Reasons to Visit
The colourful dome topped cathedrals of Orthodox Russia are stunning and present a stark contrast to the Soviet era monoliths that are so often a part of Russian cities.
Some of the world’s greatest writers, composers and choreographers and cultural institutes are Russian; from Dostoevsky and Tchaikovsky to the Bolshoi theatre and Kirov ballet.
Russia is the birthplace of ballet and a visit to either Moscow's Bolshoi or St Petersburg's Mariinsky Theatre is a must. Even for those who aren't well versed in either art form, you should take in a performance simply for the wonderful music, beautiful theatres and sumptuous costumes on show.
St Petersburg is on the world’s most romantic and beautiful cities, home to stunning architecture, a cultural arts scene and world class restaurants and hotels. A true winter wonderland.
The domination of the USSR is inescapable, as is the legacy of Lenin and Stalin. Russia has shaped and changed 20th Century history and will continue to do so for years to come.
The Trans-Siberian railway is one of life’s great journeys, travelling hundreds of kilometres across Russia’s vast expanses, across European Russia, the Ural Mountains and into Siberia.
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Don’t forget to look up when you enter St Isaacs in St Petersburg.
Experience the real Russia on a relaxing river cruise on the mighty River Volga from St Petersburg to Moscow, with some fascinating stops on the way.
Located at the eastern tip of the Baltic Sea and constructed across the delta of the beautiful Neva River, St Petersburg rivals Venice and Paris as one of the world’s most...
The tour of Moscow takes you through the most important sights of this great city - places that hearken back to the days of the 'Hammer and Sickle' or beyond into earlier Russian history, as well as the modern, energetic, and hugely divided city that is present-day Moscow.
Scattered amidst the plains, lakes and marshes northeast of Moscow are a collection of ancient Russian towns known collectively as the Golden Ring. Many of the Golden Ring towns can be visited as a day trip from Moscow.
The MS Tolstoy is one of the more comfortable ships cruising on Russia's rivers.
From St Petersburg’s wealth of culture to the Bering Straits, and the vast, diverse lands in between, Russia is an intriguing proposition.
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Get a taste of Russia with a long weekend break in St Petersburg, taking in the main highlights of this beautiful city.
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Explore Moscow and St Petersburg, travelling by day train between the two cities.
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Explore the main highlights of Kiev, Moscow and St. Petersburg, with a couple of rail journey experiences.
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The best time to travel.
A good time to travel, but there may be some factors to be aware of.
Travel is possible, but this is not the best time of year.
Travel is not recommended.
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