From Moscow's Metro to Siberia's Solitude



Russia spans 11 time zones, yet remains shrouded in mystery to many Westerners. Peeling back layers of stereotypes reveals a country of extremes – from grand imperial cities to remote Siberian wilds where few tread. Independent travellers who venture off well-worn paths are rewarded with unexpected discoveries around each curve in the road less travelled.


While iconic sites in Moscow and St. Petersburg show imperial influence, lesser visited regions preserve a sense of time standing still. In the highlands of the Caucasus, traditions passed through generations still define rural life. The Artic’s petty bourgeois maintain a stoic resilience that seems from another era. These dispersed pockets of unvarnished culture offer a glimpse into Russia as it once was.

For those willing to step beyond package tours, a world of possibilities emerges. Join scientists braving Siberia’s backcountry to track elusive species. Pedal deserted roads among tranquil lakes and forests seemingly untouched since Czarists roamed. Partake in scenes rarely witnessed as the nomadic Nenets people whose reindeer herds follow ancient migration routes. In Russia, independence finds its reward for intrepid souls leaving no cultural stone unturned.

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Russia: Essential Information and Fun Facts

To travel to Russia, one needs to fulfill general visa requirements including a completed application form from the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, a valid passport, a recent visa photograph, proof of residence, and visa support documentation. For detailed guidance, contact our visa team
Russia’s vast size means its climate varies widely by region. In general, summers are warm and sunny in central and southern parts with cooler temperatures farther north and along the coasts. Winters everywhere except the mildest southern locales see below freezing conditions with significant snowfall. For most travelers, the best time to visit is from May to September when weather is milder and parks/attractions are open across the country. Spring and fall also offer decent weather at less crowded times.
Russia never sees rainbows in winter and penguins love living there. Many unusual attractions also await discovery within this massive nation—at a temple in Siberia, golden chickens predict the future. In Moscow, a troupe of goats roams the subway dispatching weeds. Few visitors realize walruses reside in aquariums throughout Russia, or that traditional wrestling style Buzkashi involves grabbing a goat carcass. From rainbows to reptiles, Russia never ceases to mystify with little-known fun facts around every corner.
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