Explore: Russia

The world’s largest country, Russia links Europe with Asia and the Pacific Ocean with the Arctic Ocean – spanning no fewer than eleven time zones.
Sergiev Posad, Russia

Holidays to Russia

Russia’s capital, Moscow, is one of the largest cities in the world.

To the south lie the steppe plains and dense forests; the tundra covers the north. Russia is also home to the longest rivers and deepest lakes on Earth.

With a fascinating legacy of imperialism, empire, revolution and socialism to explore, plus awe-inspiring cities and a vast cultural diversity of ethnic groups and folk culture, it’s difficult to do more than barely skim the surface of Russia on a single visit.

The world’s largest country, Russia, links Europe with Asia and the Pacific Ocean with the Arctic Ocean – spanning no fewer than eleven time zones

Where to go

Capital Moscow and St Petersburg, founded by Peter the Great in 1703, are the main starting points for visitors wanting to find out more about this mesmerising country. Both are very different in their own right, and linked by train or boat.

No trip to Moscow would be complete without taking in Saint Basil’s Cathedral, Red Square, the Bolshoi Theatre, and the Kremlin. Meanwhile, the Hermitage Museum is one of the most visited sites in St Petersburg, along with the Winter Palace and the Peter and Paul Fortress. Its Mariinsky Theatre hosts world-class ballet and opera.

Further highlights include a tour of the Golden Ring (a string of medieval cities northeast of Moscow), and the rail journey of a lifetime on board the Trans-Siberian Express.

When to go

Opt for the brief ‘white night’ summer season of long days and balmy temperatures in St Petersburg, or experience some wintery romance when the palaces are swathed in snow. Spring and autumn are quieter months when the sights are emptier, and the weather can be also glorious at this time of year.

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