Culturally and historically rich, this gargantuan country is home to a venerable culture and some of the world's most iconic sights and art treasures, despite being despotically ruled (as it has for nearly all its history).

However, for the time being we do not recommend travel to Russia - particularly by citizens of Western countries - due to its status in the past several years as a dangerous rogue state and particularly its unprovoked February 2022 invasion of Ukraine, the worst threat to European security since World War II.

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Russia rated - surprise! - worst country in Europe for gays/lesbians

Just came across a Guardian piece published a few weeks ago with some interesting findings from something called the LGBTQ+ Danger Index, which ranks the world's 150 most-visited countries using eight factors, including legalized same-sex marriage, worker protection and whether, based on Gallup poll findings, it is a good place to live. Sweden comes in first, followed by Canada, Norway, Portugal and Belgium. My adopted country Spain comes in at number 10, but my native country the USA is just…

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The Church of the Savior on the Spilled Blood in St. Petersburg

The gemlike Church of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ is known to Petersburgers as the Church of the Savior on the Spilled Blood - or even just the Church on the Blood - as it marks the spot where Czer Alexander II was fatally wounded in an assassination attempt on March 1, 1881. It was co-designed by Alfred Parland, a Scottish-German architect, and Archimandrite Ignaty, who presided over the Russian Orthodox Church at the time. Following decade read post

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  • The percentage of Russians traveling abroad has dropped calamitously - to about 15% of pre-COVID-pandemic levels - due to sanctions and restrictions over their country's unprovoked invasion of Ukraine. Furthermore what little travel remains has been reoriented (so to speak) toward Asia as well as the Middle East. More from travel industry site eTurbo News: https://eturbonews.com/ukraine-invasion-destroys-russian-outbound-t...
    Ukraine invasion destroys Russian outbound tourism | eTurboNews | eTN
    According to the latest industry data, Russian outbound tourism, already severely handicapped by the global COVID-19 pandemic travel restrictions, has
  • Over the years there has of course been unending debate about the nexus of politics and travel, but never in memory has there been such a drastic and sudden realignment of the travel industry as what is going on today with regard to Russia as fallout from its unprovoked invasion of Ukraine, including closure of North American and Western European airspace to Aeroflot and other Russian aviation as well as cancellation of cruise line calls in St. Petersburg and river cruises in Russia and the Ukraine. More details at:
    https://eu.usatoday.com/story/travel/airline-news/2022/03/01/how-ru...
    https://www.msn.com/en-us/travel/article/more-cruise-lines-cancel-r...
  • For the time being we do not recommend travel to Russia - particularly by citizens of Western countries - due to its status for the past several years as a dangerous rogue state and particularly its February 2022 invasion of Ukraine, the worst threat to European security since World War II.
  • Castle Muromtsevo in Vladimir, Russia: An Almost Buried Wonder.

    Castles are quite a rare architectural feature for Russia. There are plenty of churches, fortified hermitages, well-preserved military fortresses and ancient manors of the nobility, but the castles are the great wonder (really yet to seek).

    Here you can see three castles, but can you really guess which one is located in Russia?

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  • Ted, I took a train trip through Russia a few years ago. This isn't the one that I took, but I came across it when I was doing my research and the link still works so they still offer it: http://www.guideposttours.com.au/util/doc.jsp?n=GW12-Caucasian-Expl...  Not a cruise, but these railroad journeys are as close to a cruise as anything on land can be.  

    http://www.guideposttours.com.au/util/doc.jsp?n=GW12-Caucasian-Explorer_131850417077072.PDF
  • Do any cruises go to Tagenrog?

  • What's the best way to get to Tagenrog from UK?

  • Can anyone help a fellow Tripatini member with a question about driving through Siberia? If so, please respond not on this wall but at this link to our Ask A Travel Pro forumSpasiba! 

  • Hi, folks!  A travel agent and fellow Tripatini member is looking for intel on a pair of Russian tour operators. If you can offer advice, please respond at this link to our Ask A Travel Pro forum.  Thanks so much!

  • Part of the problem is that Russia doesn't have active tourist boards abroad.   Nor do their airlines do much advertising.
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