55 days in Russia Itinerary

55 days in Russia Itinerary

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55 days in Russia Itinerary

Start: Gainesville
Fly + Drive:  18​h 15​min
1
Sergiyev Posad
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
2
Moscow
— 9 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Nizhny Novgorod
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
4
Vladimir
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Yaroslavl
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  5​h 30​min
6
Veliky Novgorod
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 45​min
7
St. Petersburg
— 8 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
8
Kaliningrad
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 30​min
9
Kazan
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
10
Volgograd
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h 15​min
11
Sochi
— 3 nights
Drive:  22​h 45​min
12
Murom
— 4 nights
Drive:  14​h 15​min
13
Pskov
— 3 nights
Drive:  12​h 45​min
14
Rostov
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  20​h
End: Gainesville

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Sergiyev Posad

Sergiyev Posad ©
Sergiyev Posad is a city and the administrative center of Sergiyevo-Posadsky District in Moscow Oblast, Russia. Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at The Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Trinity Cathedral, then appreciate the history behind St. Sergius of Radonezh Monument, then admire the sheer force of Waterfall Gremiachy, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Blinnaya Gora. On your second day here, pause for some serene contemplation at Gefsimansky Chernigovsky Skit (convent), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Refectory Church of St Sergius, then pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of the Assumption, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Dukhovskaya church, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chapel-at-the-Well.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Sergiyev Posad driving holiday planner.

Gainesville, USA to Sergiyev Posad is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Moscow Standard Time, which is usually an 8 hour difference. When traveling from Gainesville in May, plan for colder days and slightly colder nights in Sergiyev Posad: temperatures range from 66°F by day to 47°F at night. You will leave for Moscow on the 19th (Tue).

Things to do in Sergiyev Posad

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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The Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra ©
The Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra
Gefsimansky Chernigovsky Skit (convent) ©
Trinity Cathedral ©
Trinity Cathedral

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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: Kolomna (Cathedral of the Assumption, Kolomna Kremlin, & more), Church of The Holy Virgin (in Dubrovitsy) and FREEZONE Aerodynamic Complex (in Sharapovo). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Red Square, learn about all things military at Armoury Chamber, examine the collection at Moscow Kremlin (Moskovsky Kreml), and make a trip to Lenin's Mausoleum.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Moscow trip itinerary website .

Traveling by train from Sergiyev Posad to Moscow takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. May in Moscow sees daily highs of 66°F and lows of 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Nizhny Novgorod.

Things to do in Moscow

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Kolomna, Church of The Holy Virgin, FREEZONE Aerodynamic Complex
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Red Square ©
Red Square
St. Basil's Cathedral ©
St. Basil's Cathedral
Moscow Kremlin (Moskovsky Kreml)
Moscow Kremlin (Moskovsky Kreml)

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Fri): get to know the resident critters at Limpopo Zoo, step into the grandiose world of The Kremlin, and then admire the striking features of State Bank. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the history behind Monument to Yevgeniy Yevstigneyev, then don't miss a visit to Chkalov Staircase, then don't miss a visit to Bolshaia Pokrovskaia Street, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Fedorovsky Embankment.

To see where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Nizhny Novgorod trip maker app .

Getting from Moscow to Nizhny Novgorod by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. In May in Nizhny Novgorod, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 47°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Vladimir.

Things to do in Nizhny Novgorod

Historic Sites Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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The Kremlin ©
The Kremlin

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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.
On the 31st (Sun), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of the Transfiguration, see the interesting displays at Museum Of Wooden Architecture & Peasant Life, examine the collection at Suzdal Kremlin, then examine the collection at Spaso-Evfimiyev Monastery Museum Complex, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Intercession of the Holy Virgin. On the 1st (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Saint Demetrius, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Assumption Cathedral, then examine the collection at Vodonapornaya Bashnya Museum, then appreciate the history behind Monument to Prince Vladimir And Saint Fedor, and finally explore the engaging exhibits at Borodins' Blacksmith Shop.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Vladimir day trip planning website .

