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It’s all about timing. To avoid crowds and inflated prices, we recommend the period between high and low seasons when the weather is fine, places are still open and happy to welcome travelers, and you can explore a destination at your own pace. ShermansTravel experts call this magical time and space continuum the Sweet Spot.

When to go to Russia

Peak Season: July to August

Airfare and hotel rates are both sky high during the peak summer months and attractions are crowded, but the warm (though often damp) weather may be worth it.

Off Season: November to April

For those not frightened off by the long, cold, dark winters, Russia can be a wonderland, with troika (horse and carriage) rides, reindeer sledding, visits to baths followed by a roll in the snow, and free-flowing vodka. One note: There are no cruises along the rivers or canals in winter. Airfare is about half of the cost of summer fares. November and March, with the possibility of freezing rain, may be the worst times to visit.

Sweet Spot: May to June; September to mid-October

The incredibly long days of late spring plus mild weather make it pleasant to walk through city parks. Early fall is golden and radiant and the beginning of the theater and ballet seasons.

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