Have you ever dreamed of taking a trip to Russia? The largest country in the world makes a fantastic destination for a holiday with its natural beauty and rich history and culture. Travellers who love the diverse and the unexpected will have a blast exploring Russia and all it has to offer. It’s hard not to be intrigued by a country that spans eight time zones, takes up one-seventh of the earth’s land mass and features an incredibly variable range of climates. Whether you’d like to explore Russia in your own car or motorhome, or you prefer an escorted tour of Russia, there’s a package for you at Overland Journeys. Here are some of the things that make adventure holidays in Russia the best.
The largest city in Europe
Many people mistakenly believe that Paris (or perhaps London) is the largest European city. However, this is actually Moscow, with about 10.5 million residents. Moscow is a common destination on many Russian tours and for good reason. This city offers an intoxicating blend of the historic and the modern, from the colourful St. Basil’s Cathedral to the imposing Red Square – and much, much more.
There’s no place in the world quite like Russia to capture amazing photos. No matter what time of year you go or where you visit, you’ll find picturesque settings and fascinating things to take pictures of. During the warmer months, the blue skies and ideal weather make for gorgeous photos of the scenery; during the winter, you can often find record-breaking icicles (check out St. Petersburg for this). A dusting of snow transforms Russia into an idyllic winter wonderland. If you love snapping photos, don’t miss the Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood and the adjacent Griboedov Canal.
If you’ve been thinking that Russian winters seem like a reason to stay away, you couldn’t be more wrong. There’s nothing to fear; yes, it’s cold, but bundling up and braving the snow is well worth it. You’ll find yourself immersed in a world straight out of a fairy-tale, and experience firsthand one of the key elements of the country’s rich history.
Contrary to popular belief, vodka was invented in Poland. However, there’s no denying that the Russians perfected the formula and made it the popular and widely-consumed drink it is today. Moscow’s Vodka Museum is a fun stop to work into your itinerary and a place where you can learn all you ever wanted to know about vodka.
Where to book the best Russian tours
If you like the idea of spending one of your next holidays driving through this endlessly fascinating and thoroughly surprising country, you can book escorted Russia adventure tours with Overland Journeys. Russia is a safe destination to tour and one where you’ll be swept away by the beauty and culture and find many of your preconceived notions turned upside down. Contact Overland Journeys today to learn more about all the ways we offer to see Russia as well as Central Asia, Mongolia and South America.