12 days in Russia Itinerary

12 days in Russia Itinerary

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Peterhof
— 1 night
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St. Petersburg
— 3 nights
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Pushkin
— 1 night
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Moscow
— 2 nights
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Novosibirsk
— 1 night

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Peterhof

Peterhof ©

Russian Versailles

Established by Peter the Great, the modestly sized city of Peterhof offers a lot when it comes to major tourist attractions.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sobor Petra I Pavla, then walk around Aleksandria Historical Park, then browse the exhibits of The Marly Palace, and finally get engrossed in the history at Grand Peterhof Palace and Gardens.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Peterhof trip planning tool.

San Diego, USA to Peterhof is an approximately 20.5-hour combination of flight and car. You'll lose 11 hours traveling from San Diego to Peterhof due to the time zone difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from San Diego in May: high temperatures in Peterhof hover around 19°C and lows are around 8°C. You will leave for St. Petersburg on the 18th (Mon).

Things to do in Peterhof

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
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Grand Peterhof Palace and Gardens ©
Grand Peterhof Palace and Gardens
The Marly Palace ©
The Marly Palace
Sobor Petra I Pavla ©
Sobor Petra I Pavla

3
nights
St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg ©

Venice of the North

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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore The State Hermitage Museum and Yusupov Palace. Do some cultural sightseeing at Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood and Saint Isaac's Cathedral. Next up on the itinerary: step off the mainland to explore Yelagin Island, contemplate the long history of Palace Square, kick back and relax at Kronshtadt City Beach, and don't miss a visit to Bronze Horseman, Monument To Peter I.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read St. Petersburg holiday planning app.

Getting from Peterhof to St. Petersburg by car takes about an hour. Other options: ride a ferry; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in St. Petersburg can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. You'll set off for Pushkin on the 21st (Thu).

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature
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Russian Museum ©
Russian Museum
Saint Isaac's Cathedral ©
Saint Isaac's Cathedral
The State Hermitage Museum ©
The State Hermitage Museum

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Pushkin

Pushkin ©
Once the official summer residence of Russian royalty, Pushkin attracts history and architecture buffs with its ensemble of imperial palaces and ornate gardens.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Thu): get engrossed in the history at Memorial Lyceum Museum, step into the grandiose world of Alexander Palace, then get engrossed in the history at Catherine Palace and Park, then steep yourself in history at Tsarskoye Selo State Museum Preserve, and finally get engrossed in the history at Pavlovsk State Museum.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Pushkin road trip app.

Getting from St. Petersburg to Pushkin by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Pushkin are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can travel to Moscow.

Things to do in Pushkin

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

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Memorial Lyceum Museum ©
Memorial Lyceum Museum
Catherine Palace and Park ©
Catherine Palace and Park
Pavlovsk State Museum ©
Pavlovsk State Museum

2
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Moscow

Moscow ©

Third Rome

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.
Let the collections at Moscow Kremlin and Armoury Chamber capture your imagination. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Red Square and State Tretyakov Gallery. There's lots more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Basil's Cathedral, examine the collection at Tsaritsyno Museum-Reserve, pause for some photo ops at Tomb of Unknown Soldier, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Tserkov' Uspeniya Presvyatoy Bogoroditsy V Novodevich'yem Monastyre.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Moscow trip itinerary planner.

Take a train from Pushkin to Moscow in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and train; or drive. In May in Moscow, expect temperatures between 22°C during the day and 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Novosibirsk.

Things to do in Moscow

Historic Sites · Museums · Beaches · Parks
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Red Square ©
Red Square
Moscow Kremlin
Moscow Kremlin
Saint Basil's Cathedral ©
Saint Basil's Cathedral

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Novosibirsk

Novosibirsk ©

Siberian Chicago

Situated in Siberia's southwestern portion, Novosibirsk developed into a major urban center in the last decade of the 19th century, when it became a convenient pit stop for railway travelers making the epic trans-Siberian journey.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Mon): fly down the slopes at Tulskiy Ski Lodge, enjoy some diversion at Cinema Pobeda, then get to know the fascinating history of The Lenina Square, and finally examine the collection at Novosibirsk Museum of the Railway Technology. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Tue): meet the residents at Novosibirsk Zoo, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chapel of St. Nicholas, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Alexandre Nevsky Cathedral (Sobor Alexandra Nevskogo).

Make your Novosibirsk itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can fly from Moscow to Novosibirsk in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone changes from Moscow Standard Time (MSK) to Novosibirsk Standard Time (NOVT), which is usually a 4 hour difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Novosibirsk

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Historic Sites
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Novosibirsk Zoo ©
Novosibirsk Zoo
Cinema Pobeda ©
Cinema Pobeda
Chapel of St. Nicholas ©
Chapel of St. Nicholas

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