18 days in Russia Itinerary

18 days in Russia Itinerary

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18 days in Russia Itinerary

Start: Bengaluru
+3
Fly + Train + Subway + Train:  17​h
1
Vladimir
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Kolomna
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Moscow
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
4
Kaliningrad
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
5
St. Petersburg
— 3 nights
Train:  2​h 45​min
6
Veliky Novgorod
— 1 night
Bus + Fly:  8​h 15​min
7
Sochi
— 2 nights
Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: Bengaluru

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 1st (Fri): see the interesting displays at Spaso-Evfimiyev Monastery Museum Complex, then examine the collection at Museum Of Wooden Architecture & Peasant Life, and then take an in-depth tour of Suzdal Kremlin. On the next day, pause for some photo ops at Monument to Prince Vladimir And Saint Fedor, see the interesting displays at Vodonapornaya Bashnya Museum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Assumption Cathedral, then admire the landmark architecture of Golden Gate, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Intercession of the Holy Virgin.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Vladimir tour itinerary planner .

Bengaluru, India to Vladimir is an approximately 17-hour combination of flight and train. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Bengaluru to Vladimir due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Kolomna.

Things to do in Vladimir

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Suzdal, Church of the Intercession of the Holy Virgin
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Suzdal Kremlin ©
Suzdal Kremlin

1
night
Kolomna

Kolomna ©
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): see the interesting displays at Tram Museum, see the interesting displays at Kolomna Kremlin, see the interesting displays at Museum Pastila Factory, then see the interesting displays at Kalachnaya, and finally see the interesting displays at Muzeynaya Fabrika Kolomenskoy Pastily.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Kolomna day trip planning website .

You can drive from Vladimir to Kolomna in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. May in Kolomna sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Moscow.

Things to do in Kolomna

Museums
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Kolomna Kremlin ©
Kolomna Kremlin
Museum Pastila Factory ©
Museum Pastila Factory

3
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.
Get some cultural insight at Red Square and Armoury Chamber. Explore hidden gems such as Tsaritsyno Museum-Reserve and Tserkov' Uspeniya Presvyatoy Bogoroditsy V Novodevich'yem Monastyre. Change things up with a short trip to The Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra in Sergiyev Posad (about 1h 30 min away). There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at St. Basil's Cathedral, contemplate the long history of Kremlin Walls and Towers, admire the masterpieces at State Tretyakov Gallery, and examine the collection at Moscow Kremlin (Moskovsky Kreml).

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Moscow trip maker website .

Drive from Kolomna to Moscow in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. May in Moscow sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 10°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can travel to Kaliningrad.

Things to do in Moscow

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

The Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra
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Red Square ©
Red Square
The Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra ©
Armoury Chamber ©
Armoury Chamber

3
nights
Kaliningrad

Kaliningrad ©
A city of science and philosophy, cosmopolitan Kaliningrad once served as a cultural hub of Germany, Poland, and Lithuania.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Konigsberg Cathedral and Kurshskaya Kosa. Explore hidden gems such as Amber Museum and B-413 Submarine Museum. Take a break from Kaliningrad with a short trip to Beach Promenade in Yantarnyy, about 54 minutes away. There's still lots to do: engage your brain at Museum of the World Ocean.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Kaliningrad attractions planning app .

Traveling by flight from Moscow to Kaliningrad takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Moscow to Kaliningrad, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In May, daytime highs in Kaliningrad are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Kaliningrad

Museums Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Beach Promenade
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Beach Promenade ©
Beach Promenade
B-413 Submarine Museum ©
B-413 Submarine Museum
Konigsberg Cathedral ©
Konigsberg Cathedral

3
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.
Savior on the Spilled Blood and Palace Square will appeal to history buffs. Peterhof Grand Palace and Russian Museum will appeal to museum buffs. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Museum of Soviet Arcade Machines, explore the galleries of Saint Isaac's Cathedral, steep yourself in history at Bronze Horseman, Monument To Peter I, and contemplate the waterfront views at Beach Laskovy.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the St. Petersburg trip planner.

Getting from Kaliningrad to St. Petersburg by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Kaliningrad to St. Petersburg. In May, daily temperatures in St. Petersburg can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can take a train to Veliky Novgorod.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Russian Museum ©
Russian Museum
Saint Isaac's Cathedral ©
Saint Isaac's Cathedral
Grand Peterhof Palace ©
Grand Peterhof Palace

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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): admire the striking features of St. Sophia Cathedral, examine the collection at Vitoslavlitsy Museum, then pause for some photo ops at Millennium of Russia, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Novgorod Kremlin (Detinets).

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Veliky Novgorod day trip planning website .

Traveling by train from St. Petersburg to Veliky Novgorod takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to travel to Sochi.

Things to do in Veliky Novgorod

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Novgorod Kremlin (Detinets) ©
Novgorod Kremlin (Detinets)
Vitoslavlitsy Museum ©
Vitoslavlitsy Museum
Millennium of Russia
Millennium of Russia

2
nights
Sochi

Sochi ©
Called the "Summer Capital of Russia," the busy resort town of Sochi is best known as the host of the 2014 Winter Olympics.
Visiting Krasnaya Polyana Mountain Cluster and Gazprom Mountain-Tourist Centre will get you outdoors. Step off the beaten path and head to Gornaya Karusel Sport-Tourist Complex and "Laura" Cross-country Ski & Biathlon Center. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Agura Waterfalls, enjoy breathtaking views from The Observation Tower on Akhun Mountain, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and explore the striking landscape of Khostinsky Tisosamshitovaya Grove.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Sochi trip itinerary planning website .

Getting from Veliky Novgorod to Sochi by combination of bus and flight takes about 8.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or drive. In May in Sochi, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sochi

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
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Krasnaya Polyana Mountain Cluster ©
Krasnaya Polyana Mountain Cluster
Gornaya Karusel Sport-Tourist Complex ©
Khostinsky Tisosamshitovaya Grove ©
Khostinsky Tisosamshitovaya Grove

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