Vladivostok, Russia Cruise Port
Not only is the city of Vladivostok, Russia the largest Russian port on the Pacific Ocean, it's also the eastern terminus of the Trans-Siberian Railway, which gets you to Moscow quickly and efficiently. If you're sticking around, however, there's plenty in this fascinating city to entertain any tourist. Vladivostok overlooks the picturesque-sounding Golden Horn Bay and borders both China and North Korea; it's also flanked by the Amursky Gulf on the west and the Ussuriysky Gulf on the east. The city's residents have lived here since ancient times, with the aboriginal Udege still around as a minority. Despite Vladivostok's long history, some of its more interesting marvels are fairly modern, such as the large bridges that stretch across the Golden Horn Bay and Eastern Bosporus strait – and keep an eye out for the many Soviet-era statues. Listed below are a handful of our favorite experiences when cruising to Vladivostok, Russia:
While the city has its charms, one of the most popular places is away from it. Take a ferry or the world’s largest cable-stayed bridge to Russkiy Island, where you can swim and enjoy the summer sun; there's also a museum here, which used to be a Soviet defensive complex.
Despite its size, the pretty Lighthouse Egersheld, built in 1910, is one of Russia's best-known lighthouses. A pleasant walk when the weather is nice, it can be reached on foot during low tide and provides a nice view of the Sea of Japan. During the winter months, you might see the waves frozen in action.
The Funicular railway is a cheap, fast way to get a quickie tour of the city. It takes you to the lookout point for the Golden Horn Bridge and Eagle's Nest Hill, both of which are excellent vantage points of Vladivostok (and stunning at night, if you're still in the area).
Ploschad Bortsov Revolutsy (Central Square) is where you'll find a memorial made up of a pair of large statues that honors local soldiers who fought Japanese forces during the early 1900s; it's a popular place for protesters in the 21st century.