Russia - Best Tours & Trips 2019

205 Russia tours from 71 tour companies. 461 reviews. 4.5/5 avg rating.

Russia is an immense country, the world’s largest, extending over two continents and ranging from the Baltic Sea east to the Pacific Ocean.  Most visitors stick to the two great cities on the European side of Russia: Moscow and surroundings (the ancient Golden Ring) and the beautiful Baltic city of St. Petersburg. The easiest way to visit both is by river cruise along the Volga and other waterways con ... Read More

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Travel Style Travel Style Relaxed A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers.
Full on For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included.
Mixed You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included.

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Trip Type Trip Type Group Tour Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Small Group Tour Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
River Cruise These vessels are smaller than most ocean cruisers, limiting which amenties are available. Passenger counts can vary. One of the biggest advantages of a river cruise is the ability to dock at smaller ports and local villages.
Small Ship Cruise Small ship cruises usually have a max passenger count of 500. The primary purpose of these trips is to spend time off the vessel in local ports (e.g. Mediterranean) or experiencing nature (e.g Galapagos or Antarctica). Cabins can vary from budget to luxury.
Private Guided Private tours give you the undivided attention of a guide, and often involve special access to sites and unique experiences not available to larger groups. This is a great option for families, couples, and small friend groups. Expect to pay a bit more for the extra service.
Self Guided / Independent Tour A travel company plans your itinerary and arranges all the logistics including lodging, local activities, and transportantion. You have the flexibility of a solo trip while still getting the convience and time savings of expert planning. Get 90% of the benefits of a tour, without a guide.
Vacation / Holiday Package Similar to a self guided tour, this usually involves a home base, such as a hotel or resort, with packaged activities and day tours as a part of the stay.
Large Ship Cruise This is the "floating city" experience, with multiple ways to enjoy your vacation aboard the ship as much as on land. Ships are multiple floors, provide several activities, culinary, and shopping options. They often make fewer stops and have less time available for shore excursions.

Lodging Level Lodging Level Camping Typically involves most nights sleeping in tents (sometimes permanent tented sites) or in rustic cabins and lodges.
Basic - 2 star You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping.
Value - 3 star Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Premium - 4 star 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Luxury - 5 star The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays.

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Physical Level Physical Level Very Easy Minimal walking - motor vehicles available for all major parts of trip.
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Moderate Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment.
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Extreme Very challenging all day hiking and backpacking carrying significant equipment.

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Wonders of St Petersburg and Moscow Summer 2019

Trafalgar
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7 days
$ 321 / day
$ 2,250
From : $ 2,768
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • CITY TOUR in St. Petersburg and Moscow
  • VISIT the Hermitage Museum for a sightseeing tour, the Peter and Paul Fortress and St. Basil's Cathedral in Moscow
  • VIEW the Tsar's Winter Palace, Nevsky Prospekt, St. Isaac's Cathedral and the statue of Peter the Great in St. Petersburg, Red Square and the Walls of the Kremlin in Moscow
  • SMALL GROUP SIGHTSEEING enjoy a guided tour of St. Petersburg's Hermitage Museum with a group size of no more than 25 guests
Visits:
Hermitage Museum, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Russia
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Russian Revelations

Topdeck
Premier
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16 days
$ 134 / day
$ 2,379
From : $ 2,890
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Russian guide travelling with the group for 8 days through Russia
  • Visit The State Hermitage Museum
  • Guided tour of the Moscow Kremlin
  • Local guide in St Petersburg, Novgorod and Moscow
Visits:
Berlin, Hermitage Museum, Moscow, Riga, Vilnius, Warsaw, Estonia, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Russia
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Imperial Waterways of Russia

12 days
$ 625 / day
$ 7,499
From : $ 9,224
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Visits:
Armory Museum, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Russia
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Easy Pace Russia with Christmas Markets (Winter 2 ...

8 days
$ 274 / day
$ 2,195
From : $ 3,073
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping. Basic - 2 star
Highlights
  • Moscow: Your Celebration Dinner straddles the culinary East to West divide and includes drinks to toast your travels with your newfound friends.
  • Dining Summary: 7 Breakfasts (B) and 2 Dinners with Wine (DW) all with tea or coffee. Festive Highlight Dinners: 29 Dec New Year’s Eve drinks in St. Petersburg & 7 Jan Russian Orthodox Christmas Dinner in St. Petersburg.
  • St. Petersburg Christmas Markets: Russian Christmas Markets are unique. St. Petersburg brings to life the traditions and festivities from the regions of Russia, combined with those from around the globe. Explore on 23 Dec, 30 Dec & 7 Jan departures.
  • Moscow Christmas Markets: The entire city is involved in the celebration of the season with each of Moscow’s districts adding their own influence to the fair. Rare, handcrafted treasures are waiting to be found, while soul-warming, local and global foods will keep the cold at bay. Explore on all departures.
  • St. Petersburg: Sightseeing with a Local Expert will show you St. Isaac's Cathedral, the fortress of St. Peter and Paul and Decembrists' Square. As you travel along the bustling Nevsky Prospekt, see the Cathedral of Kazan and the iconic Church of Our Savior on Spilled Blood.
  • St. Petersburg: With a Local Expert, visit St. Catherine’s Palace and the Amber Room.
  • St. Petersburg: With a Local Expert, explore the the stunning former Winter Palace of the Tsars, now the spectacular Hermitage Museum, one of the world's greatest repositories of European art.
  • Sapsan Train: Sapsan in Russian, translates to falcon. Relax in modern luxury and comfort while you swoop by rail from St. Petersburg to Moscow in just four hours.
  • Moscow: Explore this fascinating capital with your Local Expert. Visit Red Square to admire the landmark buildings of St. Basil's Cathedral, the Kremlin and Lenin's Mausoleum.
  • Moscow: Explore the opulent Metro stations, described as 'underground museums.'
  • Moscow: Visit one of the cathedral's and the Armoury Chamber when you venture inside the Kremlin.
Visits:
Moscow, St. Petersburg, Russia
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Trans Siberian Adventure Naadam Festival

