51 days in Bolgar & Central Russia Itinerary

51 days in Bolgar & Central Russia Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Yekaterinburg
Fly + Drive:  8 h
1
Bolgar
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  7 h 45 min
2
Kostroma
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Yaroslavl
— 6 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
4
Uglich
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
5
Pereslavl-Zalessky
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h
6
Vladimir
— 6 nights
Drive:  2 h
7
Murom
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
8
Ryazan
— 6 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
9
Kaluga
— 6 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
10
Moscow
— 6 nights
+3
Train + Fly + Foot + Bus:  5 h 15 min
End: Yekaterinburg

1
night
Bolgar

Bolgar
Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): admire the striking features of Memorial to Adoption of Islam and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Bolgar Mosque.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Bolgar day trip planning site.

Yekaterinburg to Bolgar is an approximately 8- hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Yekaterinburg Standard Time (YEKT) to Moscow Standard Time (MSK) is minus 2 hours. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Bolgar when traveling from Yekaterinburg in June, with lows around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Kostroma.

Things to do in Bolgar

Historic Sites Museums

5
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Resurrection Church on the Debra and Landscape Museum. Step off the beaten path and head to Mountain Levitan and Fire Tower. Get out of town with these interesting Kostroma side-trips: Temple of the Icon of Mother of God of All the Afflicted (in Furmanov), Ples (Provincial ARTgallery-M, Church of the Resurrection, &more) and Epiphany Church (in Nerekhta). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Dom Gorodskogo Golovy Botnikova Museum, experience rural life at Sumarokovskaya Elk Farm, pause for some serene contemplation at Epiphany Monastery of St. Anastasia, and appreciate the history behind Monument to the Dog.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Kostroma day trip planning site.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Bolgar to Kostroma. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Bolgar in June: highs in Kostroma hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Yaroslavl.

Things to do in Kostroma

Museums Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Ples, Ivanovo, Temple of the Icon of Mother of God of All the Afflicted, Sumarokovskaya Elk Farm, Epiphany Church
Highlights from your plan
The Resurrection Church on the Debra
The Resurrection Church on the Debra
Dom Gorodskogo Golovy Botnikova Museum ©
Dom Gorodskogo Golovy Botnikova Museum
Epiphany Monastery of St. Anastasia
Epiphany Monastery of St. Anastasia

6
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.
Yakovlevsky Savior Monastery and St. John the Baptist Church will appeal to history buffs. Spassky (St Saviour) Monastery and Resurrection Cathedral are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Yaroslavl: Boris and Gleb Monastery (in Borisoglebsky) and Rostov (The Varnitsky Trinity Monastery of St. Sergius, Monastery of St Avraam, &more). The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Epiphany Church, see the interesting displays at Yaroslavl Architectural Historical and Art Museum Preserve, get to know the fascinating history of Yaroslavl Embankment, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Yaroslavl Zoo.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Yaroslavl route planner.

Traveling by car from Kostroma to Yaroslavl takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. July in Yaroslavl sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Uglich.

Things to do in Yaroslavl

Museums Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Rostov, Boris and Gleb Monastery, Resurrection Cathedral
Highlights from your plan
Yakovlevsky Savior Monastery ©
Yakovlevsky Savior Monastery
St. John the Baptist Church ©
St. John the Baptist Church

4
nights
Uglich

Uglich
Uglich is a historic town in Yaroslavl Oblast, Russia, which stands on the Volga River. Discover out-of-the-way places like Uglich Kremlin and Church of Tsarevich Demetrius on the Blood. Get some cultural insight at Transfiguration Cathedral and Petr Smirnov Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Uglich: Myshkin (Victory Memorial & Museum of Russian Valenki), Kalyazin (Church of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin & Nikolsky Cathedral Bell Tower) and Resurrection Cathedral (in Kashin). There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Resurrection Monastery, make a trip to Church of Prince Dimitriy Na Pole, see the interesting displays at Bicycle Museum, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of The Holy Martyrs Florus and Laurus.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Uglich online route planner.

Traveling by car from Yaroslavl to Uglich takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can go by car to Pereslavl-Zalessky.

