39 days in Russia Itinerary

39 days in Russia Itinerary

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39 days in Russia Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  6 h 30 min
1
St. Petersburg
— 11 nights
Fly:  13 h 45 min
2
Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky
— 1 night
Fly:  11 h
3
Krasnoyarsk
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Taxi + Ferry:  5 h 15 min
4
Listvyanka
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  6 h 15 min
5
Ozernoye
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  10 h
6
Esto-Sadok
— 2 nights
Drive:  5 h
7
Baksan Valley
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  5 h 30 min
8
Moscow
— 13 nights
Fly:  7 h
End: London

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.
State Hermitage Museum and Winter Palace and Art Re.flex will appeal to museum buffs. Take a break from the city and head to Yelagin Island and Neva Embankments. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around St. Petersburg: Peterhof (The Bath Block & Grand Palace). And it doesn't end there: browse the different shops at Yeliseev's Food Hall (Yeliseevskiy Gastronom), stop by Book Store Vse Svobodny, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Isaac's Cathedral State Museum-Memorial, and choose your vessel at Visitpeter.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our St. Petersburg trip itinerary builder.

London, UK to St. Petersburg is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and car train; or take a train. You'll lose 3 hours traveling from London to St. Petersburg due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from London in December; daily highs in St. Petersburg reach 0°C and lows reach -4°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can travel to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums Shopping Historic Sites
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The State Hermitage Museum ©
The State Hermitage Museum
Saint Isaac's Cathedral ©
Saint Isaac's Cathedral
Grand Peterhof Palace ©
Grand Peterhof Palace

1
night
Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky

Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky ©
On the 31st (Sat), head outdoors with Mishennaya Sopka and then look for all kinds of wild species at Kamchatka Peninsula.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky tour planner.

Traveling by flight from St. Petersburg to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky takes 14 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 9 hours traveling from St. Petersburg to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from St. Petersburg in December: high temperatures in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky hover around -5°C and lows are around -15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) to allow time to travel to Krasnoyarsk.

Things to do in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Kamchatka Peninsula
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Mishennaya Sopka ©
Mishennaya Sopka
Kamchatka Peninsula ©
Kamchatka Peninsula

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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sun): explore the activities along Enisey River. Keep things going the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Stolby National Park.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Krasnoyarsk trip planner.

You can fly from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky to Krasnoyarsk in 11 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 5 hours traveling from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky to Krasnoyarsk. Traveling from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky in January, expect Krasnoyarsk to be slightly colder, temps between -16°C and -26°C. On the 3rd (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can do a combination of to Listvyanka.

Things to do in Krasnoyarsk

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Stolby National Park ©
Stolby National Park
Tatyshev Island ©
Tatyshev Island
Enisey River ©
Enisey River

4
nights
Listvyanka

Listvyanka ©
Get outdoors at Lake Baikal and Dry Lake. Get out of town with these interesting Listvyanka side-trips: Irkutsk (Kaiskaya Forest, Monument to the Founder of Irkutsk, & more).

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Listvyanka online itinerary creator.

Do a combination of from Krasnoyarsk to Listvyanka in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Krasnoyarsk to Listvyanka due to the time zone difference. In January in Listvyanka, expect temperatures between -17°C during the day and -28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to do a combination of to Ozernoye.

Things to do in Listvyanka

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Irkutsk, Lake Baikal, Ozero Bol'shoye Sukhoye
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Lake Baikal ©
Lake Baikal
The Great Baikal Trail ©
The Great Baikal Trail
Monument to the Founders of Irkutsk ©

1
night
Ozernoye

Ozernoye
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Altai Mountains.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Ozernoye custom trip planner.

Getting from Listvyanka to Ozernoye by combination of takes about 6.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 5 hours traveling from Listvyanka to Ozernoye. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to do a combination of to Esto-Sadok.

Things to do in Ozernoye

Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Altai Mountains
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2
nights
Esto-Sadok

Esto-Sadok ©
Few may have heard of it outside of Russia, but Esto-Sadok is a popular ski resort with links to Sochi.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): have fun at Krasnaya Polyana Mountain Cluster and then hit the slopes at Rosa Khutor Ski Resort.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Esto-Sadok holiday planner.

Traveling by combination of from Ozernoye to Esto-Sadok takes 10 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can do a combination of to Baksan Valley.

Things to do in Esto-Sadok

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trip

Krasnaya Polyana Mountain Cluster
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Rosa Khutor Ski Resort ©
Rosa Khutor Ski Resort
Krasnaya Polyana Mountain Cluster ©
Krasnaya Polyana Mountain Cluster

3
nights
Baksan Valley

Baksan Valley ©
Step out of the city life by going to Mt. Elbrus and Blue Lake Chirik-Kyol. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Baksan Valley: Kislovodsk (Monument Lermontov M.Yu., Narzannaya Gallery, & more), Verhnyaya Balkariya Tourisr Complex (in Nalchik) and Polyana Narzanov (in Terskol).

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Baksan Valley custom trip planner.

Getting from Esto-Sadok to Baksan Valley by combination of takes about 5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Esto-Sadok to Baksan Valley. On the 13th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Moscow.

Things to do in Baksan Valley

Parks Nature Winter Sports

Side Trips

Kislovodsk, Polyana Narzanov, Verhnyaya Balkariya Tourisr Complex, Blue Lake Chirik-Kyol
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Mt. Elbrus ©
Mt. Elbrus

13
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 in touch with nature at Vorob`i Birds Park and Bird Park Vorobyi. Shop till you drop at GUM Department Store (Glavny Universalny Magazin) and Izmailovsky Market. Venture out of the city with trips to Kva-Kva park (in Mytishchi), Church of The Holy Virgin (in Dubrovitsy), Snej.Com All Season Ski Complex (in Krasnogorsk) and Muzey tekhniki Vadima Zadorozhnogo (in Arkhangelskoye). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Red Square (Krasnaya ploshchad), admire the striking features of Lenin's Mausoleum, admire the masterpieces at The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Basil's Cathedral.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Moscow vacation trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Baksan Valley to Moscow takes 5.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Baksan Valley to Moscow is minus 1 hour. January in Moscow sees daily highs of -5°C and lows of -11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Moscow

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kva-Kva Park, Snej.Com All Season Ski Complex, Bird Park Vorobyi, Church of The Holy Virgin, Church of the Nativity
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Red Square ©
Red Square
State Tretyakov Gallery ©
State Tretyakov Gallery
Moscow Kremlin
Moscow Kremlin

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