36 days in Russia Itinerary

36 days in Russia Itinerary

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Start: San Francisco
+2
Fly + Bus + Train:  18 h 45 min
1
St. Petersburg
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h
2
Vyborg
— 2 nights
Drive:  5 h 15 min
3
Veliky Novgorod
— 5 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
4
Pskov
— 3 nights
Drive:  5 h 15 min
5
Kaliningrad
— 2 nights
Fly:  7 h 15 min
6
Gelendzhik
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h
7
Moscow
— 4 nights
Train:  3 h 15 min
8
Rostov
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
9
Suzdal
— 3 nights
Taxi + Train:  3 h 45 min
10
Nizhny Novgorod
— 2 nights
Fly:  13 h 45 min
11
Vladivostok
— 3 nights
Fly:  18 h 45 min
End: San Francisco

4
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at The State Hermitage Museum and Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood. Step off the beaten path and head to Pavlovsk State Museum and Peter and Paul Cathedral. There's much more to do: examine the collection at Saint Isaac's Cathedral, snap pictures at Palace Bridge, steep yourself in history at Memorial Sign Strelka Of Vasilievskiy Island, and don't miss a visit to Bronze Horseman, Monument To Peter I.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the St. Petersburg tour planner.

San Francisco, USA to St. Petersburg is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also fly. Traveling from San Francisco to St. Petersburg, you'll lose 11 hours due to the time zone difference. In June in St. Petersburg, expect temperatures between 68°F during the day and 53°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Vyborg.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

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

2
nights
Vyborg

Vyborg ©
Vyborg, a town and the administrative center of Vyborgsky District in Leningrad Oblast, Russia, lies on the Karelian Isthmus near the head of the Vyborg Bay, 130km to the northwest of St. On the 20th (Wed), make a trip to Historical-Cultural Center Varyazhskiy Dvor, walk around Monrepos Park, Historical, Architectural and Natural Museum Preserve, pause for some photo ops at Statue of Torkel Knutsson, thencontemplate the long history of Vyborg Castle, and finally contemplate the long history of Byurger Estate.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Vyborg road trip planning tool.

You can drive from St. Petersburg to Vyborg in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Veliky Novgorod.

Things to do in Vyborg

Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan

5
nights
Veliky Novgorod

Veliky Novgorod ©
An ancient city thriving as a modern tourist destination, Veliky Novgorod rightly bills itself as the birthplace of Russia.
Visit Novgorod Kremlin (Detinets) and Yaroslav’s Courtyard for their historical value. Step off the beaten path and head to St. George Monastery and St. Sophia Cathedral. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Veliky Novgorod: Staraya Russa (Church of George Victorious, Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ, &more). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Vitoslavlitsy Museum, kick back and relax at Kremlevskiy Beach, pause for some serene contemplation at Tserkov' Spasa na Nereditse, and appreciate the history behind Millennium of Russia.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Veliky Novgorod trip tool.

Traveling by car from Vyborg to Veliky Novgorod takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can go by car to Pskov.

Things to do in Veliky Novgorod

Historic Sites Museums Beaches

Side Trip

Staraya Russa
Highlights from your plan
Novgorod Kremlin (Detinets) ©
Novgorod Kremlin (Detinets)
Yaroslav’s Courtyard ©
Yaroslav’s Courtyard
St. George Monastery ©
St. George Monastery

3
nights
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. Get some cultural insight at The Holy Dormition Pskovo-Pechersky Monastery and Holy Trinity Cathedral. Discover out-of-the-way places like Izborsk Fortress and Basil Church on the Hill. Take a break from Pskov with a short trip to Izborsk State Museum Preserve in Izborsk, about 32 minutes away. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Pskov Kreml/ Krom, pause for some serene contemplation at Pokrova and Rozhdestva ot Proloma Church, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of Assumption (Paromeniye), and go for a walk through Olginskaya Chapel And Viewing Point.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Pskov sightseeing planning site.

Getting from Veliky Novgorod to Pskov by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In June, daily temperatures in Pskov can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Kaliningrad.

Things to do in Pskov

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

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

2
nights
Kaliningrad

Kaliningrad ©
A city of science and philosophy, cosmopolitan Kaliningrad once served as a cultural hub of Germany, Poland, and Lithuania.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Fri): admire the masterpieces at German Brakhert's House Museum and then enjoy the sand and surf at Beach Promenade. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Sat): examine the collection at B-413 Submarine Museum, engage your brain at Museum of the World Ocean, examine the collection at Amber Museum, pause for some photo ops at Immanuel Kant's Grave, thentake in the architecture and atmosphere at Konigsberg Cathedral, and finally don't miss a visit to Fishing Village.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Kaliningrad day trip planning tool.

You can drive from Pskov to Kaliningrad in 9.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Pskov to Kaliningrad. In June, daytime highs in Kaliningrad are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. You will leave for Gelendzhik on the 1st (Sun).

