Russia is the largest country in the world and has become a tourist hotspot over the past few decades.
Vibrant historical and cultural diversity attracts people from all over the world, while also ensuring that Russia has many top things to do in addition to its many attractions.
If ancient walled fortresses, glittering palaces and swirly-spired churches are what you’re after, focus on European Russia. Here, Moscow and St Petersburg are the must-see destinations, twin repositories of eye-boggling national treasures, political energies and contemporary creativity. Within easy reach of these cities are charming historical towns and villages, such as Veliky Novgorod, Pskov and Suzdal, where the vistas dotted with onion domes and lined with gingerbread cottages measure up to the rural Russia of popular imagination.
Whether you’re a culture vulture in search of inspiration from great artists and writers or an adventure addict looking for new horizons to conquer, Russia amply delivers. Tread in the footsteps of literary greats, including Tolstoy and Pushkin, on their country estates. Ski or climb lofty mountains in the Caucasus, go trekking or white-water rafting in the Altai Republic, hike around Lake Baikal, or scale an active volcano in Kamchatka – the variety of possibilities will make your head spin.
Russia’s vast geographical distances and cultural differences mean you don’t tick off its highlights in the way you might those of a smaller nation. Instead, view Russia as a collection of distinct territories, each one deserving separate attention. Rather than transiting via Moscow, consider flying direct to a regional centre such as Rostov-on-Don, Irkutsk or Yekaterinburg and striking out from there. With a welcome spread of Western-style hostels and hotels around the country and the ease of booking trains and flights online, it’s simple to organise this kind of trip yourself.
Test your adrenaline with skiing at Red Valley that is known as the mini paradise for all adventurous buffs. This famous valley of the Mzymta River offers picturesque scenery of imposing mountains and landscapes and great settings for having wonderful and thrilling experiences of skiing.
The vast Russian territory on the Arctic Circle attracts those who want to go stargazing and, if lucky, catch the Northern Lights. Head to Murmansk, the largest city on the Arctic Circle, from where you can travel to nearby villages for a completely surreal experience.
Kazan, the capital of the Tatarstan region, is one of the most beautiful and pleasant cities in Russia, highlighted by its heritage architecture, which showcases colorful Orthodox Christian churches as well as stunning mosques such as the Kul Sharif Mosque.
Currency Russian Ruble
Flight time from Kuala Lumpur 10h 36m
Official languages Russian and English
Time difference + 5 hours
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