31 days in Russia Itinerary

31 days in Russia Itinerary

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31 days in Russia Itinerary

Start: Cape Town
Fly:  20​h 15​min
1
St. Petersburg
— 7 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
2
Kaliningrad
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h
3
Yaroslavl
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Vladimir
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
5
Nizhny Novgorod
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
6
Kazan
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
7
Volgograd
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
8
Moscow
— 7 nights
Fly:  19​h 15​min
End: Cape Town

7
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, examine the collection at The Anna Akhmatova Museum, step off the mainland to explore Yelagin Island, and get engrossed in the history at Peter and Paul Fortress.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our St. Petersburg tour itinerary planner.

Cape Town, South Africa to St. Petersburg is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Cape Town to St. Petersburg, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Cape Town in May, expect St. Petersburg to be little chillier, temps between 19°C and 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (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

4
nights
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: Monument to Cats in Zelenogradsk (in Zelenogradsk) and Beach Promenade (in Yantarnyy). Spend the 10th (Sun) exploring nature at Kurshskaya Kosa. Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at B-413 Submarine Museum, step aboard Research vessel "Vityaz", deepen your knowledge of military history at Fort XI Donhoff, and pause for some serene contemplation at Konigsberg Cathedral.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Kaliningrad trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can fly from St. Petersburg to Kaliningrad in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Moscow Standard Time to Eastern European Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in May, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can travel to Yaroslavl.

Things to do in Kaliningrad

Historic Sites Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Monument to Cats in Zelenogradsk, Beach Promenade
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Cathedral of Christ the Savior ©
Cathedral of Christ the Savior
Kurshskaya Kosa ©
Kurshskaya Kosa
B-413 Submarine Museum ©
B-413 Submarine Museum

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): examine the collection at State Museum Preserve Rostov Kremlin. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Vvedenskiy Tolga Convent, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Leontievskoye Cemetery, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. John the Baptist Church, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Yaroslavl Embankment.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Yaroslavl trip maker tool .

Traveling by flight from Kaliningrad to Yaroslavl takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Kaliningrad to Yaroslavl is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in May, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can go by car to Vladimir.

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 ©
St. John the Baptist Church ©
St. John the Baptist Church

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): examine the collection at Vodonapornaya Bashnya Museum, then admire the masterpieces at Spoon Museum, then explore the engaging exhibits at Borodins' Blacksmith Shop, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Assumption Cathedral. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Intercession of the Holy Virgin, see the interesting displays at Spaso-Evfimiyev Monastery Museum Complex, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Boris and Gleb.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Vladimir tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Yaroslavl to Vladimir in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Nizhny Novgorod.

Things to do in Vladimir

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Suzdal, Church of the Intercession of the Holy Virgin
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Holy Assumption Cathedral ©
Holy Assumption Cathedral

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, admire the striking features of State Bank, pause for some serene contemplation at Voznesenskiy Pechyorskiy muzhskoy monastyr', and get to know the fascinating history of Fedorovsky Embankment.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Nizhny Novgorod day trip app .

Traveling by train from Vladimir to Nizhny Novgorod takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In May, daytime highs in Nizhny Novgorod are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Kazan.

Things to do in Nizhny Novgorod

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Limpopo Zoo ©
Limpopo Zoo
The Kremlin ©
The Kremlin

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 21st (Thu): wander the streets of Bauman Street (Kazansky Arbat), admire the masterpieces at Slava Zaitsev's Art Gallery and Studio, then examine the collection at Konstantin Vasiliev Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of the Apostles Peter and Paul, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Annunciation Cathedral. On the 22nd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Natural History of Tatarstan Museum, contemplate the long history of Kazan Kremlin, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kul Sharif Mosque, and finally walk around Park Kontinent.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Kazan online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by flight from Nizhny Novgorod to Kazan takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Kazan can reach 22°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Volgograd.

Things to do in Kazan

Historic Sites Museums Shopping
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Slava Zaitsev's Art Gallery and Studio ©
Kazan Kremlin ©
Kazan Kremlin
Kul Sharif Mosque ©
Kul Sharif Mosque

2
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.
On the 23rd (Sat), make a trip to Hall of Military Glory, pause for some photo ops at Mamayev Kurgan, then pause for some photo ops at 'The Motherland Calls' Sculpture, then don't miss a visit to The Eternal Flame, and finally steep yourself in history at The Ruins of the Mill Named after Grudinin// Gergardt. Keep things going the next day: stroll around Volga-Akhtuba Floodplain Park and then get engrossed in the history at State Historical and Memorial Preserve The Battle of Stalingrad.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Volgograd day trip site .

Traveling by flight from Kazan to Volgograd takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Kazan in May, with highs in Volgograd at 28°C and lows at 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Moscow.

Things to do in Volgograd

Parks Museums Historic Sites

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

7
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Moscow: FREEZONE Aerodynamic Complex (in Sharapovo), Church of The Holy Virgin (in Dubrovitsy) and Vysotskiy Monastyr' (in Serpukhov). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Red Square, stroll the grounds of Tserkov' Uspeniya Presvyatoy Bogoroditsy V Novodevich'yem Monastyre, stroll around Patriarch's Pond, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Moscow online holiday planner .

Getting from Volgograd to Moscow by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Volgograd in May, expect Moscow to be little chillier, temps between 22°C and 10°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Moscow

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Church of The Holy Virgin, Vysotskiy Monastyr', FREEZONE Aerodynamic Complex
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Red Square ©
Red Square
Saint Basil's Cathedral ©
Saint Basil's Cathedral
Moscow Kremlin
Moscow Kremlin

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