Arrive Vladivostok. You are welcomed to the most famous city of Russia’s Far East; gateway to Siberia. Meet your local English-speaking assistant and get transferred to your hotel. In March, when heli season starts, you might arrive just in time to participate in one of the funniest national festivals – Maslenitsa, which originates from the ancient pre-Christian beliefs and traditions of the Slavic tribes. See how Asian Russians follow the ancient rituals of their ancestors, eat tasty pancakes, dance “khorovod” and have fun! The local fish market is worth a visit too, for its famous caviar and crabs. Optional: Take in a ballet performance at the famous Mariinsky Theatre, which has a stage here.