Russia

Western Russia

Photo credit: Jonathan Irish

Onion Domes, Imperial Palaces and an Enduring Culture

Western Russia’s domed Orthodox churches, world-renowned museums, high culture, and down-to-earth street life make up a whole that is at once well-bred and wild, huge and intimate, formal and free-wheeling. It is a fascinating hotbed of political intrigue and a fertile field of artists, poets, entrepreneurs, musicians, writers, scientists and humanitarians. Fall in love with gorgeous, expansive, soulful Russia.

Why travel to Western Russia with MIR

We regularly garner raves from our travelers for the inspired opportunities we provide to help them get to know the local people, distinctive art, architecture and accomplishments of the age-old country of Russia.

  • 30 years of Western Russia travel experience
  • Twice named one of National Geographic Adventure’s “Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth”
  • MIR affiliate offices in St. Petersburg, Moscow, Irkutsk and Ulan Ude
  • Travel programs such as Princeton and the Harvard Museum of Natural History have chosen MIR to guide them to Russia
  • On-the-ground support and quality you can trust
  • Personalized travel planning from start to finish
  • Guides and tour managers that clients rave about
  • Quality you can trust
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Golden splendor of Catherine Palace near St. Petersburg, Russia. Photo credit: Jonathan Irish
Blue and gold onion domes of the Annunciation Cathedral in Kazan, western Russia. Photo credit: Bill Adams
Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood in St. Petersburg, Russia. Photo credit: Jake Smith
St Isaac's Cathedral in St. Petersburg, Russia. Photo credit: Jered Gorman
Ballerina at the famed Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg, Russia. Photo credit: Meaghan Samuels
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  • Golden splendor of Catherine Palace near St. Petersburg, Russia. Photo credit: Jonathan Irish Golden splendor of Catherine Palace near St. Petersburg, Russia. Jonathan Irish
  • Blue and gold onion domes of the Annunciation Cathedral in Kazan, western Russia. Photo credit: Bill Adams Blue and gold onion domes of the Annunciation Cathedral in Kazan, western Russia. Bill Adams
  • Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood in St. Petersburg, Russia. Photo credit: Jake Smith Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood in St. Petersburg, Russia. Jake Smith
  • St Isaac's Cathedral in St. Petersburg, Russia. Photo credit: Jered Gorman St Isaac's Cathedral in St. Petersburg, Russia. Jered Gorman
  • Ballerina at the famed Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg, Russia. Photo credit: Meaghan Samuels Ballerina at the famed Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg, Russia. Meaghan Samuels
  • Striking blue domes of Svyato-Bogolyubsky monastery along the Golden Ring near Vladimir, Russia. Photo credit: Jonathan Irish Striking blue domes of Svyato-Bogolyubsky monastery along the Golden Ring near Vladimir, Russia. Jonathan Irish
  • Catherine Palace near St. Petersburg, Russia. Photo credit: Jonathan Irish Catherine Palace near St. Petersburg, Russia. Jonathan Irish
  • Gorky Park in Moscow, Russia. Photo credit: Jered Gorman Gorky Park in Moscow, Russia. Jered Gorman
  • Famous Russian caviar. Photo credit: Jonathan Irish Famous Russian caviar. Jonathan Irish
  • The majesty of Peterhof Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia. Photo credit: Douglas Grimes The majesty of Peterhof Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia. Douglas Grimes
  • Ornate interior of Komsomolskaya metro station in Moscow, Russia. Photo credit: Jered Gorman Ornate interior of Komsomolskaya metro station in Moscow, Russia. Jered Gorman
  • Impressive mosaic interior of the Church of our Savior on Spilled Blood in St Petersburg, Russia. Photo credit: Jonathan Irish Impressive mosaic interior of the Church of our Savior on Spilled Blood in St Petersburg, Russia. Jonathan Irish
  • Monument to the Heroes of the Battle of Stalingrad at the Mamayev Kurgan site in Volgograd, Russia. Photo credit: Martin Klimenta Monument to the Heroes of the Battle of Stalingrad at the Mamayev Kurgan site in Volgograd, Russia. Martin Klimenta
  • A wintery stroll to the Cathedral of the Nativity of the Theotokos, on the Golden Ring in Suzdal, Russia. Photo credit: Jonathan Irish A wintery stroll to the Cathedral of the Nativity of the Theotokos, on the Golden Ring in Suzdal, Russia. Jonathan Irish
  • Matryoshka nesting dolls. Photo credit: Jonathan Irish Matryoshka nesting dolls. Jonathan Irish

Traveler Reviews

  • "We can’t thank you enough for arranging our tour of Russia. Everything went perfectly and the trip was more than we’d dreamed of.… Every day brought more unexpected surprises. I had many preconceived ideas about what the country would be like and had much to learn about the real Russia."

    S. Duggan & G. Stoiber

    Put-in-Bay, OH

  • "Travel in Russia is a great experience, despite international political issues. Accommodation and food were very good. Guides, monasteries, palaces and museum are world-class."

    D. & J. Kruger

    Exeter, NH