Our competition winner reports back from Russia...

Russia is one of those countries where escorted touring really comes into its own. Geographically vast, stretching from the Baltic to the Pacific, and possessed of a language and a culture that can often seem impenetrable to outsiders, this fascinating country is daunting for the independent traveller.  Visit as part of an escorted tour, on the other hand, and you can relax safe in the knowledge that your transport, meals and accommodation are all looked after. What’s more, you’ll be accompanied by guides who will provide expert insight and local knowledge, as well as helping you to decipher the Cyrillic alphabet and teaching you the proper Russian way to drink vodka!

But don’t just take it from us… Sue Edwards was the lucky winner of our competition at the Destinations travel show earlier this year, where she won £500 off the holiday of her choice booked through TourHound. Sue chose Exoticca’s 8-day ‘Imperial Capitals’ tour of Russia, which focuses on the fascinating cities of Moscow and St Petersburg.

Sue’s itinerary included tours of Red Square, the Moscow Metro and the Kremlin, before boarding the bullet train to the elegant imperial city of St Petersburg, home to the Winter Palace and the magnificent Hermitage museum. 

“We had a wonderful time,” Sue told us. “There was so much more to see both in Moscow and St Petersburg than we had thought, and we really enjoyed the train journey between the two cities. It was our first experience of a tour and we found the guides very informative. I feel very lucky to have won the prize draw and to have had the opportunity to visit Russia - we would definitely consider a tour again.”

Sue’s tour is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to exploring this huge and complex country. On the TourHound website you’ll find more than 100 different tours visiting Russia, from the onion-domed churches of the Golden Ring to the epic Trans-Siberian Railway.

Russian Tours

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7 Nights

Moscow and St Petersburg

On this short trip, we explore Russia's two most important cities in-depth. In Moscow, we take-in the Kremlin, the 16th century Saint Basil's Cathedral and have the chance to see Lenin's embalmed body in its Red Square mausoleum.

Members are eligible for cashback on this trip of up to £20pp
Starts:Moscow
Ends:St Petersburg
Group Size:4- 18
Difficulty:Moderate
Operator:Explore!

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7 Nights

Premium Russia

Embark on an eight-day tour of essential Russian sights, including mighty Moscow, ancient Novgorod, whimsical Suzdal and historic St Petersburg

Members are eligible for cashback on this trip of up to £40pp
Starts:Moscow
Ends:St Petersburg
Group Size:1- 12
Operator:Intrepid Travel

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8 Nights

Russia: Last Journey of the Tsars

An exciting journey across Russia in the footsteps of the Tsars

Members are eligible for cashback on this trip of up to £32pp
Starts:Moscow
Ends:Yekaterinburg
Group Size:6- 16
Difficulty:Leisurely / Moderate
Operator:Exodus

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5 Nights

The Snowball - 6 days

Enjoy and explore the adventure on this The Snowball - 6 day tour

Members are eligible for cashback on this trip of up to £13pp
Starts:St Petersburg
Ends:Moscow
Group Size:2- 24
Operator:On The Go Tours

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5 Nights

Vodka Shot - 6 days

Enjoy and explore the adventure on this Vodka Shot - 6 day tour

Members are eligible for cashback on this trip of up to £14pp
Starts:St Petersburg
Ends:Moscow
Group Size:2- 24
Operator:On The Go Tours

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6 Nights

Back in the USSR - 7 days

Enjoy and explore the adventure on this Back in the USSR - 7 day tour

Members are eligible for cashback on this trip of up to £17pp
Starts:Moscow
Ends:St Petersburg
Group Size:2- 24
Operator:On The Go Tours

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13 Nights

Russia Explorer

It’s the multi-faceted culture Russia has to offer that makes it so appealing

Members are eligible for cashback on this trip of up to £59pp
Starts:St Petersburg, Russia
Ends:Moscow, Russia
Group Size:1- 12
Operator:Intrepid Travel

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7 Nights

Moscow to St Petersburg

Explore three of Russia's grandest cities on this Moscow to St Petersburg tour.

