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Russia

Russia travel guide

Russia, the world’s biggest country, is huge. Spanning 11 times zones, it can take days to travel from one city to another. Don’t even think about tackling it all at once unless you’ve got a serious amount of time on your hands

Moscow, home to fairytale pepper-pot churches, Red Square, Lenin’s tomb and some serious nightlife is an obvious pull. So too is St Petersburg; its Heritage Museum is an embarrassment of riches that will have you wandering open-mouthed from one masterpiece to another.

Away from the big cities is the real Russia. Relax in the spa town of Pyatigorsk in the Caucasus Mountains, go rafting or Skiing in Siberia or play some real-life ‘Risk’ in Kamchatka: it’s famous for extreme sports.

Wanderlust recommends

  1. Ride the Trans-Siberia Railway
  2. Go snowmobiling in north-west
  3. Herd reindeer in Chukotka, Siberia
  4. Get to know your vodka
  5. While away a weekend in the Hermitage
  6. There are few better places in the world to see the ballet: you can book online for Moscow’s Bolshoi and St Petersburg’s Mariinsky theatres
  7. Travel on the Moscow metro – a work of art all in itself

Wanderlust tips

If you’re buying caviar to take home, look for the label CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species), an international trade-control to reduce sturgeon poaching.

Russians have notoriously sharp elbows in queues or at bus or train stations; sharpen your own or let it slide.

Many smaller towns have their own airport but be aware that facilities are often extremely limited.

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