Although a good part of this vast country much of the year is covered with snow, all who traveled to Russia will tell you that this one is really beautiful and warm country that is spreading her arms to anyone who wants to meet her.
Russia has a territory that is almost twice the size of the territory of the United States. It stretches from Kaliningrad in the west, over the Urals and the vast Siberian plains to the Sea of Okhotsk in the east. The biggest, and perhaps the least explored country in the world, definitely deserves a visit of curious adventure travelers or tourists who choose to learn Russian history and take the tours around many museums in Moscow and St. Petersburg, or even those that want to explore the cultural treasures of this vast country through an endless list of destinations; Caucasus Mountains, the Black Sea beaches, vast Volga river, endless taiga in Siberia, magically Lake Baikal or the volcanoes on Kamchatka. Although people often identify this country simply as Russia, it is actually much more complex Russian Federation - bearing in mind that here live over 100 different nationalities and languages, including the Muslim, Jewish and Buddhist population, from Chechnya on the border with Georgia to icy Chukotka in the north, which is only short distance from Alaska.
It's all here represented in a great extent, from the highway in Moscow with eight lanes to the immense space of the Russian steppe. Vast distances are exceeding with the planes, which makes it the only reasonable form of travel due to the large distances, as well as the famous Trans-Siberian railway, which allows you to get to know different parts of Russia. Russians can act cold on first look, but when you get to know the locals on your journey, you will realize that it is completely the opposite. With a glass of vodka or Baltika beer, you will meet people whose laughter and joy is lifestyle. Russia is a special destination and a very special experience. It is far more likely that this will be an adventure than a classic vacation, although each year the picture changes and requirements are made to be more suitable for tourists. The capital city is Moscow, and the official currency is the Russian ruble (RUB).
What to see?
Novgorod - This is one of the oldest cities in Russia, founded 859 years ago. During the middle Ages, this city was the leader in the development of art and painting, and examples can be found in many ancient churches. You can visit the city Kremlin from the eleventh century, the Cathedral of St. Sophia, Yuriev Monastery and museum of Russian ancient architecture in the open. The old town, the Kremlin and the church are under the protection of UNESCO.
Vladivostok - Vladivostok literally means "Ruler of the East". Built around the bay Golden Horn, with a population of over 600,000 inhabitants, the city is today the most important port in the east of Russia. Vladivostok is the capital of Primorsky Krai (seaside region). Because of the proximity to the Chinese border and maritime links with Japan, the economic position of Vladivostok is very important. The city is the most important station in eastern route of the Trans-Siberian railway.
Moscow - The capital of Russia will enchant you. Besides the magnificent Kremlin and Red Square, visitors can enjoy in the Bolshoi Theatre. Moscow Kremlin is a must - see and is one of the top attractions of the Russian capitol. You can see the Cathedral Square, whose historical cathedrals were worshiped by emperors and their families. There are still here Tsar Bell and Tsar Cannon, as well as the tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Do not miss a tour of the Kremlin Armory, which is one of the oldest museums of the Moscow Kremlin. Bolshoi Theatre is one of the historic theaters in the country. Here is one of the oldest and most important companies – Bolshoi Ballet Academy, the world's leading ballet school.
St. Petersburg - One of the most beautiful cities in the world, St. Petersburg offers an unforgettable holiday experience with its excellent works of art, lavish architecture, wild nightlife, remarkable history and rich cultural tradition. St. Petersburg has inspired many international artists, writers and musicians. From the mysterious twilight and white nights to the top opera and ballet productions during the magical winter evenings, St. Petersburg charms and seduces all - year round.
Russia eagerly awaits for you. Do not think that is hard to get to this “paradise on earth”. Basically, you only need a visa, and the service “LetsRussia” will help you by sending an invitation letter, which is enough to apply for a visa. A special advantage is that if you come with friends or colleagues, you will have a special discount.
Добро пожаловать! (Welcome)
- Konstantin from Serbia
If you have yet to visit Russia and are considering doing so in the near future but just aren’t quite convinced yet, read the following reasons why you should start planning your trip today…
1. Rich History
There is no denying that Russia exudes history in its nearly every city and town. For any and all history buffs, a single visit to cities such as St. Petersburg and Moscow will be a time filled with exploration of fabulous palaces, cathedrals and plenty of museums to gain a better understanding of what the country has gone through to become what it is today.
2. Unmatched Natural Beauty
For any travelers hoping to capture stunning views, widely diverse range of sceneries and unforgettable outdoor escapes. With an area that is almost twice the size of the USA, Russia is filled with millions of kilometers all offering its own unique landscape and setting.
3. Four Seasons of Splendor
Thinking about visiting in the spring or summer? You will get to enjoy plenty of lush greenery and sunshine. Planning for a winter escape? You will be happy to know that St. Petersburg turns into a winter wonderland sprinkled with snow and plenty of twinkling lights to marvel at. No matter what time you decide to visit, you are guaranteed something unique and exciting during every season.
4. More Bang for Your Buck
Due to the drastic devaluation of the Ruble at the end of 2014, your money will now go a whole lot further than it usually would. This means it is a fantastic place for budget travelers and those hoping to make sure their wallets aren’t completely empty when heading back home.
5. A Land of Imagination & Opportunity
If you are looking for ways to be inspired, Russia will surely not disappoint. With so many opportunities of new places to see, things to do and treasures to be discovered, there is something new and exciting at nearly every turn. Who knows, you may just be inspired to pack up your bags and make it your new home!