12 days in Russia Itinerary

12 days in Russia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Russia Trip Planner

This plan was created by another user. Make it your plan

Route & dates

Start: Shanghai
Fly:  17 h
1
Moscow
— 3 nights
Train:  7 h 30 min
2
Veliky Novgorod
— 2 nights
Train:  3 h
3
St. Petersburg
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
4
Ruskeala
— 1 night
+3
Drive + Train + Taxi + Fly:  7 h 45 min
End: Moscow

3
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.
Moscow is known for historic sites, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Red Square, explore the different monuments and memorials at Tserkov' Uspeniya Presvyatoy Bogoroditsy V Novodevich'yem Monastyre, walk around Sparrow Hills (Vorobyovy Gory), and test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Moscow trip builder site.

Shanghai, China to Moscow is an approximately 12.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from China Standard Time (CST) to Moscow Standard Time (MSK) is minus 5 hours. Traveling from Shanghai in March, things will get cooler in Moscow: highs are around 2°C and lows about -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Veliky Novgorod.

Things to do in Moscow

Historic Sites Museums Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
Red Square ©
Red Square
State Tretyakov Gallery ©
State Tretyakov Gallery
Moscow Kremlin
Moscow Kremlin

2
nights
Veliky Novgorod

Veliky Novgorod ©
An ancient city thriving as a modern tourist destination, Veliky Novgorod rightly bills itself as the birthplace of Russia.
On the 31st (Fri), admire the landmark architecture of St. Sophia Cathedral, take in panoramic vistas at Victory Monument, then see the interesting displays at Vitoslavlitsy Museum, then appreciate the history behind Millennium of Russia, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Novgorod Kremlin (Detinets). On the 1st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Tserkov' Spasa na Nereditse, admire the striking features of Cathedral of the Virgin of the Sign (Znamensky), admire the striking features of Church of the Savior's Transfiguration on Ilin Street, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Church of the Transfiguration, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. George Monastery.

For photos and other tourist information, read Veliky Novgorod trip itinerary site.

Take a train from Moscow to Veliky Novgorod in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to catch the train to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Veliky Novgorod

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Novgorod Kremlin (Detinets) ©
Novgorod Kremlin (Detinets)
Millennium of Russia
Millennium of Russia
St. Sophia Cathedral ©
St. Sophia Cathedral

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.
St. Petersburg is known for museums, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the masterpieces at The State Hermitage Museum, contemplate the long history of Palace Square, see the interesting displays at Saint Isaac's Cathedral, and stroll around Kirov Central Park of Culture and Recreation.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read St. Petersburg tour builder app.

Getting from Veliky Novgorod to St. Petersburg by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In April, daytime highs in St. Petersburg are 9°C, while nighttime lows are 0°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can go by car to Ruskeala.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
The State Hermitage Museum ©
The State Hermitage Museum
Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood ©
Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood
Saint Isaac's Cathedral ©
Saint Isaac's Cathedral

1
night
Ruskeala

Ruskeala ©
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): take in the awesome beauty at Ruskeala Mountain Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Cultural Exhibition Center of Gogolev, then contemplate the waterfront views at Ladoga Lake, and then admire the sheer force of Ruskeala Waterfalls.

Find out how to plan Ruskeala trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

You can drive from St. Petersburg to Ruskeala in 5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and car. The time zone difference when traveling from St. Petersburg to Ruskeala is minus 1 hour. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Ruskeala when traveling from St. Petersburg in April, with lows around -2°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ruskeala

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Cultural Exhibition Center of Gogolev, Ladoga Lake
Highlights from your plan
Ruskeala Waterfalls ©
Ruskeala Waterfalls
Ladoga Lake ©
Ladoga Lake

Similar Plans

14 days in Russia BY A USER FROM SINGAPORE March, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, popular & hidden gems Preferences: March, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Medium 14 days in Russia BY A USER FROM SINGAPORE March, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, popular & hidden gems Preferences: March, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Medium 31 days in Moscow BY A USER FROM INDIA December, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, slow & easy, popular sights Preferences: December, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Slow & easy 30 days in Europe BY A USER FROM INDIA June, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular & hidden gems Preferences: June, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Medium 53 days in Moscow BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM February, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, museums, shopping, popular sights Preferences: February, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, museums, shopping Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 5 days in Moscow BY A USER FROM RUSSIA June, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular sights Preferences: June, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 31 days in Europe BY A USER FROM INDIA June, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, shopping, popular & hidden gems Preferences: June, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, shopping Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Medium 52 days in Moscow BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM December, kids, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums, popular & hidden gems Preferences: December, kids, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Medium 49 days in Moscow BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM December, kids, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, museums, shopping, popular sights Preferences: December, kids, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, museums, shopping Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 6 days in Moscow BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES December, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular & hidden gems Preferences: December, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, shopping Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Medium 8 days in Moscow BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM December, teens, kids, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, museums, shopping, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems Preferences: December, teens, kids, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, museums, shopping Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Slow & easy 22 days in Europe BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums, popular sights Preferences: May, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, museums Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium
See more plans