31 days in Russia Itinerary

31 days in Russia Itinerary

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31 days in Russia Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  7​h 45​min
1
Kaliningrad
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
2
Kazan
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
3
Nizhny Novgorod
— 2 nights
Train:  2​h 15​min
4
Vladimir
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Kostroma
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Yaroslavl
— 2 nights
Train:  2​h 30​min
7
Sergiyev Posad
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
8
Tula
— 3 nights
Train:  2​h 15​min
9
Moscow
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
10
Pskov
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
11
St. Petersburg
— 6 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Amsterdam

2
nights
Kaliningrad

Kaliningrad ©
A city of science and philosophy, cosmopolitan Kaliningrad once served as a cultural hub of Germany, Poland, and Lithuania.
Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape of Curonian Spit National Park.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Kaliningrad online attractions planner .

Amsterdam, Holland to Kaliningrad is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, train, and bus; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Amsterdam to Kaliningrad due to the time zone difference. In January, Kaliningrad is little chillier than Amsterdam - with highs of 0°C and lows of -5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Kazan.

Things to do in Kaliningrad

Nature Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

Regional Museum of Bagrationovsk
Highlights from your plan
Kurshskaya Kosa ©
Kurshskaya Kosa
B-413 Submarine Museum ©
B-413 Submarine Museum
Fort XI Donhoff ©
Fort XI Donhoff

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.
Kazan Kremlin and Konstantin Vasiliev Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Kul Sharif Mosque and Museum "Tatarskaya Sloboda" are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kazan: Lenino-Kokushkino, State Historical and Cultural Museum Preserve (in Lenino-Kokushkino), Raifa (Trinity Cathedral & Church in Honor of the Holy Fathers in Sinai and Raifa) and Cathedral in Honor of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (in Sviyazhsk). Next up on the itinerary: view the masterpieces at Slava Zaitsev's Art Gallery and Studio, get engrossed in the history at Museum of Cannon Yard, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Qolsarif Mosque, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Holy Martyr Paraskeva.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Kazan trip planner.

Getting from Kaliningrad to Kazan by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from Kaliningrad to Kazan is 1 hour. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Kaliningrad in January: high temperatures in Kazan hover around -10°C and lows are around -17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel to Nizhny Novgorod.

Things to do in Kazan

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Raifa, Lenino-Kokushkino, State Historical and Cultural Museum Preserve, Cathedral in Honor of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Highlights from your plan
Kazan Kremlin ©
Kazan Kremlin
Kul Sharif Mosque ©
Kul Sharif Mosque

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): engage your brain at Museum of Old Equipment and Tools, appreciate the extensive heritage of Fedorovsky Embankment, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Nativity of Most Holy Mother of God, then step into the grandiose world of The Kremlin, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of St. Alexander Nevskiy. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Museum-house of the writer Maxim Gorky, pause for some serene contemplation at Voznesenskiy Pechyorskiy muzhskoy monastyr', take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Merciful Savior, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Limpopo Zoo, and finally admire the striking features of Priklonskiye-Rukavishnikovy Estate.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Nizhny Novgorod driving holiday tool .

You can fly from Kazan to Nizhny Novgorod in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January in Nizhny Novgorod, expect temperatures between -8°C during the day and -15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Vladimir.

Things to do in Nizhny Novgorod

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Priklonskiye-Rukavishnikovy Estate
Highlights from your plan
The Kremlin ©
The 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.
On the 9th (Thu), examine the collection at Suzdal Kremlin, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nikolsky Women's Monastery, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Intercession of the Holy Virgin, pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Assumption Cathedral, then explore the engaging exhibits at Borodins' Blacksmith Shop, and finally see the interesting displays at Vodonapornaya Bashnya Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Museum Of Wooden Architecture & Peasant Life, see the interesting displays at Spaso-Evfimiyev Monastery Museum Complex, see the interesting displays at Center of National Creativity of Suzdal, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of The Transfiguration, then pause for some serene contemplation at Savior Transfiguration Parish Church of St. Nicholas, and finally examine the collection at Chambers Cultural and Educational Center.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Vladimir online road trip planner .

