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 it's 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 it's mark. There is hardship and poverty for many and tremendous wealth for a few, it seems Russia is one of extremes. On one hand forging ahead looking to dominate the world stage, the other finding it's way after opening it's borders. On one hand confident and optimistic, on the other cautious and questioning.
To visit Russia is to have an experience, one you will never forget and one, we think, should be at the very top of your to do list.
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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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WE HAVE LEARNT SO MUCH ABOUT THE HISTORY OF THE FIVE COUNTRIES
Dear Jurga, We arrived home safe and sound on Saturday afternoon and, now, our minds are full of wonderful memories of a very enjoyable trip. Thank you very much for organising such a comprehensive holiday for us. Everything went like clockwork: guides were excellent, erudite and solicitous and good travelling companions, excellent selection of hotels -a faultless holiday. We have learnt so much about the history of the five countries and have met many friendly and welcoming people. Once again thank you for all your work.
MR CYSTER, GRAND BALTIC PRIVATE TOUR (VILNIUS, RIGA, TALLINN, HELSINKI, ST PETERSBURG, MOSCOW), SEPTEMBER 2017
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