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
— 5 nights
Fly:  16​h 15​min
2
Vladivostok
— 3 nights
Fly:  15​h 15​min
3
Sochi
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
Gelendzhik
— 2 nights
+4
Fly + train + subway + train + taxi:  6​h 45​min
5
Suzdal
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Yaroslavl
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  5​h 30​min
7
Veliky Novgorod
— 2 nights
Drive:  8​h
8
Ruskeala
— 1 day
Drive:  5​h
9
St. Petersburg
— 5 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Verona

5
nights
Kaliningrad

Kaliningrad ©
A city of science and philosophy, cosmopolitan Kaliningrad once served as a cultural hub of Germany, Poland, and Lithuania.
Step off the beaten path and head to Beach Promenade and Friedland Gates Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kaliningrad: Svetlogorsk (Water Tower, Sun Clock Zodiak, & more), Dancing Forest (in Rybachy) and Zelenogradsk (MURARIUM Art-Collection of Cats & Zelenogradsk Promenade). There's much more to do: appreciate the history behind Immanuel Kant's Grave, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Kaliningrad Zoo, examine the collection at B-413 Submarine Museum, and admire the landmark architecture of Fort #5 King Fredric-Wilhelm the Third.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Kaliningrad travel route builder website .

Verona, Italy to Kaliningrad is an approximately 8-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Verona to Kaliningrad. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Verona in July; daily highs in Kaliningrad reach 27°C and lows reach 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Vladivostok.

Things to do in Kaliningrad

Museums Parks Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Svetlogorsk, Zelenogradsk, Beach Promenade, Dancing Forest
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Museum of the World Ocean ©
Museum of the World Ocean
Beach Promenade ©
Beach Promenade
Zelenogradsk Promenade ©
Zelenogradsk Promenade

3
nights
Vladivostok

Vladivostok ©
Often compared to San Francisco and Naples, the sprawling eastern city of Vladivostok serves as the largest Russian port on the Pacific Ocean.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Golden Bridge and Railroad Terminal. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sea views from Tokarevskiy mayak, appreciate the history behind Pushkin Statue, don't miss a visit to Svetlanskaya Street, and take an in-depth tour of S-56 Submarine Museum.

To see ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Vladivostok online tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by flight from Kaliningrad to Vladivostok takes 16.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Kaliningrad to Vladivostok is 8 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Vladivostok can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Sochi.

Things to do in Vladivostok

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Russian Island ©
Russian Island
Golden Bridge ©
Golden Bridge
Railroad Terminal ©
Railroad Terminal

5
nights
Sochi

Sochi ©
Called the "Summer Capital of Russia," the busy resort town of Sochi is best known as the host of the 2014 Winter Olympics.
Explore hidden gems such as Iceberg Skating Palace and Agura Waterfalls. There's much more to do: see where the action happens at Fisht Olympic Stadium, hit the slopes at Gornaya Karusel Sport-Tourist Complex, admire the local landmark of The Singing Fountains, and appreciate the history behind Monument to Sochi Soldier.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Sochi online travel planner .

Fly from Vladivostok to Sochi in 15.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 7 hours traveling from Vladivostok to Sochi. Traveling from Vladivostok in July, expect Sochi to be a bit warmer, temps between 33°C and 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Gelendzhik.

Things to do in Sochi

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors
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Krasnaya Polyana Mountain Cluster ©
Krasnaya Polyana Mountain Cluster
Agura Waterfalls ©
Agura Waterfalls
Room Escape Games

2
nights
Gelendzhik

Gelendzhik ©
Situated along a Black Sea bay, the town of Gelendzhik is one of Russia's most popular summer destinations.
On the 16th (Thu), find something for the whole family at Safari Park and then take in the pleasant sights at Gelendzhik Embankment. Keep things going the next day: pause for some photo ops at Monument to the Sailors, don't miss a visit to White Bride Sculpture, and then walk around The Old Park Cultural Center.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Gelendzhik trip app .

Drive from Sochi to Gelendzhik in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry; or do a combination of train and taxi. In July in Gelendzhik, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 21°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Suzdal.

