27 days in Russia Itinerary

27 days in Russia Itinerary

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27 days in Russia Itinerary

Start: Zurich
Fly:  10​h 45​min
1
Kazan
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
2
Nizhny Novgorod
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
3
Vladimir
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
4
Moscow
— 5 nights
train:  6​h 30​min
5
Veliky Novgorod
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
6
St. Petersburg
— 7 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
7
Kaliningrad
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Zurich

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): cool off at Riviera Aquapark, then contemplate the long history of Kazan Kremlin, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of the Apostles Peter and Paul. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Tue): admire the landmark architecture of Agricultural Palace, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kul Sharif Mosque, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Annunciation Cathedral, then shop like a local with Bauman Street (Kazansky Arbat), and finally pause for some photo ops at Compass Monument.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Kazan travel route planner .

Zurich, Switzerland to Kazan is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Zurich to Kazan. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Zurich in January; daily highs in Kazan reach -10°C and lows reach -17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Nizhny Novgorod.

Things to do in Kazan

Historic Sites Theme Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Kazan Kremlin ©
Kazan Kremlin
Kul Sharif Mosque ©
Kul Sharif Mosque
Annunciation Cathedral ©
Annunciation Cathedral

3
nights
Nizhny Novgorod

Nizhny Novgorod ©
Founded eight centuries ago at the confluence of the Volga and the Oka rivers, Nizhny Novgorod boasts over 600 historical, cultural, and architectural monuments.
Nizhny Novgorod is known for historic sites, museums, zoos & aquariums, fun & games, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the historical opulence of The Kremlin, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Nativity of Most Holy Mother of God, meet the residents at Limpopo Zoo, and go for a walk through Rozhdestvenskaya Street.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Nizhny Novgorod trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Kazan to Nizhny Novgorod takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. January in Nizhny Novgorod sees daily highs of -8°C and lows of -15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Vladimir.

Things to do in Nizhny Novgorod

Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Limpopo Zoo ©
Limpopo Zoo
The Kremlin ©
The Kremlin

3
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Vladimir: Suzdal (Suzdal Kremlin, Spaso-Evfimiyev Monastery Museum Complex, & more). Next up on the itinerary: have fun and explore at Borodins' Blacksmith Shop, examine the collection at Vodonapornaya Bashnya Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Assumption Cathedral, and appreciate the history behind Sculpture Artist.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Vladimir day trip planning site .

Getting from Nizhny Novgorod to Vladimir by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Moscow.

Things to do in Vladimir

Museums Fun & Games Historic Sites

Side Trips

Suzdal, Church of The Transfiguration, Church of the Intercession of the Holy Virgin
Highlights from your plan
Holy Assumption Cathedral ©
Holy Assumption Cathedral

5
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 out of town with these interesting Moscow side-trips: The Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra (in Sergiyev Posad) and FREEZONE Aerodynamic Complex (in Sharapovo). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Red Square, stroll around Sparrow Hills (Vorobyovy Gory), take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Basil's Cathedral, and brush up on your military savvy at Armoury Chamber.

To find photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Moscow trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by train from Vladimir to Moscow takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In January in Moscow, expect temperatures between -7°C during the day and -12°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel to Veliky Novgorod.

Things to do in Moscow

Museums Historic Sites Tours

Side Trips

FREEZONE Aerodynamic Complex, The Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra
Highlights from your plan
Red Square ©
Red Square
Saint Basil's Cathedral ©
Saint Basil's Cathedral
Moscow Kremlin
Moscow Kremlin

2
nights
Veliky Novgorod

Veliky Novgorod ©
An ancient city thriving as a modern tourist destination, Veliky Novgorod rightly bills itself as the birthplace of Russia.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of St. George Monastery, get to know the fascinating history of Novgorod Kremlin (Detinets), admire the striking features of Granovitaya Palata, then appreciate the history behind Millennium of Russia, and finally admire the landmark architecture of St. Sophia Cathedral. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Varlaamo-Khutynsk Convent, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Tserkov' Spasa na Nereditse, see the interesting displays at Vitoslavlitsy Museum, then get to know the fascinating history of Yaroslav’s Courtyard, and finally appreciate the history behind Sculpture Electrician and Cat.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Veliky Novgorod trip maker website .

Traveling by train from Moscow to Veliky Novgorod takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can take a train to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Veliky Novgorod

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

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

7
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.
St. Petersburg is known for museums, historic sites, nightlife, fun & games, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at The State Hermitage Museum, examine the collection at Russian Museum, get engrossed in the history at Peterhof Grand Palace, and steep yourself in history at Palace Square.

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Traveling by train from Veliky Novgorod to St. Petersburg takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. January in St. Petersburg sees daily highs of -5°C and lows of -10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Kaliningrad.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

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

3
nights
Kaliningrad

Kaliningrad ©
A city of science and philosophy, cosmopolitan Kaliningrad once served as a cultural hub of Germany, Poland, and Lithuania.
Step out of Kaliningrad with an excursion to Museum of Russian Superstitions in Lesnoy--about 58 minutes away. The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Kurshskaya Kosa, see the interesting displays at Amber Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Konigsberg Cathedral, and engage your brain at Museum of the World Ocean.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Kaliningrad trip itinerary planning site .

Getting from St. Petersburg to Kaliningrad by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from St. Petersburg to Kaliningrad. While traveling from St. Petersburg, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Kaliningrad, ranging from highs of 2°C to lows of -3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kaliningrad

Museums Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Museum of Russian Superstitions
Highlights from your plan
B-413 Submarine Museum ©
B-413 Submarine Museum
Kurshskaya Kosa ©
Kurshskaya Kosa
Konigsberg Cathedral ©
Konigsberg Cathedral

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