I’m asked that question a lot. It’s understandable. Closed for almost a century to most of the outside world, even today Russia seems mysterious and even mystical.
It is. But one must quantify. Which Russia?
The Russia of Moscow, that grand capital of the Russian nation, the largest city in Europe with a legal population of 12 Million and another 3 million illegal residents from the surrounding republics?
Or the Russia of Saint Petersburg, Tsar Peter the Great’s “Window to Europe” with it’s endless summer nights, magnificient museums, and it’s beautiful bridges, canals and palaces?
Or perhaps the Russia of the south along the Volga river and the vast fields, rolling hills and streams bordering the southern former Soviet Republics?
Maybe it’s the Russia of Siberia which begins in the center of the country and runs both East and North? So, are you ready for a tour?
Is it the Russia of the East where Indians and Eskimos to the Northeast give way to an Oriental Russia in the Southeast along long stretches of Chinese borderland and then ending at the Sea of Japan?
Or is it the rural Russia, the small towns and villages spread over this land?
One thing is certain, Russia is massive: A full 1/6 of the earth’s surface is the country we know as Russia. 11 time zones covering 49% of the European continent and 61% of the Asian continent is Russia. The entire northern border of Asia is, you guessed it, Russia. The largest freshwater body of water in the world, Lake Baikal, is in Russia. Over 100 languages and dialects are spoken in the largest country in the world.
Russia has some of the most beautiful nature, forests, small towns and villages in all the world!
Many visitors feel that ancient castles and churches are what make Russia so special.
Hope you enjoyed this tour!