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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.

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A new museum “The world of Chocolate” was opened on Triumfalnaya square in Moscow. The visitors will know about the history of chocolate as well as will be able to try 4 types of chocolate and cocoa that was created by the recipes of different historic epochs.

The most of exhibitions are dedicated to the history of chocolate in Russia. The museum has a big collection of labels and chocolate boxes as well as some sweets that were made last century.

The visitors will have a nice opportunity to create a bar of chocolate by themselves or to buy anything in a “Chocolate shop”

The opening times: Tue-Sun from 11:00 until 19:00. The price is 400 rubles (about £7)

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Since Russia opened its doors to the West, tourists have finally had the opportunity to tour the heart of Russia – the Northwest region, specifically – and finally see all of the grand sights that its great cities have to offer, along with the harsh, untouched beauty of the landscape. With the Russian economy booming, a number of fantastic cruise opportunities have opened up along the Volga, the largest and most historically and economically important river in western Russia. For the best combination of sightseeing and high quality river cruising, Go Russia offers a cruise from Moscow, the capital of Russia, to St. Petersburg, Russia’s gateway to the West.

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Starting in Moscow

Your cruise with Go Russia begins in Moscow. The sights to see here present themselves, as you would expect with any international city that is also the capital of a major world power. Government institutions that have stood for centuries offer a piece of Russia’s history.

You can begin with the Kremlin, a formerly medieval citadel of old Muscovy. The Moscow Kremlin is actually composed of five palaces, four cathedrals, and a massive wall with several towers spaced along it. Russia’s roots in medieval Europe are unmistakable when you visit this ancient stronghold. While much of the Kremlin is off-limits for sightseeing, you can still visit the museum there, and perhaps catch a glimpse of the President of the Russian Federation.

The Red Square is the next most obvious sight to see. A place of great historical significance, revolutions have been born in the Red Square. You can also visit St. Basil’s Cathedral and Lenin’s mausoleum, two impressive symbols of Russia’s architectural history, as well as its more storm-tossed and exciting past.

Along the Volga

Taking your cruise north out of the Moscow Canal and along the Volga River, you will past by Uglich, an ancient and historic town. A favorite during Ivan the Terrible’s reign, after his death his youngest son was banished here. That same son was soon found dead in the town’s courtyard, his throat slit; his death was ruled an accident, and the Time of Troubles – a dynastic and political struggle in Russia that would last for some time – began.

Further north, in Lake Onega, you will come upon Kizhi, an island of no small historical significance. There you can see Kizhi Pogost, a 17th century historical site featuring two large wooden churches – the Transfiguration Church and the Intercession Church – along with a bell-tower. A UNESCO World Heritage site and a Russian Cultural Heritage site, the pogost is famous for how long it has lasted, its construction using only wood, and of course, its moving beauty.

The Gateway to the West

Passing through Lake Ladoga, you will come upon your final stop: St. Petersburg. Built by and named after the Russian Tsar who worked so hard to bring Russia into the Western Enlightenment, the city was made the capital of Russia up until 1918, when that honor returned to Moscow.

The city is host to a number of museums; the city has weathered the changes that Russia has gone through quite well, retaining much of its arts scene throughout the decades and centuries. The city’s museums include the Heritage Museum, the Russian State Museum, the Museum of Musical Instruments, and even three museums of puppets, one of which sports well over 2000 dolls on display.

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From 30th of September till 11th of October the Red square will be closed for visiting as it will be prepared for the festive meeting of the Olympic flame.

The Olympic torch relay will be performed in Russia since 7th of October till 7th of February – the date of the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in Sochi. It will start on the Red square during the festival “The Circle of Light”, which will be held in the capital from 4th to 8th of October and where everybody will be able to see the Olympic flame.

Because of this event the visiting of Lenin`s Tomb will be restricted on 6th of October.

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Fake ATMs were found in airports Vnukovo, Sheremetievo and in some malls in Moscow.

According to “Moskovsky Komsomolets” newspaper ATMs are connected to the network and it seems that they operate normally. However, if you try to withdraw money it’s not possible. In fact the device is used by fraudsters to get access to customer accounts and cheat with their money.

