17 days in Russia Itinerary

17 days in Russia Itinerary

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St. Petersburg
— 4 nights
Fly
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Kaliningrad
— 3 nights
Fly
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Moscow
— 2 nights
Train
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Vladimir
— 3 nights
Train
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Nizhny Novgorod
— 2 nights
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Kazan
— 2 nights
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St. Petersburg

— 4 nights

Venice of the North

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 a sense of the local culture at The State Hermitage Museum and Saint Isaac's Cathedral. Explore hidden gems such as Neva Embankments and Bronze Horseman, Monument To Peter I. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Tsarskoye Selo State Museum Preserve, see the interesting displays at The Marly Palace, get engrossed in the history at Peter and Paul Fortress, and make a trip to Palace Square.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the St. Petersburg trip maker app.

New Delhi, India to St. Petersburg is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. Traveling from New Delhi to St. Petersburg, you'll gain 2.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New Delhi in May, things will get cooler in St. Petersburg: highs are around 19°C and lows about 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can travel to Kaliningrad.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature · Parks

Kaliningrad

— 3 nights

Amber City

A city of science and philosophy, cosmopolitan Kaliningrad once served as a cultural hub of Germany, Poland, and Lithuania.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Amber Museum and B-413 Submarine Museum. Step out of the city life by going to Beach Promenade and Verkhneye Lake. There's much more to do: enjoy the sea views from Viewing Tower Lighthouse, engage your brain at Museum of the World Ocean, steep yourself in history at Fort XI Donhoff, and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Kaliningrad Zoo.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Kaliningrad trip planner.

Getting from St. Petersburg to Kaliningrad by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Moscow Standard Time (MSK) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is minus 1 hour. In May, daily temperatures in Kaliningrad can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can travel to Moscow.

Things to do in Kaliningrad

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Moscow

— 2 nights

Third Rome

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 22nd (Sat): steep yourself in history at Lenin's Mausoleum, then steep yourself in history at Moscow Kremlin, and then steep yourself in history at Red Square. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the landmark architecture of Tserkov' Uspeniya Presvyatoy Bogoroditsy V Novodevich'yem Monastyre, then explore the galleries of Kolomenskoye Historical and Architectural Museum and Reserve, then admire the masterpieces at State Tretyakov Gallery, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Basil's Cathedral.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Moscow online trip builder.

Traveling by flight from Kaliningrad to Moscow takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Kaliningrad to Moscow. May in Moscow sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Vladimir.

Things to do in Moscow

Historic Sites · Museums

Vladimir

— 3 nights
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.
Visit Holy Assumption Cathedral and Golden Gate for their historical value. Let the collections at Museum of Wooden Architecture and Suzdal Kremlin capture your imagination. Venture out of the city with trips to Suzdal (Transfiguration Cathedral, Spaso-Evfimiyev Monastery Museum Complex, &more). And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Saint Demetrius, see the interesting displays at Gingerbread Museum, and pause for some photo ops at Monument to Prince Vladimir And Saint Fedor.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Vladimir trip website.

Traveling by train from Moscow to Vladimir takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Nizhny Novgorod.

Things to do in Vladimir

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nizhny Novgorod

— 2 nights

Russia's Pocket

Founded eight centuries ago at the confluence of the Volga and the Oka rivers, Nizhny Novgorod boasts over 600 historical, cultural, and architectural monuments.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): step into the grandiose world of The Kremlin, make a trip to Chkalov Staircase, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of St. Alexander Nevskiy. On the 28th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: meet the residents at Limpopo Zoo, then make a trip to Bolshaia Pokrovskaia Street, and then get to know the fascinating history of Fedorovsky Embankment.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Nizhny Novgorod trip itinerary planning tool.

You can take a train from Vladimir to Nizhny Novgorod in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 22°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Kazan.

Things to do in Nizhny Novgorod

Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks

Kazan

— 2 nights

Sports Capital of Russia

The heart of Tatar culture, Kazan carries the epithet of the "Third Capital of Russia" because of its rich history and thriving economy.
On the 29th (Sat), examine the collection at Museum of Soviet Life, admire the landmark architecture of Cathedral of the Apostles Peter and Paul, wander the streets of Bauman Street (Kazansky Arbat), then contemplate the long history of Kazan Kremlin, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kul Sharif Mosque.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Kazan visit planning website.

Traveling by car from Nizhny Novgorod to Kazan takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. May in Kazan sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kazan

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Russia travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Churches · Monuments
Mother Russia
Feared and revered not long ago as the land "behind the Iron Curtain" and before that as "the land of the Tsars," Russia is a land of many contrasts. Spreading over two continents, it is also the largest country in the world and one of the most powerful. Founded by a group of East Slavs in the 10th century, it is home to over 160 different ethnic groups and indigenous peoples. They have all left their mark on the land, but the Slavic and Byzantine traditions hold a special place in Russia's rich historical and cultural legacy. The diverse natural beauty includes vast swathes of plains intersected with thousands of rivers, lakes, and dramatic mountain ranges along the southern borders. Arctic tundra, taiga, mixed forests, steppe, and desert-like areas successively carpet the land from the north to the south. Perfectly preserved ancient towns surrounded by mighty kremlins with colorful onion-domed churches attract tourists just as much as the nation's biggest metropolises, Moscow and Saint Petersburg.