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Moscow – the capital of the Russian Federation and one of the country’s most popular destinations for foreign visitors. Moscow is one of the largest cities in the world. The city is said to date back eight and a half centuries, with the first references to it in chronicles from 1147. It was built by Suzdal’s Prince Yuri Dolgorukiy on the sweeping curve of the Moskva River. From its humble beginning as a hunting village, it grew steadily into a fortress city, to become later the central point of the whole Russian state. Russia’s most intense human aspirations, be they artistic, religious or political, have found their most passionate expression in Moscow. The reflection of these aspirations can be seen in the beautiful architecture created over several centuries, particularly in Moscow’s symbols -the Kremlin, the Red Square and St. Basil’s Cathedral. Moscow has grown rapidly over the past decades, and, as a result, comprises high-rise suburbs surrounding a relatively compact historic centre with fascinating ancient architecture. Today’s Moscow is a dynamically changing and eclectic city where the history and the present are deeply intertwined. Moscow is a cultural centre of global value. There are more than 70 theatres here, the best known being the Bolshoi Theatre.


The richest collections of paintings, graphic art and sculpture are gathered in nearly a hundred museums. Among them are the well known Tretyakov Picture Gallery and the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts. There is also a great number of concert halls, cinemas and exhibition pavilions in the city. Apart from being a major political player on the world stage, Moscow is also an extremely popular city for business and tourism. Russia is a land of over 100 separate nationalities, from Tuvans to Kalmyks and Chukchi to Circassians, as well as the Russians themselves. A true Muscovite is a rare individual indeed. But whatever their origin, the ten or so million inhabitants of Moscow are proud of their city, for all its eccentricities and hardships.

Population: 12 million Area: Approximately 1035 sq. km. Climate: Average temperature in winter -10°C to -15°C, spring 0°C to +10°C, summer +18°C to +24”C, autumn 0 to +10°C. Administrative Division: 10 administrative districts, which are in their turn segmented into 128 city regions. Where to stay: There are more than 200 hotels in Moscow. The hotels can be defined according to western standards rating (newly built) and local standards rating (old/renovated hotels). The type of a hotel does not affect the price very much. Where to eat: Most best restaurants and bars are located in central Moscow. Arbat Street has the highest concentration and variety of restaurants. Russian bistro is a popular new chain offering fast food Russian style. Shopping: There are numerous Western style supermarkets and department stores. The most interesting shopping districts are located within the Garden Ring. The main department stores are around Red Square, the biggest and most famous of which is the State Department Store – GUM. For the best souvenirs and antique shops head for the pedestrianised Arbat Street. Main sightseeing: Red Square, Kremlin, St Basil’s Cathedral, Lenin Mausoleum, State Armoury, Tretyakov Gallery, Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, Bolshoi Theatre, Novodevichiy Convent, Kuskovo and Kolomenskoe estates. Entertainment: Moscow offers many forms of entertainment from museums, theatres, ballets and operas, to musicals and concerts, from world-famous exhibitions to a wide variety of night life. Getting around: There are nine railway stations and five airports. Inside the city, the most reliable way of travelling is by metro which has stations close to all the major sights. Moscow is also served by buses, trams and trolley buses. Taxis can be found in any part of Moscow.


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The Kremlin 1

Bolshoi Theatre 4

Moscow Kremlin is a self contained city with the multitude of churches, palaces and armouries, a medieval fortress that links the modern nation to its legendary past of the Russian tsars, taken over by the Soviet leaders and now used as an official residence of the Russian presidents.

Home to one of the oldest, and probably the most famous ballet companies in the world. The first Bolshoi Theatre opened in 1780 and presented masquerades, comedies and comic operas.

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Being the part of the Great Kremlin Palace complex, the Armory is home to Moscow’s oldest museum with its unique collection of Tsarist artifacts, like court dresses, thrones, carriages, Russian and foreign jewelry and armour.

Created as a market square beside the Kremlin in the 15-16th centuries, Red Square remains the heart and soul of Russia. Nowadays it is a place for military parades, grand concerts and gathering of Moscow visitors. An impressive building opposite St Basil’s Cathedral is the State Historical Museum which holds a rich collection that tells the history of Russia from the Paleolithic period to the present day.

St Basil’s Cathedral 3 St. Basil’s is a delightful array of swirling colours and redbrick towers comprised of nine individual chapels, each topped with a unique onion dome to celebrate a victorious assault on the city of Kazan.


The Armoury 5

Diamond Fund Situated in the same building as the Armory, the Diamond Fund displays a fabulous collection of Russia’s state jewels. The collection includes Catherine the Great’s stunning coronation crown, famous Faberge eggs and Orlov Diamond.

Arbat Street (Ulitsa Arbat) Pedestrianised street which attracts not only foreigners but locals too. It is stuffed with antique shops, boutiques, souvenir stalls, pavement cafes and restaurants. Old Arbat Street is a place for artists, musicians, poets, writers and intellectuals.


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Cathedral of Christ the Savior 1 Cathedral of Assumption 4 Just a few minutes’ walk from the Kremlin, the cathedral is visible from all over central Moscow and is the largest church in Russia. Originally built in the 19th century in the commemoration of the Russian army’s victory over Napoleon, it was destroyed on Stalin’s personal order and rebuilt in the 1990s.

The Lenin Mausoleum 2 Erected in 1930 next to the Kremlin, the mausoleum has become a home for the embalmed body of Vladimir Lenin, the Father of the Revolution. Though small from the outside the mausoleum has hidden depths inside, and still attracts thousands of tourists.

Kolomenskoe 3 Kolomenskoe is the unique artistically-historical and architectural nature landscape museumreserve. It covers the territory of about 255 hectares in the south of Moscow, not far from it’s centre. The former summer residence of the Russian tsars in not only a captivating architectural ensemble, but also a beautiful example of the landscape gardening.

Also called as Uspenksiy Cathedral, it served for many centuries as Russia’s state and ritual centre where grand princes were proclaimed, tsars enthroned and later, emperors crowned. It is the oldest church in the Kremlin. It has been the seat of the Russian Orthodox Church since 1326.

Tretyakov Gallery 5 Began its history in 1856. The collection now contains more than 100,000 Russian works, ranging from ancient icons of the 12th century to the more avant-garde paintings of the early 20th century.

Novodevichy Convent Founded in the early 16th century by Grand Duke Vasiliy III, the father of Ivan the Terrible, to celebrate the capture of Smolensk from Lithuanians, and later used as one of the fortresses protecting the banks of the Moskva River, Novodevichy Convent is one of the most beautiful sights in Moscow. It is famous for its Smolensky Cathedral and New Cemetery, where a number of great cultural and political figures like Chekhov and Shostakovich are buried.