Things to do in Kaliningrad

Museums Beaches Parks

Side Trips

German Brakhert's House Museum, Beach Promenade
Highlights from your plan
Beach Promenade ©
Beach Promenade
Konigsberg Cathedral ©
Konigsberg Cathedral
B-413 Submarine Museum ©
B-413 Submarine Museum

3
nights
Gelendzhik

Gelendzhik ©
Situated along a Black Sea bay, the town of Gelendzhik is one of Russia's most popular summer destinations.
Get a sense of the local culture at Dolmens and The Storm Gates. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Safari Park and White Bride Sculpture. Venture out of the city with trips to Abrau-Durso (Durso Beach & Abrau-Dyurso Zavod Shampanskikh Vin). There's more to do: take in the pleasant sights at Gelendzhik Embankment.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Gelendzhik trip itinerary site.

Traveling by flight from Kaliningrad to Gelendzhik takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Kaliningrad to Gelendzhik. Traveling from Kaliningrad in July, expect Gelendzhik to be a bit warmer, temps between 84°F and 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Moscow.

Things to do in Gelendzhik

Theme Parks Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Vozrozhdeniye, Novorossiysk
Highlights from your plan
Safari Park ©
Safari Park
Abrau-Dyurso Zavod Shampanskikh Vin ©
Abrau-Dyurso Zavod Shampanskikh Vin
Durso Beach ©
Durso Beach

4
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 some cultural insight at Red Square and Kolomenskoye Historical and Architectural Museum and Reserve. Visit Saint Basil's Cathedral and Tserkov' Uspeniya Presvyatoy Bogoroditsy V Novodevich'yem Monastyre for their historical value. When in Moscow, make a side trip to see The Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra in Sergiyev Posad, approximately Sergiyev Posad away. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Kremlin Walls and Towers, explore the world behind art at State Tretyakov Gallery, admire the striking features of Lenin's Mausoleum, and walk around Gorky Central Park of Culture and Leisure.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Moscow online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Gelendzhik to Moscow takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Gelendzhik in July, with highs in Moscow at 74°F and lows at 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Rostov.

Things to do in Moscow

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

The Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra
Highlights from your plan
The Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra ©
The Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra
Red Square ©
Red Square

2
nights
Rostov

Rostov ©
Rostov is a town in Yaroslavl Oblast, Russia, one of the oldest in the country and a tourist center of the Golden Ring. Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Assumption Cathedral, examine the collection at State Museum Preserve Rostov Kremlin, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. John the Evangelist, thenpause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Saviour on Anteroom, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Yakovlevsky Savior Monastery. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Krestobogorodskaya Church, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Elijah the Prophet, thenappreciate the extensive heritage of Yaroslavl Embankment, and finally examine the collection at Private Museum Music and Time.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Rostov trip planner.

Take a train from Moscow to Rostov in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In July in Rostov, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 59°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Suzdal.

Things to do in Rostov

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Yaroslavl, Pereslavl-Zalessky
Highlights from your plan
State Museum Preserve Rostov Kremlin ©
State Museum Preserve Rostov Kremlin
Yaroslavl Embankment ©
Yaroslavl Embankment
Yakovlevsky Savior Monastery ©
Yakovlevsky Savior Monastery

3
nights
Suzdal

Suzdal ©
One of Russia's oldest settlements, the small town of Suzdal boasts nearly a thousand years of history.
Popular historic sites such as Holy Assumption Cathedral and Church of the Intercession of the Holy Virgin are in your itinerary. Explore hidden gems such as Museum of Wooden Architecture and Spaso-Evfimiyev Monastery Museum Complex. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Suzdal: Church of The Transfiguration (in Goritsy) and Vladimir (Cathedral of Saint Demetrius, Vodonapornaya Bashnya Museum, &more). There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Suzdal Kremlin, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of The Nativity, and examine the collection at The Convent of the Intercession (Pokrovsky Monastery).

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Suzdal trip maker tool.

Getting from Rostov to Suzdal by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. On the 13th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Nizhny Novgorod.

Things to do in Suzdal

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

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

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 14th (Sat): get to know the fascinating history of Fedorovsky Embankment, thendon't miss a visit to Bolshaia Pokrovskaia Street, thenexplore the historical opulence of The Kremlin, and finally make a trip to Chkalov Staircase.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Nizhny Novgorod trip maker.

You can do a combination of taxi and train from Suzdal to Nizhny Novgorod in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In July, daytime highs in Nizhny Novgorod are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel to Vladivostok.

Things to do in Nizhny Novgorod

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Fedorovsky Embankment
Fedorovsky Embankment
The Kremlin ©
The Kremlin
Bolshaia Pokrovskaia Street ©
Bolshaia Pokrovskaia Street

3
nights
Vladivostok

Vladivostok ©
Often compared to San Francisco and Naples, the sprawling eastern city of Vladivostok serves as the largest Russian port on the Pacific Ocean.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Tokarevskiy mayak and Vladivostok Fortress. Get some cultural insight at Nikolai's Triumphal Arch/ Arch of Prince Nicholas and S-56 Submarine Museum. The adventure continues: snap pictures at Russky Bridge, head off the coast to Russian Island, enjoy the sand and surf at Astafyev's Bay, and make a trip to Tsesarevich Embankment.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Vladivostok travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Nizhny Novgorod to Vladivostok takes 15.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Nizhny Novgorod to Vladivostok, you'll lose 7 hours due to the time zone difference. In July in Vladivostok, expect temperatures between 76°F during the day and 61°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Vladivostok

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Astafyev's Bay ©
Astafyev's Bay
S-56 Submarine Museum ©
S-56 Submarine Museum

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