60 days in Russia Itinerary

60 days in Russia Itinerary

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Fly
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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
Drive
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Vladimir
— 4 nights
Train
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Nizhny Novgorod
— 4 nights
Drive
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Kazan
— 3 nights
Fly
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Yekaterinburg
— 6 nights
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Krasnoyarsk
— 4 nights
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Volgograd
— 2 nights
Fly
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Sochi
— 4 nights
Fly
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Kaliningrad
— 6 nights
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St. Petersburg

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 Russian Museum make great kid-friendly stops. There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at The State Hermitage Museum, take an in-depth tour of Grand Peterhof Palace and Gardens, pause for some serene contemplation at Kazan Cathedral, and browse the exhibits of Peter and Paul Fortress.

To find photos, reviews, and tourist information, read St. Petersburg trip planner.

Toronto, Canada to St. Petersburg is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Moscow Standard Time, which is usually an 8 hour difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Toronto in November: high temperatures in St. Petersburg hover around 3°C and lows are around -1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can travel to Moscow.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Spas

7
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Moscow

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

3
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Tula

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 Old Tula Drug Store. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tula: Church of the Nativity of the Virgin (in Podmoklovo) and Serpukhov (Vysotskiy Monastyr' & Church of All Saints). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Yasnaya Polyana, pause for some photo ops at Monument to KGB Servicemen and Diversionists, stroll around P. Belousov Central Park of Culture and Recreation, and don't miss a visit to Peter The Great Monument.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Tula online trip itinerary builder.

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

Things to do in Tula

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Parks

Side Trips

5
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Sergiyev Posad

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 Cathedral of the Assumption make great kid-friendly stops. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sergiyev Posad: Dmitrov (Museum-Reserve Dmitrov Kremlin, Monument to Cyril and Methodius, &more), Pereslavl-Zalessky (Nikolsky Women's Monastery & Forty Saints' Church) and Origin of Fairy Tale Museum (in Vasilevo). Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Trinity Cathedral, make a trip to St. Nicholas Temple, explore the world behind art at Sergiyev Posad State History and Art Museum Preserve, and admire the striking features of Saint Nicholas Temple.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Sergiyev Posad trip itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Tula to Sergiyev Posad in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 1°C in November, and nighttime lows around -2°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can go by car to Kostroma.

Things to do in Sergiyev Posad

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

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Kostroma

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 St. John the Baptist Church. Change things up with these side-trips from Kostroma: Yaroslavl (Vvedenskiy Tolga Convent, Yaroslavl Museum of Photography, &more). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Dom Gorodskogo Golovy Botnikova Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Resurrection Church on the Debra, and get to know the resident critters at Kostroma Exotarium.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Kostroma trip planner.

Traveling by car from Sergiyev Posad to Kostroma takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. November in Kostroma sees daily highs of 0°C and lows of -3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Vladimir.

Things to do in Kostroma

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

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Vladimir

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 Spoon Museum. When in Vladimir, make a side trip to see St. George's Cathedral in Yuryev-Polsky, approximately Yuryev-Polsky away. There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Intercession of the Holy Virgin, see the interesting displays at Borodins' Blacksmith Shop, explore the world behind art at Gzhel', Chastnyy Muzey Im. Velikogo Glada Valakesa, and explore the engaging exhibits at Museum of Illusions and Sciences Da Vinci.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Vladimir trip tool.

Traveling by car from Kostroma to Vladimir takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Nizhny Novgorod.

Things to do in Vladimir

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Spas

Side Trips

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Nizhny Novgorod

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 Limpopo Zoo and The Kremlin. The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Nativity of Most Holy Mother of God, examine the collection at Museum-house of the writer Maxim Gorky, make a trip to Bolshaia Pokrovskaia Street, and get curious at Museum of Old Equipment and Tools.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Nizhny Novgorod trip planner.

You can take a train from Vladimir to Nizhny Novgorod in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to -2°C, and evening lows to -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

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Kazan

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 Hermitage - Kazan Center. 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 · Spas · Shopping

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Yekaterinburg

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 FentaziGrad. There's still lots to do: get in on the family fun at Cyber Park, view the masterpieces at Art Bird Gallery, see the interesting displays at Wonder Park Galileo, 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

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Krasnoyarsk

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 Interactive Science Museum Newton Park. There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Enisey River, tour or see a show at Kamenka Cultural Space, pause for some serene contemplation at Catholic Cathedral of the Transfiguration, and pause for some photo ops at Hourglass.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Krasnoyarsk travel planner.

Traveling by flight from Yekaterinburg to Krasnoyarsk takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Yekaterinburg to Krasnoyarsk due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can travel to Volgograd.

Things to do in Krasnoyarsk

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Museums

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Volgograd

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

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

4
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Sochi

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 Botanical Garden Dendrariy. 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 · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Spas

Side Trip

6
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Kaliningrad

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 Cathedral of Christ the Savior. Change things up with these side-trips from Kaliningrad: Yantarnyy (Dive Club Demersus & Beach Promenade) and Monument of Wildlife - Lipa (in Svetlogorsk). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at B-413 Submarine Museum, pause for some photo ops at Monument to Alexander Vasilevskiy, get curious at Museum of the World Ocean, and meet the residents at Kaliningrad Zoo.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Kaliningrad trip planner.

You can fly from Sochi to Kaliningrad in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can 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) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kaliningrad

Museums · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

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.