Route: St Petersburg Yaroslavl Moscow
Duration: 7 nights
Transport: You’ll spend 6 nights in your accommodation and 1 on a night train.
Sustainability: This trip only creates 44 kg of carbon emissions! To fly the same route would cost 184.
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If you’ve covered most parts of Western Europe and are looking for something different, why not venture East? Europe’s most vast and varied country, Russia borders both Finland and China… what better way to explore such an immense land than by rail?
In this trip you’ll check out 3 of the country’s most beautiful cities, as well as the rugged landscapes in between. Questions about visiting Russia? Check out our top tips here
Explore the spires and palaces of St Petersburg, Yaroslavl and Moscow, and lose yourself in the fairytale landscapes of the world’s largest nation. Start off in the City of the Tsars – discover the beautiful National Ballet, Winter Palace and Catherine Park. Walk along the harbour in the midnight sun – during May and June the legendary “White Nights” play host to a huge variety of concerts and shows throughout the city.
Next you’ll explore Yaroslavl – it’s a world heritage city and sits at the heart of the “Golden Ring” of Ancient Russian cities which have all played an important historical role in the region. This winter wonderland is a haven for snow lovers – the Volga river freezes solid every winter as temperatures drop well below freezing. In summer be sure to explore the beautful spires and traditional architecture of the city’s old town.
Last, but definitely not least, you’ll arrive at your final stop – Moscow. The iconic power house of Russia is home to some of the country’s most famous landmarks. Red Square, with its neighbouring St Basil’s Cathedral as well as The Kremlin is a must. But don’t miss out on the more underground aspects of the city – from its stylish coffee houses to the famously exuberant nightlife. Moscow’s hipster culture is alive and thriving, so you shouldn’t struggle to find a stylish brunch joint to sooth any resulting hangovers after one too many vodkas!
Need a little more time to explore? Try the 2 week version instead!
You can apply for this up to 6 months before your trip. Once you have the visa, you MUST enter Russia within 6 months otherwise it will expire.
Euroventure is not able to provide visas, however we can supply supporting documents for your application for a fee of £3 per hostel/hotel.
For information on how to apply, please go to your nearest Russian Embassy website and look up the entry requirements for your nationality. Make sure you allow plenty of time to process this (at least 2 months).
Our partners at Real Russia are the experts in Russian tourist visas, and can process your visa for a set fee. Learn more about their visa service.
St Petersburg is the city of the Tsars. From glorious opera houses to underground music scenes, classical masterpieces to street art – immerse yourself in Russian colour and culture. When you’re done, make the most of the city’s famous White Nights to party into the early hours – you can sleep when you’re dead right!?
Marvel at the incredibly ornate “Church of the Saviour on the Spilled Blood”, Pushkin and Catherine Palaces
Join local residents for all night parties in June during summer’s “White Nights” where the skies only reach twilight but not complete darkness
Discover authentic bargains at Udelka flea market on the weekend
Night Train to Yaroslavl – 12 hours
Check out traditional Russian hospitality in Yaroslavl – one of the “Golden Ring” cities famed for their beauty and historical importance. Explore the gorgeous cathedrals and churches, with golden domes and elaborate frescoes. Make sure you get a pic of the grand Cathedral of Assumption too!
Join Yaroslavl’s locals and kiss for good luck by the Volga River
See the UNESCO heritage area of the city which is teeming with museums and churches
Head to Pivoteka Pinta and drink the best beer in town
Train to Moscow – 4.5 hours
Home to the grand treasures of the Tzars, Russia’s modern political hub (The Kremlin) and more cultural heritage than you can shake a stick at; it’s clear that any trip to Russia has to include Moscow.
Check out Red Square and St Basil’s Cathedrals – arguably Russia’s most famous sight
Eat your way through delightfully stodgy cuisine – potatoes, Borscht, any kind of meat you can imagine and plenty of local beers (and maybe vodka) to wash it down
Sweat out all the toxins you’ve acquired in a classic Russian Banya, or bath house
The quickest way to get to and from the UK will be to book a flight into St Petersburg’s Pulkovo Airport, and back from any of the three Moscow Airports: Sheremetyevo, Vnukovo or Domodedovo.