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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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 £29pp
Starts:Moscow
Ends:Yekaterinburg
Group Size:6- 16
Difficulty:Leisurely / Moderate
Operator:Exodus

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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 £30pp
Starts:Moscow
Ends:St Petersburg
Group Size:1- 12
Operator:Intrepid Travel

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£1492pp excluding flights
£213 per night View
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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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£171 per night View
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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 £47pp
Starts:St Petersburg, Russia
Ends:Moscow, Russia
Group Size:1- 12
Operator:Intrepid Travel

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£2360pp excluding flights
£182 per night View
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13 Nights

Journey to the North Pole

Probably the ultimate Polar voyage: sail to 90º north aboard the world's largest nuclear-powered icebreaker.

Members are eligible for cashback on this trip of up to £504pp
Starts:Helsinki
Ends:Helsinki
Group Size:1- 128
Difficulty:Leisurely
Operator:Exodus

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19 Nights

Trans-Mongolian Experience

Looking for a journey that combines epic train travel with immersive local experiences? Come on board for an adventure through three nations – Russia, Mongolia and China – via the Trans-Siberian Railroad and the Trans-Mongolian Railroad

Members are eligible for cashback on this trip of up to £52pp
Starts:St Petersburg, Russia
Ends:Beijing
Group Size:1- 12
Operator:Intrepid Travel

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£2620pp excluding flights
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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 £46pp
Starts:Moscow
Ends:Vilnius
Group Size:1- 12
Operator:Intrepid Travel

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£2320pp excluding flights
£129 per night View
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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 £43pp
Starts:Beijing
Ends:Moscow
Group Size:1- 12
Operator:Intrepid Travel

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£2128pp excluding flights
£142 per night View
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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 £58pp
Starts:Beijing
Ends:St Petersburg
Group Size:1- 16
Operator:Intrepid Travel

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£133 per night View
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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 £18pp
Starts:Moscow
Ends:St Petersburg
Group Size:1- 16
Operator:Intrepid Travel

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£916pp excluding flights
£131 per night View
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15 Nights

Jewels of the Russian Arctic: Franz Josef Land and Novaya Zemlya

Russia by land is exquisite, but have you thought about taking in this mammoth country by sea? An Arctic adventure in Russia will see you embark on a voyage around the archipelagos of Novaya Zemlya and Franz Josef Land, like a true polar expeditioner

Members are eligible for cashback on this trip of up to £212pp
Starts:Helsinki
Ends:Helsinki
Group Size:1- 132
Operator:Intrepid Travel

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21 Nights

Russian High Arctic Odyssey

From the stunning wildernesses of the Russian Arctic to the bright lights of Helsinki, this is an adventure you’ll never forget

Members are eligible for cashback on this trip of up to £282pp
Starts:Helsinki, Finland
Ends:Helsinki, Finland
Group Size:1- 132
Operator:Intrepid Travel

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13 Nights

North Pole: Journey to the top of the World

If there’s one place you can really feel on top of the world, the North Pole is it

Members are eligible for cashback on this trip of up to £556pp
Starts:Helsinki, Finland
Ends:Helsinki, Finland
Group Size:1- 128
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 £34pp
Starts:Moscow
Ends:Beijing
Group Size:12- 16
Difficulty:2 - Light
Operator:G Adventures

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£1724pp excluding flights
£115 per night View
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11 Nights

Back Roads of Russia: St Petersburg - Moscow

Discover the charms of Russia on this Back Roads of Russia: St Petersburg - Moscow tour.

Members are eligible for cashback on this trip of up to £26pp
Starts:Saint-Petersburg
Ends:Moscow
Group Size:12- 16
Difficulty:3 - Average
Operator:G Adventures

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£1297pp excluding flights
£118 per night View
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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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18 Nights

Trans-Mongolian Express

Explore Trans-Mongolian all the way from Moscow to Beijing with the highlight stops, suited to the often extreme environment that can be seen right across Siberia.

Members are eligible for cashback on this trip of up to £46pp
Starts:Beijing
Ends:Saint-Petersburg
Group Size:12- 16
Difficulty:2 - Light
Operator:G Adventures

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£2324pp excluding flights
£129 per night View
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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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