World Expeditions
Premier
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23 days
$ 296 / day
$ 6,799
From : $ 9,519
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping. Basic - 2 star
Highlights
  • Take an epic train journey, traversing China, Mongolia & Russia
  • Discover Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City and Summer Palace visits in Beijing
  • Venture on a day trip on The Great Wall
  • Experience the Naadam Festival in Mongolia
  • Overnight with local nomadic family in Ger camps in Mongolia
  • National Park visits in Mongolia
  • Venture to Lake Baikal in Siberia
  • Take in Moscow's Red Square, St Basil's Cathedral & Kremlin
  • Visit The Hermitage & Nevsky Prospect
Visits:
Beijing, Irkutsk, Moscow, Ulaanbaatar, Lake Baikal, China
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Russia Real Food Adventure

Intrepid Travel
Premier
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10 days
$ 231 / day
$ 2,305
From : $ 3,112
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Learn how to walk, talk, drink and party like a Russian on a Zakuska and Vodka tasting tour in Moscow
  • The beautifully preserved thatched houses and dome-topped churches of Suzdal are straight out of a Russian fairy tale
  • Enjoy a hearty, home-cooked feast with a Tatar family, sampling dishes unique to this semi-autonomous region of Russia
  • Forage for ingredients in a family’s garden (with permission, of course), then learn how to make one of the region’s most famous dishes – borsht
  • Eat, drink and be merry during an evening with a family in St Petersburg, sipping birch juice and playing table games
Visits:
Kazan, Moscow, Russia
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Moscow to St Petersburg

Exodus Travels
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8 days
$ 194 / day
$ 1,549
From : $ 2,091
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Guided tour of Moscow's Kremlin and Armoury
  • Discover Novgorod, the birthplace of Russia
  • Visit the famous Amber Room at Catherine Palace in Pushkin
  • Enjoy St Petersburg's sites including the Hermitage Museum & Faberge Museum
Visits:
Moscow, Russia
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Backroads of Russia: St Petersburg - Moscow

G Adventures
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12 days
$ 175 / day
$ 1,799
From : $ 2,834
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Get to know st petersburg on a walking tour
  • Visit the monastery and forests of valaam island
  • Take a cooking class in the village of karelian
  • Let creativity flow with a matryoshka painting class
  • Wander around the red square
Visits:
Moscow, Russia
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Moscow, Saint-Petersburg and beauties of Golden Ring

Evaneos
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8 days
$ 220 / day
$ 1,380
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Visits:
Russia
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Kamchatka Expedition

World Expeditions
Premier
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21 days
$ 424 / day
$ 8,899
From : $ 12,459
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping. Basic - 2 star
Highlights
  • Opportunities for seeing the Kamchatka Brown
  • Inimitable landscapes of outstanding beauty
  • Take in the spectacular chain of craters of the Mutnovsky and Gorely volcanoes
  • Enjoy stunning bays, boiling geysers and snow-capped volcanoes
Visits:
Russia
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Discover Russia - 9 days

9 days
$ 277 / day
$ 2,495
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • St Petersburg - City of the Tsars. UNESCO-listed city area including: Nevsky Prospekt, Museum and University districts, Church on Spilled Blood, The Bronze Horseman and Admiralty End
  • Moscow - Russia's capital city. UNESCO-listed Red Square, Kremlin and Lenin’s Mausoleum, and St Basil’s Cathedral. Optional Inside a Soviet Bunker tour.
  • St Petersburg's palaces - the Hermitage Museum at the Winter Palace and St Catherine's Palace (visited in winter) or the palace and gardens of Peterhof (visited in summer)
  • Suzdal - Picturesque town with traditional wooden architecture. Kremlin, UNESCO Listed monasteries, picturesque rural surrounds, the fascinating Museum of Wooden Architecture and sampling a traditional Russian banya (sauna)
  • Yaroslavl - Quaint riverside city with an impressive skyline of onion shaped domes. The 16th century Monastery of the Transfiguration of the Saviour and a wood painted class
  • Kostroma - Ancient churches, monasteries, market streets and a visit to the Snow Maiden's house with its Ice Room and Ice Bar
Visits:
Russia
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Classic Russia: St. Petersburg, Moscow & the ...

