Russia Tours and Holidays

Visit Moscow and St Petersburg in Russia with On The Go Tours

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.

Top Russia Travel Deals and Upcoming Tours

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Russian Revolution - 9 days St Petersburg, Russia 11 Mar 2017 USD $1,436 was $1,795 20% off Russian Revolution - 9 days Map
The Big Chill - 9 days St Petersburg, Russia 24 Dec 2016 USD $1,895 The Big Chill - 9 days Map
The Snowball - 6 days St Petersburg, Russia 24 Dec 2016 USD $1,195 The Snowball - 6 days Map
New Year in Moscow - 9 days Moscow, Russia 29 Dec 2016 USD $1,695 New Year in Moscow - 9 days Map
White Russian - 7 days Moscow, Russia 29 Dec 2016 USD $1,295 White Russian - 7 days Map

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 $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...

Visit Red Square in Moscow on our range of Russia toursVodka Shot - 6 days MapExciting Days, Comfortable Nights

Vodka Shot

6 days | FROM USD $1,195

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

Novgorod chapel | RussiaGolden Ring of Russia - 7 days MapExciting Days, Comfortable Nights

Golden Ring of Russia

7 days | FROM USD $2,195

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 $1,895

Spend a week discovering the highlights of Moscow and St Petersburg, a...

Russian Revolution

9 days | FROM USD $1,795

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 $2,695

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 $2,695

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

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

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...

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 Visa Free Tours

Helsinki | FinlandHelsinki to St Petes - 5 days MapTailored To Suit You

Helsinki to St Petes

5 days | FROM USD $1,229

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

Old Town | Tallinn | Estonia St Petes & the Baltics - 5 days MapTailored To Suit You

St Petes & the Baltics

5 days | FROM USD $1,439

VISA FREE RUSSIA TOUR! Travelling by ferry, combine the finest cities...

With a recent change in regulations on tourist visas to Russia, it is now possible to visit St Petersburg without having to organise a Russia tourist visa. So long as you are travelling to Russia for less than 72 hours and have arranged sightseeing, you do not need to get a Russian tourist visa. Our visa free Russia tours take in the highlights of St Petersburg and also include a visit (via ferry) to neighbouring Finland and Estonia - so you can explore the fascinating European capitals of Helsinki and Tallinn, each with their own distinct character and charm.

Russia Private Tours

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

Karelia

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...

Hermitage | St Petersburg | RussiaBaltic Express - 4 days MapTailored To Suit You

Baltic Express

4 days | FROM USD $895

Enhance your Trans-Siberian journey with the Baltic Express. From your...

Church on Spilled Blood | St Petersburg | RussiaMolotov Cocktail - 4 days MapTailored To Suit You

Molotov Cocktail

4 days | FROM USD $795

Start your adventure in the beautiful city of the tsars - St see the...

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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 Day Tours

The Kremlin | Moscow | RussiaMoscow: The KGB, Lenin & More - 1 day MapTailored To Suit You

Moscow: The KGB, Lenin & More

1 day | FROM USD $399

Explore the capital of Russia, home of the legendary Red Square, St on...

Catherine Palace in St Petersburg, visited on our trips to RussiaSt Petersburg: Culture City - 1 day MapTailored To Suit You

St Petersburg: Culture City

1 day | FROM USD $559

Explore St Petersburg with a drive through the city passing famous the...

Only got a day to spare? We're here to help with our selection of city day tours of Moscow's iconic sites from Red Square to the Kremlin, and the cultural wonders of St. Petersburg with the Hermitage and St. Isaac's Cathedral.

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; out...

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, as...

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; out...

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.

Russia tour reviews

Scoring an average traveller rating of 4.72 out of 5 based on 36 recent reviews — See All Russia Reviews

The tour was excellent. We were met at the airport with no dramas. Our hotel was great and our guide was excellent. Next time we would do a longer tour and possibly allow an extra day at the end to revisit some of the places we would have liked more time at. As a short break it was excellent and an amazing amount was fitted in to a short time. An excellent introduction to Russia. As St Petersburg is a very European city, I wouldn't say it gave us a feel for the country but that was not to be expected.”  

Chelsea Grainger • Submitted 20 Sep 2016

The tour was excellent. We were met at the airport with no dramas. Our hotel was great and our guide was excellent. Next time we would do a longer tour and possibly allow an extra day at the end to revisit some of the places we would have liked more time at. As a short break it was excellent and an amazing amount was fitted in to a short time. An excellent introduction to Russia. As St Petersburg is a very European city, I wouldn't say it gave us a feel for the country but that was not to be expected.”  

Chelsea Grainger • Submitted 20 Sep 2016

The whole holiday was amazing.”  

Helen Jameson • Submitted 6 Sep 2016

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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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