Russia Tours

Russia is one of the vastest, most varied and mysterious countries in the world. It is the largest country on the globe taking up around one-eighth of the earth’s inhabited land mass. Such that it spans over nine different time zones! Travel Talk Russia tours take you on an unforgettable journey through Moscow and St. Petersburg and other highlights. Witness the Russian lifestyle whilst getting plentiful of history, adventure and authentic experiences. Walk on the famous red bricks of the Red Square and pose with the colourful St. Basil’s Cathedral on one hand and the mighty Kremlin on the other. Embark on a historical voyage through its impressive castles and majestic palaces. Stand in awe against the unique history these lands have cultivated over centuries following countless struggles and battles. Russia tours provide marvellous insights to a great culture. See the world from different glasses and embark on a unique adventure in Russia. This characteristic country must be experienced at least once in a lifetime.

Duration: 6 Day
Experience the history and highlights of Russia over 6 unforgettable days! Kick off y...
12 People Max.
Duration: 6 Day
Travelling with a group of no more than 12 people, our new Small Group trips provide ...
NEW! 2020
Duration: 7 Day
Experience the marvellous history and cultural heritage of Russia! Start off at the h...
NEW! 2020
Duration: 9 Day
Discover the Best of Russia over 9 days from St Petersburg to Moscow, including the G...
12 People Max.
Duration: 9 Day
Travelling with a group of no more than 12 people, our new Small Group trips provide ...

Russia Sights Map

Must See Sights from Russia

Moscow
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Explore the fascinating history of the Red Square, visit the spectacular Kremlin and let the architecture of the St. Basil’s Cathedral leave you speechless.

Kremlin Palace
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Also one of the largest museums in the world, this breath-taking complex from the 14th century includes 5 palaces, 4 cathedrals, the Kremlin Wall and Towers.

The Red Square
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The Red Square is the heart of Moscow, home to Kremlin, St. Basil’s Cathedral and Lenin’s Tomb and the number one witness of Russia’s history.

St Petersburg
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Get surrounded by the glorious monuments of the cultural capital of Russia; discover the Nevsky Prospect, Church of the Spilled Blood, Hermitage, and many more.

Hermitage
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The spectacular palace built in the 18th century by Catherine the Great became one of the world’s largest museum complexes with more than three million art pieces.

Church of Spilled Blood St. Petersburg
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An architectural masterpiece with the combination of baroque, classical and modernist styles. This church was built where Tsar II Alexander was assassinated.

