Discover the best of Russia with our range of escorted tours or delve deeper with a tailor-made holiday and travel guides to help you plan your trip.

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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And in Moscow, wander through legendary Red Square & iconic St Basil’s Cathedral, head underground to a Soviet-era bunker and take a ride on the Moscow Metro and fascinating museums and watch world-class opera or ballet.

Discover this and many more top spots in Russia with our selection of escorted group tours, festive escapes, carefully designed private journeys and tailor-made holidays, as well as semi-independent travel on the Trans-Siberian Railway.

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New Year in Moscow - 9 days Moscow, Russia 29 Dec 2017 USD $1,516 was $1,895 20% off New Year in Moscow - 9 days Map
White Russian - 7 days Moscow, Russia 29 Dec 2017 USD $876 was $1,095 20% off White Russian - 7 days Map
Vodka Shot - 6 days St Petersburg, Russia 31 Oct 2017 USD $1,101 was $1,295 15% off Vodka Shot - 6 days Map
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Russia Group Tours

Red Square & St Basil's Cathedral | Moscow | RussiaMood for Moscow - 4 days MapExciting Days, Comfortable Nights

Mood for Moscow

4 days | FROM USD $775

A city of contrasts where history peeks from behind every corner. From...

The Church on Spilled Blood | St Petersburg | RussiaSimply St Petes - 4 days MapExciting Days, Comfortable Nights

Simply St Petes

4 days | FROM USD $595

A very European city in a very Russian setting. With beautiful...

St Petersburg by night | RussiaNight at the Museum - 4 days MapExciting Days, Comfortable Nights

Night at the Museum

4 days | FROM USD $925

If you are an art or history buff you won't want to miss out on the...

Hermitage Museum | St Petersburg | RussiaWhite Nights and Museums - 6 days MapExciting Days, Comfortable Nights

White Nights and Museums

6 days | FROM USD $1,495

Are you a lover of the arts and fascinated by history books? If the...

Vodka Shot

6 days | FROM USD $1,195

This short and sweet 6 day tour of Russia takes in the must-see sights...

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Golden Ring of Russia

7 days | FROM USD $2,595

Discover the age-old allure of Russia on this 7 day tour of Moscow and...

Peterhof Palace | St Petersburg | RussiaBack in the USSR - 7 days MapExciting Days, Comfortable Nights

Back in the USSR

7 days | FROM USD $1,495

Explore Red Square, the Kremlin and opt to go inside a Soviet Bunker...

St Basil's Cathedral | Moscow | RussiaRussian Revolution - 9 days MapExciting Days, Comfortable Nights

Russian Revolution

9 days | FROM USD $1,895

Enjoy more time in St Petersburg and Moscow, with guided sightseeing...

Pokrovsky Monastery | Suzdal | Russia | On The Go ToursDiscover Russia - 9 days MapExciting Days, Comfortable Nights

Discover Russia

9 days | FROM USD $2,295

Take in the highlights of St Petersburg - city of the tsars and Moscow...

Church on Blood | Yekaterinburg | RussiaRoute of the Romanovs - 10 days MapExciting Days, Comfortable Nights

Route of the Romanovs

10 days | FROM USD $2,465

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

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

As well as providing plenty of informative guided sightseeing our expert tour leaders are available to help book a range of local excursions from a visit to a Soviet bunker to Russian ballet shows and the Circus. For a more comfortable travel experience we now use the closed 4-berth cabins on our overnight train journeys. We also now include a Welcome Dinner on day 1 of the tour where you can meet your tour leader and fellow travel companions over a bite to eat in a relaxed setting.

Russia XMAS and New Year Tours

The Snowball

6 days | FROM USD $1,095

No stuffing turkeys or entertaining aunts, head to mighty Russia this...

White Russian

7 days | FROM USD $1,095

For a truly unique new year’s break, celebrate in Russia’s...

New Year in Moscow

9 days | FROM USD $1,895

Where will you be celebrating on New Year's Eve? Ring in the New Year...

The Big Chill

9 days | FROM USD $1,695

Seasons greetings from Russia! Enjoy a relaxed yuletide in St...

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!

Russia Private Tours

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Karelia & Kizhi Island

4 days | FROM USD $1,199

Resting on the shores of the Onego and Ladoga Lakes, the historic and...

Vladimir old town | Vladimir | Russia | On The Go ToursCapital & Country - 5 days MapTailored To Suit You

Capital & Country

5 days | FROM USD $2,159

Take in the highlights of Moscow – Russia’s capital city, before...

