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At TLC Travel Staff, we make the process of landing your ideal traveling healthcare assignment straightforward and efficient. Let's guide you through our hassle-free steps:

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Discover Exciting Job Opportunities

🌎 Explore the Map of Possibilities! Dive into a world of diverse healthcare opportunities awaiting your expertise. With TLC Travel Staff, the map isn't just about geography; it's about finding the perfect fit for your skills and passions. 📌 Tailored Listings, Just for You Each of our job listings is meticulously curated to provide the insights you truly care about. From the bustling heart of major cities to serene suburban clinics, your next assignment's details are at your fingertips. 🔍 Transparent and Detailed Information Knowledge is power, and we empower you with every detail: Location: Explore roles in regions that align with your lifestyle and aspirations. Specialty: Find opportunities tailored to your unique expertise and interests. Compensation: Understand your earning potential upfront. Facility Notes: Get a sneak peek into the working environment, ensuring there are no surprises. 💼 Your Dream Job is a Click Away Whether you're a seasoned traveling healthcare professional or just starting your journey, TLC Travel Staff bridges the gap between you and your next fulfilling assignment. Begin your search with us and step into a world of unparalleled opportunities.

Your Path to the Next Adventure Starts Here!

Embarking on your next healthcare journey with TLC Travel Staff has never been simpler. Follow our streamlined steps to pave your way to countless opportunities: Step 1: Begin with Basics Kick start your journey by filling out our user-friendly form. It's designed to capture essential information without overwhelming you. Step 2: Showcase Your Expertise Upload your updated resume. Let us delve into your skills, experiences, and aspirations. Remember, the more we know about you, the better we can match you to your dream assignment. Step 3: Fast-Track with Auto Save Midway through and got distracted? Don’t worry! Our auto-save feature ensures you won't lose any information. Return anytime, pick up where you left off, and finalize your application. Once done, a confirmation email will be dispatched to your registered email address, assuring your application's successful submission. And just like that, in a few easy steps, you're on your way to new horizons with TLC Travel Staff.

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Skills Checklist: Showcase Your Proficiency

Ready to highlight your expertise? Your skills checklist is not just a formality; it's a testament to your experience and proficiency in your specialty. By ensuring your skills checklists are kept up-to-date, you’re not only positioning yourself as a top candidate, but you're also helping us find the best fit for your unique abilities. What to Expect Updated Information: Ensure your checklist is no older than one year. The world of healthcare is continually evolving, and we want to ensure you're up-to-speed with the latest. Specialty Specific: Tailored your specialty, our checklists are designed to showcase the skills that are important to your specialty! Whether you're a neonatal nurse, a surgical tech, or any of the myriad roles in between, we have a place for your talent. Easy Upload Process: If you already have a skills checklist, simply pass it on to your dedicated recruiter. They'll ensure it's uploaded to our system, paving the way for your next opportunity. Need Help? Unsure about how to complete your skills checklist, don't see a checklist that's fitting enough to your role, or looking for insights into a specific skill? Reach out to us! We're here to assist and ensure your skills are presented in the best light. Remember, your skills checklist is more than just a document. It’s a reflection of your dedication, professionalism, and the value you bring to healthcare teams across the country. Let's get started on showcasing the best version of you!

Strengthen Your Profile with Trusted Voices

Provide References: At TLC Travel Staff, we understand that the most reliable testament to your skills and professionalism often comes from those who've seen you in action. By providing references, you give potential employers a clearer picture of your abilities and work ethic. How to Proceed? Who to Include: At the bare minimum, we require references from one Manager and one Shift Manager or Charge Nurse. For a stronger profile, consider including two Managers. Remember, these should be individuals who can vouch for your skills and performance in a healthcare setting. Reach Out: After you've entered your references, it's a smart move to give them a heads-up. A simple reminder can help them respond in a timely manner, accelerating your application process. Making It Count: Our platform allows for multiple references. More voices can sometimes mean a clearer picture. Increase your chances of standing out by including diverse perspectives from various roles or facilities you've worked with in the past.

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Unlock Your Next Adventure with TLC Travel Staff

Your skills, experience, and aspirations have brought you this far. Now, it's time to select where your journey takes you next. Dive into a world of exciting opportunities and tailor your travel nursing experience to fit your dreams. How It Works: Explore Opportunities: Browse through our diverse listings of assignments, each brimming with potential for growth, experience, and exploration. Personalize Your Choices: Whether you fancy the vibrant beat of a city hospital or the serene rhythm of a rural clinic, the choice is yours. Apply for the positions that resonate with your career and life goals. Maximize Your Chances: Remember, the more roles you express interest in, the higher your chances of landing an interview promptly. Stay Proactive: Once you've requested submissions, your application goes into the limelight. Be ready, as facilities are always on the lookout for exceptional talent like yours. Tip: Engage with your dedicated TLC recruiter during this phase. Their insights can be invaluable in guiding you towards assignments that align perfectly with your preferences and expertise.

Stay Updated: Keeping You In The Loop Every Step of the Way

At TLC Travel Staff, we understand the anticipation and excitement that comes with embarking on a new career journey. That’s why we’re committed to keeping you informed throughout the hiring process. Real-Time Notifications: Whether it's the status of your submission, feedback from interviews, or updates from facilities, we'll ensure you're the first to know. Our advanced system sends you timely notifications, so you're always in the know. Personalized Dashboard: Access your personalized dashboard anytime, anywhere. Track your application's progress, review feedback, and manage your preferences in one centralized place. Dedicated Recruiter Touchpoint: Every candidate is paired with a dedicated recruiter. They’re your direct line for any questions, updates, or feedback. Feel free to reach out and connect! Transparency is Key: We maintain an open channel of communication. If there are any changes, delays, or updates, you’ll be informed immediately. Your success and peace of mind are our top priorities. Stay connected, stay informed, and let’s journey together with TLC Travel Staff. 🌟

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Ace That Interview!

Your skills and credentials have caught the attention of a healthcare facility – now it's your turn to shine in the interview! Here's how to prepare: Research is Key: Understand the facility's background, values, and any recent news or achievements. This knowledge will not only help answer questions but will show your genuine interest in joining their team. Questions Prepared: While they're interviewing you, it's also your chance to interview them. Prepare questions that will help you understand your role, the team, and the facility's expectations. Dress the Part: Whether it's a video call or in-person meeting, present yourself professionally. Remember, first impressions count! Stay Calm, Stay Authentic: Interviews can be nerve-wracking, but remember they're interested in the real you. Be genuine in your responses, and don't hesitate to share your experiences and aspirations. Post-Interview Tip: If the interviewer hints at a job offer or if you have any follow-up questions, don't hesitate to get in touch with your TLC recruiter. We're here to support you every step of the way. The journey to your dream job is just an interview away. With preparation and confidence, you're all set to ace it!

Official Job Offer

Your Hard Work Has Paid Off! 🙌 The moment you've been waiting for is here. After thorough consideration, the facility has recognized your qualifications and dedication. Now it's time to make it official! Steps Forward: Review Carefully: Upon receiving your job offer via email, take the time to go through every detail. Understand the terms, benefits, and responsibilities that come with the position. Decide Promptly: Remember, these opportunities are in high demand. While we want you to be certain about your decision, it's essential to respond quickly. Often, facilities extend offers to more candidates than they have slots for, closing them once filled. Communicate: Once you've made your decision, notify us immediately. Whether you accept or decline, keeping the lines of communication open ensures clarity for all parties involved. Our Commitment: We stand by you throughout this process. If you have any questions or concerns about the offer, never hesitate to reach out. Our team is here to provide guidance, ensuring your next assignment is a perfect fit. Note: 🥳Celebrate this achievement! Every offer is a testament to your skills and dedication in the healthcare industry. We're proud to have you as part of the TLC Travel Staff family.

