Russia

Discover a fascinating history, mesmerising monuments, glittering St Petersburg, Moscow and the Kremlin, and the charming Volga River.

Russia and with A&K will not disappoint. Russia has always fascinated with its sense of intrigue: Moscow and its iconic Red Square; the Kremlin and its former links with the KGB and St Petersburg whose opulent palaces, fabulous art-filled galleries and ornate bridges make this the ‘Venice of the North’, a living museum. And then there’s the indulgent wealth of the former ruling Tsars whose collections of jewels and art are among the most important in the world. As an integral player in the international race into space, Russia now has its own space museum, the Cosmonautics Memorial Museum.

Explore Moscow’s Red Square with the iconic spires of St Basil’s Cathedral and Lenin’s Tomb. Ride the Moscow metro to see its ornately decorated stations. Visit the Kremlin including the Armoury Museum and the Russian Crown Jewels. Take a private tour of St Petersburg’s Hermitage Museum with the curator. Travel cross-country through eight time zones on the Trans-Siberian Express from Moscow to Vladivostok. Perhaps take a guided tour of Moscow’s space museum with an astronaut.

When to Go

February: Maslenitsa, a Mardi Gras-like European celebration in Moscow. April/May: St Petersburg Music Spring Festival of classical music. May-July: White Nights Festival, several months-long festival (when the sun barely sets) of music, opera, ballet and the amazing Scarlet Sails including fireworks in St Petersburg. November: Russia Revolution Day with huge parades and mass displays of gymnastics in Moscow. Weatherwise: May to October is the best time to enjoy pleasant summer days. Russian winters can be extremely cold, but, rugged up, also very romantic.

Featured Russia Journeys

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Jewels of Russia with the Golden Ring

​Be inspired by the grand monuments, world beating museums and impressive galleries of Russia’s most iconic cities – Moscow & St Petersburg – and contrast that with the ancient towns of the Golden Ring in the countryside to the north-east of Moscow.

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Golden Eagle: Land of the Midnight Sun

Incomparable cities, remote communities, dramatic fjords, abundant wildlife, serene forests and stories recounting a turbulent history awaits you on this adventure of a lifetime.

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Russia: Treasures of the Tsars - A Connections Boutique Group Journey

Experience the full panorama of Russian culture as you view artefacts at the Kremlin, explore the historic towns of the Golden Ring, cruise the scenic canals of St. Petersburg, and enjoy early access to the Hermitage and Peterhof.

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Jewels of Russia

​Be inspired by the grand monuments, world beating museums and impressive galleries of Russia’s most iconic cities – Moscow & St Petersburg.

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Featured Accommodation

Belmond Grand Hotel Europe

​Opened in 1875, this landmark hotel is located in the very heart of St Petersburg

Four Seasons Hotel Lion Palace St. Petersburg

Located within a restored 19th century Russian palace, the Four Seasons Lion Palace is a luxury property in the heart of St Petersburg right behind St Isaac’s Square.

Pushkarskaya Sloboda

Pushkarskaya Sloboda is an attractive riverside retreat comprising several 19th century buildings, traditional log cabins and a modern annex.

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