41 days in Russia & Ulaanbaatar Itinerary

41 days in Russia & Ulaanbaatar Itinerary

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41 days in Russia & Ulaanbaatar Itinerary

Start: Limoges, France
Fly:  15 h 15 min
1
Moscow, Russia
— 8 nights
Train:  13 h 30 min
2
Kazan, Russia
— 7 nights
Train:  34 h
3
Novosibirsk, Russia
— 6 nights
Train:  27 h
4
Irkutsk, Russia
— 6 nights
Train:  22 h 45 min
5
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
— 6 nights
Fly:  23 h 45 min
End: Limoges, France

8
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Moscow side-trips: Kolomna (Museum of Russian Marshmallow, Kolomna Kremlin, & more), FREEZONE Aerodynamic Complex (in Sharapovo) and The Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra (in Sergiyev Posad). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Red Square, admire the masterpieces at Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, stroll the grounds of Tserkov' Uspeniya Presvyatoy Bogoroditsy V Novodevich'yem Monastyre, and see the interesting displays at Moscow Kremlin (Moskovsky Kreml).

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

Limoges, France to Moscow is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from Limoges to Moscow. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Limoges in January; daily highs in Moscow reach -7°C and lows reach -12°C. You will leave for Kazan on the 14th (Tue).

Things to do in Moscow

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Kolomna, FREEZONE Aerodynamic Complex, The Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra
Highlights from your plan
Red Square ©
Red Square
State Tretyakov Gallery ©
State Tretyakov Gallery
Moscow Kremlin
Moscow Kremlin

7
nights
Kazan, Russia

Kazan ©
The heart of Tatar culture, Kazan carries the epithet of the "Third Capital of Russia" because of its rich history and thriving economy.
Get out of town with these interesting Kazan side-trips: Zelenodolsk (Zelenodolsk Railway Bridge & Sport Complex Mayak), Sviyazhsk (Holy Trinity Church, The Temple in Honor of Saints Constantine and His Mother Helena, & more) and Trinity Cathedral (in Raifa). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Kazan Kremlin, wander the streets of Bauman Street (Kazansky Arbat), take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of the Apostles Peter and Paul, and see the interesting displays at Konstantin Vasiliev Museum.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Kazan trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Moscow to Kazan takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Moscow in January, things will get little chillier in Kazan: highs are around -10°C and lows about -17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Novosibirsk.

Things to do in Kazan

Historic Sites Museums Fun & Games

Side Trips

Sviyazhsk, Zelenodolsk, Trinity Cathedral
Highlights from your plan
Kazan Kremlin ©
Kazan Kremlin
Kul Sharif Mosque ©
Kul Sharif Mosque
Bauman Street (Kazansky Arbat) ©
Bauman Street (Kazansky Arbat)

6
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Novosibirsk: Iskitim (Abandoned Marble Quarry & Holy Spring). There's lots more to do: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Novosibirsk Zoo, don't miss a visit to Fine Art City Centre, appreciate the history behind Monument Electrician, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Church of St. Nicholas Martyr.

For ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Novosibirsk trip builder .

Traveling by flight from Kazan to Novosibirsk takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone changes from Moscow Standard Time to Novosibirsk Time, which is usually a 4 hour difference. Traveling from Kazan in January, things will get little chillier in Novosibirsk: highs are around -15°C and lows about -24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can travel to Irkutsk.

Things to do in Novosibirsk

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Iskitim
Highlights from your plan
Museum of The Sun ©
Museum of The Sun
Novosibirsk Zoo ©
Novosibirsk Zoo
Spas

6
nights
Irkutsk, Russia

Irkutsk ©
The most popular stop on the Trans-Siberian railway, Irkutsk gained fame as the cultural center of Decembrist exiles.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Irkutsk: Taltsy Museum (in Taltsy), Baikal Limnological Museum (in Listvyanka) and Angarsk (Art Center & Victory Museum). There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Lake Baikal, make a trip to 130 Kvartal, see the interesting displays at Museum of Medicinal Herbs and Minerals, and Head underground at Cape Skriper.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Irkutsk trip maker tool .

Traveling by flight from Novosibirsk to Irkutsk takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Novosibirsk to Irkutsk, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In January, daytime highs in Irkutsk are -15°C, while nighttime lows are -27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to travel to Ulaanbaatar.

Things to do in Irkutsk

Museums Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Angarsk, Baikal Museum, Taltsy Museum, Cape Skriper, Lake Baikal
Highlights from your plan
Baikal Museum ©
Baikal Museum
Lake Baikal ©
Lake Baikal
130 Kvartal ©
130 Kvartal

6
nights
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Ulaanbaatar ©
The capital and largest city in the country, Ulaanbaatar stands as Mongolia's transport, cultural, and commercial hub.
Ulaanbaatar is known for museums, nature, shopping, nightlife, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Gorkhi-Terelj National Park, stop by Mongolian Quilting Centre, admire the landmark architecture of Gandantegchenling Monastery, and take in the awesome beauty at Four Holy Peaks.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Ulaanbaatar trip builder site .

You can fly from Irkutsk to Ulaanbaatar in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Irkutsk in February, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Ulaanbaatar, with lows of -32°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Ulaanbaatar

Museums Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Choijin Lama Temple Museum ©
Choijin Lama Temple Museum
Gorkhi-Terelj National Park ©
Gorkhi-Terelj National Park
Gandantegchenling Monastery ©
Gandantegchenling Monastery

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