Things to do in Gelendzhik

Theme Parks Parks

Side Trips

The Old Park Cultural Center, Monument to the Sailors
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Safari Park ©
Safari Park
The Old  Park Cultural Center ©
The Old Park Cultural Center
Gelendzhik Embankment ©
Gelendzhik Embankment

2
nights
Suzdal

Suzdal ©
One of Russia's oldest settlements, the small town of Suzdal boasts nearly a thousand years of history.
On the 18th (Sat), see the interesting displays at The Convent of the Intercession (Pokrovsky Monastery), see the interesting displays at Spaso-Evfimiyev Monastery Museum Complex, then see the interesting displays at Museum Of Wooden Architecture & Peasant Life, and finally see the interesting displays at Suzdal Kremlin. On the 19th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some photo ops at Monument to St. Vladimir, pause for some photo ops at Monument to Prince Vladimir And Saint Fedor, pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Assumption Cathedral, get engrossed in the history at Golden Gate, then examine the collection at Vodonapornaya Bashnya Museum, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Intercession of the Holy Virgin.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Suzdal travel route planner.

You can do a combination of flight, train, and taxi from Gelendzhik to Suzdal in 7 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to drive to Yaroslavl.

Things to do in Suzdal

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Vladimir, Church of the Intercession of the Holy Virgin
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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Church of Elijah the Prophet and Strelka Fountains. Get out of town with these interesting Yaroslavl side-trips: Rostov (Church of St. Gregory the Theologian, State Museum Preserve Rostov Kremlin, & more), Kostroma (The Resurrection Church on the Debra, Monastery of st Ipaty, & more) and Library of Jam (in Semibratovo). It doesn't end there: get to know the fascinating history of Yaroslavl Embankment.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Yaroslavl trip planner .

You can drive from Suzdal to Yaroslavl in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a train. In July, daytime highs in Yaroslavl are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Veliky Novgorod.

Things to do in Yaroslavl

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Kostroma, Rostov, Library of Jam
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State Museum Preserve Rostov Kremlin ©
Church of Elijah the Prophet ©
Church of Elijah the Prophet
Yakovlevsky Savior Monastery ©
Yakovlevsky Savior Monastery

2
nights
Veliky Novgorod

Veliky Novgorod
An ancient city thriving as a modern tourist destination, Veliky Novgorod rightly bills itself as the birthplace of Russia.
On the 23rd (Thu), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Cross Temple, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Savior of the Holy Face, get to know the fascinating history of Yaroslav’s Courtyard, get engrossed in the history at Church of Andrew Stratilat, then admire the striking features of St. Sophia Cathedral, and finally appreciate the history behind Millennium of Russia. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Kokui Tower Museum, see the interesting displays at Vitoslavlitsy Museum, admire the striking features of St. George Monastery, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. George at the Marketplace, and finally snap pictures at Pedestrian Bridge Across River Volkhov.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Veliky Novgorod trip itinerary planning site .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Yaroslavl to Veliky Novgorod in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to drive to Ruskeala.

Things to do in Veliky Novgorod

Museums Historic Sites
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Millennium of Russia
Millennium of Russia
St. Sophia Cathedral ©
St. Sophia Cathedral
Vitoslavlitsy Museum ©
Vitoslavlitsy Museum

1
day
Ruskeala

Ruskeala ©
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): take in the dramatic scenery at Ruskeala Waterfalls and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Ruskeala Mountain Park.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Ruskeala day trip planning tool .

Drive from Veliky Novgorod to Ruskeala in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus, flight, train, and car. The time zone difference moving from Moscow Standard Time to Eastern European Time is minus 1 hour. July in Ruskeala sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can go by car to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Ruskeala

Nature Parks
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Ruskeala Waterfalls ©
Ruskeala Waterfalls

5
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.
Explore hidden gems such as The Bath Block and Memorial Sign Strelka Of Vasilievskiy Island. Change things up with a short trip to WindTunnel FlyStation in Kuzmolovsky (about 32 minutes away). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Oranienbaum State Museum Reserve, snap pictures at Palace Bridge, explore the activities along Neva Embankments, and admire the striking features of Pavlovsk State Museum.

Take the guesswork out of planning a St. Petersburg vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Ruskeala to St. Petersburg in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of car and bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time (EET) to Moscow Standard Time (MSK) is 1 hour. In July, daytime highs in St. Petersburg are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

WindTunnel FlyStation
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Neva Embankments
Neva Embankments
The Bath Block ©
The Bath Block

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