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Russia, or the the Russian Federation as it's officially known, is by far the largest country in the world - covering more than one ninth of the Earth's land area.

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Mother Russia

Countries neighbouring Russia are: Norway, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Belarus, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, China, North Korea and Alaska, USA; across the Bering Straight.

Map of Russia

Weather in Russia

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On Arbatskaya, the main pedestrian street in Moscow, the red flag is a tourist commodity worthy of currency, along with other Lenin memorabilia and former soviet uniforms, Russian dolls, tin-badges and revolution-era cameras.

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Turn back the clock with this original work of Soviet Memorabilia from

Turn back the clock with this piece of Soviet Memorabilia.

This original Soviet clock can only be purchased in the Sovietski Store.


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From Russia With Love:
The thawing of attitude saw people of St. Petersburg and Moscow take to the streets; Lenin statues fell and individual traders sprouted up like new shoots in the spring.

Accommodation in Moscow

Hotels in Moscow:
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Some of the most popular destinations in Russia

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Astrakhan, Chelyabinsk, Irkutsk, Kaliningrad, Kazan, Khabarovsk, Kostroma, Krasnodar, Krasnoyarsk, Moscow, Murmansk, Nizhny Novgorod, Novosibirsk, Omsk, Perm, Rostov-on-Don, Samara, Sochi, St Petersburg, Vladivostok, Volgograd, Yekaterinburg, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk.

Russia Tourism

East Russia Travel:
This site has been designed to educate, inform and promote Eco, cultural and other tourism opportunities in Eastern Russia.

New Russia:
Official Site of the Russian National Tourist Office. This is a beautifully presented site, and very easy to navigate; who needs frames? There is an enlightening history section, and of course the mythical Trans Siberian Railway routes.

Trans-Siberian Handbook: Trans-Siberian, Trans-Mongolian, Trans-Manchurian and Siberian Bam Routes (Includes Guides to 25 Cities)
Trans-Siberian Handbook:
The must-have guide for travellers contemplating travelling overland through Russia by train.

Lonely Planet also do a Trans-Siberian Railway Guide.

Visiting Russia

Getting a Russian Visa

Russian Visas:
All foreign nationals are required to have entry visas to travel to the Russian Federation. You can easily obtain your entry visas for Russia and the CIS online, from the comfort of your own home.

If you are transiting through Moscow Sheremetyevo airport, you may also purchase a visa at the airport, to visit Red Square and The Kremlim while you wait for your connecting flight. And believe me, there can be some very long waits.

If you're staying in Russia for more than 3 days, you'll need to register your visa through your hotel or sponsor.

For those travelling to a number of Russian cities, all points of entry and all itinerary stops in Russia need to be printed on the visa. It's also a good idea to make photocopies of your passport and visa and carry them with you at all times.

Travellers who wish to stay in Russia for more than 3 months need to have an HIV test, to prove that they don't carry the virus. The HIV certificate needs to be in Russian and English and valid for 3 months from the date of medical examination.

Russian Customs Regulations

You need to fill out a customs declaration upon arrival in Russia with the amount of currency brought into the country declared and all valuable items listed (including your cell phone). Make sure that the declaration is officially stamped by customs officers on entry, to prevent difficulties in taking currency and valuables out.

Russian Consulates:
Listings of Russian Consulates around the world.

Russian Phrasebook:
You're in Russia. Chances are you'll have to stand in line at least once. With this book in hand, this potentially dreary experience could become a social event. Talk politics, meet the love of your life or simply ask where the toilets are.

Russia Today:
English-language news channel based in Moscow.

Russian Visa Guide:
It is possible to arrange your own Russian visa. In practice, however, most travellers choose to hire a professional visa travel agency to do the groundwork. For an extra $30-$70, agencies will prepare, proof-read, and submit your paperwork to a consulate on your behalf and mail your passport along with Russian visa back.

St. Petersburg

Russian Folk Show:
Enjoy an exotic Russian folk show in the former Ballroom of the Nikolayevsky Palace. Featuring the best folk companies in St. Petersburg with delicious Russian appetisers served in the intermission.

St. Petersburg:
A virtual tour of Russia's jewel in the crown. Sit back and enjoy as you learn more about the sights.

St Petersburg Hostel:
More Youth Hostels are appearing as budget travel takes off -- when we first went to Russia, you had to pre-book your itinerary through Intourist to receive vouchers for dollar hungry hotels.

The State Hermitage Museum:
The State Hermitage occupies six magnificent buildings situated along the embankment of the River Neva, right in the heart of St. Petersburg. The Hermitage collections of works of art (over 3,000,000 items) present the development of the world culture and art from the Stone Age to the 20th century.

Where Russia:
Moscow and St Petersburg are two different cities. Get a feel for these Russian cities by reading the articles at Where Russia.

Accommodation in St Petersburg

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Passengers travelling through St. Petersburg, on Rossiya flights, get a free hotel stay if their connecting flight is the following day or they have more than a six hour wait.

Pulkovo Airport:
Pulkovo airport has two air terminals: Pulkovo-1 for domestic, CIS and charter flights; and Pulkovo-2 for international flights.

