Take A Russian Holiday
There was a time not too long ago when taking a trip to Russia was not something any vacationer would ever consider. Thankfully, the times have changed. Today, Russia has become a popular destination for many travelers especially during the holidays. If you are planning a trip to Russia it’s not quite as simple as hopping on a flight and landing in Moscow. To get the most out of your vacation trip you need to do some due diligence with regard to planning out your trip. First and foremost you need to make sure your US passports renewal are up to date and that you have properly filed for Russian visas for US citizens. Once the paperwork is out of the way you should be considering some other factors with regard to planning your Russian vacation.
A major consideration for vacation traveler is whether or not to go with a tour group or do it on your own. There are many advantages of going with a tour group especially if you’re traveling to Russia for the first time. A tour group will be able to take you to those popular destinations without you having to worry about how to get there. Then there is the cost to consider. For a seven-day trip to Russia you can find yourself putting together a very decent package for around $2500 per person. This should include decent hotel accommodations, private guides, Museum fees and airport transfers. You could pay more for hotel accommodations but if you’re knocking to be spending a lot of time in those hotel rooms do you really need to go five star as opposed to four star?
You also want to pick the best time for your trip to Russia. While it is true that many holiday travelers like to make the trek to the Kremlin, those brutal winters might prove to be too uncomfortable especially if you’re going to be doing some walking tours. The best time to travel to Russia is around the middle of May to the middle of September. That’s when the weather will be perfect. It also gives you plenty of time to make sure your US passports and Russian visas are in proper order.
Once you settle on the dates think about the days of the week. A weekend in Moscow might be better than during the week because you’ll avoid traffic jams and could also find many special weekend package pricing. Another great way to see all that Russia has to offer is to take a river cruise. This might not automatically be included in your tour package but is absolutely something to consider.
Finally, if you’re going to be using a specific travel agent or tour group to help you plan your trip it wouldn’t hurt to check out some reviews online of their services. While it is true that you can’t please all the people all the time you still should be able to get a general idea of how well a particular business performance by the nature of the majority of reviews written about them. When it comes to your US passports or Russian visas you definitely want to go with a trusted company who has not only been in the business for several years but also has relationships with the embassies and consulates on both sides of the trip!
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