Gorky Park entranceThis Friday, on the first day of May, the long-awaited summer officially starts in Moscow’s parks. Gorky Park will be opening its newly restored main entrance, with a viewpoint and museum where many documents relating to the park’s history will be on display, The Village website reported. In June, the park’s modern art gallery Garage will be moving from its current location to a brand new bigger building just next door designed by Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas.

One of the main differences between summer and winter in the parks is the number of outdoor cinemas on offer. This year the Hermitage Garden, Sokolniki and Krasnaya Presnya will all be showing a variety of films.

Another uniting trend is the vast amount of sports facilities that are now at people’s disposal. Krasnaya Presnya’s wide range of activities includes a skate park, a football pitch and a table tennis area, while Bauman Garden boasts the first outdoor trampoline park in Moscow, the website reported.

Park Pobedy is also opening two new sports squares. The park is kicking the summer off in style, with an opening party taking on the theme of “retro.” Highlights will include a concert of 50s hits, fashion photography and well-known Soviet cars.

Enjoy the parks in their summer dress while you can — the ice rinks will be back soon.

Fountains are some of the most significant symbols of St-Petersburg city. The winter has gone and the magnificent fountains of St. Petersburg are about to come to life.

The fountains of Peterhof are one of Russia’s most famous tourist attractions, drawing millions of visitors every year. Fountains were intrinsic to Peter the Great’s original plans for Peterhof – it was the impossibility of engineering sufficiently powerful jets of water that prompted him to move his attentions from the Strelna site to Peterhof – and subsequent generations competed with their predecessors to add grander and ever more ingenious water features to the parkland surrounding the Grand Palace.

Peterhof Fountain Season starts with the Grand Ceremony of the Fountains Opening held in Peterhof on May 16, 2015. An all-day festival with classical music, fireworks, and performances signifies the opening of the fountains of the Peterhof Palace. We highly recommend catching this festive celebration.


Elabuga – is an ancient town located in the European part of Russia, near Kazan city, on the banks of the Kama River, surrounded by centuries-old forests, those that were praised in the paintings of the great Russian artist of the 19th century Ivan Ivanovich Shishkin.

Ivan Ivanovich Shishkin

Inimitable Yelabuga, which lately celebrated 1,000 anniversary, is ready to open its secrets to its visitors and tell unheard story that will take you hundreds of years back, in the mysterious past of the Russian Empire.

Shishkin ponds

To feel the ancient spirit of the city better and deeper, while staying at Yelabuga you should forget about any transportation options and move around the city on foot. It is better if you start your tour from the main street – Kazanskaya. There is an open-air museum of the 19th century architecture.


Old houses and mansions, like unarmed platoon of hussars, tirelessly being on guard for centuries, incredulously stare at every passer through hooded eyes of large windows. Once you have followed this street, you begin to feel the ancient Russian spirit.


Marketing war for the consumer’s attention, that swamped the most of Russia, is almost not known in this town. It does not mean that there is absolutely no advertising, just it is much less than in other cities, Yelabuga wondrously succeed in keeping its individuality. Here you can see how modern shops are in perfect harmony with the facades of the old houses. Here, in the old building on the Kazanskaya street, modestly settles the comfortable museum-theater “inn”. Be sure to take a look at this place. This is a small restaurant in the style of Russian 19th-century inn, where you can enjoy Russian folk cuisine and taste the dishes that were served in the 19th century.

After seeing all the curiosities and historical sights of Kazan on this street, turn into the Spasskaya street. It is where the majestic Cathedral of the Holy Savior is located.

 Cathedral of the Holy Savior

The cathedral was erected in the period from 1808 to 1816 on donations from merchants. Yelabuga has a lot of religious buildings: churches, cathedrals and chapels, but the Cathedral of the Holy Savior is considered the most important in the city.

 Cathedral of the Holy Savior

Built in Russian classic style it is a complete composition of the five-story high bell tower, whose height is more than 70 meters, and the five-domed church, that are interconnected by long refectory. The cathedral is named after the icon, which in the 18th century saved the village of Elabuga from Bashkir rebellion.