SmarTours
Premier
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11 days
$ 273 / day
$ 2,999
From : $ 3,689
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Minimal walking. Motor vehicles for all major parts of trip. Wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Most cruises. Very Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Explore St. Petersburg
  • Enjoy early-access to the Hermitage, the world’s biggest museum
  • Visit Peterhof’s Palace
  • Visit the Old Tretyakov gallery
Visits:
Moscow, St. Petersburg, Russia
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Moscow - Astrakhan 4-Star Cruise By Vodohod

14 days
$ 165 / day
$ 2,310
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Explore Astrakhan is an old southern Russian city situated on the banks of the Volga River
  • Visit Saratov is a major city in southern Russia
  • Tour to Kazan which is the capital city of the Republic of Tatarstan, Russia, and one of Russia´s largest cities
  • Explore Cheboksary, You will be taken on a panoramic city tour
Visits:
Kazan, Kazan Kremlin, Moscow, Russia
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Treasures of Two Capitals

7 days
$ 314 / day
$ 2,198
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • Explore Kremlin, Armoury Chamber & the Heart of Moscow
  • Amazing panoramic city tour
  • Visit Peter and Paul Fortress
Visits:
Moscow, St. Petersburg, Russia
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Lake Baikal Cruise By Crucemundo

9 days
$ 482 / day
$ 4,334
Travel Style : For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Explore Zmeinaya Bay is located in Chivyrkuyskiy Bay and is well-known for its healing hot springs
  • Ogoy Island is quite big island in Maloe More (Small Sea) that is located next to Baikal Lake
  • Visit Taltsy - open-air museum of wooden architecture
  • Opportunity to visit Listvyanka is a village located on the shores of Lake Baikal in 70 km from Irkutsk
Visits:
Irkutsk, Lake Baikal, Russia
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Top Russia Experiences

Walking onto Red Square for the first time and seeing the colors of St. Basil’s Cathedral leap off the building.

Gasping for the twentieth time upon seeing detailed ceiling paintings, gilded walls, or crystal chandeliers in one of the hundreds of rooms in the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg.

Hearing stories about overcoming adversity during World War II.

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Russia Trip Reviews

461 Russia Tour Reviews - Summary 93% Recommend

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Excellent 283
Great 142
Average 28
Disappointing 6
Terrible 2
Value
4.5
Guide
4.5
Activities
4.5
Lodging
4.5
Transportation
4.5
Meals
4.5

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My family traveled to Norway

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

My family traveled to Norway to see the Northern Lights with Firebird. All of the plans that they made worked out so well; they were very easy to communicate with, and I highly recommend traveling with them. We would do it again.

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Operator Firebird Tours

With the help of our two excellent tour

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

We want to let you know how wonderful our recent tour to St. Petersburg and Moscow went. With the help of our two excellent tour guides and three very capable drivers (our three Vladimirs), we were able to have an awesome experience in Russia. The beauty of the cities, churches, Christmas lights and markets were not understated by your descriptions. From the delicious foods to our unique experience in making our own matryoshkas, the trip exceeded our expectations. We were delighted with the hotels you chose for us and appreciated the hospitality of your staff.

As avid travelers across the continent, we are fortunate to count Moscow as our 32nd European capital visited. We can assure you that Moscow moves to the top of our list as a dynamic urban area steeped in wonderful tradition. It is a delightful blend of history and modernity in a clean, safe, and welcoming environment. We are grateful to you and to Express to Russia for helping to facilitate our week.

We wish you the best as you continue your work assisting sojourners to your wonderful land!

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Operator Express to Russia

It was a great experience

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

It was a great experience in Russia and we enjoyed our trip immensely.

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Operator Travel All Russia

Wonders of St Petersburg and Moscow

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

Great hotel. Great locations. Close to sight seeing opportunities, food, etc.

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Operator Trafalgar

Great Way to Visit Russia

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

Went with a group of seven women on the river cruise Moscow to St. Petersburg and we were extremely well satisfied over all . Trip was handled efficient, our tour leader Svetlana was superb, the staff was generally helpful and spoke English well -- and the sights were spectacular. Bookending the city visits with stops at five different sites enroute was great -- the city visits were intensive and the three-to-four-hour day trips were more relaxing and very interesting as well. The boat was comfortable, and standard rooms, though small, had plenty of storage; public rooms were inviting; and I loved details like ice water at meals and ice and water for rooms. The only thing that wasn't great was the food: breakfast was good (a buffet) but pastries and breads were uninspired; meat was in short supply; produce and vegetables were short on variety and quality(perhaps due to the sanctions), and selections for vegetarians and even more so for "low carb"or other restricted diets were problematic. The optional tours were well designed and with a single exception the guides were knowledgeable and helpful. Overall, a great deal for the money and an excellent experience.

