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.Read More
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.
Top Russia Travel Deals and Upcoming Tours
|Trip Name||Starts||Departing||From USD||Deal||Map|
|Russian Revolution - 9 days||St Petersburg, Russia||11 Mar 2017||USD $1,436||was $1,795 20% off|||
|The Big Chill - 9 days||St Petersburg, Russia||24 Dec 2016||USD $1,895|||
|The Snowball - 6 days||St Petersburg, Russia||24 Dec 2016||USD $1,195|||
|White Russian - 7 days||Moscow, Russia||29 Dec 2016||USD $1,295|||
|New Year in Moscow - 9 days||Moscow, Russia||29 Dec 2016||USD $1,695|||
Russia Group Tours
With accommodation, arrival transfer and guided sightseeing, our group tours are the ideal choice for a first-time visit to Russia.
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.
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.
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 2017 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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Places on our must-see list of any visit to Russia
Information on climatic and weather conditions in Russia
Money, shopping, transport, food, health advice & more
Visa requirements for Russia and info on getting your visa
Our favourite Russia travel videos
Trip reviews from our travellers to Russia
What to see in Russia's historic Golden Ring and when to go
- Among the Russians
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- Gulag Archipelago
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- The Master and Margarita
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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.
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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.