Discover how these countries have been shaped by conflict, from the Thirty Years' War to the end of the Cold War. Experience Baroque splendour and marvel Scandinavian design.
Selected departure dates from 03 May to 20 September 2017
Was R60 200*
NOW from R55 600* SAVE R4 500*
|R55,600 p.p. Land only|
For all new bookings made from 28 January 2017 to 24 March 2017 from the Premium 2017 Europe brochure. Price is per person based on a lead in rate and subject to availability depending on the departure date. (High and low season rates apply). Single supplement rates available on request. Now price includes 7.5% Early Payment Discount. Pay a R3000 per person deposit within 7 days of the booking with full payment due 24 March 2017. All discounts apply to the land portion of the trip price only. The trip price does not include the costs of international flights (to/from the start or end the trip). May be combined with normal brochure discounts (past guest, group discount, 2 tours or more) if applicable. All cancellation policies apply as per Insight Vacations Premium 2017 Europe brochure.
As Russia moves forward into the 21st century, it leaves behind a turbulent history of tyranny and a crippled economy: from Ivan the Terrible to Peter the Great, from the fall of the Tsars to the dictatorship of the Soviet government; today Russia is a nation embracing its newfound freedom and future potential, whilst enjoying a renewal of the rich cultural heritage of its past.
Despite the visible effects of hardship and economic disparity, and its previous isolation from the rest of the world, travellers will encounter a country of enormous diversity and vitality, with cultural treasures and historical monuments, great imperial cities and glittering cathedrals. Visitors will experience the enchantment of Tchaikovsky, the Kirov and Bolshoi Ballet, and marvel at priceless Russian icons and the unique style of decorative onion-domed architecture.
Most westerners associate Russia with the great imperial centres of Moscow and St Petersburg, and although these two cities, the capital and the beautiful 'Venice of the North' are a must-see, they are a mere scratching on the surface of this vast and varied land. Straddling two continents and 11 time zones, the Russian Federation is the largest country on earth, nearly twice the size of the United States of America. Within this impressive expanse lie natural wonders such as Lake Baikal, the deepest lake in the world, and beautiful mountains, rivers and forests abounding with wildlife as well as timeless traditional villages scattered across the Siberian landscape.
Visitors taking the opportunity to explore Russia will not be disappointed: its impressive museums, overwhelming sense of history, culture and unspoilt wilderness will leave one with a desire to see more.