 Cathedral of the Holy Savior

According to the old legend, the icon was painted by the artist from the village Krasnoe. One night he had a dream where a stranger ordered him to paint the icon of the Holy Savior. At the same time the same stranger came into the dream of the local farmer and told him to go to Krasnoe and find there the icon-painter. But the farmer did not believe in higher powers that came to him in his dream. The farmer had the same dream for several times and still did not want to go to look after the icon-painter, and as a result of his attitude he got seriously ill. For a long time he could not recover. And then he realised what great sin he made when disobeyed the higher powers. The farmer repented and went to Krasnoe. He came on the day when the icon-painter finished his painting, found him, and brought the icon to his native village. The icon was put in the wooden chapel, where people began to go and worship it. Soon people began to talk about its healing power, and it was decided to build the cathedral for the icon. At the same time in the Orenburg province the rebellion under the leadership of Bashkir Akai, notorious fro extreme cruelty and hatred of the Christian religion, broke out. And when Akai had occupied the nearby town Menzelinsk and was on the way to the village of Elabuga, people in the cathedral began to pray, asking the icon for the protection. The higher powers heard their prayers for help and came to protect the city from the Bashkir invasion. Strong wind rose above the ground on the north side, it gathered all the smoke and ash from the fire left by the rebels in the devastated lands, and blew it in their eyes, blinding them. Since then, the icon became the patroness of the land. And right until the socialist revolution there were regular annual processions with the icon to the nearby town Menzelinsk.

Well, after the hearty meal at the theater-restaurant and the visit to the cathedral you can fearlessly visit the Devil at his Devil settlement, the place that is considered the unofficial symbol of the city. The Devil settlement is an ancient stone building in the form of an old tower, located on a high hill.


According to the old urban legend, based on the records of the Russian priest Ivan Glazatov, this tower was built by the devil, who fell in love with the daughter of the priest and wanted to marry her. The priest said he would give his consent to the marriage only if the devil built him a temple during one night. All the night the devil built the walls of the church, but the roosters crowed before the temple was completely finished, and the devil did not have time to finish a roof and a cross. Thus the unfinished temple became the tower.

It is better to plan a trip to Elabuga for the end of July – beginning of August. At this time in Yelabuga, near Shishkin ponds, there is an annual fair, which attracts skilled craftsman and artisans from all over Russia who present their works for sale. Shishkinskie_prudyi

Shishkin ponds are the most picturesque sights of the city. There are two ponds with fountains, streams and several beautiful bridges with railings. Shishkin ponds emerged in the 1830s as a gift of the great artist to Yelabuga residents.

Shishkin ponds

During the fair, which lasts for three days, you can not only buy souvenirs, but also enjoy the performance of folk groups, puppeteers and circus actors and acrobats. You can enjoy the whole process of manufacturing products of arts and crafts, visiting the city of artists. Here you can not only see the process of the work of a blacksmith, a potter or a weaver, but also try yourself as a prentice.

