Russia

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Christina Gibbons
Russia Travel Specialist

Since our first forays into the former Soviet Union in the early 1980s, Regent has been pioneering new and unique holidays to Russia, always pushing the boundaries of tourism and taking intrigued travellers to some of Russia’s most fascinating – and often lesser-known – destinations.

Moscow’s Red Square with its towering Kremlin and St Basil’s Cathedral is the iconic image of Russia, and is easily combined with St Petersburg, which provides visitors with a wealth of imperial parks and palaces to choose from, including the world-renowned State Hermitage Museum, to give first-time visitors an introduction to the country’s two biggest and boldest characters.

But our Russia holidays are far more than visits to the popular, grandiose cities of Moscow and St Petersburg. Our Russia Holidays are river cruises which take place aboard hand-picked vessels and gently carry you through the countryside and stop at small river-side villages; they are epic railroad journeys, that clatter across deepest Siberia aboard the Trans-Siberian Railway; they are explorations of Russia’s furthest frontiers, from the easterly Kamchatka peninsula to the northern lights-spying town of Murmansk in the north; they are group tours which take you through the country with like-minded travellers to uncover the history of Russian Space Exploration or the fall of the Soviet Union. We know Russia like the back of our hands, and this vast nation has an incredible travel experience for everyone.

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Moscow
Top Destination
Moscow
Moscow is one of the world’s most opulent and fascinating capitals. Gaze at the city’s dazzling array of churches and monasteries, and explore the Kremlin, one of Moscow’s most iconic attractions - once home to Russians Tsars and communist leaders. We've been running Moscow holidays since the 1980's, so whether you want see the best of the Soviet past, or the changing face of new Russia today - our experts can find the right tour for you.
St Petersburg
Top Destination
St Petersburg
Built by order of Peter the Great in 1703, St Petersburg is one of the world’s most romantic cities.  Well-known for its rivers and canals, getting around the city by boat is a popular choice. Imperial parks and palaces abound, crowned by the famous Peter and Paul Fortress and the incredible State Hermitage Museum.
Kazan
Top Destination
Kazan
The city of Kazan, capital of Russia's Tatarstan Republic, can trace its history back through the centuries to the site of its original settlement, the outstanding Kremlin. The Kremlin - or walled citadel - in Kazan was made a UNESCO world heritage site in 2000 in recognition of its uniqueness and historical importance.
Volgograd
Top Destination
Volgograd
Originally founded in 1589 as the fortress Tsaritsyn, Volgograd is better known by its pre-1960’s name of Stalingrad.  Stalingrad is synonymous with the bloodiest battle of the Second World War, which cost the lives of hundreds of thousands German troops and even more Russians.
Kaliningrad
Christina Gibbons's Recommendation
Kaliningrad
Once a wealthy German port and university town called Königsberg, Kaliningrad changed beyond recognition under Soviet control. The enclave is separated from mother Russia by hundreds of miles of Lithuanian and Belarusian soil, stretches out into the Baltic Sea as part of the Curonian Spit, and offers a fascinating, off-the-beaten-track travel experience.
Yekaterinburg
Andrea Godfrey's Recommendation
Yekaterinburg
Yekaterinburg is an essential visit for those with even a modicum of interest in Russian history. This is where, in July 1918, Tsar Nicholas II, his wife Alexandra and five children were murdered by the Bolsheviks, signalling the final chapter of the Romanov dynasty that had ruled Russia for over 300 years. The magnificent Cathedral on the Blood now stands where the family met their end and contains several fascinating monuments to the Romanovs as well as memorabilia from their last days here.

Popular Destinations in Russia

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   Moscow
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   St Petersburg
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   Kazan
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   Volgograd



Specialist Recommendations

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   Kaliningrad
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   Yekaterinburg


Regent Russia Specialist


Peter Wybrow
Russia is such a vast country, with an almost endless collection of cities worth exploring and a fascinating history that could take months to delve deeper into. For first-time visitors, we suggest beginning your experience of Russia with our popular Moscow & St Petersburg combination tours - easily combined in a trip that compares and contrast these titans, it's an easy way to get to grips with Russia's wealth, beautiful ornate palaces, it's closed Soviet past and increasingly open modern life. Then, travellers after a more unique and authentic Russia experience have plenty of options to head further from the beaten track; journeys along the epic Trans-Siberian Railway, visit historic towns like Yekaterinburg and Kazan, hunt for the northern lights in Murmansk or head to the remote Kamchatka Peninsula.

Peter's Tips
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For a unique sleep, spend a night at the luxury Hermitage Hotel, owned by St Petersburg's famous treasure trove of art.
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In Zaryadye Park, you can explore Russia's natural landscapes - tundra, steppe, forest and wetland - without leaving Moscow.
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Dr Zhivago, in Moscow, is a spectacular place to try Russia's famous traditional Olivier salad.




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