13 days in Russia Itinerary

13 days in Russia Itinerary

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13 days in Russia Itinerary

Start: Accra
Fly:  18 h 45 min
1
St. Petersburg
— 4 nights
Train:  2 h 45 min
2
Veliky Novgorod
— 1 night
Bus + Fly:  5 h 30 min
3
Yaroslavl
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
4
Vladimir
— 1 night
Train:  1 h 45 min
5
Moscow
— 2 nights
Fly + Train:  5 h
6
Kazan
— 2 nights
Fly:  20 h 30 min
End: Accra

4
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, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at The State Hermitage Museum, see the interesting displays at A.V. Suvorov State Memorial Museum, don't miss a visit to Palace Square, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Isaac's Cathedral.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the St. Petersburg online travel route planner .

Accra, Ghana to St. Petersburg is an approximately 19-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from Accra to St. Petersburg. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Accra in January; daily highs in St. Petersburg reach -5°C and lows reach -10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Veliky Novgorod.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

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

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 20th (Mon): admire the striking features of St. Sophia Cathedral, appreciate the history behind Millennium of Russia, then admire the striking features of Granovitaya Palata, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Novgorod Kremlin (Detinets), and finally pause for some photo ops at Sculpture Electrician and Cat.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Veliky Novgorod driving holiday planning site .

Traveling by train from St. Petersburg to Veliky Novgorod takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel to Yaroslavl.

Things to do in Veliky Novgorod

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

1
night
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.
On the 21st (Tue), don't miss a visit to Vvedenskiy Tolga Convent, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. John the Baptist Church, then pause for some photo ops at Monument to Afonya And Plasterer Kolya, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Yaroslavl Embankment.

To find reviews, more things to do, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and tourist information, read Yaroslavl tour website .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Veliky Novgorod to Yaroslavl in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. January in Yaroslavl sees daily highs of -9°C and lows of -15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Vladimir.

Things to do in Yaroslavl

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Vvedenskiy Tolga Convent ©
Vvedenskiy Tolga Convent
Yaroslavl Embankment ©
Yaroslavl Embankment
St. John the Baptist Church ©
St. John the Baptist Church

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 22nd (Wed): get your game on at Yarko Park, explore the world behind art at Gzhel', Chastnyy Muzey Im. Velikogo Glada Valakesa, make a trip to Borodins' Blacksmith Shop, engage your brain at Spoon Museum, then appreciate the history behind Sculpture Artist, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Assumption Cathedral.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Vladimir trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by car from Yaroslavl to Vladimir takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Moscow.

Things to do in Vladimir

Museums Fun & Games Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Spoon Museum ©
Spoon Museum
Holy Assumption Cathedral ©
Holy Assumption 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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): steep yourself in history at Lenin's Mausoleum, then admire the masterpieces at State Tretyakov Gallery, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Basil's Cathedral, and finally don't miss a visit to Red Square. On the 24th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Moscow Kremlin and then admire the masterpieces at Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Moscow vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Vladimir to Moscow by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive. January in Moscow sees daily highs of -7°C and lows of -12°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel to Kazan.

Things to do in Moscow

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Red Square ©
Red Square
Saint Basil's Cathedral ©
Saint Basil's Cathedral
State Tretyakov Gallery ©
State Tretyakov Gallery

2
nights
Kazan

Kazan ©
The heart of Tatar culture, Kazan carries the epithet of the "Third Capital of Russia" because of its rich history and thriving economy.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Annunciation Cathedral, contemplate the long history of Kazan Kremlin, then examine the collection at Konstantin Vasiliev Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of the Apostles Peter and Paul, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Slava Zaitsev's Art Gallery and Studio.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Kazan travel itinerary planner .

Fly from Moscow to Kazan in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Moscow in January, things will get slightly colder in Kazan: highs are around -10°C and lows about -17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kazan

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Slava Zaitsev's Art Gallery and Studio ©
Kazan Kremlin ©
Kazan Kremlin
Annunciation Cathedral ©
Annunciation Cathedral

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