What do you know about traditional souvenirs from Russia? Most probably you’ve heard of Russian nesting doll ( ‘mastryoshka’ in Russian), but not many visitors can remember other traditional crafts. In Moscow, you can also buy Gzhel, Valenki, Khokhloma, Orenburg shawls, Zhostovo trays, Amber, Matryoshka doll and many more items. And below you will see the most popular and unique souvenirs. Gzhel is a style of Russian ceramics which originates from the village of Gzhel not far from Moscow. The pottery feature distinctive blue designs on white background. The range of Gzhel production is very diverse, among most popular items are tea and coffee services, clocks, lamps and so on. Gzhel Valenki or Russian felt boots used to be very popular footwear in winter. They’re not so widespread today in big cities but are still common in the countryside. Valenki are among the warmest footwear that can be used in severe winters. Valenki Orenburg shawls may become a great souvenir for women, who appreciate handmade things. This type shawl originated in the Orenburg area about 250 years ago. The shawls are made of a special blend of silk and thin goat fiber.Orenburg shawls Zhostovo trays are beautiful metal trays painted with mixed garden and wild flowers come from a small village Zhostovo. Nowadays Zhostovo trays still produced in Mytishchi Area. It is a great present that keeps the warmth of craftsmen hands a peace of mysterious Russian soul. Zhostovo trays Khokhloma is a traditional Russian craft originated in the 17th century in the area of Nizhniy Novgorod. It’s the style of painting on wooden tableware and furniture. Khokhloma style can be recognized for its red and gold flower pattern on a dark background. Khokhloma Matryoshka is the best known and most popular Russian souvenir. It is a set of painted wooden dolls of decreasing sizes one hidden inside another. The number of nested figures usually varies from three to ten, but in some rare cases can reach 50 and even more. Traditional matryoshka doll represents a woman dressed in a Russian peasant dress wearing a scarf on her head. Matryoshka

More than 2.9 million of people visited museum of Moscow region last year. There are plenty of different sightseeing objects in Moscow region such as churches, monuments of military glory, architectural monuments and museums. According to the officials, Moscow-area museums are constantly being improved, prepared special programs, created interactive exhibitions for all visitors..

The region can offer guests eco-tourism, cultural, religious, scientific, educational entertainment and camps for children.

Moscow region is proud of its handicrafts. You will find a very unique production: Russian shawls, Gzhel and many other products, famous all over the world.

It is also worth noting that more and more hotels and guest houses are being opened in the Moscow region. The latest trend of the hotel business is a conversion of manors to the hotels with private parks and private entrance to rivers and lakes.

We at Go Russia strongly believe that now it is perfect time for your Russian visit. Do not miss this unique opportunity, Save on your everyday spending while in Russia and pay a fraction of the usual cost for usual travel spending.


The recent devaluation of the rouble (caused mainly by fall in oil prices) makes Russia more affordable option for foreign travellers. In fact, it’s no exaggeration to say, that the country is fast becoming a hot new destination for deal seekers. Now is an optimum time for you to book a tour to Russia. There have never been better prices for a Russian visit.

Average decline in rouble rate from 2015 to 2014 is about 50% which means you will be spending much less pounds now as you would have required back in 2014. For example, a decent dinner would cost only £15 (instead of £25), and a metro ride is just 50p. You can even do some shopping in Russia where all major brands are present now. Or for culture vultures – you can get top seats to the famous Bolshoi or Mariinsky ballet for just £50, instead of £100. This really is the best time to go!

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Roubles Price in GBP
2015 2014
Ballet ticket 5,000 £53.00 £83.00
Circus ticket 1,500 £16.00 £25.00
Museum ticket 350 £4.00 £6.00
Metro Moscow 50 £0.53 £0.83
Metro St. Petersburg 31 £0.33 £0.52
Taxi ride in Moscow 1,000 £11.00 £17.00
Espresso 100 £1.05 £1.67
Teapot 200 £2.00 £3.00
Dinner (3 course) 1,500 £16.00 £25.00
Lunch 600 £6.00 £10.00
Pint of beer 200 £2.00 £3.00

Prices above are based on average exchange rates and are given as an example only. Actual prices can vary depending on the place where you buy / order your products in Russia.

So just an example if a couple goes to Russia for a week holiday (8 days / 7 nights), they will be saving only on lunches and dinners about £250 in total including drinks. A visit to Bolshoi in Moscow or Mariinsky in St. Petersburg would add additional £80. Order some optional tours – a visit to the Catherine Palace or a Cold War Bunker and save another £100. You will also be getting huge saving when buying souvenirs and making other personal spending. So your savings can easily be in excess of £500 for a couple.