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Operator SmarTours

Moscow to St Petersburg

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

What a wonderful experience! First Moscow. Such beautiful city in winter under the snow. Our hotel was a 10-minute walk from the Kremlin and other very interesting sites. Catherine palace in Pushkin is splendidly renovated and we were lucky to have a walk in the gardens under the sun after snow. To finish our trip, we stayed in St Petersburg which has so much to offer to tourists. Our hotel was centrally located, which enabled us to just walk to whatever Palace, Church or Museum we wanted to see. We were very happy with each of the local guides we had, and a big thank you to our leader who looked after us and always made sure we had a good time and saw what we were interested in.
Catherine Palace and gardens in winter

Excellent. We had some very good and knowledgeable local guides but our leader was really professional and pleasant throughout the trip always going the extra miles to make sure everybody in the group would be happy.

Learn a few words of Russian before going.

We saw Russia under snow and sun, and so many beautiful buildings and sites, brilliant!

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Operator Exodus Travels

Russia Tours and Travel Guide

Russia Attractions & Landmarks Guide

If some countries pride themselves on their laidback culture, Russia is on the other end of the spectrum. For travelers, this means respecting the Russian way of doing things. From applying for a Russian tourist visa to toasting friends with shots of vodka, understanding how the process works will grant you access to a splendid history of tradition and beauty maintained by a rich national pride.

Although Russians look to their history as their strength, they see the future everywhere around them. Start your trip in Moscow to get a sense of the political and economic might of the country. History and modernity are contrasted here, as the Red Square and St. Basil’s Cathedral sit alongside one of the most beautiful shopping centers in the world, the GUM Department Store.

Once you’ve experienced the "Russian Russia," take the train to St. Petersburg to experience a Europeanized Russia in what some people call the “Venice of the North.”

Moscow: The Center of Power and Wealth

To understand the Russian transformation following the collapse of the Soviet Union, one need only look at the capital city of Moscow and specifically at Red Square. This is where the history and vibrant colors of St. Basil’s Cathedral, the imposing walls and towers of the Kremlin, and the GUM Department Store stand next to one another in a capitalist-socialist juxtaposition.

Take in the famed Russian ballet at Bolshoi Theatre (if you can get tickets) and make sure you venture into one of the city’s many cathedrals or churches. The Cathedral of Christ the Savior is an impressive structure to satisfy one’s cathedral fix and also symbolizes Russian reconstruction following the turmoil of the last century (the Bolshevik Revolution, World War II, and the fall of the Soviet Union).

If architecture is your thing, the Seven Sisters, buildings Stalin developed to show the world the strength of the Soviet people following World War II, are a sight to be seen. Among the most striking are Moscow State University and the Hotel Ukraine, now a Radisson hotel. Just in case you were wondering, you cannot tour the KGB Headquarters. It is, as one Russian woman stated, a “one-way ticket.”

Lastly, take in some shopping on Arbat Street or peruse the artwork at the Pushkin Museum of Fine Art or one of the many subway stations on the Circle Line. These subway stops doubled as bomb shelters during World War II and most are filled with splendid art (mosaics, frescoes, and statues) that some museums would envy.

St. Petersburg: The Northern Capital

It is said that if Moscow is the head of Russia, then St. Petersburg is the heart. And upon arriving in St. Petersburg, you will see why. The former capital of Russia provides a stark contrast to Moscow with its European influenced design, Venetian-like canals and inlets, and a series of palaces that will make your jaw drop. 

The Hermitage, founded by Catherine the Great in the 18th century, provides one of the most stunning collections of art in the world. Visually, the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, Kazan Cathedral, and St. Isaac’s Cathedral should impress with both their grand scale and the intricacy of detail that went into their design.

If you’re traveling in summer, a visit to Peterhof Palace is a must and can be complemented with a stop at Catherine Palace at Tsarskoe Selo. Both will redefine what opulence and grand summer homes mean. If you arrive from May through July, also prepare yourself for the White Lights, when daylight lasts nearly the entire day and the sun never fully sets. The never ending daytime encourages St. Petersburg’s citizens and visitors to continue dining, drinking, and living in the splendor of their high northerly latitude.

Can You Visit Siberia?

Yes! Don’t let the short summer, and long chilling winters fool you. This frosty region of Russia is a top destination when it comes to touring the great country. Spanning through most of Eurasia and North Asia, Siberia makes up 57% of Russia. Among the frequented tourist locations, the most predominant attraction is the Trans-Siberian Railway. Existing as the longest railway in the world, the Trans-Siberian Railway connects Moscow to the eastern regions of Russia.

The span of the railway travels through many Russian must-see spots. The spectacular Moscow, historic Kazan, Novosibirsk, Lake Baikal, Irkutsk, and the route’s terminus, Vladivostok, are among the many included destinations.

Nature Tours in Russia

Nature and wildlife are prominent forces in Russian travel and culture. Tours focusing on nature generally revolve around the Siberia region of Russia. On these tours you will see all the wonders that Siberia has to offer, including the breathtaking:

1. Lake Baikal - Located in mountainous Siberian Russia, Lake Baikal is the world's deepest and oldest freshwater lake, originated over 20 million years ago. Popular tours at Lake Baikal consist of summertime wildlife spotting and winter ice skating and dog sledding excursions.

2. Irkutsk -  Located in Siberia, Russia along the Angara River, this southeastern city is lined with beautiful Russian Orthodox churches and buildings and is located close to the Mongolian border.

