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From dynamic Moscow to the glitteringly romantic St Petersburg, there is much to discover in this vast country. It's easy to overlook the sheer vastness of Russia when so many of the best known highlights are concentrated in Moscow and St Petersburg. Certainly these two key cities contain more than enough astonishing sights to occupy the most seasoned travellers. A dynamic and intriguing city, the traditions, culture and customs of Moscow were long quarantined by politics and conflict but today offer a fresh appeal. You can explore Red Square, characterised by the imposing spires of St Basil's Cathedral, and visit the famous Armoury museum and Russian Crown Jewels at the Kremlin. The second largest city in Russia is a city of haunting magnificence and undoubtedly the country's cultural heart. A dazzling metropolis, St Petersburg still feels like a city frozen in time. You can visit architectural wonders such as the Winter Palace and the Kazan Cathedral, and lose yourself in the cavernous Hermitage Museum, home to over three million works of art including some of the most famous paintings and sculptures in the world. But there is so much more to see in the towns along the riverbanks and canals that connect these two magical cities. Northeast of Moscow, the Golden Ring is a ring of ancient picturesque towns that have preserved the memory of the most significant events in the nation's history. In the country's wild, barren interior you'll find a litany of Soviet-era cities, stunning landscape and, of course, that most famous of train journeys: the Trans-Siberian Express.

Russia with A&K
It's known as oiling the wheels - and nobody does it better than A&K. Absolutely nobody. Guy Richards would agree. As he landed in Moscow, anticipation mingled with dread at the prospect of the lengthy entry formalities. He needn't have worried. Stepping off the plane, he was greeted by our representative and escorted past long queues before enjoying a VIP fast track through customs and passport control. While other passengers waited in a chaotic arrivals hall, Guy was half way to his hotel in our chauffeured limo.

That start sets the tone. We understand exactly how to make your Abercrombie & Kent Russian holiday, or short break to Moscow and St Petersburg, run as smoothly as possible. Two of our five European offices are based there with staff on call round-the-clock, superb local guides - their fluent English is matched by a desire to share wide-ranging knowledge - and top notch contacts to arrange exclusive experiences. Given the country's wonderful architecture, history and culture, it can add a new dimension to your visit, from private tours of the Hermitage's off-limits departments, to expert vodka and caviar tasting.

Travel to Russia with A&K and we'll show you Moscow's iconic highlights from Red Square with St Basil's Cathedral and Lenin's tomb, to the Kremlin - don't miss the Armoury Palace's 190-carat Orlov diamond - and eye-popping opulence of Tretyakovsky Street. Head northwest to St Petersburg for canals, palaces (Peter the Great's summer pad rivals Versailles) and awe-inspiring cathedrals. Recent renovation has spawned sumptuous hotels, a new Hermitage contemporary art wing and modernist Marinksy Theatre with amazing rooftop amphitheatre.

Outside the two blockbuster cites, we can ensure comfortable visits to Black Sea resorts, Siberia's vast frozen tundra and the Kamchatka Peninsula's UNESCO listed volcanoes, where you're closer to America than Moscow. Alternatively take a Volga cruise for a very different Russia of serene historic villages, Uglich's 12th century wood houses and the black-domed Goritsky Monastery.

It's vast, sprawling, diverse, but our guides make it manageable and intimate. You've written to tell us about Mila. During the Cold War, her commentary was scripted. Now she revels in the freedom of speech, providing insights into her fast changing country. She's utterly compelling.



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Russia

Best time to be there

May to October is the best time to enjoy the summer days. Russian winters can be extremely cold, but if well protected against the elements, is a romantic time to visit.

Fly to

St Petersburg (British Airways) or Moscow (British Airways and easyJet)

flying time

3.5 to 4 hours

time difference

GMT +3 hours

Visas

Yes, obtainable in advance

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Regions in Russia

Regions in Russia


Our experts can tailor-make the perfect holiday to suit your individual requirements, however, if you need inspiration or a starting point, below are some of our suggested trips and experiences:

Highlights of Russia

Nights: 5 | from £1,245pp

Go inside the mysterious Kremlin and the State Armoury, a treasure trove replete with Tsar’s carriages and fabulous Fabergé eggs. Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

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Classic Russia

Nights: 7 | from £2,990pp

A week split between Moscow and St Petersburg showcases Russia’s greatest historical treasures. Explore the sights of the two thriving cities as well... Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

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Moscow City Break

Nights: 3 | from £975pp

A dynamic and intriguing city, the traditions, culture and customs of Moscow were long quarantined by politics and conflict but today offer a fresh appeal. Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

Adventure & Culture

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Tropics to the Arctic 2017

Nights: 25 | from £90,250pp

Set out on a globe-spanning journey designed by A&K's pioneering founder Geoffrey Kent. Sample exotic destinations ranging from Easter Island and the... Find out more

Holiday type: Group departure

Special Interest

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Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express

Nights: 14 | from £9,895pp

Undoubtedly the world's greatest railway journey, the Trans-Siberian Railway runs like a steel ribbon across Russia, connecting east and west from Moscow... Find out more

Holiday type: Group departure

Adventure & Culture

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Below are some of our suggested places to stay:

Ararat Park Hyatt

Moscow  

Imposing on the outside and lavish on the inside, the Ararat Park is a timeless hotel in the heart of Moscow. Behind its belle époque exterior it is a...Find out more

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Four Seasons Lion Palace

St. Petersburg

This newcomer to St. Petersburg opened in August 2013. It was eagerly anticipated and has delighted those who have been the first to stay. The spacious...Find out more

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Hotel Astoria, a Rocco Forte Hotel

St Petersburg

Hotel Astoria opened in 1913 and has been the venue of choice for novelists, dancers, artists, poets, actors, photographers, presidents and royalty. Outside,...Find out more

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The Ritz-Carlton Moscow

Moscow  

The Ritz-Carlton is one of Moscow's finest hotels, and looks every inch the part. From its grand exterior to its sumptuous interiors, this hotel is as...Find out more

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Regent SevenSeas: A Cruise Through the Nordics - Stockholm to Dover

Nights: 12 | from £5,100pp

Experience some of the most iconic ports in the Baltic including 3 days in the beautiful city of St. Petersburg. Crossing the Kiel Canal is an amazing... Find out more

Holiday type: Group departure

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Holland America: A Baltic Adventure Cruise

Nights: 14 | from £1,795pp

The Baltic beckons, with two full days to explore the treasures of St Petersburg before exploring a host of fascinating Scandinavian cities on board the... Find out more

Holiday type: Group departure

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Our Europe & Middle East team – Sarah, Eleanor, Lynne, Rob, Aline, Kate and Sandrine are experts in designing the perfect holiday to suit your personal needs, interests and budget. Their intimate knowledge of every hotel and resort featured in our portfolio, together with our own network of offices throughout the region, allows us to offer unique in-depth knowledge, unparalleled insider access and the VIP service for which Abercrombie & Kent is renowned. 

Read about our latest experiences in Europe and the Middle East in our Travel Blog pages.

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We found A&K first rate when I worked with Rob Mason in organising our trip to Russia in 2014 so decided to use A&K again for our trip this time to India. The first trip boosted our confidence in your company.Our Guide in St. Petersburg was perfect! The hotel was lovely in that it was of a very high standard but also very historic and in keeping with the beauty of the City. All this has boosted our confidence to try India with A&K.

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