31 days in Russia Itinerary

31 days in Russia Itinerary

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Moscow
— 6 nights
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St. Petersburg
— 8 nights
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Kazan
— 4 nights
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Sochi
— 5 nights
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Volgograd
— 1 night
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Nizhny Novgorod
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Kaliningrad
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Moscow — 6 nights

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Red Square and Museum of Soviet Arcade Machines. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Armoury Chamber and Gefsimansky Chernigovsky Skit (convent). Get out of town with these interesting Moscow side-trips: Sergiyev Posad (Trinity Cathedral & Sergiyevskaya Kukhmisterskaya) and Kimry Museum of Local Lore (in Kimry). And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Basil's Cathedral, explore the world behind art at State Tretyakov Gallery, explore the different monuments and memorials at Tserkov' Uspeniya Presvyatoy Bogoroditsy V Novodevich'yem Monastyre, and learn about all things military at The Victory Museum.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Moscow online trip itinerary planner.

Amman, Jordan to Moscow is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Amman to Moscow, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Amman in July, expect Moscow to be a bit cooler, temps between 27°C and 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to fly to St. Petersburg.
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St. Petersburg — 8 nights

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Petrovskaya Aquatoria Museum-Model of St. Petersburg and Suburbs and Memorial Sign Strelka Of Vasilievskiy Island. Get a sense of the local culture at Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood and Grand Peterhof Palace and Gardens. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Russian Museum of Ethnography, brush up on your military savvy at Military Historical Artillery Museum, get engrossed in the history at The State Museum of the Political History of Russia, and admire the masterpieces at The Menshikov Palace.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the St. Petersburg trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Moscow to St. Petersburg takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in July, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Kazan.
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Kazan — 4 nights

The heart of Tatar culture, Kazan carries the epithet of the "Third Capital of Russia" because of its rich history and thriving economy.
Museum of Soviet Life and Natural History of Tatarstan Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Discover out-of-the-way places like Museum of Chak-Chak and Museum "Tatarskaya Sloboda". Venture out of the city with trips to Sviyazhsk (Holy Trinity Church, Island Sviyazhsk Museum, &more). There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Annunciation Cathedral, steep yourself in history at Kazan Kremlin, admire the striking features of Cathedral of the Apostles Peter and Paul, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kul Sharif Mosque.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Kazan journey maker app.

Fly from St. Petersburg to Kazan in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Sochi.
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Sochi — 5 nights

Called the "Summer Capital of Russia," the busy resort town of Sochi is best known as the host of the 2014 Winter Olympics.
Get a sense of the local culture at Monastery Krestovaya Pustyn and Adler Lighthouse. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Soloniki Beach and Park of Waterfalls Mendelikha. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Rosa Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of St. John Chrysostom, explore the striking landscape of Sochi National Park, and steep yourself in history at Sanatorium Ordzhonikidze.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Sochi holiday maker site.

You can fly from Kazan to Sochi in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Kazan in July, with highs in Sochi at 33°C and lows at 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Volgograd.
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Volgograd — 1 night

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.
On the 26th (Tue), steep yourself in history at House of Loaders, learn about all things military at State Historical and Memorial Preserve The Battle of Stalingrad, then steep yourself in history at The Ruins of the Mill Named after Grudinin// Gergardt, and finally steep yourself in history at Stalingrad Battle Memorial. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the different monuments and memorials at Military Memorial Cemetery, head outdoors with Alley of Poplars, and then take an in-depth tour of Memorial-Historical Museum.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Volgograd trip itinerary maker.

Fly from Sochi to Volgograd in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Sochi in July, plan for little chillier nights in Volgograd, with lows around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Nizhny Novgorod.
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Nizhny Novgorod — 2 nights

Founded eight centuries ago at the confluence of the Volga and the Oka rivers, Nizhny Novgorod boasts over 600 historical, cultural, and architectural monuments.
On the 28th (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Michael the Archangel Cathedral, explore the historical opulence of The Kremlin, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Spaso-Staroyarmarochny Cathedral, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of The Temple in Honor of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the masterpieces at Museum of History of Art Crafts of The Nizhny Novgorod Region, pause for some serene contemplation at Voznesenskiy Pechyorskiy muzhskoy monastyr', and then look for all kinds of wild species at Nizhny Novgorod Ekzotarium Exhibition Center.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Nizhny Novgorod trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Volgograd to Nizhny Novgorod by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Volgograd in July, expect Nizhny Novgorod to be little chillier, temps between 28°C and 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can fly to Kaliningrad.
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Kaliningrad — 3 nights

A city of science and philosophy, cosmopolitan Kaliningrad once served as a cultural hub of Germany, Poland, and Lithuania.
On the 30th (Sat), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Alexander Nevskiy Cathedral, see the interesting displays at Kaliningrad's Museum of History and Art, examine the collection at Marzipan museum, then contemplate the long history of Brandenburg Gate, and finally contemplate the long history of The Church of Queen Luisa. Keep things going the next day: take an in-depth tour of Zelenogradskiy Local Lore Museum, see the interesting displays at Museum of Skulls and Skeletons, then glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Tikhoye Lake.

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You can fly from Nizhny Novgorod to Kaliningrad in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Nizhny Novgorod to Kaliningrad. In July, daily temperatures in Kaliningrad can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. On the 1st (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.
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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.
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