48 days in Russia Itinerary

48 days in Russia Itinerary

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48 days in Russia Itinerary

Start: St. Petersburg
1
Kostroma
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Yaroslavl
— 3 nights
3
Nizhny Novgorod
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
4
Kazan
— 3 nights
Fly:  10​h 45​min
5
Irkutsk
— 2 nights
Fly:  10​h 15​min
6
Volgograd
— 4 nights
+3
Fly + train + subway + train:  7​h 15​min
7
Tula
— 1 night
8
Moscow
— 10 nights
9
Kaliningrad
— 3 nights
10
St. Petersburg
— 13 nights
End: St. Petersburg

3
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 21st (Sat): see the interesting displays at Museum of Wooden Architecture, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Monastery of st Ipaty, then get engrossed in the history at Fire Tower, then admire the landmark architecture of The Resurrection Church on the Debra, and finally examine the collection at Dom Gorodskogo Golovy Botnikova Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun): take in the awesome beauty at Mountain Levitan, take in the exciting artwork at Provincial ARTgallery-M, and then make a trip to Susaninskaya Square.

To find where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Kostroma trip planner.

St. Petersburg to Kostroma is an approximately 11.5-hour train ride. You can also drive; or take a bus. September in Kostroma sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 9°C at night. On the 23rd (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Yaroslavl.

Things to do in Kostroma

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Ples, Sumarokovskaya Elk Farm
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Susaninskaya Square ©
Susaninskaya Square
Fire Tower ©
Fire Tower

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Rostov (Church of St. John the Evangelist, State Museum Preserve Rostov Kremlin, & more) and Uglich (Church of Prince Demitry the Martyr & Uglich Kremlin). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Vvedenskiy Tolga Convent, see the interesting displays at Private Museum Music and Time, ponder the design of Strelka Fountains, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. John the Baptist Church.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Yaroslavl trip maker app .

Drive from Kostroma to Yaroslavl in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in September, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can drive to Nizhny Novgorod.

Things to do in Yaroslavl

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Rostov, Uglich
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State Museum Preserve Rostov Kremlin ©
Yaroslavl Embankment ©
Yaroslavl Embankment
Church of Elijah the Prophet ©
Church of Elijah the Prophet

3
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: explore the historical opulence of The Kremlin, examine the collection at Museum-house of the writer Maxim Gorky, admire the striking features of State Bank, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of St. Alexander Nevskiy.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Nizhny Novgorod trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Yaroslavl to Nizhny Novgorod in 6 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. September in Nizhny Novgorod sees daily highs of 18°C and lows of 8°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (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
Museum-house of the writer Maxim Gorky ©

3
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, nightlife, theme parks, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: examine the collection at Kazan Kremlin, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kul Sharif Mosque, get a taste of the local shopping with Slava Zaitsev's Art Gallery and Studio, and admire the striking features of Leaning Suyumbike Tower.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Kazan trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Nizhny Novgorod to Kazan in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in September, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel to Irkutsk.

Things to do in Kazan

Historic Sites Museums Theme Parks
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Kazan Kremlin ©
Kazan Kremlin
Kul Sharif Mosque ©
Kul Sharif Mosque
Annunciation Cathedral ©
Annunciation Cathedral

2
nights
Irkutsk

Irkutsk ©
The most popular stop on the Trans-Siberian railway, Irkutsk gained fame as the cultural center of Decembrist exiles.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Irkutsk: Listvyanka (Baikal Limnological Museum & Nerpinary) and Taltsy Museum (in Taltsy). There's much more to do: explore the activities along Lake Baikal, appreciate the history behind Monument to The Dog, make a trip to Sculpture Babr, and take an in-depth tour of Irkutsk Regional Historical and Memorial Museum of Decembrists.

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

Traveling by flight from Kazan to Irkutsk takes 11 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. You'll lose 5 hours traveling from Kazan to Irkutsk due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Irkutsk when traveling from Kazan in October, with lows around -5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to travel to Volgograd.

