Imperial Russia Russia
Bordering Europe, Asia and the Pacific and Arctic oceans, Russia's immensity is not only limited to its geographical size. Steeped in rich culture, history and architectural grandeur, it's an almost overwhelming country to comprehend.
Once shrouded in mystery thanks to a past that involves Soviet regimes, revolutions and ruling Czars, the Russia of today is a bold and modern culture, with a vibrant, thriving creative arts scene.
While the iconic cities of Moscow and St. Petersburg are laden with palaces, statues, orthodox churches, internationally renowned museums and palaces; chic wine bars and high-end department stores pepper the landscape and are integral highlights of any Russian journey.
Visit Moscow's historic Red Square; take a trip to Pushkin to visit the late baroque inspired Catherine Palace, the magnificent summer residence of Catherine the Great; or spend an afternoon at the iconic Moscow Kremlin, soaking up the incredible history between the five palaces and four cathedrals. If you've got any energy left, enjoy a visit to the Kremlin Armoury, one of the oldest museums in Moscow, established in 1851.
Once you've had your fill of museums and palaces, get off the beaten track and explore Russia’s stunning countryside on board the famed Trans-Siberian railway, coupled with a visit to the pristine beauty of Lake Baikal.
Or for a truly authentic Russian experience, visit a traditional Russian sauna (banya) and enjoy a birch branch 'beating'... which isn't as bad as it sounds! The Sanduny Baths in Moscow is the oldest and most luxurious banya in the city.
Imperial Russia is a seven-day, six-night tour that gives travellers a fantastic insight into a complex country with a fantastic blend of history, culture and natural scenery.
- Guided tours of the city of St Petersburg.
- Guided tours of the city of Moscow.
- Visit The State Hermitage Museum, which occupies six magnificent buildings situated along the embankment of the River Neva.
- Visit the Peterhof Palace, also known as the palace of the Sea God.
- Cold weather, roughly 0 degrees during winter.
Fly to St Petersburg, where the tour starts.
From US$1545 per person.
Russian visas can be difficult and confusing, so it’s recommended you speak to your travel agent to organise and understand the visa process prior to arrival.