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Alborz Mountains

Alborz Mountains—home to Iran’s highest peaks. You experience spectacular views: from magical green forests and rolling red hills, to glittering blue lagoons patterned with poplars and reeds.

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Almaty

Almaty is the former capital of Kazakhstan, and is still its largest city. Being a financial and cultural center of Central Asia, Almaty offers plenty of entertainment and cultural opportunities and is a wonderful gateway to this distinctive and hospitable country.

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Anadyr

This is a part of the world few visitors get to see. Over the past few years, Anadyr has witnessed many improvements, and now residents and guests alike can enjoy comfortable restaurants, hotels, and modern supermarkets. Anadyr Bay is normally the first or last stop of Chukotka cruises and offers an excellent chance of seeing Beluga Whales.

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Arctic Circle & Northern Lights

The spectacular Northern Lights also known as the aurora borealis, “the north wind of the dawn”, is something that everybody should witness at least once in their lives.

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Areni

Areni is famous for its wine making based on the oldest and the most reliable archeological evidence of wine production on the Planet dating back 7000 years. Tour around Areni wine factory with wine degustation is always a nice and relaxing stop.

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Armoury Chamber

A world-wide known treasure house displaying an exquisite collection of more than 4000 unique Russian artefacts including the world famous Faberge egg collection and royal carriages which once transported the great tsars and their families.

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Ashgabat

The grandiose desert city of Ashgabat, capital of Turkmenistan, is a dreamscape in white marble, an oasis of opulence on a terrain. Situated between the Kara Kum Desert and the Kopet Dag mountain range, Ashgabat has a population of about 400,000.

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Astrakhan

Astrakhan is an atmospheric provincial capital. Built in 1558 after Ivan the Terrible defeated the local Tatar khanate, Astrakhan is the successor of two imperial capitals, Saray and Itil, key stops for the Silk Route and sea trade. With the completion of the impressive Moscow-Volga Canal in 1937, the capital was finally linked to the great system of waterways that runs from St Petersburg on the Gulf of Finland all the way to Astrakhan on the Caspian Sea. As a result, it is possible today to follow the entire trade route along the Volga, from Moscow all the way to Astrakhan, the ancient capital of the Tatars.

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Atlasov Island

The Russian cruise port of Atlasov Island is part of the Sakhalin Oblast. As the northernmost island within the Kuril Islands, it has the highest volcano, named Vulkan Alaid, it stands about 7,674 feet. Atlasov Island is uninhabited by humans and is a place of unique beauty.

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Avachinskaya Bay

At the beautiful Avachinskaya Bay you can view the nesting place of many of Petropavlovsk sea birds at Grandmother’s Rock Island and Starichkov Island in the open Pacific Ocean. Nearby is the majestic Mutnovsky volcano.

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Azov

The charming town of Azov is a former Turkish fortress rich in history. Here you can see beautiful old buildings, including an impressive and well maintained building of the former city council.

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Baikonur Cosmodrome

Baikonur, formerly known as Leninsk, is situated on the right bank of the Syr Darya River and was constructed to service the Baikonur Cosmodrome, which itself was originally constructed by the Soviet Union in the late 1950s as the base of operations for its space programme. This is a place filled with so much history from the launch of Sputnik 1 in 1957 and the launch of the first human, Yuri Gagarin, into space in 1961 to the current day missions to re-supply the International Space Station.

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Baku

Baku, capital of Azerbaijan, lies on the western shore of the Caspian Sea and the southern side of the Apsheron Peninsula, around the wide, curving sweep of the Bay of Baku. The bay, sheltered by the islands of the Baku Archipelago, provides the best harbour of the Caspian Sea, while the Apsheron Peninsula gives protection from violent northerly winds. Baku derives its international importance from its huge oil industry. The walled old town is highly picturesque, with its maze of narrow alleys and ancient buildings, such as the Palace of the Shirvan-Shahs and the Synyk-Kala Minaret and Mosque.

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Beijing

Beijing guarantees its visitors an unforgettable adventure. Being the nation's political, economic and cultural center, and having its history stretching back 3 millennia, Beijing offers a myriad of cultural hot spots. It is truly a place where you can stand right on the crossroads of time.

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Bodbe Monastery

At present the monastery functions as a nunnery and is one of the major pilgrimage sites in Georgia, due to its association with St. Nino, the 4th century female evangelist of Georgians, whose relics are shrined there. Down the hill from the monastery lies the Spring of Saint Nino, where pilgrims plunge themselves three times into the frigid water, the spring is believed to have curative powers and absolves one of sins.

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Bogolubovo

Bogolubovo was the first stone town of the Northern Russia and is a UNESCO Heritage Sight. Being a beautiful gem of the Golden Ring, it's Church of Intercession is a pearl of Russian architecture on the banks of the Nerl River.

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Borodino Panoramic Museum

Founded 150 years after one of the most famous battles in history the Borodino Museum is not to be missed. It presents a collection of weapons, ammunition and uniforms. The centre piece of the exposition is a breathtaking painting by an outstanding Russian battle artist Franz Roubaud - the round canvas painting, 115m x 15m. Standing in the middle of this panorama you experience the battle during the 1812 war between Russia and Napoleon’s Grand Army. The epic battle on 7 September 1812 was one of the war’s decisive developments which took lives of more than 67,000 men. After spine-breaking Borodino Napoleon entered Moscow which was earlier burned to the ground by Russians who retreated deeper in the country, exhausting Napoleon's army. The Russian army led by General Kutuzov then chased the French all the way to Paris. Interactive displays of the museum shed more light on the progress of the brutal battle and the Napoleonic wars.

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Bukhara

Situated in the middle of the Kyzyl Kum desert, Bukhara features about one thousand monuments, which recall the halcyon days of the Great Silk Road. Foreign spices, furs and especially silk fabrics were stored and handled in the caravansaries. The old city is an UNESCO World Culture Heritage Site which features stunning Kaljan Minaret and the Labi-Hauz Ensemble.

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Bukhta Bechevinskaya

A breathtaking bay makes a perfect stop during Kamchatka adventure and expedition cruises. Steller’s Sea Eagles are known to nest nearby.

