Russia

Regarded for its cold climate and Soviet-era past, Russia is so much more — an eclectic mix of urban cultures, majestic landscapes, enchanting train rides and of course, vodka.

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Russia isn't the largest country in the world for nothing. Home to the unforgettable Trans-Siberian railway, the national dish of Pelmeni, a thriving arts and theatre culture and distinct cultures within each Russian territory, there's a lot more to this country than its 'tough' reputation. From the cultural, historical and architectural mecca of St. Petersburg to the vibrant capital of Moscow that brims with history, art and culture — don't forget to experience the Red Square and the Kremlin, some of the most important symbols of Russia's tumultuous historical and political past. When all is said and done, a visit to Russia would be incomplete without experiencing the nation's favourite pastime. From converted nightclubs to beer gardens and cosy cafes, a mixer in the country is basically unheard of, so prepare your gullet!

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Sights

A feast for the eyes in every sense of the phrase, Russia offers an array of travel experiences. From glacier-capped mountains to vibrant onion-domed architectural delights, whether you're a culture vulture or an active adventurer, Russia pleases all. The iconic Basil's Cathedral is said to resemble the shape of a bonfire in full flare and draws visitors near and far due to its extraordinary exterior. Add the Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg and the 250-acre grounds of the Kremlin to your itinerary and you'll soon realise the visual pleasures that lie in wait.

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Sounds

Home to 250 animal species and 500 plant species, Russia's Siberia offers habitat to some rare and exotic animals, from tigers to bears and wolves. But if that isn't music to your ears, how about the traditional ritual folk song or the sacred music of the Russian Orthodox church? For something a bit more modern, there is a radically creative club scene as well as an emerging rock and pop culture.

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Smells

A mixture of Russia's legacy combined with the vast and distinctive scents of the expansive landscapes, including cedar and wild flowers with the cosmetic perfumery of Moscow, Russia carries an aroma of winter most of the year, but its diversity of landscape, of culture and of feeling makes its scents just as varied and enveloping.

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Tastes

Hearty and warming food designed to get through Russia's cold winters; the country's traditional cuisine favours carbohydrates and fats over anything else. From Pelmeni, a pastry dumpling filled with meats, solyanka, a stew-like soup featuring either fish, meat or mushroom, to the delicious beef stroganoff, each dish in Russia is sure to warm your very core.

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Feels

While there is such thing as the 'Russian smile', signifying the nationals' lack of public emotion, we beg to differ! The Russian people are entirely friendly and welcoming, and love a cup of tea as much as any British counterpart! Above all, Russians are proud of their achievements as a country, with a certain patriotism in the form of various statues and monument that line the cities and towns, apparent wherever you choose to go in Russia.

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Cities & Regions

Moscow

With an enticing history dating back over 800 years, Moscow is so much more than its Cold War reputation and Soviet a...

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