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Final Approval & First-Day Instructions

Gear Up for Your New Assignment! Your journey with TLC Travel Staff is about to embark on an exciting new chapter. Here's what to expect in this phase: Final Review by the Facility Before setting foot in your new assignment, our partnered facilities conduct a comprehensive review of your compliance package. This ensures a seamless integration of your skills and expertise into their system. We work closely with them to expedite this process and get you started as soon as possible. Receiving Your First-Day Instructions Your first day at a new assignment can be both exhilarating and nerve-wracking. We're here to make it as smooth as possible. Once the facility approves your documents, they'll relay to us your First-Day Instructions. Be Prepared for Last-Minute Information In the dynamic world of healthcare, sometimes facilities provide First-Day Instructions close to your start date. While this isn't the norm, it's a reality we're transparent about. We recommend always being on the lookout, especially if your start date is imminent. Ready to Dive In? Remember, this is an incredible opportunity to grow, learn, and make a difference in diverse healthcare environments. So, keep your scrubs ready, your confidence high, and your passion for healthcare burning bright. Need More Information? Your recruiter and our support team are always here to assist. If you have any questions about the facility, your role, or any other specifics, don't hesitate to reach out. We're committed to ensuring your transition is seamless.

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Compliance: Seamlessly Navigating Your Way

Navigating through document compliance is a crucial step, but at TLC Travel Staff, we're here to make it as straightforward as possible. Why It Matters: Your commitment to patient care is mirrored in the documentation you provide. It not only showcases your qualifications but also ensures that you meet both the gold standard set by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) and the specific expectations of your hiring facility. What You'll Need to Provide: Health Documents: These could range from your medical history, immunization records, to any specific health clearances the facility requires. Professional Certifications: Proof of your qualifications and any specializations you might have. Any Other Facility-Specific Requirements: Remember, each hospital or healthcare facility might have unique requirements that go beyond JCAHO standards. Guided Assistance: Feel overwhelmed? Don't be. Our dedicated compliance team is ready to assist every step of the way. From clarifying what's needed to ensuring all your documents are correctly uploaded, we're here to ensure a smooth transition. TLC Pro-tip: It's always a good practice to keep digital copies of all your credentials and health documents handy. This not only speeds up the compliance process but also ensures you're always ready for any new opportunities that might come your way. Remember, your diligence in ensuring document compliance is a testament to your commitment to excellence. Together, we'll ensure you're perfectly positioned to begin your assignment with confidence and peace of mind.


Start Your Assignment with TLC Travel Staff

Embark on Your Healthcare Journey! The moment you've been preparing for is finally here. With all formalities wrapped up, it's time to step into your new role and make a lasting impact. Here's what you can expect as you begin: Seamless Integration: Our partnerships with facilities ensure that you have a smooth transition on your first day. From introductions to initial tours, you'll feel right at home. Support Every Step of the Way: Remember, you're not alone on this journey. Your dedicated recruiter and our TLC Travel Staff team remain just a call away, ready to assist, advise, or even just to hear about your first day. Continued Learning: Embrace this opportunity to grow. Each assignment brings with it new experiences, challenges, and insights. Make the most of them, and remember, every day is a learning opportunity. Community Engagement: As a member of the TLC Travel Staff family, you're now part of a broader community of traveling healthcare professionals. Engage, connect, and share experiences. The bonds you form now can last a lifetime. Feedback Loop: We strive for excellence, and your feedback drives us. Share your on-ground experiences, the highs and the lows. Your insights help us tailor future assignments, ensuring even better compatibility and satisfaction. As you embark on this exciting chapter, carry with you the TLC ethos of care, commitment, and professionalism. Here's to new beginnings, transformative experiences, and the countless lives you'll touch. Welcome to your assignment. Shine on! 🌟

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Recruitment for the Travel & Hospitality industries.

Welcome to Travel Staff’s TEMP SOLUTIONS, designed to support Travel Companies to fill temporary roles. Let us help you find what you’re looking for. If you need it, we’ve got it. If we don’t, we’ll find it.

The Talent provided for Temp Assignments are frontline and back-office support individuals. Travel agents (Corporate or Leisure), Ticketing Agents, Support Agents, and TRAMS specialists. Assignments are filled with a minimum, one-month requirement. If an Employer is satisfied with a Temp’s performance, they have the option to hire the agent permanently.

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Choosing The Right TEMP For Your Business

We maintain a talent pool of veteran travel agents with expertise in different fields. therefore, you have options to pick the right type of travel agent you need to fit your business culture., corporate travel agent:.

Strong GDS proficiency, with experience working in a fast-paced environment, managing Corporate Travel itineraries (domestic and international).

Entertainment / Production Travel Agent:

With a minimum of 2 years experience managing Entertainment travel, these agents possess strong multi-tasking skills with a keen eye for detail. Ability to effectively handle many moving parts including: hotel rooming lists, direct billing, ground transportation, cargo, and airline negotiated fares.

Group Ticketing Agent:

Proficient in ticketing, including pricing/faring contractual airfares, ticket exchanges, reconstructing fares and filing refunds.

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Don't Believe Us, See What Our TEMPS Say:

“I've had a great experience with Travel Staff. In a short period of time they were able to find a perfect project that fit my skillset. The project was initially set for a few weeks, and has turned into a long-term project. The team at Travel Staff have been professional and a pleasure to work with - especially Imelda & Sylvia.”

– Carol Smith

“I hold Travel Staff in high regard due to their genuine professionalism and expertise - along with sincere, honest, kind and caring individuals such as Imelda Bermudez. I would recommend this top- notch company to anyone who is seeking job placement within the travel industry.”

– Michelle Johnson

"I've been associated with Travel Staff for many years. As a temp employee, I have been offered choice assignments at a very fair pay scale and they always had another position lined up immediately after the assignment was to end. I have enjoyed their monthly socials and I consider them all friends. It's truly a family that I have enjoyed working with."

– Robert McKee

“Thank you so much for helping me find great opportunities. You always match my interests and abilities for the perfect position. I am so grateful to have this great relationship with all of the staff members.”

– Theresa Robinson

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Exploring the Best Airline Employee Travel Platforms: StaffTraveler, ID90, and MyIDTravel

As airline employees, we are fortunate to have access to various online platforms that cater to our travel needs. This article will explore three popular platforms for airline employee travel: StaffTraveler , ID90 , and myIDTravel . Each platform offers unique features and benefits designed to enhance our staff travel experiences.

StaffTraveler: Near Real-Time Load Information at Your Fingertips

StaffTraveler is our platform that revolutionizes how you communicate and share information about non-rev travel. The app can be used on your desktop or mobile phone and offers near real-time load information. This allows you to assess seat availability on specific flights. You can make informed decisions about your travel plans by requesting and receiving load information from our colleagues from other airlines around the world. StaffTraveler boasts the world’s largest airline community, with members from all airlines. You can also use StaffTraveler to look for tips from other airline employees or to book travel services like hotels and car rentals. 

ID90: Your Gateway to Discounted Global Travel

ID90 refers to a type of discounted travel fare available to airline employees. It stands for “Industry Discount 90%.” This discount applies to both domestic and international flights operated by participating airlines. But in the context of this blog, we refer to a platform with the name ID90. 

Through the ID90 Travel platform, airline employees can search for and book discounted flights for themselves and their eligible travel companions. The platform connects with multiple airlines and provides access to industry discounts, including ID90 fares. With ID90, we gain access to a range of travel services, including flights, hotels, car rentals, and cruises. It serves as a one-stop shop, connecting us with discounted travel opportunities across multiple airlines.

It’s important to note that ID90 Travel is not affiliated with any specific airline but serves as an intermediary between airlines and airline employees. The platform verifies the employment status of users to ensure eligibility for discounted travel options.

MyIDTravel: Non-Rev Bookings platform

Created by Lufthansa Systems, MyIDTravel is an online portal tailored specifically for airline employees to book non-revenue (non-rev) staff travel tickets. It is designed for internal use within our airline or its alliance partners. The platform enables you to manage your non-rev bookings, view flight schedules, and check seat availability on your own airline and participating airlines. 

MyIDTravel either caps the number of available seats or uses smiley faces to indicate the availability of seats on a particular flight. A happy smiley represents a higher availability of seats, while a sad smiley indicates limited availability or no open seats. However, it’s important to note that smiley faces on MyIDTravel have been known to be unreliable. They may not always accurately reflect the actual availability of seats on a flight. It is therefore recommended that airline employees verify seat availability with the airline directly or use StafTraveler to get accurate and up-to-date flight loads while making travel plans.