Russia is a very safe country and people welcome foreign tourists. There are no stricter visa rules and we provide full assistance with the Russian visa. Read more about our assistance with the visas. There is no political turmoil in the country, no protests on the streets, no any military actions of any kind. When travelling with us you will also be accompanied by a guide. You just need to have common sense like in any other big city like London or New York. We provide a 24-hour emergency support and our operators will be able to assist you in any unforeseen circumstances. There is no advice from the FCO in the UK against travel to major tourist destination – https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/russia.

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Russia is by no means a dangerous country to visit. On the contrary, the overwhelming majority of visits go without a hitch – assuming that you avoid such flashpoints as Chechnya and the Ukranian border. However, given that the Russian language and culture is somewhat alien to many foreign visitors, and taking into account the vagaries of the Russian landscape and climate, it is just as well to bear a few things in mind which could help to keep you safe, comfortable, and healthy during your trip! Emergency Services In the unlikely event that you should experience an emergency situation while in Russia, knowing the emergency services numbers could be vital. Since 2012, Russia has used ‘112’ as a catch-all emergency phone number – although the system is not quite up and running in remoter regions. In such areas, there is a series of five simple numbers which can be used to access specific services. These are as follows:

  • 01 – Fire service
  • 02 – Police
  • 03 – Ambulance
  • 04 – Gas service
  • 05 – Anti-terrorism squad

Beware The Water Perhaps the health hazard which trips up most foreign visitors is something relatively innocuous: the tap water. Even Russians do not drink Russian water directly from the tap. The pipes in St Petersburg in particular are very old, and poorly maintained. It’s fine to shower in or to boil and make tea from, for example, and it shouldn’t cause you any problems if you ingest a splash or so. However, drinking a mug of the stuff might make you feel a bit sick, which could put a bit of a damper on your vacation for a day! For drinking, and for things like brushing your teeth, use bottled water instead. Luckily, bottled water is not hard to come by in Russian cities. Be Careful Around Traffic If you’re going to be doing a lot of walking, particularly in Moscow, it’s a very good idea to make sure that your travel insurance covers car accidents – even if you’re not planning to drive a car! Russian traffic is notorious for being something of a law unto itself, and driver behavior leaves something to be desired. Driver arrogance is often blamed for Moscow’s chronic traffic jam problem and high number of annual road rage incidents. Pedestrians crossing the road would do well to be aware of the risks with interacting with Russian traffic. Pedestrians do not have right of way in Russia. Unfortunately, if you are hit by a vehicle you may wake up in hospital to find an angry driver demanding your insurance details for damaging their car. The law, furthermore, would support the driver – being injured by a car is generally considered the fault of the pedestrian for being stupid enough to walk out in front of the car in the first place. If you’re going to be walking by traffic, therefore, be very aware of what’s going on around you. It’s not unknown for cars to come up onto the sidewalks if the drivers feel that it may aid their journey! Know Your Vodka Beware of any vodka which doesn’t have a label. Russians are well known for their love of vodka – and some of them aren’t too picky about what they make it with. Bootleg vodka can be cut with anything from shoe polish to medical disinfectant, and causes the deaths of many Russians each year. This doesn’t mean that you have to refuse every shot of vodka offered you. After all, it wouldn’t be a real trip to Russia if you didn’t sink a few vodkas! Just make sure that you know where the vodka has come from before you throw it down your throat. Better still, buy it yourself from a reputable dealer. Russian liquor stores are crammed full of good brands of vodka which will give you the Russian vodka experience without doing more than the usual amount of damage! Communicate Effectively Finally, here are a few phrases which may help you in the event of an emergency:

  • Pomogitye! – Help!
  • Pozar! – Fire!
  • Vor! – Thief!
  • Militziya! – Call the police!
  • Vracha! – Call a doctor!
  • Skorooyo! – Call an ambulance!
  • S Vami vsye normalno? – Are you ok?
  • Mnye noozyen vrach – I need a doctor
  • Mnye plokho – I feel sick
  • Gdye blizayshaya aptyeka? – Where is the nearest pharmacy?
  • Eto srochno! – It is urgent!
  • Zdyes bolt – It hurts here
  • Mozyetye pomoch? Can you help me?
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