Russia is a vast country – in fact, it is the largest country in the world. Stretching from eastern Europe all the way across to northern Asia, it covers nine time zones and a huge range of environments, much of it within the geographical territory of Siberia.
To the south are immense stretches of plains and steppes while to the north are forests and tundra. This huge expanse of land is broken up by features such as the Ural mountains, separating Europe and Asia; large bodies of water including Lake Baikal, the world’s oldest and deepest freshwater lake in the world; and thousands of rivers, the Volga being the most well-known.
Most holidays to Russia focus on the main cities of Moscow and St Petersburg, the major political and cultural centres. Moscow is the Russian powerhouse, where ancient monasteries mix with Soviet-era tower blocks and modern skyscrapers, representing the many changes that the city has gone through over its long history. St Petersburg, on the other hand, was founded just 300 years ago and is perhaps one of the most elegant cities in the world, with tranquil canals, magnificent palaces, world-class museums. Both cities have exceptional theatres which give outstanding ballet and opera performances.
If you want to see more of Russia beyond the major cities then there is no better way than aboard the luxury Golden Eagle on the Trans-Siberian railway, seeing both the landscape and the many towns and cities which stretch across the length of Russia. Alternatively take a leisurely cruise on the Volga river.
Whether it’s a short city break in St Petersburg or the trip of a life time on the Trans-Siberian, you are sure to be amazed by the beauty and history that Russia has to offer.
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