3. Vladivostok - A major Pacific port city bordering with North Korea and China, Vladivostok is well known for being the final eastern stop of the Trans-Siberian Railway. Starting from Moscow, you can make it to Vladivostok within seven days along the railway.

4. Bering Strait - This narrow body of water separates Russia and Alaska, U.S. along the International Date Line. You will be awestruck at the beauty of nature taking a tour that crosses through this famous strait.

Wildlife to spot in Russia 

There are many remarkable species of wildlife to spot throughout Russia. When touring the far east, look out for brown bears, Amur tigers, red deer, Eurasian lynxes, and polar bears when approaching the northern regions and the arctic. Some endemic Russian species are Fresh water seals of Lake Baikal, Putorana snow sheep, Russian desmans, and Barguzin sables.

Adventure Tours in Russia

Adventure is around every corner in Russia. Whether it be forging across the Siberian terrain, visiting and lodging in authentic Russian villages, or hiking and trekking through Russia’s beautiful, vast countryside, there is an adventure awaiting every traveler at every physical level.

Top national parks to explore the outdoors in Russia 

There are 48 national parks in Russia. The oldest are Sochinsky National Park (Sochi National Park) in Western Caucasus, near Sochi, and Losiny Ostrov National Park (Elk Island National Park) in Moscow. Some must-see Russian national parks include:

  1. Pleshcheyovo Ozero National Park -Located in Yaroslavl (northeast of Moscow) on the Golden Ring tourist route, this park sits on a awe-inspiring lake. Partially forested, this park is filled with beautiful tree species and over 300 species.

  2. Elk Island National Park - Also known as Losiny Ostrov National Park, Elk Island was the first national park in Russia, established in 1983. Popular activities in the park include, hiking, cycling, and elk watching.

  3. Sochi National Park - Russia’s second oldest national park is one of the most popular among locals and tourists. This park is laced with incredible waterfalls and caves, and is a prime spot for a hike or a swim.

  4. Tunkinsky National Park - Tunkinsky is a mountainous national park located in south central Siberia. As one of the largest national parks in Russia, it is located between the famous Lake Baikal on the east and Lake Khövsgöl (Mongolia) on the west.

  5. Zabaikalsky National Park - Located right on the eastern shores of Lake Baikal, Zabaikalsky National Park is home to many Siberian wildlife species such as brown bears, foxes, wolfs, lynxes, sables, and otters.

  6. Kenozersky National Park - Located north of Moscow in the Arkhangelsk Region, this national park has views that are hard to beat. Laden with rolling hills, picturesque lakes, and quaint, historic villages, Kenozersky National Park is an official biosphere reserve, protecting its unique and exquisite nature and wildlife.

Best places for adventure travel in Russia

  1. Ice Diving In Baikal Lake/Ice-cycling across Lake Baikal - The historic Lake Baikal becomes a thrilling adventure playground in the winter. Activities such as ice diving and ice-cycling make the list of action-packed activities. During the chilling winter months, the ice can get up to 1.5-2 meters (5-6.5 feet) thick!

  2. Trekking in the Altai Republic - If you are taking a trip along Trans-Siberian Railway, a stop in the Altai Republic is convenient in fun! Excursions in the Altai Republic consist of hiking around the beautiful, crystal clear blue lakes, to trekking around Siberia’s highest mountain, Mt. Belukha. With trails being hard to follow and surrounded by wilderness, it is advised to be accompanied by a guide.

  3. Rafting In The Ural Region - The Ural Region is mountain range that runs vertically along the European/Asian border within Russia. Scattered with rivers, the Ural Region is a prime spot for water and boat activities, such as rafting. The most popular spot for rafting is the Vishera River. If you are an experienced rafter, you can do the trip on your own, otherwise, it is recommended to raft with a guide.

  4. Hiking Mt. Elbrus - Mt. Elbrus is located in southern Russia and is Europe’s highest mountain. It is a top destination for thrill seeking climbers attempting to conquer the highest peaks! Guides are highly recommended, and if you are not a climber, you can still enjoy the views on a gondola tour up the mountain.  

  5. Diving In Ruskeala Marble Quarry - Bordering with Finland, the Ruskeala Marble Quarry is a top destination for divers. From the main pool, you can reach several chambers with varying depths. Ice can get thick and water can become below freezing in Ruskeala Marble Quarry, depending on the season. There are also activities for non-divers, such as boating, hiking, and exploring the wondrous caves.

Russian Culture

Russian culture is one rich in customs and traditions dating back to the 1st millennium. Shaped from both Scandinavian and Asian influences, the unique and ethnic culture of Russia is portrayed strongly through many mediums:

1. Language - The Russian language uses the Cyrillic alphabet consisting of 33 letters. With over 144 million speakers in Eurasia, Russian is the largest native language in Europe, and the most widely spoken of the Slavic languages. 

Russian is a very direct language with a simpler sentence structure than English. For instance, the Russian language does not use articles such as “a” and “the.” Make sure to learn some basic Russian phrases before your Russia trip! (Hello: privet, yes: da, no: nyet).

