Insider’s Russia:  Moscow & St. Petersburg Rediscovered

Insider’s Russia: Moscow & St. Petersburg Rediscovered

Get to know Western Russia from the inside out. Enter into medieval Moscow and imperial St. Petersburg and follow them through the cataclysm of revolution and war, then perestroika, collapse and rebirth. Enjoy intimate conversations with local people, insider perks like a ballet master class and dinner at a private dacha; and soak up the absolute best of Russian culture at superb museums and theaters. MIR first led trips to Western Russia 30 years ago, when it was still the USSR. To celebrate our 30-plus years of travel expertise, we’ve developed this trip that takes us back to our roots – a real and remarkable Russia. Read More


Bill Altaffer and Expedition Photo Travel present: Western Russia from the Arctic to the Southern Steppe

Bill Altaffer and Expedition Photo Travel present: Western Russia from the Arctic to the Southern Steppe

Join Bill Altaffer, one of the world's most traveled people, in this exceptional itinerary explores three distinct regions of Russia, all of them within one time zone in a country that covers 11 time zones from tip to tail. Beginning in the imperial capital of St. Petersburg, head north almost to the Arctic Circle, to Solovetsky Island, the first camp of what Alexander Solzhenitsyn referred to as The Gulag Archipelago. Read More


Arctic Explorer by Private Train: Quest for the Northern Lights

Arctic Explorer by Private Train: Quest for the Northern Lights

Join a band of rail voyagers venturing far above the Arctic Circle on a winter hunt for the spectacular Northern Lights, in the warmth and comfort of a private train. Head north from beautiful St. Petersburg to the frosty twilight of the polar region. Rolling through the taiga until the trees thin and lose their stature, the train crosses the Arctic Circle. Chase the Northern Lights through the tundra, visit a hotel made of packed snow, and ride a dogsled behind a team of huskies. Read More


Essential St. Petersburg

Essential St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg, home of the czars and their courts, is a rich repository of extravagant palaces, brilliant museums and renowned theaters overflowing with music and dance. Its fashionable boulevards and serene canals glisten in the “White Nights” of summer and dazzle on sunny winter days. Built by Peter the Great as Russia’s Window to the West, St. Petersburg is one of the world’s great cities.Read More


Essential Russia

Essential Russia

A compact and compelling survey of Russia’s political capital, Moscow, and its cultural capital, St. Petersburg, this tour communicates the character of Western Russia in a succinct and meaningful series of experiences. Begin in Moscow, admiring the classic sights and the Tretyakov Gallery, and take the high-speed train to St. Petersburg to survey Peter the Great’s visionary city and the royal palaces on its outskirts.Read More


A Chronicle of Russian Cuisine & Culture

A Chronicle of Russian Cuisine & Culture

This delectable journey, led by a passionate local foodie, lets you eat your way through Russia’s greatest cities, Moscow and St. Petersburg, while taking care to touch on all the definitive cultural sites. You will learn that Russian cuisine goes far beyond borscht and blini. Read More



The Silk Route ‘Stans by Private Train: Eastbound

The Silk Route ‘Stans by Private Train: Eastbound

Covering the Central Asian portion of the 21-day Silk Route by Private Train between Moscow and Almaty, this journey provides the perfect vantage point from which to appreciate the dramatic contrasts of this region, stretching from European Russia to Almaty, Kazakhstan, and visiting five UNESCO sites along the way. You can make the epic journey aboard the exclusive Golden Eagle private train, which will carry you in style and comfort where camels used to trudge.A westbound Almaty to Moscow departure is also available. Read More


The Silk Route by Private Train: Westbound

The Silk Route by Private Train: Westbound

The Princes of Muscovy traded precious furs – sable, ermine and fox – for the silks of China that reached their borders on the backs of swaying camels along the old Silk Road. Today you can make the epic journey along the Silk Road aboard comfortable private trains instead of, as in the old days, hazarding the wild deserts and fierce tribes of Central Asia with a caravan of well-armed merchants. An eastbound Moscow to Beijing departure is also available. A shorter version of this trip, The Silk Route ‘Stans by Private Train is also available from Almaty to Moscow as well as eastbound, Moscow to Almaty. Read More


Trans-Siberian Winter Wonderland Route: Westbound

Trans-Siberian Winter Wonderland Route: Westbound

Russia is fantastic in the winter. The country is at its most beautiful, the crackling air burnished by a fresh snowfall. Across Siberia, the far-away lights of the Trans-Siberian flash through the darkness like a moving beacon. Join us on this remarkable winter route.An eastbound Moscow to Vladivostok winter departure is also available. The Trans-Siberian route between Moscow and Vladivostok also has summer and fall departures, eastbound and westbound.Read More