Russia

The world’s largest country is a vast melange of attractions, from permafrost tundra to immense forests and wooden villages.

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Warm, welcoming and willing to share

Russia’s endlessly turbulent history may draw the visitors but the warmth of the people keeps them coming back. Meet a Russian family, who’ll welcome you into their home for dinner and tell you about life in their provincial city. And when we take you to the theatre in St Petersburg, you won’t just see a show – you’ll also meet the dancers too.

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St Petersburg

St Petersburg is a city not just of magnificent palaces, baroque and neoclassical architecture and mirror-like canals, but of ideas too. Petersburgers started the Russian Revolution, which introduced the world to communism. And when the tide started to turn, this was the city to encourage democracy. We’ll show you the sights, including the Tsar's Winter Palace, Nevsky Prospekt, St. Isaac's Cathedral, the Statue of Peter the Great, and the Peter and Paul Fortress. We'll also take you on a special guided tour of the Hermitage Museum, home to one of the world's most valuable art collections. Russia is of course famous for the arts, and dance in particular. At the city's Theatre of Youth, you'll receive a special welcome from the director before watching the performance on stage, touring the building, and finally having the chance to meet the dancers over canapés and drinks.

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Moscow

With breathtaking architecture, gripping history and trendy nightlife, it’s no wonder that this cosmopolitan city is home to the most billionaires in the world. Our Local Specialists bring their own personal anecdotes and experiences of life in the city as they show you the sights, from the iconic, multicoloured St Basil's Cathedral in Red Square to the monumental Kremlin. Or you can tailor your trip with Optional Experiences to the Tsar's Treasury Chamber and to St Sergius Monastery and the surrounding city of Zagorsk.

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Experience rural life

Enjoy meeting a Russian family who will show you what daily life is like in the country. After a trip to the blue-domed 12th-century Yuriev monastery, believed to be Russia's oldest, we'll take you to the wooden village of Vitoslavitsy, where you'll meet grandfather Vladimir, daughter Irina and the rest of their family for an evening of eating, drinking and music. Enjoy a glass or two of nastoyka with Vladimir – see if you can guess what the different liqueurs are made from – before tucking into lucky bread and salt, pirozhki (buns stuffed with different fillings), pancakes with jam and tea from a samovar. You'll even have the chance to make a Russian cloth doll with the family as a memento of your visit.

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"St. Petersburg and Moscow are two of the most beautiful cities I've ever seen."

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