Rus­sia in the spot­light

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With its grand cities, in­cred­i­ble his­tory and undis­cov­ered re­gions, Rus­sia is one of Re­gent’s favourite des­ti­na­tions. We have been pi­o­neer­ing travel ex­pe­ri­ences through this fas­ci­nat­ing coun­try for over thirty years. Most first- time vis­i­tors head to the cur­rent and for­mer cap­i­tals, Moscow and St Peters­burg. Both cities pos­sess their own unique charms; Moscow with its air of chintzy glam­our, iconic land­marks and in­cred­i­ble ar­chi­tec­ture, and St Peters­burg, a cul­tural hub, where world- class bal­let, opera and the­atre flour­ish, and serene canals line boule­vards ooz­ing Parisian so­phis­ti­ca­tion.

Rus­sia is also home to one of the world’s most iconic train lines: The Trans- Siberian Rail­way. This colos­sal feat of en­gi­neer­ing stretches some 9287 kilo­me­tres through frozen Siberian tun­dra, con­nect­ing Moscow to Vladi­vos­tok on Rus­sia’s eastern coast, and in 2016 fa­mously cel­e­brated its cen­te­nary. A jour­ney aboard is truly a once- in- a- life­time ex­pe­ri­ence. Skirt around the glassy wa­ters of Lake Baikal; stop to ex­plore the Krem­lin and golden- topped cathe­dral at Yeka­ter­in­burg and chug through the foothills of the jagged Ural Moun­tains. Later this year the foot­ball World Cup will throw a spot­light on many Rus­sian cities that are rarely talked about, but are fas­ci­nat­ing to visit, and many of them are no­table stops on the Trans-Siberian line. With all eyes on Rus­sia, prepa­ra­tions have long been un­der­way to get the host cities look­ing their finest, and ready to ac­cept tourists and sports fans alike. Dur­ing the foot­ball sea­son, th­ese cities are ex­pected to re­ceive high num­bers of vis­i­tors. But, dur­ing the rest of the year, trav­ellers along the Trans- Siberian Rail­way can make the most of the lo­cal au­thor­i­ties’ ef­forts and com­bine ex­plo­rations that dis­cover the char­ac­ter of each city.

Bri­tish Air­ways di­rect flights con­nect Lon­don with Moscow in un­der four hours, three- times daily. All western vis­i­tors to Rus­sia need a visa. At Re­gent Hol­i­days, we make the Rus­sian Visa process smooth by pro­vid­ing ex­pert ad­vice and a sup­port­ive dossier to guide you through the ap­pli­ca­tion process. Our team of Rus­sia Spe­cial­ists can of­fer un­par­al­leled ad­vice on plan­ning any hol­i­day to this vast coun­try.

“There’s noth­ing quite like climb­ing on board the epic Trans- Siberian Rail­way – you feel like a pi­o­neer­ing ex­plorer, and in 2018 there’s no bet­ter time to ex­plore some of the coun­try’s lesser- known cities.” Peter Wy­brow, Rus­sia Travel Spe­cial­ist

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