8 days in Russia Itinerary

8 days in Russia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Russia tour planner

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St. Petersburg
— 2 nights
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Moscow
— 1 night
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Yekaterinburg
— 1 night
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Novosibirsk
— 1 night
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Irkutsk
— 2 nights
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St. Petersburg

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Palace Square. On the 21st (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at The State Hermitage Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Isaac's Cathedral.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the St. Petersburg holiday maker tool.

Kuwait City, Kuwait to St. Petersburg is an approximately 12-hour flight. Traveling from Kuwait City in February, things will get colder in St. Petersburg: highs are around -1°C and lows about -6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Moscow.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums · Historic Sites

Moscow

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): explore the world behind art at Art Gallery of the European and American Countries of the XIX-XX centuries, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Basil's Cathedral, and then contemplate the long history of Red Square. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue): contemplate the long history of Lenin's Mausoleum, then don't miss a visit to Maly Theatre, Bolshaya Ordynka, then explore the world behind art at State Tretyakov Gallery, and finally examine the collection at Bulgakov's House Museum-Theater.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Moscow visit planner.

You can take a train from St. Petersburg to Moscow in 4.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. February in Moscow sees daily highs of -2°C and lows of -7°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Yekaterinburg.

Things to do in Moscow

Museums · Historic Sites

Yekaterinburg

— 1 night
Located at the meeting point of two continents, Yekaterinburg serves as the cultural capital of the Urals region.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Wed): pause for some photo ops at Miniature Map of the Territory of Voznesensk Hill in 1936 and then take an in-depth tour of The UMMC Museum complex.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Yekaterinburg trip itinerary maker tool.

You can fly from Moscow to Yekaterinburg in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from Moscow to Yekaterinburg is 2 hours. Traveling from Moscow in February, things will get slightly colder in Yekaterinburg: highs are around -5°C and lows about -17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can travel to Novosibirsk.

Things to do in Yekaterinburg

Museums

Side Trip

Novosibirsk

— 1 night

Siberian Chicago

Situated in Siberia's southwestern portion, Novosibirsk developed into a major urban center in the last decade of the 19th century, when it became a convenient pit stop for railway travelers making the epic trans-Siberian journey.
On the 25th (Thu), indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, appreciate the history behind Monument Metal Throne, then don't miss a visit to Novosibirsk Synagogue, then appreciate the history behind Boris Bogatkov Statue, and finally get in on the family fun at Wonder Park Galileo.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Novosibirsk day trip website.

Getting from Yekaterinburg to Novosibirsk by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Yekaterinburg to Novosibirsk, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Yekaterinburg in February, expect Novosibirsk to be a bit cooler, temps between -11°C and -21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to travel to Irkutsk.

Things to do in Novosibirsk

Spas · Theme Parks · Museums
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Irkutsk

— 2 nights

Paris of Siberia

The most popular stop on the Trans-Siberian railway, Irkutsk gained fame as the cultural center of Decembrist exiles.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Church of The Immaculate Heart of The Mother of God, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Holy Cross Cathedral, then identify plant and animal life at Sval, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Gallery of V. Bronshteyn.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Irkutsk day trip tool.

You can fly from Novosibirsk to Irkutsk in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Novosibirsk to Irkutsk. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Irkutsk when traveling from Novosibirsk in February, with lows around -25°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Irkutsk

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Shopping

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.