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Recommended Hotels Ritz Carlton

Swissotel Krasnye Holmy

Address: Tverskaya Str. 3-5, 125009 Moscow

Address: Spiridonovskiy Pereulok 9, 123104 Moscow

Details: The Ritz Carlton, Moscow has 334 room, including 65 suites and one Ritz Carlton Suite.

Details: Centrally located in a quite respectable area.

Hotel Services: Fine dining restaurant, all day dining restaurant, lobby bar, roof top bar, full service spa, health club with pool, beauty salon, parking and business

Hotel Services: 18 conference rooms, Restaurant, bar, cafe, banquet hall, conference hall, fitness centre, business centre, exchange currency and car park.

Additional information: The Ritz Carlton located near the Kremlin and the adjacent Red Square.

Additional information: Close to the shopping area and to many foreign embassies. Located at the walking distance from Paveletskiy Station.

Petr I

Golden Ring

Address: Neglinnaya Str. 17, 127051 Moscow

Address: Smolenskaya Str. 5, 119121 Moscow

Details: The hotel has 134 rooms of various categories to suit everyone.

Details: The hotel is situated in the historic centre of Moscow, close to the biggest Exhibition centre “ExpoCentre�.

Hotel Services: All rooms come equipped with a bath/ shower, telephone, colour TV, minibar, and a room safe deposit box. The restaurant Romanov, Fitness centre with a swimming pool. Additional information: Only a few minutes walk to the Red Square, the Kremlin and the Bolshoi Theatre.


Hotel Services: 293 rooms, 5 Restaurants, 2 bars, laundry, souvenir shop, business centre, fitness centre, sauna, Jacuzzi, non smoking floors and rooms, safety deposit boxes, key cards, emergency call system. Additional information: Magnificent city views from Panorama Restaurant on the 23rd floor.

Baltschug Kempinski

Ararat Park Hyatt

Address: Balchug Str. 1, 115035 Moscow

Address: Neglinnaya Str.4, 109012 Moscow

Details: The hotel is located on the banks of the Moskva River, over-looking the Kermlin, Red Square and St. Basil’s Cathedral.

Details: The hotel is located in the centre of historic Moscow, not far from the Kremlin, Red Square and the Bolshoi Theatre.

Hotel Services: Restaurant, bar, Wi-Fi, swimming pool, sauna, parking facilities and laundry.

Hotel Services: Restaurant, bar (view of the Red Square), business centre, Wi-Fi, fitness centre, swimming pool, sauna, parking facilities, live music.

Additional information: Bolshoi Theatre and Tretyakov Gallery are situated not far from the hotel. The nearest shops: GUM, Okhotny Ryad.

Additional information: Historical Museum, Tretyakov Gallery and Pushkin Museum are situated nearby.


Le Royal Meridien National

Address: Rozhdestvenka Str. 3/6, 109012 Moscow

Address: Mokhovaya Str. 15/1, 125009 Moscow

Details: The hotel is located in the centre of historic Moscow, not far from the Kremlin, Red Square and the Bolshoi Theatre. Hotel Services: 67 comfortable guestrooms and suites, room for disabled, Savoy restaurant, Hermitage lounge-bar, meeting & event facilities, fitness centre, swimming pool, business center, travel services, beauty salon, free Wi–Fi, laundry & dry cleaning, on-site parking, rent a car service. Additional information: Historical Museum, Tretyakov Gallery and Pushkin Museum are situated nearby

Details: The hotel is located in the city centre, directly opposite the Kremlin, Red Square and Alexandrovsky Gardens. Hotel Services: 11 Conference and meeting rooms for 6 to 200 persons, restaurant with gourmet Russian and European cuisine, restaurant-bar, 24 hour security service, gym. Additional information: Five minutes walk from the Bolshoi Theatre and Historical Museum.

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Recommended Hotels Metropol Moscow

Radisson Royal (Ukraina)

Address: Teatralny proezd 1/4, 103012 Moscow.

Address: Kutuzovsky Prospekt 2/1, Bld.1., 121248 Moscow

Details: The hotel is located in the city centre, just opposite the Bolshoi Theatre and a 5-minute walk from the Red Square and the Kremlin.

Details: Landmark, luxury Moscow hotel with gourmet food, river cruises and spa, one of Stalin towers.

Hotel Services: Conference hall for 300 persons, business centre, 3 restaurants, 2 bars, night club, casino, excellent security system and gym.

Hotel Services: Veranda restaurant, Tatler Club restaurant, Lobby Bar, Spa and wellness centre, Library, River Cruising, Wi Fi, Private bar, business center.

Additional information: Metropol Moscow Hotel is the only hotel designed in the art-noveau style.

Additional information: The hotel is adjacent to the House of Government of the Russian Federation and within walking distance to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the World Trade Centre, Expocenter and numerous embassies.

Lotte Hotel Moscow

Hilton Leningradskaya

Address: 8, Bld.2, Novinskiy Blvd., 121099, Moscow

Address: Kalanchevskaya Str. 21/40, 107078 Moscow

Details: 300 spacious rooms, including 38 suites, 200 sq. m Presidential Suite and Moscow’s largest 490 sq. m Royal Suite Hotel Services: 6 banquet halls, business center, Club Floor, French restaurant by Michelin three-starred chef Pierre Gagnaire, trendy Japanese restaurant MEGU, Manadara SPA and Fitness Center with pool. Additional information: Located at the crossing of Novy Arbat Avenue and the Garden Ring, within walking distance from the Red Square, the Kremlin and the Bolshoi Theatre.


Details: One of seven famous Stalin towers. Located next to Garden Ring and a short walk from Leningradskiy Railway Station. Hotel Services: Janus restaurant, Lobby Lounge, 7 meeting rooms, Wi-Fi, Fitness Centre, swimming pool, SPA salon Mosaic, business centre, barber shop, florist, currency exchange, pets allowed. Additional information: Easy access to the city’s famous landmarks such as Red Square and the Kremlin.

Marriott Tverskaya

Sovietsky Hotel

Address: Tverskaya-Yamskaya Str. 34, 125047 Moscow.

Address: Leningradsky Prospekt 32/2, 125040, Moscow

Details: The hotel is centrally located on Tverskaya Street, right across from the Belorusskaya Metro station.

Details: Founded in 1951, the Historical Hotel Sovietsky in one of the most well-known old 4-star business club hotels in the city. The recent renovation has made the hotel even more welcoming.

Hotel Services: Gratzi restaurant (Italian, Russian, International cuisine), 24-hour lobby bar and security system.

