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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.

St Basil's Cathedral | Moscow | Russia

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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!

Red Square Highlight

Red Square

The word ‘red’ doesn’t refer to the colour of the bricks or to Communism. In Russian, Moscow’s famous Red Square is called Krasnaya Ploschad. The word Krasnaya simultaneously means ‘red’ and ‘beautiful’, the latter of which was originally used to refer to stunning St Basil’s Cathedral at the southern end of the square. As foreigners - Red Square is an easier moniker to use than that of Krasnaya Ploschad! On Red Square – perhaps the city’s historical, political and social ...
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Peterhof Highlight

Peterhof

The Peterhof is the Russian Versailles, as the original was the inspiration for Peter the Great. Wanting an imperial palace in his new city, Peter began the construction of the palace in 1714 and his vision was completed in 1725. Many of the tsars afterwards added to the palaces and gardens of Peterhof and fountains were added well into the 19th century. During the Second World War, Peterhof was captured by German troops and part of the palace was bombed and many of the fountains destroyed. a ...
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Church on Spilled Blood Highlight

The Church on Spilled Blood

Located just off Nevskiy Propekt, the exterior of the church rather resembles famous St Basil’s Cathedral on Red Square – due to its whimsical, almost Disney-esque onion-bulbed turrets. The church was built on the site of Alexander II’s murder on 01 March 1881. The church was built between 1883 and 1907 and was officially called the Resurrection of Christ Church (The Church of Our Savior on Spilled Blood ). The construction of the church was almost entirely funded by the Imperial and ...
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Hermitage Highlight

The Hermitage

Situated on the banks of the River Neva and partly housed in the breathtaking Winter Palace which was the home of the Tsars for almost two centuries, is the world famous Hermitage collection which is one of the world’s largest art collections. The Hermitage consists of five linked buildings, the Winter Palace, the Little Hermitage, the Old and New Hermitage and the Hermitage Theatre, the latter is not usually open to the public. The Winter Palace alone, has 117 staircases and 1057 rooms! Such ...
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Kremlin Highlight

The Kremlin

The mighty Kremlin is the foundation of Russia’s political might, a powerhouse that oozes history; it has seen the fall of the Russian monarchy, the rise of Communism, the inception of the cold war and the reign of infamous tyrants such as Stalin and Ivan the Terrible. The Kremlin overlooks the Moskva River, Red Square and Saint Basils Cathedral and within its high walls are four cathedrals (which form the base of the famous gold domes ) and four palaces. You can enjoy a guided tour of ...
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Catherine's Palace Highlight

Catherine Palace

Catherine Palace was a small two-story building typical of Russian palaces of the early 18th century. In 1708-1724 Tsarskaya Mysa was the residence of Peter the Great's wife, the Empress Catherine I. From 1741 Tsarskoye Selo became the residence of the Empress Elizabeth and during her reign the architect Rastrelli created a magnificent Emperial Palace, a brilliant masterpiece of Russian baroque. At the same time the Hermitage and Grotto Pavilions were built, regular Upper and Lower Gardens were ...
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St Basil's Highlight

St Basil's Cathedral

Situated at the southern end of Moscow’s legendary Red Square, St Basil’s Cathedral is easily recognisable with its colourful tent roofs and twisting onion shaped domes and is undoubtedly one of Russia’s most iconic landmarks. Dating back to the 1500s, the cathedral was commissioned by Ivan the Terrible to mark the capture of Kazan from Mogul forces. According to legend Ivan was so impressed by the magnificence and intricacy of the cathedral that he had the architect Postnik Yakolev so he ...
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Yakaterinburg Highlight

Yekaterinburg

Yekaterinburg is the first major stop in Asian Russia on the Trans Siberian and the gateway to the Ural Mountains. It is known as City of the Romanovs, as it is synonymous with the bloody murder of the Romanov family in July 1918. In 1991 archaeologists found bone fragments of 9 bodies in a shallow pit near Yekaterinburg which were revealed to be the remains of the Romanovs. Tsar Nicholas II and his family were finally given a dignified burial and laid to rest in St Petersburg SS Peter and in ...
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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.

