The Catherine Palace, Tsarskoye Selo, Pushkin, Saint-Petersburg, Russia

Russia Holidays

Due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine and FCDO advice, we are not currently quoting or booking any holidays to Ukraine or Russia. The safety of our clients is a priority and in these dark times, our thoughts go out to the people of Ukraine and everyone affected.

Due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine and FCDO advice, we are not currently quoting or booking any holidays to Ukraine or Russia. The safety of our clients is a priority and in these dark times, our thoughts go out to the people of Ukraine and everyone affected.

If Covid has made us appreciate how precious our health and time are, war makes us realise how vital peace is.

We at Steppes Travel stand for peace, and for humanity.

There is still a grittiness and unpredictability to Russia that makes every visit a new adventure. The sheer size and variety of locations ensure that one visit is not enough.

While Moscow and St Petersburg have become showcases of western opulence, move even a short distance outside of the cities and you enter a world which has, through force of circumstance, retained its traditional ways.


Russia is waiting. Here are some of our favourite experiences to help you explore.

Franz Josef, North Pole, Arctic

Visit Franz Josef Land

Travel to incredibly remote Franz Josef Land, inhabited only by military personnel, to find Arctic foxes, walruses and bearded seals.

Suggested Holiday Idea

Volcanoes, Kamchatka, Russian Arctic

An Aerial View of Kamchatka – the Land of Ice and Fire

Spending a day in a Russian helicopter flying over volcanoes, calderas and into the Valley of the Geysers – a magical experience.

Local community, Yamal Peninsula, Russia

Indigenous, Arctic Communities

Visit indigenous groups in their remote villages to experience their culture first hand including Chukchi, Inuit, Yupik and Sami.

Suggested Holiday Idea

Solovki Transfiguration Monstery, Solovki, Russia

Church of the Transfiguration

Visit the Church of the Transfiguration, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, built in 1714.

Lighthouse, Sekirnaya Hill, Solovetsky Island, Russia

Sekirnaya Hill

Formally home to one of the cruellest Gulags, visit Sekirnaya Hill with its unique lighthouse church.

Solovetsky Kremlin, Big Solovetsky Island, Russia

Big Solovetsky Island

Travel by boat along the canals of Big Solovetsky Island and see the town from the water.

Trinity Lavra of St Sergius, Sergiev Posad, Moscow

Trinity Monastery of St Sergius

Visit the Trinity Monastery of St Sergius in Serigev Posad, 70km from Moscow.

Stone labyrinths, Bolshoi Zayatsky Island, Russia

Big Zayatsky

Wander through the stone labyrinths of Big Zayatsky, considered rare and valuable archaeological monuments.

Prokrovsky Convent, Suzdal, Russia

Pokrov Convent Hotel

Stay at the Pokrov Convent Hotel in Suzdal, found in the grounds of the beautiful Pokrov Convent.

Orthodox church on the river, Suzdal, The Golden Ring, Russia


If you only have time to visit just one of the towns in the Golden Ring, visit the charming riverside town of Suzdal.

Grazing Horses, Ukok Plateau, Russia
Hermitage, St Petersburg, Russia
St Petersburg, Russia
St Basils Cathedral, Moscow, Russia
Moscow, Russia

A country of great diversity

When it comes to things to see and do in Russia, you are truly spoilt for choice. Moscow is a beautiful contrast between old and new influences, St Petersburg is alive with dazzling colour, and then there is the idyllic countryside of the area.

Explore Russia

  • Russian Arctic
  • The Golden Ring
  • Moscow
  • Solovki
  • St Petersburg

Where to stay

Some of the wonderful places to stay that we frequently recommended.

Hotel Astoria £££££

  • Russia
  • City

Part of the Rocco Forte portfolio, the Hotel Astoria is a glorious five-star hotel. The hotel is an icon of stylish design and St Petersburg elegance. Located in the heart of the city overlooking St Isaac’s Cathedral, the main shopping street, Nevsky Prospekt is just a five-minute walk away. Facilities include a top-class spa and gym. Guests of the hotel can also use the facilities of the adjacent Angleterre hotel, which includes an indoor swimming pool. The signature restaurant, Davidoff is one of the finest places to dine in the city serving traditional Russian haute cuisine.

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The Ritz Carlton, Moscow £££££

  • Russia
  • City

The Ritz-Carlton, Moscow sits on Tverskaya Street, a stone’s throw from Red Square. The rooms and suites are spacious and comfortable with all modern conveniences. This five-star hotel offers a rooftop terrace, spa facilities with a pool and 24-hour fitness studio. Within easy walking distance of all the main sites and offering super family facilities, this is an excellent choice for a Moscow city hotel.

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Four Seasons St Petersburg £££££

  • Russia
  • City

With 157 rooms and 26 suites, a spa, three restaurants and a bar, this stylish hotel is the latest choice in the city. Set within a 19th-century Russian royal palace with its entrance guarded by two marble lions, the Four Seasons have restored a historical building in the Admiralty district, just two blocks from the Hermitage Museum.

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Angleterre Hotel £££££

  • Russia

Located opposite St Isaac’s Cathedral and next door to the Astoria, its sister hotel, the Angleterre has one of the best views in the city. The Angleterre has had the interior fully refurbished and offers a smart and good value option for a stay in St Petersburg. The hotel has a small swimming pool and leisure facility including a spa and fitness area, Borsellino restaurant serving Italian cuisine and an in-house art cinema.

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Belmond Grand Hotel Europe £££££

  • Russia
  • City

The Belmond Grand Hotel Europe is arguably one of the most luxurious hotels in St. Petersburg. All rooms are exquisitely furnished and the hotel’s restaurants, from the authentic ‘Chopsticks’ to the lively ‘Sadko’s’, offer some of the best cuisines in the city. All the cities major attractions are only a short walk away. Positioned adjacent to the Arts Square, the hotel has strong associations with the worlds of theatre, music and ballet.

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Hotel Savoy, Moscow £££££

  • Russia
  • City

The Savoy is one of the oldest luxury hotels in Moscow. This Victorian-style hotel was built in 1913 and restored to its original appearance in 1989. Today, it blends the grandeur and elegance of the past with all the modern amenities of this vibrant capital. The hotel is in the city centre just a few minutes from Red Square and the Bolshoi Theatre.

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A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

Kate Hitchen

My travels were first inspired by my love of the UK, which I take as much pleasure in exploring as countries far and wide. For me, travel is all about the adventure, the people I meet and the food I sample along the way.

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