Moscow can be visited in many different ways thanks to tourist services that are offered in the city: by foot, by bike, by tour bus, by taxi, by tour boat, or through other more adventurous alternatives such as hot air balloon, helicopter, or plane. In this post, I explain the different alternatives that are offered in the city for taking guided tours in English or in other languages. Article
4. Destinations in Russia
If you take a look at a map of Russia, you will quickly realize that it is impossible to visit all the destinations and tourist attractions of the largest country in the world. In addition, the country has natural areas of extraordinary beauty located in very remote areas and with not very good transport connections.
To help you plan your trip to Russia, below I will include articles about the most popular destinations, itineraries and tourist routes in Russia. The vast majority of tourists traveling to Russia visit Moscow and St. Petersburg (and the surroundings of these cities), which account for around 90% of tourist traffic. This percentage also includes all those who visit the Golden Ring of Russia, northeast of Moscow.
Behind the two major cities, the Trans-Siberian Route and the visit to Lake Baikal stand out (around 3-5% of travelers going to Russia). The rest of tourist destinations are already a long way away, such as Kamchatka or Altai, attractive destinations but for the most adventurous travelers.
VDNH (or VDNKh) is a gigantic entertainment complex, museums, exhibitions, fairs and parks, in which you can also admire the achievements of the past Soviet communist era, all gathered in a unique historical and architectural complex. It is located next to the Moscow Cosmonautics Museum and it is well worth a visit. This is my favorite park in Moscow. The entrance is free. In this post I’ll
If you like art, there is a museum that you should not miss in Moscow: the State Tretyakov Gallery, the main Russian national art museum. Let me assure you that you will be surprised by the Russian painting collection of this museum, through which you can better understand the history of Russia. In this post I’ll explain how to organize your visit and what works you should not miss. 0. THE
St. Petersburg is a city of bridges. The opening and closing of the city’s drawbridges is a magnificent spectacle, especially during the White Nights season. In this article I’ll explain how to organize the visit to the bridges of St. Petersburg, both drawbridges and pedestrian bridges: schedules, night cruises, recommendations, etc. 1. St. Petersburg, the city of bridges, rivers and
Moscow is a city that can be enjoyed to the fullest with children. And I say this based on my own experience. The list of things you can do with your children is long: zoos, oceanography, space museums, interactive science museums, circuses, children's theaters, children's shopping malls, boat cruises, etc. In this article I’ll tell you about the main places in Moscow that you can visit with your
The Kremlin in Moscow continues to be a site that inspires many questions from tourists and I have to admit that it is a place that can be a little confusing. In this article, I try to explain what the Kremlin is, what parts can be visited, and how you can buy tickets online in order to avoid the long lines. Updated in April 2019. Originally published in March 2016 1. What is the Kremlin? The
Baltic cruises are becoming increasingly popular and many cruise lines choose to make a stop at the port of St. Petersburg. It is a city that you cannot miss. You are required to get off the ship :) In this article, I’ll explain in detail how to organize your visit to St. Petersburg if you arrive in the city on a cruise ship: visa, customs formalities, travel, itineraries and organized guided
In this article I have made a selection of official tourist maps of Saint Petersburg, which you can download and print. These maps will allow you to move around the city and its surroundings: main tourist attractions, monuments, palaces or transport (Metro, bus, trolleybus or tram). 1. Tourist map of St. Petersburg center (high resolution JPG) The official tourist map of the city has been
One of the best times to visit St. Petersburg is during the White Nights season, when the sun never sets and the city is alive 24 hours a day with festivals, activities, concerts and longer opening hours for museums, restaurants and shops. In this article I’ll explain about White Nights and what are the main events taking place in St. Petersburg during this period. 0. WHITE NIGHTS of St.
Don’t think of passing by. Novosibirsk is a mandatory stop on the Trans-Siberian Railway. In addition to being the capital of Siberia, Novosibirsk is an important cultural, scientific, tourist and transport hub, as well as Russia’s third largest city. It is a very young city, founded in 1893, and it holds the Guinness record as the city that has reached a population of one million in the shortest