StaffTraveler, ID90, and myIDTravel are valuable online platforms catering to airline employee travel. ID90 offers a comprehensive interline travel experience, connecting us with discounted options across multiple airlines globally. On the other hand, myIDTravel provides a convenient internal portal for non-rev bookings within our airline and alliance partners. Lastly, StaffTraveler enhances our non-rev travel experience with load information and city tips shared by fellow airline employees.

The Best The Best Online Airline Employee Travel Platform

As airline employees, we find online platforms incredibly helpful in maximizing our non-rev privileges. StaffTraveler, in particular, is an invaluable tool that perfectly caters to our unique travel needs, whether we’re discovering new destinations or planning a visit back home. If you haven’t tried StaffTraveler yet, download it now for free.

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Our 20 Best Moscow Tours of 2022

Join us on an unforgettable tour to Moscow, the capital of Russia. Imagine visiting Red Square, St. Basil’s the Kremlin and more. Moscow is one of Europe’s most vibrant cities and one of Russia’s most historical. All of our tours to Moscow are fully customizable and can be adjusted to fit any budget. Our most popular tours are listed below. Please click on the tour details to learn more or contact us for more information about our Moscow tours using the form at the side of the page. You can also schedule a call with one of our Russian travel specialists to learn more.

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Classic Moscow

This is our most popular Moscow tour that includes all the most prominent sights. You will become acquainted with ancient Russia in the Kremlin, admire Russian art in the Tretyakov Gallery, listen to street musicians as you stroll along the Old Arbat street, and learn about Soviet times on the Moscow Metro tour.



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A Week in Moscow

This tour is a perfect choice for those who wish to get to know Moscow in depth. One of the highlights of this package is the KGB history tour which gives an interesting perspective on the Cold War. You will also have time for exploring the city on your own or doing extra sightseeing.

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Weekend in Moscow

This tour is a great way to get acquainted with the capital of Russia if you are short of time. You will see all the main attractions of the city, the most important of which is the Kremlin - the heart of Russia. The tour starts on Friday and can be combined with a business trip.

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Group Tour Moscow Break by Intourist

Russia's capital has so much to offer, from the Kremlin and the Metro to the Old Arbat street and the Tretyakov Gallery. Besides these sites, you will also visit a fascinating country estate which today is quite off the beaten path, Gorky Estate, where the Soviet leader Lenin spent the last months of his life.

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Kolomenskoye Tour with transport

The history of Kolomenskoye stretches back for centuries. In 1380, Dmitri Donskoi’s army passed through Kolomenskoye on their way to the Kulikovo battlefield, and it was...

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Kremlin, Red Sq., Cathedrals & Armory Tour

The Kremlin is truly a fascinating structure, at the same time it is an ancient tower, the city’s former military fortification, a palace, an armory, the sovereign treasury...

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Kremlin, Red Sq., Cathedrals, Armory, Diamond Fund Tour

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Old Arbat walking tour

You will be told of the street’s interesting history and view the street’s artisan culture. You will also have the opportunity to view and purchase souvenirs from the...

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Tour to Sergiev Posad with transport

Considered by some to be the Russian Vatican, Sergiev Posad is the temporary residence of the Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church. The Trinity St. Sergius Monastery (Lavra)...

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Tour to Kuskovo with transport

The Kuskovo Estate often called the Moscow Versailles due to its perfectly preserved French park, is an example of an 18th century, luxurious Moscow summer residence. Its history...

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Tour to Tsaritsyno with transport

The Tsaritsyno Estate is located in the southern part of Moscow. The estate was constructed for Catherine the Great by the Russian architects Bazhenov and Kazakov in a romantic...

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Moscow Metro and Old Arbat Tour

The Moscow Metro is one of the largest and most grandly built metro systems in the world. It was meant to be a showcase of the Soviet Union’s achievements for both the Russians...

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Vodka Museum Tour with transport (excursion and vodka tasting)

Vodka is an important component of Russian life, an element of national identity and everyday culture. We invite you to visit the Vodka Museum and feel the atmosphere of long-gone...

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Mikhail Bulgakov Apartment Museum

This apartment museum located close to Patriarch Ponds became the prototype of the "bad apartment" described in the novel "The Master and Margarita." Currently the museum's...

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Kremlin, Red Sq., Cathedrals & Diamond Fund Tour

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The State Museum of Lev Tolstoy Tour

Take this opportunity to learn more about the Russian writer Lev Tolstoy. During the visit to the museum you will see part of a vast collection of exhibits connected to Tolstoy...

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Novodevichy Convent Tour with transport

Tour of the Novodevichy Monastery. Founded in 1524 by Grand Prince VasiliIoanovich, the original convent was enclosed by fortified walls and contained 12 towers. The structure...

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City Tour with Visit to St. Basils & Red Sq. with transport

Panoramic City Tour. This Moscow tour is a great start to your trip and the best way to get acquainted with many of the city’s major highlights. Our professional guide will...

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City Tour of Moscow

Head to the heart of Moscow with a professional guide on a 4-hour private walk through the city center. See Tverskaya and Old Arbat streets, Theatre Square with the world-famous...

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Kremlin, Red Square and Cathedrals Tour

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KGB Tour with transport

This is a very interesting and insightful tour. You will visit places connected with Stalin’s terror - a time of great repression and fear. You will be shown monuments to...

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Soviet and Post-Soviet Moscow Tour

The tour begins with a drive or walk down Tverskaya Street – a Soviet masterpiece. In the years of Soviet power, Tverskaya began to undergo a transformation: it was widened...

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Tretyakov State Gallery Tour

This world-famous gallery contains masterpieces of Russian art beginning in the 10th century up until today. You will view exquisite Russian icons and paintings from the 18th and...

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Jewish Heritage of Moscow Tour

This tour offers a detailed look into the history and present-day life of the Jewish community of Moscow. On the tour, you will visit sites connected with the cultural and religious...

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Vodka Museum Tour with transport (excursion only)


Lena, our guide in Moscow was excellent. She was very knowledgable and could answer any question we had for her. We liked that she could pick up on our interests and take us places we might not have thought of to go. When we realized that one of the places we had chosen to see would probably not be that interesting to us, she was able to arrange entry to the Diamond Fund and the Armoury for us. Riding the Metro with Lena was a real adventure and a lot of fun. In Saint Petersburg we found Anna well versed in the history of the Tsars and in the Hermitage collection. Arkady in Veliky Novgorod was a very good guide and answered all of our questions with ease. Novgorod was perhaps a long way to go for a day trip, but we did enjoy it. Vasily was a great driver to have and kept us safe with good humour and skill. We enjoyed ourselves so much, my daughter says she is already planning to return. We would both have no hesistation to recommend ExpresstoRussia to anyone we know.

Just wanted to let you know that My grandson Bruno and I couldn´t have been more pleased with our week in Moscow (6/15 - 6/21). We were absolutely enchanted with the whole experience, including getting lost a couple of times in the Metro during our free time. Although both our guides (both Eleanas) were excellent, I would particularly commend the first one (she took us to the Tatiakov, the KGB tour, and to that beautiful cemetery where so many great Russian artists, authors, composers, musicians, militarists, and politicians are buried). Her knowledge is encyclopedic; and her understanding of today´s Russia as a product of its past was, for us, truly enlightening. I will be taking another tour in Russia, with my wife, within the next two or three years. I will be in touch with you when the time comes. Meanwhile, I will refer you to other potential visitors to Russia as I meet them.

Tours to Moscow

Our Moscow tours are land only meaning that you arrange your own air travel to Russia and our expert staff meets you at the airport and handles everything else from there. Our online Airline Ticket booking system offers some of the most competitive rates to Russia available on the web so if you need tickets, please visit our Russian air ticket center . Rest assured that you will be taken great care of on one of our Moscow tours. Express to Russia has a fully staffed office in Moscow that will help to make your visit fun, informative and unforgettable. Please remember that of all these tours are private and can be adjusted to your taste. You can add, replace or skip some sights; you can add more days to the package or cut the tour short. Our specialists will be glad to help you create the tour of your dreams!