Hotel Services: The range of services is completed by an indoor private parking, Wi-Fi.

Additional information: 1.5 km from the Kremlin, Red Square and Bolshoi Theatre and 30 minutes from the International Airport.

Additional Information: The hotel was especially designed for the reception of governmental delegation. One of the most famous restaurants in the city “Yar”.

Radisson Slavyanskaya

Golden Apple Boutique Hotel

Address: Ploshchad Europa 2, 121059 Moscow

Address: Malaya Dmitrovka Str. 11, 127006 Moscow

Details: The hotel is a joint Russian-American venture and is situated on the banks of the Moskva River with views of the Russian White House and Ministry of Foreign Affairs, close to ExpoCentre.

Details: Centrally located near the city’s best shopping and dining area, art galleries and museums, the hotel is ideal place to stay.

Hotel Services: 12 meeting and conference rooms, full service business centre and 24-hour security. Additional information: 10-minute drive from Red Square and the Kremlin.

Hotel Services: Hotel features 92 individually appointed guest rooms, including 2 suites. The simple and cool design gives all rooms a unique charm. Additional information: The hotel has a restaurant, a bar and a health club which includes a cardio room, sauna and Jacuzzi.

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Recommended Hotels Novotel Moscow Centre


Address: Novoslobodskaya Str. 23, 127055 Moscow

Address: 2/18, Petrovskie Linii, 127051 Moscow

Details: Located in the heart of the city the hotel is a perfect place for business or leisure in Moscow. Kremlin & the Red Square are within 10 min by metro. Hotel Services: 255 rooms, restaurant serving Mediterranean cuisine, Lobby Bar, Wi-Fi, pets accepted, fitness centre, massage, babysitting on request.

Details: Housed in a late 19th century neo-classical edifice the hotel is excellently positioned in the very heart of Moscow. Hotel Services: Romanov restaurant, 2 bars, beauty salon, minibar, Wi-Fi, 3 conference rooms, business centre, equipped rooms for disabled, swimming pool, hammam, gym, solarium, laundry and dry cleaning.

Additional information: Sheremetyevo International airport is within 30 min by Aeroexpress train.

Additional information: Only a few streets and as many minutes away from the Kremlin, Red Square, St Basil’s Cathedral, Bolshoi Theatre, Tverskaya street, the Manezh and the Okhotny Ryad shopping centers.


Holiday Inn Lesnaya

Address: Ozerkovskaya Str. 26, 115184 Moscow

Address: Lesnaya Str. 15, 125047 Moscow

Details: A stroll away from the Kremlin, Tretyakov State Gallery and close to the main Exhibition centers, this recently built hotel is perfect for business and leisure in Moscow.

Details: Set on a lively boulevard of shops and restaurants the hotel is just 40 minutes by taxi from Sheremetyevo Airport and close to Belorusskaya metro station.

Hotel Services: Topaz restaurant, Ruby bar, fitness centre, Spa facilities, massage, gym, sauna, hammam, business lounge, meeting rooms, Wi-Fi, coffee/tea facilities, mini-bar. Additional information: 5 minutes by foot from Paveletskaya, Novokuznetskaya and Tretyakovskaya metro stations.


Hotel Services: Restaurant, bar, business centre, Wi-Fi, executive floors, secretarial services, fitness centre, dry cleaning, shoe shine, ATM, gift shop, convenience store, 6 meeting rooms. Additional information: 3km from the Red Square, dominated by the treasure-trove Kremlin and the whimsical domes of St Basil’s Cathedral.

Novotel Sheremtyevo

Park Inn Sadu

Address: Ownership 3, Highway Mezhdunarodnoye, Khimki City, 141400 Moscow Region

Address: Bolshaya Polyanka Str. 17, 119180 Moscow

Details: Novotel Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport is situated nearby the international airport building complex “Sheremetyevo”.

Details: Located in the historic area of Moscow near prime attractions, embassies, and only a short walk from the train station.

Hotel Services: Restaurant, bar, 493 rooms, Airconditioning, Wi-Fi, coffee/tea facilities, dry cleaning, meeting rooms, fitness centre, massage, swimming pool, billiards

Hotel Services: 118 rooms, restaurants, bar, meeting facilities, Wi-Fi, parking, gift shop, laundry facilities, dry cleaning, massage, currency exchange machine, mini bar, meeting rooms.

Additional Information: 24/7 complimentary Sheremetyevo airport shuttle service. Overnight accommodation for travellers in transit without visa.

Additional Information: Scenic views of Christ the Saviour Cathedral and the Moskva River.

Best Western Vega


Address: Izmailovskoe Shosse 71 bld. 3B, 105613 Moscow

Address: Prospekt Mira 150, 129366 Moscow

Details: Fully renovated in 2007, the hotel is located in the city’s park area only a few stops by the metro from city centre.

Details: The hotel is located in the north-east of Moscow, close to ExpoCentre and Olimpiyskiy Stadium.

Hotel Services: 4 restaurants, 2 bars, more than 1000 rooms, 14 conference rooms, business centre, free Wi-Fi, refrigerator, parking facilities, sauna, swimming pool, live music, laundry, dry cleaning, beauty salon, night club, 24 hours security guards.

Hotel Services: Restaurant, bar, business centre, fitness centre, swimming pool, sauna, solarium, parking facilities, boutiques.

Additional Information: Izmailovsky park, Vernissage shopping centre and famous Izmailovsky Kremlyn are situated not far from the hotel.

Additional information: City centre (Red Square) is approximately 5km from the hotel.

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Recommended Hotels Maxima Panorama


Address: Masterkova Str. 4, 115280 Moscow

Address: Skatetrny Pereulok 13, 121069 Moscow

Details: Maxima Panorama’s location is one of the most important advantages of this hotel - just a few meters from metro station “Avtozavodskaya”.

Details: Located in a calm and well guarded zone of Moscow’s centre, 3 minutes walking distance from famous New Arbat Avenue.

Hotel Services: The property’s amenities include well-equipped guest rooms, guarded parking, Multimedia equipment, etc.

Hotel Services: Featured 75 rooms, restaurant, bar, Wi-Fi, laundry, cash machine, shoeshine machine, 24 hour secutiry.

Additional information: It is possible to come to the hotel from the Domodedovo airport by-passing the overcrowded central highways.

Additional information: 10 minutes walk to “Moscow – city” and “ExpoCentre” at Krasnaya Presnya district.



Address: Plotnikov Pereulok 12, 119002 Moscow

Address: Sadovaya Str. 5B, 123001 Ìîscow

Details: Located in the historical center of Moscow and situated close to Stary Arbat Avenue.

