12 days in Russia, Tehran & Yerevan Itinerary

12 days in Russia, Tehran & Yerevan Itinerary

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12 days in Russia, Tehran & Yerevan Itinerary

Start: Philadelphia, United States
+2
train + Fly + train:  16​h 30​min
1
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 3 nights
train:  4​h 15​min
2
Moscow, Russia
— 2 nights
Fly + subway:  8​h
3
Tehran, Iran
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  5​h 45​min
4
Yerevan, Armenia
— 3 nights
Fly + train:  17​h 45​min
End: Philadelphia, United States

3
nights
St. Petersburg, Russia

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.
Get some cultural insight at Russian Museum and Catherine Palace and Park. Do your shopping at Nevsky Prospekt and Magazin Kuptsov Yeliseyevykh. There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Savior on the Spilled Blood, pause for some photo ops at Monument to the Parents, examine the collection at Penates, I. Y. Repin's Estate Museum, and take an in-depth tour of Kazan Cathedral.

To find where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our St. Petersburg travel app .

Philadelphia, USA to St. Petersburg is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Philadelphia to St. Petersburg, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. In September, St. Petersburg is slightly colder than Philadelphia - with highs of 61°F and lows of 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Moscow.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

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Saint Isaac's Cathedral ©
Saint Isaac's Cathedral
Russian Museum ©
Russian Museum
Catherine Palace and Park ©
Catherine Palace and Park

2
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Moscow, Russia

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): admire the landmark architecture of Lenin's Mausoleum, see the interesting displays at Moscow Kremlin (Moskovsky Kreml), and then contemplate the long history of Red Square (Krasnaya Ploshchad). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at St. Basil's Cathedral, explore the world behind art at State Tretyakov Gallery, and then explore the world behind art at Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Moscow itinerary website .

You can take a train from St. Petersburg to Moscow in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 59°F in September, and nighttime lows around 47°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel to Tehran.

Things to do in Moscow

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Red Square (Krasnaya Ploshchad) ©
Red Square (Krasnaya Ploshchad)
Moscow Kremlin (Moskovsky Kreml)
Moscow Kremlin (Moskovsky Kreml)
State Tretyakov Gallery ©
State Tretyakov Gallery

1
night
Tehran, Iran

Tehran ©
Tehran, the capital and one of the largest cities in the Middle East, sits in the foothills of a mountain range and stretches out for miles.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): get engrossed in the history at Golestan Palace, then get engrossed in the history at The National Jewelry Treasury, and then browse the exhibits of ZEEEN. Keep things going the next day: take in the exciting artwork at Iranian Artists Forum and then see the interesting displays at Sadabaad Palace.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Tehran online sightseeing planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Moscow to Tehran takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Moscow in September, things will get much hotter in Tehran: highs are around 89°F and lows about 70°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to travel to Yerevan.

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Golestan Palace ©
Golestan Palace
Sadabaad Palace ©
Sadabaad Palace
The National Jewelry Treasury ©
The National Jewelry Treasury

3
nights
Yerevan, Armenia

Yerevan ©
Old and new sit side by side in Yerevan, showing the country's capital to be a city on the move, but also proud of its history and traditions.
On the 18th (Wed), indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink and then examine the collection at Matenadaran - The Museum of Ancient Manuscripts. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Republic Square, take in nature's colorful creations at Armenian Genocide Museum, hunt for treasures at Vernissage Market, explore the galleries of Gala Art Gallery, then view the masterpieces at Nur Art Gallery, and finally view the masterpieces at Eduard Isabekyan Gallery Yerevan.

For maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Yerevan road trip planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Tehran to Yerevan takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, car, and bus. Traveling from Tehran in September, expect a bit cooler with lows of 57°F in Yerevan. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Yerevan

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Cafesjian Center for the Arts ©
Cafesjian Center for the Arts
Armenian Genocide Museum
Armenian Genocide Museum

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