Striking a delicate balance between ancient and avant-garde, Russia is in a constant state of evolution (or revolution!),

"Be it Anna Pavlova, Catherine the Great, Leo Tolstoy or Ivan the Terrible, Russia’s extravagance is a result of the larger-than-life characters who have created her story."

There’s everything from medieval history to haute cuisine; incense-filled churches to rooftop bars; and Pskov masonry to chrome high-rises. And the art, politics, literature, music, dance, drama, and architecture all have an intense flamboyance that’s quite simply unlike anywhere else.

What you need to know

  • Capital City


  • Time Difference

    GMT +2

  • Best Time to Visit

    Jun to Mid-Aug

  • Currency

    Russian Ruble



Choose from the cream of Russia's finest hotels

  • Ararat Park Hyatt Moscow Moscow

    We don’t think you can pick a better location than the superbly central Ararat Park Hyatt, just steps from Red Square, the Kremlin, St Basil’s Cathedral and the Bolshoi; and great for foodies, with everything from European and Russian to Armenian and Japanese.

    Call us on 01244 567 000 to start planning your next holiday.

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  • Hotel Astoria, A Rocco Forte Hotel St Petersburg

    If walls could talk, the Astoria’s would probably scream, having borne witness to most of the city’s turbulent history. But it's the location (perfect for sightseeing), and all sorts of little luxuries that make this hotel our first choice in the country's cultural hub.

    Call us on 01244 567 000 to start planning your next holiday.

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Inside Knowledge

Creating special moments

  1. From Dusk til Dawn

    From Dusk til Dawn

    The city never sleeps when the White Nights Festival hits St Petersburg each May to July. The streets are alive with collision of culture, arts and music, culminating with the spectacular Scarlet Sails water and fireworks show.

  2. City Spirit

    City Spirit

    Home to Kazan Cathedral, Church of the Saviour on the Spilled Blood, Eliseyev Emporium’s wonderful window displays, and some of the best shopping ever, Nevsky Prospekt has been the epicentre of St Petersburg's social life since the 18th century.

  3. From Drab to Fab

    From Drab to Fab

    Once the grim setting of the famed 1983 Soviet-era crime movie, Gorky Park is now Moscow’s most popular public space, with gardens for strolling, ponds for paddle-boating, over a dozen restaurants, an outdoor movie theatre, and a buzzy modern arts centre.