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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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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


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 £1,245

Classic Russia is a tale of two cities: Moscow and St Petersburg. These glamorous, bedazzling, thriving hubs are a concentration of the country’s finest... Find out more

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Classic Russia

Nights: 7 | from £2,990

A week-long trip taking in the best of Russia's cities, from Lenin's Tomb and St. Basil's Cathedral in Moscow to the incomparable Hermitage in St Petersburg. Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

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Highlights of Moscow

Nights: 3 | from £1,160

Your 4 day Moscow adventure will take you from royal splendour to revolutions to communists as you explore the amazing history of this dramatic city. Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

Adventure & Culture | Special Interest

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Golden Eagle Trans-Siberian Express

Nights: 15 | from £8,550

Explore the iconic Trans-Siberian Railway on board the all-inclusive, fully en suite ‘hotel on wheels’: the stylish Golden Eagle Express. Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

Voyages & Cruising

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Highlights of St. Petersburg

Nights: 4 | from £1,625

Explore the sumptuous palaces, the world famous Hermitage gallery, and Peter the Great's city dream come true during your 4 night stay in St. Petersburg. Find out more

Holiday type: Tailor-made

Adventure & Culture | Honeymoons

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Below are some of our suggested places to stay:

Ararat Park Hyatt


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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Adventure & Culture

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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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Adventure & Culture

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Rocco Forte Hotel Astoria

St Petersburg

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

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Adventure & Culture

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The Ritz-Carlton 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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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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A winner will be selected at random at the end of each month. The winner will be notified within 10 days of being selected using the contact details supplied on the enquiry form. The winner will receive a £500 holiday voucher to use against travel with Abercrombie & Kent Limited in the UK. The voucher will be valid for 6 months from the date of issue. Entries are limited to one per household, not per enquiry. Prizes must not be sold or auctioned. Prizes are non-transferable and no substitutions or cash equivalents are permitted. The voucher can only be used against a new booking and cannot be used to amend or book additional tours or excursions on current bookings. Entrants must be aged 18 years or over. Prize winners are responsible for paying the outstanding amount of the booking within the usual booking terms and conditions. Abercrombie & Kent Limited reserve the right to withdraw or otherwise amend this promotion at our discretion.


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