Top 10 things to do in Russia

1. Spend a morning in Moscow’s Red Square visiting The Kremlin and Lenin’s mausoleum

2. Experience ballet at its finest in  Moscow at The Bolshoi

3. Stroll around elegant St Petersburg and visit all 120 rooms of the magnificent Hermitage Museum

4. Learn some history with a visit to the Church on the Blood in Yekaterinburg, erected in memory of the assassination of The Romanovs in 1918 which sparked off Russian Communism

5. Explore Irkutsk’s traditional Siberian wooden cottages and browse the city’s lively market hall

6. Marvel at the largest fresh water lake in the world, Lake Baikal. Visit a picturesque Baikal village then enjoy a picnic or (weather permitting!), take a dip in this spectacular setting

7. Speed through the valley of Selenga passing the wild, desolate, mountainous plains of Eastern Siberia before leaving Russia and crossing the border into Mongolia

8. Live like a local with an overnight stay in a traditional yurt on the Mongolian steppe

9. Explore the Mongolian countryside before lunch in a typical nomadic herdsmen settlement

10. Catch a first glimpse of China’s Great Wall from your train compartment before arriving in Beijing. Visit the Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven and Tiananmen Square before gobbling down a traditional Peking duck dinner


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