Be warned: narrowing down your options here can be a challenge.
There's extreme cold, and then there's Siberia in winter, where the cold is simply unfathomable.
You can easily overdose on Moscow's sights and attractions - pace yourself by checking out the unmissables.
A much-longed for trip to St Petersburg delivers on every front.
A profusion of fairy-tale turrets, belltowers and bling-lacquered domes circle Veliky Ustyug's town square.
Metropol Hotel, the setting for Amor Towles' novel A Gentleman in Moscow, is just as readers might imagine.
It's been a long cold winter and mushrooms are starting to sprout - everywhere.
The largest country in the world has a lot to offer the intrepid traveller. Start with the unparalleled candy coloured spires of St Petersburg and the surrounding Red Square. Diverse landscapes, strange old resort towns and the most desolate place on earth, Siberia, beg to be explored. Don't miss sweating it out in a public banya (steam bath), sailing across Lake Baikal, or a trip to the ballet.