Spanning 11 time zones, the world’s largest country by area, Russia fascinates visitors with its turbulent history, huge geographical distances, ethnic diversity, and rich culture of arts, literature, music, ballet, and drama. Whether you like historic cities, walled fortresses, awe-inspiring palaces, centuries-old monasteries, thriving arts, or idyllic countryside, your trip to Russia will be rewarding, memorable, at times overwhelming, but never boring.
Most visitors to Russia understandably focus on the two cities with the highest concentration of historic and cultural sites: Moscow – the vibrant, modern, and cosmopolitan capital; and St. Petersburg – the former seat of tsars and emperors and the country’s historic and cultural heart. With international airports welcoming flights from many destinations, Moscow and St. Petersburg are the main entry and exit points. In addition, both are popular ports of call for river cruises on the Russian waterways and St. Petersburg is a major stop on many Baltic Sea voyages.