Russia

The remarkable medieval cities and charming people of Russia offer a fresh appeal.

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.

Best Time to Travel
 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

Private21 days, from AU$47,495
Golden Eagle: Silk Road (Westbound) (2019)

An iconic 21 day rail adventure between Beijing and Moscow through Central Asia. Join us in April 2019 as we retrace the most important trading routes of ancient civilisation.

Private21 days, from AU$47,495
Private14 days, from US$18,695
Golden Eagle Danube Express - Treasures of Eastern Europe

A combination of architectural treasures and fascinating history.

Private14 days, from US$18,695
Private15 days, from US$20,595
Golden Eagle - Trans-Siberian Express

Undoubtedly the world's greatest railway journey, the Trans-Siberian Railway runs like a steel ribbon across mysterious Russia connecting east and west from Moscow to Vladivostok.

Private15 days, from US$20,595
Private12 days, from AU$18,125
Jewels of Russia with the Golden Ring (2019)

​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.

Private12 days, from AU$18,125

Accommodation

Belmond Grand Hotel Europe

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