Cruise the canals of St Petersburg on an evening boat ride
Spend some time at an Orthodox church service
Wander the galleries of the Hermitage.
Board the Trans Mongolian express, stopping off en-route
Take a banya (Traditional Russian sauna) on the shores of Lake Baikal
Admire the wild flowers of the Altai mountains
Marvel at the wooden architecture of Kizhi
Dine at the top of the Ukraine Hotel in Moscow
Steppes Travel was born out of Russia just as the wall was falling in 1989. Our Chairman Nick has motor biked from Moscow to Vladivostok and has travelled the length and breadth of the country. His wife lived in St Petersburg for 10 years and is able to open more doors than anyone would think possible. We have offices in both Moscow and St Petersburg and we have organised weddings and balls, trekking, boat rides and long weekends.
Sally and Katie are our specialists for this vast and fascinating country and with over 20 years experience in the travel industry between them, they can tailor-make your Russian holiday to your exact requirements, be it a family adventure, a long weekend, a luxury holiday or venturing off the beaten track.
Sally will tell you that walking Suzdal’s Kremlin with the snow up to her knees, while the Golden domes of the churches glinted in snowy sunshine is one of her travel highlights.
This vast, varied and unexplored country represents one of the great undiscovered destinations for the 21st century. Any visit to Russia would be incomplete with out a visit to St Petersburg and, to a lesser extent, Moscow, but explore further east and discover there are another seven time zones before arriving at the Pacific coast. In between lies a fascinating diversity of landscape, culture, wildlife and architecture.
Moscow has transformed itself into a culinary capital; St Petersburg has arguably the finest art collection in the world; Igarka has a museum which beat The Tate Modern in a list of European museums; the Crimea might soon rival the Mediterranean resorts and the inky blue waters of Lake Baikal would stretch from London to Edinburgh. Along the Mongolian border, in the rich green valleys of the classically beautiful Altai region, 250 varieties of peony grow wild while, in the far east, you will find the last refuge of the Siberian tiger. Sticking out into the Pacific, the Kamchatka peninsula, once so secret it was closed off to both foreigners and Russians alike, has opened its doors for exploration and has already been visited by our specialist Paul.
Due to Russia's expansive area, it can be visited all year round and offers all extremes of climates and weather conditions. Summer is the best time to visit with light evenings and warm temperatures, but also the busiest time to visit Mongolia on the Trans-Siberian railway. Spring and autumn offer an excellent opportunity to experience European Russia in relative peace, while many consider St Petersburg at its best in the glittering snow.
Russia is a destination offering vivid scenery, immense history and fascinating cultures, a country well worth visiting, to see and experience its amazing stark contrasts.
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For more information and advice from our Russia experts, who have firsthand knowledge and top tips on what to see, please call 01285 880 980.
Journey Ideas For Russia
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- Exclusive St Petersburg City Break
Including a special gala ball at the Hermitage.
- Trans-Mongolian and Siberian Railway
6,600 miles of beautiful changing landscapes.