A fascinating tour of Moscow and St Petersburg for the family.
Meet with a Russian Cosmonaut at the Space museum in Moscow, see
the famous sights of St Basil's Cathedral and the Kremlin, and
gain an insight into Russian history at the Cold War Museum.
Also delight in a unique backstage tour and live performance at
the dazzling Moscow State Circus. In St Petersburg, see the
Hermitage, the Peter and Paul Fortress and the Museum of Water.
Gain a greater understanding of the country's naval history with
a visit to the Central Naval Museum and be captivated by the
sparkling Catherine Palace and Peterhof, the great summer estate
and artistic gem of Peter the Great. Finally, join in a master
class in painting Matryoshka Dolls and have fun on a traditional
From gold-leaf imperial glitz to
icy Siberian tundra and from Soviet-era monuments to uber-hip
Russia has as many contrasting faces as its size
would suggest. The country that Churchill famously described as
“a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma” is the largest
in the world, and remains a destination that’s hard to fully
Visitor activity tends to be almost wholly concentrated on west
Russia, where the big-name cities of St Petersburg and Moscow
serve up sweeping postcard sights by the dozen. Those who look
further afield, meanwhile, will find a little understood land
with a whole host of under-the-radar travel secrets to discover.
And bear in mind that there’s more local diversity than most
imagine – under the vast Russia umbrella are in excess of 150
different ethnic groups.
It is perhaps the country's combination of diverse landscapes,
stunning cities and mysterious nature that have begun to attract
increasing numbers of tourists eager to discover modern Russia
for themselves in recent years. Even more visitors are set to
flood the country in 2018 when Russia will act as host for the
World Cup games. Winning the bid over countries such as England,
the Netherlands and Spain has further sealed its bid as an
increasingly popular destination, and is set to give a major
boost to the country's economy.