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  • Cathedral of Christ the Saviour church in Moscow - one of the most popular inclusions on all Russia vacations.
  • Monument of Peter the First - St. Petersburg
  • Ballet of Mariinsky Theatre - St. Petersburg
  • St. Basil's Cathedral on Red square - Moscow
  • Winter wonderland - Siberia

Russia is the largest country in the world, covering more than one-eighth of the Earth's inhabited land area, spanning Eastern Europe and Northern Asia, sharing land borders with Norway, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Belarus, Ukraine, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, China, Mongolia and North Korea. While geographically mostly in Asia, the bulk of Russia's population is concentrated in the European part and culturally, Russia is unmistakably European which can be seen on Russia vacations.

Russian Language

Russian is the lingua franca across Russia. Russians are proud of their culturally diverse language which is a member of the Slavic language family, being further sub-classified into the East Slavic family, thus being closely related to Ukrainian and Belarusian. The script used is Cyrillic with many letters of the Latin alphabet but many of them sound different. English is becoming a requirement in the business world and many younger Russians in the largest cities (such as Moscow or St. Petersburg) know enough English to communicate. Outside of these areas, English is generally nonexistent.

Moscow and St. Petersburg

The country is immense and extraordinarily rich in attractions for visitors on trips to Russia, although many lie in the hard-to-reach stretches of the country. The best-known sights are in and around the nation's principal cities of Moscow and St. Petersburg.Russia's history is the number one reason why tourists come to this country attracted by its fascinating, sometimes surreal, oftentimes brutal but always fascinating national saga.

Nothing can compare with Moscow and St. Petersburg when on Russia vacations, both of which are rich in history, art and architecture. Moscow has a wonderful heritage of historic buildings including the amazing Kremlin complex and is known as the medieval and 20th century capital of Russia while St. Petersburg is an open-air museum of 18th century architecture and craftsmanship. You can’t afford to miss the wonderful Heritage Museum with its incomparable art treasures.

There are many other regions in Russia which would appeal but mainly to the more intrepid traveller. However, if only Moscow and St. Petersburg are visited on Russia vacations, these great cities will more than satisfy the enthusiastic traveller. 

Things to do in Russia 

Outside of Moscow and St. Petersburg, other major areas of tourist interest on trips to Russia include the following. If you choose to cruise along the Neva River, you will not only visit Moscow and St. Petersburg but also get a glimpse into interesting, off the beaten track towns and villages which will take you back in time to bygone eras. The Trans Siberian Railway traverses the country and shows off the diversity of this vast land. An interesting and beautiful region is around Lake Baikal, Russia’s largest lake in Siberia not too far from Irkutsk one hour away. At the extreme eastern end of Russia, nearly all the way to Japan and Alaska is wild Kamchatka, where you will find the Valley of the Geysers, lakes of acid, volcanoes, and grizzlies galore. For sun lovers, Sochi is an attractive Black Sea beach resort which has been largely unknown to foreigners, but that has changed in a major way as Russia hosted the 2014 Winter Olympic Games.

Learn about more things to do in Russia here.

"Globetrotting with Goway" blog articles

For some additional reading, the following articles are from our blog “Globetrotting with Goway”….. a great source of information for those people who are, or who want to be, world travellers!

 Moscow and St. Petersburg: Two Splendid Cities to Explore on a Russia Vacation

The Luxurious Trans Siberian Railway: A Rail Journey of a Lifetime

 Experience the Trans-Siberian Railway on Russia Vacations

Free Things to See and Do on European Vacation Packages

The Intimacy and Accessibility of European River Cruises

Soviet Russia 100 Years Later: Explore its Communist Past on a Russia Vacation

Ten Iconic Sites to See on a Europe Vacation

Experience Special Musical Venues on Your Europe Trip

10 Magnificent Churches to See on a European Vacation

RECIPE: Russian Borscht

Extend your Stay

Consider an additional stopover to your Russia vacation at one of Goway's other European destinations. You can choose from a Paris vacation, a London vacation or an Amsterdam vacation. This can be done stopping over en route to or from Russia.

 

 

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  • Moscow Discovery

    MODERATE | TAILOR-MADE: This tour of Moscow includes the world famous sites of Red Square, the Kremlin and St. Basil's Cathedral, as well as Tretiakov Gallery, Christ Cathedral, panoramic views from Sparrow Hills, Arabat Street and more.
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  • Moscow, St. Petersburg and Helsinki Discovery

    MODERATE | TAILOR-MADE: Discover the artistic and cultural heritage of Russia and Finland. In Russia, you’ll explore the metro system of the capital Moscow and the revolutionary history of St. Petersburg before connecting to Helsinki to tour the architecturally-stunning landmarks of the Finnish capital.
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  • Moscow Signature

    DELUXE | PRIVATE-GUIDED: Join private guides and stay in a mansion that was once a favourite of Anton Chekhov on this signature escape to Moscow. Tour the dazzling Kremlin, explore Soviet-era bunkers and the Metro, enjoy a tasting of Russia’s best-loved spirit, and cap off the stay with a night at the Bolshoi Theatre.
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  • Cultural Finland & Russia: Helsinki, Finnish Lapland & St Petersburg

    DELUXE | PRIVATE-GUIDED: This 9 day tour starts in the vibrant seaside city of Helsinki where you will spend 2 nights taking in all the city has to offer before heading 150 miles north of the Arctic Circle in Finnish Lapland. Stay 2 nights enjoying the incredible beauty of arctic wilderness before travelling by train from Helsinki to St. Petersburg for the remainder of your vacation. Visit the must-see sights in St Petersburg including Peter and Paul Fortress, St. Isaac's Cathedral, the Hermitage and more!
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  • Discover St. Petersburg

