If you think of Russia, the streets of Moscow, Kremlin and Saint Petersburg are the places that come to mind. But Russia is not just about these much visited tourist destinations. You can get a guide and visit the top 10 places to visit in Russia for tourists, but you can do a lot more too. There are a lot of things you can do in Russia which you might not get to do at other places. Below is a list of some of the activities you can and should do in Russia to make your holiday unforgettable.
Take a cruise on Volga Volga is supposed to be the cradle of civilization according to some theories. Even though you might not find the footprints of the first man or woman, you can enjoy the beauty of the river from the shores or from the water. You can plan a cruise on the river and take in Russia’s countryside, new and old cities from the river. When you are on the cruise, you might be able to see how the river has contributed to the growth of civilization.
Take A Trans Siberian Journey With a length of 9289 kms, you are never out of new locations for traveling in the railway. Travel on the world’s longest rail journey and visit the far corners of Russian federation. You can also travel to parts of Mongolia, Beijing. Where ever you travel on the network, the scenery is amazing and you can get down at any of the stations for an impromptu stay. If you are planning a trip during the peak months of June to September, it is recommended that you book your tickets in advance. One recommended journey is to Baikal to take in the beauty of Lake Baikal.
Go Sleigh Riding As you might know, winters are extremely cold in parts of Russia and Siberia. You might even see snow in the months of April, May. If you have to travel to Russia in winter, you should walk on the frozen rivers, participate in ice fishing and take your opportunity to go sleigh riding. For instance, in the town of Suzdal, you will be able to get sleigh rides for quite reasonable prices on the frozen Kamenka river.
Take a tour around Golden Ring You do not have to be an architecture student to understand and appreciate the beauty of the architecture marvels spread around Russia. Even though almost every place in the Russian federation has old architectural splendors, most of the impressive collections are found in a small area which has been dubbed the golden ring. You can plan a golden ring tour for a few days taking in wonders from early 11th century most of which have been declared as UNESCO world heritage sites.
Stay In A Resort By Black Sea Russia is diverse in climate too. Southern part of Russia which is embraced by the Black Sea enjoys climate that varies from mild to Mediterranean.
Visit Caucasian Mountains The Caucasus mountain ranges in the southern Russia towers above you and is one of the Seven Summits. It reaches about 18,500 feet and provides mountain climbing opportunities for both the beginners as well as experts. Even if you are not adventurous and do not want to indulge in mountain climbing, you can still enjoy views from a higher point by enjoying a ride in the cable car which can take you up to an incredible height of 12,500 feet.
Enjoy a meal with authentic caviar Caviar is relatively much cheaper in Russia than in other countries. You will be able to taste different varieties of authentic caviar in restaurant gems across the country. Ask a local to point you to the right place.
Visit Museums & Galleries Russia is known for its renowned list of intellectuals as well as it is known for the onion dome shaped architecture. Pay a visit to the Yasnaya Polyana’, the estate of Leo Tolstoy with all the furniture intact. There are a lot of galleries like the Tretyakov gallery which can be enjoyed over a full day. Do not forget to visit a theater performance.
Last, but not the least, do enjoy a drink with locals away from Moscow and get to know the local customs and the real Russia.