Our tours in Russia offer lots of guided sightseeing as well as plenty of free time for you to further explore at your own pace. If you are stuck for ideas, we’ve got a great selection of optional excursions which you are welcome to book locally. Go the max in St Petersburg with our Pukka Pass – offering an additional full day of sightseeing with lunch, or see a thrilling traditional Cossack Show. In Moscow, head underground and explore a top secret Soviet Cold War bunker or marvel at acrobatics at the Moscow Circus. Alternatively, extend your stay and head out of the big smoke and enjoy the tranquil countryside in Novgorod. The choice is yours!
Start the day with a visit to either the gardens of palatial Peterhof, overlooking the Gulf of Finland in the summer OR Catherine Palace at Tsarskoe Selo in the winter (Pavlosk Palace is viewed if Catherine Palace is closed). We stop for lunch at the popular restaurant, where we enjoy a hearty meal, before exploring inside the beautiful Church on Spilled Blood.
Take a step back in time - enjoy a guided tour of the stunning Royal Residences of the Russian Tsars, located in the outskirts of St Pete's and admire the beautiful Russian countryside on the way. Our Catherine Palace (winter) or Peterhof Gardens (summer) bolt on is available on all tours visiting St Petersburg.
Head 65 meters underground to the Underground Cold War Museum - a Stalinist-era Soviet Bunker that up until recently was a top secret symbol of Soviet Power. This mighty 75,000-square-foot facility was constructed covertly in the 1950s, to protect the select few against a US nuclear attack. Step back in time to the clandestine and tense era of the Cold War and enjoy an interactive tour of this bunker turned museum, followed by a tour of the most luxurious and extravagant of the Stalinist era metro stations with their marble columns and chandeliers all with an English speaking guide.
Escape the bustling city of St Petersburg with an overnight stay in ancient Novgorod. Your visit begins with a tour of the historic Kremlin (Fortress) grounds and the open air museum of Russian wooden architecture, then there's free time to independently explore Novgorod - listed by UNESCO as one of the top 100 cities of the world. Why not soak up the views from a leisurely walk along the Volkhov river, visit one of the great medieval abbeys, or wander round the quaint shops and bars.