60 days in Russia Itinerary

60 days in Russia Itinerary

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Vladivostok
— 6 nights
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Irkutsk
— 5 nights
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Krasnoyarsk
— 3 nights
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Perm
— 2 nights
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Chelyabinsk
— 2 nights
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Yekaterinburg
— 4 nights
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Kazan
— 3 nights
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Nizhny Novgorod
— 5 nights
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Ples
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Kostroma
— 2 nights
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Vladimir
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Moscow
— 7 nights
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St. Petersburg
— 6 nights
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Kaliningrad
— 4 nights
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Krasnodar
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Sochi
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Vladivostok

— 6 nights
Often compared to San Francisco and Naples, the sprawling eastern city of Vladivostok serves as the largest Russian port on the Pacific Ocean.
Relax by the water at Astafyev's Bay and Tikhaya bay. Your inner history buff will appreciate St. Nicholas Cathedral and Saint Nicholas Church. Spend the 28th (Sun) exploring nature at Vyatlina Cape. Next up on the itinerary: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, get a taste of the local shopping with Primorye State Art Gallery, take in the exciting artwork at Children's Art Gallery, and pick up a one of a kind souvenir at USSR Market.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Vladivostok attractions planner.

Sydney, Australia to Vladivostok is an approximately 17-hour flight. Traveling from Sydney in February, things will get colder in Vladivostok: highs are around -4°C and lows about -19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Irkutsk.

Things to do in Vladivostok

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Irkutsk

— 5 nights

Paris of Siberia

The most popular stop on the Trans-Siberian railway, Irkutsk gained fame as the cultural center of Decembrist exiles.
You'll explore and learn at Gallery of V. Bronshteyn and Dias Art Gallery. Popular historic sites such as Church of Our Lady of Kazan and Church of The Immaculate Heart of The Mother of God are in your itinerary. Change things up with these side-trips from Irkutsk: Listvyanka (Baikal Bskie Souvenirs & Stone Cherskogo) and Taltsy Museum (in Taltsy). The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Baikal, discover the deep blue sea with Sval, examine the collection at Museum of Medicinal Herbs and Minerals, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Irkutsk trip builder site.

Getting from Vladivostok to Irkutsk by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Vladivostok to Irkutsk, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. In March, Irkutsk is a bit cooler than Vladivostok - with highs of 1°C and lows of -14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to travel to Krasnoyarsk.

Things to do in Irkutsk

Wildlife · Outdoors · Museums · Tours

Side Trips

Krasnoyarsk

— 3 nights
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.
Visiting Stolby National Park and Tatyshev Island will get you outdoors. Shop till you drop at Kamenka Cultural Space and Vzletka Plaza. Next up on the itinerary: ski along the peaceful trails at Vetluzhanka, look for gifts at Diana Art Salon, explore the activities along Enisey River, and browse the different shops at Planeta.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Krasnoyarsk trip planner.

Getting from Irkutsk to Krasnoyarsk by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Traveling from Irkutsk to Krasnoyarsk, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Perm.

Things to do in Krasnoyarsk

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Shopping

Perm

— 2 nights
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.
On the 12th (Fri), see the interesting displays at Khokhlovka Architectural and Ethnographic Museum, explore the striking landscape at Strelka Peninsula, glide through natural beauty at Ski Lodge PGNIU, examine the collection at Exhibition Hall of the Perm Local Lore Museum, then take in the exciting artwork at Maris-Art Gallery, and finally admire the masterpieces at Perm State Art Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: relax and rejuvenate at Aurma, then ski along the peaceful trails at Dinamo Ski Lodge, then view the masterpieces at Silver Light Gallery, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Private Gallery Unique.

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Fly from Krasnoyarsk to Perm in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Krasnoyarsk Standard Time to Yekaterinburg Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 0°C in March, and nighttime lows around -10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can drive to Chelyabinsk.

Things to do in Perm

Museums · Parks · Shopping · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Chelyabinsk

— 2 nights

Tank City

The industrial city of Chelyabinsk has a markedly Soviet feel, but is a great destination for exploring mountain life in Russia.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): head outdoors with Ice Palace Uralskaya Molniya, contemplate the long history of Eternal Flame, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then buy something for everyone on your list at Focus, and finally head outdoors with Bystrai. Here are some ideas for day two: view the masterpieces at Laboratory of Contemporary Art, enjoy the sand and surf at Bely Parus, kick back and relax at Izumrudny Karyer, glide through natural beauty at Adzhigardak Ski Resort, then shop like a local with Okno Gallery, and finally see the interesting displays at Museum of Labor and Fighting Glory.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Chelyabinsk travel route planner.

Getting from Perm to Chelyabinsk by car takes about 8 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train. In March, plan for daily highs up to 0°C, and evening lows to -10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to drive to Yekaterinburg.

