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Nick, Russia and Silk Route Specialist

Having learnt Russian from an early age, Nick's love of Russia and its culture was enhanced by school trips to St Petersburg. Drawn to the opportunity to spend more time in Russia on a year abroad, Nick went on to study Russian and French at the University of Nottingham. Nick's time in Russia was spent in the remote and beautiful Russian countryside, volunteering at a therapeutic community for orphaned children.

After graduating, Nick looked to Audley Travel as an opportunity to share his passion for all things Russian and he has since had the opportunity to expand his travel knowledge by journeying along the Silk Route through China, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan. Having spent time in China's big cities on holiday, Nick was amazed by the contrast in the western province of Xinjiang, and was then amazed by the natural beauty of Kyrgyzstan as well as the history of these former Soviet states.

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I'll never forget when…

In my opinion, a trip to Russia isn't complete without a trip to a banya (hot and cold bathhouse), and my most memorable experience came from my most recent trip to Moscow.

Having already made a few visits to a rural countryside banya, I decided to try out the famous Sanduny Baths, founded in 1808 and the oldest and most luxurious banya in the country. Hiring a private room, I spent two hours going between a very hot Russian sauna and a very cold plunge pool whilst periodically being hit and massaged with birch tree branches. Truly the most Russian way to relax.

Photos of Nick

Nick inside the Catherine Palace in St Petersburg Nick inside the Catherine Palace in St Petersburg
Nick making Pelmeni with a Russian chef Nick making Pelmeni with a Russian chef
Nick inside the Moscow Kremlin Nick inside the Moscow Kremlin
Nick outside the oldest kremlin in Russia in Novgorod Nick outside the oldest kremlin in Russia in Novgorod
Nick in Sergiev Posad, outside the Trinity Lavra of St Sergius Nick in Sergiev Posad, outside the Trinity Lavra of St Sergius
Nick at Registan Square, Samarkand, Uzbekistan Nick at Registan Square, Samarkand, Uzbekistan
Nick at the Temple of Heaven, Beijing, China Nick at the Temple of Heaven, Beijing, China
Nick in Kyrgyzstan Nick in Kyrgyzstan
Nick outside St Basil's Cathedral in Moscow Nick outside St Basil's Cathedral in Moscow
Nick at a vodka tasting experience in St Petersburg Nick at a vodka tasting experience in St Petersburg
Nick inside the Winter Palace in St Petersburg Nick inside the Winter Palace in St Petersburg

Photos taken by Nick

Mingsha Dunes, Dunhuang Mingsha Dunes, Dunhuang
Horse in Tash Rabat Horse in Tash Rabat
Registan Square, Samarkand Registan Square, Samarkand
Camel at Karakul Lake Camel at Karakul Lake
Horse Riding in Kyrgyzstan Horse Riding in Kyrgyzstan
Kashgar indoor market Kashgar indoor market
Man at Kashgar Sunday Market Man at Kashgar Sunday Market
Fairy-tale Canyon, Kyrgyzstan Fairy-tale Canyon, Kyrgyzstan
Khiva Khiva
Man with silk, Kashgar Man with silk, Kashgar
Petroglyphs, Kyrgyzstan Petroglyphs, Kyrgyzstan
Li River, Yangshuo Li River, Yangshuo