Things to do in Irkutsk

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Listvyanka, Taltsy Museum, Lake Baikal
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Baikal Limnological Museum ©
Baikal Limnological Museum
Lake Baikal ©
Lake Baikal
Taltsy Museum ©
Taltsy Museum

4
nights
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.
Volgograd is known for historic sites, museums, nightlife, parks, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to 'The Motherland Calls' Sculpture, pause for some photo ops at Mamayev Kurgan, head outdoors with Engels Boulevard, and brush up on your military savvy at State Historical and Memorial Preserve The Battle of Stalingrad.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Volgograd trip itinerary maker site .

You can fly from Irkutsk to Volgograd in 10.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Irkutsk to Volgograd is minus 5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Irkutsk in October; daily highs in Volgograd reach 14°C and lows reach 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel to Tula.

Things to do in Volgograd

Outdoors Parks Fun & Games
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'The Motherland Calls' Sculpture ©
Mamayev Kurgan ©
Mamayev Kurgan
Volgograd Railway Station ©
Volgograd Railway Station

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 10th (Thu), appreciate the history behind Monument to Tula Gingerbread, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin, admire the landmark architecture of Holy Assumption Cathedral, then make a trip to Hedgehog At Mushroom Glade, then admire the striking features of Tula Kremlin Museum, and finally examine the collection at Tula Museum of Samovars. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll around P. Belousov Central Park of Culture and Recreation, steep yourself in history at Tula State Museum of Weapons, then see the interesting displays at Museum-estate of Leo Tolstoy, and finally examine the collection at Kulikovo field.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Tula driving holiday planning website .

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Volgograd to Tula takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Moscow.

Things to do in Tula

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Kulikovo field, Yasnaya Polyana
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Yasnaya Polyana ©
Yasnaya Polyana
Kulikovo field ©
Kulikovo field

10
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to FREEZONE Aerodynamic Complex (in Sharapovo), Church of The Holy Virgin (in Dubrovitsy) and Sergiyev Posad (The Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra, Cathedral of the Assumption, & more). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Red Square (Krasnaya Ploshchad), see the interesting displays at Moscow Kremlin (Moskovsky Kreml), admire the masterpieces at State Tretyakov Gallery, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Basil's Cathedral.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Moscow trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by train from Tula to Moscow takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Moscow are 7°C, while nighttime lows are 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Kaliningrad.

Things to do in Moscow

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Sergiyev Posad, Church of The Holy Virgin, FREEZONE Aerodynamic Complex
Find places to stay Oct 11 — 21:
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Red Square ©
Red Square
St. Basil's Cathedral ©
St. Basil's Cathedral
Moscow Kremlin (Moskovsky Kreml)
Moscow Kremlin (Moskovsky Kreml)

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 Museum of Russian Superstitions in Lesnoy (about 58 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape of Kurshskaya Kosa, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Konigsberg Cathedral, get to know the resident critters at Kaliningrad Zoo, and see the interesting displays at Amber Museum.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Kaliningrad trip planning app .

Fly from Moscow to Kaliningrad in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Moscow to Kaliningrad, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Moscow in October, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Kaliningrad: temperatures range from 13°C by day to 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) to allow time to travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Kaliningrad

Museums Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Museum of Russian Superstitions
Find places to stay Oct 21 — 24:
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B-413 Submarine Museum ©
B-413 Submarine Museum
Kurshskaya Kosa ©
Kurshskaya Kosa
Konigsberg Cathedral ©
Konigsberg Cathedral

13
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: explore the world behind art at The State Hermitage Museum, admire the striking features of Peterhof Grand Palace, examine the collection at Russian Museum, and admire the natural beauty at Catherine Palace and Park.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our St. Petersburg trip planner .

Fly from Kaliningrad to St. Petersburg in 4.5 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 October, you will find days in St. Petersburg are slightly colder (9°C), and nights are about the same (2°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

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

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