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Bukhta Natalii

Along the Koryak Coast there are many beautiful fiords (bukhtas or bays) and none are more beautiful than Bukhta Natalii. This fiord has two smaller fiords that drain into it from the south. Hike from one bay to another whilst surrounded by the magnificent mountain landscapes and tundra vegetation.

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Bukhta Russkaya

Bukhta Russkaya is a bay in Kamchatka and is nearby to Mys Vkhodnoy and Mys Kekurnyy. Along with stunning nature and numerous species of wildlife there are the remains of a Gulag to explore.

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Cape Dezhnev

The north-eastern most point of the Eurasian continent, it is sometimes possible to see the coast of America from this remote and lonely settlement. A few nautical miles to the west of Cape Dezhnev you can visit Uelen Village, the most north-eastern village in Russia. The population is predominantly Chukchi and the village is one of the largest centres for traditional Chukchi and Inuit art in the world.

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Cape Navarin

This coastline is rich in marine mammals and in particular walruses. Good numbers of Gray Whales often congregate here too. To the north of Cape Navarin is Keyngypilgyn Lagoon inhabited with waterfowl and waders including Emperor Geese, Greater White-fronted Geese, Brent Geese, Whooper Swan, King Eiders, Red Knots and Aleutian Terns.

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Catherine Palace & Amber Room

In the quaint village of Pushkin, on the outskirts of St Petersburg, lies one of the most impressive and iconic buildings in Russia; Catherine’s Palace. The pastel exterior is flamboyantly embellished with gold accents and the interior is far from modestly decorated! The palace is home to the famous Amber Room with its mysterious past which our guides will tell you all about. The residence was destroyed in World War II and has been under construction ever since.

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Central House of Aviation and Cosmonautics

Museums exposition is devoted to a history of domestic aircraft and astronautics from the moment of origin to nowadays.

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Cheboksary

Known as the Pearl on the Volga, Cheboksary is the capital of the Chuvash Republic. The city offers some beautiful board walks and beaches along the river as well as a man-made bay. The city's cultural life is diverse: there is an Opera-Ballet Theatre, a Philharmonic Orchestra, and numerous other theatres along with several museums, most importantly the only Russian Beer Museum. In Cheboksary there are 2 beer manufacturers which is very unique in Russia.

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Chukotka Coast

This largely unknown part of the coast comprises deep forested fiords where you can see brown bears, red fox, mountain sheep and Kamchatka marmots. In the many lagoons and shallow bays there is a vast array of birdlife including Tundra Bean Goose, Steller’s Eider, Great Knot, Long-tailed Stint, Gyrfalcon, Siberian Accentor and Asian Rosy Finch. This area is also a stronghold of the Kittlitz’s Murrelet.

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Circum Baikal Railway

The Circum-Baikal Railway is a historical railway in the Irkutsk region of Russia. It runs along the Northern shore of the Southern extremity of the lake from the town of Slyudyanka to the Baikal settlement. Until the middle of the 20th century the Circum-Baikal railway was part of the main line of Trans-Siberian Railway; later on, however, a duplicate section of the railway was built. Sometimes called a unique achievement in engineering,the Circum-Baikal is one of the picturesque sights of the area around Lake Baikal.

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Darvaza

Darvaza's famous gas burning crater is a spectacular sight best seen at night. Located in the middle of the Kara Kum desert where the area is rich in natural gas, the 70 metre wide crater is known by the locals as the 'Door to Hell' and has been burning for over 40 years.

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Dilijan

Dilijan is mountainous resort often referred to as Armenian Switzerland, is well-known for its forests and rich flora and fauna. Durng the walking city tour in Dilijan you can visit the handicrafts street, where you can learn about the preparation of different national souvenirs from wood, stone and ceramics

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Dunhuang

Discover Crescent Lake, hidden amongst the towering sand dunes and it has sustained life in this region for millennia. In the small oasis city of Dunhuang visit the fascinating Magao Thousand Buddha Cave Complex. This impressive site contains almost 500 grottoes, carved between 700 and 1,700 years ago. Inside there is an amazing collection of beautiful sculptures and murals depicting the evolution of Buddhist religious art over 1,000 years.

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Egvekinot

The town of Egvekinot on the shores of Kresta Bay only a few miles south of the Arctic Circle was built by Gulag prisoners who were forced to construct a road to the mine. The town has an excellent museum and allows you to experience the tundra habitat which dominates much of Chukotka.

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Erdene Zuu Monastery

Visit the first great monastery of Mongolia, Erdene Zuu, which at one point was home to 1,000 monks and is now a fascinating museum steeped in history.

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Etchmiadzin

Etchmiadzin City, the ancient capital of Armenia, is the largest religious center, the residency of Catholicos of All Armenians. Etchmiadzin Cathedral, founded in 301 A.D. by St. Gregory the Illuminator, is one of the ancient churches in the Christian world, included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.

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Garni

The stunning Pagan temple devoted to the God of Sun - Myrth in Garni was built in 77AD by King Trdat as a royal summer residence. It was destroyed by an earthquake in the 17th century and restored in 1969-1974. The walls surrounding the temple, ruins from the king’s palace and the bathroom were retained.

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Geghard

Geghard, the UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a unique caved temple built in the 12-13th centuries in the honour of the long-preserved spear that pierced the body of crucified Christ. The masterpiece of the Armenian medieval architecture is located in the mountains of picturesque gorge of Azat river. The water from a cold spring coming out from the cliff is believed to be holy.

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Gobi Desert

The Gobi Desert is a vast, arid region in northern China and southern Mongolia. While travelling on board of your train, sit back and enjoy its magnificent dunes, mountains and, if lucky, spot some of its rare inhabitants such as snow leopards and Bactrian camels.

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Gorely Volcano

On the Gorely volcano hike past flowing lava and cinder fields until you reach craters which house stunning acid volcanic lakes.

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Gori

Gori is one of the oldest cities in Georgia, founded in the 7th century AD as Tontio. Joseph Stalin, the Soviet leader, was born here in 1879 and he spent his childhood years in the city and later (1888-94) studied at its theological seminary. The small house where Stalin was born is preserved under a canopy outside the huge columned palace-like building that houses the Stalin Museum. To the side of the museum is Stalin’s private railway carriage.

