15 days in Central Russia Itinerary

15 days in Central Russia Itinerary

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15 days in Central Russia Itinerary

Start: Tallinn
Drive:  10​h 30​min
1
Smolensk
— 1 day
Drive:  6​h 30​min
2
Tula
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Sergiyev Posad
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
4
Yaroslavl
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Vladimir
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
6
Moscow
— 4 nights
End: Tallinn

1
day
Smolensk

Smolensk ©
Smolensk is a city and the administrative center of Smolensk Oblast, Russia, located on the Dnieper River, 360km west-southwest of Moscow. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): admire the natural beauty at Central Park of Culture and Rest Lopatinsky Garden, pause for some photo ops at Sculpture Deer, then admire the natural beauty at Garden Blone, then step into the grandiose world of Smolensk Fortress, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of the Assumption (Uspensky Sobor).

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Smolensk travel planning website .

Tallinn, Estonia to Smolensk is an approximately 10-hour car ride. You can also fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Tallinn to Smolensk. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to drive to Tula.

Things to do in Smolensk

Parks Historic Sites
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Smolensk Fortress ©
Smolensk Fortress

1
night
Tula

Tula ©
Though Tula is best known for Leo Tolstoy's country estate, the city has plenty of additional cultural and historical intrigue.
On the 3rd (Mon), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin, learn about all things military at Kulikovo field, then appreciate the history behind Monument to Tula Gingerbread, then see the interesting displays at Tula State Museum of Weapons, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Sergius of Radonezh. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Tula Museum of Samovars, admire the striking features of Tula Kremlin Museum, then appreciate the history behind Hedgehog At Mushroom Glade, then tour the pleasant surroundings at P. Belousov Central Park of Culture and Recreation, and finally see the interesting displays at Museum-estate of Leo Tolstoy.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Tula route maker .

You can drive from Smolensk to Tula in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Sergiyev Posad.

Things to do in Tula

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Kulikovo field, Museum-estate of Leo Tolstoy
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Museum-estate of Leo Tolstoy ©
Museum-estate of Leo Tolstoy
Tula Kremlin Museum ©
Tula Kremlin Museum

2
nights
Sergiyev Posad

Sergiyev Posad ©
Sergiyev Posad is a city and the administrative center of Sergiyevo-Posadsky District in Moscow Oblast, Russia. On the 5th (Wed), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Gefsimansky Chernigovsky Skit (convent), pause for some serene contemplation at Vvedenskiy and Pyatnitskiy Churches, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of the Assumption, then pause for some serene contemplation at Trinity Cathedral, and finally admire the landmark architecture of The Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Museum-Reserve Dmitrov Kremlin, pause for some photo ops at Monument to Kropotkin, appreciate the history behind Monument to Cyril and Methodius, contemplate the long history of Earth Mound, then pause for some serene contemplation at Boris and Gleb Monastery, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Intercession Khotkovo Monastery.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Sergiyev Posad trip planner .

Traveling by car from Tula to Sergiyev Posad takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Sergiyev Posad are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Yaroslavl.

Things to do in Sergiyev Posad

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Dmitrov, Intercession Khotkovo Monastery
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The Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra ©
Intercession Khotkovo Monastery ©
Intercession Khotkovo Monastery

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Yaroslavl: Kostroma (Museum of Wooden Architecture & Monastery of st Ipaty) and Rostov (State Museum Preserve Rostov Kremlin & Yakovlevsky Savior Monastery). There's much more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Yaroslavl Embankment, make a trip to Monument to Bear, pause for some photo ops at Art Object IT-Twist the!, and pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Elijah the Prophet.

Plan trip to Yaroslavl with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can take a train from Sergiyev Posad to Yaroslavl in 2.5 hours. Another option is to drive. June in Yaroslavl sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 14°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Vladimir.

Things to do in Yaroslavl

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kostroma, Rostov
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Vvedenskiy Tolga Convent ©
Vvedenskiy Tolga Convent
Yaroslavl Embankment ©
Yaroslavl Embankment
State Museum Preserve Rostov Kremlin ©

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Mon): examine the collection at Museum Of Wooden Architecture & Peasant Life, examine the collection at Suzdal Kremlin, examine the collection at Spaso-Evfimiyev Monastery Museum Complex, then appreciate the history behind Monument to Residents of Suzdal Who Died During the Great Patriotic War, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Intercession of the Holy Virgin. On the 11th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Saint Demetrius, appreciate the history behind Monument to Alexandr Nevskiy, pause for some photo ops at Monument to Prince Vladimir And Saint Fedor, then see the interesting displays at Vodonapornaya Bashnya Museum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Assumption Cathedral, and finally have fun and explore at Borodins' Blacksmith Shop.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Vladimir trip planner .

Traveling by car from Yaroslavl to Vladimir takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can take a train to Moscow.

Things to do in Vladimir

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Suzdal, Church of the Intercession of the Holy Virgin
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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.
Moscow is known for museums, historic sites, nightlife, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Red Square (Krasnaya ploshchad), take in the local highlights with Walking tours, tour the pleasant surroundings at Sparrow Hills (Vorobyovy Gory), and brush up on your military savvy at The Armoury.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Moscow attractions tool .

Traveling by train from Vladimir to Moscow takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in June, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Moscow

Museums Historic Sites Tours
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Red Square (Krasnaya Ploshchad) ©
Red Square (Krasnaya Ploshchad)
State Tretyakov Gallery ©
State Tretyakov Gallery
Moscow Kremlin (Moskovsky Kreml)
Moscow Kremlin (Moskovsky Kreml)

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