34 days in Russia Itinerary

34 days in Russia Itinerary

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Kaliningrad
— 5 nights
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St. Petersburg
— 6 nights
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Kostroma
— 3 nights
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Rostov
— 1 night
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Suzdal
— 3 nights
Bus to Vladimir, Train to Nizhny Novgorod
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Nizhny Novgorod
— 3 nights
Fly to Moscow Sheremetyevo, Train to Kolomna
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Kolomna
— 2 nights
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Kazan
— 6 nights
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Vladivostok
— 4 nights
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Kaliningrad — 5 nights

A city of science and philosophy, cosmopolitan Kaliningrad once served as a cultural hub of Germany, Poland, and Lithuania.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Beach Shakhta Anna and Beach Promenade. Nesselbek and German Brakhert's House Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kaliningrad: Baltiysk (Cathedral of St. George of Baltic Fleet Cathedral, Baltic Lighthouse, &more), Zelenogradsk (Queen Louise Square, Zelenogradskiy Local Lore Museum, &more) and Yantarnyy (Muzey yantarnogo kombinata, Dive Club Demersus, &more). There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Konigsberg Stock Exchange, steep yourself in history at Brandenburg Gate, take a tour of Research vessel "Vityaz", and admire the striking features of Holy Cross Cathedral.

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New York City, USA to Kaliningrad is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET), which is usually a 7 hour difference. Traveling from New York City in December, things will get a bit cooler in Kaliningrad: highs are around 38°F and lows about 30°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to St. Petersburg.
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St. Petersburg — 6 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Saint Isaac's Square and History of Religion Museum. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Central Naval Museum and Museum Russia in World War I. Venture out of the city with trips to Korobitsyno (Snezhny Resort & Krasnoye Ozero Ski Resort), Gatchina (Intercession Cathedral, Priory Palace Museum, &more) and Yalkala Historical and Ethnographic Museum (in Ilyichevo). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Museum of Soviet Life Style, browse for treasures at Heritage, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Transfiguration Cathedral, and take a peaceful walk through Eco Path.

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Traveling by flight from Kaliningrad to St. Petersburg takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time (EET) to Moscow Standard Time (MSK) is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 34°F in December, and nighttime lows around 27°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Kostroma.
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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.
Krasnoe Selo Jewelry and Folk Applied Arts Museum and Museum Petrovskaya Igrushka are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Discover out-of-the-way places like Tutto Bene and Museum The Provincial City of Kostroma. Change things up with these side-trips from Kostroma: Tourist Recreation Complex Milovka (in Milovka), Furmanov (D.A.Furmanov Memorial Museum, Furmanov Picture Gallery, &more) and Ethnographic Art and Tourist Complex Rusinovo (in Rusinovo). There's still lots to do: stop by Souvenir Shop Furlyalyai, see the interesting displays at Museum of the Kostroma Merchant, take an in-depth tour of Museum of Kostroma Linen Manufactory, and pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Savior.

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You can fly from St. Petersburg to Kostroma in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. When traveling from St. Petersburg in December, plan for a bit cooler days in Kostroma, with highs around 29°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 23°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to drive to Rostov.
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Rostov — 1 night

Rostov is a town in Yaroslavl Oblast, Russia, one of the oldest in the country and a tourist center of the Golden Ring. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of St. Nicholas.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Rostov sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Kostroma to Rostov takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 29°F in December, and nighttime lows around 23°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Suzdal.
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Suzdal — 3 nights

One of Russia's oldest settlements, the small town of Suzdal boasts nearly a thousand years of history.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Spoon Museum and Gzhel', Chastnyy Muzey Im. Velikogo Glada Valakesa. Nativity of the Virgin Cathedral and St Basil's Monastery (Vasilevsky monastyr) will appeal to history buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Vs Park (in Sadovy), Vladimir (History Museum, Museum Center Chamber, &more) and Svyato-Bogolyubsky monastery (in Bogolyubovo). Next up on the itinerary: indulge in some personalized pampering at Svetlaya Banya Bath House, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tserkov' Borisa i Gleba na Borisovskoy storone, see the interesting displays at Center of National Creativity of Suzdal, and steep yourself in history at Churches of Saints Peter and Paul and St Nicholas.