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Goritsy

The small village of Goritsy is home to Europe’s largest monastery, the 14th Century Kirillov-Belozersky Monastery. Founded in 1397 by Saint Cyril it was the holy place where tsars were seeking God's forgiveness. Many priceless relics remain in the monastery, including some of the earliest Russian religious manuscripts and 500 year old icons. The village of Goritsy is home to only 600 inhabitants who live in traditional log houses decorated with intricate wooden carvings and live through fishing and farming.

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Great Wall of China

One of the world's seven wonders, the Great Wall of China runs like a 5000 miles ribbon through the country. China's first emperor, Qin, started the construction of the wall in the 3rd century BC and it crook 1800 years to build. It is one of the oldest, largest, and most celebrated achievements of human ingenuity.

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Hermitage

Lose yourself amongst the treasures of one of Russia’s best known sights and arguably the largest collection of fine art in the world. Masterpieces from artists such as Da Vinci, Rembrandt and Kandinsky make the Hermitage an unforgettable visit.

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Irkutsk

Irkutsk, capital of South Baikal, is one of the largest Siberian cities and was a key stop for caravans from Buchara and even China. Today Irkutsk became a center of gold-mining production and is developing fast. In the city you can discover unique examples of Irkutsk architectural heritage, such as “White house”, which was first a palace of the merchants Sibiryakovs, then a residence of East Siberia governor-general.

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Isfahan

Isfahan is one of the most magnificent cities of the 17th century. Standing in the middle of the vast Imam Square, the second-largest public space on Earth and one of its most beautiful, it’s easy to understand how this UNESCO World Heritage site became known as image of the world by its many admirers. Explore the city, tempted by the charm and wares of the merchants and gold market. Be sure not to miss the Si-o-seh Pol at dusk, with this iconic bridge’s 33 arches glowing gold and spanning the Zayandeh River.

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Jiaohe

Jiaohe Ancient City is one of the best preserved ancient cities in China, the ruins of the buildings are divided into temples, civilian dwellings and government offices, workshops and residential houses in the streets are still visible and time there is time spent in a world long disappeared.

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Jiayugaun

In Jiayugaun you can visit the west end of the Great Wall of China, the Jiayuguan Pass. It is one of the largest and most intact passes of the Great Wall. It was an important military fortress and also a vital traffic fort along the Silk Road, the world's oldest trading route, connecting China, Central Asia and Europe. Standing in the endless desert with rolling mountains as its backdrop, this isolated pass will take you back to the desolation and loneliness of frontier life in ancient times.

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Kara Kum

The Karakum desert is Central Asia’s hottest desert. Despite its temperatures and scarce vegetation its home to a few yurt villages. Desert's Darvaza Gas Craters, one of which is burning, is one of Turkmenistan’s most unusual sights.

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Karaginsky Island

At Karaginskiy Island you will encounter rare ‘forests’ and richness of the local flora.

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Kashgar

Kashgar is an oasis city in Xinjiang and is the westernmost Chinese city, located near the border with Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. Its Sunday Bazaar is extraordinary, partly due to the exoticism of the produce for sale, partly because it is the only real place to shop in an area the size of western Europe. The population of Kashgar is reputedly swelled by 100,000 every Sunday for this market, but due to the isolated location of the city, only a small fraction of these visitors are foreigners and therefore visiting it is a very unique experience.

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Kazan

Situated on the River Volga, Kazan is the capital of Tatarstan famous for its rich tapestry of history and culture. One of its highlights is the Kremlin Fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Within the walls of this ancient citadel is a stunning mosque and onion-domed cathedral.

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Kerman

This provincial capital boasts a collection of awe-inspiring sights. Look up and be dazzled by the geometric splendour of the Ganjali Khan Mosque’s ceiling. Shop the city’s busy bazaar—the perfect place for artisan Persian rugs. After haggling for the best price like a local, relax with a traditional cup of tea and the local delicacy kolompeh, a delicious date-filled pastry.

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Khabarovsk

Located 15 miles (25 kilometres) from the border with China, Khabarovsk stretches along the banks of the Amur River. Khabarovsk was founded as a military post in 1858, but the region had been populated by several indigenous peoples of the Far East for many centuries. It is now a busy city with tree-lined streets.

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Khiva

Khiva, the pearl of eastern middle age architecture, lies 25 kilometers south of present-day Urgench. According to the legends Khiva was founded by a son of Noah, Shem when he dug a well in the middle of the desert. According to the archeologists Khiva was founded in the 5th or 4th centuries B.C. and was a key trading post on the Silk Road.

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Khobody

Khobody got its name from the most prominent part of the cape - a flat stone platform with a form like the fang of an animal («Khoboy» means fang in the Buryat language). Time, Baikals winds, cruel frosts and burning sunshine have left their indelible mark on Khoboy's fang - in places it is pierced by holes. There is a large opening through the ridge of the cliff itself linking the island with the platform.
The opening is big enough for a person to stand up in with ease. Khoboy has yet another face that can be seen in summer from the water or in winter from the ice: the southern end of the «fang» seen from the side resembles a woman's profile and is called Deva (the maiden).

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Khor Virap Church

Khor Virap Church is the holy place of imprisonment of St. Gregory the Illuminator accused by Armenian king of preaching Christianity. He stayed in the dungeon for 13 years. The church allows for the most spectacular view of the gorgeous biblical mountain Ararat.

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Khustain Nuruu National Park

Khustain Nuruu National Park is an area abundant with wildlife including the rare Przewalski horse which was recently successfully reintroduced into the wild. Spend the night in a ger camp under an ocean of stars.

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Kirkenes

This small town is located north east in Northern Norway, close to the Russian border and is the capital of the Barents Region. Among popular tourist activities are snow hotels under the northern lights, dog sledding or fishing for king crabs along the Russian border.

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Kizhi

Kizhi Museum Reserve is one of Russia’s unmissable attractions and by far the most visited of Lake Onega’s 1600+ islands. It is home to dozens of the 18th- and 19th-century wooden buildings which were moved here from Karelian villages during Soviet times. The true marvel is the wooden Church of the Transfiguration (the church of twenty-two wooden domes) built in 1714 without the use of a single nail which has survived the challenges of Russian winters and revolution.

