60 days in Russia & Mongolia Itinerary

60 days in Russia & Mongolia Itinerary

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60 days in Russia & Mongolia Itinerary

Start: Charlotte, United States
Fly:  17 h 30 min
1
St. Petersburg, Russia
— 11 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
2
Kaliningrad, Russia
— 5 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
3
Moscow, Russia
— 9 nights
Train:  1 h 30 min
4
Sergiyev Posad, Russia
— 4 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
5
Yaroslavl, Russia
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
6
Vladimir, Russia
— 2 nights
Train:  2 h 30 min
7
Nizhny Novgorod, Russia
— 5 nights
Fly + Train:  4 h
8
Kazan, Russia
— 4 nights
+2
Train + Fly + Bus:  5 h
9
Perm, Russia
— 4 nights
Fly:  18 h 30 min
10
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
— 11 nights
Fly:  22 h
End: Charlotte, United States

11
nights
St. Petersburg, Russia

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.
Get outdoors at Kronstadt and Yelagin Island. Discover out-of-the-way places like Peterhof State Museum Preserve and Oranienbaum State Museum Reserve. There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nikolo-Bogoyavlenskiy Morskoy Sobor, examine the collection at The Anna Akhmatova Museum, explore the galleries of Saint Isaac's Cathedral, and make a trip to Alexander Nevsky Lavra.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the St. Petersburg online visit planner.

Charlotte, USA to St. Petersburg is an approximately 17,5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from Charlotte to St. Petersburg due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Charlotte in mayo, things will get little chillier in St. Petersburg: highs are around 62°F and lows about 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Kaliningrad.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Saint Isaac's Cathedral ©
Saint Isaac's Cathedral
Grand Peterhof Palace ©
Grand Peterhof Palace
Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood ©

5
nights
Kaliningrad, Russia

Kaliningrad ©
A city of science and philosophy, cosmopolitan Kaliningrad once served as a cultural hub of Germany, Poland, and Lithuania.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Fort XI Donhoff and Alexander Nevskiy Cathedral. You'll discover tucked-away gems like B-413 Submarine Museum and Altes Haus. Change things up with these side-trips from Kaliningrad: German Brakhert's House Museum (in Otradnoye), Nesselbek (in Orlovka) and Beach Promenade (in Yantarnyy). Spend the 7th (Sun) exploring nature at Kurshskaya Kosa. Next up on the itinerary: explore the galleries of Museum of Skulls and Skeletons, contemplate the long history of Brandenburg Gate, appreciate the history behind Sculpture Grandfather Homlin, and examine the collection at Museum Martsipana.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Kaliningrad trip itinerary planner.

Fly from St. Petersburg to Kaliningrad in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from St. Petersburg to Kaliningrad is minus 1 hour. In junio, daily temperatures in Kaliningrad can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can travel to Moscow.

Things to do in Kaliningrad

Museums Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Nesselbek, Beach Promenade, German Brakhert's House Museum, Museum of Skulls and Skeletons
Highlights from your plan
B-413 Submarine Museum ©
B-413 Submarine Museum
Fort XI Donhoff ©
Fort XI Donhoff
Kurshskaya Kosa ©
Kurshskaya Kosa

9
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.
Explore hidden gems such as New Jerusalem Monastery of Resurrection and Tram Museum. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Red Square and Cathedral of the Assumption. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Moscow: Melikhovo Chekhov Museum Preserve (in Melikhovo), Holy Spring of Blessed David (in Talezh) and Kolomna (Museum of Favorite Toy, Museum House of Samovar, &more). There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Art Gallery of the European and American Countries of the XIX-XX centuries, see the interesting displays at Muzey tekhniki Vadima Zadorozhnogo, take an in-depth tour of Victor Vasnetsov House Museum, and get curious at Orlov Paleontological Museum.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Moscow road trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Kaliningrad to Moscow takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Kaliningrad to Moscow due to the time zone difference. In junio, plan for daily highs up to 70°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Sergiyev Posad.

Things to do in Moscow

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Kolomna, Melikhovo Chekhov Museum Preserve, Holy Spring of Blessed David, New Jerusalem Monastery of Resurrection, Museum Back to USSR
Highlights from your plan

4
nights
Sergiyev Posad, Russia

Sergiyev Posad ©
Sergiyev Posad is a city and the administrative center of Sergiyevo-Posadsky District in Moscow Oblast, Russia. Let the collections at Museum Tsarstvo Ryapushki and Museum of Peasant Design Kon V Palto capture your imagination. Church of the Intercession of the Mother of God and Church of St. John Chrysostom Nativity are good opportunities to explore the local culture. When in Sergiyev Posad, make a side trip to see Holy Spring of Nikita Stolpnik in Pereslavl-Zalessky, approximately Pereslavl-Zalessky away. There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of the Assumption, get engrossed in the history at Peasant Life Museum Zhili-Byli, stroll around Kelarskiy Prud, and pause for some photo ops at Monument to Prince Peter and Princess Fevronia Murom.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Sergiyev Posad trip planner.

You can take a train from Moscow to Sergiyev Posad in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In junio, daily temperatures in Sergiyev Posad can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Yaroslavl.