2. Religion - The most prominent religion in Russia is Russian Orthodox Christianity consisting of 43% of the population. Russian Orthodox runs deep in the country’s history, having been established as the state religion in 988 by Prince Vladimir of Kiev. In more recent times, Russia has become more religiously diverse.

Aside from non-believers or atheists, Muslims have the second largest religious community in Russia. Baptists, Seventh Day Adventists, Evangelicals, Roman Catholics, Krishnaites, Buddhists, Judaists, and Unified Evangelical Lutherans also make up smaller portions of the population.

3. Art - Russian art has played a major role in the country’s history dating back to 22,000 BCE with stone age period human sculptures. Ranging from the remarkable metal work in the Bronze and Iron age, to Byzantine mosaics and frescoes, Russian art pieces and influence can be found in museums and in everyday Russian life and architecture.

For instance, the fine art of the Petrine Art era can be seen in Saint Petersburg’s architecture and design, as issued by Russia's greatest Tsar, Peter the Great.

4. Ballet - First presented to Russian society by Tsar Alexis Mikhailovich, Russian Ballet was introduced to society in 1689 to adopt and eventually compete with Western culture and ideals. In modern times,  Russia is the home of the worlds’ two most famous ballet companies—the Bolshoi (Moscow) and the Mariinsky; Kirov (Saint Petersburg). Russian ballet is unique in that it blends classicism and Russian folk dance to create the popular and whimsical dance form.

5. Literature - The roots of Russian literature can be traced back to the Middle Ages. Growing in importance during the Age of Enlightenment, Russian literature rose to a level of major importance and recognition in the 19th century. During the “Golden Era,” Russia produced some of the greatest world masterpieces, depicting the honesty and accuracy of the human experience as well as the artistic form of poetry.

Some of these literary pieces include works by Vasily Zhukovsky and his protégé, Alexander Pushkin, and novels by Nikolai Gogol, Ivan Turgenev, Leo Tolstoy, and Fyodor Dostoyevsky.

6. Architecture - The colorful ornamented style of architecture we can see in great Russian structures today dates back to the 13th century during the Kievan Rus' war. This architecture style had strong influences from Byzantine architecture, including the iconic “onion dome,” which was introduced solely for aesthetic purposes.

These decorative domes are what comes to mind when one thinks about Russian architecture and can be found on structures such as the Church of the Transfiguration, Cathedral of Christ the Savior, St. Basil's Cathedral, and Church of the Savior on Blood.

7. Folk Music - Russian folk music is the traditional Russian music accompanied by Russian folk dance. The most popular Russian folk music and dances are the Barynya, a fast-paced dance with clapping and raising of the knees, and Russia’s oldest dance, The Khorovod, involving group singing and circle dancing.

8. Dress - Traditional Russian clothing was prominent until the 18th century when Peter the Great deemed that Russia adopt more western style clothing. After this time, traditional attire was found in rural areas or religious gatherings.

Traditional dress had centered around the basic “Rubakha,” or oversized shirt. This clothing item could be worn by rich and poor, men and women alike. The most prominent item of clothing for females were the sarafan, or long dress. The Shuba (fur coat) is a lasting form of Russian dress that has been modernized and implemented into Russian fashion today.

Top Souvenirs from Russia

Wondering what to bring back from your Russia adventure for your loved ones? Don’t fret, because there are a plethora of options!

1. Russian Nesting Dolls - The most commonly known Russian item is the Russian Matryoshka Doll (also referred to as the Russian nesting doll). These exquisite wooden dolls are culturally identifiable symbols of Russia.

They come in a set, where each doll can be pulled apart to reveal a smaller version inside. There are usually 6 or more dolls inside one another. The elegant paintings on these dolls typically present detailed depictions of traditional Russian women’s dress. This is a perfect souvenir to bring home to dazzle your loved ones with Russian culture.

2. Vodka - As is commonly perceived, Russians are known for their vodka. The smooth, high-quality vodka made in Russia is a guaranteed crowd pleaser for an adult-friendly souvenir option. Some of the best Russian vodka brands are Russian Standard Gold, Mamont Vodka, Beluga, and Moskovskaya Osobaya.

Make sure to check your country’s customs and border protection limits on alcohol that can be brought back with you from your Russia trip. In the U.S., the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) limits alcohol transported by plane to 5 liters per person with alcohol content up to 140 proof (in a checked bag). Purchasing alcohol at Duty Free stores can cut down on the amount of taxes that you pay to take the alcohol out of the country. Check out the Duty Free Americas site for details about Duty Free purchasing for US residents.

3. Amber - Commonly known as a beautiful honey-yellow gemstone, the translucent fossilized resin is a staple in Russian jewelry. A majority of all the amber in the world comes from the Kaliningrad region in the west of Russia. On tours in Saint Petersburg and Moscow, you will see a vast amount of amber gems and jewelry sold.

4. Gzhel Ceramics - Gzhel is a style of Russian ceramics which originates from the village of Gzhel nearby Moscow. Produced since 1802, this fine blue and white ceramic artwork makes for great tea set and kitchen item souvenirs.

