Russia is as fascinating as ever. Palaces have been polished, historic districts reinvigorated and churches have been renovated and reopened. Experience the opulence of the era of the tsars as well as the remnants of the Cold War when exploring historic Moscow; domed St. Basil’s Cathedral in fabled Red Square to the Kremlin and the State Armory. In St. Petersburg, a city built by Peter the Great as a tribute to himself, wander the great halls of the Hermitage Museum and see its amazing objets d’art. See Peter and Paul Fortress; witness Pushkin’s Catherine and Pavlovsk Palaces or head out of the major cities to find delightful villages filled with old-world charm. Now is a great time to discover the Russia’s beauty, history and culture, including a wealth of fine art, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, ancient villages, beautiful countryside, bustling markets, and architectural masterpieces ranging from medieval to modern.