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Russia is a country a country of amazing contrast, where hints of the past and imperial extravagance lay side by side with the frozen north of Siberia and communist era monuments reminds you that the Russia of today, as like the past is full of many layers, that are just waiting to be explored.
Most of the attenition tends to fall upon St. Petersburg and the capital Moscow, where the latter is a vast city, with Red Square seemingly at its heart, with St. Basil’s Cathedral and Lenin’s tomb all lie along the Moskva River. St. Petersburg, is like a film set, palaces, cathedrals and waterways along with the famous Hermitage museum make this city one of the true gems of Europe.
Outside of thebig two cities, there si much to explore. The Golden Ring, just to the northeast of Moscow, has numerous ancient towns with great architecture. Maybe a cruise along the might Volga, which leads you down to the Caspian Sea.
For those looking at getting well off the beaten path, a trip up to Siberia and Lake Baikal can really give you a great feel of rural Russia, and its people a welcoming and love to tell a story.