Russia is the world's largest country and a very exciting one at thatIn Russia, you can see it all. The big cities of Moscow and Saint Petersburg offer a more polished side of Russia, with fascinating history, magnificent monuments, imperial grandeur, and well-preserved Stalinist architecture. Travel by bus to the Ural Mountains to discover isolated small towns and unique cultures. We can guarantee that you'll be off the beaten track. In Russia's eastern parts, you will discover that the culture there is more similar to that of Mongolia or China!
The big cities of Russia
The Russian capital is also the largest European city. Explore historic sights, luxury shopping and chaotic traffic. Moscow is also home to the iconic St. Basil's Cathedral and the Kremlin. For a different vibe, why not go for a weekend break in St Petersburg? It is said to be Russia's most western city. It is also said to be the most beautiful when it comes to imperial architecture. In the far east you find Vladivostok. The biggest Russian port at the Pacific Ocean is actually closer to San Francisco than to Moscow! From here, you can easily continue your journey on to China or Japan.
Sochi - Take a day on the beach
Sochi is Russia's number one beach resort, but curiously it was also home to the 2014 Winter Olympics. Take a day on the beach or enjoy the architectural masterpieces. Sochi also offers interesting parks with subtropical vegetation and beautiful monuments. Europe's northernmost tea plantation is also located here.
The Trans-Siberian Railway
Travel on the Trans-Sibirian Railway from Europe to the Far East and back again - and do it by train! One of the world's most famous rail routes is a slow but memorable way to travel. If you aren't interested in Vladivostok, you can take the Trans Mongolian route and travel through Mongolia on your way to Beijing.
Our travel tips to Russia
- To really get off the beaten track, try an adventure tour across the vast open countryside or board the Trans-Siberian railway that will take you through many small towns where you will meet and be guided by local people.
- There is much more to Russian cuisine than just vodka and caviar! Be sure to sample the wonderful pelmeni and different kinds of pastries. In most Russian cities, you can even buy these in the streets!
- It is also important that you get your visa well beforehand. Please note that if you are travelling with a single-entry visa and plan to visit neighbouring countries, you will not be able to re-enter Russia.
- Russians generally do not speak English. If you are planning a trip to the countryside or to cities other than St Petersburg and Moscow, your journey will be a lot easier if you know some basic Russian.