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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China, Russia & Central Asia
The picturesque city of Ekaterinburg stands as a gateway to Siberia, the point of passage from West to East, from Europe to Asia, on the Trans- Siberian Railway.
The attractive architecture and easy-paced life of the city conceal a dark past. It was here, in Ekaterinburg, that the last royal family of Russia, the Romanovs, met their cruel end at the hands of the Bolshevik revolutionaries.
Today, at nearby Ganina Yama, a church has been constructed at the wooded site where their bodies were hidden. The city, close to the Ural Mountains, can be accessed by direct flight from the UK or a 24-hour train ride from Moscow.
Travelling on the Trans-Siberian Railway, through Russia, Mongolia and China is one of the greatest and oldest train journeys on earth.
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