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Russia, or 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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Russia Travel and Tourist Information with links to official travel and tourism websites and state resources for visitors to Russia.

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Cruising to Russia, Karelia, Map of Russia, Moscow, Russia Tourism, Russia Travel Guides, Russian Tours, Russian Visas, St Petersburg, Soviet Memorabilia, The Urals, Visiting Russia.

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

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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.

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.

Embassies in Moscow

British Embassy in Moscow:
Smolenskaya Naberezhnaya 10, 121099 Moscow, Russia.

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:
The must-have guide for travellers contemplating travelling overland through Russia by train.

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.

Travel Advice to Russia:
The British Government's advice for British citizens planning to visit Russia.

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 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 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.

One of the largest and oldest museums in the world, the State Hermitage in Saint Petersburg was founded by Catherine the Great, in 1764, and has been open to the public since 1852.

Although badly damaged by fire in 1837, the original plans from architect Francesco Bartolomeo Rastrelli were used for the reconstruction of this grand state entrance.

The Jordan Staircase of the Winter Palace leads up to the exhibition rooms.


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 and charter flights; and Pulkovo-2 for international flights.

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.

Tit For Tat Diplomacy

The British Consulate in St Petersburg was shut down by Russia on 17th March, 2018; in retaliation for Britain's expulsion of Russian diplomats, after a nerve agent attack in Salisbury, suspected to have been curried out under Russian orders.

Russia and the UK:
News relating to the special relationship between Russia and the United Kingdom.

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:
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 districts, 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 tsar, Nicholas II and 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.

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.

Discover the wonders of Lake Baikal in the Republic of Buryatia, on the Russian-Mongolian border.

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

Cruising To Russia

Cruising The Baltics:
Enjoy a cruise of Russia, the Baltic States and Scandinavia.

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