34 days in Russia Itinerary

34 days in Russia Itinerary

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34 days in Russia Itinerary

Start: New Delhi
Fly:  12​h 30​min
1
Volgograd
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
2
Kazan
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
3
Nizhny Novgorod
— 3 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
— 1 night
Fly + Bus:  5​h 30​min
7
Veliky Novgorod
— 2 nights
Train:  2​h 45​min
8
St. Petersburg
— 7 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
9
Kaliningrad
— 3 nights
+3
Fly + Train + Subway + Train:  7​h 30​min
10
Tula
— 2 nights
Train:  2​h 15​min
11
Moscow
— 6 nights
Fly:  9​h 15​min
End: New Delhi

2
nights
Volgograd

Volgograd ©
The setting of some of the bloodiest battles of World War II, the vast city of Volgograd sits on the banks of the Volga River in the southern section of the country.
On the 6th (Fri), contemplate the long history of The Ruins of the Mill Named after Grudinin// Gergardt, don't miss a visit to The Eternal Flame, then appreciate the history behind 'The Motherland Calls' Sculpture, then appreciate the history behind Mamayev Kurgan, and finally make a trip to Hall of Military Glory. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Sat): contemplate the waterfront views at Lotus lake and then learn about all things military at State Historical and Memorial Preserve The Battle of Stalingrad.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Volgograd itinerary site .

New Delhi, India to Volgograd is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from New Delhi to Volgograd. In December, Volgograd is colder than New Delhi - with highs of -1°C and lows of -7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to travel to Kazan.

Things to do in Volgograd

Museums Nature Parks

Side Trip

Lotus lake
Highlights from your plan
'The Motherland Calls' Sculpture ©
Mamayev Kurgan ©
Mamayev Kurgan

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 8th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kul Sharif Mosque, steep yourself in history at Kazan Kremlin, see the interesting displays at Natural History of Tatarstan Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of the Apostles Peter and Paul, and finally admire the masterpieces at Slava Zaitsev's Art Gallery and Studio. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Annunciation Cathedral, examine the collection at Konstantin Vasiliev Museum, and then examine the collection at Museum "Tatarskaya Sloboda".

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Kazan trip site .

Traveling by flight from Volgograd to Kazan takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Volgograd in December, expect Kazan to be little chillier, temps between -5°C and -11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can travel to Nizhny Novgorod.

Things to do in Kazan

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Kazan Kremlin ©
Kazan Kremlin
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: step into the grandiose world of The Kremlin, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of St. Alexander Nevskiy, admire the landmark architecture of State Bank, and take in the pleasant sights at Rozhdestvenskaya Street.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Nizhny Novgorod road trip planning app .

Traveling by flight from Kazan to Nizhny Novgorod takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December in Nizhny Novgorod, expect temperatures between -2°C during the day and -7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to take a train to Vladimir.

Things to do in Nizhny Novgorod

Historic Sites Museums Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Limpopo Zoo ©
Limpopo Zoo
The Kremlin ©
The Kremlin
Rozhdestvenskaya Street ©
Rozhdestvenskaya Street

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 13th (Fri), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Assumption Cathedral, then make a trip to Borodins' Blacksmith Shop, then explore the engaging exhibits at Spoon Museum, and finally examine the collection at Vodonapornaya Bashnya Museum. On the next day, get your game on at Yarko Park, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Intercession of the Holy Virgin, then examine the collection at Spaso-Evfimiyev Monastery Museum Complex, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Transfiguration Cathedral.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Vladimir trip maker tool .

Getting from Nizhny Novgorod to Vladimir by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Kostroma.

Things to do in Vladimir

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Suzdal, Church of the Intercession of the Holy Virgin
Highlights from your plan
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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Dom Gorodskogo Golovy Botnikova Museum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Resurrection Church on the Debra, and then experience rural life at Sumarokovskaya Elk Farm.

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

Getting from Vladimir to Kostroma by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Kostroma can reach -1°C, while at night they dip to -5°C. On the 16th (Mon), you're off toYaroslavl.