Details: Unique location and the original skyline of the building amazes Muscovites and visitors with its irresistible magnificence.

Hotel Services: 2 restaurants, bar, 7 conference and banquet rooms, business centre, florist service, Wi-Fi, sightseeing tours around. Moscow Additional information: Get to the part of the city with ample opportunities for entertainment and acquaintance with Russian culture.


Hotel Services: 135 rooms, 2 restaurants, bar, gym, spa, guarded parking, laundry service, beauty parlour, billiards, air conditioning in all rooms, kettle, Wi-Fi. Additional information: From the windows of this 20-storey hotel one can see a grandiose panorama of the modern and old city.

Astrus Moscow City Hotel

Maxima Irbis

Address: Leninskiy Prospekt 146, 119526 Moscow

Address: Gostinichnaya Str. 1, 127106 Moscow

Details: Îne of the largest hotels in Moscow and most comprehensive services.

Details: Business class hotel offering comfortable stay and relaxing atmosphere.

Hotel Services: Offers 510 comfortable rooms, air conditioning, lifts, 3 restaurants, bar, business rooms, conference halls, fitness centre, swimming pool, SPA salon, massage, billiards, bowling, Wi-Fi, interconnecting rooms, pharmacy, beauty salon.

Hotel Services: Features 96 ensuite rooms, TV, telephone, mini bar, air-conditioning; safety deposit boxes on reception desk, conference room, meetng room, business centre, restaurant, lobby bar, Wi-F, daily press, laundry, dry cleaning, non-smoking rooms.

Additional information: Located in about half-anhour drive from Vnukovo and Sheremetievo International Airports and Kievsky Railway Station.

Additional information: It takes about one hour to get to Irbis hotel from main airport “Sheremetyevo” avoiding the traffic.


Petrovka Loft Hotel

Address: Selskohozyaistvennaya Str., 17, Moscow

Address: Petrovka Str. 17/2 (Entrance 2), Moscow Details: Located on fashionable Petrovka Street in the heart of central Moscow. Red Square, the Kremlin and Bolshoi Theatre, as well as Moscow’s other tourist attractions, are only a matter of minutes walk away. Hotel Services: TV, Wi-Fi, safe deposit. Each of the private bathroom pods is distinct from the bedrooms. There are two toilet and four shower pods. Each bathroom pod has complete privacy. Additional information: Petrovka Loft Hotel is housed in a Stalin period building, the premises used to be a large Soviet communal apartment which are now completely structurally and cosmetically renovated.

Details: With panoramic views over Botanic Gardens. Hotel Services: 6 buildings, 500 rooms, Wi-Fi, restaurant, bar, sauna, ATM, Luggage storage, safe deposits, medical clinic, pharmacy 24 hours, business center, 2 conference rooms, two lecture rooms. Additional information: 15 minutes away to city centre by metro and 5 minutes walk to Botanichesky Sad metro station.

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Hotel and Sightseeing Locations Maxima Irbis

Cosmos, Tourist

Marriott Renaissance Sovietsky Best Western Vega

Novotel Moscow Centre

Novotel Sheremetjevo

Holiday Inn Lesnaya Marriott Tverskaya Golden Apple

Hilton Leningradskaya

Petr I


Budapest Savoy Petrovka Loft Metropol Ritz Ararat Park Hyatt Carlton Bolshoi Theatre Melodia


Pokrovka Suite


Red Square

Lotte Plaza Radisson Royal

The Kremlin Belgrad

Baltschug Kempinski


Radisson Slavyanskaya

Golden Ring

Tretyakov Gallery Park Inn Sadu Aquamarine Swissotel

Maxima Panorama Astrus Moscow City Hotel

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Population: More than 5 million Area: Approximately 600 sq kms Climate: Moderate, maritime. Average tempeature in winter: –10°C to –8°C, spring: 0°C to + 10°C, summer: +18°C to +20”C, autumn: +10°C to 0°c. Where to stay: There are a lot of recently built hotels located in central St Petersburg as well as outside of the city centre. Where to eat: Restaurants and cafes are scattered around the city with the largest concentration along the Nevsky Prospekt. Shopping: Most shops are located around the city’s main streets such as Nevsky, Kamennoostrovskiy and Bolshoy Prospekt. Opening hours are from 10 am till 7 pm. Places of Interest: The Hermitage, St Isaac’s Cathedral, Church on Spilled Blood, Nevsky Prospekt, Mariinsky Theatre, Alexander Nevsky Monastery, SS Peter and Paul Cathedral, Cathedral of Our Lady of Kazan, Stieglitz Museum. Entertainment: St Petersburg is a city of cultural and night life entertainment. The intensive opera, ballet and classical music programmes are run during the White Nights Festival, whereas most of the theatres are closed for the period of July, August and September because their companies go on tours. Getting around: There are five railway stations, three airports, two bus stations, a seaport and a river station. The public transport is very efficient and cheap, with a highly developed network of underground (metro) trains, buses, trolleybuses, trams reaching all the main sights in the centre.

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Saint Petersburg St. Petersburg is the second largest city in Russia and one of the world’s major cities, which has more to offer than just the Hermitage Museum and the Kirov Ballet. It is one of the biggest cultural centres in the world, a city with an exceptionally rich history, centuries old traditions and a promising future. Almost all basic trends in the world and Russian architecture of the 18th20th centuries are represented in St. Petersburg.

Among the majestic memorials, you can feel the breath of intellectual life, which was brought into St. Petersburg by Peter the Great. The most famous professors, such as Leibnitz from Germany, worked on a project for the creation of the Science Academy and other institutes.

It is therefore little wonder that the city is called a “Museum in the Open Air”. St. Petersburg has played a vital role in both Russian and European history. Founded by Peter the Great in 1703 it was the capital of the Russian Empire for two centuries. He crafted the world’s most fascinating city on more than 45 islands, modelling it in a French style by employing the world’s greatest architects. The islands are connected by more than 342 bridges, of which 21 are raised at night. This gives the city its name ‘The Venice of the North’. The city has changed its name three times: St. Petersburg (1703-1914), Petrograd (1914-1924), Leningrad (1924-1991) and St. Petersburg again from 1991.

Today St. Petersburg is ranked alongside Paris and Rome as one of the most beautiful cities in the world. It is impossible to think about St Petersburg without the magnificent palace-andpark ensembles that surround the city. Luxurious suburb residences stretch out along the coast of the Finnish Gulf and in the valleys of rivers and lakes. Poetic beauty of Russian nature together with solemn grandeur of architectonic monuments of various styles and different historical epochs create the marvellous world of harmony and art.

