Russia still remains a relative enigma for U.S. travelers—and though it’s become easier to visit the world’s largest country than generation before, those holding an American passport still must attain a visa before entrance is permitted. With that being said, after you get past the bureaucracy, Russia is a vast wilderness waiting to be explored. It’s ornate cities, teeming with sparkle and charm. It’s impressive landscapes that are as different as they are distant. Historically a tsarist empire and then leader of the communist world, Russia is quite simply an endless source of fascination.
FLIGHTS TO RUSSIA
SAS flies to Russia from Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, San Francisco and Washington D.C. via Oslo, Copenhagen or Stockholm (depending on route). With daily departures from multiple locations, you can easily find a departure to suit your travel plans. Book early to save on airfare and when you choose SAS, enjoy a 24-hour right of revocation on your flight tickets and online check-in 22 hours prior to departure. Passengers on intercontinental flights can enjoy food and drinks on board. In addition, WiFi is available for a small fee. We look forward to welcoming you on board!
If you are travelling with children under 2 years (without own seat) they fly either free of charge or with a 90% discount on the flight portion of the ticket price, depending on the destination. Children from 2-11 years get a 25% discount. The discounts do not apply to taxes and fees.
FANTASTIC CULTURAL EXPERIENCES
A trip to Russia means a journey into a country under transformation. Birthplace of some of the world’s most important artistic minds—such as painters Kandinsky and Ilya Repin or literary greats Tolstoy and Pushkin. Culture is in Russian blood. Travel across the world famous Trans-Siberian Railway, which takes you through seven time zones through Russia. Here, you can also meet some of the local Russian ethnic groups or visit a traditional Russian Banya. You can also choose to go on a cruise on the Volga River where the ship docks at many of Russia's fascinating and historical cities.
MOSCOW – PLENTY OF HISTORY AND CULTURE
The capital, nicknamed the “city that never sleeps” is every bit to Russia what New York City is to the U.S.—a cosmopolitan multicultural metropolis, full of glitz and glamour, endless crowds, the opportunity to get anything at anytime, and more sight-seeing opportunities than attainable in a single vacation. Born from the Kremlin and Red Square, a complicated history has left its mark on the Moscow, and still most definitely permeates throughout its urban fabric in the form of monuments, museums, golden domes and spiraling church spires.
The vodka-fuelled nightlife is like nothing you’ve ever experienced before and for those looking for something a bit more cultural, Moscow boasts some of the top performing arts in the world. Bolshoi Theater is a must-see on the list, where Tjajkovskij's “Swan Lake” is shown each year. In addition, Moscow is experimenting with new art forms, mixing the classic with the modern in performances that are sure to leave you mesmerized.
SPEND A WHITE NIGHT IN IMPERALIST ST. PETERSBURG
Built as a “window to the West” by Peter the Great in 1703, St. Petersburg has been in the center of Russian history for many years. Once the capital, before it was turned over to Moscow following the Communist Revolution in 1917, it’s a city of Imperialism, with the mark of the Romanov’s firmly cemented in the city in the form of ornate palaces and lavish cathedrals. A must see on any trip to St. Petersburg is the fantastic Peter and Paul Cathedral and the residence of the former Tsar, now a world-class art museum. With more than 342 bridges crossing the numerous canals lined with neoclassical and baroque palaces, and large plazas, St. Petersburg bears a striking resemblance to Venice, and one of the top experiences in Russia’s western city is the White Nights. During June and July, the sun never quite sets, lighting up the city throughout the entire night—beckoning party-goers to the streets, parks and festivals through the midnight hours.
In addition, St. Petersburg is home to an unparalleled collection of art and culture in Russia. Spend multiple days taking in all the Hermitage has to offer or visit the Russian museum, home to the best collection of Russian art in the world. Experience Russia’s world-class ballet or opera at the Mariinsky Theatre or classical concerts at the Shostakovich Philharmonic. In addition, there are a number of modern art and underground music to be explored!
THE WORLD'S DEEPEST LAKE
If Russia wasn’t dazzling enough; there’s still Lake Baikal, often referred to as “the pearl of Siberia”. Located in southeast Siberia, it’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the deepest and oldest lake in the world (formed roughly 25 to 24 million years ago). In addition, Lake Baikal holds 20% of the world’s unfrozen fresh water reserve—more than all five of The Great Lakes combined. Due to its isolated position, the flora and fauna has been allowed to develop into some of the world’s most unusual species. The lake is also a popular spot for summer visitors, who enjoy spectacular views, swimming in its pure water (most of which is clean enough to drink), or hiking along the more than 1,200 miles of shoreline.