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Help me Choose a City-break in Russia

Please note that our standard city-break packages cover Russia and Ukraine only and we hope this quick guide will help you choose the most appropriate itinerary for you. If you are still unsure please contact Go Russia and our experienced travel consultants will be happy to answer all your questions about our city-breaks or alternatively prepare personalised itineraries based on your own preferences.
 

ITINERARY FOCUS

Regardless of the tour emphasis, all our standard packages do include must-see cultural treasures. In Moscow, this includes the Kremlin, Red Square, the Armoury and the fabulous Moscow Underground, while in St Petersburg we can’t leave out the Hermitage and Peterhof Palace with its stunning park and fountain complex. Around those highlights we can build an individualised tour to make your visit just what you’re looking for.

We have also designed a tour package for independent travelers where we provide accommodation, transfers, train travel and visas, leaving you free to build your own program in Moscow and St. Petersburg. Please see below for more details.

We believe you should start by making some decisions - why you are going to Russia, what drives you to travel to your chosen destinations and what you’d like to get out of your trip.  Are you looking for a general overview or do you have a particular interest in mind – perhaps recent history, culture, UNESCO treasures, World War II or space exploration? 

Do you want to concentrate on Moscow and St. Petersburg or do you want to explore further? Our tours could take you to the beautiful old churches of the Golden Ring near Moscow or to the far north to catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights. We also have special events tours; you could see in the New Year with our celebration package or visit the MAKS air show on our package for aviation lovers. If you want to be treated like a tsar, and also see some hidden treasures we have a luxury holiday too. We have also designed packages for those who want to explore the highlights of Southern Russia and Sochi Olympic venues. 

Below you’ll see a table setting out our itineraries according to their main focus. Please also note that we can create a bespoke program for you. All you have to do is complete an enquiry form and we will be able to build a holiday around your interests, timeframe and budget.
 
Best of Moscow & St. Petersburg Guided Tour (CB-17) Moscow - 4 days
St. Petersburg - 4 days
focus on main cultural treasures Russia has to offer, this tour includes a bit of everything: culture, history, orthodox religion, life in the Russian countryside and is most suitable for generalists without any particular focus.
Moscow - 3 days
St. Petersburg - 5 days
focus on art and culture, more days spent in St. Petersburg, a package designed primarily for art lovers, those who have passion for paintings and want to experience the Russian art.
Three Capitals: Kiev - Moscow - St. Petersburg (CB-18) Kiev - 3 days
Moscow - 3 days
St. Petersburg - 4 days
focus on main cultural and historical treasures of Ukraine and Russia. This amazing package will introduce you to the past and present capitals of Russia and the Ukraine, the beautiful cities of Moscow, St. Petersburg and Kiev.
Mighty Russia: Moscow, Novgorod & St. Petersburg (CB-23) Moscow - 3 days
Novgorod the Great - 2 days
St. Petersburg - 3 days
focus on culture and medieval history of Russia, a package designed for travelers who want to explore beyond capitals.
Moscow - 4 days
St. Petersburg - 4 days
focus on Russian history of XX century, Bolshevik revolution, Great Patriotic war, dramatic Cold War period and modern history of Russia.
Hero Cities of Russia - Volgograd, Moscow and St. Petersburg - Timeless Monuments to Heroic Russian People (CB-27) Volgograd - 3 days
Moscow - 3 days
St. Petersburg - 4 days
focus on WWII and Russian history of XX century, The epithet “Hero City” was an honorary title conferred in Soviet times for outstanding heroism during World War Two. You will also learn about socialist revolution and Cold War period.
Moscow - 3 days
Suzdal - 1 day
Vladimir - 1 day
Novgorod the Great - 2 days
St. Petersburg - 3 days
focus on cultural and historical discovery beyond Moscow and St. Petersburg. A package designed for customers who want to explore the Russian provinces and enjoy architectural masterpieces set in the charming landscapes and learn the country’s medieval history, orthodox religion, and unique traditional culture.
UNESCO Heritage in Russia: Moscow – Novgorod – Kizhi - St. Petersburg (CB-30) Moscow - 3 days
Novgorod the Great - 2 days
St. Petersburg - 3 days
Kizhi, Karelia - 2 days
focus on cultural UNESCO listed treasures of Russia, including an overnight trip to the Russian North. Explore treasures of Moscow, St. Petersburg and medieval Novgorod, visit open-air wooden architecture museum of Kizhi and enjoy traditional way of life in a Karelian village. This is a 10-days discovery journey.
St. Petersburg - 6 days
focus on St. Petersburg treasures only, its majestic palaces, extravagant mansions and richly decorated cathedrals. Discover the cultural capital of Russia.
Best of Moscow Guided Tour (CB-31) Moscow - 5 days focus on Moscow treasures only, visiting the major landmarks of the Russian capital.
Moscow - 4 days
St. Petersburg - 4 days
no set program; Go Russia provides accommodation, transfers, train tickets, and visas and you are free to explore Moscow and St. Petersburg on your own. A package designed for those with independent mindset.
Moscow - 8 days
focus on former USSR top secret objects, space and aviation exploration, artefacts from World War II, dramatic Cold War period, Stalin’s Underground Command Centre, Star City, Monino open-air aviation museum.
Great Discovery of Southern Russia: Sochi – Gelendzhik – Krasnodar (CB-33) Sochi - 3 days
Gelendzhik - 3 days
Novorossiysk - 1 day
Krasnodar - 3 days
focus on Southern Russia, Sochi Olympic venues. The itinerary provides the perfect introduction to the customs, traditions and beautiful landscapes of Southern Russia.
Highlights of Southern Russia: Sochi – Krasnodar (CB-32) Sochi - 2 days
Gelendzhik - 2 days
Novorossiysk - 1 day
Krasnodar - 2 days
focus on highlights of Southern Russia, this package is designed for those who have a short amount of time but wish to explore the highlights of the Sochi area.
Winter Romance and New Year Fun in the Russian Capitals (CB-10) Moscow - 4 days
St. Petersburg - 4 days
focus on New Year celebrations and cultural landmarks of Moscow and St. Petersburg. Combining elegant, romantic St Petersburg with modern, vibrant Moscow, you’ll enjoy the festive spirit in two of the country’s most enthrallling cities.


