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It can be hard to know where to start when planning your next holiday to Russia. What should your first step be? What about your second? Where will you stay? What will it be like there? As they say, a little bit of knowledge goes a long way when it comes to travel. Having a few simple measures in place could mean the difference between a jaw-clenching nightmare or a seamless adventure.

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To help bridge any gaps that you might have, we have compiled a range of Russia travel tips and essential advice on everything you need to know before travelling to Russia. From applying for a Russian visa, to train travel and money, we are here to make sure your trip goes as smoothly as possible.

Karelia Travel Guide - Russia's Most Inspiring Region

Written by Jiahui Tan
Last updated on 3rd Apr 2019
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For those planning a trip to Russia and wanting an experience that goes beyond the walls of Moscow‘s metropolitan kingdom and St. Petersburg‘s splendid palaces, consider extending your holiday to KareliaWith the help of this Karelia Travel Guide, you won’t have to travel as far as Siberia to be surrounded by the authentic taiga. One night by train and you will find yourself in a land of white nights, boundless forests and crystal-clear lakes.

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A Travellers Guide to Russia’s Golden Ring Region

Written by 56th Parallel
Last updated on 5th Apr 2019
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The perfect retreat from million-miles-an-hour Moscow, the medieval cities of Russia’s Golden Ring are nestled amid green hills and floral meadows, with rambling country roads surrounded by forests, lakes, orchards and wooden farmhouses. The idyllic ‘Mother Russia’ of old still exists, and it’s right here.

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Kazan Travel Guide - Perfect Your Travel Itinerary

Written by Rachael Brown
Last updated on 20th Apr 2019
Kazan Travel Guide

Craving a one-of-a-kind, awe-inspiring trip to a place of ancient histories, visually spectacular, and spiritual marvels? The Kazan Travel Guide has everything you need to get just that.

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Russia Destination Guide - Plan A Perfect Russia Trip

Written by Michael Schneider
Last updated on 24th Jan 2019
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Thinking of travelling to or within Russia but undecided on which destination to go? 

The world’s largest nation has it all – fast-paced, cosmopolitan cities with eye-popping architecture, quaint historic rural villages, mountain ranges, ancient volcanic landscapes, lakes, rivers and forests. From magnificent stretches of coastline to snow-swept tundra to semi-arid desert, no other country can challenge, surprise, inspire and delight visitors with incredible diversity quite like Russia. If you’re planning for the perfect holiday get-a-way to Russia whether it be independent, a guided trip, as part of a tour or a Russia travel package, this Russia destination guide is for you. READ MORE

The Ultimate Trans Siberian Railway Travelers Guide

Written by Jiahui Tan
Last updated on 20th Apr 2019
Trans Siberian Guide, Trans Siberian Railway

The Trans Siberian Railway journey is easily one of the most talked-about train journeys in the world, and arguably the best way to experience Russia‘s diverse landscapes. From the classical grandeur of the great cities to rural fairytale villages, the scenery slowly transforms to reveal the pristine wilderness of the Ural Mountains, the forests of Krasnoyarsk and the awe-inspiring Lake Baikal. Here is your very own Trans Siberian Railway guide.  READ MORE

Hassle Free Russian Visa Application

Written by 56th Parallel
Last updated on 11th Apr 2019
Moscow Kremlin, Moscow, Russian visa application

A guide to obtaining a Russian Visa, hassle free.

Worried about getting a Russian visa? Relax, we’ve got you covered. This article will take you through the visa process, with additional tips for a turbulence-free journey. You will be traversing the country with matryoshka, vodka and bears in no time!

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12 Reasons Everyone Must Visit Russia

Written by 56th Parallel
Last updated on 24th Jan 2019
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For the unfamiliar, the thought of Russia might conjure up images of vodka-swilling men in fur hats, or KGB spies from a Hollywood movie. But look past the stereotypes and you’ll discover a country of deep tradition, artistry and a passionate national identity. Read on and see why travellers visit Russia and why they fall in love with the country. READ MORE

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About 56th Parallel

56th Parallel is a travel company specialising in providing packaged tours and travel services in Russia.

Our goal is to redefine travel to Russia, focusing on creating the most rewarding experiences, which help travellers unfolds the soul of this exciting destination.

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