60 days in Russia Itinerary

60 days in Russia Itinerary

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60 days in Russia Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  7​h
1
St. Petersburg
— 6 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
2
Veliky Novgorod
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Pskov
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h
4
Moscow
— 6 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
5
Gelendzhik
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h
6
Sochi
— 7 nights
Fly:  15​h 15​min
7
Vladivostok
— 5 nights
Fly:  15​h 15​min
8
Kazan
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h
9
Nizhny Novgorod
— 5 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
10
Vladimir
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
11
Yaroslavl
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h
12
Kaliningrad
— 7 nights
Fly:  8​h
End: London

6
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like The Marly Palace and Alexander Column. When in St. Petersburg, make a side trip to see WindTunnel FlyStation in Kuzmolovsky, approximately 32 minutes away. The adventure continues: admire the landmark architecture of Smolny Cathedral, contemplate the long history of Pavlovsk State Museum, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and take in the views from Palace Bridge.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the St. Petersburg trip planner .

London, UK to St. Petersburg is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of car and ferry. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Moscow Standard Time, which is usually a 3 hour difference. June in St. Petersburg sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can take a train to Veliky Novgorod.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

WindTunnel FlyStation
Highlights from your plan
Peterhof  State Museum Preserve ©
Peterhof State Museum Preserve
Spas
The Marly Palace ©
The Marly Palace

5
nights
Veliky Novgorod

Veliky Novgorod ©
An ancient city thriving as a modern tourist destination, Veliky Novgorod rightly bills itself as the birthplace of Russia.
Discover out-of-the-way places like St. Sophia Cathedral and Pedestrian Bridge Across River Volkhov. Visit Kremlevskiy Beach and Yuryevskiy Beach for some beach relaxation. Explore Veliky Novgorod's surroundings by going to Krestetskiy District Local History Museum (in Kresttsy), Staraya Russa (Railway Station, Tsaritsinskiy Spring, & more) and Soltsy (Cathedral of Elijah the Prophet & Park-Estate Gorki). There's lots more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Yaroslav’s Courtyard, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. George Monastery, appreciate the history behind Sculpture Cats Chasing Pigeons, and examine the collection at Vitoslavlitsy Museum.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Veliky Novgorod day trip planner.

Traveling by train from St. Petersburg to Veliky Novgorod takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Pskov.

Things to do in Veliky Novgorod

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Staraya Russa, Soltsy, Krestetskiy District Local History Museum
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Novgorod Kremlin (Detinets) ©
Novgorod Kremlin (Detinets)
Kremlevskiy Beach ©
Kremlevskiy Beach
St. Sophia Cathedral ©
St. Sophia Cathedral

4
nights
Pskov

Pskov ©
Pskov is a city and the administrative center of Pskov Oblast, Russia, located about 20km east from the Estonian border, on the Velikaya River. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Izborsk Fortress and Trinity Cathedral. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Pskov: Pushkinskie Gory (The State museum-reserve of Alexander Pushkin & Voronich), The Holy Dormition Pskovo-Pechersky Monastery (in Pechory) and Izborsk (Truvor Cross & Church of St. Sergius of Radonezh). And it doesn't end there: pause for some photo ops at Monument In Memory of the Ledovoye Battle, make a trip to Pskov Kreml/ Krom, and see the interesting displays at Museum of the History of the Expedition of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR to clarify the Site of the Battle of Ice in 1242.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Pskov trip itinerary app .

Getting from Veliky Novgorod to Pskov by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In June, daytime highs in Pskov are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to travel to Moscow.

Things to do in Pskov

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Izborsk, Pushkinskie Gory, Porhovskaya Fortress, The Holy Dormition Pskovo-Pechersky Monastery, Museum of the History of the Expedition of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR to clarify the Site of the Battle of Ice in 1242
Highlights from your plan
Holy Trinity Cathedral ©
Holy Trinity Cathedral
Izborsk Fortress ©
Izborsk Fortress

6
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Bird Park Vorobyi and Museum Pastila Factory. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Moscow: The Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra (in Sergiyev Posad), Alexandrovskaya Sloboda (in Aleksandrov) and Kolomna (Museum of Russian Marshmallow, Kolomna Kremlin, & more). Next up on the itinerary: stroll around Victory Park, get to know the fascinating history of Kolomenskoye Historical and Architectural Museum and Reserve, see the interesting displays at Kuskovo Estate, and admire the natural beauty at Aleksandrovskiy Sad.

For ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Moscow trip planner .

You can fly from Pskov to Moscow in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in June, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Gelendzhik.

Things to do in Moscow

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kolomna, The Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra, Bird Park Vorobyi, Alexandrovskaya Sloboda
Highlights from your plan
Bird Park Vorobyi ©
Bird Park Vorobyi
Museum Pastila Factory ©
Museum Pastila Factory
Kalachnaya ©
Kalachnaya

5
nights
Gelendzhik

Gelendzhik ©
Situated along a Black Sea bay, the town of Gelendzhik is one of Russia's most popular summer destinations.
Relax by the water at Inal Bay and Wild Beach Sosnovka. Explore hidden gems such as Abrau-Dyurso Zavod Shampanskikh Vin and White Bride Sculpture. Explore Gelendzhik's surroundings by going to Cruiser Mikhail Kutuzov Museum (in Novorossiysk), Durso Beach (in Abrau-Durso) and Anapa (Vysoky Bereg Beach, Musical Fontains, & more). There's still lots to do: stroll around The Old Park Cultural Center, pause for some photo ops at Monument to the Sailors, take in the pleasant sights at Gelendzhik Embankment, and make a splash at Zolotaya Bukhta Water Park.

To find out how to plan a trip to Gelendzhik, use our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Moscow to Gelendzhik by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. In June, Gelendzhik is somewhat warmer than Moscow - with highs of 30°C and lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Sochi.

Things to do in Gelendzhik

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Novorossiysk, Anapa, Inal Bay, Monument to the Sailors, The Old Park Cultural Center
Highlights from your plan
The Old  Park Cultural Center ©
The Old Park Cultural Center
Abrau-Dyurso Zavod Shampanskikh Vin ©
Durso Beach ©
Durso Beach

7
nights
Sochi

Sochi ©
Called the "Summer Capital of Russia," the busy resort town of Sochi is best known as the host of the 2014 Winter Olympics.
Step off the beaten path and head to Iceberg Skating Palace and Imeretinskaya Embankment. Go for a jaunt from Sochi to Bolshoy Kichmay to see 33 Waterfalls about 1h 20 min away. There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Agura Waterfalls, get to know the resident critters at Riviera Dolphinarium, take in panoramic vistas at The Observation Tower on Akhun Mountain, and walk around Riviera Park of Culture and Leisure.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Sochi tour itinerary planning site .

Getting from Gelendzhik to Sochi by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: ride a ferry; or do a combination of taxi and train. June in Sochi sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel to Vladivostok.

Things to do in Sochi

Parks Outdoors Fun & Games

Side Trip

33 Waterfalls
Highlights from your plan
Krasnaya Polyana Mountain Cluster ©
Krasnaya Polyana Mountain Cluster
Iceberg Skating Palace ©
Iceberg Skating Palace
Room Escape Games

5
nights
Vladivostok

Vladivostok ©
Often compared to San Francisco and Naples, the sprawling eastern city of Vladivostok serves as the largest Russian port on the Pacific Ocean.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at City Beach and Lost Beach. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Eagle's Nest Mount and Tsesarevich Embankment. Go for a jaunt from Vladivostok to Ussuriysk to see Saint George the Victorious Temple about 1h 35 min away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Golden Horn Bay, make a trip to Chapel of the Holy Martyr Tatiana, visit a coastal fixture at Tokarevskiy mayak, and admire the striking features of Railroad Terminal.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Vladivostok trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Sochi to Vladivostok by flight takes about 15.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Moscow Standard Time to Vladivostok Time, which is usually a 7 hour difference. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Sochi in July: high temperatures in Vladivostok hover around 28°C and lows are around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Kazan.

Things to do in Vladivostok

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Saint George the Victorious Temple, City Beach
Highlights from your plan
Russian Island ©
Russian Island
Eagle's Nest Mount ©
Eagle's Nest Mount
Golden Horn Bay ©
Golden Horn Bay

4
nights
Kazan

Kazan ©
The heart of Tatar culture, Kazan carries the epithet of the "Third Capital of Russia" because of its rich history and thriving economy.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Annunciation Cathedral and The bell tower of the Cathedral of the Epiphany. When in Kazan, make a side trip to see Sviyazhsk in Sviyazhsk, approximately 56 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Kremlyovskaya Embankment, cool off at Riviera Aquapark, admire the striking features of Leaning Suyumbike Tower, and pause for some photo ops at Monument Cat Kazan.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Kazan trip itinerary tool .

