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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.

Cathedral of Assumption, Yaroslavl, Golden Ring, Russia

The Golden Ring

Explore ancient Russian towns, where time stands still.

Polar Bear, Spitsbergen

Search for Polar Bears

With one of the highest numbers of polar bears anywhere in the world, go in search of bears on Wrangel and Herald Islands.

Suggested Holiday Idea

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.

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.

Need Inspiration?
Browse our Russia holiday ideas.

Our Russia experts have created and curated these holiday ideas to get you started. Take the time to search through them and find something to spark ideas for a unique adventure.

Explore Russia

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

Where to Stay

Every captivating tailor-made itinerary needs a perfect base. Our team has handpicked this collection of properties to give you luxury options in styles to suit any adventure.

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Meet our experts

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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Really helpful over the visa hurdles. Couldn't have negotiated the Russian questions without the excellent guide sheet.


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Why Choose Steppes?

Our knowledge and expertise set us apart. So too our curiosity. It is this that drives us to create a journey that is really bespoke to you, all the while ensuring we travel and operate sustainably.

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