Russia is one country that figures in almost every traveler’s bucket list. From the sub-freezing temperatures of Siberia to the onion domes of Moscow, the country has something to offer for everyone. To cover the whole of Russia is a challenging task, given that it is the largest country in the world. You can travel the country in cars, trains, planes or cruises – all of which come with their own pros or cons. Take for example a cruise St Petersburg to Moscow, which takes up at least ten days and offers world-class luxury. On the other hand, a Trans Siberian railway trip is not only economical but covers more diverse landscape in the same time period. Read on to know more about the best ways to explore the country.
Drive around the highways in Russia
A road trip is a more authentic and relaxed option. However, covering such a vast and diverse country can seem unnerving to some. Add to that the long stretches with no people or the poor quality of roads at places – and traveling by road in Russia becomes one of those options which only some can truly opt for.
Take a cross-country train trip
The country features a robust railway network. One of the oldest lines in the world, the Moscow – St. Petersburg network is a good way to cover the two most beautiful capitals on the planet.
You can also take the Trans Siberian from Moscow to Vladivostok, which makes for the perfect one week vacation. Hop on the longest railway line in the world to explore Russia like never before. There are different types of wagons in the train, which vary in terms of cost and comfort levels. This rail trip will let you cover most of the various landscapes that the country has to offer and interact with natives along the way.
Cruise along the waters of Volga
Many cruises offer the option of exploring St. Petersburg and Moscow while sailing on the waters of Volga. These cruises vary in their itineraries but most of them offer various onboard activities, luxury stays, city tours, lounges, bars, etc. You can also enjoy different cuisines and incredible services from the cruise operators.
Traveling in the waters is the best way to explore the tiny, quaint Russian towns situated along the Volga and soak in the beauty of the river and its canals. It is the perfect option if you are a couple looking to relax, rejuvenate and spend some quality time together.
Soar through the skies
Most airlines in Russia are not exactly cheap given the long distances they need to cover due to the geography of the place. Traveling around the country will cost you upwards of 400 USD, which is a lot given the more economical options like trains available. However, planes are the way to go if you are on a deadline.
So much is known yet mysterious about this beautiful country that we all end up daydreaming about it. So why not plan a trip soon and get exploring!