17 days in Russia Itinerary

17 days in Russia Itinerary

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17 days in Russia Itinerary

Start: Vancouver
Fly:  18​h 45​min
1
Moscow
— 4 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
2
Vladimir
— 2 nights
Train:  2​h 15​min
3
Nizhny Novgorod
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
St. Petersburg
— 6 nights
Fly:  18​h
End: Vancouver

4
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Moscow Zoo and Muzey tekhniki Vadima Zadorozhnogo. Change things up with these side-trips from Moscow: Zoo Mechta (in Mamontovo) and Bird Park Vorobyi (in Vorobi). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Red Square, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Basil's Cathedral, contemplate the long history of Lenin's Mausoleum, and examine the collection at Moscow Kremlin (Moskovsky Kreml).

To see reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Moscow trip planner .

Vancouver, Canada to Moscow is an approximately 19-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Vancouver to Moscow is 11 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Vladimir.

Things to do in Moscow

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Muzey tekhniki Vadima Zadorozhnogo, Zoo Mechta, Bird Park Vorobyi
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Red Square ©
Red Square
Moscow Zoo ©
Moscow Zoo
Bird Park Vorobyi ©
Bird Park Vorobyi

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): have fun and explore at Museum of Illusions and Sciences Da Vinci, then have fun and explore at Spoon Museum, then explore the engaging exhibits at Borodins' Blacksmith Shop, and finally have fun and explore at Chocolate Studio. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Spaso-Evfimiyev Monastery Museum Complex, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Intercession of the Holy Virgin, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Assumption Cathedral.

For photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Vladimir trip planner .

Take a train from Moscow to Vladimir in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Nizhny Novgorod.

Things to do in Vladimir

Museums Childrens Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Spaso-Evfimiyev Monastery Museum Complex, Church of the Intercession of the Holy Virgin
Highlights from your plan
Spoon Museum ©
Spoon Museum

2
nights
Nizhny Novgorod

Nizhny Novgorod ©
Founded eight centuries ago at the confluence of the Volga and the Oka rivers, Nizhny Novgorod boasts over 600 historical, cultural, and architectural monuments.
On the 14th (Fri), get curious at Nizhniy Novgorod Radio Laboratory Museum of Science, engage your brain at Museum of Old Equipment and Tools, then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Dolphinarium Atlantida, and finally get to know the resident critters at Limpopo Zoo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Sat): stroll around Madagaskar, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Nativity of Most Holy Mother of God, and then explore the historical opulence of The Kremlin.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Nizhny Novgorod trip planning site .

Traveling by train from Vladimir to Nizhny Novgorod takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In August, daytime highs in Nizhny Novgorod are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Nizhny Novgorod

Historic Sites Parks Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Limpopo Zoo ©
Limpopo Zoo
Madagaskar ©
Madagaskar

6
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 visit kid-friendly attractions like Divo Ostrov and Ekzoopark. Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at The State Hermitage Museum, contemplate the long history of Palace Square, learn about all things military at Military Historical Artillery Museum, and take an in-depth tour of Catherine Palace and Park.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the St. Petersburg online visit planner .

Fly from Nizhny Novgorod to St. Petersburg in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In August, daily temperatures in St. Petersburg can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
The State Hermitage Museum ©
The State Hermitage Museum
Divo Ostrov ©
Divo Ostrov
The Shadow Museum ©
The Shadow Museum

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