11 days in Moscow & St. Petersburg Itinerary

11 days in Moscow & St. Petersburg Itinerary

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11 days in Moscow & St. Petersburg Itinerary

Start: Rio de Janeiro
Fly:  20​h 15​min
1
Moscow
— 2 nights
train:  4​h 15​min
2
St. Petersburg
— 6 nights
Fly:  20​h 30​min
End: Rio de Janeiro

2
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Red Square (Krasnaya ploshchad) and Moscow Kremlin (Moskovsky Kreml). Popular historic sites such as St. Basil's Cathedral and Tserkov' Uspeniya Presvyatoy Bogoroditsy V Novodevich'yem Monastyre are in your itinerary. There's lots more to do: admire the masterpieces at The State Tretyakov Gallery, steep yourself in history at Kremlin Walls and Towers, stop by Yeliseyevskiy, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of the Assumption.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Moscow trip planner .

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Moscow is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Moscow. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in May, you will find days in Moscow are a bit cooler (22°C), and nights are much colder (10°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel to St. Petersburg.

Things to do in Moscow

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Red Square (Krasnaya Ploshchad) ©
Red Square (Krasnaya Ploshchad)
St. Basil's Cathedral ©
St. Basil's Cathedral
Moscow Kremlin (Moskovsky Kreml)
Moscow Kremlin (Moskovsky Kreml)

6
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Nevsky Prospekt and Palace Square (Dvortsovaya Ploshchad). Shop till you drop at Tretyakov's Gallery and Shop Hermitage. There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at The State Hermitage Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, admire the natural beauty at Catherine Palace and Park, and take an in-depth tour of Peter and Paul Fortress (Petropavlovskaya Krepost).

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our St. Petersburg journey maker website .

You can take a train from Moscow to St. Petersburg in 4.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive. In May, daytime highs in St. Petersburg are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in St. Petersburg

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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The State Hermitage Museum ©
The State Hermitage Museum
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Savior on the Spilled Blood
Saint Isaac's Cathedral ©
Saint Isaac's Cathedral

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