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Moscow, a City Like No Other

Moscow is Russia’s largest city with a population of between 12 and 13 million. It is also Europe’s largest city and when you visit Moscow, you can feel it. The layout and architecture of the city is eclectic, ranging from crooked, ancient streets and alleyways to wide, bustling boulevards, from medieval churches to Stalin skyscrapers and to modern, glass buildings towering over everything and of course in the center of it all is the Kremlin and the magnificent Red Square. Moscow is also home to a fantastic, efficient and very beautiful metro system – each station having its own special design. In fact, Express to Russia’s Moscow metro tours and excursions are some of our most popular attractions that we offer. On our Moscow tours, you will see this and more.

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Moscow Tours centering on Russian History

Moscow has a long and interesting history and has been the capital of Russia in many of its different iterations – capital of the Grand Duchy of Moscow , the Russian Empire and of course the Soviet Union (who could ever forget the Soviet Union?). Moscow, was founded in the 12th century by Prince Yuri Dolgaruki (Yuri of the long arms – he really did have long arms!). From that time on, it was home to the Russian Tsars until Peter the Great moved the capital to St. Petersburg in 1703. The city has survived invasions and sieges from the Mongols, the Tartars, the Poles, Lithuanians and Napoleon but has always persevered. Our Moscow tours will enlighten you on this great history and give you insights into Muscovites and their unique culture. Our Moscow tours show you what the city is like today but also brings to life the past. Moscow never seems to sleep and is bursting with energy. A Moscow tour with Express to Russia is truly the best way of getting to know Russia’s largest and most vibrant city.

Frequently Asked Questions From Our Travelers

What is the best time to visit moscow.

Any time of year is fine depending on what you plan to do. Summertime is pleasantly warm, ideal for exploring the city and its vibrant atmosphere, but Moscow will be much busier and accommodation is more expensive. Winter can be quite cold but beautiful nonetheless, and this is unproblematic if you intend to spend most of your trip in museums and galleries. There are also various festivals and events organised throughout the year. For more information about the best time to visit, read our guide

How many days are enough in Moscow?

If you plan your itinerary strategically and aren’t averse to a packed schedule, you can cover Moscow’s main sights over a long weekend. Most popular attractions are in the city centre, and the Moscow Metro allows you to cover much ground in a small amount of time. Ensure that your accommodation is fairly central and book tickets in advance, so that you can make the most of your days. For an informative and well-organised day out, check out our Moscow day tours with options to suit all interests.

Do they speak English in Moscow?

As Russia’s capital city, tourists are well accommodated in Moscow. There should be English-speaking staff in restaurants, bars, hotels, shops and attractions in tourist hotspots, and there are also English-speaking tourist police. Transport services have English translations on their maps and English announcements via intercom; alternatively, order taxis from the Yandex Taxi app (Russian Uber), though it’s unlikely that your taxi driver will speak English. If you get stuck and cannot communicate, it’s fine to use Google Translate.

Is it safe to travel to Moscow?

It is no less safe to travel to Moscow than to any European city if you exercise common sense and look after your belongings. As with every city some regions can be more unsavoury than others, but no tourist attractions are located there. The traffic in Moscow is notorious, so exercise caution when crossing roads. Do not take unlicensed taxis; book in advance or take public transport, which is widespread and perfectly safe. If you encounter any problems, look for the special tourist police who can help you. For more information, read our guide about staying safe in Russia .

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Duke Travelers  - Undergraduates, Medical Residents and House Staff only  - wishing to visit a location on the Duke Restricted Regions List (RRL) must petition at least 30-days in advance of their intended travel dates for a waiver of the restriction. Programs, units and schools who sponsor, fund or coordinate travel must ensure that students have been granted a waiver of the Duke restriction and have fulfilled all of the subsequent requirements prior to allowing travel. Faculty and Staff who work with student travelers should stay apprised of the destinations which have restrictions placed on them..

A completed petition packet should include the following six items:

  • The program at Duke University that is sponsoring, giving credit, funding, or otherwise approving the trip;
  • The specific location or locations that will be visited and the dates you plan to be there;
  • The activities in which the student will be engaging;
  • A personal statement about the reasons for the trip, why it is academically or otherwise justified, and why the traveler believes the risk will not be excessive.  This statement should include any language skills or cultural knowledge that the traveler has that is applicable to the proposed destination and/or the activity;
  • A risk mitigation strategy (students should study their destination, identify as many risks as they can and note how they plan to handle them if they were to occur); and
  • Any supporting documentation or statements from relevant personnel (e.g., faculty, program sponsors, people at host institution, etc.).

Processing of petitions can take up to 1-month for a decision as GTAC and/or the Provost engage in-country and/or faculty/staff experts on the destination in order to gather input related to the proposed activity, location and on-the-ground contacts/entities. All decisions made by the Provost on petitions are final.   If/when the petition is approved, the student and, for Undergraduate petitioner's, a parent/guardian will be required to sign/remit a n "Acknowledgement of Risks and Potential Harms, Agreement to Mitigate Risks & Waiver and Release of Liability" form prior to departure.  This form will be sent following the notice of approval of the petition. The student is also required to register his/her travel in the Duke University Travel Registry in order to be considered in full compliance with Duke's International Travel Policy. Both the student and funding/coordinating unit will be notified when the petitioner has fullfilled all of the requirements.

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The 2024 Winners of the Newman Exploration Travel Awards

Washington University Libraries are thrilled to announce the winners of this year’s Newman Exploration Travel Fund Award .

The NEXT Award program is intended to support Washington University students, faculty, and staff who wish to explore this vast world. Travel is a valued means to expand one’s horizons and inspire growth, excellence, and innovation while pursuing both personal and professional goals.

A total of eight applicants won the 2024 NEXT awards. Awardees include undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and staff members.

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Ava Giere is an Arts & Sciences student, majoring in comparative literature and political science with a minor in English. She will travel to the United Kingdom, Belgium, Austria, Switzerland, and Estonia to do a comparative study of their democratic structures and systems of governance.

Antoinette Manteau is majoring in the Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology program and history with a minor in architecture. She will visit Quebec City in Canada and regions in France to explore French-speaking communities globally, from two perspectives: minority French speakers in majority English areas and minority non-French speakers within primarily French–speaking areas.

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Muad Al Juhany is studying in the JSD program at the School of Law. He will travel to American cities with Arabic names such as Medina, Ohio, Mecca, California, and Cordoba, California, among other places. Al Juhany’s project aims to document and critically assess the impact of Arabic names, symbols, and cultural practices on selected U.S. cities’ social and cultural identities.

Tyler Cargill is a PhD candidate in Energy, Environmental, and Chemical Engineering. He will travel to various places in Tanzania and Kenya to reconnect with the Swahili language and explore the historical production and reconceptualization of textiles by East Africans.

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Stan Braude, professor of biology and environmental studies, will visit Oxford and Cambridge, and other places in the UK, tracing the journey of Frederick Law Olmstead, who is known as the father of landscape architecture and crafted the first plan for the WashU campus in 1895. Braude will explore England’s parks, gardens, and university campuses to understand Olmstead’s aesthetic, which will inspire the design of green spaces around the new Arts & Sciences building west of Olin Library.

Jennifer Colten is a photographer and senior lecturer at the Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts. She will travel to the Republic of Georgia to study and photograph ancient darbazi dwellings and the surrounding landscapes to illuminate their significance through history and the present day.

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Madeleine Frank is a science writer in the Department of Biology. She will explore American landscapes for a book project.

Katelyn McConnell is a project manager in the Office of the Provost. She will travel to different cities in Germany to understand their history and impact on her grandmother’s life and experiences before she immigrated to America.

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WASHINGTON – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced today an upcoming fee change for some of its most popular Trusted Traveler Programs (TTP).

On April 2, a final rule was published in the Federal Register , harmonizing the fees for the NEXUS , Global Entry, and SENTRI programs, better reflecting the program costs. The new fees, which have not been updated in over 15 years, will go into effect October 1, 2024. As these programs have matured and expanded, updating the fee structures is critical to the continuation and management of the programs.

Once the rule goes into effect, applicants under the age of 18 will be exempt from the application fee when a parent or legal guardian is already a member of, or concurrently applying for NEXUS, SENTRI, or Global Entry. SENTRI, which allows expedited clearance for pre-approved, low-risk travelers entering the United States using dedicated primary lanes at Southern land border ports, will move from an “a la carte” fee structure to a uniform fee of $120, which will be collected in full when each application is submitted. The fees for NEXUS, a joint program managed by CBP and Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) that allows dedicated processing between the U.S. and Canada, will increase from $50 to $120, and Global Entry fees will increase from $100 to $120.