Things to do in Chelyabinsk

Outdoors · Museums · Shopping · Spas

Side Trip

Yekaterinburg

— 4 nights
Located at the meeting point of two continents, Yekaterinburg serves as the cultural capital of the Urals region.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Tavolozhskaya Ceramics and Art Gallery of Church on Blood. Museum-lovers will get to explore The UMMC Museum complex and Metenkov's House. Venture out of the city with trips to Verkhnyaya Pyshma Historical Museum (in Verhnyaya Pyshma) and Seven Brothers Rocks (in Verkh-Neyvinsky). There's still lots to do: get a taste of the local shopping with Art Bird Gallery, view the masterpieces at Antonov Gallery, catch all the local highlights with Ekaterinburg Guide Center, and head outdoors with Talc Quarry Old Lens.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Yekaterinburg trip itinerary maker website.

You can drive from Chelyabinsk to Yekaterinburg in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In March, plan for daily highs up to 0°C, and evening lows to -11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can travel to Kazan.

Things to do in Yekaterinburg

Museums · Shopping · Outdoors · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Kazan

— 3 nights

Sports Capital of Russia

The heart of Tatar culture, Kazan carries the epithet of the "Third Capital of Russia" because of its rich history and thriving economy.
Get a sense of the local culture at Slava Zaitsev's Art Gallery and Studio and Bauman Street (Kazansky Arbat). Shop till you drop at Kazan Art Gallery and Solntse Vnutri Kazani. There's lots more to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at Spa sanatoriy Ryadom s Domom, contemplate the long history of Kazan Kremlin, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kul Sharif Mosque, and fly down the slopes at Tramplin Ski Complex.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Kazan driving holiday planner.

You can fly from Yekaterinburg to Kazan in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone changes from Yekaterinburg Standard Time (YEKT) to Moscow Standard Time (MSK), which is usually a -2 hour difference. March in Kazan sees daily highs of 0°C and lows of -9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can go by car to Nizhny Novgorod.

Things to do in Kazan

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites · Nightlife

Nizhny Novgorod

— 5 nights

Russia's Pocket

Founded eight centuries ago at the confluence of the Volga and the Oka rivers, Nizhny Novgorod boasts over 600 historical, cultural, and architectural monuments.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Yurkovka Art Gallery and FUTURO Gallery. Shop till you drop at Veshch v Sebe Art Gallery and ART52. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nizhny Novgorod: Montmartre Art Gallery (in Dzerzhinsk) and Pustynskiye Lakes (in Staraya Pustyn). The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Nativity of Most Holy Mother of God, look for all kinds of wild species at Nizhny Novgorod Ekzotarium Exhibition Center, shop like a local with Art-Passazh Art Gallery, and view the masterpieces at Kovcheg Gallery.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Nizhny Novgorod trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Kazan to Nizhny Novgorod takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In March, daily temperatures in Nizhny Novgorod can reach 2°C, while at night they dip to -7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Ples.

Things to do in Nizhny Novgorod

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Wildlife

Side Trips

Ples

— 1 night
On the 28th (Sun), take some stellar pictures from Sobornaya Mountain, take in the exciting artwork at Provincial ARTgallery-M, and then look for gifts at Souvenir Shop Furlyalyai.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Ples day trip site.

Getting from Nizhny Novgorod to Ples by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Kostroma.

Things to do in Ples

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites

Kostroma

— 2 nights
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 29th (Mon): examine the collection at Peter Toy Museum, view the masterpieces at Old City Art Gallery, see the interesting displays at Dom Gorodskogo Golovy Botnikova Museum, see the interesting displays at Bread Museum, then examine the collection at Museum The Provincial City of Kostroma, and finally view the masterpieces at Alina Exhibition Hall. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Zaprudnenskaya Church, examine the collection at M. Malyshev's House Museum, then see the interesting displays at Museum of Wooden Architecture, then see the interesting displays at Museum of Russian Teapot, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at Tutto Bene.

To find traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Kostroma trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Ples to Kostroma in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. March in Kostroma sees daily highs of 4°C and lows of -3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can drive to Vladimir.

Things to do in Kostroma

Museums · Shopping · Baths · Spas

Vladimir

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Intercession of the Holy Virgin, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Assumption Cathedral, relax and rejuvenate at Vladmassage, then examine the collection at Chamber Official Place, then get a taste of the local shopping with Vladimir Art gallery, and finally have fun and explore at Spoon Museum.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Vladimir route planner.

Traveling by car from Kostroma to Vladimir takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can take a train to Moscow.

Things to do in Vladimir

Museums · Historic Sites · Childrens Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Moscow

— 7 nights

Third Rome

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.
Let the collections at State Tretyakov Gallery and Zurab Tseretelli's Art Gallery capture your imagination. Head to Kournikova Gallery and ARTSTORY galleryfor some retail therapy. Venture out of the city with trips to Muzey tekhniki Vadima Zadorozhnogo (in Arkhangelskoye), Ski Stadium Zorkiy (in Krasnogorsk) and Khimki Art Gallery (in Khimki). There's much more to do: make a trip to Red Square, steep yourself in history at Moscow Kremlin, shop like a local with Gallery Na Shabolovke, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Basil's Cathedral.

