Speeding through the dark Russian night on a train from Moscow to St Petersburg; most of Russia’s most romantic stories involve a train journey and you’ll soon see why - it’s the only way to travel in this vast and mysterious country.
Harriet, Original Traveller
One of the most evocative destinations in the world, Russia is represented in all its contrary ways by the two cities we love - St. Petersburg and the capital Moscow. St. Petersburg is simply one of the world's most beautiful cities, built in defiance of nature and logic - and at great human cost - on marshy islands at the mouth of the River Neva on Russia's Baltic coastline. In contrast, but no less fascinating, Moscow is a more eastern-focused city than it's long-term rival. For anyone with the remotest interest in history and culture, a luxury holiday in Russia will not disappoint.
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Why we think you’ll love it
- From palaces to cupolas, Russia isn't short of beautiful and iconic architecture, from Moscow's Kremlin and St Basil's Cathedral to the Hermitage and palaces of St Petersburg
- It's home to two of the world's best ballets; performances at the Bolshoi and the Mariinsky will thrill even the most uncultured soul
- Snow, fur hats, skating, Tolstoy, troika rides, borsch, matrioshkas, Tchaikovsky, vodka and lashings of caviar… not necessarily in that order!
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Tailor Made Holidays and Tours in Russia: the Detail
St. Petersburg is seriously impressive, but there's almost more to be learnt about the Russian psyche from the enormous palaces built by subsequent tsars and tsarinas in the countryside around the city. It's easier to understand the shift to communism - the 1917 revolution kicked off here, incidentally - after wandering around these temples to excess with a guide bringing the places to life.
A three hour daytime (or longer overnight) train away in Moscow, the sites of the Kremlin are a magnificent must-see, and the showy displays of wealth by the winners in the post-communist free-for-all are a reminder that ostentation is a trait the Russians have had all along. We know and can recommend all the latest restaurants, bars and clubs to watch the new Russian money flowing as fast as the champagne.
Did you know
- The average Russian consumes about 18 litres of alcohol every year (double what experts consider dangerous)
- Russia and America are less then 4km apart at the closest point
- In 1908 the Russian Olympic team arrived 12 days too late for the games because they weren't using the Gregorian calendar yet
- In 1867 the US bought Alaska from Russia for only US$ 7.2 million
- Russia is the world's only country bordering 12 seas