RUSSIA DESTINATION GUIDE

As the world leader in travel experiences since 1947, we connect you to the real Russia in a way like no other. Majestic and complex in equal measure, the Russia we share will fascinate at every ornate turn. Our journey will take you into the heart of its people and its politics, a terrain traversed on what has been declared the most beautiful metro system found anywhere on Earth. The Nevsky Prospect of St Petersburg will take us from ancient cathedrals to new-age boutiques, while a trip to the Red Square of Moscow will launch a grand love affair with Russian architecture. Study masterful paintings and warm up over vodka and warm Borscht beetroot soup. When that’s all done, a night at the Russian ballet confirms this country has it all. Pack your warm clothes and ushanka hat for an encounter with the country that sprawls over 17 million square kilometres. It's the largest country on the planet, but Trafalgar knows precisely where to go. Travel with us and unlock the infinite possibilities thanks to our exclusive Trafalgar Highlights.

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15 Day Trip

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6 Countries

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Best of Finland Russia and The Baltic States

Take in Russia's must-see cities, plus Eastern Europe's hidden gems on this trip.

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Visiting

  1. Belarus

    Minsk

  2. Estonia

    Tallinn Estonia

  3. Finland

    Helsinki

  4. Latvia

    Riga

  5. Lithuania

    Vilnius

  6. Russia

    Moscow Smolensk St Petersburg

"Taking our guests to Russia I often feel like we are entering a fairytale land, a most delicious blend of magic and mystery, architectural gems and vaste open space, enormous cultural wealth and precious moments of pure simple delight. Its simply marvellous"

Colette, Travel Director
Russia at a glance
Ancient cathedrals, ornate Russian architecture, masterful paintings and a night at the ballet, Russia is majestic and complex in equal measure. It's the largest country on earth but your expert Trafalgar Travel Director will take you to the heart of Russia.
Currency
Russian Ruble
Winter avg
-8°C
Summer avg
17°C
Time Zone
GMT+3
Capital City
Moscow
Language
Russian
Good morning
Dobroye utro
Good evening
Dobryy vecher

What to pack for Russia

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Warm clothes

With many Russian cities experiencing around 6-months of snowfall, the chance of encountering a chilly day is very high. Purchase the traditional fur hat known as ushanka as both a practicality and souvenir.

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Cash

With a reputation for out-of-order cash machines and signs that read ‘credit card not accepted’, arriving prepared with cash is a sensible idea. US Dollars and Euros can be easily exchanged when you travel to Russia.

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Small souvenirs from your home country

The etiquette of giving a small gift is much appreciated in Russia, particularly when someone has hosted you or offered particular assistance on your journey. Keep a few small souvenirs from your home country on hand in case the occasion calls.

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A sense of calm

Busy cities, fast cars and unpredictable weather may interfere with your adventure. Travel through Russia armed with a sense of calm and the moments of joy will always prevail.

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Loose fitting pants

With bilinis and pelmenis rarely served in other parts of the world, you may want to experience a sizable share when visiting Russia. Loose fitting pants will allow you to lose yourself in the tastes without losing any comfort.

Other things to know before you go

Depending on your nationality, you'll need a valid passport and may also need visas to enter. Please check this well in advance of your trip departure date here. Some countries also require passports to have 3-6 months left on them before the given expiry date, so be sure to double check this before booking your travels.