Welcome to Russia, the largest country in the world!
Let us visit the country of icy tundra and sun-kissed beaches, dense forests and deep and mysterious lakes, snow-capped mountains and swaying grasslands. Come with us and visit the ancient fortresses, luxurious palaces, the bright coloured churches with multiple domes and lost-in-time wooden villages. Only then will you begin seeing why Russia is such an intriguing place to visit.
Let us take a stroll through the streets of the ancient city of Moscow, where the red-brick towers of the Kremlin occupy the founding site of Moscow; where churches and monuments remember fallen heroes and victorious battles and remains of the Soviet state are scattered all around the city.
Let us not forget about St Petersburg, known for its White Nights: those long summer days when the sun barely dips below the horizon. But even when the skies are grey and the ground is covered in snow, the rich culture of St Petersburg dazzles and delights. Unlike Moscow’s red bricks and onion domes, St Petersburg’s network of canals and baroque and neoclassical architecture gives the city a European flavour. Prepare yourself for the contrasts these cities have to offer and for the unique memories and experiences you will take home with you.
We look forward to seeing You!
Did you know
The 145 million Russians love celebrations. They always look for an opportunity to treat their friends and colleagues - be it their birthday, a wedding, or a promotion within the company. Cakes, sweets, Russian sandwiches are always welcome!
The Tsar Kolokol bell at the Kremlin is the largest bell in the world. This 223 ton, 6.14 m high bell was fabricated in 1735, it cracked soon after and has never been rung.
Moscow, the biggest city in Europe, has many iconic buildings of architectural excellence and is home to many world heritage sites, like the Kremlin, Red Square, Kolomenskoye Palace, and Novodevichy Convent.
Kremlin of Moscow is the world biggest medieval fortress built in the 13th-14th century
Moscow’s amazing metro system is the fastest means of transport. The Metro of St. Petersburg is also the deepest subway in the world, 100m deep
The Russian language is one of the world’s five most-spoken languages and uses the Cyrillic alphabet.
Trinity (Troitsky) Bridge in St. Petersburg was designed by French engineer Gustave Eiffel
Practical information about Russia
Most of the European Russia has a humid continental climate characterized by warm summers and very cold winters.
July is normally the warmest month with an average temperature of around 22° C.
January is the coldest month with an average temperature of around -6° C.
From the majestic metro to the quirky marshrutka minibuses, Moscow's transport system is pretty interesting in its own right, and remarkably efficient operating around the clock. The same can be said about the St. Petersburg's public transport network which is also extensive and efficient, but does not operate during the night.
In Moscow there are different types of tickets you can use for buses, trams, metros and trolleybuses which can be purchased at kiosks. In St Petersburg the tickets have to be bought from the driver of the bus, trams or trolleybus and special tickets are required when taking the metro.
Most large hotels offer its guests internet access at a supplimentary charge. Internet cafés are also to be found in big cities.
The Russian currency is the Ruble which is divided into 100 kopeks.
It is illegal to charge for goods or services in any currency other than Rubles.
Russian bank opening hours are generally from 9 am to 6 pm, Mondays to Fridays and from 9 am to 3 pm on Saturdays. Banks are closed on Sundays and during public holidays.
Currency exchange offices offer longer opening hours than banks and stays open on Saturdays and Sundays/public holidays.
ATMs, found at practically all bank-branches, accept all major credit cards.
St. Petersburg offers a variety of shopping choices, everything from hand-made arts, crafts, and souvenirs to fresh fruits and vegetables. Shopping along the city's festive main thoroughfare, Nevsky Prospekt makes you feel more like a native Piterbyrzhets (Petersburger), and offers the best variety of stores in the city. Bolshoi Prospekt on Vasilyevsky Island also offers a comparatively good selection of stores.
If you're looking for original gift ideas for family and friends, or just a keepsake by which to remember your time in Russia, Moscow offers a fantastic selection of beautiful and unusual souvenirs, many the products of traditional Russian crafts. Also increasingly popular in the city are gift shops featuring handmade toys and gadgets at very reasonable prices. Izmaylovo Market is packed with art, handmade crafts, antiques, Soviet paraphernalia and just about anything you might want for a souvenir. You’ll find Moscow’s biggest original range of matryoshki, palekh and khokhloma ware, as well as less traditional woodworking crafts.
Many countries still need visas to visit Russia, for further information please ask your travel agency or the Russian embassy in your country about visa requirements.
Russia does not offer VAT refunds for tourists purchasing good in the country.