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Ah Russia, we love you and your Bruskis. You gave us words that make us sound like mobsters: “Da!” “Nyet!” “Babushka!”. You also gave us palaces, artistic angst and giant Soviet statues. There’s beautiful St Petersburg, the most European city in Europe (yep, we’re calling it).
A city filled with canals, ornate palaces, candy-looking basilicas and streets that are straight out of Dickens. Except they’re out of Dostoyevsky.
Then there’s Moscow, the home of Soviet relics, the Bolshoi Ballet and an underground system that is designed to be a palace for the people.
Finally there’s the Trans-Siberian Railway. An epic journey through forests and Siberian villages, past dumpling wielding babushkas and the odd camel.
Yes, camel. Your last stop before Mongolia? Beautiful Lake Baikal, home to Russia’s other specialties: vodka and saunas.
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If the yak is your spirit animal and vodka is your drink of choice, then hurry up and make Central Asia your next adventure.
Whether you wanna spend the night in a Mongolian ger, wine and dine at a Japanese robot café or walk China’s Great Wall, this jaw-dropping region is bound to awaken your wanderlust.
So jump on a Geckos Central Asia trip and play cards in St Petersburg, wander the majestic Gobi Desert, chill out by Lake Baikal, eat all the dumplings, see all the cherry blossoms and make good with the steppe.View all North & Central Asia trips
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