21 days in Russia Itinerary

21 days in Russia Itinerary

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21 days in Russia Itinerary

Start: Sydney
+3
Fly + Train + Subway + Train:  29 h
1
Vladimir
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
2
Rostov
— 1 night
+3
Train + Taxi + Fly + Bus:  7 h 30 min
3
Veliky Novgorod
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
4
Pskov
— 4 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
5
St. Petersburg
— 3 nights
+3
Bus + Foot + Fly + Train:  13 h
6
Vladivostok
— 3 nights
Fly:  19 h 45 min
End: Sydney

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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Thu): relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers and then pause for some serene contemplation at Svyato-Bogolyubsky monastery. On the 26th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Intercession of the Holy Virgin, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of The Transfiguration, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Kazan Church, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Saint Demetrius, then pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Assumption Cathedral, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Savior Transfiguration Parish Church of St. Nicholas.

To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Vladimir trip generator.

Sydney, Australia to Vladimir is an approximately 29-hour combination of car and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Vladimir is minus 7 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to drive to Rostov.

Things to do in Vladimir

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bogolyubovo, Church of The Transfiguration
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Cathedral of Saint Demetrius ©
Cathedral of Saint Demetrius
Svyato-Bogolyubsky monastery ©
Svyato-Bogolyubsky monastery

1
night
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. Start off your visit on the 27th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Church of St Isidore, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Assumption Cathedral, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Resurrection of Christ, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Saviour on Anteroom, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of the Virgin Hodegetria, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. John the Evangelist.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Rostov vacation builder.

You can drive from Vladimir to Rostov in 2.5 hours. May in Rostov sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Veliky Novgorod.

Things to do in Rostov

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Boris and Gleb Monastery
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Church of St. John the Evangelist ©
Church of St. John the Evangelist
The Church of St Isidore ©
The Church of St Isidore
Gate-Church of St John Divine ©
Gate-Church of St John Divine

4
nights
Veliky Novgorod

Veliky Novgorod ©
An ancient city thriving as a modern tourist destination, Veliky Novgorod rightly bills itself as the birthplace of Russia.
Visit Church of George Victorious and Novgorod Kremlin (Detinets) for their historical value. Step off the beaten path and head to Tserkov' Spasa na Nereditse and Church of Saints Boris and Gleb. Step out of Veliky Novgorod with an excursion to Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ in Staraya Russa--about 1:15 hours away. Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Philip the Apostle and St. Nicholas, appreciate the history behind Millennium of Russia, enjoy the sand and surf at Kremlevskiy Beach, and admire the landmark architecture of Church of Spasa-na-Iliene.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Veliky Novgorod travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Rostov to Veliky Novgorod in 7.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and flight. On the 1st (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Pskov.

Things to do in Veliky Novgorod

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Staraya Russa
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Church of George Victorious ©
Church of George Victorious
Novgorod Kremlin (Detinets) ©
Novgorod Kremlin (Detinets)
Tserkov' Spasa na Nereditse ©
Tserkov' Spasa na Nereditse

4
nights
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. Discover out-of-the-way places like The Holy Dormition Pskovo-Pechersky Monastery and Church Reverend Alexei. Get outdoors at Eco-Farm Izborsk Ostrich and Slovenskiye Springs. Change things up with these side-trips from Pskov: Monument to The Martyr Korniliy (in Pechory) and Izborsk Fortress (in Izborsk). It doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Pokrova and Rozhdestva ot Proloma Church and take in the spiritual surroundings of Olginskaya Chapel And Viewing Point.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Pskov vacation trip planner.

Getting from Veliky Novgorod to Pskov by car takes about 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in June, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to go by car to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Pskov

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Izborsk, Pechory
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Izborsk Fortress ©
Izborsk Fortress
Slovenskiye Springs ©
Slovenskiye Springs

3
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Neva Embankments and Yelagin Island. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at St. Isaac's Cathedral State Museum-Memorial and Grand Palace. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around St. Petersburg: The Naval Cathedral of Saint Nicholas in Kronstadt (in Kronshtadt), Catherine Palace and Park (in Pushkin) and Church of the Prelate Nichlas (in Kolpino). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Palace Square (Dvortsovaya Ploshchad), admire the striking features of Nevsky Prospekt, and take in the views from Kokushkin Bridge.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our St. Petersburg holiday planner.

You can drive from Pskov to St. Petersburg in 4.5 hours. In June, daytime highs in St. Petersburg are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Vladivostok.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Parks Historic Sites Nature
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Catherine Palace and Park ©
Catherine Palace and Park
Yelagin Island ©
Yelagin Island
Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas ©
Naval Cathedral of St. Nicholas

3
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Astafyev's Bay and St. Nicholas Cathedral. Get in touch with nature at Lazo State National Park of Kalpanov and Nikolai's Triumphal Arch/ Arch of Prince Nicholas. There's much more to do: take in the views from Bridge to Russky Island, find something for the whole family at Adventure Park V Gostyakh U Leshego, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of the Intercession, and have fun at Vertical Wind Tunnel Letim.

For ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Vladivostok holiday planner.

Getting from St. Petersburg to Vladivostok by combination of train, bus, flight, and taxi takes about 13 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and subway. The time zone difference moving from Moscow Standard Time to Vladivostok Time is 7 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Vladivostok can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Vladivostok

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Astafyev's Bay ©
Astafyev's Bay
St. Nicholas Cathedral ©
St. Nicholas Cathedral

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