Russia

Compelling cultures in majestic mountains

“The mind,” Hendrick Smith wrote in his 1976 tome on Soviet Russia, “is little equipped to comprehend a nation that encompasses 11 time zones.” Roughly four decades later, the Russians have lopped off a couple of times zones, leaving a mere 9, and while we still can’t quite comprehend it, we do very much appreciate it. We design journeys that roam across all those time zones, from the imperial wonders of St. Petersburg to Siberia’s stunningly beautiful Barguzin Valley.

Russia with GeoEx

We and our sterling Russian associates (the country’s finest, we’re proud to note) arrange trips that showcase the fascinating capital city of Moscow. We travel all along the fabled Trans-Siberian Railway and its tributaries and marvel at the world’s deepest and oldest lake, astounding Baikal, the Pearl of Siberia.

And we make expertly guided journeys to Georgia, reveling in the magnificence of its Caucasian mountain scenery and its famously hospitable folk and equally famed music, food, and dance. And, on the other side of the Caucasus, we weave in and out of the villages and towns of two new countries, Azerbajian and Armenia—tied to Russia for centuries, just now making their way in the modern world—less visited but utterly compelling cultures and peoples.

Sample Itineraries

Imperial Russia

  • Explore Russia’s deep-rooted history
  • Discover the Hermitage's treasures
  • The Gulf of Finland by hydrofoil
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Exploring Lake Baikal

  • Earth's largest, oldest freshwater lake
  • Tour, hike & boat through Siberia
  • 10 days
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Mongolia & Siberia Extensions

  • Handy trip extensions
  • Lake Baikal & Tunka Valley
  • Gobi Desert, Lake Khovsgol & Karakorum
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