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Kluchevskaya Volcano

Discover the legacy of the 2013 volcanic eruption in Kluchevskaya where fresh lava flows. You can contemplate the majestic beauty of the volcano and see natural stone sculptures from where the lava has hardened.

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Komsomolsk-on-Amur

Komsomolsk reflects the majestic and expansive urban architecture of the Soviet era, including the stupendous Pervostroitelei Avenue, 80 metres wide and lined with 1970s and 1980s blocks with Soviet store fronts and signage intact, with parks and playgrounds hidden behind it. The city was also the gulag capital of the Russian Far East, with over 900,000 prisoners estimated to have passed through its camps.

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Kostroma

The beautiful Kostroma lies on the great Russian river, the Volga, and is one of gems of the Golden Ring. It's charm of the ancient trading city can still be enjoyed as well as its major historical and architectural complexes, monasteries and churches.

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Kozyrevsk

Kozyrevsk settlement, located on the shores of the Kamchatka River where you can take a walk to one of the oldest villages in Kamchatka and stock up on souvenirs in the local shop. A visit to the viewing platform will give you breathtaking panoramic views of the settlement, Kamchatka river and, of course, volcanoes. It's a treat to stay over in a log cabin and relax in a classic Russian banya.

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Krakow

Krakow, situated on the Vistula River, is the second largest and one of the oldest cities in Poland. In 2000, Kraków was named European Capital of Culture. In 2013 Kraków was officially approved as a UNESCO City of Literature and in 2016, received the prestigious “The Best European City Trip 2016” award for the third consecutive time. There is plenty to see in this beautiful city and we guarantee once you see it once, you will want to come back.

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Krasnaya Polyana

Krasnaya Polyana, the host of Winter Olympics 2014, is a beautiful ski resort located 75 km from Sochi, at 600 meters above sea level, surrounded by picturesque mountains of the Main Caucasus mountain range and has a unique mountain-temperate maritime climate. Krasnaya Polyana offers wonderful holiday opportunities not only for skiers in winter, but also in summer with its quiet, clean air, trekking, rafting, fishing, safari, cycling, horse riding and paragliding opportunities. Air temperature varies from -5-12 ºC at night and 0 +5 ºC during the day in winter, and +18-20 ºC in summer. Solid snow on the lower slopes (at an altitude of 550-600 meters) is set to mid-January, and by March reaches 2 m or more. Skiing season lasts from late December until the second half of April.

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Krasnoyarsk

Is this most beautiful city in Siberia? The writer Anton Chekhov thought so. Krasnoyarsk’s certainly wears winter well, with snow dusting its streets and blue-gold hues coloring the cityscape. See all the sights on a short tour and take in the stunning vista across the Yenisei River. Back on board, your Trans-Siberian tour continues on to Irkutsk.

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Kunashir Island

Kunashir is the largest island in the Kuril chain. It offers access to the Kurilsky Reserve where you can explore an extensive area of woodland, where there are some good walks and birding.

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Kvareli

Kvareli, located 130km from Tbilisi, is a charming small city offering breathtaking views of the Greater Caucasus Mountains. Its highlights are gorgeous Gremi and Nekresi churches, a spectacular Khareba winery and 2 refreshing artificial lakes.

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Lake Baikal

Few natural sights can surpass the beauty and grandeur of the Pearl of Siberia. Lake Baikal is the deepest lake in the world and holds 20% of the world’s freshwater. It stretches for 636 km longwise and 80 km widthwise. The Baikal’s maximum depth is 1,637 m. It is known as a "laboratory of biodiversity" as it is home to nearly 3,000 species of animals and plants, many of which are found nowhere else, such as a unique breed of freshwater seal.

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Lake Sevan

Set 1900m above sea level, the Lake Sevan is the largest lake in the Caucasus and one of the largest freshwater high-altitude lakes in the world.

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Lake Sevan

Lake Sevan is one of the wonders in Armenia and one of the greatest high mountainous freshwater lakes of Eurasia. On a clear and sunny day, the water is often of a deep turquoise colour. Total surface of the lake is 940 km2. On the lake there is the ancient Sevanavank Monastery (IX century), which stands overlooking the lake for centuries. In summertime, Armenians travel to the lake’s white sand beaches to vacation and picnic. Don’t miss a chance to stop by at the restaurant and try the most famous trout and white fish which come fresh directly from the lake.

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Lenskie Pillars

Lena Pillars Nature Park is marked by spectacular rock pillars that reach a height of approximately 100 m along the banks of the Lena River in the central part of the Sakha Republic (Yakutia). They were produced by the region’s extreme continental climate with an annual temperature range of almost 100 degrees Celsius - from –60 °C in winter to +40 °C in summer.

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Lhasa

Lhasa is located in a small basin surrounded by mountains, and it literally means "place of the gods". At an altitude of around 11,975ft (3,650m) it is one of the highest cities in the world; it is also the traditional seat of the Dalai Lama and the holiest centre of Tibet with over a thousand years of cultural and spiritual history.

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Listvyanka

Listvyanka village is located on the shore of Lake Baikal 65 km away from Irkutsk city. This village was founded in the18th century and got its name from larch trees growing on the nearest cape. At the end of the 1920s, a Limnologicalstation was founded here; later it became the Limnological Institute of the Siberian Branch of the Academy of Sciences. Its museum is already 10 years in existence and is visited annually by over 50,000 people. The exhibits acquaint visitorswith the history of studying and researching Lake Baikal, its fauna and its flora.

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Lisvyanka

Listvyanka is located about 66 km from Irkutsk. The location of the village at the source of the Angara River flowing out of Lake Baikal, the proximity to Asia and the Russian Far East gave rise to its development as an important point in the trade and transport routes. A shipyard, abandoned nowadays, in the beginning of the XIX century was the most important business in Listvyanka, which brought up a whole generation of shipbuilders and sailors.

