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FROM THE BALTIC TO THE BLACK SEA
Russia is a huge country, with a huge history to match, full of drama, turbulence and momentous events. From the opulent wealth of the Tsars to the Soviet regime, Russia has always been a force to be reckoned with and the history books overflow with its diverse narrative.
Russia provokes strong feelings in people, such an important place on the world stage; most people are bound to have an opinion. The country has been described as powerful, romantic, strong, beautiful, cruel, clever and inspirational, to name a few. All of these adjectives have been true at some point over the years, but what of Russia today?
To have experienced two such contrasting and conflicting rulers, the Tsars and Soviets, in a relatively short period of time, has left its mark. There is hardship and poverty for many and tremendous wealth for a few. Russia is a country of extremes.
It is historical Russia that attracts the visitor, with grand palaces, rich cultural offerings, an intriguing Soviet legacy. In contrast, modern Russia awkwardly feels out-of-date and stuck in the past. It needs new energy, a revival, hopefully from its vibrant youth, which could lead it to be magnificent again.
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Whether it's for the architecture of the building or the famous art it houses inside, this is a must-see in St Petersburg
For a night to remember, we can book your tickets for any performance or event during your stay in Moscow or St Petersburg.
You simply won't believe it until you see it, travelling from A to B has never been so opulent.
For the real local experience, try local food and vodka in the suburbs of Moscow in the company of a local family and learn about daily life in Russia.
Palaces don't get much better than this, gold fountains, cascading water, opulent palace rooms and beautiful gardens.
You have to see this with your own eyes to believe how ornate and lavishly indulgent this palace is. A lost world of tsars and tsarinas.
A kremlin with a difference in Moscow; great for souvenirs, antiques and a bit of fun
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My husband and I worked with the exceptional staff at Baltic Holidays to plan two remarkable tailor-made vacations: One to Russia, Finland and Estonia, the other to Eastern Europe visiting Bucharest, Budapest and Prague. The accommodations were perfect and located in convenient places in the cities we visited. The guides we had for day trips both in and out of the cities were knowledgeable, smart and each and everyone went out of their way to make our visit wonderful. We were warmly greeted at the airport and bus stations with staff that took us to our hotels and delivered us back on time and in comfort. Baltic Holidays went the extra mile to help us get tickets to concerts, operas and even the Moscow Circus. But best of all the staff at Baltic Holidays are professional, knowledgeable and exceedingly flexible. We spend lots of time communicating on e-mail about different trip options until we got our plans just right. We feel like the staff are friends now and look forward to working with them again on our next adventure.
TAILOR-MADE TOURS OF EUROPE, TERI DOWLING & MAL LITWILLER
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