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Peter & Paul Fortress 1

Rivers and Canals 4

Erected by Peter the Great to protect the area from possible Swedish attack. In the middle of the fortress there is the SS Peter and Paul Cathedral, a church where all the Russian Emperors are buried.

St. Petersburg is frequently prompting the nickname the “City of 101 Islands”. Over the centuries numerous bridges were built to connect these islands across the various tributaries of the Neva and the city’s many canals (Moika, Fontanka, Kanal Griboyedova, etc.) open at night to allow ships to pass up and down the river.

Tsarskoye Selo (Pushkin) 2 One of St. Petersburg’s numerous Imperial estates. The estate boasts a large landscaped park dotted with architectural follies, centering on the magnificent blue, white and gold Catherine’s Palace 300 meters long, one of Rasstrellis most elegant designes , a home of famous Amber Room.

Peterhof 3 St. Petersburg’s most famous and spectacular Imperial estate. Nestied on the shore of the Gulf of Finland (part of the Baltic Sea), the palace was built by Peter the Great initially as a summer residence. The residence is well known for its magnificent ensamble of fountains.


St. Isaac’s Cathedral 5 St. Isaac’s Cathedral is one of the world’s most beautiful churches. St. Isaac’s dominates the skyline of St. Petersburg. It glided dome covered with 100kg of pure gold, soars over 100 meters into the air.

Nevsky Prospekt The main city street reveals a wealth of architectural and cultural monuments of different epochs and styles. It is surrounded by some of the most beautiful plazas, squares and majestic cathedrals in the world.


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Kazan Cathedral 1 With it’s curved colonnade, the cathedral is named after the miracle working icon of Our Lady of Kazan. The icon is now kept in the cathedral.

The Russian Museum 2 Is the largest museum of Russian art, containing works by great Russian artists such as Rublev, Shubin, Kiprensky, Levitan and many others.

The Hermitage 3 Russia’s best gallery of world art was founded in 1764 when Catherine the Great purchased a collection of 255 paintings from Berlin. Winter palace built in baroque style as a royal residence between 1754-1762 is a part of the Hermitage.

Mariinsky Theatre Formerly known as the Kirov Ballet during the Soviet era, the theatre is now known world wide for its ballet company and is one of the countries leading opera houses.

Cathedral of Savior on Spilled Blood 4 The Church of Resurrection (Savior on Spilled Blood) was built in the memory of Emperor Alexander II, and his reforms. The cathedral has a luxurious and rich decor, ornamental architraves, frames, corbels, ceramic tiles, and colored glazed tiles.

Yusupov Palace 5 Extravagant former palace of the grand Yusupov family. Featuring grand staircases, luxurious ballroom and a small theatre where Liszt played and Shaliapin sang.


Founded by Peter I in 1714, Kunstkamera (Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography) has been the symbol of the Russian Academy of Sciences since the early 18th century. Its collections contain nearly two million artifacts and reflect the diversity of traditional cultures in the Old and New World.

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Recommended Hotels Grand Hotel Europe

Corinthia Nevsky Palace

Address: Mikhajlovskaya Str. 1/7, 191186 St. Petersburg.

Address: Nevsky Prospekt 57, 191025 St. Petersburg.

Details: The hotel is located in the historical city centre. The nearest metro station is only a 5-minute walk away.

Details: The ideal downtown location within walking distance to the major historical sights and business activity centres. One of the best elite class hotels in Europe.

Hotel Services: 5 Restaurants, 2 bars, gym, sauna, swimming pool, exchange offices, souvenir shop, business centre, live music and evening shop.

Hotel Services: Restaurants, cafe Vienna, lobby-bar, fitness centre, sauna, Jacuzzi, massage, outdoor sun terrace, 6 meeting rooms and business centre.

Additional information: Philarmonia, Mikhailovskiy Opera and Ballet Theatre and the Russian Museum are in front of the hotel.

Additional information: A stunning building overflowing with art and beauty.


Sokos Hotel Palace Bridge

Address: Bolshaya Morskaya Str. 39,190000 St. Petersburg.

Address: Vasilyevskiy Island, Birzhevoy Pereulok 2–4, 199004 St. Petersburg,

Details: The hotel is located in the historical city centre by St. Isaac’s Cathedral and within walking distance to the Hermitage.

Details: New style spa hotel, offering luxury treatments in a wonderfully calm and serene setting.

Hotel Services: Dining facilities, bar restaurant, gym, news stand, business centre, Wi-Fi, laundry, dry-cleaning, live music and portage.

Hotel Services: Restaurant Portofino, Restaurant Sevilla, Lobby Bar Bridges, Cafe, Pub, Meeting Rooms, Roman-style Spa, Parking, gym, hair salon, make up studio, beauty retailer, Wi-Fi, bowling, Laundry, Dry-cleaning

Additional information: A Horse club and golf course are situated close to the hotel.

Additional information: The spa hotel is your chance to leave the hustle and bustle of the city behind and to enjoy the delights of this truly unique wellness experience.


Renaissance Baltic Hotel

Radisson Royal

Address: Pochtamtskaya Str. 4, 190000 Saint Petersburg

Address: Nevsky Prospekt 49/2, 191025 St. Petersburg

Details: Ideal place to enjoy the city’s charm with a fabulous location next to St. Isaac’s Cathedral and steps away.

Details: Located at the corner of Nevsky and Vladimirsky Prospekts, and just a few hundred meters from the palacelined embankments of the Fontanka River.

Hotel Services: Restaurant, T-Lounge and Bar, Gym, Two saunas, Wi-Fi, ATM, Foreign exchange, Gift/newsstand, Laundry on-site, Limousine service, Safe deposit boxes at the front desk, Shoeshine stand, Valet dry-cleaning

Hotel Services: Barbazan restaurant, Cannelle Bar, Meeting Rooms, fitness centre ( Jacuzzi, massage room, training machines and sauna), Wi-Fi, Laundry.

Additional information: One of the finest boutique hotels in St Petersburg, Russia with fine dining, impeccable amenities, great service, broadband Internet and Wi-Fi.

Additional information: Occupying a beautiful 18th century mansion the hotel has quickly established itself among the most luxurious and prestigious hotels in the city.


Park Inn Pribaltiyskaya

Address: Malaya Morskaya Str. 24, 190000 St. Petersburg.

Address: Korablestroiteley Str. 14, 196226 St. Petersburg

Details: The hotel is located next to Astoria hotel and has a door connection with it.

Details: Pribaltiyskaya Hotel is located on the edge of the Gulf of Finland close to the main exhibition centre “Lenexpo”.

Hotel Services: Bulgakov meeting room, Ulanova meeting room, restaurant, banquet hall, casino, night club, swimming pool, news stand, all major credit cards accepted and 24-hour security service.