Things to do in Uglich

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Myshkin, Kalyazin, Resurrection Cathedral
Highlights from your plan
Transfiguration Cathedral
Transfiguration Cathedral
Uglich Kremlin ©
Uglich Kremlin
Bicycle Museum ©
Bicycle Museum

5
nights
Pereslavl-Zalessky

Pereslavl-Zalessky ©
Pereslavl-Zalessky, also known as Pereyaslavl-Zalessky, is a town in Yaroslavl Oblast, Russia, located on the main Moscow–Yaroslavl road and on the southeastern shore of Lake Pleshcheyevo at the mouth of the Trubezh River. Take a break from the city and head to National Park Lake Pleshheyevo and Waterfall Gremiachy. Get a sense of the local culture at Gefsimansky Chernigovsky Skit (convent) and Nikolsky Women's Monastery. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Pereslavl-Zalessky: Gate-Church of St John Divine (in Rostov), Nikolo-Solbinsky Convent (in Solba) and Alexandrovskaya Sloboda (in Aleksandrov). There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Forty Saints' Church, take in the spiritual surroundings of Holy Spring of Nikita Stolpnik, see the interesting displays at Origin of Fairy Tale Museum, and admire the masterpieces at Museum of Peasant Design Kon V Palto.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Pereslavl-Zalessky trip app.

Getting from Uglich to Pereslavl-Zalessky by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to drive to Vladimir.

Things to do in Pereslavl-Zalessky

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sergiyev Posad, Gate-Church of St John Divine, Nikolo-Solbinsky Convent, Origin of Fairy Tale Museum, Alexandrovskaya Sloboda
Highlights from your plan
National Park Lake Pleshheyevo ©
National Park Lake Pleshheyevo
Gefsimansky Chernigovsky Skit (convent) ©
Gefsimansky Chernigovsky Skit (convent)
Nikolsky Women's Monastery ©
Nikolsky Women's Monastery

6
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.
Get some cultural insight at Church of the Intercession of the Holy Virgin and Golden Gate. Get some historical perspective at Cathedral of Saint Demetrius and Nativity of the Virgin Cathedral. Get out of town with these interesting Vladimir side-trips: Suzdal (Wax Museum, Church of the Prophet Elijah, &more), Yuryev-Polsky (Temple Complex. Church of the Nativity and Boris and Gleb, Yuryev-Polsky Museum of History, Architecture and Art, &more) and Kovrov (Transfiguration Cathedral & Kovrov Historical Memorial Museum). And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Vladimir Suzdal Museum Reserve, pause for some serene contemplation at Svyato-Bogolyubsky monastery, see the interesting displays at Gingerbread Museum, and don't miss a visit to Bolshaya Moskovskaya Street.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Vladimir trip itinerary maker website.

You can drive from Pereslavl-Zalessky to Vladimir in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of taxi and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can drive to Murom.

Things to do in Vladimir

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Suzdal, Yuryev-Polsky, Bogolyubovo, Kovrov
Highlights from your plan
Church of the Intercession of the Holy Virgin ©
Cathedral of Saint Demetrius ©
Cathedral of Saint Demetrius

4
nights
Murom

Murom ©
Murom is a historical city in Vladimir Oblast, Russia, which sprawls along the left bank of the Oka River. Discover out-of-the-way places like Transfiguration monastery and The Monastery of the Annunciation. Visit Holy Trinity Convent and Church of St. Nicholas for their historical value. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Murom: Museum of Russian Samovar (in Kasimov), Trinity Church (in Gus-Zhelezny) and Gorokhovets (St. Nichola's Holy Trinity Monastery & Bald Mountain). There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at St. Nicholas Church on the Embankment (Nikolo-Naberezhnaya), appreciate the history behind Statue of Ilya Muromets, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nunnery of St. John the Merciful, and steep yourself in history at Kosmodemyanskaya Church.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Murom road trip planner.

You can drive from Vladimir to Murom in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Ryazan.

