8 days in Russia Itinerary

8 days in Russia Itinerary

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8 days in Russia Itinerary

Start: Belgrade
Fly:  7​h 15​min
1
Kaliningrad
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 30​min
2
St. Petersburg
— 2 nights
Train:  2​h 45​min
3
Veliky Novgorod
— 1 night
+2
Train + Subway + Train:  8​h 30​min
4
Vladimir
— 1 night
Train:  1​h 45​min
5
Moscow
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Belgrade

1
night
Kaliningrad

Kaliningrad ©
A city of science and philosophy, cosmopolitan Kaliningrad once served as a cultural hub of Germany, Poland, and Lithuania.
On the 9th (Mon), see the interesting displays at Amber Museum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Konigsberg Cathedral, and then examine the collection at B-413 Submarine Museum.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Kaliningrad holiday builder tool .

Belgrade, Serbia to Kaliningrad is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, train, and bus; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Belgrade to Kaliningrad due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Belgrade in December, plan for little chillier days in Kaliningrad, with highs around 3°C, while nights are about the same with lows around -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) to allow time to travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Kaliningrad

Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Konigsberg Cathedral ©
Konigsberg Cathedral
B-413 Submarine Museum ©
B-413 Submarine Museum
Amber Museum ©
Amber Museum

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Palace Square, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Savior on the Spilled Blood, then examine the collection at Saint Isaac's Cathedral, and finally examine the collection at The Anna Akhmatova Museum. On the 11th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Russian Museum, steep yourself in history at Bronze Horseman, Monument To Peter I, then stroll around Peterhof State Museum Preserve, and finally take an in-depth tour of Peterhof Grand Palace.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read St. Petersburg travel itinerary planner .

Fly from Kaliningrad to St. Petersburg in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Kaliningrad to St. Petersburg, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In December, daily temperatures in St. Petersburg can reach 1°C, while at night they dip to -3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Veliky Novgorod.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

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

1
night
Veliky Novgorod

Veliky Novgorod ©
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 12th (Thu): admire the landmark architecture of St. George Monastery, see the interesting displays at Vitoslavlitsy Museum, then pause for some photo ops at Millennium of Russia, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Novgorod Kremlin (Detinets).

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Veliky Novgorod trip tool .

You can take a train from St. Petersburg to Veliky Novgorod in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can travel to Vladimir.

Things to do in Veliky Novgorod

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Novgorod Kremlin (Detinets) ©
Novgorod Kremlin (Detinets)
Vitoslavlitsy Museum ©
Vitoslavlitsy Museum
St. George Monastery ©
St. George Monastery

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Museum Of Wooden Architecture & Peasant Life and then get engrossed in the history at Suzdal Kremlin. On the 14th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Assumption Cathedral, then see the interesting displays at Vodonapornaya Bashnya Museum, then steep yourself in history at Golden Gate, and finally examine the collection at Spaso-Evfimiyev Monastery Museum Complex.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Vladimir trip planning site .

Traveling by train from Veliky Novgorod to Vladimir takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can take a train to Moscow.

Things to do in Vladimir

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Suzdal
Highlights from your plan
Suzdal Kremlin ©
Suzdal Kremlin

1
night
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.
On the 15th (Sun), contemplate the long history of Kremlin Walls and Towers, explore the world behind art at State Tretyakov Gallery, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Basil's Cathedral, and finally steep yourself in history at Red Square.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Moscow trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by train from Vladimir to Moscow takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, daytime highs in Moscow are -1°C, while nighttime lows are -5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Moscow

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Red Square ©
Red Square
Saint Basil's Cathedral ©
Saint Basil's Cathedral
Kremlin Walls and Towers ©
Kremlin Walls and Towers

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