When you think “vacation” you probably don’t think Russia. Well maybe you should. As one of the largest countries on earth, Russia offers travelers bountiful opportunities to explore, experience and be astounded by its diverse culture and cuisine; its art and treasures of architecture, literature and music and its rich history once shrouded in secrecy and mystery. For many, Russia conjures up dark, cold images of the old, inaccessible Soviet Union but today those images are shattered as Russia is fast becoming one of “the” destinations to visit just about any time of year. The people are very welcoming, friendly and proud of who they are and what their country has accomplished and has to offer. There are the awe inspiring cathedrals and palaces built centuries ago that have maintained their luster as fine examples of craftsmanship and glory. Many an artist, poet and musician have been inspired to create masterpieces that have stood the test of time and are loved and admired by many around the world such as the incomparable ballet, Swan Lake; the literary classic love story “Doctor Zhivago” just to name a few. Whether you yearn to escape to a peaceful and breathtaking countryside retreat or want to live it in cities that rival the excitement and nightlife of New York; Russia will do nothing less than surprise astound and impress you at every turn.

Destination Must-Sees

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Moscow

As Russia’s capital city, Moscow is home to over 13 million people. The city, full of imperial history and thriving with modern culture, is the seat of Russian power. Feel the bustling energy of Moscow and allow yourself to jump right into the heart of posh society. Explore the Red Square and become enchanted by the colorful onion domes of St. Basil’s Cathedral. See the iconic landmarks from a different perspective with a cruise down Moscow River.

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Kremlin

The Kremlin is a fortified complex located within the capital city of Moscow. It contains nine buildings, almost twenty towers, and an impenetrable wall surrounding the site. Admire the majestic palaces and breathtaking cathedrals jutting up over the walls. The Kremlin has been the central residence for past tsars, communist leaders, and presidents alike. Located next to the Red Square, take in the entire area for an encompassing look at Russian culture.

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St. Petersburg

Experience the imperial Russia you’ve always imagined in the majestic city of St. Petersburg. Nicknamed the “Venice of the North,” walk along the legendary Neva River. Make your way through St. Petersburg’s picturesque palaces and discover the former residence of the tsars. Home to the famous Winter Palace, explore the world renowned Hermitage Museum that contains the largest collection of paintings in the world.

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Catherine Palace

Originally built in 1717, the Catherine Palace was torn down and rebuilt six times to satisfy Empress Elizabeth, the daughter of Peter the Great. Become captivated by the palace’s appealing exterior that is painted a robin’s egg blue. Take in the golden highlights sparkling in the sun before touring the palace’s equally-lavish interior. Marvel at the ceiling murals, the painted-silk wallpaper, and the gilded carvings decorating the spacious rooms inside.

Destination Must-Dos

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Ride the metro

Feel like a local when you zoom through the capital city via its glamorous metro. Resembling a museum rather than a form of public transportation, the Moscow Metro is a whirlwind experience that everyone visiting Russia should try. Marvel at the stunning mosaic ceilings and the radiant architecture as you venture through the underground tunnels. Decked out in shimmering chandeliers and bright marble walls, the metro was designed to be a sort of "palace for the people."

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Taste Georgian food

The country of Georgia has been a hidden gem of culinary sensations for centuries. Considered to be one of the original creators of wine, their cuisine holds no qualms in producing comforting, memorable feasts that you’ll hold in your heart forever. During the spread of Soviet Union, Russians were eager to welcome the cuisine of the neighboring country into their lives and onto their tables. Today, Russians still enjoy <i>khachapuri</i> (bread stuffed with cheese) and savory soup dumplings.

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Cruise in antique cars

Journey back in time as you coast through the city streets in a Soviet-era antique car. See the city of St. Petersburg from the seats of a retro automobile and cruise along the area in style. Experience the mystique and luxury of stylish Volgas, nostalgic Rivas, and retro Ladas. These classic cars serve as functional mementos of the past.

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Tour Winter Palace and Hermitage Museum

Second in size only to the Louvre, take in the seemingly-endless collection of the Hermitage Museum. The Hermitage was founded in 1764 and contains over 3 million individual pieces. The spearmint-green complex encompasses five different buildings in addition to its most famous section, the Winter Palace. The Hermitage houses the world’s largest collection of paintings including some works by Monet, Matisse, and Cezanne.

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