Into Russia helped us create a smooth five-day programme that included experiencing the best of Moscow with the support of personal couriers, and meeting those different individuals and hearing their views was an important part of the visit. Thanks to everyone.
I booked a holiday to Moscow and Saint Petersburg with Dagamara. From start to finish the service was great. All tour guides were on time. Spoke great English and were great.
Just to say a very big thank you to you and IntoRussia for making Mr/s First’s recent holiday to Russia very special that they have rated to be in they top 5 holidays of all time.
Until the next one!! – Maybe the Trans Siberian Express/ River Cruise ?? – watch this space !
Just wanted to say we have just got back from our trip to Moscow and it was amazing - the transfers and pick ups went very smoothly, everything on time and very professional and the guide was great along with all our drivers
Many thanks for making the holiday go to plan – we loved Moscow !!!
Martin Williams and family
I have returned from a wonderful holiday on the Trans-Siberian railway and everything has gone very well. There were no problems and we were well looked after. I'm very happy.
Thank you for all your kindness and for all that you have done.
It is a little time after our visit, I know, but I hope it is not too late to say a huge 'Thank You' to you for making our trip so smooth and so enjoyable!
We had a terrific time in both cities, enjoying the culture, the sights and the sounds!
The whole visit could not have been better organised and we enjoyed every second of it!!
We have spent a lot of time telling family and friends all about it and showing them lots of photos!!
Thank you again!!
IntoRussia helped me with my visa invitation and application matters for three years in a row now in a very professional manner! Always responded quickly and effectively to my queries, even when there was a small mistake on the application (which I didn't notice) as soon as I informed about that issue it was resolved instantly without a problem! I highly recommend IntoRussia for everyone travelling into Russia (ba dum tss)! 10/10 service and friendly employees always willing to help, positive vibes every time for affordable prices
We wanted to thank you again for organising such a wonderful trip for us.
We had a spectacular time! Our two guides (Eugenia in Moscow and Olga in St Petersburg) were both outstanding. So knowledgeable, professional, friendly and open, full of interesting side-tales to everything we saw, delighted to answer all our questions, and such a pleasure to spend our time with. Their knowledge of the art-work, artifacts and historical buildings we saw (and passed in the car) and social history was spectacular. So much fascinating and insightful information.
Our drivers were excellent and treated us like royalty!
The hotels were excellent. The Budapest in particular was extremely friendly. An initial confusion re whether dinner was included was soon resolved and then the delicious food at dinner time just kept on coming 😉 Such a homely yet professional place. The Ambassador was quite different in style, perhaps a little more international in style. But again we were made to feel at home straight away - and Olga the Guest Relations Manager was particularly keen to make sure our visit was an enjoyable success - which it was! Again delicious food.
The itinerary was brilliant. We visited all the major sights and our guides pointed us in good directions for making the most of our free time. From blackcurrant Russian ice-cream at Gum to the Russian Museum in St Petersburg.
The trips to the ballet you organised were a brilliant success - helped also by the proximity of the hotels to the venues and the excellent seats you organised for us! We thoroughly enjoyed both performances, and were extremely fortunate at the Bolshoi to be there on on the 75th birthday of the original lead male dancer of Ivan the Terrible! Couldn't believe our luck in sharing the Bolshoi's celebration of his special day.
We can't speak too highly of the experience you gave us, and are telling all our friends that if they are thinking of Russia, they should get in contact with you.
Spectacular in every way!
We're already looking forward to browsing your other itineraries having got a real taste for Russia and are really keen to go back! So thank you so much again for opening up another part of the world to us in such a splendid way.
One last thing, just wanted to confirm you're based at the Holland Park address at the bottom of your emails.
With very best regards,
Mollie and Rory
I have found IntoRussia excellent, their staff were very helpful and I quickly received my colleague’s tourist voucher, I can’t rate them highly enough. One of their staff Alena was specifically very helpful with all aspects of the process and was quick to answer and help with any questions I had.
We had a fantastic time, loved all of the sightseeing, had masses of excellent food and on the whole it worked pretty smoothly. The Peter hotel in Moscow was superb, Suzdal was comfortable but limited (as expected), the Kemplinski was very nice. That a twin meant two small beds was a shame as we both had a double in the Peter. All were superbly located though and that was key given that we wanted to explore a bit after the tours and go out for dinner. The guides were very good. The Moscow one was exceptionally helpful and friendly. Her English was okay but taking her off topic or asking questions could be tricky. The St Petersburg one spoke very good English.
I downloaded my c.900 photos yesterday so I think I’ll be busy for another week going through and sorting those out! Lots of great memories though.
In general, the feedback was that the programme worked very well, we really enjoyed it and were very happy (aside from Alice’s battles with hotel receptions!). I would not have wanted to do it without the drivers and guides because the signage on roads and metros is limited for English speakers and the people are not immediately hugely friendly. It would have been a much more stressful trip and given that we were fitting a lot in, wouldn’t have worked anything like as well if we had tried to move ourselves around.
Dear Into-Russia team,
I want to report back on our fabulous and unforgettable 5* Luxury Russian holiday in Moscow and St Petersburg last month.
It was a fantastic three days of excursions with Irina in Moscow and with Dasha in St Petersburg for four days of architectural amazement; both guides were informative and made each tour a very personal experience as they were so knowledgable, organised and friendlytowards us. The drivers, too, were reliable and all connections/transfers went smoothly.
Irina even accompanied us to the station and matched us to our seats on the Sapsan train to make sure that nothing went wrong and we were most appreciative of her attentiveness.
Our two hotels were excellent and breakfasts a true feast for the eye and stomach. We were given an upgrade at The Astoria and felt extra lucky once again. You must be proud to offer such wonderful accommodation and quality service which make this particular holiday an unforgettable experience.
