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Introducing Russia

Make the most of your time in Russia
Spanning two continents over millions of miles, Russia is the world's largest country by far—and this vastness is reflected in its diverse possibilities for travel. Architecture and history bring world travelers to the European side while adventurers head to Russia's eastern expanse, drawn to the natural wonders of Northern Asia. From Moscow's old-meets-new atmosphere and the cultural hotbed of St. Petersburg to the remote Siberian tundra, Russia offers many lifetimes of exploration. 

When should I go?
Unless you're keen to experience the legendary Russian winter—which has a charm of its own, especially in glittering St. Petersburg—plan to visit in summer, between May and October. Nature is at its most showy and temperatures are warm, inching toward 90°F in the southern resort areas. Planning to visit in spring or fall? You may want to reconsider—March, April, and October through December all bring freezing rain (and lots of it), making sightseeing unpleasant at best.

Where should I go?
Moscow and St. Petersburg are where most travelers start, and you could spend your entire trip in just one of these cities without seeing all there is to see (more info on this below). Road trip the Golden Ring route, stopping to check out great food and golden-domed churches in eight medieval towns. Travelers with an interest in history will want to spend time at WWII-era battlefield sites in Stalingrad and Kurst and centuries-old villages like Staraya Russa.

Summer is a nice time to check out Sochi, a posh resort area on the Black Sea known as the "Russian Riviera." Or take an epic cross-country train journey on the Trans Siberian Railway—explore the lakes, peaks, and outposts of the Altai and Ural mountain ranges, learn about the region's geology, and extend your trip all the way to Mongolia or China. 

How many days do I need?
With 5 days you can have a satisfying trip getting to know one of its major cities plus a day trip—or, split your time between Moscow and St. Petersburg for a quick highlights tour of both. With more than a week, you can comfortably see both cities and add visits to a medieval town in the Golden Ring, along with Novograd or Lagoda and historic battlefields. With 2 weeks, add a two-day excursion down the Volga River, stopping at off-the-beaten-path towns along the way.

Russia Travel Insights

Wooden churches in Khizhi
Grand Russia Tour - 20 Days

Start in Moscow to see the iconic Kremlin and St. Basil's Cathedral, then head to the countryside to see 16th-century wooden churches in Vladimir and Suzdal. Take an overnight train to visit 9th-century Velikiy Novgorod, then continue to European-influenced St. Petersburg for world-class art in the Hermitage and the sprawling Peterhof estate. See wooden churches in Russia's northern Karelia region before returning to Kazan to see ornate mosques and Tatar culture.

St. Basil's Cathedral in Moscow
Moscow and St. Petersburg Highlights - 6 Days

See Russia's capital cities in a 6-day highlights tour. Start in Moscow and explore the iconic Red Square, Kremlin fortress, and 90-year-old metro system. Take an express train to St. Petersburg to see Orthodox Cathedrals, the world-famous Hermitage art museum, and European-inspired gardens. Visit the sprawling Peterhof estate to see ornate fountains and an extravagant summer palace that matches Versaille's opulence.

Magnificent Domes of St. Basil's Cathedral
Russia's Capital Cities & Golden Ring Tour - 7 Days

Russia has sometimes been described as a nation of two souls. Moscow represents traditional tsarist Muscovy, with its Orthodox faith and nearly 900-year history—not to mention the legacy of the authoritarian Soviet Union. St. Petersburg speaks to another side of Russia: a nation of intelligentsia, inspired by the Enlightenment. This tour provides an in-depth overview of Russia's contrasting capitals, along with the historic towns of the Golden Ring.

Timeless scene in Suzdal
Russian Capitals & Golden Ring Tour - 14 Days

Russia is sometimes described as a nation of two souls. Moscow represents old world tsarist Muscovy, with its Orthodox faith, onion domes, and thousand year history. St. Petersburg is an elegant city born from Enlightenment, aristocracy, and revolution. Discovering these two contrasting capitals is pure travel magic, and this exciting tour of Moscow and St. Petersburg will give you a taste of their compelling stories.

Quiet canals in downtown St. Petersburg
Moscow, St. Petersburg & The Golden Ring - 13 Days

Visit Russia's iconic capital, see 16th-century onion-domed wooden churches, and discover European art and architecture in St. Petersburg. Start in Moscow and explore history in the Kremlin, see the Red Square, and ride the 90-year-old-metro. Take a train to Vladimir and Suzdal to see small-town life, then continue to St. Petersburg to see the world-famous Hermitage art museum, winding city canals, and the sprawling Peterhof estate.