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Magadan

The name Magadan is synonymous with Stalin’s oppressive Gulags or prisons but there is very little evidence now of this town’s tragic past. The local museum has an excellent display about the Gulags but the most poignant reminder is the ‘Mask of Sorrow’ a large monument on a hill overlooking the town. The infamous Kolyma Highway or the ‘Road of Bones’ connects Magadan with Irkutsk and ultimately greater Russia. Today Magadan is a town of about 100,000 people. Fishing is important and gold mining is experiencing a revival.

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Magadansky Zapovednik

All four clusters of Magadansky Reserve are separated from each other, rather hard-to-reach and have no settlements or constant transport roads. Each cluster has its own distinctive features in locality appearance, climate conditions, composition of flora and fauna. It protects hundreds of animals, among which are Brown Bear and Snow Sheep.

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Mahan

Mahanis famous for its 19th century Royal building, Prince Garden and tomb, as well as the sanctuary and tomb of the famous, Soufi, Shah Nematollah Vali, dating back to the Mongol Era.

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Mandrogi

On the North shore of Lake Ladoga just beyond the archipelago monastery of Valaam, lies Mandrogi village. It was established in the 18th century and was hardly touched by time until being completely destroyed during the World War II. It was only in 1996 that it was decided to rebuild this Karelian village to the smallest detail. Today Mandrogi is a beautiful living museum featuring examples of Russia's stunning wooden architecture and traditional craftsmanship, as well as the head-spinning Vodka Museum with 2800 different types of Russia’s most notorious drink. Village visitors enjoy demonstrations of wood carving, lacework, pottery, horse-riding and archery.

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Mariinsky Theatre

The Mariinsky Theatre is a historic theatre of opera and ballet in Saint Petersburg. For more than two centuries the Mariinsky Theatre has been presenting the world with a plethora of great artistes, such as Fyodor Chaliapin, Anna Pavlova, Rudolf Nureyev, Mikhail Baryshnikov and many more. Please get in touch with our Destination Experts to order tickets for one of its illustrious ballet and opera performances.

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Mashhad

Iran’s second city Mashhad is one of the seven holy sites of Shiite Islam. Tour the majestic shrine of Imam Reza, an important pilgrimage site. Decorated with the finest marbles and topped with a golden dome and minarets, this complex is a wonder to behold.

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Mausoleum of Khawaja Ahmed Yasawi

The magnificent Mausoleum of Khawaja Ahmed Yasawi is the vast, brightly tiled testament to power and beauty that UNESCO have made a World Heritage site and the Kazakhs revere as their national icon.

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Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics

Museum exposition gives a retrospect on how Soviet space science evolved starting from first man-made satellites subsequently followed by the first manned space flight, first space walks, Moon exploration programs, Solar system exploration programs and international space research programs.

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Merv

Once an important stopping point on the Silk Road, it claims to have briefly been the largest city in the world during the 12th century. 1794 saw the demise of Merv, after the Emir of Bukhara destroyed the dam which the population depended on for its water.

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Mogao Thousand Buddha Cave Complex

In the small oasis city of Dunhuang there is the fascinating Mogao Thousand Buddha Cave Complex. This impressive site contains almost 500 grottoes, carved between 700 and 1,700 years ago. Inside we will see an amazing collection of beautiful sculptures and murals depicting the evolution of Buddhist religious art over this 1,000 year period.

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Monastery of Haghpat

Monastery of Haghpat, built between the 10th and 14th centuries. Its beautiful location in dense wood in the gorges of two small mountain rivers make an atmospheric backdrop for St. Astvatsatsin Church, its most important building.

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Moscow

A truly iconic, global city, Moscow is the 860 year-old capital of Russia. There are dozens of reasons to come. Being one of the most breathtaking capitals in the world, Moscow has a wide range of cultural landmarks. We suggest exploring them all.

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Moscow Kremlin

Discover the treasures that lie in wait for you behind the walls of Moscow’s most famous landmark: the almighty Kremlin! Home to a myriad of the city’s most exquisite cathedrals and monuments, as well as the official residence of President Putin himself, the Kremlin remains a political landmark in Russia and is visited by thousands of tourists every year.

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Moscow Metro

Intricately decorated, the Moscow Metro is an immense museum in itself. Your guide will lead you on a tour of the most magnificent stations, adorned with marble, mosaics and chandeliers.

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Mtskheta

Mtskheta is an ancient town of extraordinary importance to the Georgian nation. It was the capital of the eastern Georgian kingdom of Iberia from the 3rd century BC to the 5th century AD and the site of Georgia's adoption of Christianity in 334. It remains the headquarters of the Georgian Orthodox Church.

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Murmansk

Murmansk is located halfway between Moscow and the North Pole, and 120 miles north of the Arctic Circle. As the main city of the Kola Peninsula, it started as a tiny settlement and Arctic trading post. In 1916, under pressure from the British to establish a support port, Murmansk was founded. Thanks to the influence of the Gulf Stream, the port is ice-free year-round and is the homeport to Russia’s nuclear-powered icebreakers.

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Nenets Tribe

Take a unique chance to get acquainted with the wonderful world of the Nenets people. Wear traditional clothing, learn about their beliefs and customs, visit their sacred places, and even discover how to ice fish and harness the reindeer team.

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Nerchinsk

Among Russian historians, the name of Nerchinsk is associated with a late 17th century treaty that defined the border between Russia and China. Bypassed by the building of the Trans-Siberian line, Nerchinsk leads a forgotten existence with just a few reminders of its more illustrious past. Central to the town’s heritage is the Butin Palace Museum, a palace adorned with huge mirrors.

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Nizhny Novgorod

At the confluence of the Oka and the Volga Rivers, Nizhny Novgorod (formerly named Gorky), founded in 1221, is the 3rd largest city of Russia is located. Although it dates back to the 13th century, the majority of its most interesting sights are from later periods. The first and foremost among these is the city’s great, brooding Kremlin, built during the 16th century. Today Nizhny Novgorod is a large river port, trade and cultural centre.

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Noravank Monastery

Noravank Monastery complex (XIII- XIV cc.), a major religious and cultural center, is closely connected with Gladzor’s famed university and library. The road to the monastery offers breathtaking scenery. The burial site of the Orbelian dynasty (XIII - XIV cc.) is located north to the main temple.

