LEISURE Newsletter, August 2017

Please find the information about our Far Esat mysterios land of Kamchatka, archeological tour of Russia and 2nd Lotte hotel opening in Russia.

Helen Isaeva

Far East of Russia: Kamchatka

The Kamchatka Peninsula is located in the Russian Far East, between the Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Okhotsk.

Kamchatka is one of the most spectacular regions in Russia. It occupies the area of 470,000 sq. km. and separates the Sea of Okhotsk from the Pacific Ocean. This peninsula contains more than 160 volcanoes and 29 of them are active. The volcanoes of Kamchatka are included into the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Until 1990, no foreigners or nonresident Russians were allowed to visit Kamchatka. In 1991 Kamchatka was opened for visiting by foreign guests.

The main settlement of the peninsula and the capital of Kamchatka Region is the city of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky. The city is located on the southeastern sore of the Kamchatka Peninsula. Petropavlovsk's streets wind around green volcanic hills. Covered with white snow, the peaks of Koryaksky, Avachinsky and Kozelsky volcanoes rise over them.

Kamchatka boasts diverse and abundant wildlife. This is due to climates ranging from temperate to subarctic, diverse topography and geography, many free-flowing rivers, proximity to highly productive waters from the northwestern Pacific Ocean and the Bering and Okhotsk Seas. It also boasts the southernmost expanse of Arctic tundra in the world.

Kamchatka contains probably the world's greatest diversity of salmonid fish, including all six species of anadromous Pacific salmon (chinook, chum, coho, seema, pink, and sockeye). Due to its uniquely suitable environment, biologists estimate that a fifth of all Pacific salmon originates in Kamchatka.

Seabirds include Murrelets, northern fulmars, thick and thin-billed murres, kittiwakes, tufted and horned puffins, red-faced, pelagic and other cormorants, and many other species. Typical of the northern seas, the marine fauna is likewise rich. Of commercial importance are Kamchatka crab (king crab), scallop, squid, pollock, cod, herring, halibut and several species of flatfish.

Kamchatka crab
Velikiy Novgorod
Borodino Battlefield. Reconstruction
Lotte Hotel St. Petersburg

Archaeological Tour

We are glad to introduce one of the most exciting programs in our collection. Archaeological tour includes sights in Moscow - Golden Ring - Velikiy Novgorod and Saint Petersburg. In addition to the basic sightseeing the highlights of the program include visiting Archaeological Museum in Moscow, Trinity Sergius Lavra in Sergiev Posad, Museum of Wooden Culture and St. Ephimius Monastery in Suzdal, Assumption/Dmitrievsky Cathedral in Vladimir, Spassky Monastery and Ilya the Prophet Church in Yaroslavl. In Velikiy Novgorod guests have the Kremlin tour, visit Ancient Detinets-Kremlin walls and towers, St. Sophia's Cathedral, Magdeburg Gates, Monument to the Thousands Years of Russia, have an excursion "History of Novgorod from ancient times" and then visit the Faceted Chamber with its archeological collection. In St. Petersburg guests will see the gems of Russian architecture: Peterhof with its Grand Palace and Parks, Tzar's Village with Catherine's Palace, Alexander-Nevsky Monastery. One day is completely devoted to the Hermitage, and a famous Hermitage curator Alexey Leporc will speak about exhibited masterpieces and share some secrets.

• Borodino Battlefield: Reconstruction
In 2012 the 200th anniversary of the Patriotic War 1812 was chronicled. A special place is given to the largest battle of the war - the battle with Napoleon's army near Borodino village. Military-historical museum Borodino is now located in Borodino village, 125 km away from Moscow. In that battle in 1812, Napoleon's army lost more than 30 thousand people, the Russian army - more than 44 thousand people. The battle lasted 12 hours. Napoleon called it " A Battle of Giants".

Annually, on the first Sunday of September, the reconstruction of Borodino Battleb takes place. Military history clubs from all over the world including Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Lithuania, Latvia, France, Poland, Germany, Czech Republic, Belgium, the UK, Canada and the USA are invited to participate in this event.

Borodino, where the Russian and French armies clashed on September 7, 1812, is known throughout the world by the incomparable description of the battle in Leo Tolstoy's 'War and Peace'. In Russia, however, the battlefield has achieved an almost spiritual significance, and has been preserved as a national shrine.

Historians are still engaged in the debates about the significance of the Battle of Borodino. On the one hand, after the battle the Supreme Commander of the Russian Army Mikhail Kutuzov gave an order to retreat and to leave Moscow. And on the other, that event became the turning point of the war, when the might of the French army was undermined for the first time.

Lotte hotels are now in 2 cities

• Lotte Hotel Moscow 5* This luxury hotel is located in the financial and shopping centre of Moscow, just a 15 minutes' drive from the Red Square, the Kremlin Palace, and the Bolshoi Theatre. Lotte Hotel 5* offers luxurious accommodation combined with ultra-modern facilities. It features two award-winning restaurants and a large spa with an indoor pool. Each room features exquisite interior, is equipped with a safe, mini bar and a special touch panel with functions for lightning, temperature and a TV. Via this gadget guests can also check weather forecast or contact hotel staff. OVO restaurant by Carlo Cracco, the world-famous Michelin-starred chef, offers modern Italian cuisine. OVO is the only restaurant by Carlo Cracco outside of Italy. The SPA center offers more than 300 different therapies, combining traditional Russian and Balinese treatments. There is a state-of-the-art fitness centre with a sauna, hammam and silk bath. Lotte Hotel 5* won an award in 2015 in the annual nomination "The Best Breakfast at Hotel in Europe".

• Lotte Hotel St. Petersburg 5* A fresh new Lotte Hotel St. Petersburg 5* has opened its doors for guests in July 2017 in Saint Petersburg. Located in a refined 1851 mansion facing stately Mariinsky Palace, this upmarket hotel is facing the famous St. Isaac's Cathedral and is a 10 minutes' walk from the State Hermitage Museum.

Elegant rooms come with flat-screen TVs, minibars, coffeemakers and free Wi-Fi. Facilities include a chic Japanese restaurant, an atrium lounge and a rooftop bar. There's also a fitness center, as well as a SPA with an indoor pool and saunas.