Things to do in Kostroma

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Sumarokovskaya Elk Farm
Highlights from your plan
Dom Gorodskogo Golovy Botnikova Museum ©

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): make a trip to Vvedenskiy Tolga Convent, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. John the Baptist Church, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Yaroslavl Embankment.

To see more things to do and more tourist information, read Yaroslavl day trip website .

Traveling by car from Kostroma to Yaroslavl takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Yaroslavl are -1°C, while nighttime lows are -5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel to Veliky Novgorod.

Things to do in Yaroslavl

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Yaroslavl Embankment ©
Yaroslavl Embankment
Vvedenskiy Tolga Convent ©
Vvedenskiy Tolga Convent
St. John the Baptist Church ©
St. John the Baptist Church

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.
On the 18th (Wed), admire the striking features of St. Sophia Cathedral, then appreciate the history behind Millennium of Russia, then admire the striking features 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 19th (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. Varlaam, then make a trip to Varlaamo-Khutynsk Convent, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Tserkov' Spasa na Nereditse, and finally make a trip to Novgorod Center of the Modern Art.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Veliky Novgorod trip simple and quick.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Yaroslavl to Veliky Novgorod takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Veliky Novgorod

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Khutyn
Highlights from your plan
Novgorod Kremlin (Detinets) ©
Novgorod Kremlin (Detinets)
Millennium of Russia
Millennium of Russia
St. Sophia Cathedral ©
St. Sophia Cathedral

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, parks, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at The State Hermitage Museum, examine the collection at Russian Museum, head off the coast to Yelagin Island, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Savior on the Spilled Blood.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our St. Petersburg trip itinerary planning website .

You can take a train from Veliky Novgorod to St. Petersburg in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. December in St. Petersburg sees daily highs of 1°C and lows of -3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough 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.
Go for a jaunt from Kaliningrad to Zelenogradsk to see Monument to Cats in Zelenogradsk about 40 minutes away. Spend the 27th (Fri) exploring nature at Kurshskaya Kosa. There's lots more to do: examine the collection at B-413 Submarine Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Christ the Savior, make a trip to Fort XI Donhoff, and take a tour of Research vessel "Vityaz".

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Kaliningrad day trip website .

Traveling by flight from St. Petersburg to Kaliningrad takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from St. Petersburg to Kaliningrad is minus 1 hour. In December, daytime highs in Kaliningrad are 3°C, while nighttime lows are -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Tula.

Things to do in Kaliningrad

Historic Sites Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Monument to Cats in Zelenogradsk
Highlights from your plan
Cathedral of Christ the Savior ©
Cathedral of Christ the Savior
Kurshskaya Kosa ©
Kurshskaya Kosa
B-413 Submarine Museum ©
B-413 Submarine Museum

2
nights
Tula

Tula ©
Though Tula is best known for Leo Tolstoy's country estate, the city has plenty of additional cultural and historical intrigue.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tula: Vysotskiy Monastyr' (in Serpukhov) and Polenov Residence State Museum (in Strakhovo). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Tula State Museum of Weapons, stroll around P. Belousov Central Park of Culture and Recreation, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin, and examine the collection at Kulikovo field.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Tula holiday tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Kaliningrad to Tula takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time to Moscow Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can catch the train to Moscow.

Things to do in Tula

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Yasnaya Polyana, Polenov Residence State Museum, Vysotskiy Monastyr', Kulikovo field
Highlights from your plan
Yasnaya Polyana ©
Yasnaya Polyana
Kulikovo field ©
Kulikovo field
Vysotskiy Monastyr' ©
Vysotskiy Monastyr'

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Moscow: Church of The Holy Virgin (in Dubrovitsy) and FREEZONE Aerodynamic Complex (in Sharapovo). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Red Square, walk around Sparrow Hills (Vorobyovy Gory), take an in-depth tour of Armoury Chamber, and explore the world behind art at State Tretyakov Gallery.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Moscow travel route planner.

Getting from Tula to Moscow by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to -7°C, and evening lows to -12°C. On the 7th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Moscow

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Church of The Holy Virgin, FREEZONE Aerodynamic Complex
Highlights from your plan
Red Square ©
Red Square
Saint Basil's Cathedral ©
Saint Basil's Cathedral
Moscow Kremlin
Moscow Kremlin

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