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Russia holidays 2020 & 2021

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Russia’s main cities feel broadly European, but its history tells a different story due to the singular political path the country forged in the 20th century, which lives on in the bold Stalinist buildings that pepper Moscow. Our specialists are skilled at crafting Russia vacations that take in all the country’s paradoxes. They can help you delve into St Petersburg, advising you on which imperial palaces to visit, and how to avoid the crowds. In Moscow, they can indicate more unusual ways to experience the city (such as night river cruises), and they know where to find the best skyline views.

Then, leaving the urban behind, you discover a sleepier, more sedate Russia where the vagaries of politburos seem to have had little effect. Vacations to Russia can easily include trips to see the wooden churches of the Golden Ring, and the well-preserved half-medieval town of Suzdal.

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Suggested tours for Russia

These tours give you a starting point for what your trip to Russia could entail. They cover routes we've found work particularly well and feature some of our favorite places to stay. Treat them as inspiration, as each trip is created uniquely for you.

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Our expert guides to traveling in Russia

Written by our specialists from the viewpoint of their own travels, these guides will help you decide on the shape of your own trip to Russia. Aiming to inspire and inform, we share our recommendations for how to appreciate Russia at its best.

  • My travels in Russia

    My travels in Russia

    Russia specialist Nick travelled to Moscow, St Petersburg and the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of the Golden Ring and has captured part of his journey on video.

  • Russian Dolls

    Family vacations in Russia

    A family vacation 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.

  • Moskva River, Moscow

    Visiting Russia’s St Petersburg and Moscow in winter

    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.

  • Standard Cabin - 2 Berths, Tsars Gold - Chinese Train, Ulaan Baatar

    Planning your journey along the Trans-Siberian Railway

    Revered as one of the greatest journeys on the planet, the Trans-Siberian Railway (or, more specifically, the Trans-Mongolian Railway) links the churches and palaces of Russian cities with the vibrant cultures of Asia, passing through Siberia and the Mongolian steppe. Specialist Matt shares his advice for how to make the journey.

  • Nicko Cruise - MS Simonov

    River cruises in Russia

    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.

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