Members are eligible for cashback on this trip of up to £24pp
Starts:Moscow
Ends:St Petersburg
Group Size:5- 16
Difficulty:Leisurely / Moderate
Operator:Exodus

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18 Nights

Highlights of Russia & the Baltics

Get the low-down of the historical, cultural and culinary highlights of Russia and the Baltics on a 19-day immersive experience through Russia, Finland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania

Members are eligible for cashback on this trip of up to £58pp
Starts:Moscow
Ends:Vilnius
Group Size:1- 12
Operator:Intrepid Travel

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15 Nights

Trans-Mongolian Adventure

Explore Ride of Trans-Siberian and Trans-Mongolian Railroads, visit Lake Baikal and Irkutsk and more.

Members are eligible for cashback on this trip of up to £40pp
Starts:Moscow
Ends:Beijing
Group Size:12- 16
Difficulty:2 - Light
Operator:G Adventures

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15 Nights

Beijing to Moscow

Travel across continents and time zones on one of the world's greatest train journeys

Members are eligible for cashback on this trip of up to £53pp
Starts:Beijing
Ends:Moscow
Group Size:1- 12
Operator:Intrepid Travel

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22 Nights

Beijing to St Petersburg

Big, bigger, biggest! Travel from the world’s greatest wall, along the world’s longest railway line, through the world’s largest nation, to the world’s deepest freshwater lake

Members are eligible for cashback on this trip of up to £72pp
Starts:Beijing
Ends:St Petersburg
Group Size:1- 16
Operator:Intrepid Travel

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7 Nights

Russia Highlights

Experience the essential sights of a land that lay hidden behind the Iron Curtain for decades on a revealing eight-day tour of European Russia

Members are eligible for cashback on this trip of up to £23pp
Starts:Moscow
Ends:St Petersburg
Group Size:1- 16
Operator:Intrepid Travel

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5 Nights

Highlights of Russia

Experience the history and highlights of Russia over 6 unforgettable days.

Members are eligible for cashback on this trip of up to £10pp
Starts:St Petersburg
Ends:Moscow
Group Size:13- 35
Difficulty:Easy
Operator:Travel Talk Tours

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11 Nights

The Baltics Revealed featuring St. Petersburg

From the Middle Ages to the height of the Russian Empire, experience the kaleidoscope of influences in Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, and Russia

Members are eligible for cashback on this trip of up to £41pp
Starts:Estonia
Ends:Russia
Group Size:10- 24
Difficulty:Activity Level 3
Operator:Collette, Inc.

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6 Nights

Golden Ring of Russia

Explore the culture on this Golden Ring of Russia tour.

Members are eligible for cashback on this trip of up to £12pp
Starts:Moscow
Ends:Moscow
Group Size:25- 30
Difficulty:Easy
Operator:Travel Talk Tours

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-200.00

8 Nights

Imperial Russia

Get a glimpse into the world’s largest country and experience the distinctive allure of Russia, a land abundant with intrigue and history

Members are eligible for cashback on this trip of up to £33pp
Starts:Russia
Ends:Russia
Group Size:10- 44
Difficulty:Activity Level 4
Operator:Collette, Inc.

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£1663pp excluding flights
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3 Nights

St Petersburg to Moscow by Train Mini Adventure

Enjoy the adventure on this St Petersburg to Moscow by Train Mini Adventure tour.

Members are eligible for cashback on this trip of up to £6pp
Starts:Saint-Petersburg
Ends:Moscow
Group Size:12- 16
Difficulty:2 - Light
Operator:G Adventures

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-100.00

8 Nights

Imperial Russia

Get a glimpse into the world’s largest country and experience the distinctive allure of Russia, a land abundant with intrigue and history

Members are eligible for cashback on this trip of up to £36pp
Starts:Russia
Ends:Russia
Group Size:10- 44
Difficulty:Activity Level 4
Operator:Collette, Inc.

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£1809pp excluding flights
£226 per night View
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-200.00

11 Nights

The Baltics Revealed featuring St. Petersburg

From the Middle Ages to the height of the Russian Empire, experience the kaleidoscope of influences in Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, and Russia

Members are eligible for cashback on this trip of up to £39pp
Starts:Estonia
Ends:Russia
Group Size:10- 24
Difficulty:Activity Level 3
Operator:Collette, Inc.

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£1956pp excluding flights
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