Take a train from Nizhny Novgorod to Vladimir in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Yaroslavl.

Things to do in Vladimir

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Suzdal, Church of the Intercession of the Holy Virgin
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): don't miss a visit to Vvedenskiy Tolga Convent, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Elijah the Prophet, then ponder the design of Strelka Fountains, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Yaroslavl Embankment. On your second day here, appreciate the history behind Monument 1000 Years of Yaroslavl, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. John the Baptist Church, then make a trip to Monument to Bear, and finally see the interesting displays at Private Museum Music and Time.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Yaroslavl online day trip planner .

You can drive from Vladimir to Yaroslavl in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a train. June in Yaroslavl sees daily highs of 69°F and lows of 54°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Veliky Novgorod.

Things to do in Yaroslavl

Historic Sites Museums
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Yaroslavl Embankment ©
Yaroslavl Embankment
Vvedenskiy Tolga Convent ©
Vvedenskiy Tolga Convent
St. John the Baptist Church ©
St. John the Baptist Church

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Veliky Novgorod

Veliky Novgorod ©
An ancient city thriving as a modern tourist destination, Veliky Novgorod rightly bills itself as the birthplace of Russia.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Thu): admire the landmark architecture of St. George Monastery, appreciate the extensive heritage of Novgorod Kremlin (Detinets), then admire the landmark architecture of Granovitaya Palata, then appreciate the history behind Millennium of Russia, and finally admire the striking features of St. Sophia Cathedral. On your second day here, pause for some photo ops at Statue of Sergei Rakhmaninov, examine the collection at Vitoslavlitsy Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Church of the Savior's Transfiguration on Ilin Street, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Yaroslav’s Courtyard, and finally snap pictures at Pedestrian Bridge Across River Volkhov.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Veliky Novgorod vacation planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Yaroslavl to Veliky Novgorod takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Veliky Novgorod

Historic Sites Museums
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Novgorod Kremlin (Detinets) ©
Novgorod Kremlin (Detinets)
Millennium of Russia
Millennium of Russia
St. Sophia Cathedral ©
St. Sophia Cathedral

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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, nightlife, parks, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at The State Hermitage Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas, examine the collection at Saint Isaac's Cathedral, and browse the exhibits of Peter and Paul Fortress.

To find photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the St. Petersburg day trip tool .

Take a train from Veliky Novgorod to St. Petersburg in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 68°F in June, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to 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

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Kaliningrad

Kaliningrad ©
A city of science and philosophy, cosmopolitan Kaliningrad once served as a cultural hub of Germany, Poland, and Lithuania.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kaliningrad: Museum of Russian Superstitions (in Lesnoy), Zelenogradsk Promenade (in Zelenogradsk) and Beach Promenade (in Yantarnyy). The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape of Kurshskaya Kosa, get to know the resident critters at Kaliningrad Zoo, see the interesting displays at Amber Museum, and pause for some serene contemplation at Konigsberg Cathedral.

To plan Kaliningrad vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Fly from St. Petersburg to Kaliningrad in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can 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 June, plan for daily highs up to 70°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Kazan.

Things to do in Kaliningrad

Museums Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Beach Promenade, Museum of Russian Superstitions, Zelenogradsk Promenade
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B-413 Submarine Museum ©
B-413 Submarine Museum
Kurshskaya Kosa ©
Kurshskaya Kosa
Beach Promenade ©
Beach Promenade

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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: contemplate the long history of Kazan Kremlin, admire the striking features of Agricultural Palace, examine the collection at Natural History of Tatarstan Museum, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kul Sharif Mosque.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Kazan tour itinerary site .

Traveling by flight from Kaliningrad to Kazan takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Kaliningrad to Kazan, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 74°F in June, and nighttime lows around 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Volgograd.

