Russia Tailor-made Holidays
Explore mighty Russia in 2019
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 2019 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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When planning your holiday we go a step beyond and include some special and unique experiences.Read more about our approach to designing your tailor-made holiday.
Discover the best of Russian on a tailormade holiday
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.
Russia Tailor-made reviews
Scoring an average traveller rating of 5 out of 5 based on 3 recent reviews — See All Reviews
Myself and my mum who is in her seventies travelled to Moscow. Part of our requested itinerary was visiting the Tchaikovsky House and museum in Klin, about 60 miles out of the city, and the museum guide there gave a fantastic insight into the life of the great composer. Our main guide Natalya was brilliant. She was happy to tailor our tour to our pace, and was always on time. We had a great time, and Natalya really looked after us from being there to greet us at the airport, right through to helping us to check in on our return flight to the UK. Natalya was very knowledgeable about the history of Russia, and was always cheerful and helpful. Thank you Natalya for making our break to Moscow such a great experience.”
Earlier this year Rebecca organised a transiberian trip for Jenny and me. We had the most fantastic time. The bolt-on experiences were great and we were constantly impressed arriving into a station that someone was always at the platform to meet us. The guides and drivers really are well selected. All of them went to great effort to ensure we had good experiences and accommodation, and when we would be picked up for the next train trip. It made us feel very secure. The trains themselves exceeded our expectations though we did have an upgrade. Even when things weren’t quite up to scratch like train meals we had been forewarned in your information so we had a chance to prepare, and it was all part of the adventure. Thanks again for your help in organising it such a memorable journey. ”
Tour was very well organised. Local transfers all worked very well. Local operator in Irkutsk packed in a few too many activities.”
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.
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!
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!
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 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.
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.
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!
Suggested Tailor-made Holiday itineraries for Russia
Russia's fascinating cities of St. Petersburg and Moscow could keep you entertained for days roaming the collections of world-class museums and marveling at Soviet secrets. For rural Russia at its best head to the Golden Ring for a scenic cycle ride in Suzdal where church spires dominate the skyline. If that's not enough to tempt you, use our interactive map below to plan your own dream Russia tour.