With its long and tumultuous history, ancient cities, collection of art, and interesting culture, it's a wonder why Russia isn't on more travellers lists of must-visit locations. However, if you are planning a trip to the world’s largest country, you might feel a little over-whelmed just by the size of Russia. But, with our help and our list of destinations to see and visit in Russia, you’ll be on your way in no time.
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With Russia being as large as it is, naturally, there are many locations you can visit and have a memorable trip. Below, we have included options that will appeal to everyone, from those looking for a cultural experience to travellers wanting to enjoy the nightlife.
Historically, Yekaterinburg is the city where the last Tsar of Russia, Nicholas and his family, were executed during the Russian Revolution in 1918. Today, the city boasts a vibrant cultural scene and is home to numerous libraries, museums, theatres, dance companies and more.
One of the oldest cities in the far north of Russia, Veliky Novgorod was founded in the 10th century and boasts incredible architectural marvels. One example is the Saint Sophia Cathedral and Bell Tower, which is the oldest in Russia. Home to a host of museums to get lost in, Veliky Novgorod is also the best place to eat borscht and enjoy other Russian cuisines.
Surrounded by breathtaking mountains and crystal bays, Vladivostok is one of eastern Russia’s most beautiful cities. As the largest port on the Pacific Ocean, this city boasts museums, concerts and beautiful parks. Visit Minny Gorodok, which was once a military base, walk along the bays, and take it all in.
You didn’t think you’d get through a list of Russia’s most enticing destinations without reading about Saint Petersburg, did you? Once the imperial capital of Russia, Saint Petersburg was founded in 1703 and boasts one of the finest art collections in the world at the Hermitage. If it's shopping and dining you're after, you're sure to find it on Nevsky Prospekt, Saint Petersburg’s most bustling street.
As Russia’s capital city, it’s no surprise that Moscow is appearing on this list. With its incredible architecture, rich history and vibrant cultural scene, you’re sure to spend memorable days in Moscow.
Visit the Red Square, attend the ballet and symphonies, and visit the many museums dotted throughout the city. Thrilling nightlife, top-notch shopping, world-class art galleries and restaurants are some of the few adventures you can embark on when in Moscow and we implore you to visit.
Located in the heart of Lake Onega, Kizhi Island is known for its open-air museum and is home to a collection of wooden structures that date back to the 14th century. Pay a visit to the Church of the Resurrection of Lazarus, which is Russia’s oldest wooden church, and explore the ancient rural settlements that are scattered throughout this visually stunning location.
Irkutsk and Lake Baikal
Known to some as the Paris of Siberia, this city houses an incredible collection of historic churches, museums, theatres and is also home to Lake Baikal, which is the world’s biggest, deepest, and oldest freshwater lake. Visit the City History Museum and the Geology Museum, and the Old Town area where you can visit the lively cafes and take in the 19th century architecture.
If you’re planning a trip overseas and are unsure of where to go, don’t pass up the opportunity to see and explore Russia in all its glory. Travellers Choice can help you plan the ideal itinerary for your Russian holiday, and we have a host of tours available that allow you to travel through the massive country with ease.