60 days in Russia Itinerary

60 days in Russia Itinerary

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Bus to Cairo Airport, Fly to Sochi
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Sochi
— 5 nights
Drive
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Gelendzhik
— 4 nights
Fly
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Vladivostok
— 6 nights
Fly
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Krasnoyarsk
— 4 nights
Fly
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Yekaterinburg
— 3 nights
Fly
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Ufa
— 1 night
Fly
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Kazan
— 5 nights
Fly
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Volgograd
— 3 nights
Fly
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Kaliningrad
— 5 nights
Fly to Pulkovo, Bus to Veliky Novgorod
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Veliky Novgorod
— 2 nights
Drive
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St. Petersburg
— 6 nights
Fly
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Yaroslavl
— 2 nights
Fly
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Nizhny Novgorod
— 3 nights
Train
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Vladimir
— 2 nights
Drive
15
Tula
— 1 night
Drive
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Moscow
— 7 nights
Fly

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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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Krasnaya Polyana Mountain Cluster and The Singing Fountains. Step out of the city life by going to Agura Waterfalls and Khostinsky Tisosamshitovaya Grove. Step out of Sochi to go to Bolshoy Kichmay and see 33 Waterfalls, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at. There's lots more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Roza Pik, meet the residents at Riviera Dolphinarium, enjoy breathtaking views from The Observation Tower on Akhun Mountain, and hit the slopes at Gazprom Mountain-Tourist Centre.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Sochi journey planning website.

Alexandria, Egypt to Sochi is an approximately 14-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time (EET) to Moscow Standard Time (MSK) is 1 hour. Traveling from Alexandria in November, expect Sochi to be a bit cooler, temps between 19°C and 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Gelendzhik.

Things to do in Sochi

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Nature

Side Trip

Gelendzhik

— 4 nights
Situated along a Black Sea bay, the town of Gelendzhik is one of Russia's most popular summer destinations.
Get in touch with nature at Plyazh Sady Morey and Sudzhukskaya Bay-Bar. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Gelendzhik Embankment and Cruiser Mikhail Kutuzov Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Gelendzhik: Novorossiysk (The Gallery of Artists Association of Russia, Sauna Zhara, &more). Pack the 8th (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Safari Park. The adventure continues: stroll around The Old Park Cultural Center, get engrossed in the history at Gelendzhik Historical Local Lore Museum, and make a trip to White Bride Sculpture.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Gelendzhik trip maker site.

Drive from Sochi to Gelendzhik in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Sochi in November, expect Gelendzhik to be a bit cooler, temps between 14°C and 5°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can travel to Vladivostok.

Things to do in Gelendzhik

Theme Parks · Parks · Museums · Beaches

Side Trips

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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Astafyev's Bay and Tikhaya bay. For shopping fun, head to USSR Market or Nostalgia Art Gallery. There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Golden Horn Bay, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Primorskiy Oceanarium, enjoy the sea views from Tokarevskiy mayak, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Vladivostok Fortress.

For reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Vladivostok vacation builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Gelendzhik to Vladivostok takes 15 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Gelendzhik to Vladivostok is 7 hours. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Gelendzhik in November: highs in Vladivostok hover around 2°C, while lows dip to -7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel to Krasnoyarsk.

Things to do in Vladivostok

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Krasnoyarsk

— 4 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Stolby National Park and Paraskeva Pyatnitsa Chapel. For shopping fun, head to Planeta or Diana Art Salon. The adventure continues: explore the activities along Enisey River, buy something for everyone on your list at Mall Avenue, get in on the family fun at Galileo Park, and tour or see a show at Kamenka Cultural Space.

To see where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Krasnoyarsk holiday builder app.

You can fly from Vladivostok to Krasnoyarsk in 9 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 3 hours traveling from Vladivostok to Krasnoyarsk. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel to Yekaterinburg.

Things to do in Krasnoyarsk

Shopping · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Yekaterinburg

— 3 nights
Located at the meeting point of two continents, Yekaterinburg serves as the cultural capital of the Urals region.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Weir on river Iset and Ganina Yama Monastery. For shopping fun, head to Tavolozhskaya Ceramics or Metenkov's House. Go for a jaunt from Yekaterinburg to Verkh-Neyvinsky to see Seven Brothers Rocks about 1h 5 min away. There's much more to do: get great views at Visotsky Business Center Lookout, get in on the family fun at Dom Strakhov, admire the ancient design of Sauna on Shaumyana 73, and shop like a local with Art Bird Gallery.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Yekaterinburg attractions planner.

