34 years on from our first foray into Russia, Russian holidays never fail to enthral. Perfect for culture vultures, with its grandiose cities of Moscow and St Petersburg, Russophiles will also appreciate the Soviet history and landmarks. Lovers of the great outdoors will delight in a cruise on the legendary Volga River, gazing at shimmering forests of silver birch and pastoral countryside.
Our Russian holidays offer something for both those new to Russia and those returning to the country. Moscow’s Red Square with its Kremlin and psychedelic St Basil’s Cathedral is the iconic image of Russia, but contrast this with the small towns of the Golden Ring, with rural landscapes dotted with golden-domed Orthodox churches, for a glimpse of the real Russia. St Petersburg provides visitors with a wealth of imperial parks and palaces to explore and the city is home to the world-renowned State Hermitage Museum.
Of course no list of Russia holidays would be complete without a mention of the Trans-Siberian Railway. Whether you want luxury cabins and private views or a chance to mix in with locals, we have a range of holiday packages for the world's most adventurous railway journey from Moscow to Beijing or Vladivostok.
Take an epic railroad journey and pause at Yekaterinburg, where the Romanovs met their end, before heading into Siberia with its endless steppe and taiga. Stop off at Trans - Siberian towns or head into the wilderness to stay in yurts and encounter shamans and throat singers. When to travel depends on whether you want to fields of bluebells and beech trees or the Siberia at its snowy best from late November onwards.
For Russian holidays with a difference, consider visiting the enclave of Kaliningrad, squeezed between Poland and Lithuania, or for those with an interest in Soviet history, visit Stalingrad or one of the other Soviet Hero Cities which played their part in Russia’s WWII defence.
Moscow and St Petersburg are always the top two destinations to visit when on Russian holidays but be adventurous and include one or two other places be it either Volgograd, Ekaterinburg or even Novgorod. Top of our list are the Solovetsky Islands and perhaps venturing north to Murmansk, the largest city within the Arctic Circle. This important port on the shores of Kola Bay is warmed by the waters of the Gulf Stream and is free of ice throughout the year. It was built with British assistance during World War I and the Northern Lights can be seen here during winter months.
It's been over 34 years since we took our first group to Russia, and over the years we have seen the country change but still keep it's unique feel and identity.
Our Russian holidays specialists have visited Russia year after year, and have first hand knowledge of the country that they will share with you.
We will recommend hotels to suit any budget, arrange tours, guides and advise you on the must see sights.