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Novocherkassk

This city is a new capital of the Don Cossacks. Here you can find one of the biggest Orthodox cathedrals around the world – the Ascension Cathedral, memorial house of Mitrofan Grekov, a major Russian-Soviet battle painter, beautiful triumph arcs and the Museum of Wine.

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Novodevichy Convent

Located on the banks of the Moskva River, Novodevichy Convent is one of Moscow’s most renowned historical sites. Built in the 16th century, the architecture of the convent is that of ‘Moscow Baroque’ style and offers a serene retreat from the lively city centre. The convent is home to several churches which are surrounded by a high wall with 12 watch towers. Our guides will bring the convent to life with stories of its past. The necropolis is a must see – many of the country’s famous public figures are buried here, including writer Anton Chekhov and ballerina Anna Pavlova.

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Novosibirsk

Novosibirsk is situated in the south part of West Siberia, on the banks of Ob River. The city takes the third place by population in Russia after Moscow and St Petersburg. It's a center of Russian arts, science and literature. 14 most prestigiuos universities of the country are located here. In the heart of the city there is an architectural marvel -the largest opera house in the world.

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Okhotsk Town

This town has featured in Russian Far East history since the earliest Cossack explorers came from the west. Vitus Bering travelled overland from St Petersburg to Okhotsk in 1725 and again 1733 and travelled to Kamchatka and beyond. Today Okhotsk is the centre of fishing in the region. The port exports significant quantities of salmon and other fish. Visit the town, landing by Zodiac up the river near the town centre. The local people are generous and welcoming and will provide entertainment in the town centre and a cultural display.

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Olga Bay

Olga Bay is a part of the very large Kronotskiy Reserve, which also includes the world-famous Valley of the Geysers. The habitat has lush Kamchatka forests coming right down to the beach. The area around Olga Bay is frequented by large numbers of Gray Whales that are usually quite friendly to visiting boats. The rising volcanoes in the background will provide a beautiful setting to explore real Kamchatka wilderness.

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Olkhon Island

Olkhon is the fourth-largest lake-bound island in the world. It is by far the largest island in Lake Baikal in eastern Siberia, with an area of 730 km2 (280 sq mi). The western shore ends with the many bays of the Maloye More. The island is 72 kilometres long and 15 kilometres wide.
Scientists still debate whether 'Olkhon' translates as 'little forest' or 'dry' as both names fit well.
Olkhon has a great combination of landscapes and is rich in archaeological landmarks. Olkhon is the geographical, historical and sacred centre of Lake Baikal. There are many legends and fairy tales about the island; it is believed to be the home of numerous Baikal spirits.

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Onekotan Island

Onekotan is a volcanic island located near the northern end of the Kurils and is part of the Ring of Fire that encircles the Pacific Ocean. Onekotan island is unique because it has a water-filled caldera at both the northern and the southern ends of the island. The more prominent caldera at the southern end of the island has an island within the island and is known as the Tao-Rusyr Caldera. The highest elevation on Onekotan Island is Krenitsyn volcano which rises to 1325 meters above sea level. Possible species include Brown Dipper, Arctic Warbler, Japanese Robin, Pine Grosbeak and Japanese Grey Bunting.

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Pasargadae

An ancient city of the Persian kings. Go to Pasargadae, the capital created by Cyrus the Great in the 6th century BC. His simple tomb watches over the remnants of this long-gone civilization.

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Persepolis

Persepolis, the ceremonial center eventually ransacked by Alexander the Great. Pass huge stone gates carved with mythical creatures, stand amid palatial ruins—Apadana Palace and the Naqsh-e-Rostam necropolis—or simply wander through the streets of antiquity, taking in the immensity of this cultural wonder.

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Pertrozavodsk

Petrozavodsk stretched along the western shore of Lake Onega – the second largest lake in Europe. It is one of the major cultural and industrial centres of North-West Russia and is the capital of the Republic of Karelia. It is an important town for engineering, transport and scientific research and is one of the most ecologically clean cities in Russia.

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Peter & Paul Fortress

The first structure to be built in St. Petersburg, and thus the birthplace of the city, it never served its intended defensive function. Instead it has had a rich, hugely varied, and sometimes sinister history as a military base, a home of government departments, the burial ground of the Russian Imperial family, the site of groundbreaking scientific experiments, and a forbidding jail that held some of Russia's most prominent political prisoners.

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Peterhof

Known as the “Russian Versailles”, Peterhof Palace and Park is a must see at any time of the year. Famous for its myriad of fountains, the grounds of the palace become a haven for tourists in the peak summer months. Look out for the ‘Joke Fountains’ – if you step on the wrong paving stone, you will get wet! If you’re not travelling in the summer, never fear; the parks foliage is beautiful in the autumn and the grounds transform into a striking crystallised wonderland during winter months so there’s never a wrong time to visit.

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Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky

Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky is a main touristic base where adventure tours and expeditions to Kamchatka begin from. The city offers stunning views as it is located on the shores of Avacha bay among five volcanoes: two active ones, Avachinsky and Koryaksky, smoking Mutnovsky and Gorely, and Vilyuchinsky.

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Petrozavodsk

Petrozavodsk stretched along the western shore of Lake Onega – the second largest lake in Europe. It is one the major cultural and industrial centres of North-West Russia and is the capital of the Republic of Karelia.

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Plosky and Ostry Tolbachik Formation

The Tolbachik massif is composed of two overlapping, but morphologically dissimilar volcanoes - Ostry Tolbachik and Plosky Tolbachik, two of the highest in Kamchatka. The awe-inspiring view of the formation is guaranteed to take your breath away.

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Plyos

Ples (Plyos) is a town and the administrative center of Privolzhsky District of Ivanovo Oblast, Russia, situated on the right bank of the Volga River some 70 kilometers (43 mi) north-east of Ivanovo. The town was founded in 1410 by Vasili I as a border post of Muscovy. Take a walk along the cobbled streets of this hospitable place; go up the Cathedral Hill, breathe the fresh air and take a look around. You will understand why famous artists have been coming here in search of inspiration that further led to masterpieces.

