22 days in Russia Itinerary

22 days in Russia Itinerary

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22 days in Russia Itinerary

Start: Zagreb
Fly:  9 h
1
Sochi
— 2 nights
Fly:  6 h
2
Kazan
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h
3
Moscow
— 4 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
4
Vladimir
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
5
Yaroslavl
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h
6
St. Petersburg
— 5 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
7
Kaliningrad
— 3 nights
Fly:  8 h 15 min
End: Zagreb

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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): head outdoors with Gazprom Mountain-Tourist Centre, glide through natural beauty at Krasnaya Polyana Mountain Cluster, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Khostinsky Tisosamshitovaya Grove, and finally take in panoramic vistas at The Observation Tower on Akhun Mountain. On the 5th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: fly down the slopes at Gornaya Karusel Sport-Tourist Complex, admire the local landmark of The Singing Fountains, and then admire the sheer force of Agura Waterfalls.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Sochi trip itinerary tool .

Zagreb, Croatia to Sochi is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Traveling from Zagreb to Sochi, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Zagreb in July, plan for a bit warmer nights in Sochi, with lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Kazan.

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

3
nights
Kazan

Kazan ©
The heart of Tatar culture, Kazan carries the epithet of the "Third Capital of Russia" because of its rich history and thriving economy.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Bauman Street (Kazansky Arbat) and Cathedral of the Apostles Peter and Paul. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Museum of Chak-Chak and Museum of Soviet Life. There's much more to do: examine the collection at Natural History of Tatarstan Museum, take in the pleasant sights at Kremlyovskaya Embankment, explore the world behind art at Slava Zaitsev's Art Gallery and Studio, and admire the striking features of Leaning Suyumbike Tower.

For other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Kazan trip maker site .

You can fly from Sochi to Kazan in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Sochi in July; daily highs in Kazan reach 29°C and lows reach 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel to Moscow.

Things to do in Kazan

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Annunciation Cathedral ©
Annunciation Cathedral
Bauman Street (Kazansky Arbat) ©
Bauman Street (Kazansky Arbat)

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.
Get some cultural insight at Red Square and Moscow Kremlin. Kolomenskoye Historical and Architectural Museum and Reserve and Kolomna Kremlin will appeal to museum buffs. Explore Moscow's surroundings by going to Kolomna (Kolomenskiy Patefon Museum, Muzeynaya Fabrika Kolomenskoy Pastily, &more). There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Basil's Cathedral, examine the collection at Kuskovo Estate, steep yourself in history at Kremlin Walls and Towers, and admire the landmark architecture of Lenin's Mausoleum.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Moscow trip itinerary maker website .

You can fly from Kazan to Moscow in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. July in Moscow sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can take a train to Vladimir.

Things to do in Moscow

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kolomna
Highlights from your plan
Red Square ©
Red Square
Kolomna Kremlin ©
Kolomna Kremlin

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 13th (Mon): examine the collection at Suzdal Kremlin, see the interesting displays at Museum of Wooden Architecture, and then examine the collection at Spaso-Evfimiyev Monastery Museum Complex. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Saint Demetrius, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Assumption Cathedral, then see the interesting displays at Vodonapornaya Bashnya Museum, then pause for some photo ops at Monument to Prince Vladimir And Saint Fedor, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Intercession of the Holy Virgin.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Vladimir trip app .

Traveling by train from Moscow to Vladimir takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can drive to Yaroslavl.

Things to do in Vladimir

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Suzdal, Church of the Intercession of the Holy Virgin
Highlights from your plan
Suzdal Kremlin ©
Suzdal Kremlin

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.
On the 15th (Wed), pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. John the Evangelist, then see the interesting displays at State Museum Preserve Rostov Kremlin, and then see the interesting displays at Palaty. On the 16th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Elijah the Prophet, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Yaroslavl Embankment, then examine the collection at Private Museum Music and Time, and finally see the interesting displays at Museum of Gramophones and Phonorecords.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Yaroslavl day trip site .

You can drive from Vladimir to Yaroslavl in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Yaroslavl can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Yaroslavl

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Rostov, Museum of Gramophones and Phonorecords
Highlights from your plan
State Museum Preserve Rostov Kremlin ©
State Museum Preserve Rostov Kremlin
Yaroslavl Embankment ©
Yaroslavl Embankment
Church of Elijah the Prophet ©
Church of Elijah the Prophet

5
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.
Let the collections at Grand Peterhof Palace and Peter and Paul Fortress capture your imagination. Get some historical perspective at Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood and Palace Square. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Russian Museum, steep yourself in history at Bronze Horseman, Monument To Peter I, explore the activities along Neva Embankments, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sobor Petra I Pavla.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the St. Petersburg trip website .

Fly from Yaroslavl to St. Petersburg in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in July, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel to Kaliningrad.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Neva Embankments
Neva Embankments
Saint Isaac's Cathedral ©
Saint Isaac's Cathedral
Grand Peterhof Palace ©
Grand Peterhof Palace

3
nights
Kaliningrad

Kaliningrad ©
A city of science and philosophy, cosmopolitan Kaliningrad once served as a cultural hub of Germany, Poland, and Lithuania.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Kurshskaya Kosa and Amber Museum. Appreciate the collections at Museum of the World Ocean and B-413 Submarine Museum. It doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at Konigsberg Cathedral and appreciate the history behind Immanuel Kant's Grave.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Kaliningrad day trip site .

Getting from St. Petersburg to Kaliningrad by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Moscow Standard Time (MSK) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. July in Kaliningrad sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 15°C at night. On the 24th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kaliningrad

Museums Wildlife Nature
Highlights from your plan
Kurshskaya Kosa ©
Kurshskaya Kosa
B-413 Submarine Museum ©
B-413 Submarine Museum
Konigsberg Cathedral ©
Konigsberg Cathedral

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