21 days in Central Russia Itinerary

21 days in Central Russia Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Bangkok
Fly + Drive:  17 h 15 min
1
Ostashkov
— 1 night
Drive:  6 h 30 min
2
Yaroslavl
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Kostroma
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
4
Ples
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
5
Vladimir
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
6
Sergiyev Posad
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
7
Kolomna
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
8
Moscow
— 5 nights
Train + Fly:  13 h 15 min
End: Bangkok

1
night
Ostashkov

Ostashkov ©
Ostashkov is a town and the administrative center of Ostashkovsky District in Tver Oblast, Russia, located on a peninsula at the southern shore of Lake Seliger, 199km west of Tver, the administrative center of the oblast. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): make a trip to Nilov Monastery, explore the activities along Seliger Lake, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ascension Cathedral, and finally see the interesting displays at Ostashkov Museum of Local Lore. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Museum of Forgotten Things and not just, get outside with Lake Peno, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple Complex Shirkov Churchyard.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Ostashkov trip planner.

Bangkok, Thailand to Ostashkov is an approximately 18- hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Bangkok to Ostashkov is minus 4 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can travel to Yaroslavl.

Things to do in Ostashkov

Outdoors Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Lake Peno, Temple Complex Shirkov Churchyard, Nilov Monastery
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Seliger Lake ©
Seliger Lake

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): fly down the slopes at Ski Resort Shaksha, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Yaroslavl Embankment, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Elijah the Prophet. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of St. John Chrysostom, then meet the residents at Yaroslavl Zoo, and then see the interesting displays at Private Museum Music and Time.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Yaroslavl road trip planner.

You can drive from Ostashkov to Yaroslavl in 7.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. In December, daily temperatures in Yaroslavl can reach -1°C, while at night they dip to -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Kostroma.

Things to do in Yaroslavl

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Winter Sports

Side Trip

Ski Resort Shaksha
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Private Museum Music and Time ©
Private Museum Music and Time
Yaroslavl Embankment ©
Yaroslavl Embankment
Church of Elijah the Prophet ©
Church of Elijah the Prophet

2
nights
Kostroma

Kostroma ©
As part of Russia's Golden Ring of historical towns, the city of Kostroma is something of an open-air museum with ties to the Romanov dynasty.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): relax in the rural setting at Sumarokovskaya Elk Farm, then admire the striking features of The Resurrection Church on the Debra, then examine the collection at Museum of Wooden Architecture, and finally view the masterpieces at Municipal Art Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Museum of the Kostroma Merchant, see the interesting displays at Museum of Russian Teapot, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Monastery of st Ipaty, then view the masterpieces at Alina Exhibition Hall, and finally shop like a local with Old City Art Gallery.

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Getting from Yaroslavl to Kostroma by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around -1°C in December, and nighttime lows around -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can drive to Ples.

Things to do in Kostroma

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trip

Sumarokovskaya Elk Farm
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Monastery of st Ipaty ©
Monastery of st Ipaty
The Resurrection Church on the Debra
The Resurrection Church on the Debra

2
nights
Ples

Ples
On the 13th (Thu), admire the masterpieces at Landscape Museum, see the interesting displays at House-Museum of Isaak Ilisch Levitan, take in the awesome beauty at Mountain Levitan, take in the exciting artwork at Provincial ARTgallery-M, then look for gifts at Souvenir Shop Furlyalyai, and finally get engrossed in the history at Museum of Old Russian Family. On the 14th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hit the slopes at Tourist Recreation Complex Milovka.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Ples trip itinerary website.

Getting from Kostroma to Ples by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Vladimir.

Things to do in Ples

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trip

Tourist Recreation Complex Milovka

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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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): shop like a local with Vladimir Art gallery, then examine the collection at Borodins' Blacksmith Shop, then see the interesting displays at Spaso-Evfimiyev Monastery Museum Complex, and finally examine the collection at Museum of Wooden Architecture. On the 16th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of Suzdal Kremlin, identify plant and animal life at Ilinskiy Meadow, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Intercession of the Holy Virgin, then examine the collection at Vodonapornaya Bashnya Museum, then admire the landmark architecture of Golden Gate, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Assumption Cathedral.

To see more things to do and tourist information, you can read our Vladimir online trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Ples to Vladimir in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to drive to Sergiyev Posad.

Things to do in Vladimir

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Suzdal, Church of the Intercession of the Holy Virgin
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Church of the Intercession of the Holy Virgin ©
Spaso-Evfimiyev Monastery Museum Complex ©
Spaso-Evfimiyev Monastery Museum Complex
Suzdal Kremlin ©
Suzdal Kremlin

2
nights
Sergiyev Posad

Sergiyev Posad ©
Sergiyev Posad is a city and the administrative center of Sergiyevo-Posadsky District in Moscow Oblast, Russia. Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): fly down the slopes at Sports and Entertaining Park Yakhroma, examine the collection at Museum Interactive Knowledge Skatulka Vremyon, and then stop by Manufactories Gardner in Verbilki. On the next day, fly down the slopes at Ski Resort Sorochany and then contemplate the long history of The Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Sergiyev Posad trip planner.

Drive from Vladimir to Sergiyev Posad in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Sergiyev Posad are -2°C, while nighttime lows are -7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can drive to Kolomna.

Things to do in Sergiyev Posad

Winter Sports Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Manufactories Gardner in Verbilki, Sports and Entertaining Park Yakhroma, Ski Resort Sorochany, Museum Interactive Knowledge Skatulka Vremyon
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The Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra ©
The Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra

2
nights
Kolomna

Kolomna ©
Kolomna is an ancient city of Moscow Oblast, Russia, situated at the confluence of the Moskva and Oka Rivers, 114km (by rail) southeast of Moscow. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Muzeynaya Fabrika Kolomenskoy Pastily, see the interesting displays at Kalachnaya, examine the collection at Museum-Navigator: Recent Antiquity of Kolomna, explore the world behind art at Ozerov House, Cultural Center, then see the interesting displays at Kolomna Kremlin, and finally see the interesting displays at Art-Kommunalka Erofeyev and Others Museum-Residency. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Museum of Military Glory, see the interesting displays at Kolomenskiy Patefon Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of the Assumption, then stop by Museum-Confectionery of P.P. Shvedov, then see the interesting displays at Museum of Favorite Toy, and finally examine the collection at Museum Pastila Factory.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Kolomna planning website.

Traveling by car from Sergiyev Posad to Kolomna takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and subway. In December in Kolomna, expect temperatures between 0°C during the day and -5°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Moscow.

Things to do in Kolomna

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
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Kolomna Kremlin ©
Kolomna Kremlin
Muzeynaya Fabrika Kolomenskoy Pastily ©
Muzeynaya Fabrika Kolomenskoy Pastily
Museum Pastila Factory ©
Museum Pastila Factory

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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 Red Square and Moscow Kremlin. Museum-lovers will appreciate State Tretyakov Gallery and Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts. Change things up with these side-trips from Moscow: Ski Stadium Zorkiy (in Krasnogorsk) and Kournikova Gallery (in Borki). The adventure continues: browse the range of quality goods at GUM, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Basil's Cathedral, see the interesting displays at Tsaritsyno Museum-Reserve, and look for gifts at Perlov Tea House.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Moscow itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Kolomna to Moscow takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and subway. Expect a daytime high around -1°C in December, and nighttime lows around -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Moscow

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Ski Stadium Zorkiy, Kournikova Gallery
Highlights from your plan
GUM ©
GUM
State Tretyakov Gallery ©
State Tretyakov Gallery
Moscow Kremlin
Moscow Kremlin