51 days in St. Petersburg, Yekaterinburg & Moscow Itinerary

51 days in St. Petersburg, Yekaterinburg & Moscow Itinerary

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51 days in St. Petersburg, Yekaterinburg & Moscow Itinerary

Start: St. Petersburg
1
St. Petersburg
— 15 nights
train:  3​h
2
Yekaterinburg
— 10 nights
Fly:  5​h
3
Moscow
— 25 nights
End: Moscow

15
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, explore the galleries of Peter and Paul Fortress, see the interesting displays at The Anna Akhmatova Museum, and contemplate the long history of Palace Square.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the St. Petersburg road trip planning site .

If you are flying in from South Africa, the closest major airport is Pulkovo Airport. In April, daily temperatures in St. Petersburg can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can take a train to Yekaterinburg.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums Parks Historic Sites
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The State Hermitage Museum ©
The State Hermitage Museum
Saint Isaac's Cathedral ©
Saint Isaac's Cathedral
Savior on the Spilled Blood ©
Savior on the Spilled Blood

10
nights
Yekaterinburg

Yekaterinburg ©
Located at the meeting point of two continents, Yekaterinburg serves as the cultural capital of the Urals region.
Explore Yekaterinburg's surroundings by going to Dear Streams/ Olenji Ruchji (in Bazhukovo), Leaning Tower of Nevyansk (in Nevyansk) and Rapid Revun (in Kamensk-Uralsky). Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Museum of military vehicles and other machinery, UMMC, don't miss a visit to Ganina Yama Monastery, explore the activities along Weir on river Iset, and stroll around Dendropark.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Yekaterinburg tour itinerary planner .

Take a train from St. Petersburg to Yekaterinburg in 33 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2 hours traveling from St. Petersburg to Yekaterinburg. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in April, and nighttime lows around 0°C. On the 10th (Sun), you're off toMoscow.

Things to do in Yekaterinburg

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Dear Streams/ Olenji Ruchji, Rapid Revun, Museum of military vehicles and other machinery, UMMC, Leaning Tower of Nevyansk
Highlights from your plan
Yekaterinburg Museum of Fine Arts ©
Visotsky Business Center Lookout ©
Ganina Yama Monastery ©
Ganina Yama Monastery

25
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Kolomna (Kolomenskiy Patefon Museum, Kolomna Kremlin, & more), FREEZONE Aerodynamic Complex (in Sharapovo) and The Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra (in Sergiyev Posad). Pack the 23rd (Sat) with family-friendly diversions at Etnomir Tourist Complex. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Red Square, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Basil's Cathedral, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of The Holy Virgin, and explore the world behind art at State Tretyakov Gallery.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Moscow route planner .

Getting from Yekaterinburg to Moscow by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Yekaterinburg Time to Moscow Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Yekaterinburg in May since evenings lows in Moscow dip to 10°C. On the 4th (Thu), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Moscow

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Kolomna, Etnomir Tourist Complex, Vysotskiy Monastyr', Muzey tekhniki Vadima Zadorozhnogo, The Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra
Highlights from your plan
Red Square ©
Red Square
St. Basil's Cathedral ©
St. Basil's Cathedral
State Tretyakov Gallery ©
State Tretyakov Gallery

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