Russia – A Culturally Rich Wonderland
The largest country in the world, Russia is a dreamland offering travelers numerous experiences to cherish for a lifetime. From trekking the glacier-blanketed mountains to strolling around the shore of planet’s oldest lake, the country brings enough lures to keep the holidaymakers hooked forever.
Here are some of the most popular destinations that make holiday packages to Russia sell like hot cakes.
St Petersburg is a must visit destination for travelers visiting Russia. Fondly known as the city of palaces and museums, St. Petersburg unfolds a wealth of history embracing many architectural and artistic treasure treasures. Explore attractions like Hermitage, St. Isaac's Cathedral, Church of the Savior on Blood, Peter and Paul Fortress, Palace Square, Kazan Cathedral and Mariinsky Theatre, narrating stories of the past world. St Petersburg oozes a culturally rich ambience which makes it Russia's cultural capital.
Presenting a sharp contract to St Petersburg, Moscow is known for grand avenues and gigantic Soviet buildings including the Lenin Russian State Library and Stalin skyscrapers, exhibiting Stalin’s Empire style. Head towards the Red Square, a market ground from the past. Visit the Russian Historical Museum, Kremlin Palace and multihued Saint Basil’s Cathedral luring travelers with their striking architecture. In addition to this, for experiencing the taste of the pulsating nightlife of Moscow, a visit to the Tverskaya Street featuring an array of fashionistas, boutiques and nightclubs is a must.
The first stop in Asian Russia on the Trans-Siberian, Yekaterinburg is renowned as City of the Romanovs. Travelers visiting here never miss a chance to explore the Byzantine-style Church on Blood. If you are willing to step out of the city, you will reach the arresting Monastery of Martyrs – Gamina Yama. Yekaterinburg is a perfect destination to unwind around the picturesque Ural Mountains, a known sight to enjoy hiking in the flourishing taiga forests during summers and dog sledding and ice fishing in winters.
Established in 1108, Vladimir proudly stands as an astounding part of the Golden Ring. It holds great historic, architectural, and religious value among locals. Some of the major sites to make your day tour to Vladimir perfect include Golden Gates, Assumption Cathedral and St Dmitry Cathedral. Golden Gates, built in 1163, is an iconic structure here which has been gracefully preserved even after being demolished by fire in 1185.
The beautiful capital of Eastern Siberia, Irkutsk is a historical gem popular among the travelers as a known stop on the Trans-Siberian Railway running between Moscow and all points east. With Lake Baikal only 70km away, the city is a perfect ground to explore the western shoreline. Irkutsk is home to plentiful architecture, dramatic churches, elegant eateries and stay options making it an ecstasy for locals and travelers alike.
A ride not for the faint-hearted, Trans-Siberian Railway is part of the longest railway system on the globe. It runs between Moscow and Vladivostok, and remains popular among travelers seeking beautiful vistas during their journey. The brave souls who hop on this journey get floored with the sights of 80 cities, Ural Mountains, Baraba steppe, Yenisei River, Barguzinsky Mountains, the woods of Siberia, Khekhtsir Range and Lake Baikal.
How to Reach Russia
Moscow and St. Petersburg are the most popular airports greeting travelers from all over the world. Connecting flights to other cities are available from these two airports.
Those who wish to relish a train journey can hop on one of the two trains that run from Vilnius, Lithuania to St. Petersburg. Travelers can also hop on a train to St. Petersburg from Helsinki, Finland. Reaching Moscow by train from Riga, Latvia is also easy.
From Riga (Latvia), one can find many budget friendly buses to St. Petersburg which usually takes around 11 hours.