Show hosts: Dan Moody
The city of Yalta on the southern coastline of the Crimean peninsula has long been known as the Russian Riviera. Boasting 250 sunny days a year, the city also has a unique combination of a spectacular setting and history. Besides being an alluring tourist destination, Yalta is also a health resort.
It’s called Russia's Western Defense Shield, and its gorgeous ancient churches and picturesque location atop seven hills and along the Dnepr River resembles something of a battlefield even today. However, Smolensk traces its origins back to commerce, not war. Legend has it that the city is situated on a trade route used by the Vikings and Greeks.
Ulan-Ude is the capital of the Republic of Buryatia in Eastern Siberia. Since its founding, the city has served as a hub between Russia and the East. It also lays along the famous Tea Road, a merchant route for convoys from China to Europe. The city is the center of a rich and beautiful area with an amazing world of nature – steppes and untouched forests. Mongolia admirers can visit Ulan-Ude to get a clear idea of the country’s feel, without any extra paperwork like visa docs, as Buryatia looks very much like neighboring Mongolia.