Russia is an old-world destination offering South Africans ease of access (in fact they’ve opened up for most countries for the upcoming Fifa World Cup) but also a bit more wanderlust for our over-stretched rands.
And with all FIFA World Cup eyes on this Eastern European giant, which spans some 11 time-zones, we’ve round-up a few last-minute itinerary ideas and need-to-know details about its major cities and then of course the lesser-known spots too.
Russia certainly offers an experience of a lifetime - from vodka-soaked nights in historic urban centres to days spent appreciating art and idyllic countryside landscapes. Add to that train rides through Siberia to detoxifying steam baths and the possibility of ski trips in the Caucasus Mountains or great hikes around the deepest lake in the world, Lake Baikal.
So how easy it is to plan – take a snap look at this Russia Quick Guide tailored for Saffa travellers.
Moscow is a city that is rich in culture with surprisingly vibrant pops of architecture and it is always brimming with activities to keep the whole family enthralled.
Sochi is not all snow and winter delights - turns out this Black Sea pearl, referred to as Sochi-fornia is also a summer-lovers haven, offering up a cultural and historic experience.
Magical St Petersburg is Russia's travel delight, earning the title of a fairy-tale-like cultural capital.
So, don’t box Mother Russia into any sporting, travel-trip mania. There’s no reason why you shouldn’t earn this particular passport stamp at your leisure, since there is more than enough to captivate and entertain at any time of the year.
The Traveller24 Team