47 days in Russia Itinerary

47 days in Russia Itinerary

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47 days in Russia Itinerary

Start: Budapest
Fly:  8​h 30​min
1
Sochi
— 4 nights
Fly:  8​h 15​min
2
Volgograd
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Moscow
— 8 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
4
Irkutsk
— 4 nights
Fly:  10​h 45​min
5
Kazan
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
6
Nizhny Novgorod
— 3 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
7
Vladimir
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
8
Yaroslavl
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h
9
St. Petersburg
— 11 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
10
Kaliningrad
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Budapest

4
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.
On the 16th (Wed), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Rosa Khutor Ski Resort. There's lots more to do: see where the action happens at Iceberg Skating Palace, see the interesting displays at Bolshe Spetsiy, admire the natural beauty at Arboretum Botanical Garden Dendrariy, and walk around Olimpiyskiy Park Adler.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Sochi online road trip planner .

Budapest, Hungary to Sochi is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Moscow Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. Traveling from Budapest in October, expect Sochi to be a bit warmer, temps between 24°C and 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to travel to Volgograd.

Things to do in Sochi

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors
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Rosa Khutor Ski Resort ©
Rosa Khutor Ski Resort
Iceberg Skating Palace ©
Iceberg Skating Palace
Olimpiyskiy Park Adler ©
Olimpiyskiy Park Adler

3
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: make a trip to 'The Motherland Calls' Sculpture, brush up on your military savvy at State Historical and Memorial Preserve The Battle of Stalingrad, get outside with Alley of Poplars, and stroll around Volga-Akhtuba Floodplain Park.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Volgograd trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by flight from Sochi to Volgograd takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Traveling from Sochi in October, expect Volgograd to be a bit cooler, temps between 14°C and 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Moscow.

Things to do in Volgograd

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trip

Volga-Akhtuba Floodplain Park
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'The Motherland Calls' Sculpture ©
'The Motherland Calls' Sculpture
Mamayev Kurgan ©
Mamayev Kurgan
Volga-Akhtuba Floodplain Park ©
Volga-Akhtuba Floodplain Park

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Moscow side-trips: Church of The Holy Virgin (in Dubrovitsy), Sergiyev Posad (Cathedral of the Assumption & The Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra) and FREEZONE Aerodynamic Complex (in Sharapovo). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Red Square, take an in-depth tour of Armoury Chamber, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Basil's Cathedral, and examine the collection at Moscow Kremlin (Moskovsky Kreml).

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Moscow travel planning site .

You can fly from Volgograd to Moscow in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Volgograd in October, expect nights in Moscow to be about the same, around 1°C, while days are slightly colder, around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Irkutsk.

Things to do in Moscow

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

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

4
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: Monument to Baby Mammoth and Its Mother (in Usolye-Sibirskoe) and Angarsk (Art Center & Victory Museum). There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Baikal, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Our Lady of Kazan, enjoy some diversion at Sport Entertainment Complex Laser People, and look for all kinds of wild species at Kaiskaya Forest.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Irkutsk trip maker website .

Traveling by flight from Moscow to Irkutsk takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. You'll lose 5 hours traveling from Moscow to Irkutsk due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Moscow, expect a bit cooler days and much colder nights in Irkutsk, ranging from highs of -5°C to lows of -17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to travel to Kazan.

Things to do in Irkutsk

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Angarsk, Cape Skriper, Lake Baikal, Church of Our Lady of Kazan, Monument to Baby Mammoth and Its Mother
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Lake Baikal ©
Lake Baikal
Church of Our Lady of Kazan ©
Church of Our Lady of Kazan
Landfill Museum ©
Landfill Museum

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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at Annunciation Cathedral, see the interesting displays at Konstantin Vasiliev Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kul Sharif Mosque, then contemplate the long history of Kazan Kremlin, and finally examine the collection at Natural History of Tatarstan Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: have fun at Shooting Complex Olimp, then examine the collection at Museum "Tatarskaya Sloboda", then steep yourself in history at Cathedral of the Apostles Peter and Paul, and finally view the masterpieces at Slava Zaitsev's Art Gallery and Studio.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Kazan journey builder tool .

