Sunil Metcalfe

Russia Travel Expert

Sprawled across eleven time zones, there’s little Russia can’t offer in a luxury holiday. Jewel-box cities run into barren wilderness and unforgiving tundra to reveal a realm of adventures waiting to be had. This is a place where you can both step back in time and peer into the future as you uncover the secrets of the Russian Empire in Moscow before retreating to the imperial splendour of St. Petersburg. Home to our eponymous black tomato and so much more, this is a destination that leaves an indelible mark.

Sunil Metcalfe

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Russia Highlights

From Romanov charm to Revolutionary culture, Russia is a country of sweeping landscapes and thrilling contrasts.
Explore the beauty of Russia

MORE ABOUT RUSSIA

Russia has undergone countless transformations throughout its storied history, where the beguiling gold-leaf icons of Andrei Rublev have given way to stately statues of Marx and Lenin. From tsars to commissars, this Slavic country - across its vast 6,500 miles - stretches from Parisian-inspired St. Petersburg, that legendary city built on a Hanseatic swamp, to the immense snow-bound plains of Siberia. Our luxury tours to this most mystifying of countries dig deep beneath its skin, proving - as one of Russia’s greatest 20th century writers, Boris Pasternak, observed - that Russia is “above banalities.” Here’s why.

The Paris of the east

THE PARIS OF THE EAST

When Peter the Great laid the foundations of this opulent city, his inspiration stemmed not from Russia, but France. Having fallen in love with Paris, and all that it represented, he set out to create a new Paris on the unbroken soil (and swamp) of Russia. Today, the city still bears the baroque facades and Neoclassical ornaments of its founding, but has also been the epicentre of an entirely new, and Russian, cultural renaissance.

Discover Russia's best art

EGGED ON BY ART

A private tour of this grand yet complex city - after all, it set the scene for Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina and Gogol’s Nose, alike - will lead, ultimately, to the fascinating insides of the Fabergé Museum. Celebrating the work of legendary jeweller, Peter Carl Fabergé, the Museum houses a collection of fine artworks, including nine of the luxury and legendary Fabergé Imperial Easter eggs, designed for the last two Russian Tsars. It’s Russia in an eggshell.

Walk around the Hermitage, Russia

THE HERMITAGE

The Hermitage Museum - often referred to as the Russian ‘Ark’ - is home to the renowned collections of this immense institution, totalling over three million items and the world’s largest collection of paintings; from Matisse to Valentin Seroff, and is an absolute must-see on any luxury holiday to this storied and culturally rich county.

Russia Highlights

From Romanov charm to Revolutionary culture, Russia is a country of sweeping landscapes and thrilling contrasts.
Where to stay in Russia

WHERE TO STAY

We’ve all basked in the cold kiss of Killing Eve, and caught sight of a faded, smoke-hung hotel in Moscow (guess what, it was actually filmed in London’s Crouch End). Rest assured, however; we will only supply you with Russia’s best luxury hotels and five star properties.

Stay in glamorous hotels in Russia

ONLY GLITZ AND GLAMOUR

For over a century, the Hotel Astoria - anchoring, dramatically, the corner of Bolshaya Morskaya Ulitsa - has played host to some of history’s greatest names, making it one of the most deserving and desirable luxury hotels in Russia. Across its Olga Polizzi designed suites to the much-gossiped about Lichfield Bar, the Astoria embodies all of the old-world glitz and glamour that you would expect in this shimmering pearl of a city.

Ballet tours in Russia

TCHAIKOVSKY AND TRANQUILITY

Timing your arrival for one of the city’s most illustrious institutions, a Friday evening at the Astoria involves a thick slice of Tchaikovsky and live ballet alongside your meal at the famed l’Europe restaurant. An incomparable pairing, in our minds.

Private tours to Peterhof, Russia

PRIVATE TOURS TO PETERHOF

From your enviable base in the centre of this pearlescent city, private tours will introduce you to the city’s own Versailles - otherwise known as Peterhof, where stunning gardens and idyllic palaces set the scene for a day of luxury and delight.

  • Capital Capital Moscow
  • Currency Currency Russian Ruble
  • Language Language Russian
  • Population Population 142,700,000
  • Clock Clock GMT +2-12 | ET +7-17
  • Expert Tip Expert Tip

    "Visit St Petersburg on a a Friday and catch a Tchaikovsky nights performance over dinner at the grand l'Europe restaurant."

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