Posted on April 14th, 2009 No comments
From Russia with Love
Perhaps owing to the until-recent inaccessibility of the country stemming from the domestic policies of the former USSR, Russia is often still associated within a negative framework by those who have never crossed into its borders: as an inhospitably cold environment, both in terms of weather and of people; a backward looking and thinking country whose best amenities lie worlds apart from the luxuries of the West; and an ideological enemy of old still bent on spreading its influence. Weather excluded Russia is the coldest country on the planet, though there does exist a variation in climate over the land nothing could be further from the truth. Our Russian trips are visits to lands of plenty in a tour destination not to be underestimated.
Some travellers may feel daunted about the sheer size of Russia, not knowing where to start or which sights to plan a tour to, but the Trans-Siberian Railway is the ideal answer to these concerns. Spanning across the Central Siberian Plateau from Moscow to Vladivostok, the railway is without doubt the best means for travellers on a deadline to see as much of Russia as possible. Passing lush green forests, long coastlines, wide sloping plains, beautiful lakes and colossal mountains, while periodically stopping at various towns and sights, our Russian trips promise a sensory delight and countless scenic photo opportunities with the diverse array of locals.
A Russian trip would not be complete without a visit to one of the main cities of Moscow or St. Petersburg. Moscow’s Red Square, St. Basil’s cathedral and Sculpture’s Park or St. Petersburg’s The Hermitage, St. Isaac’s Cathedral and the Russian Museum are but a few of the outstanding sights that these two cities offer that let the traveller appreciate both the glorious past and the blossoming present of Russia.
Stretching over 11 time zones and two continents, Russia is the largest country in the world in terms of landmass and encompasses an area almost double the size of its nearest rival, Canada. Travellers, however, need not be daunted by the thought of planning a trip to so vast a country, as the Trans-Siberian Railway provides the ideal means to take in a good portion of what Russia has to offer; and this country’s bounties are considerable indeed. Delightful countryside brimming with gigantic mountains, shimmering lakes and verdant forests complements the plethora of splendid historic monuments in the urban centres and no tour would be complete without delving into the fascinating culture to discover the true face of Russia.