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Rayen Castle

Rayen Castel is situated in Kerman Province south-west of the city of Rayen and is considered the biggest earthen structure of Kerman province after Bam Citadel. Rayen displays all the architectural elements of a deserted citadel. It was inhabited until 150 years ago and, although believed to be between 500 and 1,000 years old, may in fact have foundations from the pre-Islamic Sassanid era.

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Rayen Castle

The 20,000 square metre Rayen castle is situated beneath the snow-capped Mount Hezar in the Province of Kerman. A huge medieval mud brick citadel, it was considered second only to Bam before the 2003 earthquake. Rayen displays all the architectural elements of a deserted citadel (it was inhabited until 150 years ago) and is extremely well preserved. It is considered one of the most interesting sites in Iran.

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Riga

The capital of Latvia, Riga, is a wonderful place for a city break and is buzzing with life and cultural opportunities. With its 700,000 inhabitants, it's the largest city in the Baltic States. Throughout its history Riga was part of many empires and each of those has left its mark on the city. The cobbled streets of its charming Old Town will impress you with its stunning gothic, baroque, classic and art nouveau examples.

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Riga

Riga, selected European Capital of Culture in 2014. Riga is one of those cities that look like a Christmas card all year round. It feels intimate in the way only a medieval city can; the buildings in Riga’s Old City look like dollhouses, the streets are narrow and cobbled, and the iron church steeple of St Peter’s is visible at almost every turn. We highly recommend joining the Sigulda sightseeing tour; Sigulda is often called the Latvian Switzerland because of the beauty of its landscape.

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Rostov-on-Don

Rostov-on-Don is southern Russia’s largest and most cosmopolitan city. It is pleasant stopover on the way to Sochi and the Black Sea coast. Highlights of the city include Gorky Park, the Quay and the old open air market.

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Russian Museum

The State Russian Museum is a treasure chest of art located in one of the most beautiful squares in St Petersburg. It was the first state museum of Russian fine arts in the country and is a major hub of culture and education. The museum contains countless masterpieces and unique collections of art, from traditional icon paintings to experimental Avant Garde and socialist realism. A must visit for any art lover!

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Sakhalin Island

Sakhalin Island is located in the east of Russia, to the north of and quite near Japan. It is comparable in size to the European countries of Austria, Switzerland or Ireland. Nature reserves, protected by the state, comprise 11.8% of the region's area. Tourists will be enchanted by the solemn cliffs, descending steeply to the waves, the waterfalls and numerous bird colonies inhabiting the area around the island’s small rocky islets, the remnants of the Japanese paths that criss-cross the whole island, and the legends about the island’s history. Travelling along the island, visitors find themselves in different climatic zones, passing from the wilderness of the taiga to subtropical forests, from the mossy tundra to the jungles of giant plants. A considerable part of the territory is covered with mountains.

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Salekhard

Salekhard is the closest city to the Polar Circle. Highlights include a visit to the Obdorsk Jail and the Church of St Peter and Paul.

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Samanid Mausoleum

The Samanid mausoleum is considered to be one of the most highly esteemed work of Central Asian architecture, and was built between 892 and 943 CE as the resting-place of Ismail Samani - a powerful and influential amir of the Samanid dynasty, one of the last native Persian dynasties that ruled in Central Asia in the 9th and 10th centuries. The mausoleum also houses the remains of his father Ahmed and nephew Nasr, as well as the remains of other members of the Samanid dynasty.

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Samara

The city is large and very important port with deep historical background. Samara is located at the confluence of two rivers: here the Samara River flows into the Volga River. Well-developed cities of the past were often built where rivers merge, because it was easier to protect them and to trade successfully. Samara is a fusion of old trade town with well-preserved buildings, the features of Soviet period and the ones of present time. Historical center of Samara has remarkable architecture: Samara's Gorky Drama Theater is a unique teremok-building in Russian style; the House of merchant Kurlina is an example of Samara’s art nouveau; Lutheran Church of St. George and Roman Catholic Church are of gothic style.

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Samarkand

The historic town of Samarkand is a crossroad and melting pot of the world's cultures. Founded in the 7th century B.C. as ancient Afrasiab, Samarkand had its most significant development in the Timurid period from the 14th to the 15th centuries. The major monuments include the Registan Mosque and madrasas, Bibi-Khanum Mosque, the Shakhi-Zinda compound and the Gur-Emir ensemble, as well as Ulugh-Beg's Observatory (UNESCO)

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Saratov

The city was initially founded in the 16th century as a fortress to protect the southern districts of the Russian Empire. Saratov is the place where Yuri Gagarin the first man in space, has started his career, and has done his first air-flight. There is a museum dedicated to Gagarin and his life. Saratov has a rich cultural life. Among its most famous sites are: the Conservatoire designed in a Neo-Gothic style; the Drama Theatre that is one of the oldest theatres in Russia; the Radischev Art Museum with more than 20,000 exhibits.

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Sergiev Posad

Sergiev Posad, home to one of the most beautiful monasteries in Russia, is the historical and spiritual centre of the Russian Orthodox Church.

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Shakhrisabz

The historic centre of Shakhrisyabz contains a collection of exceptional monuments and ancient quarters which bear witness to the city's secular development, and particularly to the period of its apogee, under the rule of Amir Temur and the Temurids, in the 15th-16th century (UNESCO)

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Shanghai

Shanghai is the most influential economic, financial, international trade and cultural center in East China. It offers its visitors the perfect blend of cultures, the modern and the traditional, and the western and the oriental, guarantying a truly memorable stay.

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Shiraz

Head to Shiraz, the city of poets, and the lush greenery of a UNESCO World Heritage site: the Persian paradise gardens. Stroll past ornamental pools and date palms at the famous Eram Garden, or visit another of the several historic gardens, all offering their unique flavor of paradise.

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Sighnaghi

Sighnaghi is a small town in the east of Georgia situated on the mountainside in the historical region of Kakheti founded in the 17th century during the reign of King Heraclius II of Georgia. Built 790 meters above the sea level, it overlooks the most beautiful landscape of Alazani Valley and Caucasus Mountains.

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Sochi

The Pearl of the Black Sea, Sochi is the largest summer and winter resort of Russia. In 2014 it received a big investment injection to host Winter Olympic games which brought its infrastructure to top level. Sochi mountainous coastline, sand beaches, 33 waterfalls, beautiful sunny days, great skiing resort and vibrant nightlife offers great experiences all year round.

