Reasons to Visit Russia

  • Architecture

    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.

  • Arts & culture

    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.

    Arts & culture
  • Ballet & Opera

    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.

    Ballet & Opera
  • Cities

    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.

  • Modern history

    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.

    Modern history
  • Trains

    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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Visit St Petersburg, Russia

St Petersburg rivals Venice and Paris as one of the world's most romantic cities. Built to order by Peter the Great it is home to grand palaces, galleries and theatres including the magnificent Hermitage.

St Petersburg


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 romantic cities.

The city, built to order by Peter the Great in 1703, boasts a profusion of grand palaces, galleries and theatres including the magnificent Hermitage, once a winter palace to the Tsars and now home to one of the world’s finest art collections.

St Petersburg's history

This was the heart of the Russian Empire at its most glorious and extravagant, a period of wealth and sophistication that bequeathed the city such a fine cultural legacy.

Great writers and composers including Dostoevsky, Tchaikovsky and Rimsky Korsakov produced their finest works here, and today the Mariinsky (formerly the Kirov) Ballet continues to rival Moscow’s more celebrated Bolshoi.

When to visit

Thanks to its northerly latitudes the city throngs with life during the famous White Nights of midsummer, when the locals strip off the greys of winter and are joined by visitors from across the globe in a celebration of life and light.

For those who prefer a quieter experience, spring and autumn offer magnificent colours, and in the depths of winter the snow-covered landscapes transform St Petersburg into its Dr Zhivago best.

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