24 days in Russia Itinerary

24 days in Russia Itinerary

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Start: Moscow
Train:  4 h 15 min
1
St. Petersburg
— 2 nights
Train:  4 h 15 min
2
Moscow
— 9 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
3
Kaluga
— 3 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
4
Arkhangelsk
— 3 nights
+4
Fly + Foot + Bus + Subway + Train:  7 h 45 min
5
Petrozavodsk
— 3 nights
Train:  7 h 45 min
6
Veliky Novgorod
— 3 nights
Train:  6 h 30 min
End: Moscow

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Grand Peterhof Palace, then see the interesting displays at The Bath Block, and then admire the masterpieces at The State Hermitage Museum. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at Russian Museum of Ethnography, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, then see the interesting displays at Saint Isaac's Cathedral, and finally contemplate the long history of Winter Palace of Peter I.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the St. Petersburg trip planning tool.

Moscow to St. Petersburg is an approximately 4.5- hour train ride. You can also fly; or drive. In October, daytime highs in St. Petersburg are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Moscow.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

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

9
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Alexandrovskaya Sloboda and Armoury Chamber. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Moscow: Melikhovo Chekhov Museum Preserve (in Melikhovo), FREEZONE Aerodynamic Complex (in Sharapovo) and Kolomna (Museum of Favorite Toy, Museum House of Samovar, &more). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Tsaritsyno Museum-Reserve, steep yourself in history at Kremlin Walls and Towers, don't miss a visit to Red Square, and stroll around Neskuchny sad.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Moscow online journey planner.

You can take a train from St. Petersburg to Moscow in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive. In October, daily temperatures in Moscow can reach 7°C, while at night they dip to 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can drive to Kaluga.

Things to do in Moscow

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Kolomna, Sergiyev Posad, Dmitrov, Melikhovo Chekhov Museum Preserve, FREEZONE Aerodynamic Complex
Highlights from your plan
FREEZONE Aerodynamic Complex ©
FREEZONE Aerodynamic Complex
Alexandrovskaya Sloboda
Alexandrovskaya Sloboda
Armoury Chamber ©
Armoury Chamber

3
nights
Kaluga

Kaluga ©
Kaluga is a city and the administrative center of Kaluga Oblast, Russia, located on the Oka River 150km southwest of Moscow. On the 22nd (Tue), pause for some serene contemplation at Cosmas and Damian Church, pause for some serene contemplation at Voskresnaya Shkola, Tserkov' Rozhdestva Presvyatoy Bogoroditsy, don't miss a visit to Gostiny Dvor, then make a trip to The Temple in Honor of the Holy Myrrh-Bearers, and finally don't miss a visit to Kirova Street. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed): examine the collection at Museum-Diorama Great Standing at Ugra, see the interesting displays at K. Tsiolkovskiy's House Museum, then stroll around Kaluga Park Park of Culture and Leisure, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. George's Cathedral, and finally examine the collection at Chizhevskiy's House Museum.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Kaluga trip planner.

You can drive from Moscow to Kaluga in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. On the 24th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Arkhangelsk.

Things to do in Kaluga

Historic Sites Fun & Games Museums

Side Trip

Museum-Diorama Great Standing at Ugra
Highlights from your plan
K. Tsiolkovskiy's House Museum ©
K. Tsiolkovskiy's House Museum
St. George's Cathedral ©
St. George's Cathedral

3
nights
Arkhangelsk

Arkhangelsk ©
Arkhangelsk, also known in English as Archangel and Archangelsk, is a city and the administrative center of Arkhangelsk Oblast, in the north of European Russia. On the 25th (Fri), see the interesting displays at Arkhangelsk Gostiny Dvory, pause for some photo ops at Obelisk of the North, appreciate the history behind Monument To the Seal - the Savior of Citizens of Arkhangelsk and Leningrad, then make a trip to Monument to General Kuznetsov, and finally examine the collection at National Museum of Aircraft of the North. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Spaso-Preobrazhenskiy Solovetskiy Patriarchal Monastery, appreciate the history behind Kozma Prutkov Statue, take in the architecture and design of Northern (Arctic) University named after M.V. Lomonosov, then make a trip to Chapel Matrona of Moscow, then make a trip to Monument to Russian Wifes - Savers of Family Hearth, and finally pause for some photo ops at Monument Residents of the 1941-1945 Military Arkhangelsk.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Arkhangelsk trip planner.

Fly from Kaluga to Arkhangelsk in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 5°C in October, and nighttime lows around 0°C. On the 27th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Petrozavodsk.

Things to do in Arkhangelsk

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Spaso-Preobrazhenskiy Solovetskiy Patriarchal Monastery
Highlights from your plan
Arkhangelsk Gostiny Dvory ©
Arkhangelsk Gostiny Dvory
Obelisk of the North ©
Obelisk of the North

3
nights
Petrozavodsk

Petrozavodsk ©
Petrozavodsk is the capital city of the Republic of Karelia, Russia, which stretches along the western shore of Lake Onega for some 27km. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Kivach State Nature Reserve Kivach Waterfalls, then don't miss a visit to Carillon 23 Bells, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Presentation of the Lord, and finally don't miss a visit to Embankment of Lake Onega. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Tue): head outdoors with Threshold Large Tolly, don't miss a visit to Center of Traditional Crafts, then walk around City Park and Embankment, then explore the world behind art at Art Museum, and finally pause for some photo ops at Monument to Peter the Great.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Petrozavodsk sightseeing planner.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Arkhangelsk to Petrozavodsk in 9 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train to Veliky Novgorod.

Things to do in Petrozavodsk

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Carillon 23 Bells, Kivach State Nature Reserve Kivach Waterfalls
Highlights from your plan
Church of the Presentation of the Lord ©
Church of the Presentation of the Lord
Embankment of Lake Onega ©
Embankment of Lake Onega
National Museum of the Republic of Karelia ©
National Museum of the Republic of Karelia

3
nights
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 31st (Thu): pause for some photo ops at Sculpture Electrician and Cat, admire the masterpieces at State Art Museum of Novgorod Land, admire the striking features of Church of Theodore Stratilates on the Brook, then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Church of George Victorious. On the 1st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Varlaamo-Khutynsk Convent, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of the Nativity of the Virgin Monastery of St. Anthony, get to know the fascinating history of Novgorod Kremlin (Detinets), then admire the striking features of Granovitaya Palata, then pause for some photo ops at Millennium of Russia, and finally admire the striking features of St. Sophia Cathedral.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Veliky Novgorod driving holiday planner.

Traveling by train from Petrozavodsk to Veliky Novgorod takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. On the 2nd (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Veliky Novgorod

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Staraya Russa, Varlaamo-Khutynsk Convent
Highlights from your plan
St. Sophia Cathedral ©
St. Sophia Cathedral
Millennium of Russia
Millennium of Russia
Novgorod Kremlin (Detinets) ©
Novgorod Kremlin (Detinets)

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