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.
Russia Group Tours
Join us on a guided group tour of Russia - home to the treasures of the tsars, Peter the Great and Ivan the Terrible, Red Square, the mighty Kremlin and the incomprehensible Cyrillic alphabet. We have a range of trips, each offering something a little out of the ordinary. Whether you want to learn more about Russia's fascinating history and culture, are dreaming of a white Christmas, or would like to explore its cosmopolitan cities, St Petersburg and Moscow, you'll get a true flavour of Russia travelling with us. read more
Have that perfect winter break in Russia: snowy landscapes, hot steamy banyas and plenty of vodka to keep you warm. Our Christmas and New Year tours follow similar itineraries and offer all the same inclusions as our summer tours, as well as 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 thrilling New Year in Moscow's Red Square! read more
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.
Take the Trans-Siberian railway to Yekaterinburg and Lake Baikal or go rafting and hiking in beautiful Kareila in Russia's historical Golden Ring with our selection of carefully-planned private tours.
Russia Day Trips
Our our day tours of Russia you’ll explore fascinating city sites and get a true local feel of life in Russia. Highlights include the enchanting cultural city of St Petersburg with its many historical buildings and impressive monuments and energetic Moscow, home of the iconic Red Square, St Basil’s Cathedral and the imposing Kremlin.
If you are short on time and want to experience the highlights of Russia in one short burst, why not opt for one of our city breaks to Moscow and St Petersburg. Marvel at the amazing art collection at the Hermitage Museum housed in the majestic Winter Palace and investigate St Petersburg’s buzzing bar and jazz scene, or head to Moscow and stroll through iconic Red Square, gaze at the whimsical multi-coloured St Basil’s Cathedral and check out the ballet. Can't choose between the two? Then do them both with our 6 day combo tour of Russia's top two cities.
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.
“I did a night cruise on the river in Moscow, that went past lots of incredible famous buildings. The Cathedral of Christ the Saviour is the tallest in...”
by Annemarie Gillespie
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Recommended places to visit in Russia
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
Russia Travel Guide
Here's our handy little guide covering those travel essentials you need to consider when planning your trip to Russia.
Money, shopping, transport, food, health advice & more
Information on climatic and weather conditions in Russia
Places on our must-see list of any visit to Russia
Visa requirements for Russia and info on getting your visa
Trip reviews from our travellers to Russia
- Among the Russians
by Colin Thubron
- Gulag Archipelago
by Aleksander Solzhenitsyn
- The Master and Margarita
by Mikhail Bulgakov
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.