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Solovetsky Islands

Beautiful lake-dappled White Sea islands are home to one of Russia’s oldest monasteries. The islands were transformed by Stalin into Gulag. Visiting the islands is an adventure which offers you holyness of the place, gripping history and majestic natural beauty.

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Sottintsy

A small settlement Scottinsty is famous for its Open Air 'Druzhba' Museum. The museum will give you an insight to rural Russian life with its displays of traditional wooden architecture and monuments.

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Sovetskaya Gavan

Sovetskaya Gavan, formerly Imperial Gavan (or Harbour), is situated to the north of Khabarovsk and is the eastern terminus of the Baikal-Amur mainline and therefore our starting point on the BAM. It has one of the best natural harbours of far eastern Russia and from 1950 until 1954, the town was the site of the prison gulag camp Ulminlag.

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Sretensk

Stretensk is a community that survives far from the beaten track of the main Trans-Siberian line and offers a rare and exclusive opportunity to see how families exist and livelihoods are maintained despite the isolation from major conurbations in this remotest part of Siberia.

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St Basil's Cathedral

St Basil’s Cathedral is one of the most recognisable buildings in the world and is an iconic symbol of Moscow. A true architectural wonder, the cathedral was commissioned by Ivan the Terrible in the 1500’s and is lavishly decorated with vivid bold colours, striking patterns and shapes. The building is made up of nine churches connected by a web of narrow corridors; each church is lavishly decorated with intricate frescoes; however the exterior of the building is equally as impressive with its famous colourful onion domes! A common myth is that once the building was complete, Ivan had the architects blinded to be sure that they never build anything as beautiful again.

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St Petersburg

St Petersburg is a former Russian capital and a stunning city, crowded with splendid palaces, impressive historical monuments, wide boulevards, beautiful bridges and is renowned as the Ballet Capital of the World.

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Star City

Named after Yuri Gagarin, the first human to journey into outer space, the Cosmonaut Training Centre is located in the magical sounding area ‘Star City’ and is a must visit for those who are interested in everything extraterrestrial! Since Soviet Union times the world famous centre is used to train cosmonauts for their space missions. Visit the technical zone where you can view unique simulators and models of space vehicles. There is even a model of a space station inside a huge swimming pool; the water weightlessness allows cosmonauts to practice the skills they require for travelling into outer space.

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Starocherkasskaya

The UNESCO World Heritage Site Starocherkasskaya (30 km from Rostov-on-Don) is a cossack village. It was often called the Don Venice. Starocherkasskaya’s history is an alive history of cossackship. Its main point of interest, XVIII century Host Resurrection Cathedral, the Don’s first orthodox cathedral with most remarkable interior, including the famous rebel Stepan Razin’s chain imbedded in a cathedral wall.

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Suzdal

Suzdal is the heart and soul of the Golden Ring. Being one of Russia’s most perfectly preserved walled cities dating back to 1024 it is an open-air museum of more than 200 ancient monuments. It offers a unique combination of genuine antiquity, unique spirit of Slavic traditions, mesmerising architecture and truly holy places.

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Sviyazhsk Island

The island of Sviyazhsk has some of the oldest architecture in the region and a fascinating history. Its home to unique historical monuments on the island including the Assumption Monastery and John the Baptist Monastery and the fascinating Cathedral of the Holy Virgin, one of the oldest wooden churches in Russia.

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Taganrog

A quiet, romantic town full of quaint cottages which was founded by Tsar Peter the Great. Learn about this remarkable place in The Historical Museum of Taganrog before visiting "Chekhov House" to gain an insight into the life of beloved and admired writer Anton Chekhov.

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Talan Island

An internationally known, but very difficult bird island to get to, Talan is infamous largely because of the hundreds of thousands of Crested Auklets that nest there. There are also an extraordinary number of kittiwakes nesting along the cliffs and not surprisingly a large population of Steller’s Sea Eagles.

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Tallinn

The capital of Estonia, Tallinn, is a perfect holiday destination which offers comforts of modern world, vibrant nightlife, rich cultural scene and stunning historical and modern architecture.

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Tallinn

Tallinn, one of Europe’s newest capitals. Its Old Town was almost untouched by war and remains perfectly preserved, yet it has a surprisingly modern, sophisticated air; this is a city looking forward as well as to its traditional, folkloric roots.

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Tashkent

Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan, is the largest city in Central Asia. The first mention of Tashkent dates from the 7th century A.D., although it was probably founded by the 1st century B.C. It is located in an oasis near the Chirchik River in a fertile cotton- and fruit-growing region. Tashkent is a very attractive city. The roots of the rich Uzbek culture shine through the city’s architecture, museums and vibrant cultural life.

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Tbilisi

Hemmed in by the Surami Range, the beautiful city of Tbilisi extends for 17 miles (27 km) along the banks of the River Kura. Its fascinating historical sites include the 13th century Metekhi church, the 5th century Sioni Cathedral, the main church of Tbilisi, Holy Trinity Cathedral, one of the largest Orthodox churches in the world, the Great Hall of the Georgian Philharmonia, the Janashia Museum of Georgia.

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Tbilisi

The Georgian capital Tbilisi, founded in the 5th century AD, is a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural, multi-religious city on the crossroads of history, a city neither European nor Asian but a fascinating blend of both East and West. Enjoy its remarkable history, culture, dynamic vibe, hot springs, charming cobbled streets and caravanserais.

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Tehran

Tehran is the capital city of Iran. A bustling metropolis of 14 million people, it is situated at the foot of the towering Alborz mountain range. It is a cosmopolitan city, with great museums, parks, restaurants, warm friendly people.

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Temple of Heaven

The Temple of Heaven is considered the most holy of Beijing's imperial temples and is absolutely unique. Since mid-15th century it is where the emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties would make offerings to heaven and pray for good harvests.

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Terelj National Park

Terelj National Park is arguably the most popular destination in Mongolia. Be awestuck by Turtle Rock, an amazing, unique natural rock formation, and take in the breathtaking surrounding alpine scenery.

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