51 days in Russia Itinerary

51 days in Russia Itinerary

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51 days in Russia Itinerary

Start: Gaya
Fly:  23​h 30​min
1
Vladivostok
— 4 nights
Fly:  11​h 30​min
2
Krasnoyarsk
— 2 nights
Fly:  10​h 45​min
3
Kazan
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h
4
Nizhny Novgorod
— 5 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
5
Vladimir
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Sergiyev Posad
— 5 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
7
Moscow
— 8 nights
8
Kaliningrad
— 5 nights
9
St. Petersburg
— 9 nights
Fly:  16​h 15​min
End: Gaya

4
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.
Do your shopping at Primorye State Art Gallery and Nostalgia Art Gallery. Step out of the city life by going to Vityaz Bay and National Park Land of the Leopard. Spend the 10th (Sun) on horseback at Astafyev's Bay. There's more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Amur Bay and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

For reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Vladivostok trip planner.

Gaya, India to Vladivostok is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 4 hours traveling from Gaya to Vladivostok. Traveling from Gaya in March, expect Vladivostok to be much colder, temps between 4°C and -7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can travel to Krasnoyarsk.

Things to do in Vladivostok

Outdoors Nature Parks

Side Trip

Vityaz Bay
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Astafyev's Bay ©
Astafyev's Bay

2
nights
Krasnoyarsk

Krasnoyarsk ©
Famed for its scenic location, Krasnoyarsk so impressed author Anton Chekhov that he considered it Siberia's most appealing city, describing it as a "picturesque, cultured town." A convenient pit stop for passengers making the trans-Siberian journey, the city serves as the country's major railway junction halfway between Moscow and Vladivostok.
Get outdoors at Stolby National Park and Enisey River. Get some cultural insight at Literature Museum and Paraskeva Pyatnitsa Chapel. The adventure continues: browse the different shops at Planeta, get into the urban bustle at Kamenka Cultural Space, and look for gifts at Diana Art Salon.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Krasnoyarsk trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by flight from Vladivostok to Krasnoyarsk takes 11.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Vladivostok Time to Krasnoyarsk Time is minus 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to travel to Kazan.

Things to do in Krasnoyarsk

Nature Parks Wildlife
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Stolby National Park ©
Stolby National Park
Literature Museum ©
Literature Museum
Paraskeva Pyatnitsa Chapel ©
Paraskeva Pyatnitsa Chapel

4
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Slava Zaitsev's Art Gallery and Studio and Alafuzovskaya Factory. Do some cultural sightseeing at Kul Sharif Mosque and Kazan Art Gallery. Explore Kazan's surroundings by going to Lenino-Kokushkino, State Historical and Cultural Museum Preserve (in Lenino-Kokushkino), Ethnocultural Complex Shorunzha (in Shorunzha) and Arboretum Volga-Kama Biosphere Reserve (in Raifa). The adventure continues: make a trip to Bauman Street (Kazansky Arbat), get into the urban bustle at Kazan Chamber Theatre Sdvig, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Annunciation Cathedral, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of the Apostles Peter and Paul.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Kazan route maker site .

Getting from Krasnoyarsk to Kazan by flight takes about 11 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Krasnoyarsk Time to Moscow Standard Time is minus 4 hours. March in Kazan sees daily highs of 0°C and lows of -9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to travel to Nizhny Novgorod.

Things to do in Kazan

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ethnocultural Complex Shorunzha, Lenino-Kokushkino, State Historical and Cultural Museum Preserve, Arboretum Volga-Kama Biosphere Reserve
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Konstantin Vasiliev Museum ©
Konstantin Vasiliev Museum
Kul Sharif Mosque ©
Kul Sharif Mosque
Annunciation Cathedral ©
Annunciation Cathedral

5
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.
Let the collections at Museum of Old Equipment and Tools and Museum of Valery Chkalov capture your imagination. Get some historical perspective at The Kremlin and Church of Nativity of Most Holy Mother of God. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nizhny Novgorod: Pustynskiye Lakes (in Staraya Pustyn), Kazanskaya Church (in Diveyevo) and Makaryev Monastery (in Makaryevo). There's lots more to do: take in the exciting artwork at Veshch v Sebe Art Gallery, pause for some serene contemplation at Tserkov' Uspeniya Presvyatoy Bogoroditsy, get a taste of the local shopping with Yurkovka Art Gallery, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Fedorovsky Embankment.

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Traveling by flight from Kazan to Nizhny Novgorod takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Nizhny Novgorod can reach 2°C, while at night they dip to -7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can take a train to Vladimir.

