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An anomaly amongst European countries, Russia is a sweeping landmass of powerful history, mesmerizing architecture and extraordinary culture. Hundreds of years of western art, vast wilderness, and diverse landscapes await in the largest country in the world.
With 11 time zones of bewildering enormity, and land stretching from the cultural capitals of Moscow and St Petersburg in the west, to the icy Siberian wastelands in the east, Russia is a country that is guaranteed to intrigue and amaze.
No other country posses such an overpowering sense of history, effects of which are still felt today. Discover the nation’s turbulent past with your feet on the ground where history happened. Each region of the country has a historical story, matched with breath-taking architecture. Step onto the remarkable Red Square in Moscow, and admire the architectural marvels of the St Basil's Cathedral and the Museum of History. A tour of the grandeur of the Kremlin’s ancient walled fortresses, glittering palaces and swirly-spired churches will strike with awe.
Northwest from Moscow, is Russia’s cultural powerhouse – St Petersburg. Considered the Venice of the North for its charming canals, it’s also considered one of the greatest European cities. Uncover its intriguing history and visit the haunting Kazan Cathedral. Turn your eyes to the St Petersburg Hermitage Museum, one of the largest museums in the world – holding more than 3 million artefacts.
While Russia’s cultured cities are home to an abundance of architectural and artistic gems, its idyllic countryside contrasts with picturesque villages and gently rolling hills. The largest and oldest freshwater lake in the world lies within this vast region, along with rivers and forests overflowing with fish and wildlife, sandy shores, majestic volcanoes, and towering mountains.
Whether you're a history buff, an architecture enthusiast, or a nature-lover looking for new horizons to discover, Russia amply delivers.
Located in between Eastern Europe and Northern Asia with a total population of approximately 144.3 million, Russia is a fascinating country with diverse cultural influences from the ancient and modern worlds. From south to north, it spans a distance of over 2,500 miles, so it can be challenging to see all that Russia has to offer. We’ve listed some of the key interesting must-do things for your trip.
Russian cuisine is as vast as its landscape and varied cultures. Drawing influences from Northern and Eastern Europe, Central Asia, Siberia, and East Asia, the food of Russia leaves one more facet of Russian culture to discover on your trip.
Traditional Russian food mostly originates from the rural population that had to deal with a harsh, long-lasting winters. Try the famous borshch soup, a hearty beet soup full of vegetables and meat. The various flavours in this soup are especially enjoyable with a spoon of fresh sour cream.
Served in many restaurants across the country, pelmeni forms the heart of Russian cuisine and culture. These pastry dumplings filled typically with meatballs, can be served alone, but we recommend having them in a soup broth.
Considered a ‘food of the gods’, Russian sturgeon caviar is an unmissable treat. For the finest caviar, go for the larger eggs that are lighter in colour. If you prefer a less intensely fishy flavour, make sure to order the cheaper and darker caviar. While Russian vodka has gained popularity, beer is also very popular in Russia.