12 days in Russia Itinerary

12 days in Russia Itinerary

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12 days in Russia Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  7 h 15 min
1
Moscow
— 4 nights
Train:  4 h 15 min
2
St. Petersburg
— 7 nights
Fly:  7 h
End: London

4
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Moscow Kremlin (Moskovsky Kreml) and Armoury Chamber. Escape the urban bustle at Bird Park Vorobyi and Lake Beloye (Vologda Oblast). Step out of Moscow with an excursion to The Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra in Sergiyev Posad--about 1h 30 min away. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Red Square, take a stroll through Old Arbat (Stary Arbat), admire the landmark architecture of Tserkov' Uspeniya Presvyatoy Bogoroditsy V Novodevich'yem Monastyre, and admire the masterpieces at State Tretyakov Gallery.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Moscow day trip planner.

London, UK to Moscow is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Moscow is 3 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Moscow

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Bird Park Vorobyi, The Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra
Highlights from your plan
Red Square ©
Red Square
Moscow Kremlin
Moscow Kremlin
Saint Basil's Cathedral ©
Saint Basil's Cathedral

7
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Natural Sanctuary Komarovskiy Bereg and Beach Laskovy. You'll explore and learn at The State Hermitage Museum and Peter and Paul Fortress. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Russian Museum, explore the galleries of The Marly Palace, get engrossed in the history at Catherine Palace and Park, and steep yourself in history at Peterhof Grand Palace.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our St. Petersburg trip planner .

You can take a train from Moscow to St. Petersburg in 4.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In July, daytime highs in St. Petersburg are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Grand Peterhof Palace ©
Grand Peterhof Palace
The State Hermitage Museum ©
The State Hermitage Museum
Saint Isaac's Cathedral ©
Saint Isaac's Cathedral

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