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Russia

Continent: Asia

Ideal Duration: 10 - 14 days

Best Time: March - August Read More

Currency: Russian Ruble (RUB)

Budget: Moderate

"A Place Where History Meets Modernity"

Russia Tourism

Russia has been popular for being the largest nation in the world. A lot of famous museums such as The Hermitage Museum also have their homes in this country. Apart from the beauty of its architectural works, Russia is also blessed with abundant natural beauty. Nature lovers will fall in love with Lake Baikal and the rest of the beautiful mountains, trees and rolling meadows. Russia has been instrumental in producing some great gems in the field of both literature and music - Anton Chekhov, Igor Stravinsky and Leo Tolstoy to name a few.

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Best time to visit Russia

March - August is the best time to visit Russia

Russia is considered to be at its peak during the summer. When the areas are not covered by snow, the true beauty of the landscape stands out. Greenery abounds and a lot of different birds can be spotted. During the other months, it gets extremely cold and is not at all favourable for tourism.

Regions in Russia

Russia comprises of several regions. Central Russia is most often visited for the city of Moscow, the Russian South has the best climate in the country, North West Russia is very well-known for St.Petersburg, the Russian Far East holds the popular Permafrost Kingdom, Siberia is known for Lake Baikal, Uralsare characterized by the majestic Ural Mountains whereas Volga promises a lot of river cruises.

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Holidify's Opinion

What's Great?

Vibrant nightlife. Comprehensive public transport system. Delicious food. Not very expensive.

What's Not So Great?

Extreme weather conditions. Crime rate is quite high. Heavy traffic.

For Whom?

Architecture and history enthusiasts. Party lovers. Nature lovers.

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Currency of Russia

Russian Ruble is the national currency. Frequently used denominations for bank notes are RUB 50, RUB 100, RUB 500, RUB 1000 and RUB 5000. US Dollars and Euros are both accepted in the country. Credit cards are also widely accepted in most of the Places. St.Petersburg and Moscow are slightly more expensive cities, so make sure to have enough cash on you while visiting these places.

Exchanging Money in Russia

Concerning currency exchange, USD and Euros are more commonly used. Money changers are available across the country, with signs hung up outside the store. But these money changers will not accept torn or damaged notes. ATMs and banks are very easily available and accessible, with Visa and Master Cards accepted widely. Sberbank is one bank that you will find in every Russian city, and there is always an ATM close to it, so there should not be any trouble regarding currency exchange.

Nightlife in Russia

Russian nightlife is considered to be quite lively. One can experience the best kind of nightlife at St.Petersburg and Moscow. Bars, dance clubs, theatre nights and other festive events are what you can expect here. Night clubs bring in a lot of DJs, many of them having an international reputation, so you can rest assured that entertainment here is always top-notch. There are also discotheques, casinos, and places offering musical nights and opera shows. If you're a theatre fan, make sure to visit Bolshoi theatre for some wonderful, romantic plays.

Shopping in Russia

Russia is home to a lot of malls, markets and streets selling everything from the latest fashions to the choicest produce. Shopping centers in the major cities will have a lot of well-known brands to shop from. A lot of old factories in Russia have been developed and turned into shopping complexes, so you can always ask the locals to point you to the best ones. But if you want authentically Russian commodities, you can visit the markets and shop for souvenirs, jewelry, cheaper clothes and more.

Festivals of Russia

Russians celebrate a lot of events. Visiting during the festival time is always a good idea, as the region comes to life with cheer, colour and sheer joy. Some of the important festivals of Russia are Maslenitsa or Pancake Week, Easter, Victory Day, Christmas, the White Nights Festival and Moscow Music Spring Festival.

History of Russia

Since 1500 BC, an Indo-European group called the Slavs were living in a part of Russia. However, when the Vikings arrived in Russia, they lost their territory. The Soviet Union was formed in 1922. At that time, Vladimir Lenin was its head. On his death, Joseph Stalin came to power. He became the dictator of the Soviet Union. However, the concept of Russia as an Empire was established with the arrival of Peter the Great. Post-Soviet Russia underwent a lot of reformations and has risen as a powerful nation.

Hygiene in Russia

When buying fruits and vegetables from outside, make sure to wash them well, as diseases have been known to spread out by consuming them without washing them. Public toilets are available, and they are clean. Hygiene facilities in Russia are well above average. Tourists do, however, tend to carry bottles of packaged water with them, as a safety precaution.

Customs of Russia

When conversing with the elderly, always talk with utmost respect, as that is the norm. Do not sit down on the ground or place your feet on someone's table, as these are considered crass and impolite. Do not dress very outlandishly, as dressing to attract attention is frowned upon. Concerning tipping, anywhere between 10 to 15% is typical, only if your bill does not mention service tax.

Tips for visiting Russia

Carry good shoes, especially when travelling during the colder months, as protection from the cold and for good traction. Be aware and alert while crossing the road, particularly in the busy crosswalks. Do not rely on ATMs, as they do not work several times, which means you should rely on hard cash. Make sure to dress well, especially while visiting Moscow.

Culture of Russia

Russian culture is steeped in Arts - music, painting and literature. As mentioned earlier, a lot of artists and creative personalities were from Russia. Russian culture is also very family-centric. They deeply value both their country and their close family members. Nearly half of Russia's population follows the Russian Orthodox Church. This is followed by Islam and Tengrism, a type of shamanistic religion of the people. Russian is the official language of the country. English is often everybody's second language in Russia. Apart from that, a lot of local dialects are spoken here - Dolgang, Tartar, Bashir being just some of the many.

Food of Russia

Russian food is very reflective of their traditions. One can trace the sources of its influence from the various regions within Russia. Pork, fish, poultry and wheat, barley, rice and millet are their staples. Soups are also an integral part of every meal and are divided into hot soups and cold soups. Ukha, shchi and solyanka are some of the more popular ones. Kasha or porridge is also consumed on a large scale here. Apart from that, pancakes and pies which contain different kinds of fillings are also essential elements of Russian cuisine. Regarding beverages, Medovukha, an alcoholic drink is very popular. Kvass is a non-alcoholic drink, prepared using bread.

Stay options in Russia

Accomodation is plentiful in Russia. From hostels to luxurious hotels, this country has everything. Boutique hotels are also a popular choice among travellers, as are bed and breakfasts. Another very popular choice is apartments on AirBnB. Russia has a good selection of apartments on rent, with many of them being decently priced. There are also companies that offer camping facilities in Russia; so for those of you looking for some fun in the outdoors, sign up for this!

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