Pulkovo Airport Transfers are available for €35 (1-3 people).
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Park Inn Pulkovskaya Hotel:
The hotel is situated close to the Moskovskaya metro station, in one of the most beautiful St. Petersburg districts. Only 10 minutes, free shuttles can also whisk you into the city within 20 minutes. The hotel is especially convenient for guests planning to visit the famous royal estates: Peterhof, Pushkin, Pavlovsk and the residence of the Russian President - Constantinovsky Palace.

Rossiya Airlines:
The regional airline of St Petersburg operates charter flights to some 86 cities abroad and 35 cities within Russia.

The Republic of Karelia

Known as 'the country of lakes' Karelia is located along Russia's border with Finland.

Petrozavodsk, the capital city of Karelia, can be reached by overnight train from Saint Petersburg; leaving around 10pm and arriving in Petrozavodsk around 7am.

Hotels in Petrozavodsk:
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Karelia Tourism Portal:
The Tourist Information Centre of Karelia is located at Kuibysheva Street 5, in Petrozavodsk.

Official Karelia:
The republic consists of 16 metropolitan regions and two urban distrits, with 808 inhabited localities.

Regions of Karelia

Belomorsky, Kalevalsky, Kemsky, Kondopozhsky, Kostomuksha, Lahdenpohsky, Louhsky, Medvezhegorsky, Muezersky, Olonetsky, Petrozavodsk, Pitkyarantsky, Prionezhsky, Pryazhinsky, Pudozhsky, Segezhsky, Sortavala, Suojarvsky.

The Urals

The Ural Mountains are stuffed with gems and precious stones.

You can buy fantastic handmade jewellery and souvenirs in Ekaterinberg: malachite, garnet, turquoise and jasper made into colourful, sparkling rings, necklaces, key chains and jewellery boxes.


About Ekaterinburg:
Ekaterinburg is the third largest Russian city, administrative centre of Sverdlovsk oblast and the capital of the Urals.

Ekaterinburg History:
Ekaterinburg (Yekaterinburg), the capital city of the Urals, was founded in 1723 by Tzar Peter the Great (and named after his wife, Catherine). The city witnessed the death of monarchy in Russia, as it was in Ekaterinburg that the last Russian czar Nicholas II with his family was assassinated, in Ipatiev house by the Bolsheviks on July 16, 1918.

When Josef Stalin ruled the Soviet Union, Ekaterinburg became the largest passing point for the so called political criminals, who were sent to develop the lands of Siberia and the Far East; the inhuman work was another name for a death sentence.

There are many outstanding historical monuments in the area. Maybe take a one-day tour to Verkhoturje - a truly amazing village not far from Ekaterinburg, where you can see the most beautiful churches in Russia and listen to stunning legends about the famous ancient monastery.

Ural Airlines:
Located at Sputnikov str., 6 in Ekaterinburg.
Tel: +7 /3432/ 242-850, 266-789
Fax: +7 /3432/ 266-416
Information phone +7 /3432/ 268-845.

US Consulate in Ekaterinburg:
American visitors to Russia can find out about citizen services and the region; Russian travellers to America can learn about visa services; U.S. businessmen can access reports on trade and investment, and Russian students and journalists can read the latest U.S. policy statements on events around the world.

Accommodation in Ekaterinburg

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Russian Tours

Driving Across Siberia - Vladivostok to Moscow

The 10,000 kilometre road journey is probably best taken from west to east, as the most arduous part of the journey is undertaken first and the vehicle's resale value is higher in Moscow.


Visit Belgorod - the Golden Gate of Southern Russia - to find old Orthodox cathedrals, cloisters, and buildings that witnessed the steps of Peter the Great and other Russian historical figures. View the unique Russian landscapes and memorials commemorating historical events from the ancient ages to the biggest tank battle that took place near the village of Prokhorovka, in 1943.

All-Russia Travel Services:
Grint-Hospitality is licensed by the Russian authority to provide international travel services and is officially registered with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to assist with the processing of visa formalities.
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Baikal Adventures:
Discover the wonders of Lake Baikal in the Republic of Buryatia, on the Russian-Mongolian border.

Exeter International:
Specialist tour operator offering holidays to Russia and Eastern Europe. The experienced team can arrange visits to Moscow, cultural holidays in St Petersburg, or luxury river cruises on the MS Volga Dream.

Insider Tour:
Escorted tours around Saint Petersburg and its suburbs. Also offer tours and shore excursions for cruise ship tourists.

MariaRose Tours:
Founded in 2002 and based in St. Petesrburg, MariaRose offers cultural sightseeing tours, shore excursions, Russian Heritage Tours, and full vacation packages in St Petersburg, Moscow and other Russian cities.

Cruising To Russia
Enjoy a cruise of Russia, the Baltic States and Scandinavia.

Russian Food

Food and Russia are not talked about kindly in the same breath.

Russian Recipes:
Pelmeni (an ear of dough) and blini (Russian pancakes).

Wild Russia

Visit Siberia:
Located in Tomsk, the geographical centre of Russia, Visit Siberia is an authorised company possessing a license for Russian visa support, hotel reservations and air ticketing. They also have contacts with travel companies in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Ekaterinburg, Novosibirsk, Barnaul, Irkutsk and Vladivostok.

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