Traveling by flight from Irkutsk to Kazan takes 11 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Irkutsk Time to Moscow Standard Time is minus 5 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Irkutsk in November: high temperatures in Kazan hover around 0°C and lows are around -4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can travel to Nizhny Novgorod.

Things to do in Kazan

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

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: step into the grandiose world of The Kremlin, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Voznesenskiy Pechyorskiy muzhskoy monastyr', engage your brain at Museum of Old Equipment and Tools, and get to know the resident critters at Limpopo Zoo.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Nizhny Novgorod day trip planning site .

Traveling by flight from Kazan to Nizhny Novgorod takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 0°C in November, and nighttime lows around -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Vladimir.

Things to do in Nizhny Novgorod

Historic Sites Museums Zoos & Aquariums
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The Kremlin ©
The Kremlin
Rozhdestvenskaya Street ©
Rozhdestvenskaya Street

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Vladimir: Spaso-Evfimiyev Monastery Museum Complex (in Suzdal), Nikolsky Women's Monastery (in Sanino) and Pokrovskiy Vvedenskiy Ostrovnoi Convent (in Vvedenskiy). The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Intercession of the Holy Virgin, explore the engaging exhibits at Borodins' Blacksmith Shop, get curious at Spoon Museum, and see the interesting displays at Vodonapornaya Bashnya Museum.

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

Traveling by train from Nizhny Novgorod to Vladimir takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. On the 13th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Yaroslavl.

Things to do in Vladimir

Historic Sites Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Church of the Intercession of the Holy Virgin, Pokrovskiy Vvedenskiy Ostrovnoi Convent, Nikolsky Women's Monastery, Spaso-Evfimiyev Monastery Museum Complex
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Holy Assumption Cathedral ©
Holy Assumption Cathedral

2
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.
On the 14th (Thu), pause for some serene contemplation at St. John the Baptist Church and then examine the collection at State Museum Preserve Rostov Kremlin. On the 15th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Elijah the Prophet, get to know the fascinating history of Yaroslavl Embankment, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Leontievskoye Cemetery, and finally don't miss a visit to Vvedenskiy Tolga Convent.

For photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Yaroslavl travel route planner.

Getting from Vladimir to Yaroslavl by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 0°C in November, and nighttime lows around -3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Yaroslavl

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

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

11
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, nightlife, parks, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at The State Hermitage Museum, see the interesting displays at Saint Isaac's Cathedral, pause for some serene contemplation at Savior on the Spilled Blood, and make a trip to Palace Square.

To see maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our St. Petersburg journey maker app .

Fly from Yaroslavl to St. Petersburg in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Yaroslavl in November, expect nights in St. Petersburg to be about the same, around -1°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Kaliningrad.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums Parks Historic Sites
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The State Hermitage Museum ©
The State Hermitage Museum
Savior on the Spilled Blood ©
Savior on the Spilled Blood
Saint Isaac's Cathedral ©
Saint Isaac's Cathedral

4
nights
Kaliningrad

Kaliningrad ©
A city of science and philosophy, cosmopolitan Kaliningrad once served as a cultural hub of Germany, Poland, and Lithuania.
Explore Kaliningrad's surroundings by going to Monument to Cats in Zelenogradsk (in Zelenogradsk) and Beach Promenade (in Yantarnyy). Spend the 27th (Wed) exploring nature at Kurshskaya Kosa. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at B-413 Submarine Museum, steep yourself in history at Fort XI Donhoff, and pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Christ the Savior.

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

Traveling by flight from St. Petersburg to Kaliningrad takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from St. Petersburg to Kaliningrad due to the time zone difference. In November, Kaliningrad is somewhat warmer than St. Petersburg - with highs of 7°C and lows of 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kaliningrad

Historic Sites Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Monument to Cats in Zelenogradsk, Beach Promenade
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Cathedral of Christ the Savior ©
Cathedral of Christ the Savior
B-413 Submarine Museum ©
B-413 Submarine Museum
Fort XI Donhoff ©
Fort XI Donhoff

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