Russia has an array of things to see and do and the benefit of a tailor-made itinerary is that you can combine those which interest you the most.
The capital, Moscow, is a city of contrasts, where ancient buildings stand side by side with modern architecture. The Kremlin, a medieval city-fortress, is the official residence of the president and houses numerous palaces, cathedrals and the Armoury, all enclosed by an immense wall. The Armoury contains glittering treasures such as state carriages from Catherine the Great’s era, a fabulous collection of Carl Fabergé eggs and the Diamond Fund.
Next to the Kremlin is the main city square – Red Square – flanked by major sights such as the eye-catching St Basil’s Cathedral with its coloured domes and Lenin’s mausoleum.
You can also visit St Petersburg to discover its grand beauty, architectural splendour, wealth of cultural treasures and intriguing history make for an unforgettable visit. The waterside walkways and elegant streetscapes of the city are best seen on foot. Important sights to see include the Peter and Paul fortress, the former citadel and an infamous prison; the Hermitage Museum which contains some 3 million exhibits over six buildings; and the enormous Winter Palace where the Tsar once lived, which is today part of the Hermitage Museum. From St Petersburg you can also explore the palaces of Pavlovsk, Peterhof, Catherine Palace and Alexander Palace at Pushkin.
Many first-time visitors to Russia go to Moscow and St Petersburg, either as a short city break or combining the two by train or on a cruise via the Golden Ring. But there is a vast country to explore beyond these confines. Visit some of the most picturesque villages in Russia within the Golden Ring, each with beautiful Orthodox churches, ancient monasteries and imposing kremlins.
Alternatively, board the Golden Eagle train to traverse the expanse of Russia. The journey covers 9,000 km and passes through eight time zones, 80 towns and cities. The Trans-Siberian railway starts in Moscow and ends on the shores of the Sea of Japan, in Vladivostok. Highlights of the rail journey include Kazan and the UNESCO-protected Kremlin; Yekaterinburg, the site of the Romanovs last days; and Lake Baikal, the world’s largest body of freshwater. Going north, the Golden Eagle can take you on a wintry journey as far as the northern ports of Archangel and Murmansk, where you might be lucky enough to see the northern lights.
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