    MODERATE | TAILOR-MADE: Get to know Russia’s “treasure house” with its vivid history and its many iconic sites. The past and present will come together on a tour of the highlights. Also enjoy spending time in one of the world’s greatest museums, the amazing Hermitage.
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  • Best of Russia, the Baltics and Poland Coach Tour

    FIRST-CLASS | ESCORTED COACH TOUR: On this encompassing survey of northern Europe and Russia, you'll discover Moscow and its imposing Kremlin, admire art nouveau architecture in Lithuania’s Vilnius and see a city risen from the ashes of war in Warsaw, Poland. This and so much more is yours to discover, all with the help of licensed local guides, on this sweeping, first-class coach tour.
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  • Cruising the Baltics with NCL: Copenhagen, St. Petersburg, Helsinki & More

    FIRST-CLASS | CRUISE: Experience six incredible cities during this unforgettable cruise of the Baltics. Embark from Copenhagen, Scandinavia's most cosmopolitan city, and experience the fascinating Brandenburg Gate and Reichstag in Berlin, Peter the Great's Kadriorg Palace in Tallinn, the palaces and cathedrals of St. Petersburg, and so much more.
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  • Tsars Gold Trans-Siberian Railway: From Moscow to Beijing

    DELUXE | RAIL: Travel the legendary Trans-Siberian Railroad through Russia, Mongolia and China in comfort. See dramatic changes of scenery as you traverse both Europe and Asia on our private train. It's time to check one off the bucket list.
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  • Luxury on the Volga: From Moscow to St. Petersburg

    DELUXE | CRUISE: Enjoy four decks of luxury onboard the MS M. Rostropovich as you sail between Russia’s most famous cities, Moscow and St. Petersburg, uncovering a wealth of history and nature along the way.
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  • Luxury on the Volga: From St. Petersburg to Moscow

    DELUXE | CRUISE: Enjoy four decks of luxury onboard the MS M. Rostropovich as you sail between Russia’s most famous cities, St. Petersburg and Moscow, uncovering a wealth of history and nature along the way.
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  • Fabulous Scandinavia & Russia: Copenhagen, Oslo, Moscow & More

    FIRST-CLASS | ESCORTED COACH TOUR: Fabulous is the word for this combination of Norway’s amazing fjord scenery, stops in Oslo, Stockholm and Copenhagen and the magical iconic cities of St. Petersburg and Moscow. This unforgettable tour includes everything - majestic scenery, amazing culture and history and much more.
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  • Classic Moscow to St Petersburg by High Speed Train

    Explore the great monuments and mysteries of Moscow before spending three nights in beautiful Saint Petersburg, Russia’s most European city.
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  • Classic St Petersburg to Moscow by High Speed Train

    Explore the cultural capitals of enigmatic Russia. Spend three nights in beautiful Saint Petersburg, Russia’s most European city, before exploring the great monuments and mysteries of Moscow.
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  • Colours of the Baltics: Stockholm to Moscow

    Visit three amazing yet very different Baltic cities which include elegant, yet innovative Stockholm, world design leader Helsinki, and St. Petersburg, Russia's most European city and one of the most beautiful and enchanting cities anywhere. Then go on to magnificent Moscow to continue your Russia adventure.
    Duration:
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  • Essential Russia: Small Group Tour: Moscow to St Petersburg

    From Moscow to St Petersburg, delve into the history and culture of Russia. This is the perfect tour of Russia's glorious past. Surround yourself with culture, history and breathtaking architecture and get beneath the surface of a country that for so long guarded their treasures from the west.
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  • Golden Ring Explorer: 3 days Moscow to Moscow

    The Golden Ring tour, which comprises all main cities - Vladimir, Sergiev Posad, and Suzdal is the perfect "expanded" tour around the greater regions of Moscow. Generally the Golden Ring consists of small ancient towns around Moscow. It is the most popular tourist route through the Russian provinces. During the tour you will have a chance to see Russian towns' beautiful churches, monasteries, fortresses, kremlins; enjoy the scenery of a country side, take hundreds of photos and have a wonderful time.
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  • Highlights of the Golden Ring: 2 Days Moscow to Moscow

    The Golden Ring tour, which comprises all main cities - Vladimir, Sergiev Posad, and Suzdal is the perfect "expanded" tour around the greater regions of Moscow. Generally the Golden Ring consists of small ancient towns around Moscow. It is the most popular tourist route through the Russian provinces. During the tour you will have a chance to see Russian towns' beautiful churches, monasteries, fortresses, kremlins; enjoy the scenery of a country side, take hundreds of photos and have a wonderful time.
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  • Little Tour of Russia Escorted Moscow High Speed Train to St. Petersburg

    Welcome to Moscow the fabled capital of Russia. The city opens doors to the heart and soul of Russia.
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  • The Tsar Route: Helsinki to Moscow

    FIRST-CLASS | ESCORTED COACH TOUR: Delve into the history and decadence of Imperial Russia on this journey through Helsinki, St. Petersburg, and Moscow. During your Russia vacation, you'll explore imperial palaces and museums, marvel at mighty churches and monasteries, and travel into the heart of one of the planet's mightiest nations.
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  • Tsar's Gold Train: Trans Siberian Rail: Beijing to Moscow

    Travel the legendary Trans Siberian Railroad through Russia, Mongolia and China in comfort. See dramatic changes of scenery as you traverse both Europe and Asia on our Private Train.
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