Russia trip ideas
A vast and complex nation, Russia can be experienced in many different ways. Our specialists travel here regularly and can help you decide where and what to visit during your time in the country, from city breaks in Moscow and St. Petersburg to rural escapes and journeys on the epic Trans-Siberian Railway.
Their itinerary ideas combine the country's highlights with lesser-known attractions and each suggested route can be tailored to your interests to create a bespoke tour. Our specialists can also use their extensive local knowledge to advise you on the best hotels, modes of transport and order in which to see the country’s many attractions.
Ideas for your trip to Russia
These itineraries are designed to give you some suggestions for what is possible when you travel in Russia, and they showcase some of the routes that we’ve found work particularly well. Treat them simply as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely for you by one of our specialists based on your particular tastes and interests.
See the many treasures of the Hermitage, one of the world's best art galleries.
Visit the Peter and Paul Fortress, the city's first permanent building.
See the Catherine Palace and marvel at the phenomenal wealth of the Tsars.
Explore the beautiful canals and grand buildings of one of the world's prettiest cities.
See the Kremlin, Red Square and St Basil's Cathedral.
Explore one of the world's biggest and best art collections in the Hermitage.
Wander along St Petersburg's canals.
See one of the Tsars' sumptuous summer palaces.
See the Kremlin and Red Square in Moscow.
Visit the Hermitage in St Petersburg.
Take a train between the two cities.
Explore the Kremlin and Armoury complex and see Russia's Fabergé Eggs.
Explore the art of the Hermitage State Museum.
Take a hydrofoil into the Gulf of Finland to visit Peter the Great’s palace.
Explore the palace of Catherine the Great at Tsarskoe Selo, home to the Amber Room.
Stand atop the magnificent Great Wall of China.
Spend the night in traditional nomadic accommodation in Mongolia.
Hunt for wild horses out on the Mongolian steppe.
Visit the world's deepest fresh water lake.
Visit the Kremlin in mighty Moscow.
Explore Beijing's highlights, including the Forbidden City, the Temple of Heaven and Tiananmen Square.
Witness Mongolian nomadic life and enjoy a traditional Mongolian music performance.
Cross the vast expanses of Siberia.
Soak up the scenery of Lake Baikal.
Visit the Kremlin and learn about Moscow's history on a guided evening tour of the city.
Explore the vast Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg.
Visit Moscow's Kremlin and Red Square.
Travel along Lake Baikal on the Circum Baikal Railway.
Visit Mongolian Nomads around Ulaan Bataar.
Travel through Russia's remote far East.
Some of our favourite travel guides
A family holiday during Russia's winter with its snow-capped buildings and frozen rivers and lakes will enchant children of any age. At other times of the year there are wonderful galleries, museums, and cold-war history to explore.View this travel guide
Visiting Russia in the depths of winter? Absolutely, says Audley specialist John, and it can enhance your experience of the country. He also suggests what to see and do in Moscow and St Petersburg during the colder months.View this travel guide
Experience the real Russia on a relaxing river cruise on the mighty River Volga from St Petersburg to Moscow. There are plenty of fascinating stops along the way, including ancient churches, monasteries and villages.View this travel guide
Discover famous places in Russia associated with the Romanov era, from palaces and art to lesser-known exhibits and poignant churches. Audley Russia specialist John recommends what to see on a St Petersburg holiday or a trip to Moscow.View this travel guide
Less is more when it comes to Moscow and St Petersburg, Audley Russia specialist Lucy says. She picks some of the best experiences to focus on in each city, and explains which places are worth visiting with a private guide.View this travel guide