TTP supports CBP’s mission of securing U.S. borders while facilitating lawful travel and trade. Travelers must be pre-approved for TTP. All applicants undergo rigorous and recurring background checks and an in-person interview before enrollment. While a key goal of the programs is to expedite travelers through the process, members may still be selected for further examination when entering the United States. To maintain a strict standard in establishing TTP members as low-risk travelers, any violation of a program’s terms and conditions will result in the appropriate enforcement action and termination of the traveler’s membership privileges.

For more information on TTP, follow @CBP or visit .

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the comprehensive management, control, and protection of our nation’s borders, combining customs, immigration, border security, and agricultural protection at and between official ports of entry.

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Pittsburgh, the western Pennsylvania home to steel, sports and sandwiches with french fries and cole slaw packed within the bread , is supposedly a top travel destination, says one National Geographic writer.

The newly released “Here Not There” by Andrew Nelson  lauds the Rust Belt city of three rivers as an excellent alternative to fecal matter-filled San Francisco — a so-called destination dupe not worth the money or hassle, according to Nelson.

The author also boasted Detroit’s beach scene being comparable to Miami and that seeing a play in Cleveland, Ohio does “match the levels of New York City’s Broadway.”

“For those that haven’t been, Pittsburgh is a revelation — like San Francisco, it’s a mix of forward-thinking technology sectors mixed with some of the most historic and community-minded 19th Century neighborhoods found anywhere. And, of course, hills,” Nelson said, according to KDKA News .

Pittsburgh was ranked as a top travel spot for 2024.

Along with gorgeous views of the city’s promontories showcased on the Duquesne Incline cable car, Pittsburgh is also home to the nation’s steepest street — cobblestoned Canton Avenue .

After all, who needs the serpentine of Lombard Street when you can challenge gravity head to head?

Pittsburgh's hilly landscape was praised for making the city more attractive.

Nelson also praised cultural institutions like the Carnegie Museums and Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. Pittsburgh also relishes in the honor of being home to the second-best-ranked food festival across the states thanks to Picklesburgh .

Although that’s a big dill in the black and yellow town, locals may suggest hitting the Italian or many other international, renowned markets in the Strip District . The city’s Andy Warhol Museum is another hit as well.

“We have worked hard to position Pittsburgh as a travel destination that will surprise and delight visitors, and this designation showcases our destination’s ability to do just that,” said tourism council VisitPittsburgh’s president and CEO Jerad Bachar.

Pittsburgh has been working to become a tourist destination.

“Tucked away in the heart of the East Coast, Pittsburgh is a place where tech meets rec, Warhol meets whiskey and unexpected adventures abound.”

Still, for years the steel town has been a sports lovers’ destination beyond seeing the six-time Super Bowl champ Steelers. After all, it raked in $6.4B in tourism bucks during 2023, the TV channel reported .

From April to September, ballpark chasers routinely trek to see one of baseball’s most beloved at the riverfront and skyline displaying PNC Park, home of Roberto Clemente’s Pirates.

PNC Park, home of the Pirates is a destination of many baseball fans.

Though, unlike outside the Giants’ home of Oracle Park in San Fran, it takes more bravery to kayak in the Allegheny River to try and hawk a home run ball.

Even without Jaromir Jagr bobbleheads to show for it , hockey diehards also get their fill in watching the dynamic duo of Stanley Cup winners Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin with the Penguins. They just haven’t beaten the New York Islanders in a playoff series for over a decade.

Add Duquesne men’s basketball to that citywide hype after they won the school’s first March Madness game since 1969 last month, too.

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Search and rescue efforts continue after 7.4 magnitude earthquake rocks Taiwan. Here's the latest

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Rescue workers stand near the site of a leaning building in the aftermath of an earthquake in Hualien, Taiwan, on April 3.

Rescuers are working to free dozens trapped after a 7.4 magnitude earthquake struck the east coast of Taiwan — causing landslides and collapsed structures.

At least nine people have died , more than 900 others are injured and over 100 buildings have been damaged.

The quake is the strongest to hit Taiwan in 25 years .

Here's what else we know:

  • The quake:  The earthquake  hit  at 7:58 a.m. local time, 18 kilometers (11 miles) south of the city of Hualien at a depth of 34.8 kilometers, according to the US Geological Survey.
  • Aftershocks : The quake was followed by 29 aftershocks greater than a magnitude of 4.0 near the epicenter of the earthquake in east Taiwan so far, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS). Tremors have been felt across the island, including in Taipei. Tremors as high as magnitude 7 are  expected  in the following days.
  • Hualien County:  The region where the quake struck, Hualien County, has a population of about 300,000, around 100,000 of whom live in the main city of Hualien. But many in the region live in remote coastal or mountain communities that  can be hard to reach , so it might take time to understand the extent of Wednesday's quake.
  • Trapped miners: Taiwan's national fire agency said that 71 people are trapped in two mines in Hualien.
  • Power cuts : More than 91,000 households were without electricity, according to Taiwan's Central Emergency Command Center.
  • Medical facilities: Hospitals across Taiwan’s capital , Taipei City, are operating normally despite being damaged by Wednesday’s earthquake, according to the Municipal Government.
  • US monitoring: The Biden administration is monitoring the earthquake in Taiwan overnight and is prepared to offer assistance, a National Security Council spokesperson said Wednesday. 

71 miners trapped in 2 mines in Taiwan after earthquake, national fire agency says

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Taiwan's national fire agency said that 71 people are trapped in two mines in Hualien after a powerful earthquake struck the island. 

In the Heping mine, there are 64 people trapped, and seven more are trapped in the Zhonghe mine, the fire agency said in a news conference on Wednesday. 

Video shows man swimming in a rooftop pool when massive earthquake hit 

When a magnitude of 7.4 earthquake rocked Taiwan on Wednesday, it struck during the morning commute.

Video shows highway roads shaking and even a man being heavily swayed and rocked on a rooftop pool.

Watch the moment here:

Taiwanese semiconductor facilities will resume production overnight following earthquake

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Limited (TSMC), the chipmaking giant, said on Wednesday that its facilities which were impacted by the 7.4 magnitude earthquake are expected to resume production overnight. 

TSMC reported that their overall tool recovery is at more than 70% within 10 hours of the earthquake striking the island. Safety systems are also operating normally, TSMC added.

The company noted that a small number of tools were damaged but that there was no damage to its extreme ultraviolet lithography (EUV) tools. Work at construction sites will resume after further inspections are complete, TSMC said.

Earlier, a TSMC spokesperson told CNN they had evacuated some manufacturing plants. All personnel are now safe, TSMC said in an update.

Biden administration monitoring Taiwan earthquake, White House says

From CNN's Sam Fossum

The Biden administration is monitoring the earthquake in Taiwan overnight and is prepared to offer assistance, a National Security Council spokesperson said Wednesday. 

"We are monitoring reports of the earthquake impacting Taiwan and continue to monitor its potential impact on Japan. The United States stands ready to provide any necessary assistance. All those affected are in our prayers," a statement from National Security Council spokesperson Adrienne Watson said.

7 major earthquakes have hit Taiwan over the last 50 years

The 7.4 magnitude earthquake that killed at least nine people and injured hundreds Wednesday, is the strongest to hit Taiwan in 25 years .

Over the last 50 years, the island has experienced a total of seven major earthquakes, the last being a 7.1 magnitude quake in 2006 in Pingtung County in southern Taiwan.

The island sits on the Pacific Ring of Fire , which makes it prone to earthquakes.

See a full list of the earthquakes that have hit Taiwan:

29 aftershocks above 4.0 magnitude have occurred near epicenter since earthquake, US Geological Survey says

From CNN's Sara Tonks 

There have been 29 aftershocks greater than a magnitude of 4.0 near the epicenter of the earthquake in east Taiwan so far, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS).

Of these aftershocks:

  • One was above 6.0
  • 13 have been at or above 5.0
  • 14 have been above 4.0.

