Russia Tailormade Holidays
Private journeys to Russia
Russia is a vast and diverse destination with a remarkable history, stunning architecture and cosmopolitan cities. Moscow, home to Red Square & the Kremlin, and St. Petersburg with the famous Hermitage, are top cities for long weekends and worth combining for a week-long holiday too. If you're keen to venture off the beaten track, Yekaterinburg, home of the Romonovs, is a real highlight and we recommend travelling there on the Trans-Siberian railway from Moscow, an experience in itself.
With long, cold winters when snow blankets the cities and countryside, and warm summers with long days and the opening of royal gardens, Russia is a year-round destination with something to appeal to everyone. A number of religious festivals are observed throughout the year and when planning your 2016 visit to Russia, check out our Best Time to Visit page for more information on when to go and what's on.
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Discover the best of Russian on a tailormade holiday
Despite being the biggest country in the world, most people centre their travel in Moscow to the western areas which include the capital Moscow, popular St Petersburg, Karelia and the picturesque Golden Ring. However there is still a lot of merit travelling east where you’ll be met with marvellous cities like Ekateringburg, the Ural mountains, Lake Baikal and journey’s end – Vladivostock. See below some of our favourite places in Russia to help inspire your holiday.
The Golden Ring
Russia isn’t just St Petersburg and Moscow – but north east of the capital lies the enchanting region called the Golden Ring. So called for its wealth of architectural and artistic riches – it is a collection of historical towns and cities. This area is where ancient Russia developed and the horizon is marked with the golden spires and onion domes of colourful monasteries with bells ringing out from towering belfries, making it one of Russia’s most enchanting destinations.
Inspirations for a holiday in Russia
See more of the real Russia with so many interesting and unique things to do - here's a few lesser known things to do on your holiday to Russia.
Ride the Moscow Metro
Metro’s the world over can be very similar – but not the Moscow Metro. Opened in 1935 it is one of the most elaborate metro systems with every station and even some of the trains beautifully decorated with classic artwork and ornate stained glass. It’s like going on a journey through an art gallery rather than just a transport system!
Try a traditional Banya
The simple Russian banya (sauna) is a perfect escape from the extravagance of Moscow and is an age old tradition in Russia that isn’t going away any time soon. In a tranquil location by a lake you can indulge in a beautiful BBQ lunch, with a little too much vodka before unwinding in the banya, learn the art of dried birch beating (they call it massaging!) each other and feel recharged and ready for your next stop of your Russian experience!
Museum of Space
Located beneath the iconic 'To the Conquerors of Space' titanium sculpture shaped like a rocket taking off, the incredible Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics in Moscow is packed with over 3,500 exhibits. Sit inside Space Station Mir, marvel at the capsule that took Yuri Gagarin into space, play with fun gadgetry and even sample astronaut food!
St Pete's by canal
Often labelled the 'Venice of the North', the city of St. Petersburg is situated across 42 islands separated by some 90 different rivers, Neva's arms and channels. Discover a completely different view of the city from these waterways with a cruise along the main canals passing lots of picturesque landmarks along the way.
Inside the Gulag
During the Cold War, this gulag in Novgorod held many of the Soviet Union’s most vocal opponents. Closed down in 1987, this camp was due to be destroyed like all others but a group of historians, human rights activists and former inmates managed to save it and it opened to the public in 1996 as the Memorial Centre for the History of Political Repressions.
Stand with one leg on each side of Europe and Asia
There aren’t many places where you can stand on either side of the border of a continent! A country border maybe, or even the equator – but a continent? Well you can in Yekateringburg! The border with Europe and Asia cuts right through the city and it is fun to place on leg either side and get that famous photo shot!
Suggested tailormade holiday itineraries for Russia
Russia's fascinating cities of St. Petersburg and Moscow could keep you entertained for days roaming the collections of world-class museums and marveling at Soviet secrets. For rural Russia at its best head to the Golden Ring for a scenic cycle ride in Suzdal where church spires dominate the skyline. If that's not enough to tempt you, use our interactive map below to plan your own dream Russia tour.
From the Ural mountains in the west to the great Lena River in the east, the sheer size of Siberia is difficult to comprehend yet the region offers much for the intrepid traveller. Stunning landscapes of endless forests, grassy meadows, pretty rivers and crystal clear lakes offer a wealth of activities either in the depths of winter or the height of summer – visitors will always find something to keep them entertained.