Tours of St Petersburg, Moscow, the Golden Ring and more
with the most experienced and knowledgeable guides
Make the most of your visit to St Petersburg and Moscow
To help you make the best of your visit to Russia, we offer some of the best tour services available, with expert guides and tour itineraries that can be customised to suit your plans. If you are interested in the great variety of art and depth of history and culture that Russia offers, we offer the highest quality cultural, literary and art tours available, led by experts with specialist knowledge, refined from many years of experience.
Our expert guides are completely fluent in English (and other languages) and able to speak authoritatively and in depth about Russia's great literary and art history. We are also offer exclusive, behind the scenes access to the major art galleries and ballet theatres.
Open Russia Tours has a special reference number and accreditation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and can provide your Visa Invitation Letter which enables you to obtain a visa to enter Russian Federation.
Planning your tours
Before your visit, we will discuss your preferences and help you to fine-tune your personal itinerary. We can combine several mini tours for your visit, if you wish, organising city tours together with visits to the ballet, expert-led museum tours, insights into Russian life tours and much more. We are also happy to provide visa support, arrange transfers and train tickets, recommend our current favourite restaurants and hotels in St. Petersburg, Moscow and other cities suiting your taste and your budget.
We've been leading tours in St. Petersburg and Moscow for many years, and believe that we now offer the most informative and enjoyable sightseeing tours available. If you have your own plans, we can help you tailor a program to suit, for groups of any size.
We can organise your hotel bookings whether you're travelling alone, as a couple or family, or as part of a larger group. If you'd prefer to book directly, we're just as happy to offer our tour services alone.
Group and VIP Services
All of our tours are designed to the highest standard, but we also offer an exclusive range of VIP and Luxury Travel services to suit the most discerning traveller and entourage. We have created bespoke tours for the rich and famous as well as custom tours for company incentive travel schemes, conference delegates, international companies, museums and other cultural organisations from around the world.
Art, and Museum Tours
In the field of art tours, we are second to none. Our team includes experts and specialists who can guide around, explain and discuss the vast collections of the famous Hermitage Museum. We offer expert tours, led by specialist professors and official museum curators, of the vast Hermitage Collection, including areas normally hidden from public view. If you like, we can also arrange Curator-led tours of St Petersburg's other major galleries and museums. If you need a custom tour, personalised to your taste and interests, we can arrange access and provide a specialist and expert guide.
Literature and Russian Life Tours
If you are interested in literature, try our Pushkin tour, led by one of the foremost experts on his work - or you could get behind the scenes with Dostoyevsky, visit his apartment and follow the trail set out in his novel 'Crime and Punishment'. If you would like to gain insight into the Russian character, we offer a dacha tour, tea with a Russian family and an evening tour of St. Petersburg's favourite venues and nightspots.
Whatever your interest in Russia - and whatever your depth of interest, we can bring together a huge range of expertise and skill to ensure that you get the most from your visit to one of the great centres of world heritage. We look forward to welcoming you soon.
Best Time to Travel
- November–January: low budget
- February–March: experience Russian winter: dry and snowy
- April – early May: spring, early May parades and celebrations
- Mid May–Jul: high season, white nights in St. Petersburg
- August: sweet weather, less crowded
- September–October: Indian summer, best time in the parks