The most popular tourist destinations in Russia are:
1. The Trans-Siberian Express
The most unique tour is a railway journey on the legendary Trans-Siberian Railway running from St. Petersburg or Moscow to Vladivostok.
During a 7-day journey you will overcome 10 000 km and cross a record 8 time zones. Endless expanses, untouched nature and amazing cultural attractions are linked together by a steel groundwork!
Major cities: Moscow – Nizhny Novgorod – Kazan – Yekaterinburg – Novosibirsk – Krasnoyarsk – Irkutsk – Lake Baikal – Ulan-Ude – Chita – Blagoveshchensk – Khabarovsk – Vladivostok. While travelling on your own, you may stop and visit any of these big historic cities.
You can also combine a trip to Russia with a trip to China or Mongolia. For example, after visiting China and Mongolia you can continue your journey in Russia or vice versa. It is worth mentioning that some of the Russian Trans-Siberian Railway tours include a trip through Mongolia.
The cost of tours varies from $2500 for journeys by regular trains up to $15 000 for journeys by Golden Eagle Luxury Trains – www.otkrytie.ru.
See more detailed information on Moscow and St. Petersburg if you start your journey from the center of Russia.
Airport of Vladivostok – www.vvo.aero.
2. Endless Baikal
The deep lake Baikal, also called "Blue Eye of Siberia", "Sacred Sea" or "Diamond of the Planet", holds the world's largest reserve of fresh water of a unique composition.
The lake length is 663 km, and the depth is more than 1 km.
The choice of excursions in the lake as well as in its surroundings is very wide – www.baikalov.ru.
The nearest airport is in Irkutsk – www.iktport.ru.
3. Volcanoes and geysers of Kamchatka
The unique region famous for its active volcanoes, hot springs, mountain rivers, picturesque paths and settlements which inhabitants have not changed their lifestyle over the past hundred years. The amazing beauty of the Valley of Geysers opens for tourists the secrets of volcanic processes; in the south of Kamchatka you can personally observe the life of the brown bears and the spawning of Pacific salmon.
To find out the prices and book a tour, visit www.kamchatkaoutdoors.ru.
The nearest airport is in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky – www.airport-pkc.ru.
4. Solovetsky Islands
On a small archipelago in the White Sea was formed a special natural, historical and cultural complex which has no analogues in the world.
The most interesting is the Solovetsky Island which is home to one of Russia’s best-known monasteries founded in the 15th century. In the middle of the 20th century it was transformed into one of the USSR’s most notorious prison camps.
To find out the prices and book a tour, visit www.solovky.com.The nearest airports are in Arkhangelsk – www.arhaero.ru and Solovki – www.aviado.ru/airport/solovki.