Russia Travel Guide

Plan your visit to the land of the Tsars with the aid of our useful travel guide resources. Start with when best to go and find out what each season has to offer then see what top 10 destinations we recommend to get you started. There's also info on visas - what one you'll need and how to obtain it. Get to grips with the currency, food, tipping etiquette and more with our Top Travel Tips or sit back and soak up the best of Russia before you've even left home with our Video Lounge. You can also see what past customers have to say about our Russia tours or delve deeper into the scenic Golden Ring with our comprehensive guide.

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Best Places to Visit

Our choice of the top cultural cities and scenic rural towns Russia has to offer

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Best Time to Visit

Plan your visit according to the season with details on the weather and local festivals


Top Travel Tips

Find out what currency is used, what food is popular, what to shop for and more


Tourist Visas

Without a visa, you're not getting in so check requirements before you travel

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Russia Video Lounge

Catch a glimpse into Russia with our selection of top inspiring videos


Traveller Reviews

See what our travellers say about our tours to Russia and the local guides we use

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Visiting the Golden Ring

Our guide to the history of the region, the top attractions, how to get around & more

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White Nights Festival

Learn more about this cultural extravaganza held in the city of St. Petersburg

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 for South African Travellers

We monitor current travel advisories to Russia to ensure our passengers are safe on tour. We recommend that you check the latest travel advice from the consular in South Africa before you travel.

Flying to Russia from South Africa:

Russia is between a 16-20 hour flight from South Africa depending on whether you depart from Cape Town or Johannesburg. The main gateways in Russia are the cities of Moscow and St. Petersburg, and as the majority of our Russia tours start in one city and end in another, you will need to book what's known as an open jaw return ticket. KLM via Amsterdam, Emirates via Dubai, British Airways via London and Turkish Airlines via Istanbul are all recommended choices with reasonable transit times. Visit Travelstart for multi city flight deals from South Africa to Russia.

Useful Online Resources:

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