Hotel Services: business centre, translation and interpreting service, conference and meeting facilities, Wi-Fi.

Additional information: The hotel is located across St. Isaac’s Cathedral and is a 5-minute walk to the Hermitage.

Additional information: 9 Restaurants and 3 bars are available in Park Inn Pribaliyskaya.

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Recommended Hotels Petro Palace

Radisson Sonya

Address: Malaya Morskaya Str. 14, 190000 St. Petersburg

Address: Liteyny Prospekt 5/19, 191187 Saint Petersburg

Details: Just a few minutes walk from Nevsky Prospekt and the St. Isaac’s Cathedral.

Details: Located in the city centre of St. Petersburg, just a 10-minute walk away from the Hermitage and the Russian Museum.

Hotel Services: Baron restaurant, the Sky bar, airconditioned rooms, facilities for disabled guests, deposit box, gym, sauna, solarium, massage, swimming pool, meeting/banquet facilities, business centre, laundry, wired Internet.

Hotel Services: Metamorfos restaurant, the Metamorfos bar, facilities for disabled guests, elevator, soundproofed rooms, allergy-free room, airconditioning, meeting/banquet facilities, laundry, dry cleaning, ATM/Cash machine on site, free Wi-fi, sauna, fitness centre

Additional information: A comfortable hotel opened in 2005.

Additional information: This hotel is inspired by the work of a famous Russian author, Fyodor Dostoyevsky.

Novotel St.Petersburg Centre


Address: Mayakovskogo Str. 3A, 191025 Saint Petersburg

Address: Vladimirsky Prospekt 19, 191002 St. Petersburg

Details: Situated in the historical centre of St. Petersburg a stone’s throw from Nevsky Prospekt with its bar scene, nightlife, shopping and main attractions.

Details: The 207-room hotel is situated in the very heart of the city in the “Vladimirskiy Passage” Trade Centre. Nevsky Prospekt -the main street of the city is just 5 minutes away from the hotel.

Hotel Services: 233 rooms, 9 meeting rooms, French restaurant, Lobby Bar, free Wi-Fi, fitness centre, hammam, concierge services, ATM, exchange office, free parking, 24 hour security staff, Ramp access, Gift shop/newspaper shop Additional information: This hotel caters to all guests, with pet-friendly policies, family-friendly amenities, and abundant business facilities.


Hotel Services: Restaurants and bars on the territory of the hotel and in “Vladimirskiy Passage”, bar “Raskolnikov” (7th floor), fitness centre, sauna, guarded parking, business centre and 4 equipped conference-halls. Additional information: St. Isaac’s Cathedral, Palace Square and many other tourist attractions are within 1km.

Comfort Hotel

Ibis St. Petersburg Centre

Address: Bolshaya Morskaya Str. 25, 190000 St.Petersburg

Address: Ligovsky Prospekt 54, 191040 St. Petersburg

Details: Located in the historical, cultural and business center of the city.

Details: Located in the centre of St Petersburg, it is only 500 metres from Moskovsky Railway Station.

Hotel Services: ATM/banking, microwave in lobby, laundry facilities, shoe shine, express check-out, security guard, multiple small meeting rooms, express check-in, WiFi, business centre facilities, babysitting or child care.

Hotel Services: The Sud & Cie restaurant, BAR, Wi-Fi, wheelchair access, business centre, parking, car hire service desk, shoe shine machine, connecting rooms available, concierge, cash machine, currency exchange, dry cleaning / ironing, tourist information desk.

Additional information: Comfort Hotel is the only hotel in Petersburg where the works of cult St. Petersburg painter Valerius are exibited.

Additional information: Close to Nevsky Prospekt (the main shopping avenue of the city).

Mini Hotels Rinaldi

Nevsky Hotel Group

Address: Rinaldi Premier, Nevsky Prospekt 103, 191036 St. Petersburg

Address: Nevsky Central Hotel, Nevsky Prospekt 90-92, 191025 St Petersburg Details: All hotels (Nevsky Central Hotel, Nevsky Hotel Grand, Nevsky Hotel Moyka 5, Nevsky Hotel Aster, Nevsky Express Hotel, Nevsky Breeze Hotel and Sky Hotel) are located in the centre of St. Petersburg, and within easy walking distance of the world famous culture ensembles Hotel Services: Laundry service, car hire, public Internet terminal, parking space, hotel safe boxes, security guards, sightseeing tours, laundry and dry-cleaner’s services, Wi-Fi, tea facilities. Additional information: Homelike and hospitable atmosphere.

Details: Comfortable mini-hotels in most beautiful historical districts of Saint Petersburg. Central locations, comfortable accommodations, personalized services and reasonable prices. Hotel Services: TVs, bathrooms, Continental breakfast, tea or coffee, microwave, cooler, deposit safe boxes, small library, hair dryer, ironing table and an iron, laundry and dry-cleaner services. Additional information: Rinaldi Hotels offer a homely, small hotel atmosphere.

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Hotel and Sightseeing Locations

Rinaldi na Bol’shom

Radisson Sonya Pushkinskiy Dom

Sokos Hotel Palace Bridge Park Inn Pribaltiyskaya

Nevsky Hotel Moyka, 5 Nevsky Hotel Konyushennaya 11 SkyHotel Nevsky Nevsky Hotel Hotel Grand Aster


Nevsky Briz Hotel

De Lux Nevsky Hotel Grand

State Russian Museum

Rinaldi Poetic

Nevsky Central Hotel Angleterre Corinthia Nevsky Palace

Rinaldi Art Yusupovsky Palace

Rinaldi Harmony

Nevsky Express Hotel

Mariinsky Theatre


Rinaldi Olimpia

Ibis SP Center


Rinaldi Moskovsky 18

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Cultural Tours to Saint-Petersburg Cultural tours are about getting a real sense of a place through its history and traditions.

Why St. Petersburg is belived to be the most beautful city in Europe? Saint Petersburg has long been attracting travellers from all around the world. It has been dubbed the Northern Venice, Northern Palmira, Northern capital of Russia. Built by Peter the Great in 1703 it boasts of being one of the hottest travel destinations in the world. A city of palaces and museums, broad avenues and winding canals, Saint Petersburg reflects the country’s extraordinary fate like no other city. Being one of the world’s most beautiful cities, it has all the ingredients for an unforgettable travel experience: high art, lavish architecture, wild nightlife, an extraordinary history and rich cultural traditions that have inspired and nurtured some of the modern world’s greatest literature, music, and visual art. From the mysterious twilight of the White Nights to world-beating opera and ballet productions on magical winter evenings, St. Petersburg charms and entices in every season. We will help you find the best deal for your ideal trip including hotel booking, tours and cruises along the city’s rivers and canals. We also offer tailor-made cultural trips both for groups and individuals.