Things to do in Nizhny Novgorod

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Pustynskiye Lakes, Kazanskaya Church, Makaryev Monastery, Museum of Valery Chkalov
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The Kremlin ©
The Kremlin
Makaryev Monastery ©
Makaryev Monastery
Museum of Valery Chkalov ©
Museum of Valery Chkalov

3
nights
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.
Popular historic sites such as Church of the Intercession of the Holy Virgin and Dmitriyevskiy Cathedral Museum are in your itinerary. Appreciate the collections at Borodins' Blacksmith Shop and Vladimir Art gallery. Get out of town with these interesting Vladimir side-trips: Nikolsky Women's Monastery (in Sanino), Suzdal (Suzdal Kremlin, Museum Of Wooden Architecture & Peasant Life, & more) and Church of The Transfiguration (in Goritsy). It doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Assumption Cathedral and examine the collection at Chambers Cultural and Educational Center.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Vladimir route planner.

Getting from Nizhny Novgorod to Vladimir by train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Sergiyev Posad.

Things to do in Vladimir

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Suzdal, Church of the Intercession of the Holy Virgin, Church of The Transfiguration, Nikolsky Women's Monastery
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Holy Assumption Cathedral ©
Holy Assumption Cathedral

5
nights
Sergiyev Posad

Sergiyev Posad ©
Sergiyev Posad is a city and the administrative center of Sergiyevo-Posadsky District in Moscow Oblast, Russia. Get in touch with nature at National Park Pleshheyevo Lake and Podlipicheskiy Pond. Orekhovo Zuevsky City Exhibition Hall and The Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sergiyev Posad: Radonezh (Tserkov' Preobrazheniya Gospodnya & Transfiguration Church), Holy Annunciation Monastery (in Kirzhach) and Cathedral of the Assumption (in Stromyn). There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of the Assumption, steep yourself in history at Church of St. John Chrysostom Nativity, examine the collection at Museum of Arcade Machines Retro, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nikolo-Solbinsky Convent.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Sergiyev Posad online trip builder .

Traveling by car from Vladimir to Sergiyev Posad takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a train. In March in Sergiyev Posad, expect temperatures between 2°C during the day and -5°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Moscow.

Things to do in Sergiyev Posad

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Radonezh, Aleksandrov, Cathedral of the Assumption, Nikolsky Women's Monastery, Nikolo-Solbinsky Convent
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The Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra ©
Gefsimansky Chernigovsky Skit (convent) ©
Nikolsky Women's Monastery ©
Nikolsky Women's Monastery

8
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.
Do your shopping at Kournikova Gallery and Kuznetsky Most Street. Museum-lovers will appreciate The State Tretyakov Gallery and Moscow Kremlin (Moskovsky Kreml). Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Moscow: Muzey tekhniki Vadima Zadorozhnogo (in Arkhangelskoye), Kolomna (Kolomenskiy Patefon Museum, Kolomna Kremlin, & more) and Dacha Art Gallery (in Zhukovka). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Red Square (Krasnaya ploshchad), admire the striking features of Novodevichy Convent, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of The Holy Virgin, and steep yourself in history at Lenin's Mausoleum.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Moscow trip app .

Drive from Sergiyev Posad to Moscow in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In April in Moscow, expect temperatures between 11°C during the day and 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can travel to Kaliningrad.

Things to do in Moscow

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kolomna, Lobnya Art Gallery, Muzey tekhniki Vadima Zadorozhnogo, Dacha Art Gallery, Church of The Holy Virgin
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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)

5
nights
Kaliningrad

Kaliningrad ©
A city of science and philosophy, cosmopolitan Kaliningrad once served as a cultural hub of Germany, Poland, and Lithuania.
Get a sense of the local culture at Curonian Spit and Drevnyaya Sambiya. Do your shopping at Art Gallery Gates and Cultura Bottle Shop. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kaliningrad: Vysota Efa (in Morskoye), Yantarnyy (Beach Shakhta Anna & Beach Promenade) and Museum of Russian Superstitions (in Lesnoy). There's much more to do: examine the collection at B-413 Submarine Museum, get curious at Museum of the World Ocean, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Christ the Savior, and get a new perspective on nature at Wystiter Okologisch-Historisches Museum Krasnolesje.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Kaliningrad trip itinerary builder website .

Getting from Moscow to Kaliningrad by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Moscow Standard Time (MSK) to Eastern European Time (EET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In April in Kaliningrad, expect temperatures between 14°C during the day and 2°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Kaliningrad

Museums Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Yantarnyy, Lesnoy, Gusevskiy Local History Museum named after A.M. Ivanov, Vysota Efa, Private Museum Old German School Valdvinkel
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Kurshskaya Kosa ©
Kurshskaya Kosa
Beach Promenade ©
Beach Promenade
B-413 Submarine Museum ©
B-413 Submarine Museum

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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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Beach Laskovy and Golden Beach. Museum-lovers will get to explore Russian Museum and Saint Isaac's Cathedral. Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at The State Hermitage Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas, examine the collection at Russian Museum of Ethnography, and kick back and relax at Natural Sanctuary Komarovskiy Bereg.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the St. Petersburg online tour planner .

You can fly from Kaliningrad to St. Petersburg in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Kaliningrad to St. Petersburg. Traveling from Kaliningrad in April, expect nights in St. Petersburg to be about the same, around 0°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums Outdoors Beaches
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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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