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Book a holiday to Russia and immerse yourself in the rich history and spectacular architecture of St Petersburg and Moscow. Other attractions include the breathtaking beauty of Lake Baikal and iconic Trans-Siberian rail journey.
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 Golden Ring
Scattered amidst the plains, lakes and marshes northeast of Moscow are a collection of ancient Russian towns known collectively as the Golden Ring. Many of the Golden Ring towns can be visited as a day trip from Moscow.
Irkutsk is both an essential stopover on the Trans-Siberian railway and a destination in its own right, with the beautiful Lake Baikal on its doorstep.
Kazan is the capital of the republic of Tatarstan and is a beautiful and interesting city. It is home to the Tatars - descendants of a nomadic Turkic tribe and part of the Golden Hoarde that wreaked havoc across Russia in the middle ages.
Located by the banks of the Volga River, Kostroma was once one of the Golden Ring's most important cities and the Monastery of St Ipaty is perhaps the town's greatest draw.
Lake Baikal, the ‘Pearl of Siberia’, is a place of breathtaking beauty and mind-boggling statistics: at 1,637 metres it is the world’s deepest lake, containing an incredible fifth of the world’s fresh water.
Popular with Russians taking their rest, Listvyanka has a fine little market and a range of available leisurely pursuits, such as boat journies up the lake to the uninhabited coastline.
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.
Three hours’ drive south of St Petersburg, Novgorod is one of the most significant historical centres in the whole of Russia. The city overflows with cultural relics, including the Palace of Facets, a 15th century clock tower and numerous impressive churches, museums and galleries.
Located on the shores of Russia’s White Sea and under a hundred miles from the Arctic Circle the isolated Solovetski islands have been home to a monastery since the 15th-century.
St Petersburg rivals Venice and Paris as one of the world's most romantic cities. Built to order by Peter the Great it is home to grand palaces, galleries and theatres including the magnificent Hermitage.
Founded in 1066, the tranquil collection of wooden cottages, churches and monasteries make Suzdal a delightful place to experience the atmosphere of pre-Soviet Russia.
Located to the eastern side of Lake Baikal, the Buryat capital of Ulan Ude has a distinctly Asiatic atmosphere, and for those not continuing into Mongolia offers a chance to visit working Buddhist monasteries and sample a taste of the steppes.
Founded as a fort by Vladimir Monomakh of Kiev in 1108, Vladimir rose briefly under Prince Bogulubsky to become one of the most important towns in Russia.
A bustling port home to the Russian Pacific fleet, Vladivostok is a pleasant city spread across a series of peaks, peninsulas, and islands.
Yaroslavl is well located to explore the upper Golden Ring - its riverside location, atmospheric central square, and bustling shopping precincts provide a wealth of leisure activities.