Things to do in Kazan

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

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sun): appreciate the history behind Square of Grief, appreciate the history behind 'The Motherland Calls' Sculpture, then make a trip to The Eternal Flame, and finally brush up on your military savvy at State Historical and Memorial Preserve The Battle of Stalingrad. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon): admire the landmark architecture of Volgograd Railway Station, appreciate the history behind Mamayev Kurgan, then make a trip to Hall of Military Glory, then get to know the fascinating history of Alley of the Heroes, and finally contemplate the long history of The Ruins of the Mill Named after Grudinin// Gergardt.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Volgograd tour itinerary maker tool .

Getting from Kazan to Volgograd by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. When traveling from Kazan in June, plan for a bit warmer days in Volgograd, with highs around 83°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Volgograd

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

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Wed): explore the striking landscape of Khostinsky Tisosamshitovaya Grove and then get outside with Rosa Khutor Ski Resort. On the 25th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: walk around Olimpiyskiy Park Adler and then find something for the whole family at Sochi Park.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Sochi trip app .

You can fly from Volgograd to Sochi in 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. When traveling from Volgograd in June, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Sochi: temperatures range from 78°F by day to 64°F at night. On the 26th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sochi

Parks Winter Sports Theme Parks
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Rosa Khutor Ski Resort ©
Rosa Khutor Ski Resort
Olimpiyskiy Park Adler ©
Olimpiyskiy Park Adler
Arboretum Botanical Garden Dendrariy ©

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Murom

Murom ©
Murom is a historical city in Vladimir Oblast, Russia, which sprawls along the left bank of the Oka River. Venture out of the city with trips to Kasimov (Kasimovskiy Kraevedcheskiy Museum, Museum of Russian Samovar, & more). There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Transfiguration monastery, take in the spiritual surroundings of Holy Trinity Convent, make a trip to Resurrection Monastery, and snap pictures at Cable-braced bridge.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Murom trip planner .

Drive from Sochi to Murom in 23 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can drive to Pskov.

Things to do in Murom

Historic Sites Museums Theme Parks

Side Trip

Kasimov
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Okskiy Park ©
Okskiy Park
Statue of Ilya Muromets ©
Statue of Ilya Muromets

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Pskov

Pskov ©
Pskov is a city and the administrative center of Pskov Oblast, Russia, located about 20km east from the Estonian border, on the Velikaya River. Change things up with these side-trips from Pskov: Izborsk (Slovenskiye Springs, Izborsk Fortress, & more), The Holy Dormition Pskovo-Pechersky Monastery (in Pechory) and The State museum-reserve of Alexander Pushkin (in Pushkinskie Gory). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Trinity Cathedral, examine the collection at Pogankin Chambers, get great views at Olginskaya Chapel And Viewing Point, and pause for some photo ops at Monument Pskov paratroopers (Dome).

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Pskov route planning app .

Traveling by car from Murom to Pskov takes 14.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 74°F, and evening lows to 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can go by car to Rostov.

Things to do in Pskov

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Izborsk, The State museum-reserve of Alexander Pushkin , The Holy Dormition Pskovo-Pechersky Monastery
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Holy Trinity Cathedral ©
Holy Trinity Cathedral
Izborsk Fortress ©
Izborsk Fortress

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Rostov

Rostov ©
Rostov is a town in Yaroslavl Oblast, Russia, one of the oldest in the country and a tourist center of the Golden Ring. Step out of Rostov to go to Godenovo and see Life-Giving Cross of the Lord, which is approximately 1 hour away. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at State Museum Preserve Rostov Kremlin, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yakovlevsky Savior Monastery, and pause for some serene contemplation at Assumption Cathedral.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Rostov trip planner .

You can drive from Pskov to Rostov in 13 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Rostov can reach 75°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rostov

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Life-Giving Cross of the Lord, Boris and Gleb Monastery
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State Museum Preserve Rostov Kremlin ©
Yakovlevsky Savior Monastery ©
Yakovlevsky Savior Monastery
Dom Remyosel ©
Dom Remyosel

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