18 days in Russia Itinerary

18 days in Russia Itinerary

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18 days in Russia Itinerary

Start: New Delhi
Fly:  9​h 30​min
1
Moscow
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Zhukovsky
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Moscow
— 1 night
train:  4​h
4
Nizhny Novgorod
— 1 night
5
Kazan
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 45​min
6
St. Petersburg
— 3 nights
train:  5​h
7
Petrozavodsk
— 1 night
train:  5​h
8
St. Petersburg
— Few hours
train:  4​h 15​min
9
Moscow
— 1 day
Fly:  9​h 30​min
End: New Delhi

3
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.
Let the collections at Moscow Kremlin (Moskovsky Kreml) and The Museum of Cosmonautics capture your imagination. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Meshherskoye and Moscow Zoo. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Red Square (Krasnaya Ploshchad), brush up on your military savvy at Armoury Chamber, explore the different monuments and memorials at Tserkov' Uspeniya Presvyatoy Bogoroditsy V Novodevich'yem Monastyre, and examine the collection at Museum of Russian Electricity.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Moscow trip itinerary maker .

New Delhi, India to Moscow is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from India Standard Time to Moscow Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from New Delhi in August, with highs in Moscow at 27°C and lows at 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to drive to Zhukovsky.

Things to do in Moscow

Museums Parks Historic Sites
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Red Square (Krasnaya Ploshchad) ©
Red Square (Krasnaya Ploshchad)
St. Basil's Cathedral ©
St. Basil's Cathedral
Moscow Kremlin (Moskovsky Kreml)
Moscow Kremlin (Moskovsky Kreml)

3
nights
Zhukovsky

Zhukovsky ©
Bring the kids along to Museum House of Samovar and National Horse Park Rus. Museum-lovers will get to explore Kolomna Kremlin and Museum Forging Settlement. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Zhukovsky: The Central Air Force Museum (in Monino), Kolomna (Tram Museum, Cathedral of the Assumption, & more) and Severny Olen (in Antsiferovo).

To find reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Zhukovsky trip planner.

You can drive from Moscow to Zhukovsky in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in August, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to drive to Moscow.

Things to do in Zhukovsky

Museums Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kolomna, The Central Air Force Museum, Church of Saints Boris and Gleb, Severny Olen, National Horse Park Rus
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The Central Air Force Museum ©
The Central Air Force Museum
Kolomna Kremlin ©
Kolomna Kremlin
Museum of Russian Marshmallow ©
Museum of Russian Marshmallow

1
night
Moscow

Moscow
For other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Moscow trip planner .

You can drive from Zhukovsky to Moscow in 1.5 hours. On the 30th (Fri), you'll travel to Nizhny Novgorod.

Things to do in Moscow

Museums Nightlife Fun & Games
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1
night
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.
On the 30th (Fri), see the interesting displays at Nizhny Novgorod State Art Museum, then step into the grandiose world of The Kremlin, and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Limpopo Zoo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: try out the rides at Galileo Park, see the interesting displays at Museum-house of the writer Maxim Gorky, examine the collection at Rukavishnikovykh Usadba, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Nativity of Most Holy Mother of God, then get curious at Museum of Old Equipment and Tools, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Fedorovsky Embankment.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Nizhny Novgorod travel planning website .

Traveling by flight from Moscow to Nizhny Novgorod takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In August, daily temperatures in Nizhny Novgorod can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Kazan.

Things to do in Nizhny Novgorod

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Museum-house of the writer Maxim Gorky ©
The Kremlin ©
The Kremlin

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Park Lake Kharovoye, steep yourself in history at Kazan Kremlin, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kul Sharif Mosque, then take a stroll through Bauman Street (Kazansky Arbat), then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of the Apostles Peter and Paul, and finally cool off at Riviera Aquapark. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon): head off the coast to Sviyazhsk, explore the activities along Raifa Lake, then explore the activities along Blue Lakes, and finally see the interesting displays at Museum of Soviet Life.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Kazan route planner.

Fly from Nizhny Novgorod to Kazan in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Kazan are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Kazan

Nature Parks Theme Parks

Side Trips

Raifa Lake, Sviyazhsk
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Blue Lakes ©
Blue Lakes
Kazan Kremlin ©
Kazan Kremlin
Kul Sharif Mosque ©
Kul Sharif Mosque

3
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Saint Isaac's Cathedral and Peter and Paul Fortress (Petropavlovskaya Krepost). Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Savior on the Spilled Blood and Russian Museum. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Palace Square (Dvortsovaya Ploshchad), get in on the family fun at Divo Ostrov, brush up on your military savvy at Military Historical Artillery Museum, and take an in-depth tour of Yusupov Palace.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the St. Petersburg sightseeing planner .

Getting from Kazan to St. Petersburg by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In September, daytime highs in St. Petersburg are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Petrozavodsk.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Divo Ostrov ©
Divo Ostrov
Saint Isaac's Cathedral ©
Saint Isaac's Cathedral
Savior on the Spilled Blood ©
Savior on the Spilled Blood

1
night
Petrozavodsk

Petrozavodsk ©
Petrozavodsk is the capital city of the Republic of Karelia, Russia, which stretches along the western shore of Lake Onega for some 27km. On the 7th (Sat), learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Zookompleks Three Bears, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Presentation of the Lord, examine the collection at Kizhi State Historical-Architectural and Ethnographic Memorial Museum Reserve, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church in the Name of St. Catherine, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Alexander Nevskiy Cathedral.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Petrozavodsk holiday maker site .

Take a train from St. Petersburg to Petrozavodsk in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Petrozavodsk

Historic Sites Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Alexander Nevskiy Cathedral ©
Alexander Nevskiy Cathedral

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hours
St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg
For maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the St. Petersburg trip planner .

You can take a train from Petrozavodsk to St. Petersburg in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. On the 8th (Sun), you're off toMoscow.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Tours Museums Nightlife
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day
Moscow

Moscow ©
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): explore the world behind art at Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, wander the streets of Old Arbat (Stary Arbat), and then see the interesting displays at Tsaritsyno Museum-Reserve.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Moscow road trip planning website .

Getting from St. Petersburg to Moscow by train takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: fly; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Moscow

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods
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Tsaritsyno Museum-Reserve ©
Tsaritsyno Museum-Reserve
Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts ©
Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts
Old Arbat (Stary Arbat) ©
Old Arbat (Stary Arbat)

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