Find constant sources of enchantment and amazement in the world's largest country. Here travelers can find it all, from historic cities and idyllic countryside to artistic riches, epic train rides and vodka-fueled nightlife.
If walled fortresses, glittering palaces and swirly-spired churches are what you’re after, focus on European Russia. Moscow and St. Petersburg are the must-see destinations on this side of the country, with their amazing national treasures, political and economic power and contemporary creativity. Within easy reach you can also find charming historical towns and villages, such as Veliky Novgorod, Pskov and Suzdal, where the vistas dotted with onion domes and lined with gingerbread cottages measure up to the rural Russia of popular imagination.
If you’re a history and culture buff in search of inspiration from great artists and writers, tread in the footsteps of literary greats, including Tolstoy and Pushkin, with a tour of their country estates or visit the many museums, including the world-renowned State Hermitage Museum, the second largest museum in the world. If you are more of an adventure addict, looking for new horizons to conquer, ski or climb lofty mountains in the Caucasus, go trekking or white-water rafting in the Altai Republic, hike around Lake Baikal, or scale an active volcano in Kamchatka – the possibilities are endless.