A brief tour of Russia’s regions – Part 2
There’s a lot more to Russia than just Moscow and St Petersburg!
The vast majority of foreign tourists who visit Russia confine themselves to the country’s two biggest cities. And while you could spend a lifetime exploring these two enchanting destinations, there’s so much more to Russia, waiting to be explored.
So in this, the second of our mini-series of articles, here are a few more areas we recommend you take time to discover…
The Volga Region
Photo: Karl Musser, created it based on USGS data, Wikimedia Commons
The Volga is the longest river in Europe and the cultural, tourist, economic and transportation centre of the region. It starts in the heart of European Russia, makes its way through the whole central region of the country to the south, and runs into the Caspian Sea.
Much of the river runs through the Republic of Tatarstan, the centre of Islam in Russia, where some of the most interesting architectural structures can be found.
Primorye is a region situated in the south-eastern part of Russia. It’s the place where north meets south, a land of varied and rich nature, where lowlands rub shoulders with volcanic plateaux, rich woods meet stone deserts, and high mountains drop into the sea – truly an exotic mix waiting to be explored.
Featuring more than 65 000 lakes and 27 000 rivers and streams, North-West Russia is often referred to as the Lake Country. You’ll find Europe’s largest lakes here – Ladozhskoe and Onezhskoe, while Russia’s first health resort is situated in the capital of Karelia – Petrozavodsk.
A unique natural land formation well worth visiting is Kursh Spit, an unbroken ribbon of sand dunes which are almost desert-like.
Black Sea and Caucasus
The Black Sea coastline and its sub-tropical climate, warm summer days and gentle winters contrasts sharply with the glaciers, springs and alpine ski resorts of the Northern Caucasus. The area is famous for its numerous hot springs and spa towns, the largest being Kislovodsk and Pyatigorsk.
The beautiful double-peaked Elbrus is the pride of the Caucasus Mountains, being Russia’s highest point at 5642 m.
These are just a few of the fantastic regions we can help you discover here at RNTO. There really is a whole world of adventures and experiences for you to enjoy throughout the length and breadth of Russia, and we’d love to help you make the most of your time in this enigmatic country. So give us a call today, and we’ll be with you every step of the way!