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Getting from Vladimir to Moscow by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive. In March, daytime highs in Moscow are 2°C, while nighttime lows are -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Moscow

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites · Baths

Side Trips

St. Petersburg

— 6 nights

Venice of the North

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.
You'll explore and learn at The State Hermitage Museum and Saint Isaac's Cathedral. Get some historical perspective at Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood and Palace Square. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Nevsky Prospekt, examine the collection at The Anna Akhmatova Museum, take in the exciting artwork at Tretyakov's Gallery, and indulge your senses at AE-Travel.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your St. Petersburg trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can take a train from Moscow to St. Petersburg in 4.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in April, and nighttime lows around 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to travel to Kaliningrad.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks

Kaliningrad

— 4 nights

Amber City

A city of science and philosophy, cosmopolitan Kaliningrad once served as a cultural hub of Germany, Poland, and Lithuania.
Do your shopping at Art Gallery Gates and Cultura Bottle Shop. Get outdoors at Kurshskaya Kosa and Dive Club Demersus. Get out of town with these interesting Kaliningrad side-trips: Sport and Health Complex TsSKA (in Baltiysk), Barakholshhik (in Zelenogradsk) and Yantarnyy (Beach Promenade & Beach Shakhta Anna). There's lots more to do: learn the secrets of beer at InKaliningrad, examine the collection at B-413 Submarine Museum, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Christ the Savior.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Kaliningrad trip builder tool.

Getting from St. Petersburg to Kaliningrad by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from St. Petersburg to Kaliningrad is minus 1 hour. While traveling from St. Petersburg, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Kaliningrad, ranging from highs of 14°C to lows of 2°C. On the 17th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Krasnodar.

Things to do in Kaliningrad

Wildlife · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Krasnodar

— 2 nights
Founded as one of Catherine the Great's southern border outposts, Krasnodar is now a modern urban center, known locally as "Little Paris" because of its elegant European appearance.
On the 18th (Sun), take in the exciting artwork at Art Gallery 7 Kartin, look for gifts at Gallery Krasnodar Shopping Mall, slough off your stress at Public Baths TRI BOGATYRYA, then browse the different shops at MEGA Adygeya-Kuban', and finally have some family-friendly fun at 7 Zvezd/7 stars. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at St. George's Church, try to win big at Krasnodar Racetrack, browse the different shops at Krasnaya Ploshhad Shopping Mall, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Elijah Church, then appreciate the history behind Monument to Kuban Cossacks, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St. Catherine's Cathedral.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Krasnodar trip planner.

Getting from Kaliningrad to Krasnodar by flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. The time zone changes from Eastern European Standard Time (EET) to Moscow Standard Time (MSK), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Kaliningrad in April, things will get somewhat warmer in Krasnodar: highs are around 21°C and lows about 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to travel to Sochi.

Things to do in Krasnodar

Historic Sites · Shopping · Fun & Games · Baths

Sochi

— 5 nights

Russia's Summer Capital

Called the "Summer Capital of Russia," the busy resort town of Sochi is best known as the host of the 2014 Winter Olympics.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Babushkina Khata Museum and Fort Art Gallery. Visiting Rosa Khutor Ski Resort and Krasnaya Polyana Mountain Cluster will get you outdoors. Step out of Sochi with an excursion to Endemic Mountain Brewery in Medoveyevka--about 54 minutes away. Spend the 24th (Sat) exploring nature at Sochi National Park. There's much more to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at Banya Magi, hit the slopes at Tirol Club, get outside with Gornaya Karusel Sport-Tourist Complex, and stroll through RusSki Gorki Jumping Center.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Sochi route maker app.

Traveling by flight from Krasnodar to Sochi takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In April in Sochi, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sochi

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Nature

Side Trips

Russia travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Churches · Monuments
Mother Russia
Feared and revered not long ago as the land "behind the Iron Curtain" and before that as "the land of the Tsars," Russia is a land of many contrasts. Spreading over two continents, it is also the largest country in the world and one of the most powerful. Founded by a group of East Slavs in the 10th century, it is home to over 160 different ethnic groups and indigenous peoples. They have all left their mark on the land, but the Slavic and Byzantine traditions hold a special place in Russia's rich historical and cultural legacy. The diverse natural beauty includes vast swathes of plains intersected with thousands of rivers, lakes, and dramatic mountain ranges along the southern borders. Arctic tundra, taiga, mixed forests, steppe, and desert-like areas successively carpet the land from the north to the south. Perfectly preserved ancient towns surrounded by mighty kremlins with colorful onion-domed churches attract tourists just as much as the nation's biggest metropolises, Moscow and Saint Petersburg.