Russia - Touring Holidays
An escorted holiday to Russia is the perfect introduction to this amazing country, the largest in the world. Featuring landscapes as diverse as the grassy plains of the steppe, the rugged Ural Mountains and a wild expanse of tundra, this country is epic in every sense of the word. It spans no less than 11 different time zones and covers an area of more than 17 million square kilometres, but despite all of this, it is Russia’s culture and history that many people long to explore.
Moscow is Russia’s capital city and the country’s political and cultural heart. Here you will discover centuries of history in the many landmarks and iconic sights that await your discovery. The Kremlin – the President’s official residence – is a perfect place to start your explorations. Be sure to visit the Armoury Museum, home to a glittering array of jewels and royal treasures and admire the legendary churches of Cathedral Square. Red Square is another of Moscow’s unforgettable highlights, from here you can witness the spectacular 16th century St Basil’s Cathedral, complete with its colourful onion domes.
Often described as one of the most beautiful cities in the world, St Petersburg boasts a fascinating history and fine cultural traditions. The most popular attraction here is The State Hermitage Museum, with its vast collection of art and antiquities, whilst the spectacular Winter Palace and elaborate Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood should also feature on your list of things to see. A leisurely stroll along St Petersburg’s central avenue Nevsky Prospekt will take you through the heart of the city past famous landmarks, up-market boutiques and bustling bars and cafés.
The mighty Volga River
The cities of Moscow and St Petersburg are connected by the mighty Volga, the longest river in Europe, which winds its way through central Russia. A cruise along this glorious waterway allows visitors to step ashore in a host of fascinating ports. Discover some of the world’s most exquisite wooden buildings on the small, UNESCO-listed island of Kizhi, admire the incredible Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery in Goritsy and uncover the tragic story of Prince Dmitry as you explore the town of Uglich. The prince was killed here after he fled the reign of his father, Ivan the Terrible.
Every Travelsphere holiday offers exceptional value for money. Included in the price are return scheduled flights/rail travel and internal flights, where applicable, overseas transfers and transportation, carefully chosen hotels, many meals and excursions and the services of a Travelsphere Tour Manager or Local Guide.
Articles about Russia
Vodka – Russia’s national drink
A popular spirit around the world, vodka has formed part of the traditional Russian way of life for centuries. It’s drank in celebration at weddings and birthday parties and is often referred to as the country’s national drink, although many Russians will in fact tell you that tea is their favourite drink!