Vladivostok never ceases to surprise. It is sometimes compared with San Francisco, Naples and even Istanbul, and it really resembles each of these cities in some way, but also has its own flavour. It’s not as Asian as most people in the European part of Russia think, but Asian culture makes itself felt in all spheres of the city’s life.
In Vladivostok, you can swim in the warm sea, visit an aquarium, try some fresh seafood and then spread the word that the Russian Far East is worth visiting.
The easiest way to get there is to fly direct from Moscow with Aeroflot (duration: 8h 30m). Flights arrive at Vladivostok International Airport, located 38 km from the city centre. To save money, buy round-trip tickets, and don’t forgot to book in advance, as the best fares sell out fast.