You can fly from Krasnoyarsk to Yekaterinburg in 7 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Krasnoyarsk Standard Time to Yekaterinburg Standard Time is minus 2 hours. November in Yekaterinburg sees daily highs of -3°C and lows of -10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Ufa.

Things to do in Yekaterinburg

Shopping · Museums · Outdoors · Spas

Side Trips

Ufa

— 1 night
Widely considered one of Russia's loveliest cities, Ufa is home to many sites dedicated to the country's nature and history.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): admire the local landmark of Fountain Seven Girls, pause for some photo ops at Salavat Yulaev Monument, take a stroll around Congress Hall, then get a taste of the local shopping with Center for Contemporary Art Oblaka, then soak in style at Posolstvo Krasoty, and finally take in the exciting artwork at X-Max Gallery.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Ufa tour builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Yekaterinburg to Ufa takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Ufa when traveling from Yekaterinburg in November, with lows around -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel to Kazan.

Things to do in Ufa

Shopping · Museums · Spas · Baths

Kazan

— 5 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Bauman Street (Kazansky Arbat) and Kazan Chamber Theatre Sdvig. Head to Slava Zaitsev's Art Gallery and Studio and Tandem Mallfor some retail therapy. The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Leaning Suyumbike Tower, browse the different shops at Mall Savino, examine the collection at Museum of Soviet Life, and get into the urban bustle at Center of Contemporary Culture Smena.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Kazan vacation planning app.

Traveling by flight from Ufa to Kazan takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Ufa to Kazan. In November, plan for daily highs up to 0°C, and evening lows to -4°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Volgograd.

Things to do in Kazan

Shopping · Museums · Historic Sites · Nightlife

Volgograd

— 3 nights
The setting of some of the bloodiest battles of World War II, the vast city of Volgograd sits on the banks of the Volga River in the southern section of the country.
Step off the beaten path and head to The Motherland Calls Sculpture and Mamayev Kurgan. For shopping fun, head to Volgamoll or Park House. Explore Volgograd's surroundings by going to Volzhsky (Volzhskiy Art Gallery & City Beach) and Lotus lake (in Krasny Buksir). There's lots more to do: learn about all things military at State Historical and Memorial Preserve The Battle of Stalingrad, don't miss a visit to Hall of Military Glory, contemplate the long history of The Ruins of the Mill Named after Grudinin// Gergardt, and browse the different shops at Komsomall.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Volgograd road trip site.

Traveling by flight from Kazan to Volgograd takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Kazan to Volgograd is 1 hour. When traveling from Kazan in November, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Volgograd: temperatures range from 5°C by day to -1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Kaliningrad.

Things to do in Volgograd

Shopping · Parks · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Kaliningrad

— 5 nights

Amber City

A city of science and philosophy, cosmopolitan Kaliningrad once served as a cultural hub of Germany, Poland, and Lithuania.
We've included these beaches for you: Beach Promenade and Beach Shakhta Anna. Get outdoors at Kurshskaya Kosa and Verkhneye Lake. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kaliningrad: Ploshhad Masterov (in Yantarnyy), Dancing Forest (in Rybachy) and Water Tower (in Svetlogorsk). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Fort XI Donhoff, get to know the resident critters at Kaliningrad Zoo, get curious at Museum of the World Ocean, and examine the collection at Amber Museum.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Kaliningrad route maker site.

Getting from Volgograd to Kaliningrad by flight takes about 8 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Moscow Standard Time (MSK) to Eastern European Standard Time (EET) is minus 2 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Volgograd in December: high temperatures in Kaliningrad hover around 3°C and lows are around -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel to Veliky Novgorod.

Things to do in Kaliningrad

Nature · Wildlife · Museums · Parks

Side Trips

Veliky Novgorod

— 2 nights
An ancient city thriving as a modern tourist destination, Veliky Novgorod rightly bills itself as the birthplace of Russia.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): buy something for everyone on your list at Shopping and Entertainment Center Marmelad, kick back and relax at Yuryevskiy Beach, then see the interesting displays at Vitoslavlitsy Museum, then pause for some photo ops at Millennium of Russia, and finally admire the landmark architecture of St. Sophia Cathedral. On your second day here, enjoy the sand and surf at Kremlevskiy Beach, take in the views from Pedestrian Bridge Across River Volkhov, appreciate the extensive heritage of Yaroslav’s Courtyard, then stop by Na Torgu Gallery, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. George Monastery, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Granovitaya Palata.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Veliky Novgorod online visit planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Kaliningrad to Veliky Novgorod in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Kaliningrad to Veliky Novgorod. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to go by car to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Veliky Novgorod

Shopping · Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

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.
Do your shopping at Magazin Kuptsov Yeliseyevykh and Tretyakov's Gallery. Step off the beaten path and head to Turkish Baths and Neva Embankments. The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, steep yourself in history at Tsarskoye Selo State Museum Preserve, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and don't miss a visit to Sobor Petra I Pavla.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the St. Petersburg trip itinerary maker tool.

