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The largest country in the world, Russia constitutes one-seventh of the world’s landmass and spans eight time zones. This expansive area allows it to neighbor more countries than anywhere else on earth, as well as touch twenty-two bodies of water and hold twelve seas within its borders. Its vast and complicated array of landscapes has created a diverse blend of forty national parks alongside its forty UNESCO Biosphere Reserves. Here you can find the oldest mountains in the world, the Urals, and the deepest lake in the world, Lake Baikal. Travel from the tundra to the steppes, the desert to the glaciers, the valleys to the volcanoes without ever needing a new visa.

• Russia’s capital, Moscow: the Kremlin, Red Square, and St. Basil’s Cathedral
• Saint Petersburg
• The Trans-Siberian Railway

The most popular time to visit Russia is from May to October, from Spring to Autumn – as the rest of the year can see very cold temperatures! Some do choose to visit in Winter to appreciate the stunning snow-laden scenery and festive nationwide New Year celebrations.

Currency Russian ruble

Language Russian is the only official language, however there are 35 languages that are considered official in individual regions of Russia, and over 100 minority languages are spoken in the country today.

Weather In Saint Petersburg and Moscow, temperatures range from a daily mean of around -6°C in January to 18°C in July. Winters are cold and snowy everywhere in Russia, however some choose to visit at this time to witness magical snow-laden scenes and festive celebrations. Late Spring to early Autumn is the high season for tourism, as temperatures are much more mild and comfortable.

Social customs and quirks During the Soviet era, most traditions from Russia’s imperial past were disapproved of and life was regulated heavily by the state. From the 1980s, Russian reforms eased these restrictions and previously popular festivals, traditions and religious practice began to reappear. Being superstitious is the norm in Russia and many quirks in Russian culture stem from these superstitions.

Festivals and events Folk holidays have gained popularity in recent times and tend to involve street carnivals and traditional Russian dress. Maslyanitsa originated in Pagan times and marks the end of winter, Easter brings baked goods and painted hard-boiled eggs, the Troitsa (Pentecost) sees homes adorned with fresh green branches, and at the end of summer there are three folk holidays that celebrate various harvests. Official holidays include the Russian Orthodox Christmas (January 7), Victory Day in WWII (May 9), Independence Day (June 12), Constitution Day (December 12), and Women’s Day (March 8).

Health* There are currently no health requirements entering Russia unless coming directly from a Yellow Fever infected area.

Notes *Please be aware that Health information is subject to change at any time and you should always double check these requirements at the time of booking and before travel.

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High Arctic Odyssey: Remote Russian Archipelagos
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European Arctic, Finland, Russia 22 Days/ 21 Nights Roundtrip Helsinki, Finland 22 July 2020
With Quark Expeditions

Book and deposit by 15 January 2020 and receive a Free Transfer Package

Explore the most enigmatic and extreme regions of the Russian High Arctic with our epic High Arctic Odyssey: Remote Russian Archipelagos voyage. In the...

Explore Moscow & St. Petersburg

Russia 8 Days / 7 Nights

Taste the mystery, beauty, and intrigue of Russia, the land that lay hidden behind the Iron Curtain for decades. This tour explores the grandeur...

North Pole

European Arctic, Finland, Russia 14 Days / 13 Nights Roundtrip Helsinki, Finland
with Quark Expeditions

Your icebreaker, 50 Years of Victory, will take you to a part of the world more commonly associated with fairy tales and folklore -

Quest for the Northern Lights

Norway, Russia 12 Days / 11 Nights

Renowned for its theatrical landscapes and dramatic climate, the Arctic Circle is one of the world's most mystifying places to explore. On this grand...

The Trans-Siberian Express

Mongolia, Russia 15 Days / 14 Nights

Undoubtedly one of the world's greatest train journeys, the Trans-Siberian Railway runs like a steel ribbon across mysterious Russia connecting east and west from...