Holidays in Russia

By Travel Infoz Member on 15/02/2008

Russia…. the name itself evokes images of Bolshoi Theatre, Vodka, Marushka dolls, James Bond thrillers, the Bolshevik revolution... The word association also recalls to mind luminaries such as Tolstoy, Dostoyevsky, Tchaikovsky and Stravinsky, among so many others… Ever since the country rid itself of its communistic leanings, tourists are increasingly surprised by its amazing diversity. A word of caution, however, before you dash off an email to your travel agent. It might be probably unwise to travel on your own sans escort in Russia. Also, you might get lost as most signboards are in the Cyrillic script. Your best bet would be to contact agents who specialize in East and Central European tours.  Bear in mind that immigration might take a little long to clear as immigration officials take their time examining your documents including hotel reservation and tickets.

If you are thinking of starting your journey from Moscow you will be amazed at the sheer beauty and the cultural eminence of the city. A ‘must see’ is the Moscow Kremlin, hailed as among the world’s largest museums. This royal citadel’s main square is also the oldest in Moscow. Also referred to as the Cathedral Square, it is edged with awesome monuments which are a sheer testament to medieval architecture.

The Kremlin is also home to State Russian regalia, treasures belonging to Russian tsars, and several precious icons; it also houses the really beautiful Spasskaya Tower held as sacred by the Russians.

While in Moscow how can you miss the Red Square? Just the sight of it makes you think of awesome military parades. You must also simply visit the Lenin Mausoleum in the center of the square and St. Basil’s Cathedral which has so many shapes and colors that it will boggle your mind.

From Moscow, you can take the flight out to St. Petersburg. Spread out amongst 42 islands, you would definitely want to see the Winter Palace – also called the Hermitage – situated along the Neva banks. This glorious abode of erstwhile Russian Royalty houses something like three million art pieces!

Rather unsurprisingly hailed as the Venice of the north, the city is replete with quaint little waterways and bridges which render it tres charmante.  
Obviously, there is more to the country than its imposing cities steeped in history and culture. It is here that you will come across the world’s biggest freshwater lake as well as the finest forests and rivers, not to mention absolutely awesome volcanoes. Color, vitality, nature, history, and literature… here is one country which has it all.