Tailor-made Russia holidays
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.
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Voyage highlights: Far Eastern Russia’s dramatic Kamchatka Peninsula & the wildlife-rich Kuril Islands plus Japan’s northern islands of Hokkaido and Rishiri; optional exploration of the Valley of the Geysers and other Zodiac expeditions and nature hikes.
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This short break takes in all of the above and includes private guiding throughout, along with 5-star accommodation at the stunning Angleterre Hotel.
Russia is undoubtedly one of Europe's biggest cultural draws and this five-night tour lifts the lid on its two most celebrated cities: Moscow and St Petersburg.
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.
Top places to stay in Russia
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.
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.
The 5-star Moscow Marriott Royal Aurora Hotel is in an ideal location for exploring the Russian capital.
Where to go in Russia
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…
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 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 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…
When to go to Russia
"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 …
Tim Tan recounts a recent journey along the Silk Road on The Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express, a private train that brings unprecedented luxury to the world's greatest railway journey.
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.
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.
Europe is awash with excellent city break options. Use a short break to explore a city's history and culture and immerse yourself in its daily routines to get a flavour of life in these extraordinary destinations. Whether you're after iconic attractions, art, architecture or a vibrant atmospher…
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