Forecast during recovery efforts: Tonight's forecast in Hualien City, near the epicenter, calls for increasing cloud coverage. Thursday is looking at mostly cloudy skies with afternoon showers and rain Thursday night and Friday during the day.

Rainfall totals should be relatively light for Taiwan, with models calling for under 25 mm (less than 1 inch) by Friday evening local time.

Watch landslide engulf road after 7.4 magnitude earthquake hits Taiwan

A dashcam camera has caught the moment a large landslide came down a mountain in Taiwan, triggered by a 7.4 magnitude earthquake on Wednesday morning.

The quake is the strongest to have rattled the island in 25 years, killing at least nine people and leaving more than 150 trapped.

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Boeing's CEO is leaving: What does that mean for the plane manufacturer?

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Boeing CEO Dave Calhoun is set to step down by the end of the year, and he’s not the only one. Other top executives are leaving the company as questions of safety mar its reputation after an Alaska Airlines 737 Max lost a door plug midflight in January.

Experts said travelers first need to know that Boeing planes largely remain safe , but only time will tell if the company’s C-suite shakeup results in real, positive change.

“It’s a headline change. I’m not sure it makes a difference on the factory floor, and that’s really where the value or the damage is created,” Robert W. Mann, Jr., a former airline executive officer and current president of R. W. Mann and Company, an independent airline consultancy, told USA TODAY. “It’s changing the motivation structure, which has favored rate of production over absolute quality. At the same time, they’re pushing to increase production rates. They have to demonstrate they can produce quality before they can think about producing at higher rates. If this change contributes to that, wonderful; if it doesn’t, they are where they are, and they’re going to be there for a long time.” 

But that kind of culture change can be hard to implement in a company as sprawling as Boeing.

“A new CEO will feel vulnerable. They will want to show that they can implement quick fixes; they’ll want to show immediate results. The problem is not going to be fixed by quick fixes,” said Ashley Fulmer, an assistant professor of management at the Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University. Fulmer’s research focuses on trust in business, and she said Boeing’s new CEO will have a long way to go to restore the company’s reputation.

"The issue for the public, especially, is that it’s kind of a show for accountability, but the question now we’re asking is: Who is really responsible?” Fulmer said. “We need to see more tangible evidence of accountability.” 

For Robert Clifford, senior partner at Clifford Law in Chicago, changes at Boeing couldn’t happen soon enough.

Clifford represents the families of victims of the Lion Air and Ethiopian Airlines 737 Max 8 crashes in 2018 and 2019 in their litigation against Boeing. He said that he and his clients are gratified to see executives held accountable but that more changes are needed at the manufacturer.

“The families from the Max 8 disasters have been calling for a cleaning of the house of the C-suite for some time. It’s finally coming. It’s here,” he said. “This is not a day to rejoice; this is a day for a reckoning of what should have occurred long ago.” 

Experts agreed Boeing needs to return to its roots as an engineering-first company that prioritizes the quality of its products over shareholder returns. 

“You can be a good company without having just focus on the bottom line. They’re not mutually exclusive concepts,” Clifford said.

Mann added that Stephanie Pope’s appointment to lead Boeing’s Commercial Airplane division is curious and likely to come under scrutiny because she does not have an engineering background.

“If there’s a consistent complaint at this point, whether it’s commercial or space or any other aspect of (Boeing’s) business, it’s that they don’t have the engineering people to oversee (production),” he said. “It’ll be a long time before anything really changes.”

Cruising Altitude: I've covered Boeing's 737 MAX for years. A quick rundown of the issues

The leadership change comes as a Justice Department criminal investigation into Boeing is seemingly expanding. Passengers on the Alaska Airlines flight reportedly received letters from the FBI last week alerting them that they may be victims of a crime.

Clifford said that he has seen copies of the letter and it contained few details about the exact nature or scope of the investigation but that it was still an encouraging sign the government is taking Boeing’s problems seriously.

“In product liability litigation circles, there’s this concept of graveyard engineering, that products get safer but only after people die,” he said. “Now we have these passengers of the two Max 8 crashes perished needlessly so, but now other people are getting recognized as potential victims. That’s one of the consequences that is a positive."

Mann emphasized that even as Boeing remains under intense scrutiny and upheaval at the top, travelers should be assured its planes are safe.

“I personally have the view that there are professionals there that want to do the right thing. That’s what keeps the industry as safe as it has become,” he said. “I have faith in airplanes and faith in the people operating them.” 

Clifford, the representative for Boeing crash victims, agreed its planes are safe but said he hopes the latest incidents create further incentive to improve the quality and oversight of its production lines.

“The Max 8 right now might be the safest plane in the sky because of the preventable deaths that occurred,” he said. “There will be a renewed focus, hopefully, on quality engineering at Boeing.”

Zach Wichter is a travel reporter for USA TODAY based in New York. You can reach him at [email protected]

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Despite the Soviet past, today’s Moscow is a dynamic, cutting-edge city – and the most populous in Europe. Well-heeled Muscovites flaunt their wealth by sipping Champagne with sushi at elite restaurants and shopping for designer labels at frighteningly expensive boutiques. Meanwhile, a growing middle-class has seen a proliferation of hip bars and trendy cultural centres.

While the Russian capital has striven to move on, recent tensions with the West have stirred up memories of the past. Moscow has previously led the way with protests against Vladimir Putin, but even with the tumbling ruble and economic sanctions, his popularity remains strong.

This doesn’t make Russia a no-go area, and Moscow – with its cosmopolitan, globe-trotting denizens – is not the formidable crucible often depicted. In summer, temperatures soar and the city’s vast parklands flourish. The historic Gorky Park received a complete makeover in 2012, installing free Wi-Fi and even a beach, while the Soviet behemoth that was the Rossiya Hotel has been demolished to make way for an ambitious central park.

Before that project comes to fruition, there is Red Square to marvel at, not least the mind-boggling St Basil’s Cathedral. Built by Ivan the Terrible in the 16th century, its multi-coloured domes and acid-trip patterns seem to defy logic. Nearby is the 14th-century Kremlin and seat of the tsars.

Indeed architecture is one of the city’s main attractions, especially for aficionados of Soviet buildings. All too many have been destroyed to make way for gleaming 21st-century skyscrapers, but Stalin’s unmistakable Seven Sisters still stand tall against the modern towers.

The city is naturally keen to celebrate its great writers, composers and artists too. This sophisticated city boasts world-class institutions like the Bolshoi Theatre, the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory and the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts.

As for nightlife, the city is becoming increasingly hedonistic – whether jazz, rock or vodka is your thing, there are plenty of options. Even the culinary circuit has come on leaps and bounds, though an evening at one of the city’s growing stable of world-class restaurants requires considerable investment. This is, after all, a capital of oligarchs.

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It's hard to imagine a more atmospheric place to stay than the 12-century precincts of the historic Danilovsky Monastery. Set amidst chapels and gardens, the hotel is a modern construction, but the rooms are comfortable and all have a view of the stately monastery buildings. There's a sauna and bar onsite too.

Hotel National

With perhaps the perfect Moscow location, overlooking the Kremlin, Hotel National offers a unique blend of history and luxury. Frescoed ceilings, Damask wallpaper, oil paintings and antique furniture all add to the classic Russian baroque experience. The best rooms afford splendid views of the Kremlin, and all have all the expected mod-cons, including Wi-Fi.

Swissôtel Krasnye Holmy

This eye-catching modernist hotel looms above the Moscow River. The most expensive rooms have sweeping views towards the Kremlin and the Seven Sisters, but they can be found from the hotel's rooftop bar too. There are 233 sleek rooms, all with flatscreen TVs and Wi-Fi access. There's also a spa, pool, gym and an organic restaurant.

Hotel Baltschug Kempinski

Facing the Kremlin across the Moskva River, the opulent Baltschug Kempinski is elegance incarnate. Rooms are lavish, with flowing drapes, piles of soft linen and every imaginable convenience, but it's the views of domes and spires across the river that steal the show. There's a plush restaurant with a view of St Basil's, plus a swish spa too.

