42 days in Russia Itinerary

42 days in Russia Itinerary

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42 days in Russia Itinerary

Start: Turku
Drive:  10 h 15 min
1
Kaliningrad
— 3 nights
+3
Fly + Train + Subway + Train:  7 h 30 min
2
Tula
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 15 min
3
Moscow
— 8 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
4
Vladimir
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
5
Kostroma
— 2 nights
Drive:  5 h 30 min
6
Nizhny Novgorod
— 3 nights
Fly + Train:  4 h
7
Kazan
— 2 nights
+2
Train + Fly + Train:  6 h 15 min
8
Volgograd
— 2 nights
Fly:  9 h 30 min
9
Krasnoyarsk
— 4 nights
Fly + Bus:  9 h 45 min
10
Veliky Novgorod
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 45 min
11
St. Petersburg
— 9 nights
Fly:  6 h 30 min
End: Turku

3
nights
Kaliningrad

Kaliningrad ©
A city of science and philosophy, cosmopolitan Kaliningrad once served as a cultural hub of Germany, Poland, and Lithuania.
Change things up with a short trip to Monument to Cats in Zelenogradsk in Zelenogradsk (about 40 minutes away). Spend the 22nd (Sun) exploring nature at Kurshskaya Kosa. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at B-413 Submarine Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Konigsberg Cathedral, steep yourself in history at Fort XI Donhoff, and take a tour of Research vessel "Vityaz".

For traveler tips and tourist information, read Kaliningrad vacation builder .

Turku, Finland to Kaliningrad is an approximately 14.5-hour car ride. You can also fly. In December, daily temperatures in Kaliningrad can reach 3°C, while at night they dip to -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Vysotskiy Monastyr' (in Serpukhov) and Polenov Residence State Museum (in Strakhovo). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Tula State Museum of Weapons, examine the collection at Yasnaya Polyana, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin, and stroll around P. Belousov Central Park of Culture and Recreation.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Tula visit planner .

You can do a combination of flight and train from Kaliningrad to Tula in 7.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight, bus, and train; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Kaliningrad to Tula is 1 hour. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Moscow.

Things to do in Tula

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

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

8
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 find plenty of places to visit near Moscow: Ski Stadium Zorkiy (in Krasnogorsk), Church of The Holy Virgin (in Dubrovitsy) and FREEZONE Aerodynamic Complex (in Sharapovo). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Red Square, get engrossed in the history at Armoury Chamber, stroll around Sparrow Hills (Vorobyovy Gory), and admire the masterpieces at State Tretyakov Gallery.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Moscow day trip planning tool .

Getting from Tula to Moscow by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to -1°C, and evening lows to -5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Vladimir.

Things to do in Moscow

Museums Historic Sites Fun & Games

Side Trips

Ski Stadium Zorkiy, Church of The Holy Virgin, Savvino-Storozhevsky Monastery, FREEZONE Aerodynamic Complex
Highlights from your plan
Red Square ©
Red Square
Saint Basil's Cathedral ©
Saint Basil's Cathedral
Moscow Kremlin
Moscow 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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Assumption Cathedral, then shop like a local with Borodins' Blacksmith Shop, then engage your brain at Spoon Museum, and finally have some family-friendly fun at VR Play. On the 6th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some serene contemplation at Transfiguration Cathedral, see the interesting displays at Spaso-Evfimiyev Monastery Museum Complex, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Intercession of the Holy Virgin, and finally have some family-friendly fun at Yarko Park.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Vladimir tour itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Moscow to Vladimir in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Kostroma.

Things to do in Vladimir

Historic Sites Museums Fun & Games

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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Dom Gorodskogo Golovy Botnikova Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Resurrection Church on the Debra, and then relax in the rural setting at Sumarokovskaya Elk Farm.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Kostroma online holiday planner .

You can drive from Vladimir to Kostroma in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. In January in Kostroma, expect temperatures between -9°C during the day and -15°C at night. On the 8th (Wed), you're off toNizhny Novgorod.

Things to do in Kostroma

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

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

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: explore the historical opulence of The Kremlin, admire the striking features of State Bank, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Limpopo Zoo, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Fedorovsky Embankment.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Nizhny Novgorod online road trip planner .

You can drive from Kostroma to Nizhny Novgorod in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. January in Nizhny Novgorod sees daily highs of -8°C and lows of -15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel to Kazan.

Things to do in Nizhny Novgorod

Historic Sites Museums Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Limpopo Zoo ©
Limpopo Zoo
The Kremlin ©
The Kremlin
Fedorovsky Embankment
Fedorovsky Embankment

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 12th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kul Sharif Mosque, contemplate the long history of 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 get a taste of the local shopping with Slava Zaitsev's Art Gallery and Studio. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Annunciation Cathedral, examine the collection at Konstantin Vasiliev Museum, and then examine the collection at Museum "Tatarskaya Sloboda".

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Kazan trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Nizhny Novgorod to Kazan takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Kazan are -10°C, while nighttime lows are -17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Volgograd.

Things to do in Kazan

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Slava Zaitsev's Art Gallery and Studio ©
Kazan Kremlin ©
Kazan Kremlin
Kul Sharif Mosque ©
Kul Sharif Mosque

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 14th (Tue), contemplate the long history of The Ruins of the Mill Named after Grudinin// Gergardt, make a trip to The Eternal Flame, then pause for some photo ops at '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 next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Lotus lake and then brush up on your military savvy at State Historical and Memorial Preserve The Battle of Stalingrad.

To see other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Volgograd journey site .

Traveling by flight from Kazan to Volgograd takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Kazan in January, things will get somewhat warmer in Volgograd: highs are around -5°C and lows about -12°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel to Krasnoyarsk.

Things to do in Volgograd

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trip

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

4
nights
Krasnoyarsk

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.
Krasnoyarsk is known for nature, historic sites, museums, classes, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Stolby National Park, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catholic Cathedral of the Transfiguration, admire the local landmark of Fountain Piterskiy Mostik, and take in the awesome beauty at Torgashinskiy Range.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Krasnoyarsk driving holiday planner .

Getting from Volgograd to Krasnoyarsk by flight takes about 9.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Volgograd to Krasnoyarsk, you'll lose 4 hours due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to travel to Veliky Novgorod.

Things to do in Krasnoyarsk

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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): admire the landmark architecture of St. Sophia Cathedral, appreciate the history behind Millennium of Russia, then admire the striking features of Granovitaya Palata, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Novgorod Kremlin (Detinets). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Varlaam, then don't miss a visit to Varlaamo-Khutynsk Convent, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Tserkov' Spasa na Nereditse, and finally don't miss a visit to Novgorod Center of the Modern Art.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Veliky Novgorod itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Krasnoyarsk to Veliky Novgorod takes 10 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Krasnoyarsk Time to Moscow Standard Time is minus 4 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to catch the 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

9
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: admire the masterpieces at The State Hermitage Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Peter and Paul Fortress, get engrossed in the history at Kazan Cathedral, and see the interesting displays at Russian Museum.

To find reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our St. Petersburg trip itinerary app .

Take a train from Veliky Novgorod to St. Petersburg in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to -5°C, and evening lows to -10°C. Finish 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
The State Hermitage Museum ©
The State Hermitage Museum
Saint Isaac's Cathedral ©
Saint Isaac's Cathedral
Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood ©

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