Russia Travel Guide

Whether you’re wanting to visit Russia in the snowy or sunny months, this country has year-round appeal. During the winter months between November and March you will find a winter wonderland with plenty of snow however, the climate is very cold often with temperatures below 0°C and short day time hours. During the summer months of June to August the temperature is warm and the weather pleasant. This time of year, is the perfect season as there are longer hours to see the attractions and sites and furthermore, St. Petersburg’s mid-summer is incredible due to the ‘White Nights’ when the sun doesn’t fully set.
We closely monitor the latest travel updates to Russia and follow the advice of the UK Foreign Office. For the latest travel advice from UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO), please visit: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/russia.
At present, all foreign nationals are required to have a visa to travel to Russia. The visa cannot be obtained at the border and therefore, you should apply for it prior to travelling. A Russian tourist visa is only given to passengers who have booked and confirmed their travel arrangements. Processing times and fees vary with nationality and time requirements and visas are issued for a maximum of 30 days.
Russian culture has a lengthy and rich history, immersed in many facets of the arts such as ballet, classical music, literature, painting and architecture. Whilst Russia is seen as quite an unknown and mysterious country, it has an incredibly graphic cultural past, from its vibrant folk getups to its decorative religious symbols. Russian culture classes a great worth on the motherland and on family, perhaps due to the Soviet rule which left its imprint on the nation, generating a terror and uncertainty of anyone outside of their family and friend group. Religion in Russia has been a prominent part of many Russian’s lives. Over half of the Russian people follow the Russian Orthodox Church with Islam being the second largest religion.
Russia offers plenty of restaurants, cafes, stalls and street food which include both hearty and delicacy foods, comfort and gourmet dining and cheap and budget blowout meals. National dishes that are worth a try include shchi (cabbage soup), pelmeni (meat dumplings), borsch (beetroot soup) and Russian pancakes. Russian food combines plenty of meat, fish, vegetables, soups and stews that are full of flavour and richness. The is never a shortage of vodka, the national drink in Russia. With ample amount of different types of brands and flavours, a shot of vodka is best washed down with bite of black bread or sour or fresh cucumbers.
Lying within Moscow and St Petersburg are ample markets, souvenir shops, shopping malls and boutique stores. The shopping experience is exciting and offers buyers anything from cheap goods to finer items in life. Things such as vodka, Matryoshka (a set of dolls within dolls), art, porcelain, winter coats and chocolate are just some of the items that can be purchased.
Russian Orthodox Christmas: The Russian Orthodox Christmas is held on the 6th (Christmas eve) and 7th (Christmas day) of January. It is celebrated within homes and churches across the country. The festivities occur with family and friends who gather to worship, midnight mass radiates with countless candles and plenty of feasting takes place. Christmas was banned in Russia after the 1917 Revolution and has only in recent years from 1992, been openly celebrated again. St Petersburg Beer Festival: Each year in June, the beer festival which is one of the largest events that takes place St. Petersburg, draws big crowds of both domestic and international tourists. The festival offers hundreds of different types of beers along with food and live music to keep the party atmosphere alive.

Russia Tours - FAQ

All foreign nationals are required to have entry visas to travel to the Russian Federation. It cannot be obtained at the border, therefore you should apply for it before travelling. You can find the forms online along with the documents required to submit your application at your local Russian Embassy or Consulate. Processing time and fees vary with nationality and time requirements. Tourist visas are issued for a maximum of 30 days and cannot be extended. To apply for a Russian Tourist Visa you will need many documents including the following:

  • Original passport, valid for more than 6 months with at least 2 blank pages for visa
  • Application form
  • One passport-style photograph
  • Other documents including proof of address
  • Tourist visa support documents (will be provided by Travel Talk upon full payment)
  • Applicable fee Visas are the responsibility of each traveller, visa requirements can be changed at any time, so it is important to check the latest information.
All foreign nationals are required to have an entry visa to travel to Russia. It cannot be obtained at the border, therefore you should apply for it in advance. You can find the forms online, along with the documents required to submit your application at your local Russian Embassy or Consulate. Processing time and fees vary with nationality & country of residence.

To apply for a Russian Tourist Visa, you will need some documents including the following:

  • Original passport, valid for more than 6 months with at least 2 blank pages for visa
  • Application form
  • One passport-style photograph
  • Other documents including proof of address
  • Tourist visa support documents (will be provided by Travel Talk upon full payment & receipt of your passport information)
  • Visa fee

    For up-to-date regulations, please check the link: https://www.russianembassy.net/rusvisa.html#tourist
Yes, we provide Visa Support documents. Once your reservation is complete, we will send you a list of the information needed to prepare your visa support document in your voucher email.
All passengers traveling with Travel Talk must have travel insurance before participating in the tour. Your travel insurance information will be noted by your leader before your tour.

