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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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On 19th of November the largest private museum in Russia – Faberge Museum was opened in St. Petersburg. The exhibition takes place in a restored Shuvalov Palace on the Fontanka embankment in the center of the city.

The collection of Faberge is the largest private collection of Russian arts and crafts of the late XIX-XX centuries in the world. It has more than 4 thousand items. The basis of the exhibition is the famous nine Imperial Easter eggs created by Carl Faberge. Furthermore, the visitors can see rare paintings and other art objects from the personal collection of the museum’s founder – Viktor Vekselberg .

Shuvalov Palace is one of the most famous palaces in St. Petersburg. By the mid- 2000s the building was half-destroyed. The cultural historical foundation of Victor Vekselberg ” The Link of Times ” invested more than 1.2 billion rubles to prevent the loss of an architectural monument. The foundation organised a large-scale instauration of the palace and completely restored the unique historical interiors.

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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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A monument in honor of the founder of Apple Steve Jobs was erected in St. Petersburg. It is a copy of the iPhone and its height is an average height of a man.

The monument was located in the Technopark that is a courtyard of the St. Petersburg National Research University of Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optics. The front panel has a touch screen, which shows the life of the founder of Apple, supported by photos and videos. The back surface has a QR-code. Users can go to the website dedicated to Steve Jobs by reading this code using their mobile devices.

The monument looks like the iPhone 4 as it was the latest iPhone model developed by Apple with the participation of Jobs.

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St. Petersburg tourist authorities have launched an unusual service – guided tours by retro tram. City residents and visitors can ride in a restored 1920 tram and learn the history of municipal electric transportation services.

It were these carriages of MC series serving the streets of Leningrad during the siege period. Nowadays the tram starts at the Museum of electric vehicles on Vasilievsky Island, passing by the main metro stations in the centre of the city and stops at Turgenev Square. You can hop on / hop off at any stop – “Vasileostrovskaya”, “Sportivnaya”, “Gorkovskaya”, “Gostinniy Dvor” and “Sennaya Square”.

The launch of this unusual service is dedicated to the 105th anniversary of the tram in St. Petersburg. It will run until the end of October.

Retro tram will run twice a day on weekends at 11:35 and at 14:05. Current fare is 50 Roubles, approximately 1 GBP.

Go Russia can also assist in tours to St. Petersburg.

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Hermitage, St. Isaac’s Cathedral and Pavlovsk are the most disable friendly sigtseeing landmarks in St. Petersburg accroding to the research conducted by RIA “Novosti”, which was ranking all St. Petersburg museums in terms of arrangemts for disabled people. The rating included 62 most visited museums and exhibition halls of the city. The study assessed the external and internal architectural environment of collections.

 

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