45 days in Russia Itinerary

45 days in Russia Itinerary

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Start: Melbourne
Fly:  25 h
1
St. Petersburg
— 14 nights
Train:  3 h
2
Veliky Novgorod
— 4 nights
Fly:  6 h 15 min
3
Yaroslavl
— 5 nights
Drive:  6 h
4
Nizhny Novgorod
— 5 nights
Fly:  7 h 15 min
5
Volgograd
— 5 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
6
Moscow
— 9 nights
Fly:  22 h 30 min
End: Melbourne

14
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, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at The State Hermitage Museum, get engrossed in the history at Catherine Palace and Park, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, and explore the galleries of Saint Isaac's Cathedral.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our St. Petersburg online visit planner.

Melbourne, Australia to St. Petersburg is an approximately 26-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Melbourne to St. Petersburg is minus 7 hours. Traveling from Melbourne in June, expect St. Petersburg to be somewhat warmer, temps between 23°C and 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Veliky Novgorod.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums Parks Historic Sites
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 ©
Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood

4
nights
Veliky Novgorod

Veliky Novgorod ©
An ancient city thriving as a modern tourist destination, Veliky Novgorod rightly bills itself as the birthplace of Russia.
Change things up with these side-trips from Veliky Novgorod: Staraya Russa (Dostoevsky Memorial House Museum & Church of George Victorious). There's much more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Novgorod Kremlin (Detinets), admire the landmark architecture of Granovitaya Palata, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. George Monastery, and don't miss a visit to Varlaamo-Khutynsk Convent.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Veliky Novgorod travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from St. Petersburg to Veliky Novgorod takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll have a few hours on the 29th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Yaroslavl.

Things to do in Veliky Novgorod

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Staraya Russa, Varlaamo-Khutynsk Convent
Highlights from your plan
Vitoslavlitsy Museum ©
Vitoslavlitsy Museum
Novgorod Kremlin (Detinets) ©
Novgorod Kremlin (Detinets)
St. Sophia Cathedral ©
St. Sophia Cathedral

5
nights
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Yaroslavl: The Resurrection Church on the Debra (in Kostroma), Rostov (Yakovlevsky Savior Monastery & State Museum Preserve Rostov Kremlin) and Sumarokovskaya Elk Farm (in Sumarokovo). The adventure continues: get to know the fascinating history of Yaroslavl Embankment, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of the Assumption, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Yaroslavl Zoo, and ponder the design of Strelka Fountains.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Yaroslavl trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Veliky Novgorod to Yaroslavl takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In June, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Nizhny Novgorod.

Things to do in Yaroslavl

Historic Sites Theme Parks Parks

Side Trips

Rostov, The Resurrection Church on the Debra, Sumarokovskaya Elk Farm
Highlights from your plan
Vvedenskiy Tolga Convent ©
Vvedenskiy Tolga Convent
Yaroslavl Embankment ©
Yaroslavl Embankment
State Museum Preserve Rostov Kremlin ©
State Museum Preserve Rostov Kremlin

5
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, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Nativity of Most Holy Mother of God, get to know the resident critters at Limpopo Zoo, don't miss a visit to Chkalov Staircase, and engage your brain at Museum of Old Equipment and Tools.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Nizhny Novgorod route planner.

You can drive from Yaroslavl to Nizhny Novgorod in 6 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Nizhny Novgorod can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can travel to Volgograd.

Things to do in Nizhny Novgorod

Historic Sites Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Limpopo Zoo ©
Limpopo Zoo
The Kremlin ©
The Kremlin
Fedorovsky Embankment
Fedorovsky Embankment

5
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Volgograd: Volzhsky (City Beach & Aquapark XXI century). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to The Eternal Flame, steep yourself in history at Pavlov's House, appreciate the history behind Mamayev Kurgan, and walk around Volga-Akhtuba Floodplain Park.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Volgograd trip planner.

You can fly from Nizhny Novgorod to Volgograd in 7 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Moscow Standard Time (MSK) to Moscow Standard Time (MSK) is 1 hour. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Nizhny Novgorod in July, with highs in Volgograd at 36°C and lows at 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can travel to Moscow.

Things to do in Volgograd

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Volzhsky, Volga-Akhtuba Floodplain Park
Highlights from your plan
'The Motherland Calls' Sculpture ©
'The Motherland Calls' Sculpture
Mamayev Kurgan ©
Mamayev Kurgan

9
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Moscow: Church of The Holy Virgin (in Dubrovitsy), FREEZONE Aerodynamic Complex (in Sharapovo) and Muzey tekhniki Vadima Zadorozhnogo (in Arkhangelskoye). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Red Square, walk around Sparrow Hills (Vorobyovy Gory), explore the different monuments and memorials at Tserkov' Uspeniya Presvyatoy Bogoroditsy V Novodevich'yem Monastyre, and explore the world behind art at Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Moscow travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Volgograd to Moscow takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Volgograd to Moscow is minus 1 hour. In July, Moscow is little chillier than Volgograd - with highs of 27°C and lows of 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Moscow

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Church of The Holy Virgin, Muzey tekhniki Vadima Zadorozhnogo, FREEZONE Aerodynamic Complex, Savvino-Storozhevsky Monastery
Highlights from your plan
Red Square ©
Red Square
Saint Basil's Cathedral ©
Saint Basil's Cathedral
Moscow Kremlin
Moscow Kremlin

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