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Yekaterinburg travel route planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Kazan to Yekaterinburg takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Kazan to Yekaterinburg, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Kazan in December: high temperatures in Yekaterinburg hover around -9°C and lows are around -17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Krasnoyarsk.

Things to do in Yekaterinburg

Museums · Childrens Museums · Theme Parks · Shopping

Krasnoyarsk

— 4 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.
Bring the kids along to Stolby National Park and Enisey River. There's still lots to do: explore the engaging exhibits at Interactive Science Museum Newton Park, pause for some photo ops at V.I. Surikov Monument, see where the action happens at Vetluzhanka, and pause for some serene contemplation at Catholic Cathedral of the Transfiguration.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Krasnoyarsk itinerary maker site.

Traveling by flight from Yekaterinburg to Krasnoyarsk takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone changes from Yekaterinburg Standard Time (YEKT) to Krasnoyarsk Standard Time (KRAT), which is usually a 2 hour difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to travel to Volgograd.

Things to do in Krasnoyarsk

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Museums

Volgograd

— 2 nights
The setting of some of the bloodiest battles of World War II, the vast city of Volgograd sits on the banks of the Volga River in the southern section of the country.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Fri): make a trip to Heroes Square, appreciate the history behind Square of Grief, then don't miss a visit to Hall of Military Glory, then appreciate the history behind The Motherland Calls Sculpture, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Nicholas Cathedral. On the 26th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the waterfront views at Lotus lake, make a trip to High-relief on the Ruins on Mamayev Hill, then make a trip to The Eternal Flame, and finally pause for some photo ops at Mamayev Kurgan.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Volgograd trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Krasnoyarsk to Volgograd takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Krasnoyarsk Standard Time (KRAT) to Moscow Standard Time (MSK) is minus 3 hours. December in Volgograd sees daily highs of -1°C and lows of -7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to travel to Sochi.

Things to do in Volgograd

Nature · Historic Sites · Parks

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.
Kids will enjoy Rosa Khutor Ski Resort and Arboretum Park. Step out of Sochi to go to Galitsino and see Wet Canyon of River Psakho, which is approximately 34 minutes away. There's much more to do: test the waters at Banya Magi, get curious at Electrical Museum of Nikola Tesla, make a trip to Svyato-Troitsky Temple, and meet the residents at Riviera Dolphinarium.

For ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Sochi trip builder.

Fly from Volgograd to Sochi in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from Volgograd to Sochi is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Volgograd in December, plan for much warmer days in Sochi, with highs around 13°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can travel to Kaliningrad.

Things to do in Sochi

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Spas

Side Trip

Kaliningrad

— 6 nights

Amber City

A city of science and philosophy, cosmopolitan Kaliningrad once served as a cultural hub of Germany, Poland, and Lithuania.
Bring the kids along to Kurshskaya Kosa and Beach Promenade. Change things up with these side-trips from Kaliningrad: Monument of Wildlife - Lipa (in Svetlogorsk) and Dive Club Demersus (in Yantarnyy). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at B-413 Submarine Museum, appreciate the history behind Monument to Baltic Sailors, step aboard Research vessel "Vityaz", and get curious at Museum of the World Ocean.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Kaliningrad road trip website.

You can fly from Sochi to Kaliningrad in 8.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Sochi to Kaliningrad, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Sochi in December, with highs in Kaliningrad at 3°C and lows at -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kaliningrad

Museums · Wildlife · Nature · Parks

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.