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Russia Holidays,  Russia Holiday Packages Overview

As Russia moves forward into the 21st century, it leaves behind a turbulent history of tyranny and a crippled economy: from Ivan the Terrible to Peter the Great, from the fall of the tsars to the dictatorship of the Soviet government. Today it is a nation embracing its newfound freedom and future potential, whilst enjoying a renewal of the rich cultural heritage of its past.

 

Despite the visible effects of hardship and economic disparity, and its previous isolation from the rest of the world, travellers will encounter a country of enormous diversity and vitality, with cultural treasures and historical monuments, great imperial cities and glittering cathedrals. Visitors will experience the enchantment of Tchaikovsky, the Kirov and Bolshoi Ballet, and marvel at priceless Russian icons and the unique style of decorative onion-domed architecture.

 

Most westerners associate Russia with the great imperial centres of Moscow and St Petersburg, and although these two cities, the capital and the beautiful 'Venice of the North' are a must-see, they are a mere scratching on the surface of this vast and varied land. Straddling two continents and 11 time zones, the Russian Federation is the largest country on earth, nearly twice the size of the United States of America. Within this impressive expanse lie natural wonders such as Lake Baikal, the deepest lake in the world, and beautiful mountains, rivers and forests abounding with wildlife as well as timeless traditional villages scattered across the Siberian landscape.

 

Visitors taking the opportunity to explore Russia will not be disappointed: its impressive museums, overwhelming sense of history, culture and unspoilt wilderness will leave one with a desire to see more.

 

Tourist Offices - Russian National Group, Moscow: +7 (0)95 980 8440 or www.russia-travel.com

 

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Entry Requirements

 

Visitors must carry ID at all times whilst in Russia; a photocopy of your passport and visa will suffice. An Immigrant Card will be issued on board the aircraft or on arrival. All visitors staying for longer than three days must register their Immigrant Cards with their hotel or sponsor. Technically anyone applying for a tourist visa needs to have pre-arranged accommodation, but hostels or hotels can often provide an invitation as long as the first night is spent there. Exit permits are required on departure. These are usually issued with the visa, or can be obtained at hotels not less than two days before departure. Passports must be valid for period of intended stay.


- For Australians - Australian citizens must have a passport valid for the length of their stay, and a visa.


- New Zealand nationals require a passport valid for the length of their stay and a visa for entry to Russia.


- United States passport holders must have passport valid for the length of their stay. A visa is required.


- United States passport holders must have passport valid for the length of their stay. A visa is required.


- British citizens must have a passport valid for the length of their stay. A visa is required.

 

Russia Holidays - Currency of Russia

 

The official currency is the Ruble (RUB) or Rouble, divided into 100 kopeks. Most major credit cards are accepted in the larger hotels and at places that deal with foreign tourists. Currency can be changed at banks, currency exchange booths and hotels. Travellers cheques are difficult and expensive to cash, but if necessary it is advised to take them in US Dollars or Euro. ATMs are widely available in major cities. It is hard to get rubles outside Russia and travellers are advised to take good condition US dollars or Euro notes to change once there. It is illegal to pay for goods or services in hard currency, though it is often accepted.

 

Russia Telephone Access Codes and Communications

 

The international access code for Russia is +7. When calling Russia from abroad the initial zero on the area code must not be omitted. The outgoing code is 810 followed by the relevant country code (e.g. 81044 for the United Kingdom). City/area codes are in use, e.g. 095 for Moscow and 812 for St. Petersburg. Public phones are good for local and international calls; they take phonecards, which can be bought at newspaper kiosks and post offices. Phone booths in airports and major hotels usually take Amex or Visa cards but are generally much more expensive than street phones. Mobile phones work in most large towns and cities. There are numerous local operators using GSM networks, each covering relatively small areas. Visitors are required to declare mobile phones at customs when entering Russia. Email and Internet access is available at Internet cafes throughout the major towns and cities.

 

Russia Duty Free Allowances & Restrictions

 

Customs inspections on entering Russia are stringent. Visitors have to declare on a form items such as currency and valuables, which they are bringing in for their own use. Duty free allowances change often and at short notice, but in general travellers can bring 400 cigarettes, 50 cigars, 200 cigarillos 0r 500g tobacco products; 2 litres of alcohol (for those over 21 years of age); perfume for personal use; 250g caviar (provided this is factory packed) and gifts to the value of 65,000 rubles.

 

Russia Holidays & Packages- Tipping Information

 

A 10% tip is expected at restaurants, if a service charge hasn't been added. Hotel bills in the large cities include a 10 to 15% service charge; otherwise 10% is usual. Tipping in bars and nightclubs is common.

 

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