In Russia, it’s not scary: where it is worth going to our country according to foreign media
The World Cup has ended. And, perhaps, he became one of the brightest in history. During the World Cup, an incredible number of foreigners visited Russia - about 2 million. The atmosphere of celebration, carnival and universal joy reigned literally everywhere.
Very often one could hear from the guests of the Championship exclamations of surprise about how good, safe, hospitable and open people here are in our country. Of course, the fact that many people have the false impression of what Russia really is is a little frustrating. But now foreigners have seen from their own experience that bears with balalaikas do not walk around the streets, people know how to enjoy life, and the natural beauties that our country is so rich in are worth it to come back more than once.
In the meantime, experts predict a tourist boom in the Russian Federation, media in different countries are in a hurry to correct their mistake and tell readers about a new promising direction for travel and what you definitely need to do if you travel to Russia. Let's see what the TOP-7 recommendations look like.
Unforgettable trip along the Trans-Siberian Railway
Feel the beauty and diversity of Russia in this epic railway journey on the Trans-Siberian Express. The path will be almost 9300 km. This is a real adventure that will take you from one part of the country to another, you will cross seven time zones and enjoy many spectacular landscapes. The journey will begin in Moscow, from here you will follow through the Ural Mountains to Yekaterinburg, and then to Lake Baikal and to Irkutsk, which are located in the very heart of Siberia. Having got acquainted with the Buryat culture in Ulan-Ude, you will go to the coast of Vladivostok, which will be an amazing end to a vibrant trip. Such a journey will leave the most pleasant memories both in summer and in winter.
Feast in Russian
Discover the cultural and culinary secrets of Russia. Much misunderstood in the West, the food culture in Russia is surprisingly diverse and fascinating. Spend an evening at the board games, serving various dishes and drinks, try to cook pies according to the recipes of grandmothers, try the lagman in the Soviet-style dining room or enjoy a hearty home feast in the Tatar family. From the search for ingredients and cooking borsch, to wide feasts - all this will allow you to discover the country from a new perspective.
"Wild, Wild East" of Russia
If you are looking for a meeting with wildlife and have long dreamed of an adventure that will be rich in majestic and exciting landscapes, then the cruise around the Kamchatka Peninsula is perfect. Stunning volcanic landscapes will catch your eye. You will be surprised by the wildlife of the Commander Islands. During the trip you will have unforgettable views of the vast colonies of seabirds, especially on the cliffs of Verkhoturov Island, a meeting with the eagles on the Zhupanova River will be no less impressive. You will see sea lions, Pacific walruses and Kamchatka brown bears, as well as killer whales, belugas, humpback and gray whales. This is an unforgettable experience that wildlife brings.
Traveling to where time has stopped
Discover one of the corners of Russia, where time seems to stand still and people live the way they have been doing for centuries. Embark on a journey along country roads north of St. Petersburg. You will be able to explore island monasteries and learn how to cook traditional Karelian pies in the tiny village of Kinerma. You will pass through the Marble Canyon of Ruskeala National Park, swim in the lakes and wander in awe, enjoying the fabulous architecture of the Gethsemane monastery on the island of Valaam. This is the side of Russia that few people manage to see.
Historic Volga Delta Cruise
No less exciting will be a river cruise from Moscow to Astrakhan along the Volga River Delta. The road will run along the ancient waterway aboard a well-equipped and very comfortable boat. Wonderful landscapes will open from the deck: churches with onion domes and tiny villages. Several stops are planned along the way, during which it will be nice to stroll through medieval cities such as Nizhny Novgorod, learn more about Russian traditions and history. This is a great way to relax and make new friends.
Weekend in St. Petersburg
Petersburg is an ideal place to relax, combining greatness and history, delicious restaurants and world-class art galleries. You will see many treasures of the Hermitage (one of the best art galleries in the world), and also visit the Peter and Paul Fortress - the first permanent building of the city. It is worth a glance at the Catherine Palace and admire the luxury and wealth of the kings before exploring the beautiful canals and countless cafes in this magnificent city.
Non-standard route in the autonomous republics of the Russian Federation
Each republic is interesting in its own way and boasts its own traditional clothing, customs and dishes. In Cheboksary, more than 25 churches and four monasteries are waiting for you. After Kazan, you can go to the former closed city of Izhevsk, where the Mikhailovsky Cathedral is located, and then spend time in Mari El, enjoying pagan traditions. It is worth visiting Perm, another city that was closed during the times of the USSR, as well as visiting Kudymkar, where the traditions of the Zyryan ethnic group are still preserved. And finally, as a conclusion, one of the oldest cities in the Urals - Solikamsk. This route is far from the most common in Russia, so get ready for an unforgettable adventure!
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