Russia offers it all, from historic cities and idyllic countryside to artistic riches, epic train rides and vodka-fuelled nightlife.
If ancient walled fortresses, glittering palaces and swirly-spired churches are what you’re after, Moscow – the capital - and St Petersburg are the must-see destinations, twin repositories of eye-boggling national treasures, political energies and contemporary creativity. Within easy reach of these cities are charming historical towns and villages, such as Veliky Novgorod, Pskov and Suzdal, with vistas dotted with domes and lined with cottages.
Experience the thrills of getting the latest on the dynamic and liberal art scene of the big cities. Enjoy the quiet countryside; or discover Lake Baikal and the Greater Caucasus mountains. Appreciate the boundless hospitality, good education and friendliness of the people.
Whether you’re in search of inspiration from great artists and writers or an adventure addict looking for new horizons to conquer, Russia amply delivers. Tread in the footsteps of literary greats, including Tolstoy and Pushkin. Ski or climb lofty mountains in the Caucasus, go trekking or rafting in the Altai Republic. Hike around Lake Baikal, or scale an active volcano in Kamchatka (a 1,250 km-long volcanic peninsula stretching into the Pacific Ocean).