29 days in Russia Itinerary

29 days in Russia Itinerary

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29 days in Russia Itinerary

Start: Accra
Fly:  18 h 15 min
1
Kaliningrad
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
2
St. Petersburg
— 8 nights
Train:  2 h 45 min
3
Veliky Novgorod
— 2 nights
Train:  6 h 30 min
4
Moscow
— 6 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
5
Vladimir
— 3 nights
Train:  2 h 15 min
6
Nizhny Novgorod
— 3 nights
Fly + Train:  4 h
7
Kazan
— 3 nights
Fly:  20 h 30 min
End: Accra

2
nights
Kaliningrad

Kaliningrad ©
A city of science and philosophy, cosmopolitan Kaliningrad once served as a cultural hub of Germany, Poland, and Lithuania.
Spend the 27th (Mon) exploring nature at Kurshskaya Kosa. There's much more to do: examine the collection at B-413 Submarine Museum, step aboard Research vessel "Vityaz", and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Konigsberg Cathedral.

To find topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Kaliningrad online driving holiday planner .

Accra, Ghana to Kaliningrad is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Accra to Kaliningrad due to the time zone difference. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Accra in January, with highs in Kaliningrad at 0°C and lows at -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Kaliningrad

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

8
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, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at The State Hermitage Museum, take an in-depth tour of Grand Peterhof Palace, examine the collection at A.V. Suvorov State Memorial Museum, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas.

For maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the St. Petersburg route maker site .

Fly from Kaliningrad to St. Petersburg in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time to Moscow Standard Time is 1 hour. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Kaliningrad in January; daily highs in St. Petersburg reach -5°C and lows reach -10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Veliky Novgorod.

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 ©

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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Thu): admire the striking features of St. Sophia Cathedral, then appreciate the history behind Millennium of Russia, then admire the landmark architecture of Granovitaya Palata, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Novgorod Kremlin (Detinets). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Fri): make a trip to Varlaamo-Khutynsk Convent, pause for some serene contemplation at Tserkov' Spasa na Nereditse, and then make a trip to Novgorod Center of the Modern Art.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Veliky Novgorod online trip itinerary planner .

You can take a train from St. Petersburg to Veliky Novgorod in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Moscow.

Things to do in Veliky Novgorod

Historic Sites

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

6
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: Savvino-Storozhevsky Monastery (in Zvenigorod), FREEZONE Aerodynamic Complex (in Sharapovo) and Church of The Holy Virgin (in Dubrovitsy). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Red Square, admire the landmark architecture of Lenin's Mausoleum, walk around Sparrow Hills (Vorobyovy Gory), and admire the masterpieces at Armoury Chamber.

For photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Moscow road trip planning tool .

Traveling by train from Veliky Novgorod to Moscow takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. In February, daytime highs in Moscow are -2°C, while nighttime lows are -7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Vladimir.

Things to do in Moscow

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

FREEZONE Aerodynamic Complex, Church of The Holy Virgin, Savvino-Storozhevsky Monastery
Highlights from your plan
Red Square ©
Red Square
Saint Basil's Cathedral ©
Saint Basil's Cathedral
State Tretyakov Gallery ©
State Tretyakov Gallery

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 (Transfiguration Cathedral & Spaso-Evfimiyev Monastery Museum Complex). There's lots more to do: take in the exciting artwork at Borodins' Blacksmith Shop, have fun and explore at Spoon Museum, get your game on at Yarko Park, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Intercession of the Holy Virgin.

To find topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Vladimir journey planner.

Traveling by train from Moscow to Vladimir takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Sun) to allow time for the train ride to Nizhny Novgorod.

Things to do in Vladimir

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trips

Suzdal, Church of the Intercession of the Holy Virgin
Highlights from your plan
Holy Assumption Cathedral ©
Holy Assumption Cathedral
Spaso-Evfimiyev Monastery Museum Complex ©

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, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: step into the grandiose world of The Kremlin, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Voznesenskiy Pechyorskiy muzhskoy monastyr', get curious at Museum of Old Equipment and Tools, and see the interesting displays at Museum-house of the writer Maxim Gorky.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Nizhny Novgorod using our trip planner.

Take a train from Vladimir to Nizhny Novgorod in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In February, daily temperatures in Nizhny Novgorod can reach -2°C, while at night they dip to -10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Kazan.

Things to do in Nizhny Novgorod

Historic Sites Museums Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Limpopo Zoo ©
Limpopo Zoo
The Kremlin ©
The Kremlin
Fedorovsky Embankment
Fedorovsky Embankment

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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Annunciation Cathedral, examine the collection at Kazan Kremlin, then examine the collection at Natural History of Tatarstan Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of the Apostles Peter and Paul, and finally examine the collection at Konstantin Vasiliev Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Museum "Tatarskaya Sloboda" and then shop like a local with Slava Zaitsev's Art Gallery and Studio.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Kazan online driving holiday planner .

Traveling by flight from Nizhny Novgorod to Kazan takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Nizhny Novgorod in February, Kazan is little chillier at night with lows of -14°C. On the 22nd (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kazan

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Slava Zaitsev's Art Gallery and Studio ©
Kazan Kremlin ©
Kazan Kremlin
Annunciation Cathedral ©
Annunciation Cathedral

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