Drive from Veliky Novgorod to St. Petersburg in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. December in St. Petersburg sees daily highs of 1°C and lows of -3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Yaroslavl.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks

Yaroslavl

— 2 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. John the Baptist Church, don't miss a visit to Vvedenskiy Tolga Convent, look for gifts at Rostov Enamel, admire the local landmark of Strelka Fountains, then get to know the fascinating history of Yaroslavl Embankment, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Elijah the Prophet. On your second day here, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Assumption Cathedral, see the interesting displays at State Museum Preserve Rostov Kremlin, and then see the interesting displays at Private Museum Music and Time.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Yaroslavl vacation planner.

Traveling by flight from St. Petersburg to Yaroslavl takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. When traveling from St. Petersburg in December, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Yaroslavl: temperatures range from -1°C by day to -5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to travel to Nizhny Novgorod.

Things to do in Yaroslavl

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trip

Nizhny Novgorod

— 3 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.
Head to Ariel - Factory of Glass Christmas Tree Decorations and FUTURO Galleryfor plenty of shopping. Step off the beaten path and head to Church of Nativity of Most Holy Mother of God and Chkalov Staircase. Step out of Nizhny Novgorod with an excursion to Pustynskiye Lakes in Staraya Pustyn--about 1h 30 min away. There's still lots to do: pause for some photo ops at Chkalov Monument, meet the residents at Limpopo Zoo, make a trip to State Bank, and explore the historical opulence of The Kremlin.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Nizhny Novgorod trip maker site.

You can fly from Yaroslavl to Nizhny Novgorod in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Nizhny Novgorod are -2°C, while nighttime lows are -7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Vladimir.

Things to do in Nizhny Novgorod

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Wildlife

Side Trip

Vladimir

— 2 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Mon): appreciate the history behind Monument to Prince Vladimir And Saint Fedor, examine the collection at Vodonapornaya Bashnya Museum, get engrossed in the history at Golden Gate, examine the collection at Gingerbread Museum, then pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Assumption Cathedral, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Saint Demetrius. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Spaso-Evfimiyev Monastery Museum Complex, see the interesting displays at The Convent of the Intercession (Pokrovsky Monastery), then see the interesting displays at Museum of Wooden Architecture, then take an in-depth tour of Suzdal Kremlin, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Intercession of the Holy Virgin.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Vladimir trip planner.

Getting from Nizhny Novgorod to Vladimir by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to drive to Tula.

Things to do in Vladimir

Museums · Historic Sites · Spas

Side Trips

Tula

— 1 night
Though Tula is best known for Leo Tolstoy's country estate, the city has plenty of additional cultural and historical intrigue.
On the 23rd (Wed), appreciate the history behind Monument to Tula Gingerbread, take in the exciting artwork at IllyuziON, see the interesting displays at Tula State Museum of Weapons, then see the interesting displays at Yasnaya Polyana, then stroll around P. Belousov Central Park of Culture and Recreation, and finally take an in-depth tour of Tula Kremlin Museum.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Tula itinerary tool.

Drive from Vladimir to Tula in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Moscow.

Things to do in Tula

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Bird Park Vorobyi and Kolomenskoye Historical and Architectural Museum and Reserve. For shopping fun, head to Vintage Voyage or Art Center. Moscow. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Moscow: Kournikova Gallery (in Borki), Khimki Art Gallery (in Khimki) and Kolomna (Muzeynaya Fabrika Kolomenskoy Pastily, Kolomna Kremlin, &more). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Red Square, pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Basil's Cathedral, stroll around Gorky Central Park of Culture and Leisure, and admire the striking features of Lomonosov Moscow State University (MGU).

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Moscow trip itinerary builder site.

Getting from Tula to Moscow by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Moscow can reach -1°C, while at night they dip to -5°C. On the 30th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Moscow

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites · Spas

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.