LEISURE Newsletter, November 2015

Winter is coming - although winters are warmer and warmer with every year we are still looking forward to this winter miracle - first snow, walking or sking in the beautiuful snowy parks of the city, skating with friends in streets and squares skating rinks and of course our main holiday - New Year!

Helen Isaeva

Winter is Coming - whny not plan you holiday in Russia?

Winter is just around the corner and we rush to share exciting details about the coming fairy-tale season. Traditionally, one of the most popular winter entertainments in Russia is ice skating. That is why many skating rinks will be ready to welcome guests very soon.

The main rink of Moscow and the most popular one is GUM Rink in the Red Square, right in front of Saint Basil Cathedral.It will be ready to accept skaters in late November. Picturescue scenes around and pleasant music will make scating experience unforgettable.

A new unique skating rink at VDNH has opened. It is a rink with artificial ice in the open air, located on the main alley spreading over 20 000 square meters. If you are not a confident skater, attentive instructors will profide professional help.

Many rinks around Moscow will keep functioning until March 2016. Among the best are: Skating Rink in the Gorky Park, Rink in Park Sokolniki, Rink in Olympic Complex Luzhniki, Rink in Tsaritsino Open-air Museum, Rink in Kolomenskoe Open-air Meseum and many more. All rinks will function all winter long until March 2016.

Please have a look at our special low season offers.
St. Petersburg: http://www.travelrussia.net/FITtour2016/spb16.html

GUM Rink in the Red Square
A unique skating rink at VDNH
VELIY Hotel Mokhovaya Moscow 3*
Moscow Marriott Hotel Novy Arbat 4*
Ballet Tour
Music Tour

Moscow Hotels

We are glad to introduce VELIY Hotel Mokhovaya Moscow 3* which is a great choice for travelers interested in history, culture and business. The hotel is located in the historical 19th century mansion-house, which up to the present day has kept its original facade. The rooms are decorated in a classical style and equipped with all necessary equipment for work and leisure.

VELIY Hotel Mokhovaya Moscow is located within a 3 minute's walk from the Kremlin and Alexander Garden and a 10 minute's walk from Red Square, Lenin's Mausoleum and Cathedral of Christ the Savior. The comfortable rooms have air-conditioner and flat-screen TV, hairdryer and free Wi-Fi. The Hotel has Kremlin and Russian State Library views.

The buffet breakfast is served every morning in the restaurant. Lobby Bar of the hotel food and drinks. All rooms and public areas in the Hotel are non-Smoking. High quality services are guaranteed.

Biblioteka Lenina, Borovitskaya, Arbatskaya, Aleksandrovsky Sad Metro stations are only a 2 minute's walk from Hotel. Sheremetyevo, Domodedovo and Vnukovo Airports are approximately 30 km away.

Moscow Marriott Hotel Novy Arbat 4* is the brand's latest edition to its city center Moscow hotels.This new hotel is located close to Embassies, the Expocentre, Arbat street and Moscow City. It is a wonderful choice for both business or leisure travelers. This Moscow hotel offers elegant large guest rooms and spacious suites equipped with the latest technology, offering great views of the dynamic Novy Arbat Avenue. The hotel features a New York Steakhouse restaurant and GostinaЯ lobby cafe allowing you to connect or unwind in a sophisticated setting. The Moscow Marriott Hotel Novy Arbat offers you 4 flexible meeting rooms and large public spaces where you can transform your meetings into gatherings, accompanied by the award-winning chef's creations, which can turn any function into a feast. Enjoy one of the largest Executive Lounges among the Moscow hotels with a private VIP boardroom and stay connected with complimentary WiFi access in all public spaces.

Themed Tours Collection

Travel Russia is known for tailor-made FIT and group itineraries. Besides, we have designed many Themed Tours, which can be quoted for groups or adjusted for individual travelers. Our collection of Themed Tours comprises various themes as Russian History, Architecture, Music, Contemporary Art, Landscape Design, Literature, Archaeology, Music, Agriculture, Opera, Medical Science and many more. we would like to remind you about some of them!

• Ballet Tour (7 nights/8 days)
In addition to the basic sightseeing program both in Moscow and in St. Petersburg, this tour includes visits to Bakhrushina Theatre Museum, fascinating performances at the Bolshoi Theatre, a visit to apartment-museum of the legendary Russian ballet dancer Galina Ulanova and a backastage tour of the Bolshoi Theater. In St. Petersburg you will have Mariinsky Backstage Tour and visit the exhibition "Stars of Russian Ballet" at one of the branches of the Theatre Museum by Samoylov. Then you will proceed to the Yusupov Palace with a backstage tour of the unique private theatre, where the incredible prima ballerina Anna Pavlova (1881-1931) used to perform. Mikhailovsky Theatre/Hermitage performance will complete your day. Excursion to the Hermitage Museum with special early opening or a lecture of a famous museum curator and a performance of Children's Ballet Theatre will complete your cultural immersion.

• Music Tour (7 nights/8 days)
This program is focused on various music performances in addition to the basic sightseeing in Moscow and St. Petersburg. Music options include: Private concert at St. Nickolas Cathedral, Folklore Show "Kostroma", prvate piano and vocal performances, a visit to Sheremetiev Palace with its Museum of Musical Instruments, backstage tours of Bolshoi and Mariinsky Theaters and performances there.