32 days in Russia, China & Ulaanbaatar Itinerary

32 days in Russia, China & Ulaanbaatar Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Moscow, Russia
— 5 nights
2
Vladimir, Russia
— 2 nights
3
Yekaterinburg, Russia
— 4 nights
4
Novosibirsk, Russia
— 2 nights
5
Krasnoyarsk, Russia
— 3 nights
6
Irkutsk, Russia
— 4 nights
7
Ulan-Ude, Russia
— 2 nights
8
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
— 2 nights
9
Datong, China
— 2 nights
10
Beijing, China
— 2 nights


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5
nights
Moscow, Russia

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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Izmailovsky Market, Moscow Hermitage Garden, Tomb of Unknown Soldier, and other attractions. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Moscow Kremlin, don't miss a visit to Lenin's Mausoleum, explore the world behind art at Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, and walk around Gorky Central Park of Culture and Leisure.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Moscow trip website.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major aiports are Sheremetyevo International Airport, Domodedovo International Airport, Ostafyevo International Airport, Vnukovo International Airport and Zhukovsky International Airport. In May, daily temperatures in Moscow can reach 66°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Vladimir.

Things to do in Moscow

Museums · Parks · Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Moscow Kremlin
Moscow Kremlin
Moscow Metro ©
Moscow Metro
Lenin's Mausoleum ©
Lenin's Mausoleum

2
nights
Vladimir, Russia

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.
Suzdal Kremlin has been added to your itinerary. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Borodins' Blacksmith Shop, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Intercession of the Holy Virgin, get engrossed in the history at Vladimir Suzdal Museum Reserve, and appreciate the history behind Sculpture Artist.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Vladimir trip planning site.

Take a train from Moscow to Vladimir in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to travel to Yekaterinburg.

Things to do in Vladimir

Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

4
nights
Yekaterinburg, Russia

Yekaterinburg ©
Located at the meeting point of two continents, Yekaterinburg serves as the cultural capital of the Urals region.
Yekaterinburg is known for museums, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy breathtaking views from Visotsky Business Center Lookout, make a trip to Ganina Yama Monastery, see the interesting displays at Nevyanskaya Icon Museum, and contemplate the long history of Church on the Blood.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Yekaterinburg vacation planner.

You can fly from Vladimir to Yekaterinburg in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Vladimir to Yekaterinburg, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. In May in Yekaterinburg, expect temperatures between 65°F during the day and 41°F at night. You will leave for Novosibirsk on the 18th (Mon).

Things to do in Yekaterinburg

Nature · Parks · Museums
Highlights from your plan
Visotsky Business Center Lookout ©
Visotsky Business Center Lookout
Ganina Yama Monastery ©
Ganina Yama Monastery

2
nights
Novosibirsk, Russia

Novosibirsk ©
Situated in Siberia's southwestern portion, Novosibirsk developed into a major urban center in the last decade of the 19th century, when it became a convenient pit stop for railway travelers making the epic trans-Siberian journey.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Tue): examine the collection at Novosibirsk Museum of the Railway Technology, pause for some serene contemplation at Chapel of St. Nicholas, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Novosibirsk Zoo, and finally appreciate the history behind Glory monument. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some photo ops at Signalers Alley Named after A.I. Nikulin, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Alexandre Nevsky Cathedral (Sobor Alexandra Nevskogo), then appreciate the extensive heritage of The Lenina Square, then find something for the whole family at Wonder Park Galileo, and finally see the interesting displays at Children and Youth Centre Planetarium.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Novosibirsk trip itinerary planning site.

You can fly from Yekaterinburg to Novosibirsk in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. The time zone changes from Yekaterinburg Standard Time to Novosibirsk Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to travel to Krasnoyarsk.

Things to do in Novosibirsk

Museums · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Chapel of St. Nicholas ©
Chapel of St. Nicholas
Glory monument ©
Glory monument
Novosibirsk Zoo ©
Novosibirsk Zoo

3
nights
Krasnoyarsk, Russia

Krasnoyarsk ©
Famed for its scenic location, Krasnoyarsk so impressed author Anton Chekhov that he considered it Siberia's most appealing city, describing it as a "picturesque, cultured town." A convenient pit stop for passengers making the trans-Siberian journey, the city serves as the country's major railway junction halfway between Moscow and Vladivostok.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): explore the activities along Enisey River and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Stolby National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Roev Ruchey Zoo, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Paraskeva Pyatnitsa Chapel, and finally let little ones run wild at Tatyshev Island.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Krasnoyarsk online tour planner.

Traveling by flight from Novosibirsk to Krasnoyarsk takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can travel to Irkutsk.