The Winter Palace
Winter Holidays in St. Petersburg - 3 Days

Spend three magical winter days in Russia's "Window to the West". With more canals than Venice and an architectural style that is distinctly European, St. Petersburg is a confluence of art, history, and music. Explore the world-renowned Hermitage Museum, lavish Catherine's Palace, and imposing Peter and Paul Fortress. See the world's largest Orthodox Cathedral and enjoy holiday shopping on the snowy Nevsky Prospekt before catching an evening ballet performance at the Mariinski Theater.

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Grand Russia Tour - 21 Days
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Travel specialist Sean Stewart
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Sean Stewart

I'm one of those who believes that travel can change lives for the better. This is something I learned at the age of 12 when my parents took me to Canada on a road trip. I barely had any sense at...

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I am a travel advisor for JayWay Travel and I get joy from planning amazing adventures for clients with the knowledge I've gained having traveled extensively throughout Europe. I prefer to build a...

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Ieva Berzina

My name is Ieva, with a big letter "i":) I have graduated Information System Management Highschool and currently working in the tourism industry. I have earned my 17 years experience in the biggest...

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I was born and raised in Lithuania. I have a bachelor degree in Tourism Management, after graduate I started working in tourism. I have a passion outdoor activities such as hiking, meeting new...

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Trip Reviews for Russia

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Russia 2019, Russia - Jun 11 - Jul 1, 2019

Traveler: Irvine R. - Local specialist: Sean Stewart

We both enjoyed the trip immensely. Good support was given by both Sean and Ulyana. Problems were quickly resolved.

Our main interactions ere with the various tour guides. Most were either very good or excellent. I wish to make special commendations for the tour guides in Suzdal/Vladimir, Nizhny Novgorod, Minsk, Kaliningrad and St Petersburg. All tuned in to what we wanted and all spoke very good or excellent English.

Sean was also great in Moscow but the first local guide didn't... read more

We both enjoyed the trip immensely. Good support was given by both Sean and Ulyana. Problems were quickly resolved.

Our main interactions ere with the various tour guides. Most were either very good or excellent. I wish to make special commendations for the tour guides in Suzdal/Vladimir, Nizhny Novgorod, Minsk, Kaliningrad and St Petersburg. All tuned in to what we wanted and all spoke very good or excellent English.

Sean was also great in Moscow but the first local guide didn't understand us. We first drove to a decrepit church out of town and then stayed in a central location. I was put off making efforts to isit some places. It was a wasted day. In fact although it was our first local tour guide, she did not set the standards for the others thankfully. The other Moscow tour guide was much better and we had a goodtime but her English was not so good.

Then there was Volgograd. The main guide was incredibly friendly and did what we wanted. He was also very eccentric (wonderfully and unintentionally entertaining) but his analysis of Stalingrad missed out an awful lot (that I have since found out by looing at YouTube documentaries). We expected the Soviet line to prevail but there was no analysis of what the Germans did wrong and an explanation of the successful Soviet tactics The commentary was all about evil German "Fascists" and clever and brave Soviet soldiers. He even criticised the German sht pronunciation of Stalingrad by saying they couldn't even be bothered saying it right. I explained that st in German is always pronounced sht for all words. I'm not sure he believed me. For all that, I would use him again as his pluses far outweigh the negatives but just don't trail him as an in-depth and objective analyst! (I am going to send him some Tottenham memorabilia for his son who enjoyed seeing Tottenham striker score twice for England in Volgograd during the World Cup last year).

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Sean Stewart, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you very much for your kind words! We are happy you enjoyed your tour of Russia!

Russia 2019, Russia - May 10 - May 18, 2019

Traveler: Rebecca P. - Local specialist: Sean Stewart

The planning and execution of this trip was outstanding, as Sean (U.S. tour agent) and Ulyana (Russian tour agent) customized and coordinated a tour to meet my interests and exceed my expectations for the trip of a lifetime to Russia!

My itinerary included Moscow, Vladimir, Suzdal, and St. Petersburg. I was met/dropped off by an English-speaking assistant or tour guide and a driver at every airport and train station. I never had to worry about finding my hotel or catching the correct... read more

The planning and execution of this trip was outstanding, as Sean (U.S. tour agent) and Ulyana (Russian tour agent) customized and coordinated a tour to meet my interests and exceed my expectations for the trip of a lifetime to Russia!

