21 days in Russia, Ulaanbaatar & Beijing Itinerary

21 days in Russia, Ulaanbaatar & Beijing Itinerary

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21 days in Russia, Ulaanbaatar & Beijing Itinerary

Start: Thessaloniki, Greece
fly:  3 h 30 min
1
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 2 nights
Train:  4 h
2
Moscow, Russia
— 2 nights
Train:  12 h
3
Kazan, Russia
— 1 day
Train:  14 h
4
Yekaterinburg, Russia
— 1 day
Train:  33 h
5
Krasnoyarsk, Russia
— Few hours
Train:  19 h 30 min
6
Irkutsk, Russia
— 2 nights
Train:  22 h
7
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
— 3 nights
train:  31 h
8
Beijing, China
— 3 nights
Fly:  15 h 30 min
End: Thessaloniki, Greece

2
nights
St. Petersburg, Russia

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Catherine Palace and Park as well as Russian Music Seasons. On the 23rd (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nikolo-Bogoyavlenskiy Morskoy Sobor, see the interesting displays at Saint Isaac's Cathedral, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Savior on the Spilled Blood, contemplate the long history of Palace Square, then get engrossed in the history at The Pushkin Apartment Museum, and finally enjoy the music at Russian Music Seasons. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll around Aleksandrovskiy park and then examine the collection at Catherine Palace and Park.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our St. Petersburg day trip planner.

Thessaloniki, Greece to St. Petersburg is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time to Moscow Standard Time is 1 hour. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Thessaloniki in July, with highs in St. Petersburg at 26°C and lows at 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel to Moscow.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Nikolo-Bogoyavlenskiy Morskoy Sobor ©
Saint Isaac's Cathedral ©
Saint Isaac's Cathedral
Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood ©

2
nights
Moscow, Russia

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Catholic Cathedral of The Immaculate Conception of The Blessed Virgin Mary, Bolshoi Theatre and St. Basil's Cathedral. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Red Square, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Cathedral Square, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Basil's Cathedral, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Krutitskoe Podvorye. On your second day here, catch a live performance at Catholic Cathedral of The Immaculate Conception of The Blessed Virgin Mary, then experience the emotional art of opera at Bolshoi Theatre, and then contemplate the long history of Kazan Cathedral.

To find reviews and more tourist information, refer to the Moscow attractions planner.

Take a train from St. Petersburg to Moscow in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Kazan.

Things to do in Moscow

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

1
day
Kazan, Russia

Kazan ©
The heart of Tatar culture, Kazan carries the epithet of the "Third Capital of Russia" because of its rich history and thriving economy.
Kul Sharif Mosque has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 27th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kul Sharif Mosque, steep yourself in history at Kazan Kremlin, and then make a trip to Bauman Street (Kazansky Arbat).

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Traveling by flight from Moscow to Kazan takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In July in Kazan, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to travel to Yekaterinburg.

Things to do in Kazan

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Bauman Street (Kazansky Arbat) ©
Bauman Street (Kazansky Arbat)
Kazan Kremlin ©
Kazan Kremlin
Kul Sharif Mosque ©
Kul Sharif Mosque

1
day
Yekaterinburg, Russia

Yekaterinburg ©
Located at the meeting point of two continents, Yekaterinburg serves as the cultural capital of the Urals region.
Rastorguyev-Kharitonov's House has been added to your itinerary. On the 28th (Tue), admire the striking features of Rastorguyev-Kharitonov's House.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Yekaterinburg online route builder .

Traveling by flight from Kazan to Yekaterinburg takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Kazan to Yekaterinburg is 2 hours. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Kazan in July: high temperatures in Yekaterinburg hover around 26°C and lows are around 13°C. On the 28th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Krasnoyarsk.

Things to do in Yekaterinburg

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Rastorguyev-Kharitonov's House ©
Rastorguyev-Kharitonov's House

few
hours
Krasnoyarsk, Russia

Krasnoyarsk ©
Famed for its scenic location, Krasnoyarsk so impressed author Anton Chekhov that he considered it Siberia's most appealing city, describing it as a "picturesque, cultured town." A convenient pit stop for passengers making the trans-Siberian journey, the city serves as the country's major railway junction halfway between Moscow and Vladivostok.
Catholic Cathedral of the Transfiguration has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catholic Cathedral of the Transfiguration.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Krasnoyarsk sightseeing planner .

Getting from Yekaterinburg to Krasnoyarsk by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Traveling from Yekaterinburg to Krasnoyarsk, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. On the 30th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Irkutsk.

Things to do in Krasnoyarsk

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan

2
nights
Irkutsk, Russia

Irkutsk ©
The most popular stop on the Trans-Siberian railway, Irkutsk gained fame as the cultural center of Decembrist exiles.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Organ Hall of The Irkutsk Regional Philharmonic Society. Start off your visit on the 31st (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Our Lady of Kazan and then take in a show at Organ Hall of The Irkutsk Regional Philharmonic Society.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Irkutsk trip itinerary maker tool .

Getting from Krasnoyarsk to Irkutsk by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Krasnoyarsk to Irkutsk due to the time zone difference. In July, daytime highs in Irkutsk are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Ulaanbaatar.

Things to do in Irkutsk

Nightlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

Church of Our Lady of Kazan
Highlights from your plan
Church of Our Lady of Kazan ©
Church of Our Lady of Kazan

3
nights
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Ulaanbaatar ©
The capital and largest city in the country, Ulaanbaatar stands as Mongolia's transport, cultural, and commercial hub.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like National History Museum and Bogd Khaan Palace Museum of Mongolia. Your inner history buff will appreciate Gandantegchenling Monastery and Manzshir Monastery. Take a break from Ulaanbaatar with a short trip to Ariyabal Meditation Temple in Gorkhi Terelj National Park, about 1h 30 min away. The adventure continues: examine the collection at Choijin Lama Temple Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chenresig Temple, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Sts. Peter and Paul, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Gorkhi-Terelj National Park.

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You can fly from Irkutsk to Ulaanbaatar in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Ulaanbaatar can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Beijing.

Things to do in Ulaanbaatar

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Ariyabal Meditation Temple
Highlights from your plan
National History Museum ©
National History Museum
Bogd Khaan Palace Museum of Mongolia ©
Choijin Lama Temple Museum ©
Choijin Lama Temple Museum

3
nights
Beijing, China

Beijing ©
As the political and cultural capital of China, Beijing stands at the heart of Chinese history, buzzing with the energy of its high population density and centuries of importance.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Gong Wang Fu and Walking tours. Mutianyu Great Wall and Temple of Confucius and Guozijian Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Next up on the itinerary: get to know the fascinating history of Summer Palace (Yiheyuan), shop like a local with 798 Art Zone, stroll through Back Lakes (Hou Hai), and admire the striking features of The Palace Museum.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Beijing trip app .

Traveling by flight from Ulaanbaatar to Beijing takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, car, and bus. Traveling from Ulaanbaatar in August, things will get a bit warmer in Beijing: highs are around 37°C and lows about 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Mutianyu Great Wall ©
Mutianyu Great Wall
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) ©
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan)
The Palace Museum ©
The Palace Museum

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