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With a rich and at times tumultuous history stretching back centuries, the Land of the Tsars is a truly fascinating place to explore. On our tours, you'll get the chance to explore Russia's two main cities - St. Petersburg and Mosocw - as well as life in the charming provinces.

Despite three name changes, three revolutions and a 900-day siege, today’s St Petersburg, known simply as Piter by locals, is a beautiful and thriving city. Admire the impressive art collection at the famous Hermitage Museum, stroll along Nevksy Prospekt and discover beautiful churches and cathedrals in St Petersburg. And in Moscow, wander through legendary Red Square & iconic St Basil’s Cathedral, head underground to a Soviet-era bunker and take a ride on the Moscow Metro and fascinating museums and watch world-class opera or ballet.

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Get two tours for the price of one

Fancy doing something out of the ordinary this festive season? Book our New Year's Red Square, The Snowball, The Big Chill or White Russian group tours and take a friend for free. Travelling on your own? Solo travellers save 30% off the tour price.

Russia Group Tours

Delve into the fascinating history and modern delights of Russia's most cosmopolitan cities - St. Petersburg and Moscow with our group tours. Focus on one city over four days or combine them both travelling by overnight sleeper train. Explore the attractive city of Pskov, the peaceful Pechory Monastery, the riverside Kremlin of Nvogorod or sample the Trans-Siberian railway out to Yekaterinburg with our selection of itineraries. Or perhaps visit when the sun never sets and museums are open all night! read more

Mood for Moscow

4 days | FROM USD $899

A city of contrasts where history peeks from behind every corner. From...

Simply St Petes

4 days | FROM USD $799

A very European city in a very Russian setting. With beautiful history...

Night at the Museum

4 days | FROM USD $1,199

A chance for a truly cultural St Pete's city break! Coinciding with of...

White Nights and Museums

6 days | FROM USD $1,999

Spend a night at the museum! The most respectable museums and art stay...

Vodka Shot

6 days | FROM USD $1,349

St Petersburg and Moscow in one short blast. Discover Russia, seeing a...

Golden Ring of Russia

7 days | FROM USD $2,299

Discover the age-old allure of Russia on this 7 day tour of Moscow and...

Back in the USSR

7 days | FROM USD $1,899

Check out two of Russia's most striking cities. Explore the sights of...

Russian Revolution

9 days | FROM USD $1,999

Offering more time in St Petersburg, get acquainted with the beautiful...

Discover Russia

9 days | FROM USD $2,799

Take in the highlights of St Petersburg - city of the tsars and Moscow...

Route of the Romanovs

10 days | FROM USD $3,349

Follow in the footsteps of Russia's last ruling aristocrats - the in -...

Russia XMAS and New Year Escapes

Have that perfect winter break in Russia with snowy landscapes, hot steamy banyas and plenty of vodka to keep you warm. Our Christmas and New Year tours follow our popular group tour itineraries with some added winter escapades such as cross-country skiing or ice skating. Escape to Russia this holiday season for a white Christmas in stunning St. Petersburg and a thrilling New Year in Moscow's Red Square!

The Snowball

6 days | FROM USD $1,249

No stuffing turkeys or entertaining aunts, head to mighty Russia this...

White Russian

7 days | FROM USD $1,499

For a truly unique new year’s break, celebrate in Russia’s capital...

New Years Red Square

9 days | FROM USD $2,199

Where will you be celebrating on New Year's Eve? Ring in the New Year...

The Big Chill

9 days | FROM USD $1,949

Seasons greetings from Russia! Enjoy a relaxed yuletide in St - city a...

Russia Visa Free Tours

With a recent change in regulations on tourist visas to Russia, it is now possible to visit St Petersburg without having to organise a Russia tourist visa. So long as you are travelling to Russia for less than 72 hours and have arranged sightseeing, you do not need to get a Russian tourist visa. Our visa free Russia tours take in the highlights of St Petersburg and also include a visit (via ferry) to neighbouring Finland and Estonia - so you can explore the fascinating European capitals of Helsinki and Tallinn, each with their own distinct character and charm.

Helsinki to St Petes

5 days | FROM USD $1,199

VISA FREE RUSSIA TOUR! See the best of Helsinki's neo-classical art -...

