12 days in Russia Itinerary

12 days in Russia Itinerary

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12 days in Russia Itinerary

Start: Mumbai
Fly:  10​h 45​min
1
Moscow
— 2 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
2
Vladimir
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Yaroslavl
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  5​h 30​min
4
Veliky Novgorod
— 1 night
Train:  2​h 45​min
5
St. Petersburg
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
6
Kaliningrad
— 2 nights
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: Mumbai

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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): browse the exhibits of Kolomenskoye Historical and Architectural Museum and Reserve, then learn about all things military at Armoury Chamber, then pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Basil's Cathedral, and finally make a trip to Red Square. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Moscow Kremlin and then examine the collection at Tsaritsyno Museum-Reserve.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Moscow trip itinerary planning app .

Mumbai, India to Moscow is an approximately 11-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from India Standard Time to Moscow Standard Time is minus 2 hours. In March, Moscow is cooler than Mumbai - with highs of 2°C and lows of -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Vladimir.

Things to do in Moscow

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Red Square ©
Red Square
Armoury Chamber ©
Armoury Chamber

1
night
Vladimir

Vladimir ©
The most visited destination in the Golden Ring circuit, the city of Vladimir is known for its remarkably preserved white-stone monuments, which have World Heritage status.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Intercession of the Holy Virgin, pause for some photo ops at Monument to Prince Vladimir And Saint Fedor, then see the interesting displays at Vodonapornaya Bashnya Museum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Assumption Cathedral, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Saint Demetrius.

For topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Vladimir road trip website .

You can take a train from Moscow to Vladimir in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can go by car to Yaroslavl.

Things to do in Vladimir

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Church of the Intercession of the Holy Virgin
Highlights from your plan
Holy Assumption Cathedral ©
Holy Assumption Cathedral
Cathedral of Saint Demetrius ©
Cathedral of Saint Demetrius

2
nights
Yaroslavl

Yaroslavl ©
A World Heritage Site boasting hundreds of architectural monuments, Yaroslavl sits on the confluence of the Volga and Kotorosl Rivers and is renowned for its historical town center.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): see the interesting displays at State Museum Preserve Rostov Kremlin and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Yaroslavl Embankment. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Elijah the Prophet, then see the interesting displays at Private Museum Music and Time, and then pause for some serene contemplation at St. John the Baptist Church.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Yaroslavl route planner.

You can drive from Vladimir to Yaroslavl in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a train. In March, plan for daily highs up to 4°C, and evening lows to -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Veliky Novgorod.

Things to do in Yaroslavl

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

State Museum Preserve Rostov Kremlin
Highlights from your plan
State Museum Preserve Rostov Kremlin ©
State Museum Preserve Rostov Kremlin
Yaroslavl Embankment ©
Yaroslavl Embankment
St. John the Baptist Church ©
St. John the Baptist Church

1
night
Veliky Novgorod

Veliky Novgorod ©
An ancient city thriving as a modern tourist destination, Veliky Novgorod rightly bills itself as the birthplace of Russia.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): admire the striking features of St. Sophia Cathedral, see the interesting displays at Vitoslavlitsy Museum, then appreciate the history behind Millennium of Russia, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Novgorod Kremlin (Detinets).

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Veliky Novgorod travel route planner.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Yaroslavl to Veliky Novgorod in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to take a train to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Veliky Novgorod

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Novgorod Kremlin (Detinets) ©
Novgorod Kremlin (Detinets)
Vitoslavlitsy Museum ©
Vitoslavlitsy Museum
Millennium of Russia
Millennium of Russia

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Neva Embankments and Peterhof State Museum Preserve. Get a sense of the local culture at The State Hermitage Museum and Grand Peterhof Palace. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Saint Isaac's Cathedral, steep yourself in history at Bronze Horseman, Monument To Peter I, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, and don't miss a visit to Senate Square.

For maps, traveler tips, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our St. Petersburg day trip planning site .

Traveling by train from Veliky Novgorod to St. Petersburg takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in St. Petersburg can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Kaliningrad.

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
Kaliningrad

Kaliningrad ©
A city of science and philosophy, cosmopolitan Kaliningrad once served as a cultural hub of Germany, Poland, and Lithuania.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): appreciate the history behind Immanuel Kant's Grave, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Konigsberg Cathedral, then examine the collection at Amber Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at B-413 Submarine Museum.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Kaliningrad trip planner.

Traveling by flight from St. Petersburg to Kaliningrad takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Moscow Standard Time (MSK) to Eastern European Time (EET) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from St. Petersburg in April, expect nights in Kaliningrad to be about the same, around 2°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kaliningrad

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Konigsberg Cathedral ©
Konigsberg Cathedral
B-413 Submarine Museum ©
B-413 Submarine Museum
Amber Museum ©
Amber Museum

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