20 days in Russia Itinerary

20 days in Russia Itinerary

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20 days in Russia Itinerary

Start: Cape Town
Fly:  30 h
1
Omsk
— 2 nights
Train:  43 h
2
Moscow
— 4 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
3
Vladimir
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
4
Yaroslavl
— 2 nights
Fly + Bus:  5 h 30 min
5
Veliky Novgorod
— 1 night
Train:  2 h 45 min
6
St. Petersburg
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
7
Kaliningrad
— 2 nights
Fly:  26 h
End: Cape Town

2
nights
Omsk

Omsk ©
As a cultural center of Siberia, the industrial city of Omsk is home to many theaters, concert halls, libraries, museums, and other enticing attractions.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): appreciate the history behind Sculpture Soldier-Winner, appreciate the extensive heritage of Irtysh Gates of Omsk Fortress, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. John the Baptist, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Assumption Cathedral (Uspenskij sobor), and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St. Nicholas Kazan Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Kuibyshevskiy Beach, examine the collection at Siberian Cultural Center, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Regional Arboretum.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Omsk online sightseeing planner .

Cape Town, South Africa to Omsk is an approximately 30-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 5 hours traveling from Cape Town to Omsk. Traveling from Cape Town in March, expect Omsk to be colder, temps between -1°C and -11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel to Moscow.

Things to do in Omsk

Parks Historic Sites Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Assumption Cathedral (Uspenskij sobor) ©
Siberian Cultural Center ©
Siberian Cultural Center

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Krutitskoe Podvorye and Cathedral Square. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Art Gallery of the European and American Countries of the XIX-XX centuries and Victor Vasnetsov House Museum. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Red Square (Krasnaya Ploshchad), stroll the grounds of Graveyard of Fallen Monuments, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and steep yourself in history at Kazan Cathedral.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Moscow itinerary builder website .

You can fly from Omsk to Moscow in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from Omsk to Moscow is minus 4 hours. Traveling from Omsk in March, expect Moscow to be a bit warmer, temps between 2°C and -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to take a train to Vladimir.

Things to do in Moscow

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Red Square ©
Red Square
Krutitskoe Podvorye ©
Krutitskoe Podvorye
Cathedral Square ©
Cathedral Square

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.
On the 23rd (Mon), take an in-depth tour of Vladimir Suzdal Museum Reserve, pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Assumption Cathedral, appreciate the extensive heritage of Bolshaya Moskovskaya Street, take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Roman Catholic Church/ Parish of the Blessed Virgin Mary of the Saint Rosary, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Savior Transfiguration Parish Church of St. Nicholas, and finally explore the engaging exhibits at Museum-Tale Babusya-Yagusya. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to St. Nikita Church, examine the collection at Gingerbread Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Svyato-Bogolyubsky monastery, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of the Prophet Elijah, then admire the landmark architecture of Assumption Church (Uspenskaya tserkov), and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Transfiguration Cathedral.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Vladimir trip planner .

Take a train from Moscow to Vladimir in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Yaroslavl.

Things to do in Vladimir

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Suzdal, Svyato-Bogolyubsky monastery
Highlights from your plan
Holy Assumption Cathedral ©
Holy Assumption Cathedral
Svyato-Bogolyubsky monastery ©
Svyato-Bogolyubsky monastery
Assumption Church (Uspenskaya tserkov) ©

2
nights
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.
Yaroslavl Embankment and Znamenskaya Tower With The Church are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Popular historic sites such as Church of St. John the Evangelist and Resurrection Cathedral are in your itinerary. Take a break from Yaroslavl with a short trip to Church of the Resurrection of Christ in Rostov, about 1h 20 min away. There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Epiphany Church, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of St. John Chrysostom, have some family-friendly fun at Club Chekhonte "Museum of illusions", and pause for some photo ops at Monument to Copeck of 1612.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Yaroslavl travel itinerary planner .

You can drive from Vladimir to Yaroslavl in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a train. In March, plan for daily highs up to 4°C, and evening lows to -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Veliky Novgorod.

Things to do in Yaroslavl

Historic Sites Fun & Games Museums

Side Trips

Rostov, Resurrection Cathedral
Highlights from your plan
Yaroslavl Embankment ©
Yaroslavl Embankment
Church of St. John the Evangelist ©
Church of St. John the Evangelist
Church of the Resurrection of Christ ©
Church of the Resurrection of Christ

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 28th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Cathedral of the Nativity of the Virgin Monastery of St. Anthony, take in the spiritual surroundings of Perynskiy Skete, take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Church of the Transfiguration, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Philip the Apostle and St. Nicholas, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin at the Marketplace, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St. Basil's Cathedral.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Veliky Novgorod driving holiday planner.

Do a combination of flight and bus from Yaroslavl to Veliky Novgorod in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Veliky Novgorod

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Perynskiy Skete
Highlights from your plan
St. Basil's Cathedral ©
St. Basil's Cathedral
The Church of the Transfiguration ©
The Church of the Transfiguration

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Turkish Baths and Nicholas Naval Cathedral of The Epiphany. Saint Isaac's Cathedral and Nevsky Prospekt will appeal to history buffs. The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at Savior on the Spilled Blood, stroll the grounds of Alexander Nevsky Lavra, contemplate the long history of Palace Square (Dvortsovaya Ploshchad), and admire the masterpieces at The State Hermitage Museum.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our St. Petersburg online tour itinerary builder .

You can take a train from Veliky Novgorod to St. Petersburg in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March in St. Petersburg, expect temperatures between 2°C during the day and -5°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel to Kaliningrad.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

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

2
nights
Kaliningrad

Kaliningrad ©
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 1st (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Kurshskaya Kosa and then see the interesting displays at Museum Martsipana. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sea views from Viewing Tower Lighthouse, deepen your knowledge of military history at Fort XI Donhoff, then contemplate the long history of Waldau Castle, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Alexander Nevskiy Cathedral.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Kaliningrad tour itinerary planner .

Getting from St. Petersburg to Kaliningrad by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from St. Petersburg to Kaliningrad is minus 1 hour. In March, Kaliningrad is a bit warmer than St. Petersburg - with highs of 7°C and lows of -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kaliningrad

Historic Sites Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Waldau Castle
Highlights from your plan
Fort XI Donhoff ©
Fort XI Donhoff
Viewing Tower Lighthouse ©
Viewing Tower Lighthouse
Kurshskaya Kosa ©
Kurshskaya Kosa

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