Things to do in Murom

Historic Sites Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Mstera, Gorokhovets, Museum of Russian Samovar, Church of St. Nicholas, Trinity Church
Highlights from your plan
Church of St. Nicholas ©
Church of St. Nicholas
Aesthete Museum ©
Aesthete Museum "Gzhel"
Statue of Ilya Muromets ©
Statue of Ilya Muromets

6
nights
Ryazan

Ryazan ©
Ryazan is a city and the administrative center of Ryazan Oblast, Russia, located on the Oka River 196km southeast of Moscow. Get a sense of the local culture at Assumption Cathedral and Kolomenskiy Patefon Museum. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Zaraysk Kremlin State Museum Reserve and Museum Pastila Factory. Get out of town with these interesting Ryazan side-trips: Gosudarstvennyy Muzey-Zapovednik S. A. Yesenina (in Konstantinovo), Urban Beach Novomichurinsk (in Novomichurinsk) and Kolomna (Monument to Cyril and Methodius, Epiphany Staro Golutvin Monastery, &more). There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Academician I. Pavlov's Memorial Museum Estate, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Ryazhsk Zoo, see the interesting displays at Sikera Bar-museum of Drinks of the Ryazan Region, and make a trip to Monument Mashrooms With Eyes.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Ryazan trip itinerary app.

You can drive from Murom to Ryazan in 4 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Kaluga.

Things to do in Ryazan

Museums Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Kolomna, Ryazhsk Zoo, Meshcherskiy Museum of Wooden Architecture of V.P. Groshev, S.A. Esenin Museum, Gosudarstvennyy Muzey-Zapovednik S. A. Yesenina
Highlights from your plan
Assumption Cathedral ©
Assumption Cathedral
Museum Pastila Factory ©
Museum Pastila Factory
Zaraysk Kremlin State Museum Reserve ©
Zaraysk Kremlin State Museum Reserve

6
nights
Kaluga

Kaluga ©
Kaluga is a city and the administrative center of Kaluga Oblast, Russia, located on the Oka River 150km southwest of Moscow. Visit Optina Pustyn Friary and Kaluga Holy Trinity Cathedral for their historical value. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Polenov Residence State Museum and Planetarium. Change things up with these side-trips from Kaluga: Prioksko-Terrasny Nature Reserve (in Danki), Church of the Resurrection (in Tarusa) and Trinity Church (in Bekhovo). Spend the 6th (Tue) exploring nature at Ugra National Park. There's still lots to do: walk around Bird Park Vorobyi, admire the landmark architecture of House of Tolmachyovy, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Savior-Transfiguration Monastery, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Kaluga Saint-Tikhonov Hermitage.

For photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Kaluga route planner.

Getting from Ryazan to Kaluga by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Moscow.

Things to do in Kaluga

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Anastasov Monastery, Bird Park Vorobyi, Prioksko-Terrasny Nature Reserve, Church of the Resurrection, Trinity Church
Highlights from your plan
Bird Park Vorobyi ©
Bird Park Vorobyi
Kaluga Holy Trinity Cathedral ©
Kaluga Holy Trinity Cathedral
Polenov Residence State Museum ©
Polenov Residence State Museum

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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.
Red Square and Moscow Kremlin are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visit Saint Basil's Cathedral and Tserkov' Uspeniya Presvyatoy Bogoroditsy V Novodevich'yem Monastyre for their historical value. Explore Moscow's surroundings by going to FREEZONE Aerodynamic Complex (in Sharapovo), Melikhovo Chekhov Museum Preserve (in Melikhovo) and Sergiyev Posad (The Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra, Trinity Cathedral, &more). And it doesn't end there: admire the masterpieces at State Tretyakov Gallery, steep yourself in history at Kolomenskoye Historical and Architectural Museum and Reserve, admire the landmark architecture of Lenin's Mausoleum, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Christ the Saviour.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Moscow trip itinerary app.

Drive from Kaluga to Moscow in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. August in Moscow sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Moscow

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Sergiyev Posad, FREEZONE Aerodynamic Complex, Melikhovo Chekhov Museum Preserve
Highlights from your plan
Saint Basil's Cathedral ©
Saint Basil's Cathedral
Trinity Cathedral ©
Trinity Cathedral
Cathedral of the Assumption
Cathedral of the Assumption