Russia's vast expanse makes it a neighbour to 14 different states and its rich history and varied landscapes makes it a fascinating country to explore. One of the best ways to see the country is with a trip on the Trans Siberian train which departs either Moscow or St Petersburg and journeys across Mongolia to its final destination in Beijing, China or Vladivostock in Eastern Russia.
The Russian capital lays claim to the largest concentration of resident billionaires and is one of the fastest growing tourist destinations in the world – head to Red Square first for many of the main sights.
Feel the power surge in Russia’s political hub, the Kremlin before witnessing the unusual technique for changing the guard outside the The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, located at the Kremlin Wall. The mausoleum and last resting place of Russia’s hero, Vladimir Lenin, is also worth a visit (and is free of charge). Snap a photo of the onion-like domes of Russia’s most recognised building St. Basil’s Cathedral, enjoy a ballet at the iconic Bolshoi, or see a Russian opera at the Vakhtangov Theatre or Moscow Art Theatre. Take in a performance by the world renowned Moscow State Circus or Moscow Circus on Tsvetnoy Boulevard for a wildly different take on Russian culture.
Moscow’s nightlife offers laid back, elegant lounge bars, lively beer halls and extravagant clubs like Club Famous to entertain patrons with acrobatics, suspended caged dancers and an enormous fountain!
St. Petersburg is the second largest city in Russia and the northernmost city in the world. Regarded as the cultural capital of Russia, its majestic historical buildings and more than 50 theatres showcase the city’s rich performing arts talents and longstanding literary history.
A visit to the State Hermitage Museum is worth your time - one of the largest and oldest museums in the world.
Strolling around the city is a pastime in itself; explore this beautiful city’s tree-lined streets on foot or glide along the canals, passing under 342 river bridges, beside elegant and ornate architecture. For stunning views in both summer and winter, pay a visit to the Summer Garden (Letny Sad) at the Russian Museum (the city’s oldest park). Amble beside the River Neva and appreciate an essential part of St. Petersburg’s charm.