Moscow, the capital of the Russian Federation, is 30 miles (48 kilometers) to the east of Istra.
While it can be a temptation to just kick back and relax while vacationing in Istra, keep in mind that the surrounding region's many scenic delights are never more than a day trip away. Arkhangelskoye and Solnechnogorsk are two more places worth checking out while you're in Moscow Oblast.
Rent a vehicle and head to Moscow, a transport and retail hub for the area, located 30 miles (48 kilometers) away from Istra. This bigger city offers a wide range of tourist attractions, for example Moscow Sovremennik Theatre, Expocenter Krasnaya Presnya and Vysokopetrovsky Monastery. Graveyard of Fallen Monuments, Bagration Bridge and Manezh Square are some other interesting attractions worth checking out for those who find themselves with time to spare.
Experience the region's rich cultural fabric within Moscow Oblast's fascinating art museums, craft workshops and art galleries. If you're searching for experiences that won't blow the budget, take a tour of Moscow Oblast's many outdoor cultural attractions such as open-air museums and gardens.
Why not make use of locals keen to share their passion and knowledge and join a special interest tour? City walking tours are popular in this area.
As the sun sets on your adventures, spend what's left of your rubli on that last souvenir and bid a fond Poka! (farewell) to the people you've enjoyed getting to know and the places you've come to love.