Sample Russia’s Best in Summer


Russia, for many, invokes images of snow-capped spires, ice skating in Gorky Park and swarms of shivering people wearing ushankas (ear-flap hats).

But the best time to go to Russia is during the summer months of June, July and August, when the days are balmy and long. Soak up the atmosphere of the colourful capital, Moscow, and then travel by high-speed train to St Petersburg.

During the period of the White Nights Festival from June to July in Saint Petersburg, the sun never sets and the city never sleeps.

A seven-day Moscow to St Petersburg trip costs from £1,880 pp (two sharing), including B&B, excursions and the services of a local guide. Flights extra.

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Mark Bibby Jackson

Mark Bibby Jackson

Before setting up Travel Begins at 40, Mark was the publisher of AsiaLIFE Cambodia and a freelance travel writer. When he is not packing and unpacking his travelling bag, Mark writes novels, including To Cook A Spider and Peppered Justice. He loves walking, eating, tasting beer, isolation and arthouse movies, as well as talking to strangers on planes, buses and trains whenever possible. Most at home when not at home.

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