Things to do in Krasnoyarsk

Parks · Nature · Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Stolby National Park ©
Stolby National Park
Tatyshev Island ©
Tatyshev Island
Enisey River ©
Enisey River

4
nights
Irkutsk, Russia

Irkutsk ©
The most popular stop on the Trans-Siberian railway, Irkutsk gained fame as the cultural center of Decembrist exiles.
Venture out of the city with trips to Listvyanka (Baikal Museum & Nerpinary) and Taltsy Museum (in Taltsy). There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Lake Baikal, pause for some photo ops at Monument to The Dog, make a trip to Monument to Admiral Alexander Kolchak, and pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of the Kazan Icon of the Mother of God.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Irkutsk road trip planning website.

You can fly from Krasnoyarsk to Irkutsk in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Krasnoyarsk to Irkutsk. May in Irkutsk sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 37°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Ulan-Ude.

Things to do in Irkutsk

Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Listvyanka, Lake Baikal, Taltsy Museum
Highlights from your plan
Lake Baikal ©
Lake Baikal
130 Kvartal ©
130 Kvartal
Taltsy Museum ©
Taltsy Museum

2
nights
Ulan-Ude, Russia

Ulan-Ude ©
Ulan-Ude is the capital city of the Republic of Buryatia, Russia; it is located about 100km southeast of Lake Baikal on the Uda River at its confluence with the Selenga. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Fri): make a trip to Monument to Lenin, admire the striking features of Datsan Rinpoche Bagsha, then take in the pleasant sights at Arbat, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ivolginsk Datsan (Buddhist Monastery).

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Ulan-Ude planner.

Traveling by car from Irkutsk to Ulan-Ude takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Ulan-Ude can reach 63°F, while at night they dip to 38°F. On the 30th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Ulaanbaatar.

Things to do in Ulan-Ude

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Ivolginsk Datsan (Buddhist Monastery)
Highlights from your plan
Datsan Rinpoche Bagsha ©
Datsan Rinpoche Bagsha
Ivolginsk Datsan (Buddhist Monastery) ©
Ivolginsk Datsan (Buddhist Monastery)

2
nights
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Ulaanbaatar ©
The capital and largest city in the country, Ulaanbaatar stands as Mongolia's transport, cultural, and commercial hub.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Gorkhi-Terelj National Park and then explore the striking landscape of Hustai National Park. On the 1st (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of National History Museum and then appreciate the history behind Genghis Khan Square.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Ulaanbaatar tour builder tool.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Ulan-Ude to Ulaanbaatar. Expect a daytime high around 62°F in May, and nighttime lows around 36°F. On the 1st (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Datong.

Things to do in Ulaanbaatar

Nature · Parks · Museums
Highlights from your plan
Gorkhi-Terelj National Park ©
Gorkhi-Terelj National Park
Genghis Khan Square ©
Genghis Khan Square
National History Museum ©
National History Museum

2
nights
Datong, China

Datong ©
The old city of Datong has an interesting and complicated history of development, sacking, and rebuilding.
When in Datong, make a side trip to see Mount Hengshan Scenic Spot in Hunyuan County, approximately Hunyuan County away. There's lots more to do: admire the striking features of Hengshan Hanging Temple (Xuankong si), contemplate the long history of Datong City Walls, Head underground at Yungang Grottoes, and see the interesting displays at Chinese Sculpture Museum.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Datong travel itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Ulaanbaatar to Datong. While traveling from Ulaanbaatar, expect a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in Datong, ranging from highs of 80°F to lows of 80°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to drive to Beijing.

Things to do in Datong

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Mount Hengshan Scenic Spot
Highlights from your plan
Hengshan Hanging Temple (Xuankong si) ©
Hengshan Hanging Temple (Xuankong si)
Huayan Temple of Datong ©
Huayan Temple of Datong
Yungang Grottoes ©
Yungang Grottoes

2
nights
Beijing, China

Beijing
As the political and cultural capital of China, Beijing stands at the heart of Chinese history, buzzing with the energy of its high population density and centuries of importance.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): make a trip to Tiananmen Square (Tiananmen Guangchang) and then don't miss a visit to Mutianyu Great Wall. On the next day, ponder the world of politics at Temple of Heaven and then explore the galleries of The Palace Museum.

To see other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Beijing itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Datong to Beijing takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Datong in June: highs in Beijing hover around 88°F, while lows dip to 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Beijing

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Mutianyu Great Wall
Mutianyu Great Wall
The Palace Museum ©
The Palace Museum
Temple of Heaven ©
Temple of Heaven

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