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Classic Russia Itineraries
Russia itineraries are extremely varied, as one would expect give the country’s massive size. The type of travel available in Russia is richly diverse.
Adventurous travelers looking to get away from it all can escape to Siberia for the snowy experience of a lifetime, or those seeking a bit more comfort and who have a lot of time can meander through history aboard the historic Trans-Siberian Railroad.
History buffs will be in heaven on a richly cultural visit to St. Petersburg and Moscow. And nature lovers will discover a truly beautiful and diverse landscape of wildlife and wilderness.
The size of Russia does somewhat dictate the amount of time you spend in any given place. The majority of Russia tour itineraries are no fewer than 7 days, most much longer.
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Russia in 6-8 Days
If you have about one week in Russia, you will have just enough time for a visit to the top two cities, Saint Petersburg and Moscow. Hitting the highlights of each unique location, you will see the most famous Russia sights on these tours.
Days 1-3, Saint Petersburg: Get acquainted with Saint Petersburg and tour famous sights such as St. Isaac's Cathedral, the Hermitage Museum, the Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood, and Peterhof Palace.
Days 4-7, Moscow: Take a relaxing, high-speed train from Saint Petersburg to Moscow. Explore the vast structures of Red Square and immerse yourself in the fascinating Moscow culture and history.
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Russia in 2 weeks
With two weeks, you have a little more time to dive deep into the culture, history, and communities of Russia. Although you still hit the top destinations of Saint Petersburg and Moscow, you also get to visit the historic Solovetsky Islands, the world’s largest Arctic city, Murmansk, and the ancient Golden Ring city, Yaroslavl.
Days 1-4, Saint Petersburg: Explore the ‘City of the Tsars’ and its architectural monuments and top attractions including Kazan Cathedral, Peter and Paul Fortress, Saint Isaac’s Cathedral, Mariinsky (advanced booking essential), and the Hermitage museum.
Days 5-7, Solovetsky Islands: Take a ferry on the White Sea to the Solovetsky Islands and nearby Bolshoi Zayatsky Island.
Days 8-9, Murmansk: Learn about the “hero city’s” role in World War II and visit Teriberka, an Arctic fishing town.
Days 10-11, Yaroslavl: Take a walking tour of the ancient and largest city of the “Golden Ring,” including the Kotorosl and Volga Rivers.
Days 12-14, Moscow: Tour the famous Red Square including St. Basil’s Cathedral, the GUM Department store, the State Historical Museum, and the Moscow Kremlin.
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The Trans-Siberian Railway Express
This concise version of the traditional Trans-Siberian Railway route hits all of the main attractions in about half the time. Starting in Moscow, this nine-day journey takes you across the Siberian terrain until you reach the famous Lake Baikal.
Days 1-2, Moscow: Hit the the top must-see destinations, including Red Square’s impressive buildings.
Days 3-4, Kazan and Ekaterinburg: Cross from Europe to Asia while visiting historic Russian Orthodox churches and a kremlin wall.
Day 5, Novosibirsk: Stop in this Siberian hub to visit the Opera House, Lenin Square, and the Ob River.
Days 6-7, Irkutsk: Experience the classic wooden architecture of the “capital” of Siberia.
Day 8-9, Lake Baikal: Explore the world’s oldest and deepest freshwater lake.
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