Russia

Marvel at Moscow's magnificent architectural identity, or lose yourself in the views of the emerald forests of Karelia.

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"Rich in history and beautiful sights"
Denis, Jul 2014

Immerse yourself in Russia

Bold and beautiful 

Russia is big. It's big on architecture, with the grandeur of the Winter Palace, and the swirls of the Kremlin, big on literature, and big on history, from Peter the Great to the Romanovs. It's big on land – being the largest country in the world – and home to two of the greatest cities in the world: Moscow and St Petersburg. There's also plenty of room for permafrost tundra and vast forests, and enough space for the country's growing underground art and music scene. 

St. Petersburg

St Petersburg is both a snapshot of its stately past and an ever-changing statement of its eclectic future.  Founded in 1703 as a display of Russia’s imperial credentials, the city is awash with gorgeous architecture. Travel back in time at the grand Winter Palace, official residence of the Tsars from 1732 to 1917. Marvel at the 98-metre high statue of the city’s founder, Peter the Great, before basking in the beautiful grounds and gardens of Peterhof Palace. By day, wander down Nevsky Prospekt, St Petersburg’s sight-laden main street. By night, get lost in the Venice-like piazzas and pathways surrounding the Neva River. 

 


Novgorod

Some say Russia began in Veliky Novgorod, when Prince Rurik rode in and proclaimed it so in 862 AD. Unsurprisingly, the city is not short of historical gems. Revel in the glorious, five-domed Cathedral of St. Sophia, built in 1050 and the oldest church in Russia. Travel further back in time when you visit the vast grounds of the Novgorod Kremlin, founded in 1044. Once you’re inside, look up and take in the Millennium of Russia Monument, a 16-metre structure, unveiled in 1862 to mark Rurik’s arrival and Russia’s birth.  

Moscow

Moscow is a city of must-sees, offering everything from the magnificent to the unmistakable. Make your way to Red Square, the 400m by 150m cobblestoned space at the heart of the city. Look south and you’ll find St Basil’s Cathedral, a multi-coloured masterpiece and bona fide Russian icon. Then, gaze westward and take in the vast walls of the Kremlin. In your free time, head to the gold-soaked Treasure Chamber of the Tsars, or explore the city’s enduring love for the performing arts at the Bolshoi Theatre.

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