A nation brimming with culture, history and welcoming hospitality
As the world’s largest country Russia offers a variable smorgasbord of experiences. With a captivating history, rich culture, and welcoming hospitality; Russia is the world’s largest playground.
Observe Russia’s art history in the largest and oldest museums of the world, the State Hermitage in St. Petersburg. Founded in 1764 by iconic historical figure Catherine the Great, its collections host nearly 3 million items, including the largest collection of paintings in the world. If you are lucky enough to visit between May and August feast your eyes upon The Birth of Venus by Nicolas Poussin which will be featured in the “Masterpieces from the World’s Museums in the Hermitage.”
Another fantastic museum is The State Armory which boasts a stunning collection of Imperial treasures and armour. One of the most striking features is the collection of Faberge Eggs. Made of gold and decorated with diamonds and gems, these eggs were traditionally exchanged as Easter gifts by the Tsar and Tsaritsa.
Look for beauty in unexpected places. The Moscow subway system has been called “the people’s palaces”, for their elegant designs and copious use of marble, mosaics, sculptures and chandeliers. Built during Stalin’s rule, these metro stations were created to as illustrate the lavish lifestyle of the Russian people.
Travel to the heart of Russia. Surrounded by four historic gems, the Red Square in Moscow is on all travelers must see list. Take in the brightly-coloured spiralling onion domes of St. Basil’s Cathedral, the elegant arcades of the magnificent GUM department store, the Kazan Cathedral and the awe-inspiring Kremlin. Located on the site of the city’s old marketplace, the Red square originally served as a place where the people held church festivals, public gatherings, government announcements and public executions. Today, Red Square serves as a popular historic attraction for locals and visitors alike.
Take a break from sightseeing and feast in one of Russian’s traditional restaurants, or rouse your taste buds in the incredible Caviar bars. Dine on world-renowned Beluga Caviar served with Sushi, or delicious smoked fish. Indulge in a Blini pancakes; this delectable Russian treat is covered with toppings such as sour cream, jam, honey and raisins, or cooked with ground meat, chicken, whitefish, or caviar.
Experience the night life at one of the traditional vodka bars and taste the most incredible selection of vodka in the world. You can even visit the Russian Vodka Museum in St.Petersburg which explores the fascinating history of Vodka within Russian history, culture, and tradition. Learn the top secret tricks of vodka making and enjoy an exclusive vodka tasting.
If Vodka isn’t your poison, enjoy a glass of wine at an authentic Russian festival. An entourage of carnivals occurs during the White Nights Festival in St. Petersburg. Celebrated in the season of the midnight sun (where the sun never sets) this annual arts festival is one of the biggest parties on the planet. Actors dress in costumes from the period of Peter the Great and give lively performances. Russian singers, dancers, musicians and actors unite to make the night come alive.
Leave the city limits and climb aboard the legendary Trans-Siberian Railway. Settle into your bunk as the train journeys along one of its many railways connecting Moscow with the Russian Far East and the Sea of Japan. Marvel at the panorama, dine in the restaurant car, and chat with locals as you travel through the mountainside. Stop and explore wonders such as Lake Baikal. Known as the Blue Jewel of Siberia this lake is the deepest in the world and contains 20% of the world’s fresh water and over 850 different species of animals and plants.
From chic bistros and opera houses to the world famous Russian ballet, and luxury shopping centers, there is no shortage of things to do.
Russia is a dynamic country that is steeped in history, yet evolving in culture. It is a place that honours the past in the preservation of its stunning architecture, museums, and galleries. It is a country that encourages exploration and discovery in the city streets and in the untamed wilderness. More than anything it’s a place that opens its doors and its heart and welcomes you to explore a world unlike anything you have ever experienced.