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Introduction

Despite being open to tourism for decades now, Russia remains, as Churchill once observed ‘a riddle wrapped in an enigma'. Mysterious, mighty, modern yet medieval; beautiful and brutal, romantic but cynical, poetic and pragmatic, this is an endlessly contradictory country, but large enough to allow all opposites to exist.

Russia's sheer scale is difficult to imagine, let alone thoroughly explore. Western Russia on its own, from the borders of Belarus to the Ural mountains, is the largest country in Europe, and that's just a fraction of the whole country. The Russian Federation only finishes when the sea separating it from Japan begins, a great sweep of steppes and Siberia in between. There are silvery birch forests too, and snow capped mountains, the warm sands of the Black Sea, rivers, deep lakes and every kind of physical beauty to enjoy.

If the landscapes soothe the soul, urban life in Russia stirs it. The cities are exciting, or enchanting, and in some cases both. From the chaotic yet compelling charm of Moscow, the enchanted feel of the ancient towns on the Golden Ring, the elegance of St Petersburg to the exuberance of Vladivostok in Russia's Far East, there's something for everyone here, from adventure holidays to cultural city breaks or both combined in a tailor made trip.

This is one country where working out an itinerary designed to take in as much variety as possible is recommended, due to both its size and scope. Preferably an itinerary that will allow for sociable stops in steamy bathhouses and chatty teahouses and bars for shots of what is known as ‘a little drop of water' in Russia - and consumed with as much regularity - vodka.

At a glance

Flying time from UK
6 hours

Time zone
GMT +3 to +12

Currency
Rouble (Rbl) = 100 kopeks

Language
Russian

Travel advice
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Special offers in Russia

Russian Explorer

8-day escorted tour from £1,085 pp

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selected 2018 dates – Save up to £165 pp
Book by: 14 September 2018

Explore Russia's urban powerhouses in Moscow and St Petersburg as you uncover everything from imposing neoclassical cathedrals and 18th-century citadels to Stalinist metro stations and museums containing masterpieces by Raphael and Rembrandt.

Highlights Of St Petersburg

5-day tailor-made city break from £925 pp

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offer

Stay 4 nights, pay 3 – Save up to £110 pp
Book by: 31 March 2018

This short break takes in all of the above and includes private guiding throughout, along with 5-star accommodation at the stunning Angleterre Hotel.

Best of the Baltics

15-day stay and cruise from £5,400 pp incl. flights

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offer

Exclusive fly cruise offer with $300 on board credit
Book by: 30 November 2017

Uncover the mysteries of northern Europe in all-inclusive luxury, washing down Russia’s secrets and Scandinavia’s charm with open cocktail bars.

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Top itineraries in Russia

Russian Explorer

8-day escorted tour from £1,085 pp

Special
offer

selected 2018 dates – Save up to £165 pp
Book by: 14 September 2018

Explore Russia's urban powerhouses in Moscow and St Petersburg as you uncover everything from imposing neoclassical cathedrals and 18th-century citadels to Stalinist metro stations and museums containing masterpieces by Raphael and Rembrandt.

The Golden Eagle Arctic Explorer

12-day luxury rail journey from £9,965 pp incl. flights

Take in the beautiful city of St Petersburg before boarding one of the world's most luxurious trains, the Golden Eagle, and setting off on a quest to find the Northern Lights in the Russian and Norwegian Arctic.

Golden Eagle A Taste of the Silk Road

13-day itinerary from £11,695 pp incl. flights

A once-in-a-lifetime chance to retrace the ancient Silk Road trading route from Almaty in Kazakhstan, through Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Russia to finish in Moscow.

Golden Eagle Luxury Trains

Luxury rail journey

Golden Eagle Luxury Trains are the world's leading operator of exclusive, long-distance rail tours, offering fully-escorted, private and adventurous rail tours to discerning guests looking to visit off-the-beaten-track destinations without compromising on comfort.

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Top places to stay in Russia

Solo Sokos Palace Bridge Hotel, St Petersburg

Traditional hotel

Located in the historical centre of St Petersburg, Solo Sokos Palace Bridge Hotel offers contemporary rooms, unique dining experiences and world-class facilities with easy access to St Petersburg’s downtown attractions.

Angleterre Hotel, St Petersburg

Contemporary hotel

At this central hotel, chic rooms offer a fine counterpoint to views of historic golden domes that set the tone for St Petersburg’s storied past.

Moscow Marriott Royal Aurora Hotel

Grand & elegant hotel

The 5-star Moscow Marriott Royal Aurora Hotel is in an ideal location for exploring the Russian capital.

Belmond Grand Hotel Europe, St Petersburg

Grand & elegant hotel

Discover the pulse of one of Europe's most culturally rich cities in St Petersburg’s oldest and most venerated hotel. A stay in a place like this is worthy of a souvenir, known as St Petersburg's answer to the Champs-Elysees.

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Where to go in Russia

Eastern Region

The Ural mountain range forms a natural division between European and Asian Russia. This lengthy chain, which stretches for 2,000 kilometres from Kazakhstan to the arctic Kara Sea marks the edge of Eastern Russia, an immense mass of tundra and taiga (Siberian forest) and snowy reaches that ends onl…

Southern Region

Russia's Southern Region enjoys the warmest weather in the country, which is handy for the Black Sea holiday resorts. By way of contrast, this region is also home to Russia's most exotic cultural destinations - and most mountainous ones - in the North Caucasus.

St Petersburg

St Petersburg is the most European of Russian cities, imbued with elegance, glamour, and the lingering romance associated with the Romanovs, Russia's last reigning royal family. The rarefied atmosphere emanates from the neoclassical and baroque Italianate buildings that line the graceful streets an…

Russia's Northern Region

Russia's Northern Region is a place of frozen seas, silvery forests and shimmering lakes and thousands of islands. Reaching into the Arctic Circle, this region of lakes, forests and tundra might be chilly in the winter, but it's a beautiful fairytale landscape during the snowy months, and equally g…

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When to go to Russia

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"In January in Northern Russia, everything vanishes beneath a deep blanket of whiteness. Rivers, fields, trees, roads, and houses disappear, and the landscape becomes a white sea of mounds and hollows. On days when the sky is grey, it is hard to see where earth merges with air. On brilliant days [it's] as if millions of diamonds were scattered on the snow, refracting light."Robert K. Massie, Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman  Most of Russia is snow-bound for a large part of the year, so most visitors choose the summer months of late May to August to take in the sights of Moscow or subarctic St Petersburg, where in June the sun barely …

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Russia articles

  • The world’s best journeys by rail

    Travel in style with the ultimate collection of train journeys, chosen by our rail experts reporting back from the tracks. There’s everything from such old favourites as the Orient Express to new classics as Canada’s Rocky Mountaineer.

  • Best Literary Road Trips

    Follow the routes of these classic authors for some of the best road trip and railway adventure inspiration. Including Jack Kerouac, John Steinbeck and Ernesto Che Guevara.

  • How to photograph the Northern Lights

    Photographing the Northern Lights is a challenging, yet rewarding experience. Here we take a look at the how's, where's, why's and when's to give you the very best chance of returning from your Aurora adventures with a series of pictures to be proud of.

  • Just back from: Golden Eagle Silk Road

    On 26 April 2007 HRH Prince Michael of Kent, GCVO unveiled the Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express, our private train that brings unprecedented luxury to the world's greatest railway journey.

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