Russia

Summary
Overall rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ – 5 adventure travel stars (rounded up)

Saint Basil's Cathedral on the Red Square in Moscow

Saint Basil’s Cathedral on the Red Square in Moscow

There are not enough superlatives to describe holidays in Russia.

Not only is this country enormous, it’s filled with some of the most exotic experiences on earth from the grand cities of Moscow and Saint Petersburg, the nether regions of Siberia and the Far East.

Russian adventures can be overwhelming with all of the diverse choices it offers you, and you may be captivated by reading about it or watching documentaries, but you’ll never grasp the full magnificence of all the adventures in Russia until you experience them.

While in Russia you’ll enjoy the generosity and good-humored hospitality of a people who have survived despots from Ivan the Terrible to Josef Stalin and still managed to keep their sense of self and their proud, rich culture intact.

Many who come to tour Russia tend to focus on the things they can see and do in the western part of the country, and that’s understandable. However, there is much more waiting to be discovered in the other parts of the country including popular adventure travel experiences like white water rafting, canoeing, trekking, snow skiing and so much more.

The bottom line: Holidays in Russia deliver one of the most complete adventure travel experiences in the world from the exotic, culture-rich locations and history to the hard-driving activities from Moscow to Vladivostok.

If you enjoy European adventure experiences then you may want to start with Russia.

Exotic Factor
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ – 5 adventure travel stars

Winston Churchill, when describing Russia, said, “It is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma.” That mystery is part of what makes Russia so exotic.

How a world leader in the fine arts of music, dance and literature could give way to the stifling oppression of communism is certainly one mystery, but it appears that the culture may be regaining its strength.

The scenic beauty seems to define exotic with the diverse landscapes of the mysterious dense forests filled with fir and silver birch trees, the majestic, snow-capped mountains and the magnificent pristine beaches. And then there are the lavish palaces, age-old fortresses and otherworldly churches.

If you enjoy cultural intrigue and history you’ll certainly want to walk in the footsteps of Russia’s last Czar and relive the story of Nicholas II and his family. You can do that through cultural tours as you discover how a reining dynasty over one of the great world empires met its end. You won’t find a more thrilling tale of real life conspiracy and deception, and you can experience where it all took place.

There are so many exotic things to see and do in Russia that your most difficult task will be deciding on where to begin.

Cultural Factor
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ – 5 adventure travel stars

One of the first things you’ll discover on about Russia is how exceedingly rich and diverse the culture is here. The incredible cultural experiences never seem to end with one amazing aspect of the Russian lifestyle more fascinating than the next… layer upon layer.

You could never grasp the enormity and intrigue of all that is Russia in one lifetime, but you’ll certainly want to give it your best shot starting with the legendary literature including iconic works of poetry and novels by the likes of Alexander Pushkin, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Anton Chekhov, Leo Tolstoy, Boris Pasternak and so many more incredible authors.

When it comes to architecture you’ll have the chance to see some absolutely stunning structures like the magical Saint Basil’s Cathedral on the Red Square in Moscow. And when you think of music and dance where Russia is concerned your mind will no doubt conjure up images and sounds of the Bolshoi Ballet, Tchaikovsky and Dmitri Shostakovich.

From Czars to dictators and now the modern culture, Russia adventure travel is filled to overflowing with superb cultural experiences that are sure to enlighten and enrich your life.

Adventure Factor
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ – 4 adventure travel stars

Holidays in Russia are filled with a wide range of adventure travel experiences of both the hard and soft variety.

If you like adventures in the great outdoors you can head to the rough and tumble Far Eastern regions and the vast wide open spaces of Siberia. There you’ll find hunting, fishing and other activities most appealing to those looking for experiences on the wild side.

For those who enjoy walking and cultural tours and some of the more traditional adventure activities like snow skiing and white water rafting, the western part of the country might be more to your liking.

Whatever your adventure of choice, Russia will surely have something you’re going to enjoy.

Following is a more complete list of exciting experiences waiting for you in Russia.

Hard

  • Arctic trips
  • Bungee jumping
  • Canoeing
  • Dog sledding
  • Four wheel drive trips
  • Hang gliding
  • Hunting
  • Ice climbing
  • Motorcycling
  • Mountain biking
  • Mountain climbing
  • Orienteering
  • Overlanding
  • Paragliding
  • Rappelling
  • Rock climbing
  • Scuba diving
  • Sea kayaking
  • Skydiving
  • Snorkeling
  • Snow skiing
  • Surfing
  • Survival training
  • White water rafting
  • Wilderness training
  • Windsurfing

Soft

  • Birdwatching
  • Cultural tours
  • Eco tours
  • Nature trips
  • Walking tours
  • Whale watching

Could be either

  • Backpacking
  • Bicycling
  • Camping
  • Fishing
  • Flying
  • Hiking
  • Horseback riding
  • Hot-air ballooning
  • Safaris
  • Sailing
  • Snowmobiling
  • Trekking
  • Wildlife watching

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