11 days in Russia Itinerary

11 days in Russia Itinerary

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11 days in Russia Itinerary

Start: Manama
Fly:  9​h
1
St. Petersburg
— 3 nights
Train:  2​h 45​min
2
Veliky Novgorod
— 2 nights
Train:  6​h 30​min
3
Moscow
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Sochi
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h 45​min
End: Manama

3
nights
St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg ©
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.
St. Petersburg is known for museums, historic sites, parks, nightlife, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at The State Hermitage Museum, browse the exhibits of Saint Isaac's Cathedral, see the interesting displays at Russian Museum, and admire the landmark architecture of Peterhof Grand Palace.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the St. Petersburg holiday builder website .

Manama, Bahrain to St. Petersburg is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Manama in September, with highs in St. Petersburg at 19°C and lows at 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Veliky Novgorod.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
The State Hermitage Museum ©
The State Hermitage Museum
Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood ©
Saint Isaac's Cathedral ©
Saint Isaac's Cathedral

2
nights
Veliky Novgorod

Veliky Novgorod ©
An ancient city thriving as a modern tourist destination, Veliky Novgorod rightly bills itself as the birthplace of Russia.
On the 12th (Thu), pause for some photo ops at Statue of Sergei Rakhmaninov, admire the landmark architecture of St. Sophia Cathedral, appreciate the history behind Millennium of Russia, examine the collection at Vitoslavlitsy Museum, then admire the landmark architecture of Granovitaya Palata, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Novgorod Kremlin (Detinets). Keep things going the next day: get to know the fascinating history of Yaroslav’s Courtyard, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. George Monastery, get engrossed in the history at Paraskeva Church at the Marketplace, then take in the views from Pedestrian Bridge Across River Volkhov, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Church of the Savior's Transfiguration on Ilin Street.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Veliky Novgorod trip itinerary site .

Traveling by train from St. Petersburg to Veliky Novgorod takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel to Moscow.

Things to do in Veliky Novgorod

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Novgorod Kremlin (Detinets) ©
Novgorod Kremlin (Detinets)
Millennium of Russia
Millennium of Russia
St. Sophia Cathedral ©
St. Sophia Cathedral

2
nights
Moscow

Moscow ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Lenin's Mausoleum, examine the collection at Moscow Kremlin (Moskovsky Kreml), and then explore the world behind art at State Tretyakov Gallery. On the 15th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll the grounds of Tserkov' Uspeniya Presvyatoy Bogoroditsy V Novodevich'yem Monastyre, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Basil's Cathedral, and then steep yourself in history at Red Square (Krasnaya Ploshchad).

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Moscow trip itinerary maker tool .

Getting from Veliky Novgorod to Moscow by train takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In September, daytime highs in Moscow are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Moscow

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Red Square ©
Red Square
Saint Basil's Cathedral ©
Saint Basil's Cathedral
Moscow Kremlin
Moscow Kremlin

3
nights
Sochi

Sochi ©
Called the "Summer Capital of Russia," the busy resort town of Sochi is best known as the host of the 2014 Winter Olympics.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of the Trinity and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Rosa Khutor Ski Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Tue): admire the natural beauty at Arboretum Botanical Garden Dendrariy, explore the striking landscape of Khostinsky Tisosamshitovaya Grove, then walk around Olimpiyskiy Park Adler, and finally enjoy some diversion at Iceberg Skating Palace.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Sochi trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Moscow to Sochi takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Moscow in September, with highs in Sochi at 30°C and lows at 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Sochi

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Rosa Khutor Ski Resort ©
Rosa Khutor Ski Resort
Iceberg Skating Palace ©
Iceberg Skating Palace
Olimpiyskiy Park Adler ©
Olimpiyskiy Park Adler

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