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Make a holiday rental home in Russia your home away from home

If you’re planning a holiday abroad, you’ll probably have a list of countries you’d like to visit. A top ten of places to see before you die. Everyone has a bucket list these days, right? When you finally get round to ticking off the destinations on that list, your first task is to book flights and accommodation. The next step is to plan your itinerary and decide which attractions you’d like to visit during your holiday.

If you’re visiting Tenerife or Cyprus, your itinerary is easily decided. If you’re visiting Russia, however, the rule book goes out the window. How do you explore a country with a population of 142,000,000 that borders no less than 14 nations? The short answer is you don’t. The best you can hope for is to target one or two cities and absorb as much culture and vodka as you can during your stay (in moderation, of course.) We’ve chosen to focus on two major Russian cities that are ideal candidates for first-time visitors to the Russian Federation – Moscow and St Petersburg.

Adventure and intrigue in Russia


Holidays in Russia: planning

If you’re planning a visit to Russia, the first thing to know is that you’ll almost certainly require a visa. This needs to be obtained in advance by applying to the Russian Visa office in London or Edinburgh. The Russian Consulate will decide on the merits of each application. As a point of reference, Russian visa applications have a higher approval rate than corresponding visa applications to enter the US. In the vast majority of cases, your application will be approved by the Russian Consulate. A single or double entry tourist visa, once granted, will entitle you to spend up to 30 days in Russia.

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Holidays in Russia: historic Moscow

With a population of over 11,000,000, the Russian capital is also the federation’s most populous city. Situated on the Moskva River, Moscow has a rich and turbulent history; one defined by political upheaval, revolution, fallen heroes and a mystical peasant named Rasputin. During your stay in the capital, you’ll doubtless want to check out the red-brick towers of the Kremlin, visit the city’s impressive museums and soak up the atmosphere in Red Square. Moscow is not beholden to the past, but its history is there for all to see in the churches, statues and monuments erected in the memory of former leaders.

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Holidays in Russia: modern Moscow

Dispel all thoughts of interminable winters and discontent; Moscow today is a young and vibrant city. On weekends, its party-loving people flock to warehouse raves and club nights held in converted factories and abandoned mills. Keep up with them if you can, or take things a little slower and explore the city’s wine bars and coffee shops at your leisure. Moscow is as cosmopolitan as any major European city, offering a host of sushi bars, noodle houses and beer halls alongside vodka bars and blues cafés.

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Holidays in Russia: historic St Petersburg

700km to the north-east of Moscow lies St Petersburg. The distance may seem vast, but the city can be reached by train from the Russian capital in less than four hours. But if you’re planning a break in St Petersburg, the simplest option is probably to fly direct. As Russia’s cultural capital, St Petersburg is a beautiful city whose churches, monuments and grand public buildings have made it a UNESCO World Heritage site. While you’re here, be sure to visit The Hermitage, one of the world’s largest and greatest art museums and take a stroll through the historic Palace Square.

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Holidays in Russia: modern St Petersburg

St Petersburg is a great city for shopping; pick up handmade arts and crafts in the local markets alongside fresh fruit and veg and fine china. No trip to Russia’s most Westernised city would be complete without sampling the nightlife of course. XXXX is a huge bar-cum-club with eclectic music that serves food all night; the door policy can be fussy, but it’s well worth chancing your luck. Just across the road from XXXX, Denis Popov Bar plays house music and serves up a dizzying array of alcoholic concoctions. For something a bit different, head to Decadance, a basement club that’s always rammed. Here, the music plays hard and the party goes on into the wee hours.

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                                                                                                  5 nights In St Petersbury

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                                                                                                  My husband and I visited Russia for the first time in May. Tatiana was excellent and helped us with our Visa required “Invitation Letter” for the entire trip, not just the time we spent at her Apartment. It was like having a friendly relative helping us – organised ballet tickets, was waiting for us at the airport and took us to the Apartment, she pointed out various tourist spots on the way, provided Metro cards, baked us a cake and had food in the freezer, helped us set up ‘WhatsApp’ to communicate, organised a taxi to take us on to our next accommodation, and lots of helpful information about places in the area. Our Apartment was a short walk from the Chernaya Rechka Metro (Blue Line) and near the McDonalds. On Wednesday there is a local market outside the metro. Markets had food, clothing and much more at cheap prices. With the Metro card we felt like a local navigating the metro with ease. Advantages of riding the Metro’s is they are attractively decorated with art. We got off and on at each station to view the different artistic designs and significant. Tatiana suggested the main ones of interest. It is only 3 stops away from Nevsky Prospekt where it is near The Church of the Resurrection (the church of the spilled blood) and other main tourist attractions. The Apartment was clean and roomy with a separate bedroom. Pictures on the website accurately depict the Apartment. We had 5 restful night’s sleep at the apartment. We always felt safe in the area and it was nice to see outside the main tourist area. Nothing was too much trouble for Tatiana, she warm and inviting. She freely gave her telephone number and encouraged us to text/phone whenever we had a question. St Petersburg will hold special memories in our heart. Thank you so much for your hospitality. We would definitely recommend staying in this Apartment, especially with the invaluable assistance's Tatiana provides to her guests.
                                                                                                  • Review Submitted: 13-Jun-2016
                                                                                                  • Date of Stay: May 2016

                                                                                                  I loved this place. It was ver..

                                                                                                  5 of 5
                                                                                                  I loved this place. It was very roomy and fully equipped. The furniture and all amenities were in great condition. The towels & linens provided were fresh. The apartment was well cleaned. Thanks!
                                                                                                  • Review Submitted: 17-Aug-2014
                                                                                                  • Date of Stay: Jul 2014

                                                                                                  A really nice apartment with an excellent view

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                                                                                                  This is a really nice apartment. We were a family of thee who stayed for eight nights, and the apartment created an excellent base for our visit to St. Petersburg. The apartment is located in a residential neighborhood a bit outside the beaten tourist tracks, which we found to be nice. We took the tram, the metro or a taxi or walked. That worked very well for us, and we did not get it wrong once in spite we do not speak Russian. The apartment is recently tastefully renovated with modern appliances including an excellent wifi connection. The apartment is light with high ceilings and with a beautiful view over the Fontanka Canal. We stayed during the white nights and that added an extra special dimension to the stay and to the view from the apartment at night. The owner was excellent. He had organized our pick up from the airport with a stop over at a large supermarket so we could stock up on our way to the apartment. He had also organized an excellent guide for us with whom we had three fine tours in and around St. Petersburg where we saw and learned a lot, not only about history, art and culture but also about modern day St. Petersburg. It was an excellent stay and we will not hesitate to recommend the apartment to other travelers.
                                                                                                  • Review Submitted: 19-Jul-2014
                                                                                                  • Date of Stay: Jul 2014