Russia

Spanning 9 time zones, Russia is by far the world's largest country. Tourists visiting the capital, Moscow, flock to Red Square and the Kremlin. The station architecture of Moscow's underground – the world's largest – is very unusual. St Petersburg is the former capital and famously beautiful.

The Trans-Siberian Railway is probably the most famous railway journey in the world, crossing thousands of miles of the Russian Steppe, ending in either Beijing or the Pacific port of Vladivostok. It is a common way to reach Mongolia. Lake Baikal is a beauty spot near the border. The remote Kamchatka Peninsula is a huge adventure playground, with dozens of spectacular volcanoes.

Country

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Why you should go:

Go for a train ride like no other.

Why you shouldn't:

You won't meet the world's friendliest people.

Map of Russia