World Cup 2018
In 2018 the FIFA World Cup returns to Europe – straight to the heart of Russia. 11 host cities are spread within 5 time zones, 3050 sq. km, the oldest city was founded over 1000 years ago.

Aside of one of the biggest event in the world, this is a unique opportunity to visit world's biggest country with visa-free entry and explore Russia for the fullest.
Moscow. Luzhniki Stadium
Capacity: 81,000 seats

With twice as many people as its closest competitor (Saint Petersburg), Moscow is the largest city in Russia. It's modern, yet steeped in history and this attractive combination is a big reason it sees more than 4 million tourists every year. For most visitors, Red Square is the first stop in Moscow but there is so much more to see in this global city. While the mere mention of Moscow conjures up an image of ice and snow for many, the summers are warm but not too hot, perfect for sightseeing or taking in a match.
Moscow. Spartak Stadium
Capacity: 42,000 seats
Capacity: 68,000 seats

Second only to Moscow in size, Saint Petersburg is a picturesque port city on the Baltic Sea. Though it has long lived under the shadow of its larger counterpart, St. Petersburg has emerged as an appealing destination in its own right with a burgeoning arts and music scene. This modern city has 342 bridges atop its rivers and canals, not surprisingly earning it comparisons to Venice. The city is a feast for the senses, one of the highlights being the Hermitage Museum and the Winter Palace complex, which houses over 3 million pieces of art from around the globe.
Capacity: 45,000 seats

Kazan is a lively university city (population 1.3 million) with one of the highest standards of living in Russia, In fact, it could be considered one of the most widely appealing cities on the World Cup schedule in 2018. Tourism here is on the rise with plenty to see from historical buildings (Kazan recently celebrated its millennium) to live opera or ballet to trendy restaurants and boutiques. As one of Russia's sports capitals, it's a fantastic city to spend time in during the World Cup.
Capacity: 45,000 seats

Most people don't associate Russia with beaches but Samara's lovely beaches may just be the city's biggest attraction. During the warm summer months, locals and visitors alike gather on the sandy shores of the Volga to sunbathe, swim, or stroll along the beach. It's a great atmosphere with plenty of cafés and beer tents to be found. If the beach isn't your thing, this city of almost 1.2 million has plenty of other attractions to take in during your World Cup experience.
Capacity: 45,000 seats

This modern city of over 1 million inhabitants could almost be described as eccentric. Where else can you find monuments to a water pipe or newspaper reader? Though Rostov-On-Don may have its idiosyncrasies, it really is a fun and unique place to visit; take a scenic stroll along the riverside; spend an afternoon shopping for anything and everything at the Central Rinok (Bazaar), or take in a performance at the Rostov State Opera and Ballet.
Capacity: 45,000 seats

With a population of just under 340,000, Saransk will be one of the smaller host cities at the 2018 World Cup. What it lacks in size, it makes up for in beauty. Located on the Saranka River, this European-influenced city has plenty of historical buildings, theaters, museums, and well-maintained parks. Saransk is also well-known for its sporting achievements, and is the hometown of many Olympic and World champions.
Capacity: 45,000 seats

Formerly known as Stalingrad, the city is perhaps best known for the infamous battle that took place there during the second World War. Since then, the city was completely rebuilt and renamed. Present-day Volgograd has plenty to see and do. A visit to the Mamayev Kurgan memorial complex is a must-do, but the city is also well-known for its eco-tourism (due to its proximity to the Volga-Akhtubin floodplains) and its magnificent Soviet Baroque architecture.
Nizhny Novgorod
Capacity: 45,000 seats

With a growing population of 1.3 million, Nizhny Novgorod (or more commonly Nizhny) is Russia's fifth-largest city and one of the country's business, transportation, and cultural capitals. Beautiful Nizhny is located at the confluence of the Volga and the Oka Rivers. Though there are over 600 historic, architectural, and cultural monuments to explore, the highlight is the city's Kremlin. This impressive 500-year-old fortress overlooking the Volga is surrounded by an equally impressive 2-kilometer wall.
Capacity: 47,700 seats

Sports fans will fondly remember Sochi as the successful host of the 2014 Winter Games. It's Russia's largest resort city, flanked by the majestic Caucasus Mountains and the Black Sea. As the southernmost city at the 2018 World Cup, it has a mild climate that attracts hundreds of thousands of tourists every year. It's a great place to try your hand at some adventure sports like mountain climbing or hang-gliding but also an idyllic spot to relax and lounge by the pool.
Capacity: 35,212 seats

Although its dramatic history goes back over 750 years, the city of Kaliningrad was largely destroyed during World War Two. It was promptly rebuilt and played an important part in the Cold War. As a result, the architecture is an interesting mix of old and new with the oldest building dating back to the 13th century. The city of almost 460,000 is rich in culture with a number of museums and theatres. Its appeal extends to nature lovers as well, as the region has plenty of pristine beaches and untouched forests. Its location just south of Lithuania on an inlet of the Baltic Sea results in a mild climate, with June and July conveniently being the best time to visit.
Capacity: 45,000 seats

With a population of 1.3 million, Ekaterinburg is Russia's fourth largest city but it tops the list when it comes to unusual attractions. Among them are the mafia cemetery (complete with graves decorated with life-size images of late mafia members), and the circus building which is home to exactly the kinds of shows one would expect upon hearing the name. The strangest attraction however, is the QWERTY Monument, a giant keyboard replica built out of concrete blocks.
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