The FIFA World Cup is the biggest, grandest, and the most prestigious of the football phenomena that takes place every 4 years and is hosted by the principal football organization of the world – Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA). The upcoming 2018 FIFA World Cup is scheduled to take place in Russia between 14 June to 15 July 2018 and have all the roads leading up to this beautiful host nation. As the world’s largest nation Russia shares borders with many European and Asian countries along with the Pacific and Arctic oceans. Away from all the footballing action, Russia has a myriad of places you can explore, nature you can admire, fun activities you can do, and food you can eat.
Choose this best vacation planner to plan your next trip to Russia. Here are the top 5 Russian cities to visit during the FIFA World Cup 2018.
Sitting along the Volga and Samara rivers, Samara is a port city in southwestern Russia that is full of history, amazing architecture, and good weather. A major transportation hub, Samara has plenty of things to do while you are here. The city has attracted writers like Tolstoy and Gorky, painters like Ilya Repin and Vasily Surikov, and revolutionaries like Michael Frunze and Vladimir Lenin, who have, at one point of time lived in the city. While here, don’t miss a chance to visit Bunker of Stalin, Volga Waterfront, and Kuibyshev square. At night, Samara is quite joyful. There are many dance clubs, restaurants, and bars that will keep the party going on all night. Plan your trip to Samara with TripHobo today!
A city on the coast of Black Sea, Sochi is best known as the host of the 2014 Winter Olympics. The unofficial ‘Summer Capital’ of Russia, Sochi is a summer beach resort that attracts more than 4 million tourists every year. This city has 20th century neoclassical buildings, amazing mountainous coastline, endless beaches, a bustling nightlife, and lip-smacking food varieties. While here, you can visit its historical sites like the Stalinist period Empire Style buildings, Stalin’s Summer Residence, and Godlik fortress; or its monuments like the Feat for Life memorial and Zavokzalny War Memorial. Also, do not forget to visit the Sochi Olympic Park.
The capital city of Russia, Moscow is an 869-year-old iconic Russian city. The city is lined with architectural gems like the Moscow Kremlin, The Red Square, Saint Basil’s Cathedral, and Lenin’s Mausoleum which make for the quintessential tourist attractions. Whether walking along its sidewalks or taking a metro around the city, the city will not fail to impress you with its artistry, history and majesty.
Kazan literally translates into a ‘cooking pot.’ This southwestern Russian city is located on the banks of rivers Volga and Kazanka, is often called ‘Russia’s Third Capital.’ There are many reasons to visit Kazan; the city boasts of a rich history through its amazing wonders, it is considered the sports capital of Russia for having hosted many international sporting events, plus there are plenty of reasons to spend time outdoors at its number of parks and sanctuaries.
Saint Petersburg is a Russian port city that sits on the coast of Baltic Sea. Through its many theatres, museums, palaces, and monuments, Saint Petersburg has a wide range of touristy spots that you can cover. Popular places of interest include Hermitage Museum, Peterhof Palace, Winter Palace, Church of the Savior on Blood, and Peter and Paul Fortress among its many other attractions.