TOUR PROGRAMME EMPHASIS

GENERAL INTEREST & CULTURE
DISCOVERY
RUSSIAN HISTORY
SPECIAL INTEREST
Hero Cities of Russia - Volgograd, Moscow and St. Petersburg - Timeless Monuments to Heroic Russian People (CB-27)
Hero Cities of Russia - Volgograd, Moscow and St. Petersburg - Timeless Monuments to Heroic Russian People (CB-27)
Best of Moscow Guided Tour (CB-31) Winter Romance and New Year Fun in the Russian Capitals (CB-10)
Highlights of Southern Russia: Sochi – Krasnodar (CB-32)
Great Discovery of Southern Russia: Sochi – Gelendzhik – Krasnodar (CB-33)
Three Capitals: Kiev - Moscow - St. Petersburg (CB-18)
 

TRAVEL PERIOD

Planning when to travel is as important for a Russian holiday as planning where to go. The weather patterns are different to the UK as Russia is influenced by a continental climate. Broadly speaking this means they experience much hotter summers and much colder winters than we do. This shouldn’t put you off traveling in the winter months; so long as you dress appropriately, you’ll find there are advantages for the off-peak tourist, not least that packages are cheaper. Queues at museums and other attractions will be significantly shorter than in summer and there’s a certain magic to seeing Russia under a dense blanket of crisp white snow. Of course, you’ll enjoy traveling in summer too, when the flowers are in bloom, the skies are blue and the sun catches on the metal domes of Russia’s beautiful churches. Further north, the days will stretch long into the evening and you’ll get to experience the country’s white nights. In spring and autumn, some say you have the best of both worlds, but whenever you choose to visit, we are sure you’ll have a great time.
 

COMFORT DURING YOUR TRIP

Once you have settled upon the perfect itinerary, you can decide on the level of comfort you require: hotel rating, train class, available upgrade options. Please read more about Go Russia City-break packages.
 

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