Russia is one of the most popular and diverse tourist destinations in the world. Visit Moscow and St. Petersburg (nicknamed the "Venice of the North"). Take a scenic river cruise on the Volga, or enjoy a luxury train journey on the world famous Trans-Siberian Railway. In 2013, Moscow will host the IAAF World Championships, a not-to be missed event. Make sure to warm yourself on chilly nights as the Russians do, with a shot (not a sip!) of vodka.