Tomsk (Russia). 'A university city with a massive student population, the ‘cultural capital of Siberia’ is vibrant, friendly and home to a lively art scene. After you’ve finished exploring its many restaurants, cafés and bars, take a wander through the city’s side streets, home to some eye-catching examples of carved wooden facades and architecture. Then head to the riverbank to find out how the city took its revenge on playwright Anton Chekhov.' (photo by Vladimir Pletenev)
Lake Baikal, Russia. It is the most voluminous freshwater lake in the world, and the deepest. It is also among the clearest of all lakes, and thought to be the world's oldest lake. Baikal is home to more than 1,700 species of plants and animals, two thirds of which can be found nowhere else in the world!