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From the grand baroque of St Petersburg to Moscow's iconic treasures, Russia is an enigma that just has to be sampled by any serious traveller.
7 Buffet Breakfasts (BB); plus 1 Welcome Dinner (WD) and 1 Celebration Dinner (CD) both with wine, plus tea or coffee.
|Depart Date||Return Date||Price||Discount||AvailabilityPrice|
|15 Apr 17||23 Apr 17||$2,150pp|
|6 May 17||14 May 17||$2,295$2,123pp||Early PaymentPay by Feb 28||
$2,295 $2,123 pp
|20 May 17||28 May 17||$2,295pp|
|10 Jun 17||18 Jun 17||$2,295pp|
|17 Jun 17||25 Jun 17||$2,295pp|
|24 Jun 17||2 Jul 17||$2,295pp|
|1 Jul 17||9 Jul 17||$2,295pp||
|8 Jul 17||16 Jul 17||$2,295pp|
|15 Jul 17||23 Jul 17||$2,150pp|
|22 Jul 17||30 Jul 17||$2,150pp||
|29 Jul 17||6 Aug 17||$2,195pp|
|5 Aug 17||13 Aug 17||$2,195pp|
|12 Aug 17||20 Aug 17||$2,195pp|
|19 Aug 17||27 Aug 17||$2,195pp|
|26 Aug 17||3 Sep 17||$2,195pp||
|2 Sep 17||10 Sep 17||$2,195pp||
|9 Sep 17||17 Sep 17||$2,195pp|
|16 Sep 17||24 Sep 17||$2,150pp||
|23 Sep 17||1 Oct 17||$2,150pp||
|30 Sep 17||8 Oct 17||$2,150$1,989pp||Early PaymentPay by Feb 28|
Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a twin bedded room. Single rooms are available at a supplement.
Single Room Supplement: from $590 p.p.
Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $70 per person.
Important Visa Information: Visas are required for this trip. Please speak to your travel specialist at the time of booking to assess your specific requirements. Visas cannot be issued at borders in Europe.
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Past Travelers: Save an additional 5% off the Land Only price of the vacation.
U.S. citizens traveling to Russiamust have a current passport valid for six months beyond the conclusion of their trip. You can find information on how to apply for a passport here, and how to renew a passport here. Travelers visiting Russia will also need an entry visa. We will send you application forms to complete to obtain your visa prior to departure. Visa costs and entry requirements can change at any time. Please visit travel.state.gov to learn more.
The currency in Russia is the Ruble. While it’s a good idea to bring some money for when you first arrive in Russia, you’ll usually find better exchange rates in your destination. The most convenient way to obtain cash is to use your ATM card at local banks in Russia. We recommend you also bring a valid credit card for purchases while you are traveling. It is important that you inform your financial institutions of your travel plans before you leave home so they don’t flag your purchases as potentially fraudulent charges.
Russian food is rich and hearty, with a strong preference toward soups, herring, pickled vegetables, savory pancakes and rye breads. Try specialties such as beef stroganoff, borscht soup (beetroot soup) and pelmeni (meat dumplings). Russians love sweets and pride themselves on their desserts, especially the traditional ponchiki (hot sugared doughnuts). Vodka is popular and is often served straight or can be flavored with herbs and spices.
Russia’s continental climate varies dramatically, with temperatures reaching the high 80s during summer heat waves and normally plummeting to single digits during winter months. We suggest bringing a variety of clothing items that can be layered to save space in your suitcase and give you more options for how to dress. For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List.
Tipping has become more common throughout Eastern Europe in recent years. In Russia, it’s acceptable to leave 5-15 percent gratuity when dining out if a service fee has not already been added to your bill. It’s always a good idea to tip in cash and also important to note that some restaurants in Russia will not accept credit cards.
At the end of your guided vacation, it’s customary to offer your motor coach driver and Travel Director a gratuity. We recommend €3.00 per person/per day for your driver and €5.00 per person/per day for your Travel Director. Recommended gratuity for a Local Host and Local Specialist is 1-2 euros per person, paid at the conclusion of each guided visit. A convenient option is to prepay your tips before your departure.
Baggage on our trips is restricted to one large suitcase per person with dimensions not exceeding 30x19x10 inches and a maximum weight of 50 pounds. You are also permitted one piece of hand luggage, which should be small enough to fit under your coach seat or on the small overhead shelf compartment. Please note that luggage with an adjustable handle and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartment of the coach. Hotel porterage is included in your vacation.
You will need to be comfortable on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours in various weather conditions. All of our vacations involve walking, often on cobblestone and uneven surfaces in historic city centers. In order to get the most out of your vacation you need to be able to comfortably walk 1-3 miles unassisted in one day, be in good condition and be able to keep pace with the group.
If you need any medications, it is important that you bring enough to last you the whole trip and keep them in your carry-on bag while you travel.
We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 48 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions.
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