5. Valenki - Valenki boots are traditional Russian winter footwear in the form of felt boots. These are traditionally calf or knee-length boots for women that came into fashion in the 1930’s and is re-emerging into contemporary Russian fashion today. You can also find Valenki boots in smaller more rural towns sold by local merchants for the use of keeping warm in the winter.

6. Khokhloma - Khokhloma painting is a type of Russian wood painting where wooden artiles, usually in the form of kitchenware, are beautifully decorated. They are handcrafted and painted deep red and golden colors. This technique is known as the national ornament of Russia which dates back to the 17th century. The paintings on these items usually include vivid leaf, flower, or berry patterns.

Are Russians Unfriendly?

Russian people tend to be more reserved than those from many western cultures. If you smile at someone on the street, chances are, they will not return the greeting. When meeting someone one-on-one, however, you will soon find that they are quite friendly and hospitable. Also, refrain from giving a “thumbs up” or “Okay” sign to a Russian person. In many instances, this can be considered an obscene gesture.

Food

Travelers to Russia are in for a treat when it comes to the cuisine. Russian food is delicious and flavorful, consisting heavily of soups, porridges, fish, potatoes, dumplings, and pastas - There is something for everyone’s taste buds in Russia!

Here are some of the must try foods when you visit Russia:

  1. Pelmeni - Pelmeni is the national dish of Russia and is a must try on your trip. These Russian meat-filled dumplings are prepared with a thin dough wrapping for a perfect taste.

  2. Borscht - This popular Russian dish is a beet soup, with a deep red color. It is known for being a healthy, comfort food with a bit of a tangy twist.

  3. Shchi - Shchi is a cabbage soup, made with spinach greens and sauerkraut for an extra zing!

  4. Solyanka - This thick meat and vegetable soup has a kick of both spice and sour. Infused with many vegetables and meats, this soup is filling and delicious.

  5. Pirozhki - These Russian puff pastries can be prepared with a variety of fillings. Savory fillings include meat or vegetables, and savory fillings include fruit, jam, or cottage cheese.

  6. Beef Stroganoff - This savory Russian dish consists of sautéed beef in a creamy mushroom smetana sauce (sour cream based). This dish has Russian origins dating back to the 19th century and has gained worldwide popularity.

Photography Tips for Traveling in Russia

Russia is filled with breathtaking views, architecture, and culture. These lend themselves to picture-perfect photo opportunities and destinations.

Of the two great cities on the European side of Russia: Moscow and surroundings (the ancient Golden Ring) and the beautiful Baltic city of Saint Petersburg, there are countless picturesque locations.

Some of the most popular and stunning photo spots in Moscow include:

1. The magnificent Red Square

2 The Kremlin 

3. The Cathedral of Christ the Saviour

4. Moscow’s underground Metro

5. Moscow’s Central Core

6. The Museum of Cosmonautics

7. Tverskaya Street

When touring Saint Petersburg, don’t miss the prime photo opportunities at: the

1. Grand Peterhof Palace, the Hermitage Museum

2. St. Isaac's Cathedral

3. Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood

4. St Nicholas Naval Cathedral

You will be in awe at the vibrant colors and unique architecture these structures have to offer. Be careful of photo regulations inside of these landmarks, however, and always make sure to check in with your tour guide or surrounding staff to see if photos are permitted indoors.

What to Wear When Traveling in Russia

Modern Russian attire is typically more conservative and lacks a vibrant array of colors. Jeans are very popular and tend to be worn in both summer and winter months, pairing with lighter clothes in the summer, and more layers in the winter.

You will notice many people wearing big coats in the winter months, and fur coats are also popular. In the two main metropolitan cities of Moscow and Saint Petersburg, you will notice that people tend to dress in less casual and more formal attire, as is the case in many big cities.

Make sure to bring your boots and warm layers in the winter, but be prepared to shed layers depending on your location and destination. For instance, those traveling on the Trans-Siberian Railway will definitely need to bundle up outdoors but will be toasty warm inside of the train during transit.

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Things to Know Before You Go

Russia tours often visit the two great cities on the European side of Russia: Moscow and surroundings (the ancient Golden Ring) and the beautiful Baltic city of St. Petersburg. It is often difficult to exchange for rubles (RUB) in your home country, so it is advised to take out 3,000-10,000 RUB at an ATM upon arrival.

If you can avoid using an ATM at an airport, you can generally cut down the price of withdrawal fees. Make sure to pack a 220 volt - 2 round European outlet power adapter and brush up on some basic Russian phrases (hello: privet, yes: da, no: nyet) to have an enjoyable and memorable trip!

Who Will Enjoy Russia Tours?

There is a little bit for everyone when it comes to Russia tours. Ranging from children and families to seasoned senior travelers, you can find over 100 tour options for every age group. Whether you are looking for a relaxing culturally enriched tour or a high-adventure tour, a solo trip or a group tour excursion, luxury to value lodging. No matter your interests or travel style you can find the perfect Russia tour for you on Stride.

Top Cities & Attractions in Russia

Russia is one of the largest countries in the world. Here are some top destinations to visit on your next tour.

  1. Moscow - Moscow is one of the most popular cities in Russia for travelers. Existing as the nation’s capital, this cosmopolitan city is the home to many of Russia’s iconic sights including the Moscow Kremlin, the GUM department store, and St. Basil's Cathedral.

