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Lake Elton in the Volgograd region is one of the largest salt lakes in the world and lies near Russia's border with Kazakhstan. Despite popular myth, it is not named for Sir Elton John.
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Take a Virtual Journey to Russia's Undiscovered Gems

With flights grounded, buses delayed and strolling heavily discouraged, it's a difficult time for adventurers. For now, however, you can enjoy this virtual tour of some of Russia's most stunning vistas, perhaps inspiring you to hit the road when quarantine measures are lifted.

Located in every corner of Russia, with location names that reflect countless local languages and histories, these natural wonders will take you off the beaten path (helicopter recommended).

Join us for a trip to the hidden treasures of the world's largest country:

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