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Russia

Mark and David's verdict:

If you read the newspapers and watch TV, you may think you know Russia. Think again. This vast country with its fascinating history and rich culture is packed with art treasures, opulence and natural beauty. Spend a few days in the magnificence of St Petersburg, explore the countryside by train or river cruise, or delve deeper on a themed escorted tour.

Recommended tour operator: Cox & Kings

Cox & Kings says

Russia is the largest country in the world and planning a trip there can prove daunting. The rewards are immense once you’re there but you want to be confident in the knowledge that all your arrangements run smoothly. You want to have the best possible itinerary to help you get the most from your holiday, whether you’re there for a few nights or a longer trip.

  • Escorted tours
  • Independent itineraries
  • Trans-Siberian rail journeys

That’s where our expert team in our UK and local staff come in to play, whether you join one of our small group tours or want the best possible experience on an independent, tailor-made holiday.

We offer a wide range of escorted group tours for up to 26 people, tailormade private holidays, river cruisesrail journeys and short breaks in Russia.

Our most popular escorted tour is Classic Russia, a spectacular eight-day trip which includes tours of the Kremlin and Armoury in Moscow and the Hermitage, Peterhof and Catherine Palace (including the Amber Room) in St Petersburg. Accommodation is in luxury five star hotels in both cities (with an option to upgrade to even more sumptuous accommodation) with a fascinating four hour train journey between Moscow and St Petersburg.

Pictures & Palaces is a five day escorted arts & culture tour of St Petersburg. Not only will you see the Amber Room, Hermitage Museum and Yusupov Palace, but you will also visit the Fabergé Museum and enjoy a private tour of the Gold Room at the Hermitage.

Russia is one of our most popular destinations for solo travellers – you can join any of our escorted tours or Majestic Russia, our solos-only trip with no single supplement, an inspiring itinerary and like-minded company.

Our river cruise options in Russia include Volga Dream. Starting with three nights in Moscow and finishing with three nights in St Petersburg, discover the rural medieval charm of Russia’s Upper Volga region as you meander slowly between the two great cities through what’s known as Russia’s Golden Ring.

Increasingly popular amongst our choice of independent holidays, Moscow & Volgograd will give you a fascinating insight in to the city formerly known as Stalingrad as well as Moscow.

Our Trans-Siberian rail journeys include the luxurious Golden Eagle or this more basic but no less spectacular option, travelling from Moscow to Beijing via Mongolia.

Find our more about our holiday ideas in Russia. And see the review of Cox & Kings.

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