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High mountains to old buildings, a tour across the northernmost country of Asia is surely an experience to remember and cherish. Let’s find out what to expect from the country that is a synonym for the beauty of both old and new.

A Russia Tour can offer you a memory of a lifetime. The country that resides on the northernmost corner of the world has always had something great to offer to travellers who want to explore. From St. Petersburg to Pearl of Siberia – Lake Baikal, from the treasure trove of fine art – the Tretyakov Galler to the Red Square, here’s what you need to know about the must-go-places of Russia.

Moscow City Tour

The capital city of Russia, Moscow must be on one of you must-go-to list. You can take a small walk around the beautiful Red Square. A piece of architectural wonder, St Basil’s Cathedral, is a symbol of past present and future. The cathedral stands on the Red Square. If you want to see the city from the top, Sparrow Hills is the spot you must go to.

The State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia is a paradise for the art lovers as one can experience Pavel Tretyakov’s collection for four decades. Tretyakov is considered to be the best art gallery in Moscow; the museum has more than 150,000 artworks as of today.

Kremlin Armoury Chamber

To experience the Kremlin Palace’s cornucopia, one must visit the treasure chest, The Armoury Chamber. The armoury was the weapon store of the Moscow Kremlin. The finest of Muscovite gunsmiths, jewellers, and painters had their work and wonders preserved there. There are about 4,000 pieces of applied art laced in there. The State Armoury of the Moscow Kremlin is one of the most iconic placed to visit when you are up for a Russia tour.

The Armoury Chamber has stored antique state regalia, traditional Tsar’s vestments and coronation dress, vestments of the Russian Orthodox Church’s hierarchy, the largest collection of gold and silverware by Russian craftsmen, West European artistic silver, ceremonial weapons and arms, carriages, horse ceremonial harness.

Lake Baikal

2Lake Baikal, the world’s largest, deepest and clearest lake was declared UNESCO World Heritage Site in the year 1996. It is the oldest lake in the world and is the home to approximately 1,700 to 1,800 plant and animal species.

More than 300 streams and rivers feed into Lake Baikal is known as the ‘Galapagos of Russia’. Though it is in southern Siberia, the lands around Lake Baikal are generally warmer than the rest of the area. Can you afford to miss a Lake Baikal trip when about 500,000 tourist visit every year? So plan your trip accordingly.

Irkutsk – The Paris of Russia

Only about 70 km from the world famous Lake Baikal, Irkutsk is often called the Paris of Russia. It is the administrative centre of eastern Siberia. Irkutsk is the city from where the Siberian expedition begins. If you are a city person Irkutsk is the place you must head to while you are on your Russia tour. The dynamic city life with a rich cultural heritage reflects in city’s highly appreciated architectural structures.

St. Petersburg City Tour

3St Petersburg City Tour is Russia’s second largest city after Moscow. It is also regarded as the cultural capital of Russia. The city is often called the ‘Venice of North’ for the Neva River and its canals and not to forget the 342 bridges.

From its architectural gems like Winter Palace and the Kazan Cathedral to grand Hermitage Museums and its world-renowned art collection can be enough reasons to spend a few days at St Petersburg. You can spend days after days seeing the Egyptian mummies to Da Vinci and Picasso’s paintings, Hermitage has one of the finest collection of world art.

Northern Lights

4The mind-blowing natural phenomenon, Aurora Borealis is probably the most beautiful sky embellishment by our mother nature. You cannot let pass your opportunity to see the dancing lights while you are planning your Russia trip. There are a few places in Russia from where you can experience the miracle of nature.

The Murmansk Region, situated on the Kola Peninsula, is all the rage among Russian tourists. Travellers visit Murmansk to ski, snowboard and visit traditional Sami villages. Murmansk is one of the world’s largest cities beyond the Arctic Circle.

Another small town on the Kola Peninsula, Kirovsk is nearest to the Khibiny Mountains. It is in the south of Murmansk but the climate is severe there. Because of the bright and clear sky, chances of seeing Northern Lights increase several times than most. The other places are Yakutsk, Vorkuta, Naryan-Mar, Petrozavodsk, and Arkhangelsk.

So what’s the wait for? If you were planning your summer trip, head north to the country that offers you a buffet of adventures.