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Russia

Russia is an amazing place, yet much of it remains underexplored. Odyssey tours of Russia focus both on the must-see sites and the less explored areas, across both rural and urban landscapes. If you’re interested in discovering more about Russia’s history, culture, architecture, food or landscape, the best way is to see it all for yourself.

The need to know

Touring Russia

Getting around

Odyssey travels by coach and occasionally uses local transport, including trains and ferries. Specifics are always outlined in your tour itinerary. Because of the (at times) poor road system and the vast distances between cities, rail is often the best way to travel in Russia. Public transport in cities is comprehensive and cheap, and some of the more palatial stations in Moscow and St Petersburg are tourist attractions in their own right!

Accommodation

In major cities, Odyssey stays in centrally located 3-4 star hotels, with easy access to public transport. In smaller towns or rural areas, we usually stay in family-run hotels or guesthouses. On our longstay tours, during which you spend the length of the tour in a single location, we use serviced apartments.

Tour Guides

Odyssey always engages local guides with regional knowledge to ensure an authentic experience during which you can learn as much as possible about the history and culture of places you visit.

Health & Safety

While much of Russia is usually safe to travel around, it’s important to stay alert to anything unusual. Also, you will often see signs warning of pickpockets in areas popular with tourists, so it’s important to keep a close eye on your belongings at all times.

Electrical Supply

Whenever you travel overseas, it’s always wise to take an appropriate travel adaptor. Russia uses 220 volt with two round pins, commonly used in Europe.

 

 

Crafted Tours for Mature World Travellers

Russia Tours

Travel on the Trans-Siberian Railway for 22 days covering the second half of the Trans-Siberian journey, from Vladivostok to Krasnoyarsk in the heart of Siberian Russia  The tour explores 5 key cities with stops lasting 2-3 nights.

25 days
Europe
Level 2 - Moderate

Travel on the Trans-Siberian rail network from East to West to East to finishing in Helsinki after 21 days. The tour explore 6 key cities along the route with 2-3 night stays in each location before re-joining the train. Irkutsk has good flight connections for onward travel.

21 days
Europe
Level 2 - Moderate
Payanitsa chapel Krasnoyarsk
Guaranteed

Travel on the Trans-Siberian rail network from West to East to finishing in Siberia  after 21 days. The tour explore 6 key cities along the route with 2-3 night stays in each location before re-joining the train. Irkutsk has good flight connections for onward travel.

21 days
Europe
Level 2 - Moderate
Baltics Small Group escorted Tour Latvia Estonia Lithuania
Guaranteed

The Baltic States, flexing their economic muscles, continue to become a focus of interest everywhere. The fall of the Berlin Wall and the subsequent integration of Germany bound the region into the engine of the European economy. Our program studies the diverse histories of and influences on, the Baltic States and studies how each of them is coping with its different form of independence.

21 days
Europe
Level 2 - Moderate

Travel on the Trans-Siberian Railway for 22 days covering the second half of the Trans-Siberian journey, from Krasnoyarsk in the heart of Siberian Russia to the port city of Vladivostok, the train journey’s eastern terminus. The tour explores 5 key cities with stops lasting 2-3 nights.

 

22 days
Europe
Level 2 - Moderate

This program traverses this expanse, from Ulaanbaatar to St Petersburg; from the Mongolian Steppes to Siberian taiga and tundra; over the Ural Mountains that divide Asia and Europe to the waterways of Golden Ring. Our program uses two of the great rail journeys of the world; the Trans Mongolian Express and the Trans Siberian Express.

30 days
Asia and the Orient
Level 3 - Moderate to Challenging
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Tour Reviews

We did this tour in 2011. Wonderful, extraordinary experience. Loved every minute.
Rex and Maree

FAQs

Responsible travel tips for Russia

  • Learn at least the local greetings to break the ice. Although many locals speak English, the more you know of the native language, the greater your experience of the country will be.
  • Carry a business card in your wallet or purse from your local hotel, to assist you with the return journey if you do become lost.
  • Always ensure that you are covered by travel insurance. If you need advice on this feel free to contact Odyssey and we’ll be able to help.
  • When travelling independently, make sure you check the opening hours of shops and museums so that you don’t miss out! Museums and galleries are often closed on Mondays. Also be certain to check whether your trip coincides with any public holidays, so you can plan accordingly.
  • Consider contacting your bank to inform them that you may be making purchases overseas. Otherwise, they may flag any activity on your account as suspicious. Also, check which ATMs and banks are compatible with your cards, to ensure you can withdraw cash with minimal fees.
  • Before departing, make sure you have a number of Russian ruble in a range of denominations. You don’t want to be carrying around enormous amounts of cash, but take enough to make it easy to pay in locations that might not accept credit card. It will also help you avoid card transaction fees, and it makes tipping a breeze.

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