Books about Russia

Lonely Planet Russia (Travel Guide)
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Lonely Planet Russia (Travel Guide)

Lonely Planet Russia is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Take an awe-inspiring walk through Red Square, hike amongst the geysers and volcanoes of Kamchatka, or sweat it out in a traditional Russian banya (bathhouse); all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Russia and begin your journey now!

Inside Lonely Planet’s Russia Travel Guide:

Colour maps and images throughout
Highlights and itineraries help you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests
Insider tips to save time and money and get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots
Essential info at your fingertips – hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, prices
Honest reviews for all budgets – eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
Cultural insights give you a richer, more rewarding travel experience – history, politics, literature, cinema, religion, performing arts, music, visual art, architecture, cuisine, landscapes, wildlife.
Over 80 maps
Covers Moscow, St Petersburg, the Golden Ring, Kaliningrad, European Russia, the Volga Region, the Russia Caucasus, Sochi, Lake Baikal, the Urals, Yekaterinburg, Siberia, Irkutsk, Vladivostok, Kamchatka and more

DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Russia
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DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Russia

DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Russia, a new title in the award-winning DK Eyewitness Travel guidebook series, showcases the best of this diverse country, from the majestic cities of Moscow and St. Petersburg to the sandy beaches of the Baltic Coast and from the lush Volga delta to the snow-capped Caucasus Mountains.

Using unique illustrated maps and 3-D cutaway drawings of key locations, travelers can discover the grandeur of the Kremlin, the Palace Embankment in St. Petersburg, and the historic sights in the Olympic city of Sochi — nearly 100 illustrations in all. Throughout, special features illuminate Russia’s history and cultural heritage, local cuisine, and experiences sure to last a lifetime, like where to watch the world-famous Russian Ballet.

Full-color maps, city plans, and thematic tours and walks enable travelers to explore the country region-by-region, as well as when traveling in the main cities of Moscow and St. Petersburg. Hotel and restaurant listings include DK Choice recommendations, and the practical trip-planning section covers visa information, air and train travel, when to go to Russia, and so much more.

With hundreds of full-color photographs, hand-drawn illustrations, and custom maps that illuminate every page, DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Russia truly shows you this country as no other guidebook can.


Culture Smart! Russia: A Quick Guide to Customs & Etiquette (Culture Smart! The Essential Guide to Customs & Culture)

Culture Smart! provides essential information on attitudes, beliefs and behavior in different countries, ensuring that you arrive at your destination aware of basic manners, common courtesies, and sensitive issues. These concise guides tell you what to expect, how to behave, and how to establish a rapport with your hosts. This inside knowledge will enable you to steer clear of embarrassing gaffes and mistakes, feel confident in unfamiliar situations, and develop trust, friendships, and successful business relationships.

Culture Smart! offers illuminating insights into the culture and society of a particular country. It will help you to turn your visit-whether on business or for pleasure-into a memorable and enriching experience. Contents include:

* customs, values, and traditions
* historical, religious, and political background
* life at home
* leisure, social, and cultural life
* eating and drinking
* do’s, don’ts, and taboos
* business practices
* communication, spoken and unspoken

Rick Steves Snapshot St. Petersburg, Helsinki & Tallinn
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Rick Steves Snapshot St. Petersburg, Helsinki & Tallinn

You can count on Rick Steves to tell you what you really need to know when traveling in St. Petersburg, Helsinki, and Tallinn.

In this compact guide, Rick Steves covers the essential spots of each city, including the Hermitage, the Church of the Spilled Blood, Linnanmäki (a classic amusement park), and Toompea Castle. Take a day trip to the Peterhof, stroll through Kaivopuisto Park, or visit the Kumu Art Museum. You’ll get Rick’s firsthand advice on the best sights, eating, sleeping, and nightlife, and the maps and self-guided tours will ensure you make the most of your experience. More than just reviews and directions, a Rick Steves Snapshot guide is a tour guide in your pocket.

Rick Steves’ Snapshot guides consist of excerpted chapters from Rick Steves’ European country guidebooks. Snapshot guides are a great choice for travelers visiting a specific city or region, rather than multiple European destinations. These slim guides offer all of Rick’s up-to-date advice on what sights are worth your time and money. They include good-value hotel and restaurant recommendations, with no introductory information (such as overall trip planning, when to go, and travel practicalities).

Russia: Belarus & Ukraine (Insight Guides)
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Russia: Belarus & Ukraine (Insight Guides)

Russia: Belarus & Ukraine (Insight Guides)

This brand new edition, Insight Guide to Russia, features a wealth of inspiring full-colour photography, including outstanding double page spreads of Russia’s vast and spectacular scenery. The top attractions are identified to help you plan your trip priorities and a ‘Best of’ section highlights the most unique experiences Russia has to offer, along with personal recommendations on what to see and do whilst there, such as a visit to the Golden Ring or a ride on the Trans-Siberian Railroad. An in-depth ‘Places’ section covers the entire country, region by region, with all the principal sites cross-referenced by number to the accompanying full-colour maps. Additional maps inside the front and back covers enable instant orientation and easy navigation around Russia; the first depicting the country as a whole and the latter detailing the Moscow and St Petersburg metros. Colour-coded sections explore Russia’s history, covering everything from decisive dates to the rise and fall of the Soviet Empire, and also interesting features on everything from Religion and Art to Russian Cinema and the Women of Russia. A comprehensive Travel Tips section details transport, accommodation for all budgets, eating out, activities, and an A-Z of other practical information, including useful contact numbers, to ensure your trip goes smoothly. The unique combination of insightful exploration alongside practical advice means that this guide truly is a pleasure to read before, during and after your visit.