Onion-domed cathedrals and matroyshka dolls

From picture-worthy metro stations to an elaborate 18th-century citadel, the world’s largest nation packs a mighty big punch. The capital, Moscow, is where you’ll find the country’s grandest possessions and most stirring remnants from its Soviet state past, but St Petersburg is equally impressive with its sprawling Peter and Paul fortress and Winter Palace. Come with us as we explore the Kremlin and Red Square, follow in the footsteps of Tchaikovsky and master the art of painting matryoshka nesting dolls.