Russia is vast, and it’s this vastness that makes it an absolute must as a holiday destination. With borders stretching from Europe to Asia and coastlines on the Atlantic, Pacific and the Arctic Ocean, this is a country that offers extreme diversity. From snow-capped mountain ranges and volcanoes to endless pine forests and subtropical beaches.
Whether you’re travelling to Russia on a city break or a full-blown holiday for a week or more, the country will draw you in, surprise you, and leave you wanting more. A walk through the Kremlin into the Red Square is set to have your jaw dropping, as you gaze up at the monumental St Basil’s Cathedral. A trip into the countryside is a hiker’s paradise – Lake Baikal will take your breath away no matter what time of year you choose to visit.
Questor Travel prides themselves on tailor-made holidays; no doubt you want to experience the history and architecture of Russia’s capital, Moscow, but may also want to see parts of Russia that many don’t often venture to. We all need some downtime and Russia’s beaches and countryside retreats are hidden gems – give us a ring and we can help you plan the perfect holiday. Whether you’re heading to Russia as part of a bigger trip or looking for a quick weekend away, we can help.
If it’s a city break you’re after, Moscow and St Petersburg should be at the top of your list and, no matter which you choose, a trip to the ballet is essential. Moscow’s Bolshoi and St Petersburg’s Mariinsky Ballet companies are exceptionally compelling.
In Moscow, you’ll soon find yourself in the symbolic centre of the Red Square where you will be dazzled by St Basil’s Cathedral, the GUM Shopping Centre and the Kremlin Towers. Head to Gorky Park for an urban paradise; ping-pong, pétanque and an open-air cinema set the scene of this ultra-cool hang-out.
St Petersburg has a different vibe – remaining as Russia’s imperial centre, you’ll be greeted with less hustle and bustle and more art and culture. The city is woven with canals so the comparisons to Italy are frequent, this is further fuelled by the Italianate mansions that line the water and the impressive plazas that you’ll stumble on as you explore.
If you’re in need of some ‘RnR’ and searching for some fresh air, it doesn’t come fresher than Russia’s pine forest studded countryside. Our top pick is Lake Baikal. Come summer or winter, the world’s largest lake is simply stunning. Visit from June to October and hike the Great Baikal Trail or in December to see this entire lake freeze to create the most breathtaking ice formations. A trip here will really allow you to soak up the natural beauty of this stunning country.