Russia’s Golden Ring is a tourist route that originated during the Soviet era of Russia and is still considered a popular trip for tourists both from Russia itself and around the globe. The route’s design means that you get a much more intimate view of Russian life beyond the major cities, taking in much smaller […]
Russia is the largest country in the world geographically and has been at the heart of global politics for more than a century. Everyone enters Russia with some preconceptions of what to expect and how the nation will welcome them. Few leave with those same expectations, overcome by the natural generosity of its people, the contradictions of its modern society and the richness of its history.
There are several sides to Russia - with a nation so large, there are bound to be not just different locales, but entirely different cultures across its vast landscapes. To most in the west, it is European Russia that stands out. It is Moscow and St. Petersburg, home to the spectacular architecture of the Kremlin and the exceptional stores of the National Museums, where the wealth of the nation's one-time leaders is on display for the world to see. Russia is home to some of the world's greatest writers, composers, and artists. You can visit the home of Tolstoy, see the plays of Chekhov, or listen to the original presentation of Tchaikovsky.
Once you leave the confines of the nation's biggest cities, there is quite literally an entire world at your fingertips. To visit Russia is to explore the sparse but evocative landscapes of Siberia, the regional hot spots of Irkutsk, or the iconic train rides across the sweeping countryside. It is a massive undertaking to see all of Russia and you'll visit multiple times to see even a portion of it, but each trip will be an eye-opening experience unlike anything you've done before.
The Trans-Siberian Railway was a concept put forward by Tsar Alexander III to make traveling from west to east of the Russian Empire more accessible. Actual construction started in 1891, with tracks being laid from Moscow and Vladivostok with the goal to meet in the middle. This is much the same way that the American […]
Formally known as the Russian Federation, Russia is located in the northern corner of Eurasia and is surrounded by Norway, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Belarus, Ukraine, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, China, Mongolia, and North Korea. Geographically, Russia is the largest country in the world. According to its 2010 Census, it has almost 143 million people, […]
Saint Petersburg is a city in Russia which is located on the Neva River which flows out to the Baltic Sea. Not to be confused with its namesake in Florida, the city has previously been called Petrograd in 1914 and Leningrad from 1924. From 1991 the city has been named St. Petersburg; this is because […]