Izmailovo (Gamma-Delta)

Constructed to accommodate visitors to the 1980 Olympics, the concrete towers of the Izmailovo boast a staggering 8,000 rooms. Institutional in atmosphere, and located far out in the northern suburbs, the hotel is handy for the enormous Izmaylovo Market and has decent city centre links. There are several onsite restaurants and in-room Wi-Fi is available too.

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Built in 1956 as a little sister to Stalin's Seven Sister skyscrapers, and intended as post-war headquarters for the secret police, Moscow's Peking Hotel is a heritage hotel with a small 'h', in a good location just northwest of the centre. Although slightly old-fashioned, its 130 rooms are comfortable enough, with satellite TV and en-suite bathrooms.

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Thinking of visiting Russia? When visiting such a famous city, one must, of course, visit the iconic landmarks first. Moscow has plenty of those, most of them in the center of the city, which is very well-planned for tourists. Once you’ve seen the sights that are on most travelers’ lists, it’s time to branch out and visit some of the lesser-known sites, and there are some fascinating places to see and things to do.

I know this list is long, but I just couldn’t help myself. You probably won’t have the time to see them all. But that’s okay. Just scroll through the list and choose what sounds the most interesting to you. Where possible, make sure to book in advance, as things can get crowded, especially during high season.

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1. The Red Square, Kremlin, And Surroundings

Red Square (Krasnya Ploshad) is the heart and soul of Russia, and where much of the country’s history has unfolded. This is the most famous landmark in Moscow and indeed the whole country, it’s an absolute must-do! The square is always full of people and has a rather festive atmosphere!

Saint Basil’s Cathedral

This is the famous church with the rainbow-colored, onion-domed roof. The cathedral was commissioned in the 1500s by Ivan the Terrible and according to legend, the Tsar thought it was so beautiful, that he ordered that the architect’s eyes be cut out afterward, so he could never build anything more beautiful! He wasn’t called Ivan the Terrible for no reason!

Lenin’s Mausoleum

The “love-it-or-hate-it” of tourist attractions in Russia. A glass sarcophagus containing the embalmed body of Russian revolutionary, Vladimir Lenin. It may seem a bit bizarre to display the mummy of a person, but it has been there for almost half a century and the 2.5 million visitors who come each year, clearly feel the queuing and thorough body search are worth it, to be in Lenin’s presence.

Pro Tip: no photos and no loud talking are allowed inside the Mausoleum.

Eternal Flame

There is an Eternal Flame in honor of an unknown soldier on the left side of Red Square. The hourly changing of the guards is worth seeing.

The Kremlin is the official residence of the Russian president. You can see it from the outside, or you can take an excursion to one of the museums located inside. This is the biggest active fortress in Europe, and holds a week’s worth of attractions! Once behind the 7,332-feet of walls, there are five squares, four cathedrals, 20 towers, various museums, and the world’s largest bell and cannon to see. Worth a special mention is the Armory Chamber that houses a collection of the famous Faberge Eggs.

Pro Tip: You can only go inside the Kremlin if you are part of a tourist group.

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2. Bolshoi Theatre

Bolshoi Theatre translates to “The Big Theatre” in Russian, and the building is home to both the Bolshoi Ballet and Bolshoi Opera — among the oldest and most famous ballet and opera companies in the world.

Pro Tip: It’s hard to get an inexpensive ticket, so if you’re reading well in advance of going to Moscow then try buying tickets on the official website . Last-minute tickets cost around $250 per person. If this is out of your budget, about an hour before a performance, you can try buying a ticket at the entrance from a reseller. Most can speak enough English to negotiate the price.

Tour the Bolshoi Theatre: You can take a group guided tour of the Bolshoi Theatre which focuses on the history and architecture of the theatre and behind the scenes. There’s an English language tour that lasts 2 hours and costs around $300 for a group of up to six.

GUM, a popular department store in Moscow

3. Luxury Shopping At GUM And TSUM

Russia’s main department store, GUM, has a stunning interior that is home to over 100 high-end boutiques, selling a variety of brands: from luxurious Dior to the more affordable Zara. Even if shopping is not on your Moscow to-do list GUM is still worth a visit; the glass-roofed arcade faces Red Square and offers a variety of classy eateries. TSUM, one of the biggest luxury malls in town, is right behind the Bolshoi and GUM. It’s an imposing building with lots of history, and worth a visit just for its design and its glass roof.

Christ the Savior Cathedral in Moscow

4. Christ The Savior Cathedral

This is one of Russia’s most visited cathedrals and is a newer addition to the gorgeous array of Muscovite cathedrals, but don’t let its young age fool you. After perestroika, in the early 90s, the revived Russian Orthodox Church was given permission to build a cathedral on this site. It did the location honors and built the largest temple of the Christian Orthodox Church. The façade is as grand as you’d expect, but it’s the inside that will mesmerize you, with its domes, gold, gorgeous paintings, and decor!

The cathedral is located just a few hundred feet away from the Kremlin and was the site of the infamous Pussy Riot protest against Putin back in 2012.

Pro Tip: Bring a shawl to cover your hair as is the local custom.

Gates at Gorky Park in Moscow

5. Gorky Park

Moscow’s premier green space, Gorky Park (Park Gor’kogo) is the city’s biggest and most famous park. There is entertainment on offer here for every taste, from outdoor dancing sessions to yoga classes, volleyball, ping-pong, rollerblading, and bike and boat rental in summer. In winter, half the park turns into a huge ice skating rink. Gorky Park is also home to an open-air movie theater and the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art. There is also Muzeon Art Park, a dynamic contemporary space with a unique collection of 700 sculptures. It is located right in front of Gorky Park.

6. Sparrow Hills Park

If you take a walk from Gorky Park, along the Moscow River embankment, you’ll end up in the city’s other legendary park, Sparrow Hills. Although the park doesn’t offer as many activities as its hip neighbor, it has a great panoramic view of the city

Pro Tip: You can take a free walking tour to all of the above attractions with an English-speaking guide.

River cruise in Moscow

7. River Cruising

One of the best ways to experience Moscow, and see all the famous landmarks, but from a different angle, is from the Moscow River. Take a river cruise. Avoid the tourist crowds. There are little nameless old boats that do the cruise, but if you are looking for a more luxurious experience take the Radisson Blu cruise and enjoy the sights with some good food and a glass of wine.

Moscow Metro station

8. Metro Hopping

Inaugurated in the 1930s, the Moscow Metro system is one of the oldest and most beautiful in the world. Started in Stalinist times, each station is a work of art in its own right. I’d recommend touring the stations between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. This way, you’ll be able to properly see it without the crowds. Ideally, I’d recommend taking a tour with a knowledgeable guide with GuruWalk, who will tell you stories of forgotten stations and how the history of the country is interconnected with the metro development. If going by yourself, then I definitely recommend checking out: Mayakovskaya, Ploschad Revolutsii, Kievskaya, Kropotkinskaya, Kurskaya, and Novoslobodskaya stations.

Visit the free Moscow Metro Museum: For real train enthusiasts, located in the southern vestibule of Sportivnaya station is a small free museum. Here you can take a peek into the driver’s cabin, see a collection of metro tokens from different cities, and see different models of a turnstile, traffic lights, escalator, and more.

Moscow State University at dusk

9. Moscow State University View

In his effort to create a grander Moscow, Stalin had seven skyscrapers built in different parts of town; they’re called the Seven Sisters. The largest of these buildings and the one with the best view is the main building of the Moscow State University. Although this is a little outside the city center, the view is more than worth it.

Izmailovsky Market in Moscow, Russia

10. Izmailovsky Market

Mostly known for the city’s largest flea market, the district of Izmaylovo is home to a maze of shops where you can get just about anything, from artisan crafts to traditional fur hats, handcrafted jewelry, fascinating Soviet memorabilia, and antiquities. It’s also one of Moscow’s largest green spaces. There are often no price tags, so be prepared to haggle a bit. Head to one of the market cafes for a warming mulled wine before continuing your shopping spree.

The History of Vodka Museum is found here, and the museum’s restaurant is the perfect place to sample various brands of the national drink.

Once you’ve covered the more touristy spots, Moscow still has plenty to offer, and the places below will also be full of locals! So for some local vibes, I would strongly recommend the spots below!