You can take a train from Nizhny Novgorod to Vladimir in 2.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can drive to Kostroma.

Things to do in Vladimir

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Suzdal, Church of The Transfiguration, Church of the Intercession of the Holy Virgin, Nikolsky Women's Monastery
Highlights from your plan
Spaso-Evfimiyev Monastery Museum Complex ©
Holy Assumption Cathedral ©
Holy Assumption Cathedral

2
nights
Kostroma

Kostroma ©
As part of Russia's Golden Ring of historical towns, the city of Kostroma is something of an open-air museum with ties to the Romanov dynasty.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): explore the world behind art at Krasnoe Selo Jewelry and Folk Applied Arts Museum, explore and take pictures at Sumarokovskaya Elk Farm, examine the collection at Museum Istoricheskaya Syrovarnya, then examine the collection at Museum of Russian Teapot, and finally see the interesting displays at Museum of the Kostroma Merchant. Keep things going the next day: admire the landmark architecture of The Resurrection Church on the Debra, see the interesting displays at Dom Gorodskogo Golovy Botnikova Museum, see the interesting displays at Museum Petrovskaya Igrushka, then examine the collection at Peter Toy Museum, then examine the collection at M. Malyshev's House Museum, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Zaprudnenskaya Church.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Kostroma holiday maker app .

You can drive from Vladimir to Kostroma in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. In January, plan for daily highs up to -9°C, and evening lows to -15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Yaroslavl.

Things to do in Kostroma

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sumarokovskaya Elk Farm, Krasnoe Selo Jewelry and Folk Applied Arts Museum, Museum Istoricheskaya Syrovarnya
Highlights from your plan
Dom Gorodskogo Golovy Botnikova Museum ©
Museum Petrovskaya Igrushka ©
Museum Petrovskaya Igrushka

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 13th (Mon), pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Elijah the Prophet, get to know the fascinating history of Yaroslavl Embankment, contemplate the long history of Velikoselskiy Kremlin, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nikita the Martyr Church, then examine the collection at Museum of Gramophones and Phonorecords, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Resurrection Cathedral. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at House of Merchant Gorokhov, see the interesting displays at Museum of Kitchen Machinery, pause for some serene contemplation at Archangel Michael Church, pause for some serene contemplation at Nicolo-Melnitskaya Church, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Andrey Kritskiy's Church, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. John the Baptist Church.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Yaroslavl trip planner .

You can drive from Kostroma to Yaroslavl in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January in Yaroslavl, expect temperatures between -9°C during the day and -15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Sergiyev Posad.

Things to do in Yaroslavl

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Vyatskoye, Archangel Michael Church, Resurrection Cathedral, Velikoselskiy Kremlin, Museum of Gramophones and Phonorecords
Highlights from your plan
Yaroslavl Embankment ©
Yaroslavl Embankment
St. John the Baptist Church ©
St. John the Baptist Church
Museum of Kitchen Machinery ©
Museum of Kitchen Machinery

3
nights
Sergiyev Posad

Sergiyev Posad ©
Sergiyev Posad is a city and the administrative center of Sergiyevo-Posadsky District in Moscow Oblast, Russia. Appreciate the collections at Museum of Arcade Machines Retro and Museum of Manmade Jewels. Popular historic sites such as The Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra and Gefsimansky Chernigovsky Skit (convent) are in your itinerary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sergiyev Posad: Radonezh (Transfiguration Church & Tserkov' Preobrazheniya Gospodnya), Pereslavl-Zalessky (Forty Saints' Church & Nikolsky Women's Monastery) and Cathedral of the Assumption (in Stromyn). Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of the Assumption, admire the striking features of Saint Nicholas Temple, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of St. John Chrysostom Nativity.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Sergiyev Posad day trip planning website .

Traveling by train from Yaroslavl to Sergiyev Posad takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to -7°C, and evening lows to -13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can go by car to Tula.