Things to do in Sergiyev Posad

Museums Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Pereslavl-Zalessky, Church of the Intercession of the Mother of God, Museum Tsarstvo Ryapushki
Highlights from your plan
Sergiyevskaya Kukhmisterskaya ©
Sergiyevskaya Kukhmisterskaya
Cathedral of the Assumption
Cathedral of the Assumption

2
nights
Yaroslavl, Russia

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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sun): get to know the fascinating history of Yaroslavl Embankment, examine the collection at My Lovely Teddy Bear Private Museum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saviour Church on the City, and finally contemplate the long history of Church of St. John Chrysostom. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Our Lady of Smolensk, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Saviour on Anteroom, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Virgin Hodegetria, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of St. John the Evangelist.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Yaroslavl road trip planning tool.

Traveling by train from Sergiyev Posad to Yaroslavl takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In junio, daytime highs in Yaroslavl are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to drive to Vladimir.

Things to do in Yaroslavl

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Rostov
Highlights from your plan
Yaroslavl Embankment ©
Yaroslavl Embankment
Church of St. John the Evangelist ©
Church of St. John the Evangelist
Church of the Saviour on Anteroom ©
Church of the Saviour on Anteroom

2
nights
Vladimir, Russia

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.
On the 23rd (Tue), get to know the fascinating history of Bolshaya Moskovskaya Street, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Assumption Cathedral, then engage your brain at Spoon Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Nikita Church. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at Chocolate Studio, then examine the collection at Gingerbread Museum, then admire the masterpieces at Gzhel', Chastnyy Muzey Im. Velikogo Glada Valakesa, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Vladimir Art gallery.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Vladimir holiday tool.

Drive from Yaroslavl to Vladimir in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Nizhny Novgorod.

Things to do in Vladimir

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums
Highlights from your plan
Holy Assumption Cathedral ©
Holy Assumption Cathedral
Spoon Museum ©
Spoon Museum

5
nights
Nizhny Novgorod, Russia

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.
Appreciate the collections at Museum Samovarov and Marfa Posadnitsa Museum. Step off the beaten path and head to Museum House Countess Panina and Bald Mountain. Take a break from Nizhny Novgorod with a short trip to St. Nichola's Holy Trinity Monastery in Gorokhovets, about 1h 20 min away. There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Voznesenskiy Pechyorskiy muzhskoy monastyr', take in the spiritual surroundings of The Temple in Honor of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, see the interesting displays at Nizhny Novgorod Branch of the Museum-Reserve Pushkin Boldin, and engage your brain at Museum of Old Equipment and Tools.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Nizhny Novgorod journey planning app.

Take a train from Vladimir to Nizhny Novgorod in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In junio, daily temperatures in Nizhny Novgorod can reach 72°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Kazan.

Things to do in Nizhny Novgorod

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Gorokhovets, Gorodets
Highlights from your plan
Museum House Countess Panina ©
Museum House Countess Panina
Museum Samovarov ©
Museum Samovarov

4
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.
Visit Bauman Street (Kazansky Arbat) and The bell tower of the Cathedral of the Epiphany for their historical value. Step off the beaten path and head to Cathedral of the Apostles Peter and Paul and Museum of Soviet Life. When in Kazan, make a side trip to see Island Sviyazhsk Museum in Sviyazhsk, approximately Sviyazhsk away. Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Annunciation Cathedral, examine the collection at Natural History of Tatarstan Museum, explore the world behind art at Slava Zaitsev's Art Gallery and Studio, and contemplate the long history of Kazan Kremlin.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Kazan trip planner.

You can fly from Nizhny Novgorod to Kazan in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In junio in Kazan, expect temperatures between 74°F during the day and 55°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Perm.

Things to do in Kazan

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Island Sviyazhsk Museum
Highlights from your plan
Bauman Street (Kazansky Arbat) ©
Bauman Street (Kazansky Arbat)
Annunciation Cathedral ©
Annunciation Cathedral

4
nights
Perm, Russia

Perm ©
A busy industrial center straddling the banks of the Kama River, the sprawling city of Perm sits at the western foothills of the Ural Mountains.
You'll explore and learn at Perm Museum of Antiquities and Exhibition Hall of the Perm Local Lore Museum. Discover out-of-the-way places like Uralsvyazinform Museum of Communication History and Shoe Gallery. There's much more to do: examine the collection at Museum of Kamskaya Hydroelectric Power Station, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Trinity Cathedral, ponder the design of Fountain Teatralny, and steep yourself in history at Monument to Ural Voluntary Tank Corps.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Perm route planning app.

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Kazan to Perm takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Kazan to Perm, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. In julio in Perm, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 54°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Ulaanbaatar.

Things to do in Perm

Museums Historic Sites Nature
Highlights from your plan
Holy Trinity Cathedral ©
Holy Trinity Cathedral

11
nights
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Ulaanbaatar ©
The capital and largest city in the country, Ulaanbaatar stands as Mongolia's transport, cultural, and commercial hub.
Museum-lovers will get to explore National History Museum and International Intellectual Museum. Step out of the city life by going to Gorkhi-Terelj National Park and Gun-Galuut Nature Reserve. There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape of Hustai National Park, get outside with Cheketours, get engrossed in the history at Bogd Khaan Palace Museum of Mongolia, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chenresig Temple.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Ulaanbaatar planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Perm to Ulaanbaatar. You'll lose 3 hours traveling from Perm to Ulaanbaatar due to the time zone difference. In julio in Ulaanbaatar, expect temperatures between 78°F during the day and 55°F at night. On the 19th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ulaanbaatar

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Gun-Galuut Nature Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Gorkhi-Terelj National Park ©
Gorkhi-Terelj National Park
Hustai National Park ©
Hustai National Park
National History Museum ©
National History Museum

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