Fly from Vladivostok to Kazan in 15.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone changes from Vladivostok Time to Moscow Standard Time, which is usually a -7 hour difference. In July, daytime highs in Kazan are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel to Nizhny Novgorod.

Things to do in Kazan

Theme Parks Parks Nature

Side Trip

Sviyazhsk
Highlights from your plan
Riviera Aquapark ©
Riviera Aquapark
Bauman Street (Kazansky Arbat) ©
Bauman Street (Kazansky Arbat)
Annunciation Cathedral ©
Annunciation Cathedral

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Fedorovsky Embankment and Chkalov Monument. Get out of town with these interesting Nizhny Novgorod side-trips: Arzamas (Cathedral of the Nativity of Christ & Museum of Russian Patriarchate (branch NGIAMZ in Arzamas)) and Puchezh Museum of Local Lore (in Puchezh). And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Nativity of Most Holy Mother of God, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, get to know the resident critters at Limpopo Zoo, and take in the pleasant sights at Rozhdestvenskaya Street.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Nizhny Novgorod itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Kazan to Nizhny Novgorod takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Vladimir.

Things to do in Nizhny Novgorod

Historic Sites Museums Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Arzamas, Puchezh Museum of Local Lore
Highlights from your plan
The Kremlin ©
The Kremlin
Rozhdestvenskaya Street ©
Rozhdestvenskaya Street
Chkalov Monument ©
Chkalov Monument

2
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.
On the 19th (Sun), see the interesting displays at Spaso-Evfimiyev Monastery Museum Complex, see the interesting displays at Museum Of Wooden Architecture & Peasant Life, then see the interesting displays at Suzdal Kremlin, and finally see the interesting displays at The Convent of the Intercession (Pokrovsky Monastery). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Saint Demetrius, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Assumption Cathedral, then see the interesting displays at Vodonapornaya Bashnya Museum, then pause for some photo ops at Monument to Prince Vladimir And Saint Fedor, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Intercession of the Holy Virgin.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Vladimir trip planning site .

Traveling by train from Nizhny Novgorod to Vladimir takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Yaroslavl.

Things to do in Vladimir

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Suzdal, Church of the Intercession of the Holy Virgin
Highlights from your plan

3
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Vvedenskiy Tolga Convent and The Resurrection Church on the Debra. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Yaroslavl: Kostroma (Monastery of st Ipaty & Museum of Wooden Architecture) and Rostov (State Museum Preserve Rostov Kremlin, Yakovlevsky Savior Monastery, & more). The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Elijah the Prophet, get to know the fascinating history of Yaroslavl Embankment, and admire the local landmark of Strelka Fountains.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Yaroslavl online trip maker .

You can drive from Vladimir to Yaroslavl in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Yaroslavl can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Kaliningrad.

Things to do in Yaroslavl

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Kostroma, Rostov
Highlights from your plan
Yaroslavl Embankment ©
Yaroslavl Embankment
Vvedenskiy Tolga Convent ©
Vvedenskiy Tolga Convent
Yakovlevsky Savior Monastery ©
Yakovlevsky Savior Monastery

7
nights
Kaliningrad

Kaliningrad ©
A city of science and philosophy, cosmopolitan Kaliningrad once served as a cultural hub of Germany, Poland, and Lithuania.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Beach Promenade and Verkhneye Lake. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kaliningrad: Zelenogradsk (MURARIUM Art-Collection of Cats & Zelenogradsk Promenade), Svetlogorsk (Water Tower & Monument to Thomas Mann) and Shaaken Castle (in Nekrasovo). There's lots more to do: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, delve into the lush surroundings at Dancing Forest, get engrossed in the history at Bunker Museum, and make a trip to King's Gates.

For other places to visit and other tourist information, you can read our Kaliningrad trip itinerary website .

Traveling by flight from Yaroslavl to Kaliningrad takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Moscow Standard Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In July in Kaliningrad, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kaliningrad

Museums Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Svetlogorsk, Zelenogradsk, Shaaken Castle, Beach Promenade, Dancing Forest
Highlights from your plan
Beach Promenade ©
Beach Promenade
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Zelenogradsk Promenade ©
Zelenogradsk Promenade

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