Russia Tailor-Made 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.
At a glance
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 …
Top itineraries in Russia
Travel from Helsinki to St Petersburg by sea without the time-consuming process and expense of applying for a Russian visa. An overnight cruise from the Finnish capital Helsinki arrives in St Petersburg mid morning the following day.
This short break takes in all of the above and includes private guiding throughout, along with 5-star accommodation at the stunning Angleterre Hotel.
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.
Top places to stay in Russia
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.
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.
Located in the very heart of St Petersburg, The Kempinski Hotel Moika 22 is in a charming and historical area, just opposite the Hermitage Museum and Palace Square the hotel is also just two minutes walk from the Nevsky Prospect and close to all major sights and shopping.
Special offers in Russia
Complimentary visas offer - Save up to £1,100 per couple
Book by: 22 September 2017
This epic three-week journey takes you from Moscow, through Russia, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan to China and the city of Beijing on board the spectacular Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express and Urumqi Private train.
Trans-Mongolian Express - Naadam Festival
Book by: 30 June 2017
This is a unique opportunity to be among the few non-Mongolians to experience a spectacular but little known festival and soak up the exciting atmosphere of this Mongolian national holiday combined with a Trans-Siberian journey across Russia onboard the luxurious Golden Eagle Private Train.
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.
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.
From Africa's exotic west coast to the remote Phoenix Islands in the heart of the Pacific, we look at what's new in 2015 with Silversea Cruises. It may seem like a long way off, but when it comes to cruising it's always best to plan ahead and Silversea, one of the world's leading cruise lines and…
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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