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Russia - tourist guide for holidays

Russia is a country which is worth your visit. It is full of natural wonders and historical monuments so you can surely spend here a nice time. Russia is a country you can visit on your own - or you can choose one of organized trips with a travel agency as well.

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Russia - the best places to see

Russia Russia is a very big country - and it is very diverse as well. Consequently there is a lot of interesting places. We have chosen a few of them.
  • Moscow (the capital - Red Square + Kremlin + Cathedral of Christ the Saviour + culture)
  • The Golden Ring - collection of historic Russian cities
  • St Petersburg (architecture + white nights + historical places + Summer Palace)
  • Kamchatka Peninsula - geothermal land with volcanoes
  • Vladivostok (Sportivnaya Harbor + fortress + hills + architecture)
  • Lake Baikal - mountain-rimmed lake
  • Irkutsk (historic churches + museums + Prince Vladimir Monastery)
  • Sochi - sea resort
  • Dombai - beautiful resort + forests

Russia - useful information

Religion:
~ Eastern Orthodox Church: 17 %
~ Muslim: 12 %
~ other: 3 %
~ no religion: 68 %
Religion - Russia
Russia: flagCapital: Moscow
Area: 17,075,400 km2
Number of inhabitants: 143,200,000
Currency: ruble, RUB
Language: Russian
Time zone: GMT+3 – 12 (GMT = London)
International telephone dial code: +7
Mobile phones system: GSM 900/1800
System of measurement: metric
Common languages: English in tourist places, german in tourist places
Serious travel risk: none
Voltage in electric network: 220 V
Electric plug:
Electric plug - Russia

Russia - Travellers Forum

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  S. Petersburg
Saint Petersburg is a wonderful city full of great places. Definitely recommended. I was there for just 2 days and hope to return there for more.
  Letiště
Jen doufám, že moskevské letiště konečně dostane nový kabát, protože to byl vždy můj nejhorší cestovní zážitek. Jako z doby před dvaceti lety, nepořádek, zmatek, mizerné služby.
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Russia - the map and typical itinerary

Russia - map
Itinerary 1: Moscow (the capital - Red Square + Kremlin + Cathedral of Christ the Saviour + culture) - historical landmarks + culture + walks - days: 3, The Golden Ring - collection of historic Russian cities - historical landmarks + walks - days: 4, St Petersburg (architecture + white nights + historical places + Summer Palace) - historical landmarks + culture + walks - days: 3
Itinerary 2: Vladivostok (Sportivnaya Harbor + fortress + hills + architecture) - historical landmarks + walks - days: 2, Kamchatka Peninsula - geothermal land with volcanoes - trekking - days: 5, Irkutsk (historic churches + museums + Prince Vladimir Monastery) - historical landmarks + walks - days: 1, Lake Baikal - mountain-rimmed lake - trekking - days: 3
Itinerary 3: Sochi - sea resort - relaxation at sea - days: 5, Dombai - beautiful resort + forests - trekking - days: 3
Itinerary 4: any combination of the previous itineraries

Prices of rooms and meals

Prices symbolRussia is quite an expensive country for tourists. In some seasons and in some areas you can make holidays for a very reasonable price, but generally speaking you should not expect pleasant prices everytime and everywhere. On the contrary - for lower prices you will often get very low quality.
  • Cheap accommodation: $15
  • Medium accommodation: $50
  • Expensive accommodation: $250
  • Cheap meal: $2
  • Medium meal: $6
  • Expensive meal: $60
The prices are per 1 person (and 1 meal or 1 night) and are in US Dollars.
It is often possible to buy cheap meal on streets or in fast-food restaurants. Medium priced meal is usually available in standard restaurants, expensive meal in expensive restaurants. We do not include extreme prices of accommodation and food (for example luxurious apartments in high quality hotels). (Prices are usually very different in different places and in different seasons. In the main season may be in touristic destinations the cheapest rooms unavailable.)

Russia on the Internet

Are you looking for more information? On the Internet there are a lot of information. Here are some advices: Russia may have different names in different languages. For example Rusko, Russland, Russie, Rusia. Use these names in search engines. It is good idea to precisely specify what are you looking for. If you need information about a place, use the name in a search engine. You may use other names of the place as well. If you need - for example - an information about history of the place, add the word history to the search engine.

What Others say

Russia, also officially known as the Russian Federation, is a country in northern Eurasia. It is a federal semi-presidential republic, comprising 83 federal subjects. From northwest to southeast, Russia shares borders with Norway, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland, Belarus, Ukraine, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, China, Mongolia, and North Korea. It also has maritime borders with Japan by the Sea of Okhotsk, and the U.S. state of Alaska across the Bering Strait. Russia is the largest country in the world. Russia is also the world's ninth most populous nation. Russia spans nine time zonesand incorporates a wide range of environments and landforms. Russia has the world's largest reserves of mineral and energy resources. Russia has the world's largest forest reserves and its lakes contain approximately one-quarter of the world's fresh water.
Wikipedia

Founded in the 12th century, the Principality of Muscovy, was able to emerge from over 200 years of Mongol domination (13th-15th centuries) and to gradually conquer and absorb surrounding principalities. In the early 17th century, a new Romanov Dynasty continued this policy of expansion across Siberia to the Pacific. Under PETER I (ruled 1682-1725), hegemony was extended to the Baltic Sea and the country was renamed the Russian Empire. During the 19th century, more territorial acquisitions were made in Europe and Asia. Defeat in the Russo-Japanese War of 1904-05 contributed to the Revolution of 1905, which resulted in the formation of a parliament and other reforms. Repeated devastating defeats of the Russian army in World War I led to widespread rioting in the major cities of the Russian Empire and to the overthrow in 1917 of the imperial household. The Communists under Vladimir LENIN seized power soon after and formed the USSR.
CIA The World Factbook
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