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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 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.

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.

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.

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. 

"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!

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

 Experience the Trans-Siberian Railway on Russia Vacations

The Intimacy and Accessibility of European River Cruises

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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  • 13 Day Baltic Capitals Copenhagen to Copenhagen

    You'll experience six incredible cities during this unforgettable cruise of the Baltics. Embark from Copenhagen, Scandanavia'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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    13 Days
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  • Best of Russia, Baltic States & Warsaw Coach Tour: Moscow to Warsaw

    Tour the major cities of the Baltic Sea. Visit Moscow and the imposing Kremlin, admire the art nouveau architecture of Lithuania’s Vilnius and see a city risen from the ashes of war in Warsaw.
    Duration:
    14 Days
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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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    6 Days
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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 Baltic Coach Tour: Stockholm to St. Petersburg

    Visit four amazing yet very different Baltic capitals which include elegant but quaint Stockholm, historic and surprising Tallinn, charming Helsinki with its distinct Nordic architecture and St. Petersburg, one of the most beautiful and enchanting cities anywhere. Enjoy two ferry journeys across the Baltic Sea.
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  • Cultural Finland & Russia: Helsinki to St Petersburg

    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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  • 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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  • Fabulous Scandinavia & Russia Escorted: Copenhagen to Moscow

    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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  • 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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    7 Days
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  • Moscow to St Petersburg Overnight Train - Grand Express

    Ride between Russia’s modern capital and its artistic heart aboard the elegant Grand Express. Tour Red Square and the Kremlin in the heart of political Moscow before boarding the Grand Express and heading to St. Petersburg to gaze upon the architectural masterpieces of Peter the Great’s Russia and getting lost in the artistic treasure-troves of the State Hermitage and Russian Museum.
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  • Moscow to St. Petersburg Cruise

    A river cruise between two of the world’s great cities is the ultimate way to experience Russia. Cruise runs in both directions.
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  • Moscow to St. Petersburg Cruise Incl. Air

    A river cruise between two of the world’s great cities is the ultimate way to experience Russia. Cruise runs in both directions. Flights from North America are included in this itinerary.
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    13 Days
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  • Moscow: Bunker & Underground Half Day Tour

    Ride the Moscow Metro to see incredible examples of Soviet architecture and artwork. The Moscow Metro is one of the most gorgeous subway systems in the world and this half day tour allows you to admire its world-famous artistry and tour one of Stalin’s underground military bunkers.
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    3.5 Hours
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  • Moscow: Cosmonautics Museum Half Day Tour

    The soaring 100m titanium obelisk outside the All-Russia Exhibition Centre is a monument 'To the Conquerors of Space', built in 1964 to commemorate the launch of Sputnik. At its base is the Cosmonautics Museum, featuring cool space paraphernalia such as the first Soviet rocket engine and the moon-rover Lunokhod. An inspiring collection of space-themed propaganda posters evokes the era of the space race.
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  • Moscow: Great Patriotic War Museum Half Day Tour

    The Museum of the Great Patriotic War (WW2) is the centre piece of Park Pobedy. The museum contains two impressive memorial rooms: the Hall of Glory honours to the many heroes of the Soviet Union, while the moving Hall of Remembrance and Sorrow is hung with strings of glass-bead 'teardrops' in memory of the fallen.
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  • Moscow: Metro Half Day Tour

    Moscow metro history began in thirties and it's various stations represent completely different styles and periods. Each station has it's own character. Carrying in excess of eight million people every day, more than New York and London put together, this system is one of the marvels of inner city transport.
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  • Moscow: St. Basil's Cathedral Half Day Tour

    Take a guided tour to Red Square to visit one of Russia’s icons, St. Basil’s Cathedral. Commissioned by Ivan the Terrible in the 16th century, this cathedral is a masterpiece of Russian architecture and the highlight of any tour to Russia’s capital city.
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  • Moscow: Stopover, City Break

    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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    3 Days
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  • St Petersburg to Moscow Cruise

    A river cruise between two of the world’s great cities is the ultimate way to experience Russia. Cruise runs in both directions.
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    8-11 Days
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  • St Petersburg: Alexander Nevsky Monastery Half Day Tour

    The Alexander Nevsky Monastery - named for the patron saint of St Petersburg - is the city's most ancient and eminent monastery. In 1797 it became a lavra, the most senior grade of Russian Orthodox monasteries. Today it is a working monastery that attracts the most devout believers - a revered and holy place - and the gravesite of some of Russia's most famous artistic figures.
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  • St Petersburg: Back in the USSR Half Day Tour

    Travel back in time to the reign of hammers and sickles on this tour of St. Petersburg (then known as Stalingrad). Learn about Russia’s Soviet history and explore communist ways of life on this tour through the city, learning from families that lived and worked during the days of the USSR.
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  • St Petersburg: Faberge Museum Half Day Tour

    The Faberge museum is the newest and probably the most popular museum in St Petersburg. It holds 14 large Faberge eggs, the majority of which used to belong to Russian royal family. Today it is the largest collection of this type in the world. Alongside the famed eggs, you can see many other jewelry pieces made by the Faberge company and the contemporaries of Carl Faberge.
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  • St Petersburg: Konstantinovsky Palace Full Day Tour

    Take a tour of the reconstructed Konstantinovsky Palace, an opulent palace originally intended as Peter the Great’s summer residence. A guided tour of the palace will illuminate its storied history and show off one of St. Petersburg’s most treasured architectural icons.
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  • St Petersburg: Kronstadt City & Fort Alexander Full Day Tour

    Kronstadt is St. Petersburg's main seaport. You will get a general impression of the legendary fortress city of Kronstadt, history and its construction, the Sea Cathedral, a monument to Peter I, Fort Constantine.
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    6 Hours
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  • St Petersburg: Revolutionary Half Day Tour

    St. Petersburg is the city of 3 revolutions. This is a tour to places which will give you an idea how Russia was preparing itself for the third, bloodiest revolution in the history of Russia and what the results were. Cruiser "Aurora" is included.
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    3 Hours
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