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 4th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Sobor Petra I Pavla, walk around Aleksandria Historical Park, then contemplate the long history of The Marly Palace, and finally take an in-depth tour of Grand Peterhof Palace and Gardens.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Peterhof trip planner.

San Diego, USA to Peterhof is an approximately 20.5-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from San Diego to Peterhof, you'll lose 11 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect cooler temperatures when traveling from San Diego in October; daily highs in Peterhof reach 9°C and lows reach 2°C. You will leave for St. Petersburg on the 5th (Fri).

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

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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.
Visit Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood and Palace Square for their historical value. Get a sense of the local culture at The State Hermitage Museum and Saint Isaac's Cathedral. There's still lots to do: enjoy some music at Yusupov Palace, wander the streets of Nevsky Prospekt, head outdoors with Kronshtadt City Beach, and examine the collection at Russian Museum.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the St. Petersburg trip itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Peterhof to St. Petersburg in an hour. Other options are to ride a ferry; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in St. Petersburg are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 2°C. On the 8th (Mon), you're off to Pushkin.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature
Find places to stay Oct 5 — 8:
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Russian Museum ©
Russian Museum
Saint Isaac's Cathedral ©
Saint Isaac's Cathedral
The State Hermitage Museum ©
The State Hermitage Museum

1
night
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.
On the 8th (Mon), get engrossed in the history at Memorial Lyceum Museum, step into the grandiose world of Alexander Palace, get engrossed in the history at Catherine Palace and Park, then contemplate the long history of Tsarskoye Selo State Museum Preserve, and finally take an in-depth tour of Pavlovsk State Museum.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Pushkin online route planner.

Drive from St. Petersburg to Pushkin in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 9°C in October, and nighttime lows around 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Moscow.

Things to do in Pushkin

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 8 — 9:
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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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Red Square and Lenin's Mausoleum. Museum-lovers will get to explore Moscow Kremlin and Armoury Chamber. There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Basil's Cathedral, wander the streets of Old Arbat (Stary Arbat), see the interesting displays at Tsaritsyno Museum-Reserve, and pause for some photo ops at Tomb of Unknown Soldier.

For ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Moscow tour planner.

Getting from Pushkin to Moscow by train takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of bus and train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 7°C in October, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can travel to Novosibirsk.

Things to do in Moscow

Historic Sites · Museums · Beaches · Parks
Find places to stay Oct 9 — 11:
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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 12th (Fri): fly down the slopes at Tulskiy Ski Lodge, then watch a film 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 13th (Sat): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Novosibirsk Zoo, then pause for some serene contemplation at Chapel of St. Nicholas, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Alexandre Nevsky Cathedral (Sobor Alexandra Nevskogo).

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Novosibirsk sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Moscow to Novosibirsk in 6.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from Moscow to Novosibirsk is 4 hours. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Novosibirsk when traveling from Moscow in October, with lows around -2°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Novosibirsk

Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 11 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Novosibirsk Zoo ©
Novosibirsk Zoo
Cinema Pobeda ©
Cinema Pobeda
Chapel of St. Nicholas ©
Chapel of St. Nicholas

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