St Petes & the Baltics

5 days | FROM USD $1,449

VISA FREE RUSSIA TOUR! Travelling by ferry, combine the finest cities...

Russia Private Tours

Take the path less-trodden around Russia with our range of private journeys. Jump abroad a section of the Trans-Siberian railway to Yekaterinburg and onwards to the stunning Lake Baikal, enjoy the great outdoors in Karelia or explore the church-studded towns of Russia's Golden Ring.

Lake Onega | Karelia | Russia


4 days | FROM USD $1,329

Resting on the shores of the Onego and Ladoga Lakes, Karelia boasts a...

Vladimir old town | Vladimir | Russia | On The Go Tours

Capital & Country

5 days | FROM USD $2,399

Take in the highlights of Moscow – Russia’s capital city, before...

Suzdal | Russia

The Golden Ring

7 days | FROM USD $4,399

Russian history and architecture, famous old cities and towns. The is...

Lake Baikal | Trans-siberian Railway | Russia

Yekaterinburg Baikal Journey

12 days | FROM USD $3,559

Take the Trans-Siberian all the way through from Moscow to Irkutsk ' a...

Russia Day Trips

Only got a day to spare? We're here to help with our selection of city day tours of Moscow's iconic sites from Red Square to the Kremlin, and the cultural wonders of St. Petersburg with the Hermitage and St. Isaac's Cathedral.

Moscow: The KGB, Lenin & More

1 day | FROM USD $399

Explore the capital of Russia, home of the legendary Red Square, St on...

St Petersburg: Culture City

1 day | FROM USD $559

Explore St Petersburg with a drive through the city passing famous the...

Russia Short Stays

If you're short on time and want to experience the highlights of Russia over a long weekend, why not opt for one of our city breaks to Moscow and St. Petersburg. Marvel at the amazing art collections of St. Petersburg’s and choose to see the ballet or head to Moscow to gaze at the whimsical multi-coloured St Basil’s Cathedral and enjoy the nightlife. Can't choose between the two? Then do them both with our 6 day combo tour.

Baltic Express

4 days | FROM USD $999

Enhance your Trans-Siberian journey with the Baltic Express. From your...

Molotov Cocktail

4 days | FROM USD $899

Start your adventure in the beautiful city of the tsars - St see the...

Christ Our Saviour in Museum | Moscow | Russia

Moscow Uncovered

4 days | FROM USD $929

Explore Russia's capital city with all the remnants of Communism; out...

The Bronze Horseman | St Petersburg | Russia

St Petes Explored

4 Days | FROM USD $1,039

Art and design abounds in this northern city, with opulent palaces, as...

St Basil's Cathedral | Moscow | Russia

St Petes & Moscow

6 Days | FROM USD $2,769

Explore Russia's capital city with all the remnants of Communism; out...

Russia tour reviews

Scoring an average traveller rating of 4.73 out of 5 based on 15 recent reviews — See All Russia Reviews


Excellent all round. Guides were excellent as was accomodation. The Hotel Moscow in St Petersburg was in great location, only gripe was that itonly had analogue TV's. Tour could have done with 1 or 2 days more day in Moscow”  

• Sep 2015

Tour guide was excellent. Very personable and knowledgable. Was a great trip in general with many highlights. Slightly disappointed with the local guide and the Kremlin. Did not get much of a feel for this place.”  

• Aug 2015

The tour was fantastic, everything we hoped for and more! We learnt and experienced so much in such a short space of time.All this was made possible by our brilliant guide. I cant rate her highly enough, she was exceptional and we are so thrilled we had her to guide us. Her knowledge is amazing and she put it across in such a lovely way. Nothing was too much trouble for her. ”  

• Aug 2015

St Petersburg & Moscow

The main draw cards of Russia are its two major cities - St Petersburg and Moscow, and as such we've included a visit to both on most of our tours. St Petersburg, the jewel in Russia’s Imperial Crown, is an enchanting city with a rich history and elegant Baroque and Rococo architecture, formed around a series of canals. And Moscow - the capital city, is home of the mighty Kremlin, legendary Red Square and fantastical St Basil’s Cathedral.