Helsinki | FinlandHelsinki to St Petes - 6 days MapTailored To Suit You

Helsinki to St Petes

6 days | FROM USD $2,565

VISA FREE RUSSIA TOUR! See the best of Helsinki's neo-classical...

Suzdal | RussiaThe Golden Ring - 7 days MapTailored To Suit You

The Golden Ring

7 days | FROM USD $3,779

Russian history and architecture, famous old cities and towns. The...

Lake Baikal | Trans-siberian Railway | RussiaYekaterinburg Baikal Journey - 12 days MapTailored To Suit You

Yekaterinburg Baikal Journey

12 days | FROM USD $3,729

Take the Trans-Siberian all the way through from Moscow to Irkutsk '...

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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.

Russia Short Stays

Christ Our Saviour in Museum | Moscow | RussiaMoscow Uncovered - 4 days MapTailored To Suit You

Moscow Uncovered

4 days | FROM USD $789

Explore Russia's capital city with all the remnants of Communism;...

The Bronze Horseman | St Petersburg | RussiaSt Petes Explored - 4 Days MapTailored To Suit You

St Petes Explored

4 Days | FROM USD $849

Art and design abounds in this northern city, with opulent palaces,...

St Basil's Cathedral | Moscow | RussiaSt Petes & Moscow - 6 Days MapTailored To Suit You

St Petes & Moscow

6 Days | FROM USD $2,399

Explore Russia's capital city with all the remnants of Communism;...

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.

St Basil's Cathedral | Moscow | Russia

Tailor-made Holidays

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 Yekaterinburg and Lake Baikal sampling the Trans-Siberian railway, or take a cruise on the Volga or Neva rivers, we’ve got the perfect itinerary for you. Best of all? It's completely unique and built around your particular requirements from preferred accommodation to departure date.

Russia Day Tours and Excursions

Get to know mighty Moscow and beautiful St. Petersburg with our range of day tours and activities in Russia's most popular cities.

Moscow Metro Tour

90 minutes
FROM USD $34.14

Head underground for a walking tour of Moscow’s metro stations, exploring five stations and...

Day trip to Pushkin and Catherine Palace

4-hour Pushkin tour
5-hour Pushkin and Pavlovsk tour
FROM USD $91.45

Enjoy a day trip from Moscow to the small town of Pushkin where you’ll explore the impressive...

Moscow Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

Varies
FROM USD $15.13

Explore Moscow at your own pace with the hop-on hop-off bus, which makes nine stops at sights of...

Sightseeing Tour of St Petersburg

Varies
FROM USD $34.14

See all the highlights of St Petersburg on this comprehensive tour, with the option to add on a tour...

Moscow City Walking Tour

2 hours
FROM USD $35.50

See the highlights of Moscow’s Red Square on a guided walking tour, including St Basil’s...

Feel Yourself Russian Folk Show

2 hours
FROM USD $75.00

Enjoy a lively evening of entertainment at Nikolayevsky Palace for the popular Feel Yourself Russian...

Private Moscow Food and Culture Tour

3 hours
FROM USD $104.00

Sample traditional local cuisine, such as pies, pancakes and borsch, while learning about Russian...

St Petersburg Midnight Cruise

90 minutes
FROM USD $54.87

Experience St Petersburg after dark on a midnight cruise along the city’s canals, and witness the...

Russia tour reviews

Scoring an average traveller rating of 4.66 out of 5 based on 59 recent reviews — See All Russia Reviews

Covered all of the highlights of St Petersburg and Moscow. Tour guide was very knowledgeable and had a real passion for Russian history. ”  

Kate Sayer • Submitted 11 Sep 2017

Can't say enough about Natalia. She went out of her way to locate my luggage and handle communication with St. Petersburg airport when they lost it on my arrival and I am extremely thankful for that.

She was easy to get along with and open to answering all our questions about her country and culture. And she gave us great recommendations for places, bars and restaurants to visit. ”  

Sofie Kiriakidis • Submitted 4 Sep 2017

Enjoyed the tour, gave a general view of west Russia. The guide was excellent, the local guides were also very good. The accommodation was good, the overnight train journey was a nice experience as was using the metro. Overall an excellent holiday and I would recommend it.”  

James Cooke • Submitted 3 Sep 2017

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The summer months (June to August) are the ideal time for city sightseeing in Russia. The clear blue skies provide the perfect backdrop to the skylines of gleaming golden spires and colourful onion-shaped domes. To make the most of the season, consider heading into Russia's charming countryside to explore the historic towns of Suzdal, Kostroma and Yaroslavl in the famed Golden Ring.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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