Russia Tours and Holidays

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.

Upcoming Russia Trips

Trip NameStartsDepartingFrom USDDealMap
Russian Revolution - 9 days St Petersburg, Russia 04 Feb 2017 USD $1,795 Russian Revolution - 9 days Map
Simply St Petes - 4 days St Petersburg, Russia 04 Feb 2017 USD $845 Simply St Petes - 4 days Map
Route of the Romanovs - 10 days St Petersburg, Russia 07 Feb 2017 USD $2,695 Route of the Romanovs - 10 days Map
Vodka Shot - 6 days St Petersburg, Russia 07 Feb 2017 USD $1,195 Vodka Shot - 6 days Map
Discover Russia - 9 days St Petersburg, Russia 11 Apr 2017 USD $2,695 Discover Russia - 9 days Map
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Russia Group Tours

With accommodation, arrival transfer and guided sightseeing, our group tours are the ideal choice for a first-time visit to Russia.

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

Mood for Moscow

4 days | FROM USD $795

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 $845

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

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

Night at the Museum

4 days | FROM USD $1,095

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

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 is...

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Russia XMAS and New Year Tours

Spend the festive season in the winter wonderland of Russia with our fun XMAS & NYE tours with plenty of sightseeing in Moscow & St Pete's.

Overlooking Red Square | Moscow | RussiaThe Snowball - 6 days MapExciting Days, Comfortable Nights

The Snowball

6 days | FROM USD $1,195

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

St Basil's Cathedral | Moscow | RussiaWhite Russian - 7 days MapExciting Days, Comfortable Nights

White Russian

7 days | FROM USD $1,295

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

Red Square & St Basil's Cathedral | Moscow | RussiaNew Year in Moscow - 9 days MapExciting Days, Comfortable Nights

New Year in Moscow

9 days | FROM USD $1,695

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

St Isaac's Cathedral | St Petersburg | RussiaThe Big Chill - 9 days MapExciting Days, Comfortable Nights

The Big Chill

9 days | FROM USD $1,895

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

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Russia Private Tours

Travel to Russia on your own private touring itinerary with English-speaking guides at all the top sites, your choice of accommodation & departure.

Lake Onega | Karelia | RussiaKarelia & Kizhi Island - 4 days MapTailored To Suit You

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...

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 is...

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 ' a...

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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 tour reviews

Scoring an average traveller rating of 4.67 out of 5 based on 39 recent reviews — See All Russia Reviews

Nataliya was an outstanding tour guide. She is very knowledgeable on the aspects of the tour to include history and culture, and shared tons of interesting information. She was thoughtful to all members of our group, kept the trip moving forward smoothly, and extremely patient towards multiple, repetitive questions from our group members who weren't listening to her announcements the first time. I was very impressed with her all around, she is an asset to your company. ”  

John Kendall • Submitted 4 Jan 2017

Great tour, only negative is found the optional Moscow by night tour far too long. Was not aware it would be 4hrs jumping in and out of the bus and to be honest had already seen most of the sights by night, so on reflection may have not participated if known the duration and details of what it would entail.

Anastasia was a great tour guide, professional, gave great directions and instructions and really took care of the group, she really made the tour. ”  

Alyce Ellis • Submitted 4 Jan 2017

I wrote on the feedback form that we were given in Moscow that the highlight of our trip was our tour guide and I would like to reiterate that statement. She was fun, professional, helpful, very informative and as far as I could see was never off duty. As for the tour itself with the benefit of hindsight there were a couple of optional trips that we could have skipped but purely because we were tired after the overnight train journey. We thought everything was very well organised, we enjoyed the restaurants that we ate in, we loved the Hermitage, the Moscow Metro, night city tours, St. Petersburg itself is just beautiful - I could go on! We loved the trip and would happily recommend it to friends.

A final comment with regard to the On the Go staff at the London office, many thanks go to Phil Hammond and Sarah Bansgrove for going above and beyond in their successful mission to retrieve our keys for us.”  

John Hearnden • Submitted 4 Jan 2017

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Our Latest City Guides
Make the most of your visit to Russia

Check out our newly updated city guides, packed with loads of information to help you plan your visit to Russia from the top attractions and excursions to our choice of recommended places to eat and shop. Whether you want to explore the mighty capital of Moscow, immerse yourself in the cultural riches of St Petersburg, discover the bloody history of Yekaterinburg or enjoy the pretty rural scenes of Suzdal - we've got it covered.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Russia Travel Guide

Here's our handy little guide covering those travel essentials you need to consider when planning your trip to Russia.

St Petersburg canals  | Russia

Best Places to Visit

Places on our must-see list of any visit to Russia

Best Time to Visit

Information on climatic and weather conditions in Russia

Top Travel Tips

Money, shopping, transport, food, health advice & more

Tourist Visas

Visa requirements for Russia and info on getting your visa

Traditional Russian matryoshka dolls

Russia Video Lounge

Our favourite Russia travel videos

Red Square & St Basil's Cathedral | Moscow | Russia

Traveller Reviews

Trip reviews from our travellers to Russia

The skyline of Suzdal in Russia's historic Golden Ring

Visiting the Golden Ring

What to see in Russia's historic Golden Ring and when to go

Get to know Russia

Recommended Reading

  • Among the Russians
    by Colin Thubron
  • Gulag Archipelago
    by Aleksander Solzhenitsyn
  • The Master and Margarita
    by Mikhail Bulgakov
Did you know...?

Facts about Russia

  • Russia is bigger than the planet Pluto covering a land mass of 17.1 million square km.
  • Beer was not considered an alcoholic beverage in Russia until 2013 - before that it was considered a foodstuff.
  • In Russia there are 9 million more women than men, which makes finding a good husband a real competition!

Russia Travel Advice:

We stay informed of the latest travel guidance on Russia and follow the advice set out by the British Foreign Office. The safety of our travellers is paramount and we recommend that you check the latest travel updates from the relevant advisory body in your country.

Online Travel Resources for Russia:

REFER TO: Rough Guides, Fodors, Bradt, Frommers, Footprints, CN Traveller and World Travel Guide.

ALSO SEE: The official Russia Tourist Organisation site and the latest Russia Weather Updates from the BBC.

RUSSIA TRAVEL BLOGS: Here's our selection of top blogs about Russia - English Russia, Sean's Russia Blog and Transform Siberia.

See the best of 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.

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