Things to do in Sergiyev Posad

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Pereslavl-Zalessky, Aleksandrov, Radonezh, Cathedral of the Assumption, Church of St. Sergius of Radonezh
Highlights from your plan
The Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra ©
The Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra
Gefsimansky Chernigovsky Skit (convent) ©
Cathedral of the Assumption
Cathedral of the Assumption

3
nights
Tula

Tula ©
Though Tula is best known for Leo Tolstoy's country estate, the city has plenty of additional cultural and historical intrigue.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Museum-estate of Leo Tolstoy and Trinity Church. Visit Tula State Museum of Weapons and St. Elijah Church for their historical value. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tula: Museum of Russian Merchants’ Life (in Yepifan) and Polenov Residence State Museum (in Strakhovo). There's still lots to do: learn about all things military at Kulikovo field, see the interesting displays at Museum Garmoni Deda Filimona, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin, and steep yourself in history at Cathedral of the Assumption.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Tula trip planner .

You can drive from Sergiyev Posad to Tula in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Moscow.

Things to do in Tula

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Trinity Church, Polenov Residence State Museum, Museum of Russian Merchants’ Life, Yasnaya Polyana, Kulikovo field
Highlights from your plan
Yasnaya Polyana ©
Yasnaya Polyana
Kulikovo field ©
Kulikovo field
Polenov Residence State Museum ©
Polenov Residence State Museum

3
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 and learn at State Tretyakov Gallery and Armoury Chamber. Get some historical perspective at Red Square (Krasnaya Ploshchad) and Tserkov' Uspeniya Presvyatoy Bogoroditsy V Novodevich'yem Monastyre. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Moscow: Muzey tekhniki Vadima Zadorozhnogo (in Arkhangelskoye) and Church of The Holy Virgin (in Dubrovitsy). The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at St. Basil's Cathedral, steep yourself in history at Kolomenskoye Historical and Architectural Museum and Reserve, admire the masterpieces at Art Gallery of the European and American Countries of the XIX-XX centuries, and examine the collection at Tsaritsyno Museum-Reserve.

To find ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Moscow trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by train from Tula to Moscow takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. January in Moscow sees daily highs of -7°C and lows of -12°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Pskov.

Things to do in Moscow

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Muzey tekhniki Vadima Zadorozhnogo, Church of The Holy Virgin
Highlights from your plan
Red Square ©
Red Square
Moscow Kremlin
Moscow Kremlin
Saint Basil's Cathedral ©
Saint Basil's Cathedral

2
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Pskov

Pskov ©
Pskov is a city and the administrative center of Pskov Oblast, Russia, located about 20km east from the Estonian border, on the Velikaya River. On the 24th (Fri), explore the ancient world of Izborsk Fortress, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Holy Dormition Pskovo-Pechersky Monastery, then see the interesting displays at Izborsk State Museum Preserve, and finally take an in-depth tour of Spegalsky Apartment Museum. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Image of Edessa, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Trinity Cathedral, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church Reverend Alexei, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of Assumption (Paromeniye), then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Alexander Nevskiy Cathedral, and finally see the interesting displays at Railway Museum.

To see more things to do and other tourist information, go to the Pskov trip builder tool .

Getting from Moscow to Pskov by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. January in Pskov sees daily highs of -5°C and lows of -11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to drive to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Pskov

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Izborsk, The Holy Dormition Pskovo-Pechersky Monastery
Highlights from your plan
Izborsk Fortress ©
Izborsk Fortress
Holy Trinity Cathedral ©
Holy Trinity Cathedral

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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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Saint Isaac's Cathedral and Peter and Paul Fortress (Petropavlovskaya Krepost). You'll explore and learn at The State Hermitage Museum and Kazan Cathedral. There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Savior on the Spilled Blood, examine the collection at A.V. Suvorov State Memorial Museum, stroll around Catherine Palace and Park, and explore the world behind art at The General Staff Building.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our St. Petersburg trip builder tool .

Traveling by car from Pskov to St. Petersburg takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to -5°C, and evening lows to -10°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

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

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