Like a continent spanning Europe and East Asia, Russia has only been open to the world for a relatively short time. The largest State on the planet and a genuine patchwork of peoples and territories now offers the prospect of excursions rich in amazing discoveries. Kick off your tour with the "two capitals" that vie for pride of place. No matter whether you decide to start with the rainbow coloured domes of the churches on Red Square and the gilded domes of the cathedrals of the Kremlin, in Moscow, you will find them as fascinating as St-Petersburg's lavish Imperial Hermitage district and its canals lined by elegant palaces. br/>The more adventurous travellers will then want to climb on board the Trans-Siberian, and cross the never-ending steppes as far as Vladivostok in the east, whose steep streets and Golden Horn Bay are strangely reminiscent of San Francisco. Along the way, admire Lake Baika, the deepest and largest lake of the planet in the heart of Siberia. During the long train journey, you will have ample opportunity to get to know the amusing, warm people, sharing a bowl of borscht or marinated cucumber, after raising a glass of vodka, of course!
Set on Moscow’s Bolotny Island, the Red October chocolate factory has become the Russian capital’s new artistic place to be. A youthful, festive cultural hub, the complex lends an underground dimension to a quarter in full revival.