Moscow Metro | Russia
All aboard!

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!

Russian banya | Russia
Get steamy

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!

Space-Museum-Enhance-Option
Follow in Gagarin's footsteps

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 Petersburg Canals | Russia
Venice of the North

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.

Gulag Museum | Novgorod | Russia
Cold War experience

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.

Europe Asia Border | Ekateringburg | Russia
Across the border

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!

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Some of our top hotel picks

Accommodation on Tour

For all our tours and tailor-made holidays we provide you with a clear categorisation of all hotels we use. The REGIONAL CATEGORY indicates the local rating of each hotel in each respective country. We have also rated each hotel using OUR CATEGORY, which will be in line with generally accepted western hotel grading standards.

Simple
Basic hotels and simple accommodation is a no frills option with an adventurous authentic feel.

Standard
Standard accommodation equates to a Western 3-star standard, always featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant.

Superior
Superior accommodation equates to a Western 4-star standard, featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant and often a swimming pool and/or a fitness centre.

Deluxe
Deluxe accommodation equates to a Western 5-star standard, usually featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, excellent service and customer care.

Lavish
Lavish accommodation equates to a Western 5-star plus standard - the creme de la creme. Featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, this accommodation is a cut above the rest. Sheer opulence!

Astoria, St Petersburg
Reminiscent of a by-gone era, the Astoria is a grand, traditional hotel affording tranquility and sheer opulence. Guest rooms from the perfect classic rooms to the palatial Tsar suite are all very well appointed thanks to design by Olga Polizzi. The hotel boasts a number of bars and restaurants including the Rotonda Lounge offering the city's most exquisite afternoon tea. Very well located oppposite St Isaac's Cathedral and the renowned Hermitage Museum is only a short walk away.
Our Category: Deluxe   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Deluxe Hotel
Marriott Aurora, Moscow
The only hotel is Moscow to offer a personalised Butler service in every room, the Marriott Aurora is a striking and elegant. Guest rooms are luxurious and designed in a sophisticated style with free Wi-Fi available and beautiful marble bathrooms. As well as a state of the art fitness facility the Aurora also boasts a number of wonderful restaurants. Don your best evening attire to dine at the Polo Club steakhouse and enjoy some of the finest Australian and American beef in Russia. The hotel is located in Moscow city centre, within walking distance of world-renowned Red Square and Bolshoi Theatre.
Our Category: Deluxe   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Hotel
Angleterre, St Petersburg
One of the first hotels in St Petersburg, the Angleterre was a favourite destination for artists and poets in the 1920s. Guest rooms are a good size and elegantly furnished with excellent views of the city. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available as well as access to the onsite gym and pool. An art gallery is on site and a perfect way to spend a few hours. From its charming location overlooking St Isaac's Cathedral, the Angleterre is perfectly placed for discovering the history and romance of the city.
Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel
Chekhov Hotel, Yekaterinburg
Converted in 2009 from a nineteenth century mansion, the Chekhov hotel is a popular boutique hotel in the heart of Yakateringburg. Rooms are modest in style, spotlessly clean and very comfortable. Free Wi-Fi is available and the buffet breakfast is extensive. Throughout the day complimentary tea and pastries are available, perfect for refuelling between sightseeing! Well located close to the central square of the city and next to a local supermarket.
Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: Standard Boutique Hotel
National Hotel, Moscow
Built in 1903 by famed Russian architect Alexander Ivanov, and fully renovated in 2009, the National is a sophisticated and luxury hotel. Rooms are decorated in a classic style with Luxury Collection beds and Italian style furnishings. Free Wi-Fi is available and breakfast is included with all stays. Taste some of Russia's finest vodkas in the Alexandrovsky Bar - the perfect way to spend a Russian evening! The hotel is located in the immediate vicinity of Red Square and the Kremlin, St. Bazil's Cathedral and The Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, Bolshoi Theater and Aleksandrovsky Sad.
Our Category: Deluxe   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Hotel

Serbia calling!

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.

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