Travel insurance is particularly important as it protects what happens during travel against sudden and unforeseen events that occur during travel.
The best time to visit Russia is between seasons, such as spring and early autumn. Summer in Russia is a special season, and it's the most popular time to travel to Russia for obvious reasons: warm weather makes travel more pleasant. Also, visiting Russia in the winter can be rewarding, if not more.
Free Wi-Fi is available in most restaurants, cafes, train stations and airports. Russia has generally quite, well developed and with widespread internet access.
GSM networks operate in nearly all Russia cities, so mobile phone use across the entire country is generally quite okay. International roaming works fine in most Russian cities, but may come at a high price. You should call your mobile carrier to let them know you will be traveling internationally. Also check the rates you will be charged by your mobile carrier.
The currency used in Russia is called the Russian ruble. A few examples of approximate prices; Street food in Moscow

Grilled chicken 3,5 USD = 250 RUB
Baked potatoes with cheese 2,7 USD = 190 RUB
Bun 0,70 USD = 50 RUB
Mini pizza 1,1 USD = 80 RUB
Shaurma 1,5 - 1,8 USD = 110 - 130 RUB
Pie 0,49 USD = 35 RUB
Cappuccino take out on the street 1,4 - 2,1 USD = 100 - 150 RUB
Draft beer 2,1 - 3,5 USD = 150 - 250 RUB per 1 liter
It is not recommended to drink tap water in Russia, instead you can use the refill bottle, ask your leader or hotel.
Credit cards are welcome in nearly all Russian hotels and many restaurants, but many museums, train stations and small shops take only cash.
ATMs are easy to find; predominantly in bank outlets. Let your credit/debit card provider know where you're going to avoid your card being blocked for anti-fraud .
Displays of affection by LGBTQ+ couples may attract a negative response. Sadly, for same-sex people to display of affection in public is not a accepted.

Please kindly inform us when booking, ıf you do not identify with the gender stated in your passport. We will adjust the room configuration accordingly. For travellers who do not want to share a room, some tours have a  single supplement option.
Our Russia tours include your arrival airport transfer if your flight lands on the first day of your tour from 5am to 11:30pm. You must inform our call center or send an e-mail to info@traveltalktours.com of your flight details (date of flight, flight number, arrival time and name of travelers) at least 10 days prior to your arrival for the confirmed arrangement of your transfer. You will be picked up by a Travel Talk representative holding a Travel Talk sign at the airport.

Departure airport transfer is not available for this destination.
The welcome meeting will be with the group and your guide at 6pm in the hotel lobby. You can view your arrival information from the link below. If there is any change in your arrival hotel, we will send you an e-mail with the information before your trip;https://www.traveltalktours.com/russia-arrival-hotels/
Depending on the dates and hotel availability, we may be able to arrange pre/post-tour accommodation.

Pre/ Post Accommodation in Russia includes breakfast only, airport transfer won't be available.
There are always solo travelers & like-minded passengers on our tours & we always work to provide our passengers a relaxed & sociable environment, allowing them to easily meet people & make friends.
There are always solo travelers on our tours. If you don’t mind being roomed with another single traveler of the same gender, then you do not need to pay the supplement. Single supplement is for travelers who would like to stay in a single room for the duration of their tour.
You can contact our agents with your request & we will do our best to arrange your room accordingly. For all requests you can contact info@traveltalktours.com or 0208 099 9596.
Travel Talk specializes in giving you the best tours from around the world, unfortunately the tours we offer do not include airfare and we do not book or advise on airfare. You will be responsible for booking airfare to meet with the group at the starting city.
If you provide your dietary requirements at the time of booking, we will do our best to make the necessary arrangements where available.
The currency used in Russia is called the Russian ruble. Avoid changing the bulk of your money at the airport as the exchange rates are usually more favourable in the city. Your tour leader will be pleased to help you if you need any assistance.
Good news, there isn’t any luggage restriction on our tours as long as you’re able to carry your own luggage!
Tips are a common reward for service staff . Your tour guide and crew will be especially appreciative and honoured with this kind of traditional gratitude at the end of your tour.
You can join a tour late or miss the info meeting on the first day if you inform our Sales team prior to departure. Please note that it will be your responsibility to make the necessary arrangements to catch the group. You can contact us at info@traveltalktours.com as conditions may change. For all emergencies, you can contact +44 208 099 7536

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Saturday: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday: Closed
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