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Palace Square, St Petersburg

Russia "Lite": a city break in St Petersburg

by stokel

Destination: St. Petersburg

It is the most European of Russia's cities, a sea of designer labels and familiar Western brands. But the drab poverty is still a culture shock – and there's something you should know about hotels…

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All aboard for trans-Siberian adventure in Russia

Destination: Moscow

Air travel might be quicker, but taking the Trans-Siberian Railway from Moscow to Beijing is an experience that few could forget

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Cathedral seen from the bedroom window of The Astoria

The grace and grit of St Petersburg

Destination: St. Petersburg

Few cities match the classical elegance of St Petersburg, built on a grand, romantic scale, with extravagant palaces, ornate churches and millions of artworks

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Underwater world of wonders

Weird and wonderful: five top dive sites

Destination: Bahamas

From the world’s largest brain coral to the Vulcan bomber from Thunderball, scuba divers can get their fix. In the Bahamas, Iceland, Tobago, Mexico and Russia, I go underwater sightseeing

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Kamchatka: skiing in the land of fire and ice

Destination: Kamchatka

Kamchatka's elemental landscape provides some of the wildest and most inspiring skiing on earth

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St Isaac's Cathedral, the largest in Russia - now a museum

St Petersburg - Romanovs, Rasputin and Revolution

Destination: St. Petersburg

Enduring despotic rulers, revolutions, Nazi siege and the rise and fall of Communism, Russia's former capital has had more than its fair share of murder and mayhem and some good eating places too

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Snowmobiling in the Arctic Circle

Destination: Murmansk

On an extreme snowmobile safari from Finland to the frozen wastes of Russia, a noisy 540cc beast soon becomes your new best friend

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The road to Murmansk

Murmansk: urban life in the Arctic Circle

by Drifter

Destination: Murmansk

It's a 1,200-mile drive from Moscow to Murmansk – in winter, the ultimate Russian road trip. The reward is a city steeped in tradition, World War II history and haunting memories of the Cold War

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Europe: the top five attractions

Destination: London

When time is short, how do you narrow down Europe's tourist sights to just a handful? From the Swiss Alps and London to Granada, St Petersburg and Versailles, here are five that will stir the soul

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Train K3

Beijing to Moscow by train

by ISIRAS

Destination: Beijing

Does passing through five time zones, 80 degrees of longitude and crossing the largest country on the planet sound like fun? Then read my guide as I tell you how to get from Beijing to Moscow by train

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