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Things to do in Russia

Many activities in Russia focus on the country’s unique culture and rich history, with city tours of Moscow and St Petersburg allowing you to see landmark sites such as the imposing Red Square and the Hermitage Museum with its extravagant art and jewelry collections, as well as numerous palaces and fortresses with impressive architecture.

Visit the world-famous Bolshoi or Mariinsky Theaters to see a ballet performance, a quintessential Russian experience, or travel beyond the cities to take a relaxing cruise along the Volga River as it weaves through the beautiful Russian countryside, learning about the country’s culture, history and religion as you go.

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Ideas for experiencing Russia

Experiences you have as you travel often hold the longest memories. As part of their research trips, our specialists seek out authentic ways to get to know Russia, and the best local guides. These activities reflect some of their best-loved experiences.

  • The Museum of Political History

    Museum of Political History

    St Petersburg

    The Museum of Political History is housed in the mansion of Kshesinskaya, who was a famous ballet dancer and Tsar Nicholas II's lover.

  • Pushkin Village, St.Petersburg

    Pushkin Village Excursion

    St Petersburg

    Visit the sumptuous Tsars' Village, which was the summer residence of the Russian Emperors. Tsars' Village is a unique ensemble, comprising a number of palaces, pavilions, and the dwellings of lesser nobles and servants, in harmony with lakes and landscaped gardens.

  • The Hermitage, St Petersburg, Russia

    Theater or Ballet Performance

    St Petersburg

    St Petersburg is the home of ballet - the dance was first developed here from the 18th century onwards, with all of the most famous ballets being premiered here. As well as ballet, the city has a thriving musical scene, with many fine orchestras and performers.

  • MS Tolstoy, St Petersburg

    MS Tolstoy Cruise

    The MS Tolstoy is one of the more comfortable ships cruising on Russia's rivers.

  • Beautiful architecture, Moscow

    Excursion to Star City

    Moscow

    Star City can be visited when in Moscow and is home to a cosmonauts training center.

  • Trans-Siberian Train, Moscow

    Trans-Siberian Railway

    Moscow

    The Trans-Siberian Railway, linking Moscow to Beijing, is not only one of the classic train journeys, it is also the longest continuous rail line on earth.

  • Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius

    Sergiev Posad Excursion

    Moscow

    Known as Zagorsk during the years of communism, Sergiev Posad is a small town at a small distance from Moscow. The town is centered around its golden heart - the exalted monastery of St Sergius.

  • St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg

    St Petersburg City Tour

    St Petersburg

    The city tour takes you to the main streets and squares of the city - names that stir the Russian heart - Nevsky Prospect, Palace Square, the Bronze Horseman, the Fontanka Embankment, the Neva River, and Vassilevsky Island.

  • On the Volga River, Russia

    Volga Dream Cruise

    Moscow

    Discover the highlights of the Russian countryside on board the luxury river cruiser, Volga Dream.