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Kazan &Tatarstan Region

Sochi & Krasnodar region

Being located at the crossroads of the East and West, the territory of the republic has been throughout many centuries the centre of relics of many religions.

Sochi is a popular Russian resort city on the Black Sea coast. Protected from the cold north winds by Caucasus Mountains and open to the warmth and moisture of the Black Sea in the south Sochi has a surprisingly warm climate for the latitude. Sochi was established in 1896 on the site of the former Navaginskoe fort and began developing as a resort area in 1902. The presence of mineral springs, attractive coastal and mountain scenery, long beaches and subtropical climate have made Sochi a large and popular health resort in Russia.

Kazan is the capital of the republic and a large port on the left bank of Volga River. With its 1000-year history, Kazan is one of the most multinational cities called by many people as the third capital of Russia. Kazan has especially nice look from the deck of a motor ship. Hipped roofs of fortress towers, domes and cupolas of Orthodox churches, slender arrows of minarets and bell towers mount high to the sky on hill knaps. Kazan is hosting XXVII World Summer Universiade in 2013. The pearl of the Russian architecture of the XVII century is the Raifsky Bogoroditsky monastery located in the centre of one of the VolzhskoKamsky national park sites. It is home to a wonder-working icon of Georgian God’s Mother. 150 km from Kazan is the city of Bilyar located in picturesque woods at the bottom of the mountain. From under the mountain runs the spring of crystal-clear water called «the Sacred Spring». It is the spiritual centre of three co-existing religions: pagans, Moslems and Christians. Kazansko-Bogoroditsky monastery is famous for its wonder-working icon of Kazan Divine Mother.

Today Greater Sochi is officially one resort area which stretches for 145 km (90m) along the Black Sea coast but splits into distinct holiday places Sochi proper, Adler, Lazarevskoe. Sochi is a hub of activity with concert halls, theatres, restaurants and night clubs. Different events including Russian film and music festivals, forums and exhibitions take place here throughout a year but mostly in summer. Sochi’s airport is located in Adler. In 2007 Sochi was selected to host 2014 Winter Olympics. Sochi has always been well known as a summer resort and has no world-class athletic facilities for Winter Olympic Games. Many changes will have to take place to bring the location up to Olympic standards both in the city and in the mountains.

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Volga Region

Black Sea &Caucasus

Volga, often called the main artery of Russia, is the longest river in Europe; it is the cultural, touristic, economic and transportation centre of the region. It starts in the heart of European Russia, carries its waters through the whole central part of the country to the south and runs into the Caspian Sea. A considerable part of the river runs through the Republic of Tatarstan, the centre of Islam in Russia, here some of the most interesting architectural structures can be found.

The Black Sea coastline and its sub - tropical climate, pitsunda pine, juniper and pistachio tree forests, warm summer days and gentie winters contrast sharply with the glaciers, springs and alpine ski resorts of the Northern Caucasus. The area is famous for its numerous hot springs and spa towns - the largest being Kislovodsk and Pyatigorsk. The beautiful double-peaked Elbrus is the pride of the Caucasus Mountains, being Russia’s highest peak at 5642m.

North West

Far East

Featuring more than 65,000 lakes and 27,000 rivers or streams, North-West Russia is often called the Lake Country. Ladozhskoe and Onezhskoe, the largest lakes in Europe are here. The famous first Russian health resort is situated in the capital of Karelia -Petrozavodsk. A unique natural object of this region is Kursh Spit, an unbroken ribbon of sand dunes which make you believe you are in a desert.

Primorye is a region situated in the southeastern part of Russia. Legend says that while distributing treasures among different lands, God forgot about Primorye. When He remembered, He threw it the leftovers out of his sack. Primorye is a place where the north meets the south. It is a land of varied and rich nature, with surprising and mysterious natural contradictions: here lowlands adjoin volcanic plateaus, rich woods meet stone deserts, and high-mountains drop into the sea- truly an exotic mix waiting to be explored.


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Golden Ring

Lake Baikal

Golden Ring is a symbolic ring of ancient Russian towns situated to the North-West from Moscow and is keeping unique monuments of the Ancient Russian architecture of the 1217th centuries: Sergiev Posad and Alexandrov, Kostroma and Pereslavl-Zalessky, Uglich and Ivanovo, Yaroslavl and Rostov the Great, Suzdal and Vladimir, each of these towns is a real gem of Russia. Nowadays they are often called ‘open air museums’. Cathedrals and churches, convents and fine art museums enchant tourists with their beauty.

Lake Baikal is the pearl of Eastern Siberia. It is the world’s deepest and oldest lake. Approximately 25% of all fresh water on Earth is in the Lake Baikal.

Siberia This region is larger than the USA but with only one tenth of its population. Stretching from the borders of Europe in the Ural mountains to Yakutia in the east and from the Arctic Ocean in the north to China and Mongolia in the south. It is an awesome place in the true sense of the word. The Siberian landscape is very diverse with seemingly endless plains and high mountain ranges. Siberia has many great cities each with it’s own unique history and intense cultural life. The most famouse Ekaterinburg, Novosibirsk and Irkutsk with its Unique Lake Baikal.

There are over 1,850 species of animals, fish, and insects and 850 varieties of plant life here, many of which are endemics. The best known Baikal inhabitants are sturgeon, grayling, and whitefish, but the most tasty is omul, a sea fish of the salmon family, which has a unique flavor. Over 300 rivers flow into Lake Baikal, but the Angara River is the only one that takes its source from the Lake. At the place of Angara’s source, near the village of Listvyanka, a tip of a large rock can be seen rising out of the water. The climate of Baikal and the Baikal Territory is unique. The lake’s huge water mass gives it certain seashore feature and climate. Rather significant are the temperature differences between the Baikal hollow and surrounding territories of Eastern Siberia. Baikal is a real magnet for tourists. Summer is the busiest season here, at this time it is quite warm and the water is perfect for swimming.

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Travelling by train

Trans-Siberian Railway Stretching for over 6000 miles all the way from Moscow to the Russian Far East, the TransSiberian Railway can claim to be one of the wonders of the modern world. Spanning 7 time zones and passing 80 cities and towns on the way, the “Trans-Sib” is the longest continuous railway in the world, extending from European Russia, through the Ural Mountains, into Siberia, before finally reaching Russia’s Far Eastern shores. You will pass the great plains of the Volga region and dense forests of Siberia, drive along the world’s largest and deepest freshwater lake – Baikal, and enjoy the stunning views of the Altai Mountains.


