31 days in Russia Itinerary

31 days in Russia Itinerary

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31 days in Russia Itinerary

Start: Kuwait City
Fly:  10​h 15​min
1
Kazan
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h
2
Nizhny Novgorod
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
3
Vladimir
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Yaroslavl
— 3 nights
Fly + bus:  6​h
5
Veliky Novgorod
— 1 night
6
St. Petersburg
— 9 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
7
Kaliningrad
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h 30​min
8
Volgograd
— 1 day
Fly:  4​h 30​min
9
Moscow
— 5 nights
Fly:  8​h
End: Kuwait City

2
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.
Kazan is known for historic sites, museums, theme parks, nightlife, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kul Sharif Mosque, admire all the interesting features of Stadium Kazan Arena, admire the striking features of Leaning Suyumbike Tower, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Annunciation Cathedral.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Kazan driving holiday planner.

Kuwait City, Kuwait to Kazan is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Kuwait City in August, with highs in Kazan at 29°C and lows at 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Nizhny Novgorod.

Things to do in Kazan

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Sviyazhsk
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Kul Sharif Mosque ©
Kul Sharif Mosque
Annunciation Cathedral ©
Annunciation Cathedral

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.
Nizhny Novgorod is known for historic sites, museums, zoos & aquariums, fun & games, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: step into the grandiose world of The Kremlin, meet the residents at Limpopo Zoo, make a trip to Bolshaia Pokrovskaia Street, and pause for some photo ops at Monument to Minin and Pozharsky.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Nizhny Novgorod trip itinerary site .

You can drive from Kazan to Nizhny Novgorod in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. August in Nizhny Novgorod sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Vladimir.

Things to do in Nizhny Novgorod

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks
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The Kremlin ©
The Kremlin
Monument to Minin and Pozharsky ©
Monument to Minin and Pozharsky
Lokomotiv ©
Lokomotiv

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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Assumption Cathedral, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Saint Demetrius, then see the interesting displays at Vodonapornaya Bashnya Museum, then take an in-depth tour of Vladimir Suzdal Museum Reserve, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Intercession of the Holy Virgin.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Vladimir day trip planner .

Traveling by train from Nizhny Novgorod to Vladimir takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to drive to Yaroslavl.

Things to do in Vladimir

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Church of the Intercession of the Holy Virgin
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Holy Assumption Cathedral ©
Holy Assumption Cathedral
Vodonapornaya Bashnya Museum
Vodonapornaya Bashnya Museum

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 Yaroslavl's surroundings by going to Rostov (Yakovlevsky Savior Monastery & State Museum Preserve Rostov Kremlin). There's lots more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Yaroslavl Embankment, pause for some serene contemplation at St. John the Baptist Church, pause for some photo ops at Monument of Yaroslav the Wise (Mudry), and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Yaroslavl Zoo.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Yaroslavl trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by car from Vladimir to Yaroslavl takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a train. In August in Yaroslavl, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Veliky Novgorod.

Things to do in Yaroslavl

Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums Museums

Side Trip

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

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.
On the 12th (Sun), admire the striking features of Granovitaya Palata, appreciate the history behind Millennium of Russia, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kremlevskiy Beach, and finally admire the landmark architecture of St. Sophia Cathedral. On the 13th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the striking features of Church of Spasa-na-Iliene, admire the striking features of Cathedral of the Virgin of the Sign (Znamensky), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Tserkov' Spasa na Nereditse, appreciate the extensive heritage of Novgorod Kremlin (Detinets), then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. George Monastery, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Church of Peter and Paul.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Veliky Novgorod online itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of flight and train from Yaroslavl to Veliky Novgorod in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Veliky Novgorod

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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Kremlevskiy Beach ©
Kremlevskiy Beach
Novgorod Kremlin (Detinets) ©
Novgorod Kremlin (Detinets)
Millennium of Russia
Millennium of Russia

9
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.
Pack the 20th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Divo Ostrov. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at State Hermitage Museum and Winter Palace, admire the striking features of Peterhof Grand Palace, admire the natural beauty at Park And Gardens of Peterhof, and take an in-depth tour of Peter and Paul Fortress (Petropavlovskaya Krepost).

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our St. Petersburg holiday planner .

Traveling by train from Veliky Novgorod to St. Petersburg takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. August in St. Petersburg sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can travel to Kaliningrad.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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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
Kaliningrad

Kaliningrad
A city of science and philosophy, cosmopolitan Kaliningrad once served as a cultural hub of Germany, Poland, and Lithuania.
Step out of Kaliningrad with an excursion to Beach Promenade in Yantarnyy--about 54 minutes away. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Curonian Spit, appreciate the history behind Immanuel Kant's Grave, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Christ the Savior, and stroll through Kaliningrad Zoo.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Kaliningrad using our trip planner.

You can fly from St. Petersburg to Kaliningrad in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from St. Petersburg to Kaliningrad is minus 1 hour. In August, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel to Volgograd.

Things to do in Kaliningrad

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Beach Promenade
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Konigsberg Cathedral
Konigsberg Cathedral
Beach Promenade ©
Beach Promenade
B-413 Submarine Museum ©
B-413 Submarine Museum

1
day
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 26th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Defenders of Red Tsaritsyn, make a trip to The Eternal Flame, steep yourself in history at Flour mill ruins, then take in the history at Mamayev Hill Monuments, and finally make a trip to 'The Motherland Calls' Sculpture.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Volgograd attractions app .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Kaliningrad to Volgograd in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time (EET) to Moscow Standard Time (MSK), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Kaliningrad in August, expect Volgograd to be a bit warmer, temps between 36°C and 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel to Moscow.

Things to do in Volgograd

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.
Moscow is known for museums, historic sites, nightlife, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Red Square (Krasnaya ploshchad), tour the pleasant surroundings at Gorky Central Park of Culture and Leisure, explore the different monuments and memorials at Novodevichy Convent, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Basil's Cathedral.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Moscow driving holiday site .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Volgograd to Moscow in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Volgograd in August: high temperatures in Moscow hover around 27°C and lows are around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Moscow

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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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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