Some ATMs were blocked by the police but according to the “MK” it is not known if the police blocked all of them in the airports or not.

To avoid unpredictable situations the safest way is to use ATMs situated in banks.

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Fed up with the usual annual trip to the Costa something or other? Why not plan something a bit more special and take a trip to Russia? Many still think of Russia as being positioned well behind the iron curtain, but hop on a plane in London and you could be stepping off in Moscow in as little as four hours!

Russia, with a population of around 145,000,000 has a long history and a rich and diverse culture. Everyone is familiar with the unique architecture of the Kremlin, and the sense of a bygone era experienced when standing in Red Square gazing at the amazing views is almost palpable. Images of Lenin and Stalin, of Rasputin and revolts inundate the mind like a uniquely original adaptation of Doctor Zhivago or Fiddler on the Roof.

Food

Asked to associate a food with Russia and most will say ‘Borshch’ or ‘Caviar’. However, there is so much more than the famous beetroot soup and the eggs from the sturgeon, even though both are world renowned. Other well-known favourites include chicken Kiev, Pelmeny (pastry covered balls of minced-meat) and beef stroganov. As Russia is a country associated with long, harsh winters, the majority of dishes are meaty, designed to fill the stomach and warm the cockles.

Drink

The history of vodka in Russia dates back to the 10th century when, it is believed, Prince Vladimir chose Christianity over Islam in order to drink alcohol. Some historians state that it dates to the 15th century when monks learned the craft of distillation. Like whisky, vodka was used by early doctors as an antiseptic and to help alleviate pain during surgery. Whatever the true origins are, Russians need little excuse to break out a bottle or three, and it remains the favourite tipple drunk at birthdays, weddings and funerals, of which there certainly seems to be a lot of.

Travel

Russia is a huge country and this means that visitors have to carefully plan their journey well in advance. It is extremely worthwhile checking out a reliable website for and up-to-date information and advice on what to do and see. Just go Russia is such a site and it offers all sorts of helpful hints on where to go and what to do. The national tourist board also gives advice on Visas. Remember that winters are exceptionally cold, so only go during that time if lots of snow and ice combined with below freezing temperatures conjures up images of fun.

St. Petersburg

One place well worth a visit is St. Petersburg. An entire vacation could be spent in this marvellous city without scratching the surface of her hidden attractions. However, any visitor should make an effort to see at least one of the world-famous imperial palaces which have housed the Emperors of Russia since Peter the Great. Tsarskoe Selo and Peterhof are favourites.

Take a train

The Trans-Siberian Railway can be used to get from Moscow to Vladivostok, Beijing, Japan or Korea and tourists can board the train in London. From Moscow, the train to Vladivostok usually takes around seven days, although slower trains take nine. It is possible to take even longer and stay at pre-arranged stops along the way. The distance between Moscow and Vladivostok is 9,258 km or 6,152 miles. Trains comprise of both first and second class berths. It is also possible to board the train in St. Petersburg.

Safety

The wise traveller prepares for any eventuality and, although adherence to the well-worn tourist trail should ensure relative safety, there are always gangs on the prowl for unwary tourists. Falling ill or being robbed of your money, passport or other personal belongings is always a major concern for any traveller, so it is of utmost importance that some sort of insurance policy be taken out prior to departure. The needless stress of worrying about what to do in the event of an emergency can easily be averted by taking out a policy with a reputable company. The last thing you ever want to do on vacation is burden yourself with unnecessary worry. Russia is a huge country and the police are not always able to supply help. Especially in rural areas, communication may prove to be a problem. It is therefore essential to take the necessary precautions in order to avert potential problems.

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Different themed tours – the mystical, technical and others will be organised soon at the Ostankino TV tower in Moscow. Now visitors can learn a story about the history, architectural features and technical capabilities of the complex.

One of the tours, which will be organised in the near future, will be opened for students and will be called “337 answers” as the observation deck of the tower is situated at the height of 337 metres.

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A mystical tour “Technobashnya” (techno tower) is for those who come here to know different legends and mysteries. They will hear about the functional and technical features of the TV tower. The administration also plans to organise a project “One Night for a Couple” for romantic men and women.

 

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