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Recommended places to visit in Russia

The Kremlin | Moscow | Russia
The Whitestone


The capital of Russia for almost 900 years, Moscow needs little introduction. Home to the iconic Kremlin, legendary Red Square and the onion-domed St Basil’s cathedral, this huge city is without doubt the outlandish nerve centre of the Russian Federation. From the beautifully decorated Moscow Metro to the world famous museums and theatres – Moscow won’t fail to inspire your senses!

The Church on Spilled Blood | St Petersburg | Russia
Venice of the North

St Petersburg

An enchanting city with a rich history and elegant architecture, formed around a series of canals, St Petersburg is the jewel in Russia’s imperial crown. With lots of fascinating museums including the world-famous Hermitage, a beautiful thoroughfare in the shape of Nevsky Prospekt and the spectacular palaces of the tsars beyond the city, St Petersburg has plenty to enthral and entertain.

Soviet Bunker | Moscow | Russia
Underneath the city

Soviet Bunker

Did you know that beneath the busy streets of Moscow there lies an intricate network of tunnels dating back to the Soviet Union and the Cold War? Initially built as a defence to nuclear war they are now open to the public to explore. Stepping into another world you can walk through fascinating corridors, baffling control systems and end up at a karaoke bar! Inside a Soviet bunker is a definite must see for any Cold War enthusiast!

Novgorod | Russia
A very old New Town


South of St Petersburg lies the interestingly named Novgorod meaning New Town which was actually founded in the 9th century! It is a pretty town of tree-lined streets, stunning white churches and a magnificent kremlin. It took a bit of a battering from the Nazis during WWII but this kremlin has been now been beautifully restored and is definitely one of the town’s highlights!

Pechory | Russia
Rural Russia

Pskov & Pechory

Just 30km from the border with Estonia, Pskov and Pechory are great places to visit to see a more rural side of Russia. Pskov boasts from an interesting fortified kremlin as well as the gilded dome roofed Trinity Cathedral; and the small settlement of Pechory has a beautiful monastery – which is great to explore on foot.

Yekaterinburg | Russia
Gateway to the Urals


Most famous for the infamous murder of the Romanov family in 1918, Yekaterinburg is the first major stop in Asian Russia on the Trans Siberian Railway if travelling east and is the 4th largest city in the country. Must sees include the Church on Blood (the location of these brutal murders) and the QWERTY monument – a bizarre outdoor sculpture of the modern day keyboard!

Red Square | Moscow | Russia
Moscow Highlight

Red Square

Flanked by the iconic GUM department store, St Basil’s Cathedral, the Kremlin and the State History Museum; Red Square (or Krasnaya Ploschad as the Muscovites call it) is possibly one of Moscow’s most famous landmarks. It is the city’s historical, social and political heart and a great place to spend a few hours exploring.

Excellent tour guide. Tatiana was most helpful, informative and accommodating. Wonderful experience.”  

Russia Travel Guide

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The Kremlin | Moscow | Russia

Best time to Visit

Information on climatic and weather conditions in Russia

St Petersburg canals  | Russia

Best Places To Visit

Places on our must-see list of any visit to Russia


Tourist Visas

Visa requirements for Russia and info on getting your visa

Red Square & St Basil's Cathedral | Moscow | Russia

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Trip reviews from our travellers to Russia

Get to know Russia

Recommended Reading

  • Among the Russians
    by Colin Thubron
  • Gulag Archipelago
    by Aleksander Solzhenitsyn
  • The Master and Margarita
    by Mikhail Bulgakov
Did you know...?

Facts about Russia

  • Russia is bigger than the planet Pluto covering a land mass of 17.1 million square km.
  • Beer was not considered an alcoholic beverage in Russia until 2013 - before that it was considered a foodstuff.
  • In Russia there are 9 million more women than men, which makes finding a good husband a real competition!

Russia Travel Advice:

We stay informed of the latest travel guidance on Russia and follow the advice set out by the British Foreign Office. The safety of our travellers is paramount and we recommend that you check the latest travel updates from the relevant advisory body in your country.

Online travel resources for Russia:

REFER TO: Rough Guides, Fodors, Bradt, Frommers, Footprints, CN Traveller and World Travel Guide.

ALSO SEE: The official Russia Tourist Organisation site and the latest Russia Weather Updates from the BBC.

RUSSIA TRAVEL BLOGS: Here's our selection of top blogs about Russia - English Russia, Sean's Russia Blog and Transform Siberia.

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