RUSSIA

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Brief Info on Russia

The Russian Federation is the largest country of the world in terms of area. Major cities are Moscow, St. Petersburg, Vladivostok, Sochi etc. , with Moscow being the capital of the nation. There is a lot to see in Russia including nature, historical monuments, museums, castles etc. The attractions in Russia are quite famous among the tourist from around the globe.

Map of Russia

Where to stay in Russia?

3* Hotels (Moscow)- Cosmos, Maxima Slavia; (St. Petersburg)- Nevskiy Grand, Arbat Nord, Asteria

4* Hotels (Moscow)– Park Inn Sadu, Aquamarine, Holiday Inn; (St. Petersburg)- Sokos Olimpia Garden, Vvedenskiy

5* Hotels (Moscow)- Hilton Leningradskaya, Renaissance; (St. Petersburg)- Sokos Palace Bridge, Author Boutique Hotel, grand Hotel Emerald

Below mentioned are some of the most famous attractions of Russia which tourists can visit :

Lake Baikal

Many travelers on the Trans-Siberian railway make plans to stop at Lake Baikal, the deepest and oldest lake on Earth. Lake Baikal holds around 20 percent of the world’s fresh water. Located in Siberia, the 25-million-year-old lake is surrounded by mountain ranges. The lake is considered one of the clearest lakes in the world. Known as the Pearl of Siberia, Lake Baikal is home to several resorts, making the area a popular vacation destination.

Mount Elbrus

Mount Elbrus is located in the Caucasus Mountain Range in Southern Russia. At 5,642 meters (18,510 ft), Elbrus is included as one of the Seven Summits, the highest summits on each of the planet’s seven continents, attracting both experienced and novice mountain climbers. While the mountain was formed from a volcano, it is considered dormant, with no recorded eruptions. A cable car system can take visitors as high as 3,800 meters (12,500 ft), facilitating ascents to the summit.

Trans-Siberian Railway

Part of the longest railway system in the world, the classic Trans-Siberian railway runs from Moscow to Vladivostok, a city near Russia’s borders with China and North Korea. Begun in 1891 by Tsar Alexander III and completed by his son, Tsar Nicholas II, in 1916, the line is known as the route of the tsars. Most travelers use the train as overnight accommodation from one destination to the next. The train features first-, second- and third-class sleepers, some with private bathrooms and showers.

Saint Basil’s Cathedral

Built between 1554 and 1561 and situated in the heart of Moscow, St. Basil’s Cathedral has been among the top tourist attractions in Russia. It is not the building’s interior artifacts that attract visitors, but rather the cathedral’s distinctive architecture. Designed to resemble the shape of a bonfire in full flame, the architecture is not only unique to the period in which it was built but to any subsequent period. There is no other structure on earth quite like St. Basil’s Cathedral.

Hermitage Museum

Founded in 1764 by Catherine the Great, the Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg, Russia is a massive museum of art and culture showing the highlights of a collection of over 3 million items spanning the globe. The collections occupy a large complex of six historic buildings including the Winter Palace, a former residence of Russian emperors.

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