Things to consider while booking and preparing for your trip to

Russia

To make your trip more enjoyable and stress-free we recommend to carefully plan it with a help of our travel experts.

We will gladly discuss your preferences and help you to fine-tune your personal itinerary before your visit.

We are happy to combine several mini tours for you, organizing City Tours together with visits to the Russian Ballet, expert-led museum tours, insights into Russian life tours and much more. We are also ready to share our insider knowledge about the best restaurants and hotels, to suit your taste and your budget. We've been leading tours in Russia for many years, and we believe that we offer the most informative and enjoyable sightseeing experience available. If you have your own plans, we can help you to tailor a program to suit for your preferences, taste, needs and adjust for a group of any size.

 

Money, Debit and Credit Cards

 

Do not carry with you all of your debit/credit cards during your trip. Leave part of it in a safe in your hotel.

You can find an ATM's at the airports, in the hotels and all throughout the cities. The exchange rates are more favorable in a city than at the airport. You can withdraw money in US dollars, Russian rubles, or Euros.

Many small stores and markets only accept cash. Most restaurants accept credit cards, but we recommend you ask them in advance to avoid surprises. So just bring one or two credit cards.

For emergencies, it’s a good idea to have cash with you as well.

 

Documents

 

Check your documents before departure to make sure they are valid for your trip.

You cannot enter Russia twice on a single entry visa. If you plan to enter and leave Russia multiple times in one trip, you will need a multi-entry visa. Tourist visas are valid for 30 days, so make sure your departure date is before your visa expiration date.

Make 2 copies of your passport and visa before leaving. Keep one copy with you and one at the hotel.

 

Electric plugs

 

Russia uses European-style electrical outlets. You can easily find an adapter at an electronics store or pharmacy, airport in the US or online.

Russia uses 220 volt electricity (America uses 110 volts).

 

Medicine

 

You do not need any shots before you visit Russia – it is a civilized European country that is safe for foreigners.

If you are taking prescription medication, we highly recommend that you bring enough to last your entire trip.

 

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More than 25 years ago I was a co-founder of the PHAETON travel agency in Moscow, Russia. We pioneered western style travel arrangements in the last days of the former Soviet Union, bringing quality service to the Embassies and foreign businesses located in Moscow.

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