I would recommend your travel company without the slightest hesitation.
Mrs PA Douglas, Norfolk, England
This visa support services is really great. I use it for a couple of years and found it very professional, sufficient, punctual and friendly. Without any disappointments!
Our trip was excellent. You and your team was excellent and I will continue to use your expertise in future
You are a star and I am so happy and know I can thank you for having got a visa.
Thank you so much for all the help, we could not have got this without that excellent service from you.
Now I am going to have a holiday of a lifetime , visiting your country . I have dreamt about this for many years, since my parents came back all excited and impressed from visiting the Soviet Union and later Russia.
Thank you.. You deserve a big hug.
All the best from Lis
Thank you Alena for your efficiency and problem solving skill sets.
If it had been a British travel agents, this would have been my problem to solve.
So well done.
I would like to compliment and congratulate IntoRussia Ltd on a very fine service. I prefer to use your copany because I can be sure of the standard and quality of service which is consistently delivered. It is clear the experience and expertise withing the company places it firmly at the tp of its field. I am extremely happy with IntoRussia Ltd and have the utmost confidence in its service. As an example, recently I has a problem with my application for a Russian Visa at the Russia Visa Application Centre in London. I telephoned IntoRussia Ltd and explained the problem. Through the clear, polite and professional advice and assistance of Alena, the problem was resolved immediately and the application process continued smoothly with a positive outcome. Alena reassured me that IntoRussia Ltd is available to help and assist and that I shouldn't hesitate to phone if there are any queries. Through this experience I am 100% certain of the highest quality and professional performance of IntoRussia Ltd. I am very happy indeed with the service. Yours faithfully, Mr Philip Miles
Alena, Your help with my visa questions was much appreciated. It meant that all went smoothly and my trip was a success! Thank you very much. With all good wishes, Philip
Areni is famous for its wine making based on the oldest and the most reliable archeological evidence of wine production on the Planet dating back 7000 years. Tour around Areni wine factory with wine degustation is always a nice and relaxing stop.
The Circum-Baikal Railway is a historical railway in the Irkutsk region of Russia. It runs along the Northern shore of the Southern extremity of the lake from the town of Slyudyanka to the Baikal settlement. Until the middle of the 20th century the Circum-Baikal railway was part of the main line of Trans-Siberian Railway; later on, however, a duplicate section of the railway was built. Sometimes called a unique achievement in engineering,the Circum-Baikal is one of the picturesque sights of the area around Lake Baikal.
Dilijan is mountainous resort often referred to as Armenian Switzerland, is well-known for its forests and rich flora and fauna. Durng the walking city tour in Dilijan you can visit the handicrafts street, where you can learn about the preparation of different national souvenirs from wood, stone and ceramics
Geghard, the UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a unique caved temple built in the 12-13th centuries in the honour of the long-preserved spear that pierced the body of crucified Christ. The masterpiece of the Armenian medieval architecture is located in the mountains of picturesque gorge of Azat river. The water from a cold spring coming out from the cliff is believed to be holy.
Khobody got its name from the most prominent part of the cape - a flat stone platform with a form like the fang of an animal («Khoboy» means fang in the Buryat language). Time, Baikals winds, cruel frosts and burning sunshine have left their indelible mark on Khoboy's fang - in places it is pierced by holes. There is a large opening through the ridge of the cliff itself linking the island with the platform.
The opening is big enough for a person to stand up in with ease. Khoboy has yet another face that can be seen in summer from the water or in winter from the ice: the southern end of the «fang» seen from the side resembles a woman's profile and is called Deva (the maiden).
Khor Virap Church is the holy place of imprisonment of St. Gregory the Illuminator accused by Armenian king of preaching Christianity. He stayed in the dungeon for 13 years. The church allows for the most spectacular view of the gorgeous biblical mountain Ararat.
Lake Sevan is one of the wonders in Armenia and one of the greatest high mountainous freshwater lakes of Eurasia. On a clear and sunny day, the water is often of a deep turquoise colour. Total surface of the lake is 940 km2. On the lake there is the ancient Sevanavank Monastery (IX century), which stands overlooking the lake for centuries. In summertime, Armenians travel to the lake’s white sand beaches to vacation and picnic. Don’t miss a chance to stop by at the restaurant and try the most famous trout and white fish which come fresh directly from the lake.
Lena Pillars Nature Park is marked by spectacular rock pillars that reach a height of approximately 100 m along the banks of the Lena River in the central part of the Sakha Republic (Yakutia). They were produced by the region’s extreme continental climate with an annual temperature range of almost 100 degrees Celsius - from –60 °C in winter to +40 °C in summer.
Discover the treasures that lie in wait for you behind the walls of Moscow’s most famous landmark: the almighty Kremlin! Home to a myriad of the city’s most exquisite cathedrals and monuments, as well as the official residence of President Putin himself, the Kremlin remains a political landmark in Russia and is visited by thousands of tourists every year.
Olkhon is the fourth-largest lake-bound island in the world. It is by far the largest island in Lake Baikal in eastern Siberia, with an area of 730 km2 (280 sq mi). The western shore ends with the many bays of the Maloye More. The island is 72 kilometres long and 15 kilometres wide.
Scientists still debate whether 'Olkhon' translates as 'little forest' or 'dry' as both names fit well.
Olkhon has a great combination of landscapes and is rich in archaeological landmarks. Olkhon is the geographical, historical and sacred centre of Lake Baikal. There are many legends and fairy tales about the island; it is believed to be the home of numerous Baikal spirits.
A small settlement Scottinsty is famous for its Open Air 'Druzhba' Museum. The museum will give you an insight to rural Russian life with its displays of traditional wooden architecture and monuments.
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