17 days in Russia Itinerary

17 days in Russia Itinerary

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Fly to Helsinki, Train to St. Petersburg
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St. Petersburg
— 6 nights
Fly
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Rostov
— 1 night
Drive
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Suzdal
— 2 nights
Taxi to Wladimir Pass, Train to Moscow
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Moscow
— 3 nights
Fly
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Kaliningrad
— 2 nights
Fly

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St. Petersburg

— 6 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.
For shopping fun, head to St.Peterburg House of Books or Nevsky Prospekt. Explore hidden gems such as Turkish Baths and Petrovskaya Aquatoria Museum-Model of St. Petersburg and Suburbs. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Saint Isaac's Cathedral, admire the masterpieces at The State Hermitage Museum, brush up on your military savvy at Central Naval Museum, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the St. Petersburg trip planner.

Chicago, USA to St. Petersburg is an approximately 16-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly. Traveling from Chicago to St. Petersburg, you'll lose 9 hours due to the time zone difference. December in St. Petersburg sees daily highs of 1°C and lows of -3°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can travel to Rostov.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Rostov

— 1 night
Rostov is a town in Yaroslavl Oblast, Russia, one of the oldest in the country and a tourist center of the Golden Ring. On the 29th (Tue), make a trip to Church of Our Lady of Smolensk, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yakovlevsky Savior Monastery, then take an in-depth tour of Museum Rostovskoye Podvorye, then look for gifts at Monomakh, and finally take an in-depth tour of Museum Baklushi.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Rostov attractions planner.

Getting from St. Petersburg to Rostov by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from St. Petersburg in December: highs in Rostov hover around -1°C, while lows dip to -5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can go by car to Suzdal.

Things to do in Rostov

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trip

Suzdal

— 2 nights
One of Russia's oldest settlements, the small town of Suzdal boasts nearly a thousand years of history.
On the 30th (Wed), get engrossed in the history at Suzdal Kremlin, take in the spiritual surroundings of Nativity of the Virgin Cathedral, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Nicholas Church, then see the interesting displays at Center of National Creativity of Suzdal, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St Basil's Monastery (Vasilevsky monastyr). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Thu): get to know the fascinating history of Bolshaya Moskovskaya Street, admire the masterpieces at Gzhel', Chastnyy Muzey Im. Velikogo Glada Valakesa, then take in the exciting artwork at Vladimir Art gallery, then see the interesting displays at Gingerbread Museum, and finally explore the engaging exhibits at Chocolate Studio.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Suzdal trip planner.

You can drive from Rostov to Suzdal in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can travel to Moscow.

Things to do in Suzdal

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Moscow

— 3 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Red Square and Cathedral Square. Shop till you drop at Ilya Glazunov Gallery and Multimedia Art Museum. There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at Art Gallery of the European and American Countries of the XIX-XX centuries, get engrossed in the history at Victor Vasnetsov House Museum, get a new perspective on nature at Museum of Human Living Systems, and contemplate the long history of Moscow Kremlin.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Moscow tour planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and train from Suzdal to Moscow in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around -1°C in December, and nighttime lows around -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can travel to Kaliningrad.

Things to do in Moscow

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods

Kaliningrad

— 2 nights

Amber City

A city of science and philosophy, cosmopolitan Kaliningrad once served as a cultural hub of Germany, Poland, and Lithuania.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Mon): look for gifts at Shop AMBER SILVER GOLD, make a trip to Beach Promenade, then have fun and explore at Museum "Domik Angelov", then examine the collection at Museum of Skulls and Skeletons, and finally test your problem-solving skills at Quest West. On the 5th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Konigsberg Cathedral, view the masterpieces at Art Gallery Gates, then examine the collection at Marzipan museum, then contemplate the long history of Brandenburg Gate, and finally examine the collection at B-413 Submarine Museum.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Kaliningrad road trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Moscow to Kaliningrad takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Moscow to Kaliningrad. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Moscow in January: high temperatures in Kaliningrad hover around 0°C and lows are around -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kaliningrad

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Outdoors

Side Trips

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.