Russia Holidays

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Connect with Russia’s soul

Book Russia holidays and you’ll get to experience an incredibly varied and fascinating country full of stunning scenery, impressive architecture and rich cultural delights.  

Explore spectacular Moscow, one of the world’s most famous capitals. Red Square lies at the city’s heart, with the Kremlin and St Basil’s Cathedral instantly recognisable as symbols of Russia’s proud heritage. 

Stroll through Gorky Park, catch some ballet at the Bolshoi or savour the flavours of Moscow’s acclaimed restaurants.  

Elsewhere, you can see unrivalled art in the galleries of St Petersburg – the city’s Hermitage Museum houses work by the likes of Rembrandt, Matisse and Raphael. 

Other places of interest include the fashionable Black Sea resort of Sochi and Kazan, proud capital of Russia’s Tatarstan republic. 

Plan your holiday to Russia with Etihad and experience the best of this fascinating destination.

Things to do in Russia

From cultural trips and mountain trekking to food adventures and ski excursions, there are endless things to do on a holiday to Russia.

Experience the excitement of Moscow

A visit to Russia’s dynamic capital creates memories that last a lifetime. Start your exploration of this fabulous city by heading to Red Square, home to landmark buildings such as St Basil’s Cathedral and the Kremlin. 

A stay in Moscow isn’t complete without a trip to the stunning Bolshoi Theatre, famed for world-leading opera and ballet performances.  

See superb paintings at the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, discover the wide open spaces of Gorky Park and look to the stars at the Moscow Planetarium.

Where to stay in Russia

Live the high life

Moscow offers plenty of accommodation that’s made for luxury Russia holidays. 

One five-star option is the prestigious Hotel National, just a mile from Red Square and boasting amenities such as an indoor pool, fitness suite and two restaurants. 

The Hotel Baltschug Kempinski Moscow, meanwhile, has air-conditioned rooms, a full-service spa and an acclaimed restaurant serving international cuisine.

The heart of the action

Moscow’s central Tverskoy district is a great base for exploring top sights such as the Bolshoi Theatre and the famous GUM department store. 

The four-star Moscow Marriott Tverskaya Hotel is one option here, with fitness facilities, on-site shops and a limo service. Another four-star hotel worth checking out is the Ampir Belorusskaya, a five-minute drive from the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts. 

St Petersburg

If you’re heading to Russia’s second city, then the four-star Courtyard by Marriott St Petersburg Vasilievsky might be the hotel for you. It’s just a five-minute drive from the Peter and Paul Fortress and has air-conditioned rooms with refrigerators and flat-screen TVs.  

For five-star comfort on our Russia packages, take a look at the Four Seasons Hotel Lion Palace.

All you need to know about Russia

Local currency

The local currency in Russia is the rouble (RUB), with each one made up of 100 kopeks. ATMs are easily found in big cities, and credit cards are widely accepted.

Getting around

Russia has a reliable and inexpensive long-distance rail network, with nine major stations in Moscow alone. The capital is also served by a handy metro system and taxis.

Languages spoken

Russian is the official language here, with many people also speaking good English in the main tourist areas. The country has more than 100 minority languages.

Public holidays

Key dates in the Russian calendar include Defender of the Fatherland Day (23 February), Victory Day (9 May) and Russian Independence Day (12 June).

More about Russia

Local cuisine

Russia’s cuisine will tempt your taste buds with flavour-packed dishes that draw on different styles of cooking from across Europe, Asia and the Middle East.  

The colourful beetroot soup, borscht, is one of the country’s most famous (and most popular) dishes. Similar to Turkish shish kebabs, Shashlyk kebabs are lip-smacking skewers of grilled meat, often served as street food.  

Blinis are another treat to look out for – these small pancakes can be accompanied by everything from caviar to jam. A delicious canape or dessert, they’re found on menus across the country.

Culture

Russia’s culture is varied and colourful, with a strong emphasis on art and music. A visit here is guaranteed to serve up a feast of visual delights, from the items on show in the museums of Moscow and St Petersburg to the much-admired performances at the Bolshoi Theatre.  

Russian literature has also made a significant mark, with writers such as Dostoevsky (author of Crime and Punishment) and Tolstoy (War and Peace) read around the world.  

In Russia’s small towns, folk music and dance are popular and play an important part in festivals and celebrations.

History

Russia’s past is long, varied and fascinating. The national story is generally acknowledged to have started with the founding of the Rus state by the Vikings in the ninth century.  

Modern Russia began taking shape under Peter the Great in the late 17th and early 18th centuries, as he invaded nearby territories and expanded the country’s borders. 

The Russian Revolution of 1917 saw the abolition of the monarchy and the setting up of the world’s first communist state.  

The Soviet Union – which was governed from Russia and included countries such as Ukraine and Belarus – then came into being in 1922 and lasted until 1991.

Why we love Russia

“Russia is a country like no other. Moscow is definitely the best place to get a handle on what it has to offer – you’ll see famous sights, eat great food and receive a really warm welcome from the locals.”  

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