My itinerary included Moscow, Vladimir, Suzdal, and St. Petersburg. I was met/dropped off by an English-speaking assistant or tour guide and a driver at every airport and train station. I never had to worry about finding my hotel or catching the correct train on time. Not only was all my in-country major transportation covered, but rides to and from stations, as well as door-to-door pick up and drop off for every tour was provided 100% of the time.

Because of the personalized nature of the tour, I never had to "wait" for others to board a bus, eat in a restaurant that didn't suit my tastes, or visit a museum that was of little interest to me. Drivers and guides were always punctual, and I was always asked for input on pick-up times, what types of food I liked, and preferences in destinations. I always had a number I could call or text if I needed assistance.

The tour guides were all personable, knowledgeable, and qualified--Olga (Vladimir/Suzdal regional), the other Olga (Vladimir/Suzdal historical), Svetlana (Moscow), and Tatiana (St. Petersburg). Not only did they explain the sights, arrange the days to avoid traffic, and offer extra stops they knew I would find interesting, each guide was willing to have lunch with me every day, engage me in conversation, and answer my many questions. Though I was a solo traveler in Russia, it was as though I had a friend in each city. Even my regular transportation assistant in Moscow, Eugene, was very engaging and willing to discuss cultural topics as he drove me to or from my hotel or waited with me for a train.

Unlike group tours that would have merely "hit the high points" in each city, this tour was arranged specifically for my interests and tastes. From the planning stage, Sean and Ulyana made suggestions and changes to my itinerary to meet my requests and requirements. On the trip, the guides were willing to slow down and go into even more detail when I asked questions, stopping to address my inquiries. They were also willing to move on when they realized I was ready to go to the next site. Since I was a group of one, each day was tailored to the pace I chose to keep.

The cost of this personalized tour was a bit more than a standard group tour, but considering the number of sites I visited, the insights and perspectives I gained from guides, the customized schedule, the personalized touches, the privacy of my own hotel room, and the absolute peace of mind I had through the entire tour, it was a bargain!

I highly recommend this tour to a solo traveler, or to a small or large group of like-minded individuals who want to see and do more than the "standard tour of Russia", tailored to their tastes and interests.

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Sean Stewart, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you very much Rebecca, for travelling with us. We loved having you and look forward to seeing you again if you decide to return!

St. petersburg, Russia - Apr 13 - Apr 20, 2019

Traveler: Jessica J. - Local specialist: Sean Stewart

We first used Kimkim for our trip to Morocco and because it was such a great experience, we decided to use Kimkim again for our trip to St. Petersburg, Russia. Once again, it was exactly the experience we were hoping for. Our local specialist, Sean, was very attentive to our needs and questions and was very responsive. The trip was exactly what we wanted and he made it happen. Once in St. Petersburg, just like Morocco, everything ran very smoothly. When we arrived, we were picked up at the... read more

We first used Kimkim for our trip to Morocco and because it was such a great experience, we decided to use Kimkim again for our trip to St. Petersburg, Russia. Once again, it was exactly the experience we were hoping for. Our local specialist, Sean, was very attentive to our needs and questions and was very responsive. The trip was exactly what we wanted and he made it happen. Once in St. Petersburg, just like Morocco, everything ran very smoothly. When we arrived, we were picked up at the airport and taken right to our hotel and it was great not having to worry about that. On the first day of our planned activities, Margarita (the manager of our tour in Russia) met us at our hotel because she wanted to officially welcome us to St. Petersburg and give us our tour the first day. She was right on time along with our driver for the week, Vasiliy. We went on a city tour of St. Petersburg and visited the Peter and Paul Fortress. She was very knowledgeable and made us feel really at ease and gave us an overall view of the city and what our next few days would be like and a great first impression to the kind of service and vibe we could expect. For the remainder of the week, our guide Dmitri, along with our driver, always arrived on time. Dmitri was a great guide. He was very knowledgeable and spoke excellent English. He was very easy going and open and was very patient with all of our questions. He was always willing to accommodate any requests and made sure that we always knew what the plan was and he always had any tickets we needed ready. It felt like we were being shown around by a friend (which is why we were a bit sad to say goodbye at the end since we had spent the whole week together). We visited many exquisite palaces and museums and learned a lot about history and culture. All in all, it was a great experience and it was what we paid for -- a well-planned tour where we could just relax and not have to worry about the logistics of everything. We know for sure that this will not be the last time we plan a trip with Kimkim.

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Sean Stewart, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you, Jessica, for your kind words. Great to hear you enjoyed the trip! Look forward to welcoming you back to Russia, maybe Moscow and beautiful Golden Ring this time?