Things to do in Russia
Russia promises plenty for nature lovers with everything from puffins and sandpipers to bears and Siberian tigers, providing an endless and exciting animal itinerary. Kamchatka, in the northeast, is especially blessed with untouched habitats and a small ship cruise of the fjords and islands offers the chance to see grey whales, snowy owls, Peregrine falcons and the world’s largest colony of Pacific walrus.
Meeting and taking the time to talk to local people is one of the best ways to rip up the guide books and see what lies beneath. Russia is certainly no exception and from fellow passengers and beaming babushkas on the Trans Siberian Express, to homestays on the shores of Lake Baikal or meals with Muscovites, sometimes the most memorable cultural encounters start with you.
Staying in Moscow and Saint Petersburg for at least a couple of days is definitely a worthwhile idea. Both cities feature some of Russia’s ‘must see’ highlights and present a chance to lift the lid on Russia’s remarkable art history and cultural heritage. A glimpse of the Bolshoi Theatre or an exploration of The Peter and Paul Fortress, there’s so much on offer so aim to do the experience justice.