Six of the best in Russia
LONDON, England - With new EasyJet flights to Moscow launching in the spring, and UK tour operators reporting an ever increasing demand for Russia tours, here are some suggestions for Moscow and St.
LONDON, England – With new EasyJet flights to Moscow launching in the spring, and UK tour operators reporting an ever increasing demand for Russia tours, here are some suggestions for Moscow and St. Petersburg – the two most popular cities in Russia.
Go to the ballet or opera
Opera and ballet have been performed in the Bolshoi in Moscow and the Mariinsky (formally the Russian State Kirov) in St Petersburg for centuries. Classics including Giselle, Tosca and Romeo and Juliet have all been brought to life, and new works from Russian and western composers have been showcased.
Wander Red Square and the Kremlin
No visit to Moscow is complete without a walk around the famous Red Square but don’t miss St Basil’s Cathedral, Lenin’s Mausoleum, the Kremlin or the majestic Armoury Museum, which houses state carriages from Catherine the Great’s era and a fabulous collection of Carl Fabergé eggs.
Palaces of St Petersburg
Explore the Palace of Pushkin, also known as the Summer Palace or Tsarskoe Selo. Built in 1717, this opulent architectural masterpiece houses the staterooms of Catherine the Great and offers a glimpse into how the Imperial family lived and ruled the country. Overlooking the Gulf of Finland, the Palace of Petrodvorets or Peterhof, can be reached either by land or hydrofoil and is visually impressive, with over 300 fountains in its landscaped gardens.
The Hermitage, St Petersburg
Unrivalled in its opulence, the Hermitage is one of the world’s largest art galleries. Comprising of six separate buildings, the ‘Winter Palace’ has a fabulous collection of European masterpieces coupled with the best of Russian avant-garde painters and sculptors. Hire a guide and you can easily spend a day wandering through the galleries.
The Trans-Siberian Express
Crossing the expanse of Russia, from Moscow to Vladivostok, the Trans-Siberian Express travels 9,000 kilometres, passing through eight time zones and 80 towns and cities. Highlights of the journey include Kazan and the Unesco-protected Kremlin, Novosibirsk, Yekaterinburg, the site of the Romanov’s last days and Lake Baikal, the world’s largest freshwater lake.
Golden ring towns
The golden ring towns, close to Moscow, offer an insight into the country’s history, with beautiful Orthodox churches, imposing Kremlins and rural villages. The small town of Sergiev Posad is one of Russia’s holiest towns, built around one of the country’s most important religious landmarks: the Trinity Monastery of St Sergius. The two cathedrals of Trinity and Assumption contain some of Russia’s most ornate frescos and icons.