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Visit Moscow and St Petersburg in Russia with On The Go Tours

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 Moscow - 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.

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Catherine Palace in St Petersburg, visited on our trips to Russia

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Our Latest City Guides
Make the most of your visit to Russia

Check out our newly updated city guides, packed with loads of information to help you plan your visit to Russia from the top attractions and excursions to our choice of recommended places to eat and shop. Whether you want to explore the mighty capital of Moscow, immerse yourself in the cultural riches of St Petersburg, discover the bloody history of Yekaterinburg or enjoy the pretty rural scenes of Suzdal - we've got it covered.

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

Red Square & St Basil's Cathedral | Moscow | RussiaExciting Days, Comfortable Nights

Mood for Moscow

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Simply St Petes

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Night at the Museum

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White Nights and Museums

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Vodka Shot

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Golden Ring of Russia

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Back in the USSR

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Russian Revolution

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Discover Russia

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Route of the Romanovs

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

Russia XMAS and New Year Tours

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!

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The Snowball

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White Russian

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New Year in Moscow

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The Big Chill

9 days | FROM USD $1,939

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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.

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Helsinki to St Petes

5 days | FROM USD $1,229

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St Petes & the Baltics

5 days | FROM USD $1,439

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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.

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Karelia

4 days | FROM USD $1,199

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Capital & Country

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The Golden Ring

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Yekaterinburg Baikal Journey

12 days | FROM USD $3,729

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Russia Day Tours

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.

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Moscow: The KGB, Lenin & More

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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.

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Moscow Uncovered

4 days | FROM USD $789

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St Petes Explored

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St Petes & Moscow

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Russia tour reviews

Scoring an average traveller rating of 4.66 out of 5 based on 35 recent reviews — See All Russia Reviews

Dasha was an amazing tour guide who was so nice and knowledgable about the local history and culture. As this was my first ever guided tour experience, she made it so enjoyable that I would definitely do it again. The tour itself was very well organised despite a couple of setbacks. Dasha was also very helpful whenever we had any questions and always ensured that everyone on the tour was getting the most out of their experience in Russia.”  

Doreen Lee • Submitted 14 Jun 2016

Maria was very knowledgeable about places we went. Very easy to get along with, and open to discussing pretty much anything. Took the time to find out things we might like to do during free time, and made sure that we were given the information needed to find the places. I quite enjoyed visiting with her on the trip, and hope that others who take this tour, are as lucky as I was, to get her for a guide.

As for the tour, I personally, would have preferred spending more time in St. Petersburg, and Novgorod (countryside), than in Moscow. It almost seemed as if other than the Kremlin and St. Basil's Cathedral, unless you were doing optional excursions, that was all there was to do there, in relation to the tour. There seemed like so much more to see and do and explore in and around St. Petersburg, with all the churches, palaces, the various canals, and shops and the Hermitage, which was my personal highlight of the tour.”  

Victoria Reimer • Submitted 13 Jun 2016

Excellent tour made better by our first class tour guide, Dasha. Dasha had excellent knowledge of the country, the history and the places we visited. She handled any issues capably and without fuss. Excellent work.”  

John Daniels • Submitted 23 May 2016

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See the best of 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

Russia is huge, there's no denying that, and the number of worthy travel destinations is equally impressive from mighty cities to gorgeous countryside. To help the first-time visitor we've compiled a list of our favourite spots in Russia.

Moscow - The Mighty Capital

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The Kremlin | Moscow | 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.

Novgorod - An Old New Town

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Novgorod | Russia

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 - Rural Russia

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Pechory | Russia

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.

St Petersburg - Venice of the North

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Church on Spilled Blood | St Petersburg | Russia

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 enthrall and entertain.

Suzdal

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Perched on a hill

Suzdal is an intriguing blast from the past as it mingles quaint wooden cottages with glorious white churches topped with glittering, onion-shaped domes. The high quantity of places of worship scattered throughout the town make it one of Russia’s main religious centres and Suzdal is the perfect antidote to the madness of Moscow, offering visitors a glimpse into rural life and a breath of fresh air.

Yekaterinburg - Gateway to the Urals

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Yekaterinburg | Russia

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.

Russia Travel Guide

Here's our handy little guide covering those travel essentials you need to consider when planning your trip to Russia.

Top Travel Tips

Money, shopping, transport, food, health advice & more

Best Time to Visit

Information on climatic and weather conditions in Russia

The skyline of Suzdal in Russia's historic Golden Ring

Visiting the Golden Ring

What to see in Russia's historic Golden Ring and when to go

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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

Russia Video Lounge

Our favourite Russia travel videos

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Traveller Reviews

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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