LEISURE Newsletter, January 2016

We hope you have enjoyed your festive season! We wish you a very successful and interesting year! Please find the update on Russia. The local currency is still very weak and one can enjoy 5* luxury at 3* prices now - so use the chance to book tours to Russia at very attractive rates!

Helen Isaeva

Travel Russia: New Website

New 2016 year started for us with a very pleasant change.
We have completed our work at the new version of our website and now we are ready to introdude it to you! Please have a look at Travel Russia new website at www.travelrussia.net

On the front page you will find our latest offers, special offers as well as the basic information about the company and services. All the information is up to date. Please note that all the offers listed there are samples and can be modified upon request. We will be glad to design a unique FIT or group program for your clients.

Now you can book programs or request quotations through our manager or by a general email via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We look very much forward to receiving new enquiries in the new year!

New Website
MS Volga Dream. Deluxe Stateroom.
MS Volga Dream
The XVI International Ballet Festival
The XVI International Ballet Festival
Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg

River Cruises

River Cruises are always popular among our clients. Now we are ready to offer the best luxury product: Volga Dream. This elegant vessel is designed in classic decor with a slight Russian touch and accommodates just 100 passengers. She is the best choice for travelers seeking intimate cruise experience and personalized service. The schedule and rates are available for all 2016. The package includes full board, hotel accommodation, rich entertainment program on board and sightseeing.

Volga Dream 2016. http://www.travelrussia.net/leisure/river-cruises/volga-dream-rates

More affordable options of the Volga river cruises are available by other motor ships such as Rakhmaninov and Anton Chekhov.
Both ships are newly renovated and guarantee wonderful conditions for guests: less of luxury but enough of comfort.

You can check schedule and rates via the links below.

Rakhmaninov 2016. http://www.travelrussia.net/leisure/river-cruises/rakhmaninov2016

Anton Chekhov 2016 http://www.travelrussia.net/leisure/river-cruises/chekhov2016

Due to the high demand during the high season bookings are accepted in advance. We will be glad to arrange a land extension to a cruise program in the major cities of Russia.

The XVI International Ballet Festival in Mariinsky Theatre

The XVI International Ballet Festival will take place at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg from March 31 to April 10, 2016.
Following the tradition, the festival will start with a premiere - Reinhold Glière's "The Bronze Horseman". Staged in 1949 by Rostislav Zakharov, this ballet was deeply loved by both audiences and performers. The new stage version of this famous production will be staged by choreographer Yuri Smekalov.

The festival's guest company is the ballet company of the Perm Tchaikovsky Opera and Ballet Theatre. In St. Petersburg, the visitors from Perm will present their recent premieres: productions by the British classical choreographers Frederick Ashton (Les Patineurs) and Kenneth MacMillan (Winter Dreams) as well as the one-act ballet Snow Was Falling created especially for the Perm company by Douglas Lee.

During the festival there will also be an evening with Mariinsky Theatre prima ballerina Diana Vishneva. The programme will include Carolyn Carlson's ballet Woman in a Room and the St. Petersburg premiere of Hans van Manen's Live.

For the fourth time the Mariinsky ballet festival will be holding the Creative Workshop of Young Choreographers at which young ballet-masters will present their new works.

The festival playbill also features repertoire productions of the Mariinsky Theatre - guests from the Opera de Paris will be performing lead roles together with St. Petersburg dancers.

The festival will conclude with a gala concert featuring, in addition to the traditional divertissement, a new work by Director of the ballet company of the Opéra de Paris Benjamin Millepied - Appassionata to music by Beethoven, a co-production by the Opéra de Paris and the Mariinsky Theatre. The premiere of this production took place in February 2016 in Paris and was performed by French dancers, and at the Mariinsky festival it will be danced by Etoiles of the Opera de Paris Amandine Albisson and Herve Moreau together with Mariinsky Theatre dancers.

One of the most popular excursions among the ballet lovers is a Backstage Tour at Mariinsky Theatre. It allows our guests to penetrate into the world of art, grace and fantasy.