Trans-Siberian tours Choose from one of our unforgettable tours by rail from Moscow to Beijing which may include visits to Moscow, Irkutsk, Yekaterinburg, Lake Baikal, Gobe Desert, Ulan-Bator, Northern mountains of China and many more.

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Booking Train Tickets Express train Sapsan

Easy way to book train tickets To find out the current fares and train times please visit our webpage and fill in the booking form online. When you choose the most suitable train for yourself our agents will book and purchase the e-tickets for you. Collect the paper tickets at any train station in Russia or have them delivered to you and travel safely!

Please note that the tickets may be purchased not sooner than 45 days before departure. The passenger is solely responsible for complying with all migration rules of the countries from, to, and through which the railway transportation is being fulfilled.

With the Russian Railways you can travel to any part of Russia. Use our service to book the tickets for Trans-Siberian, Trans-Mongolian, Trans-Manchurian trains or for travelling to the countries bordering Russia. We are also happy to introduce a new express train “Sapsan� connecting Moscow and Saint Petersburg which travels at a speed of 250 km/h three times a day and takes only 3 hours 45 minutes.

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General Information Entry Requirements: British nationals need a visa to enter Russia. The Russian Embassy in London can normally process visas in 8 working days. An extra fee applies for express service. By submitting your visa application through the Russian National Tourist Office you receive a guarantee of a highly professional service. Visitors should register their visas within seven days upon arrival in Russia. Most major hotels will do this automatically. You do not need to register your visa if the visit is for less than seven days. You should have at least 2 spare pages in your passport and your passport should be valid for at least 6 months upon your visa end date. Customs: You can import into the country up to 10,000 USD (or its equivalent) and export from the country up to 3,000 USD (or its equivalent) without declaring it. If you export a sum of money over 3,000 USD and up to 10,000 USD it must be declared on departure. If you import into the country a sum of money over 10,000 USD or certain categories of goods such as more costly electrical items, jewellery or antiques and valuable musical instruments you must fill in a customs declaration form (available at all ports of entry) upon arrival and departure. If you export from the country a sum of money over 10,000 USD you must provide documentary proof that you either imported it into the country or have legally obtained it whilst in the country. If you wish to import certain sophisticated electronic items (e.g. Global Positioning System instruments), you must get an operating license from the Russian authorities before you travel. If you are unsure whether you should declare an item or need an operating license please check with the Russian Embassy before you travel. If you complete a declaration form you must ensure that it is stamped by a Customs Officer at your port of entry, otherwise it will not be valid. If you fail to complete a declaration form upon arrival or to get it validated by a Customs Officer, your foreign currency and nondeclared items may be confiscated when you leave Russia and you may be fined. Migration Cards: Starting from 10 February 2003, all foreign nationals entering Russia must fill in a Migration card. The card consists of two parts, A and B. Make sure you give part A to an Immigration Officer


upon arrival. Keep part  with your passport and show it, along with your passport, to the police if they stop you for an identity check during your stay. Return part  to the Immigration Officer upon your departure from Russia. You must complete a new migration card each time you enter Russia, even if you have a multiple entry visa. If you lose part  of the card you will be fined, and your departure from the country could be delayed. Health: A Reciprocal Health Care Agreement is in operation between the UK and Russia. This entitles British nationals to free treatment in a Russian hospital. However, we advise you to take out full insurance cover for medical treatment and accidents, which can be purchased over the Internet or at your local Post Office. Additional information: You should keep your ID (an original passport or its copy), migration card and registration card with you at all times. It is possible to get Russian currency (roubles) in the UK major airports. We advise you to take USD or Euros with you to exchange once you arrive in Russia. You can also withdraw Russian Roubles from numerous ATM machines in Russia. Please note that it is illegal to pay directly with the foreign currency. All foreign notes should be in good condition. You should only exchange money at banks and authorised exchange kiosks. It is an offence to exchange money from street traders. Most hotels, restaurants and larger shops accept credit cards, but most small shops do not. As well as full insurance cover for medical treatment and accidents, we recommend that you have a cover for unexpected losses such as cancelled flights, stolen cash, cards, passport or luggage.


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Information for Travellers Facts and Figures: Russia covers 17 million square kilometres (6.6 million square miles), 10 time zones and has a population of 147 million. The national language is Russian. The largest religion is Russian Orthodox with Catholic, Muslim and Jewish minorities. Climate: July and August are the warmest and driest months. The coldest period is from November to March. Time: GMT + 3 for both Moscow and St Petersburg, ranging to +12 for Vladivostok Telephones: Dialling code for Russia is +7. Moscow Area Code: 495 or 499. St Petersburg Area Code: 812. Public phones accept tokens and phone cards which can be purchased at newsstands, stores and kiosks. Weights and Measures: Metric Currency and Money: The official currency is Russian Rouble (RUR). It is recommended to take US dollars or Euros; they can be exchanged at banks, hotels or kiosks. Major Russian cities have ATM machines to withdraw cash and a lot of restaurants/shops will accept credit cards. It is not recommended to take traveller’s cheques with you to Russia. Taxis: There is a number of taxi companies in major cities in Russia. Like elsewhere in the world, avoid unlicensed cabs by phoning ahead for a taxi or asking your hotel to arrange one for you. If you arrive at a Moscow airport, you will see a number of drivers clamouring for your business. It’s better to go outside and line up at the taxi queue, where regulated taxis can

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be found or book one at a licensed taxi kiosk inside the airport building. Tips: Tips are not necessary but are expected and appreciated. Usually it covers 5-10% depending on service. Security: Overall crime is still low but as everywhere else be alert in crowded areas, do not leave valuables unattended and do not flash your cash. Water: Water quality varies in Russia. Buy drinking water in bottles and avoid drinking tap water. Medical Care: UK citizens are entitled to free emergency medical treatment - 03 is the special free number to call from any phone. However we strongly recommend that you are covered by a separate travel insurance policy. National Holidays: New Year’s Day (1, 2 Jan), Russian Orthodox Christmas (7 Jan), Defender of the Fatherland Day (23 Feb), International Women’s Day (8 Mar), Labour Day (1 May), Victory Day (9 May), Independence Day (12 Jun), National Unity Day (4 Nov). Electricity: Electricity throughout Russia is 220 Volt/50 Hz. The plug is two-pin thin European standard. Make sure you bring your own converter as most places in Russia do not supply them. Visa: All visitors require visas that must be obtained in advance. Visas cannot be obtained at border points e.g. airports, seaports or railway stations. Please contact Russian National Tourist Office for more information and help on +44 (0) 20 7495 7570 or at

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