  2. Red Square -  Located in Moscow, Russia, Red Square is the most famous and central square. The city’s most beautiful and historical buildings are found at Red Square, including the vibrant State History Museum, Lenin's Mausoleum, St Basil's Cathedral, the Moscow Kremlin, and the GUM department store.

  3. Saint Petersburg -  A Russian port city on the Baltic Sea, Saint Petersburg is Russia’s second largest city after Moscow. With European influences, this cosmopolitan city is remarkable in architecture and culture.

  4. Bering Strait - The Bering Strait is a narrow body of water that straddles the International Date Line between Russia and Alaska, U.S.

  5. Irkutsk - Irkutsk is located is Siberia, Russia along the Angara River. This southeastern city is lined with beautiful churches and buildings and is located close to the Mongolian border.

  6. Hermitage Museum - The State Hermitage Museum is located in Saint Petersburg. Home to over 3 million spectacular pieces art from around the world, this museum is a staple stop on a visit to the great city.

  7. Kazan - Kazan is the capital and largest city of the Republic of Tatarstan, Russia. You can find many of Russia’s must-see sights including Kazan Kremlin, the Kul Sharif Mosque, and the Temple of All Religions in this southwestern Russian city.

  8. Vladivostok - Overlooking Golden Horn Bay, Vladivostok is a major Pacific port city bordering with North Korea and China. Vladivostok is most famously known for being the final eastern stop of the Trans-Siberian Railway.

  9. Trans-Siberian Railway - Running 9,289 kilometres (5,772 miles) in length, the Trans-Siberian Railway is the longest railway in the world. It is a fun and convenient way to travel across Russia from Moscow to far east Russia.

  10. Peterhof Palace - Peterhof Palace is comprised of magnificent palaces, gardens, and fountains within Saint Petersburg. Also known as the “Russian Versailles,” Peterhof Palace is a must-see destination in Saint Petersburg.

What is The Weather Like in Russia?

A common misconception about the weather in Russia is that it is always cold. Don’t let the phrase “Russian Winter” mislead you. Given the large size of the country, weather can vary depending on region and time of year. Generally speaking, Russia follows a continental climate trend, where summers range from warm (18°C/64°F) to hot (30°C/86°F) and winters are cold (-6°C/22°F).

January tends to be the coldest month, with the northern regions experiencing the coldest, and longest winters, with snowfall and average temperatures of -40°C/-40°F. If you are looking for more mild Russian weather, a destination near the Baltic coast would be the location for you.

Common Russia Tour Lengths

The average Russia tour length is 13 days. A majority of these tours focus on the two most popular destinations in Russia: Moscow and St. Petersburg. If you are planning to tour in these regions, plan for at least a 1-2 week period.

Physical Level Requirements

If you are looking for an experiential tour that is relaxing and spectacular, Russia is the place for you. Most tours offered are in the very easy-moderate physical range. Don’t worry, if you are a traveler who enjoys a more strenuous tour, there are plenty of options for you! Hiking, trekking, biking, and expeditions are some of the many tours that would be a perfect fit for higher-intensity, active travels.

Is Russia Safe?

As of December, 2018 - aLevel 2 Travel Advisorywas put into place by the United States Government. This advises "increased caution" traveling to Russia, as a result of terrorism, harassment, and the arbitrary enforcement of local laws.

But can I still travel to Russia? Yes! There are several precautions to take to ensure that you have a safe and fun trip to Russia. When traveling to Russia, it is advised to remain aware of your surroundings and stay alert at all times, especially in high density tourist destinations. Avoid traveling to The north Caucasus, including Chechnya and Mount Elbrus, and Crimea. Locate your country’s embassy address and contact information in advance, and tour in regions that are deemed safe to visit.

It is recommended to check your government websites for crime and safety reports for the area as well as sign up to receive updated information and alerts regarding safety conditions.For visitors from the US,you can enroll in STEP(Smart Traveler Enrollment Program). It is always a good idea to share your itinerary with family and friends prior to your trip.

Finally, we at Stride highly recommend booking a guided tour, rather than trying to navigate the foreign country yourself.

Obtaining a Russia Travel Visa

Do you need one? Most tourists visiting Russia will need to obtain a Tourist Visa prior to their trip. Check your government website to see if you are from one of the few countries that do not require a Visa upon entry. There are few countries that are offered and E-Visa option, but most tourists will need to fill out their application and deliver it to a consulate in person or by mail, or go through a third-party agency for processing.

A standard Tourist Visa last for 30 days and can be either single-entry or double-entry. For US citizens, you can obtain a Tourist Visa application and find the most up-to-date rules and regulations for applying for a Russian Tourist Visa on the Embassy of the Russian Federation website. See the Visa list below for information on obtaining a Russian Visa in other countries.

Are there ways to travel to Russia without a Visa? Yes! There is a way to travel to Russia “Visa-free.” Designated tour companies operating transportation into Russia via a cruise ship or ferry allow travelers to visit for up to 72 hours while accompanied by a licensed tour operator.


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