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Experience Your Best Russia Vacation

Russia boasts a rich history stemming from its diverse background. Travelers to the nation often come for the stunning architecture, wide array of activities and astounding assortment of landscapes and national destinations.

Russian culture reaches back for millennia, and many visitors from abroad come to enjoy the highlights of that culture. Music features heavily in many itineraries, and so does traditional Russian dance. Russian traditional ballet is celebrated throughout the world and well worth the trip to the country to view it in its native home. Russian ecotourism also draws fans, and the country places high importance on its natural reserves. Check out options for cultural tours through Orbitz.com.

Best time to take a trip to Russia

Weather in Russia varies greatly by region. Winter lows in east-central Siberia can reach temperatures of minus 45 degrees Fahrenheit, and highs of 68 degrees are not uncommon in most regions. Rain falls regularly in coastal regions, and snow is common at the higher northern latitudes. You may wish to visit the nation during the drier summer and early fall months, and discounts are available in some regions during heavy snow periods. Russia hosts a number of events including the Moscow International Film Festival and the Military Parade on Victory Day. Catch these popular events when you book your travel with Orbitz.com.

Insider tips for Russia travel

Igor Moiseyev Ensemble

Keep an eye out for the schedule of this traditional dance troupe. They are world-renowned for traditional Russian dancing.

Billa

Pick up souvenirs including native matryoshka wooden dolls at the nation's busiest popular shopping chain.

Nikulin Circus

Take in the shows at Moscow's Nikulin Circus. The circus features traditional acts alongside stunning new events not found elsewhere.

Novaya Opera

This traditional opera house features scenic Russian architecture and exhibits some of the great Russian classics year-round.

Banya

Banya are traditional Russian bathhouses. Rest and relax like a local in these sauna-like facilities found throughout the country.

Things to do in Russia

Mariinski Theater

Ballet and opera combine in this famous theater. Once known as the Kirov, the St. Petersburg location is famous with tourists and locals alike.

Ice Palace

Hockey games and concerts are almost always available at this popular amphitheater.

Canal Boat Tours

The canals of St. Petersburg in Russia offer a scenic view of stunning architecture and locations of historical significance.

Novgorod

The seat of the original Kremlin in Russia, Novgorod is famous for its historical importance in the region.

Kul-Sharif Mosque

This Muslim holy building in Kazan offers stunning minarets and traditional Russian designs.

The Battlefield of Stalingrad

World War II students of all ages can visit this major battle site and view the statues and memorials to the fallen heroes.

Valley of the Geysers

This national landmark features acidic lakes, multitudinous geysers and volcanic activity.

Ilmen State Reserve

View pristine Russian wilderness and look for native grizzlies and other beasts.

Moscow University

Stalinist-era architecture combines with modern designs in the city's famous center of learning.

The Grand Cascade

View these popular fountains in the city of Peterhof. The fountains feature a large number of statues and varying water flows.

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