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 to Russia, you'll get the chance to admire the impressive art collection at the world-famous Hermitage Museum, stroll along Nevksy Prospekt and discover beautiful churches and cathedrals in St Petersburg. And in Moscow, wander through legendary Red Square, stop for photos in front of iconic St Basil’s Cathedral, head underground to a Soviet-era bunker and take a ride on the Moscow Metro.
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Experience Russia - Soviet Style!
Go underground and explore a former Soviet-era bunker, take the metro around Moscow with beautiful mosaics in each station, sample traditional pies at St Petersburg's Stolle Cafe, try an authentic Russian sauna - a wooden banya, learn to paint Matroshka dolls in Moscow and of course, sample lots of different types of Russian vodka!
Styles of travel in Russia
Our popular visa free tours to Russia allow you to visit St Petersburg for less than 72 hours on one of our tours without the need for a visa! Starting in Helsinki (Finland) or Tallin (Estonia) you’ll travel by ferry to the city of St Petersburg for a fascinating city tour. You’ll also get some free time to explore the city before returning to Finland of Estonia by ferry.
Our group tours are ideal for a first time visit to Russia, and your tour leader will make your holiday as seamless as possible, organising day to day activities, ensuring smooth hotel check ins and giving you tips on where to shop or eat at each port of call. We also use specialist local guides – offering sound local knowledge, their expertise will enhance your appreciation of the key sights and experiences.
Whatever it is that brings you to Russia, we’ve got an expert tailor made team ready to put together the perfect holiday for you. Whether you want to explore the popular cities or Moscow or St Petersburg; go further afield to Yekateringburg and Lake Baikal or take a cruise on the Volga or Neva River - we’ve got the perfect itinerary for you!
If you fancy a Christmas or New Year with a difference then why not try one of our Russia Christmas and New Years tours. Following the same itineraries as our year round tours but with extra festive cheer – you could find yourself steaming in a banya on Christmas day or enjoying a fire work spectacular in Red Square for New Year’s Eve!
Browse our selection of carefully-planned private tours to Russia, taking in popular sites as well as some hidden gems, with the expertise of experienced local guides to show you around the key sites. Enjoy a relaxing cruise along the Volga River or go rafting and hiking in beautiful Kareila in Russia's historical Golden Ring.
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.
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.
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