Russia is an absolutely staggering country, and due to its political history, remains much of an enigma to many of those who travel to Russia for the first time. Tourism in Russia is a relatively new option, but the sensational mix of the extravagant elegancies of old Russia and the mind-blowing legacy of the soviet era combine to enthral, entice and endear visitors. The huge generosity and hospitality of the Russian people makes travel to Russia an absolute delight, and with so much to see, you will be returning to your holiday rental property in Russia for many years to come.
Russia is an absolutely vast country, where visitors can choose between the massively vibrant cities, where amazingly elegant, elaborate monuments to Russia’s old glory dominate the skyline, or the timeless Siberian village life. The dissolution of the Soviet Union has meant that Russian culture has come back with more vibrancy and excitement than ever before, making tourism in Russia now an absolutely wonderful experience. Russia is enjoying a cultural revival, with the arts once again flourishing in all the major cities and markets across the country once again thrive with colour and noise.
The vast expanses of countryside, encompasses huge wetlands, including the largest freshwater lake in the world, towering mountains and huge forests in which nature and wildlife thrive. Russia has only recently opened up to tourism, and if you would like to escape to truly unspoilt countryside, Siberia is the best place on earth to relax and escape.
There are some fantastic festivals to enjoy from a holiday rental in Russia. The Moscow Film Festival, held every second August (in odd-numbered years) and the Russian Winter Festival in late December (celebrated in Moscow, St Petersburg and Novgorod) are wonderful times to be staying in self catering Russian accommodation.
Many visitors from Europe flock to the heartland of Imperial Russia, and although there is a huge amount of the rest of the country to discover, it is Moscow and St Petersburg that really appeal. Moscow epitomises the meeting of Soviet and Imperial Russia, and if this is your first time as a tourist in Russia, a holiday home in Moscow, Russia is the ideal place to start your exploration. There are wonderful monuments to both eras side by side, with the new symbols of Russia emerging in between.
St Petersburg is Russia’s Imperial crown. You cannot fail to be amazed by the haunting elegance of the city, with almost every building magnificent enough to honour the past glory of Russia. If you are taking a Russian holiday rental in St Petersburg, you cannot pack enough film for your camera!
Tourism in Russia thrives during July and August when temperatures average around 24°C, which may come as a pleasant surprise to those who look at Russia as a cold, bleak country. Of course, making climatic generalisations about such a vast, varied country is not hugely accurate, there are some good rules of thumb to follow. Winters are very cold in Russia, with temperatures ranging from anything from 10°C to -50°C! The shoulder season, in May and June, and again from September until October is a particularly pleasant time to travel to Russian accommodation.
Most people on a holiday to Russia will fly to either Moscow (SVO) or St Petersburg (LED). There are many direct flights to Russia from the UK, connecting all the major cities. British Airways provide flights on the majority of routes.