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Traveling by car from Rostov to Suzdal takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to travel to Nizhny Novgorod.
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Nizhny Novgorod — 3 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Museum Samovarov and Museum House Countess Panina. You'll explore and learn at Yurkovka Art Gallery and Museum Gorodets Spice-Cake. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nizhny Novgorod: Makaryev Monastery (in Makaryevo) and Gorodets (Museum Gorodets na Volge, Gorodets Regional Museum, &more). Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Voznesenskiy Pechyorskiy muzhskoy monastyr', explore the world behind art at Nizhniy Novgorod State Exhibition Complex, see the interesting displays at Nizhny Novgorod State Art Museum, and get curious at Museum of Old Equipment and Tools.

To find where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Nizhny Novgorod trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by combination of bus and train from Suzdal to Nizhny Novgorod takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. December in Nizhny Novgorod sees daily highs of 28°F and lows of 20°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can travel to Kolomna.
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Kolomna — 2 nights

Kolomna is an ancient city of Moscow Oblast, Russia, situated at the confluence of the Moskva and Oka Rivers, 114km (by rail) southeast of Moscow. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, admire the striking features of Conception Church of St. John the Baptist, then see the interesting displays at Museum of the development of housing and communal services in Kolomna, then steep yourself in history at Kolomna/Marinkina Tower, and finally see the interesting displays at Usadba Kuptsov Lazhechnikovykh. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Sat): appreciate the extensive heritage of Krivyakino Estate, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of the Resurrection, examine the collection at NICOLAI ABAKUMTSEV MUSEUM-STUDIO, contemplate the waterfront views at Confluence of Moskva River and Oka, then examine the collection at Museum of Flax and Life of Russian Woman, and finally examine the collection at House of Townsman Crafts.

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Traveling by combination of flight and train from Nizhny Novgorod to Kolomna takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Kolomna are 31°F, while nighttime lows are 23°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Kazan.
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Kazan — 6 nights

The heart of Tatar culture, Kazan carries the epithet of the "Third Capital of Russia" because of its rich history and thriving economy.
Rozhdestvenskaya Square and Cathedral of the Icon of the Mother of All Who Sorrow will appeal to history buffs. For shopping fun, head to Gallery-Workshop of Zaitsev or Tandem Mall. Venture out of the city with trips to Island Sviyazhsk Museum (in Sviyazhsk), Raifa (Trinity Cathedral, Church in Honor of the Holy Fathers in Sinai and Raifa, &more) and Ski Complex Kazan (in Savino). The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Center Hermitage-Kazan, explore the striking landscape at Blue Lakes, kick your exploration up a notch at Tugan Avylym, and examine the collection at Chai Museum.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Kazan trip planner.

Fly from Kolomna to Kazan in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Kolomna in December: high temperatures in Kazan hover around 24°F and lows are around 15°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to fly to Vladivostok.
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Vladivostok — 4 nights

Often compared to San Francisco and Naples, the sprawling eastern city of Vladivostok serves as the largest Russian port on the Pacific Ocean.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Amur Bay and Lost Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Lazo State National Park of Kalpanov and Scuba & Snorkeling. Take a break from Vladivostok with a short trip to Church of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul in Trudovoye, about 48 minutes away. There's much more to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, take in the exciting artwork at Nostalgia Art Gallery, take an in-depth tour of Museum of the History of the Far East named after V. K. Arsenyev, and see the interesting displays at Far East State Technical University Museum.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Vladivostok trip planner.

Getting from Kazan to Vladivostok by flight takes about 12.5 hours. Other options: drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Kazan to Vladivostok. Traveling from Kazan in December, expect little chillier with lows of 2°F in Vladivostok. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can catch the flight 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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