30 days in Russia Itinerary

30 days in Russia Itinerary

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30 days in Russia Itinerary

Start: Verona
bus + Fly:  8​h
1
Kaliningrad
— 3 nights
2
St. Petersburg
— 8 nights
Fly:  5​h
3
Yaroslavl
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Kostroma
— 2 nights
5
Nizhny Novgorod
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
6
Kazan
— 5 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
7
Volgograd
— 1 night
8
Moscow
— 5 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Verona

3
nights
Kaliningrad

Kaliningrad ©
A city of science and philosophy, cosmopolitan Kaliningrad once served as a cultural hub of Germany, Poland, and Lithuania.
Change things up with a short trip to Beach Promenade in Yantarnyy (about 54 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape of Kurshskaya Kosa, step aboard Research vessel "Vityaz", steep yourself in history at Fort XI Donhoff, and get curious at Museum of the World Ocean.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Kaliningrad trip itinerary maker app .

Verona, Italy to Kaliningrad is an approximately 8-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or drive. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Verona in July; daily highs in Kaliningrad reach 27°C and lows reach 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Kaliningrad

Museums Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Beach Promenade
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B-413 Submarine Museum ©
B-413 Submarine Museum
Kurshskaya Kosa ©
Kurshskaya Kosa
Beach Promenade ©
Beach Promenade

8
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.
St. Petersburg is known for museums, historic sites, parks, nightlife, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at The State Hermitage Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Savior on the Spilled Blood, get in on the family fun at Divo Ostrov, and see the interesting displays at Russian Museum.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the St. Petersburg journey builder app .

Traveling by flight from Kaliningrad to St. Petersburg takes 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 July, daily temperatures in St. Petersburg can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel to Yaroslavl.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums Parks Historic Sites
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The State Hermitage Museum ©
The State Hermitage Museum
Saint Isaac's Cathedral ©
Saint Isaac's Cathedral
Savior on the Spilled Blood ©
Savior on the Spilled Blood

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Yaroslavl: Rostov (State Museum Preserve Rostov Kremlin, Yakovlevsky Savior Monastery, & more). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Vvedenskiy Tolga Convent, pause for some serene contemplation at Andrey Kritskiy's Church, explore the different monuments and memorials at Leontievskoye Cemetery, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Yaroslavl Embankment.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Yaroslavl trip itinerary planner.

Fly from St. Petersburg to Yaroslavl in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In July, daily temperatures in Yaroslavl can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to drive to Kostroma.

Things to do in Yaroslavl

Historic Sites Museums Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

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

2
nights
Kostroma

Kostroma ©
As part of Russia's Golden Ring of historical towns, the city of Kostroma is something of an open-air museum with ties to the Romanov dynasty.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): explore the world behind art at Krasnoe Selo Jewelry and Folk Applied Arts Museum, experience rural life at Sumarokovskaya Elk Farm, examine the collection at Museum of Russian Teapot, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Resurrection Church on the Debra, and finally see the interesting displays at Museum Petrovskaya Igrushka. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Museum of the Kostroma Merchant, examine the collection at Dom Gorodskogo Golovy Botnikova Museum, pause for some photo ops at Monument to Cats and Dogs Affected by Cars, examine the collection at M. Malyshev's House Museum, then see the interesting displays at Peter Toy Museum, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Zaprudnenskaya Church.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Kostroma trip planning website .

You can drive from Yaroslavl to Kostroma in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. July in Kostroma sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Nizhny Novgorod.

Things to do in Kostroma

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Krasnoe Selo Jewelry and Folk Applied Arts Museum, Sumarokovskaya Elk Farm
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Dom Gorodskogo Golovy Botnikova Museum ©
Museum Petrovskaya Igrushka ©
Museum Petrovskaya Igrushka

2
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.
On the 18th (Sat), learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Limpopo Zoo, then make a trip to Chkalov Staircase, then step into the grandiose world of The Kremlin, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Voznesenskiy Pechyorskiy muzhskoy monastyr'. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Museum-house of the writer Maxim Gorky, don't miss a visit to Bolshaia Pokrovskaia Street, get curious at Museum of Old Equipment and Tools, admire the striking features of State Bank, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Nativity of Most Holy Mother of God, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Fedorovsky Embankment.

For maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Nizhny Novgorod trip planner.

Getting from Kostroma to Nizhny Novgorod by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In July, daytime highs in Nizhny Novgorod are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel to Kazan.

Things to do in Nizhny Novgorod

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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The Kremlin ©
The Kremlin

5
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.
Explore Kazan's surroundings by going to City Lake (in Zelenodolsk), Sviyazhsk (Cathedral in Honor of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, St. John the Precursor Monastery of Sviyazhsk, & more) and Raifa (Trinity Cathedral, Church in Honor of the Holy Fathers in Sinai and Raifa, & more). Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Kazan Kremlin, get a taste of the local shopping with Bauman Street (Kazansky Arbat), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Annunciation Cathedral, and admire the masterpieces at Slava Zaitsev's Art Gallery and Studio.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Kazan trip itinerary builder app .

Getting from Nizhny Novgorod to Kazan by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Kazan are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel to Volgograd.

Things to do in Kazan

Historic Sites Fun & Games Parks

Side Trips

Raifa, Sviyazhsk, City Lake
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Kazan Kremlin ©
Kazan Kremlin
Kul Sharif Mosque ©
Kul Sharif Mosque
Annunciation Cathedral ©
Annunciation Cathedral

1
night
Volgograd

Volgograd ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): don't miss a visit to The Eternal Flame, steep yourself in history at The Ruins of the Mill Named after Grudinin, pause for some photo ops at Mamayev Kurgan, then appreciate the history behind 'The Motherland Calls' Sculpture, and finally learn about all things military at State Historical and Memorial Preserve The Battle of Stalingrad.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Volgograd day trip website .

You can fly from Kazan to Volgograd in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Kazan in July: highs in Volgograd hover around 36°C, while lows dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Moscow.

Things to do in Volgograd

Museums Historic Sites
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'The Motherland Calls' Sculpture ©
'The Motherland Calls' Sculpture
Mamayev Kurgan ©
Mamayev Kurgan

5
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Moscow: Church of The Holy Virgin (in Dubrovitsy), FREEZONE Aerodynamic Complex (in Sharapovo) and The Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra (in Sergiyev Posad). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Red Square (Krasnaya Ploshchad), walk around Sparrow Hills (Vorobyovy Gory), brush up on your military savvy at Armoury Chamber, and stroll the grounds of Tserkov' Uspeniya Presvyatoy Bogoroditsy V Novodevich'yem Monastyre.

For photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Moscow travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Volgograd to Moscow takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Volgograd in July; daily highs in Moscow reach 27°C and lows reach 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Moscow

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

The Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra, Church of The Holy Virgin, FREEZONE Aerodynamic Complex
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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)

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