Russia’s attractions may well seem esoteric to the British traveller, but there is a constant allure in the world’s largest country, especially travelling on its waterways, which allow visitors to move at a relaxed pace its notorious roads may not allow. Here is our pick of the oddities you can find en route.
This island on Lake Onega is home to a collection of restored 18th-century wooden buildings, including the Church of the Transfiguration, which has 22 domes reaching a height of 37 metres. It was built without nails, on the site of a previous church burnt down by lightning.
How to see it: Regent Holidays (regent-holidays.co.uk) has an 11-day St Petersburg to Moscow Volga river cruise that makes a stop at Kizhi Island, from £1,545 per person, including flights.