In our 10 Day Russia Itinerary we visited Moscow, an old monastery, Saint Petersburg and Lake Ladoga which is one of Europe’s biggest lakes.
It was a nice mixture between the big bustling cities, culture, history and relaxing in the nature. This is the perfect itinerary if you have never been to Russia and want to get a first impression of this beautiful, huge and varied country.
|Our 10 Day Russia Itinerary|
|2. Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius|
|3. Lake Ladoga|
|4. Saint Petersburg|
Our vacation started in Moscow where we visited the main sights such as the Kremlin, Red Square, Lenin Mausoleum and the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour. We also visited the Pushkin Museum and spend a lot of time walking around town.
There is a good viewpoint called Vorobyovy Gory near the Moscow State University. Nearby Metro Stations are Universitet and Vorobyovy Gory.
We left Moscow in the evening to take a night train to Saint Petersburg. There are also several flights a day but the overnight train is efficient and way more fun with the locals. We had for example dinner with some random passengers.
2. Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius
The Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius is one of the most important monasteries and the spiritual centre of the Russian Orthodox Church about two hours north of Moscow by train.
It’s now inhabited by 300 monks. You can visit several buildings and climb up one of the towers.
It’s a nice day trip from Moscow but gets crowded on weekends.
3. Lake Ladoga
We stayed a few days in a little lodge on Lake Ladoga to enjoy the calmness and beautiful nature of the area. We booked a transfer from the train station to the lodge and back from a travel agency in advance. Depending on your accommodation it takes around 2 to 4 hours by car to get there.
It was nice to calm down a bit after the exiting days in Moscow. We rented a motorcycle with a sidecar from a local guy to explore the surroundings and had some amazing outdoor days.
4. Saint Petersburg
Saint Petersburgs main attraction is the Hermitage on the Neva River. It’s one of the biggest and best museums in the world with more than 3.000.000 exhibits such as paintings from Rembrandt and Michelangelo. Students can get in for free.
We stayed outside of the centre in an apartment with views on the Baltic Sea and walked a lot through the city. Beside the Hermitage you should visit the Peter and Paul Fortress, the Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood and maybe take a channel boat tour.
The Colonnaded Walkway of St Isaac’s Cathedral is a good place to see the city from above.