Reasons to Visit
The colourful dome topped cathedrals of Orthodox Russia are stunning and present a stark contrast to the Soviet era monoliths that are so often a part of Russian cities.
Some of the world’s greatest writers, composers and choreographers and cultural institutes are Russian; from Dostoevsky and Tchaikovsky to the Bolshoi theatre and Kirov ballet.
Russia is the birthplace of ballet and a visit to either Moscow's Bolshoi or St Petersburg's Mariinsky Theatre is a must. Even for those who aren't well versed in either art form, you should take in a performance simply for the wonderful music, beautiful theatres and sumptuous costumes on show.
St Petersburg is on the world’s most romantic and beautiful cities, home to stunning architecture, a cultural arts scene and world class restaurants and hotels. A true winter wonderland.
The domination of the USSR is inescapable, as is the legacy of Lenin and Stalin. Russia has shaped and changed 20th Century history and will continue to do so for years to come.
The Trans-Siberian railway is one of life’s great journeys, travelling hundreds of kilometres across Russia’s vast expanses, across European Russia, the Ural Mountains and into Siberia.
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The Grand Express train travels overnight between Moscow and St Petersburg. Accommodation is in luxurious compartments, some of which have en suite WC and shower facilities, as well as DVD and air conditioning.
The Grand Express is a new, privately owned train that travels overnight between Moscow and St Petersburg. Accommodation is in luxurious compartments, all of which have their own washbasins and television. 'Grand' and 'Grand Delux' compartments also have ensuite WC and shower facilities, as well as DVD and air conditioning. The trains leave Moscow/St Petersburg between 11 and 12 in the evening, so that you can arrive refreshed at 8.30 the following morning.
The list of world-renowned historic sites, great buildings and galleries in Moscow is immense: Red Square, the Kremlin, the Pushkin Museum and Tretyakov Galleries, Arbat Street and the Bolshoi Theatre to name a few.
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