The skyscrapers of Moscow City

11. Moscow City

With a completely different vibe, Moscow City (also referred to as Moscow International Business Center) is like a mini Dubai, with lots of impressive tall glass buildings. Here is where you’ll find the best rooftops in towns, like Ruski Restaurant, the highest restaurant both in Moscow City and in Europe. Moscow City is great for crowd-free shopping and the best panoramic views of the city.

Art in the Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow

12. Tretyakov Gallery

Tretyakov Gallery started as the private collection of the Tretyakov brothers, who were 19th-century philanthropists. They gave their private collection to the government after their deaths. If there is just one museum you visit in Moscow, I recommend this one!

Tsaritsyno Museum Reserve, former residence of Catherine the Great

13. Tsaritsyno Museum-Reserve

Tsaritsyno was a residence of Catherine the Great more than two centuries ago. It became derelict during the Soviet era but has now been fully renovated. With its opulently decorated buildings, gardens, meadows, and forests, Tsaritsyno Park is the perfect place for a green respite in Moscow.

Kolomenskoye Museum-Reserve in Moscow

14. Kolomenskoye

A 10-minute metro ride from the city center is Kolomenskoe Museum-Reserve, where you can get an idea of what Russia looked like 200 years ago. You’ll find ancient churches (one dating back to the 16th century), the oldest garden in Moscow, and the wonderful fairytale wooden palace of Tsar Alexey Mikhailovich, father of Peter the Great.

Ostankino TV Tower in Moscow at night

15. Ostankino TV Tower

Built in 1967, Ostankino TV Tower was the tallest free-standing construction in the world at the time, it’s still the 8th tallest building in the world and the highest in Europe. It’s also the best observation deck, with a glass floor and 360-degree views. The speedy elevators take you 1,105 feet in next to no time.

Pro Tip: You need to book in advance; entrance is based on specific ticket times and the capacity is limited and only a certain number of tourists are allowed per day. Don’t forget your passport, you’ll need it to get through security.

The floating bridge of Zaryadye Park in Moscow

16. Zaryadye Park

Zaryadye is a newly opened, landscaped urban park so new you won’t find it in a lot of tour guides. The park is near Red Square and is divided into four climatic zones: forest, steppe, tundra, and floodplains, depicting the variety of climatic zones in Russia.

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17. Museum Of Soviet Arcade Games

Release your inner child playing on 66 arcade machines from the Soviet era! What a great way to spend a couple of hours when tired of visiting museums and palaces. The staff speaks excellent English and are happy to explain how the games work.

The rooftops of Moscow, Russia

18. Moscow Rooftop Tour

Take a 1-hour private Moscow rooftop tour with an experienced roofer. I can just about guarantee none of your friends will be able to say they’ve done it! For your comfort, I recommend wearing comfortable shoes. Take your camera, there are some amazing photo opportunities out there!

A pool at Sanduny Banya in Moscow

19. Sanduny Banya

This classical Russian bathhouse opened its doors in 1808 and is famous for combining traditional Russian banya services with luxurious interiors and service. If you enjoy spas and saunas, then you should experience a Russian bathhouse at least once in your life! Go with an open mind and hire a specialist to steam you as it’s meant to be done — by being beaten repeatedly with a besom (a leafy branch)! This is said to improve circulation, but is best done by a professional!

So there you have my list of things to do in Moscow. I could have gone on and on and on, but I didn’t want to try your patience! There are so many things to do in this vibrant city that you’ll definitely need to allocate several days for exploring.

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Travel Itinerary For One Week in Moscow: The Best of Moscow!

I just got back from one week in Moscow. And, as you might have already guessed, it was a mind-boggling experience. It was not my first trip to the Russian capital. But I hardly ever got enough time to explore this sprawling city. Visiting places for business rarely leaves enough time for sightseeing. I think that if you’ve got one week in Russia, you can also consider splitting your time between its largest cities (i.e. Saint Petersburg ) to get the most out of your trip. Seven days will let you see the majority of the main sights and go beyond just scratching the surface. In this post, I’m going to share with you my idea of the perfect travel itinerary for one week in Moscow.

Moscow is perhaps both the business and cultural hub of Russia. There is a lot more to see here than just the Kremlin and Saint Basil’s Cathedral. Centuries-old churches with onion-shaped domes dotted around the city are in stark contrast with newly completed impressive skyscrapers of Moscow City dominating the skyline. I spent a lot of time thinking about my Moscow itinerary before I left. And this city lived up to all of my expectations.

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Travel Itinerary For One Week in Moscow

Day 1 – red square and the kremlin.

Metro Station: Okhotny Ryad on Red Line.

No trip to Moscow would be complete without seeing its main attraction. The Red Square is just a stone’s throw away from several metro stations. It is home to some of the most impressive architectural masterpieces in the city. The first thing you’ll probably notice after entering it and passing vendors selling weird fur hats is the fairytale-like looking Saint Basil’s Cathedral. It was built to commemorate one of the major victories of Ivan the Terrible. I once spent 20 minutes gazing at it, trying to find the perfect angle to snap it. It was easier said than done because of the hordes of locals and tourists.

As you continue strolling around Red Square, there’s no way you can miss Gum. It was widely known as the main department store during the Soviet Era. Now this large (yet historic) shopping mall is filled with expensive boutiques, pricey eateries, etc. During my trip to Moscow, I was on a tight budget. So I only took a retro-style stroll in Gum to get a rare glimpse of a place where Soviet leaders used to grocery shop and buy their stuff. In case you want some modern shopping experience, head to the Okhotny Ryad Shopping Center with stores like New Yorker, Zara, and Adidas.

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To continue this Moscow itinerary, next you may want to go inside the Kremlin walls. This is the center of Russian political power and the president’s official residence. If you’re planning to pay Kremlin a visit do your best to visit Ivan the Great Bell Tower as well. Go there as early as possible to avoid crowds and get an incredible bird’s-eye view. There are a couple of museums that are available during designated visiting hours. Make sure to book your ticket online and avoid lines.

Day 2 – Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, the Tretyakov Gallery, and the Arbat Street

Metro Station: Kropotkinskaya on Red Line

As soon as you start creating a Moscow itinerary for your second day, you’ll discover that there are plenty of metro stations that are much closer to certain sites. Depending on your route, take a closer look at the metro map to pick the closest.

The white marble walls of Christ the Saviour Cathedral are awe-inspiring. As you approach this tallest Orthodox Christian church, you may notice the bronze sculptures, magnificent arches, and cupolas that were created to commemorate Russia’s victory against Napoleon.

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Unfortunately, the current Cathedral is a replica, since original was blown to bits in 1931 by the Soviet government. The new cathedral basically follows the original design, but they have added some new elements such as marble high reliefs.

Home to some precious collection of artworks, in Tretyakov Gallery you can find more than 150,000 of works spanning centuries of artistic endeavor. Originally a privately owned gallery, it now has become one of the largest museums in Russia. The Gallery is often considered essential to visit. But I have encountered a lot of locals who have never been there.

Famous for its souvenirs, musicians, and theaters, Arbat street is among the few in Moscow that were turned into pedestrian zones. Arbat street is usually very busy with tourists and locals alike. My local friend once called it the oldest street in Moscow dating back to 1493. It is a kilometer long walking street filled with fancy gift shops, small cozy restaurants, lots of cute cafes, and street artists. It is closed to any vehicular traffic, so you can easily stroll it with kids.

Day 3 – Moscow River Boat Ride, Poklonnaya Hill Victory Park, the Moscow City

Metro Station: Kievskaya and Park Pobedy on Dark Blue Line / Vystavochnaya on Light Blue Line

Voyaging along the Moscow River is definitely one of the best ways to catch a glimpse of the city and see the attractions from a bit different perspective. Depending on your Moscow itinerary, travel budget and the time of the year, there are various types of boats available. In the summer there is no shortage of boats, and you’ll be spoiled for choice.

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If you find yourself in Moscow during the winter months, I’d recommend going with Radisson boat cruise. These are often more expensive (yet comfy). They offer refreshments like tea, coffee, hot chocolate, and, of course, alcoholic drinks. Prices may vary but mostly depend on your food and drink selection. Find their main pier near the opulent Ukraine hotel . The hotel is one of the “Seven Sisters”, so if you’re into the charm of Stalinist architecture don’t miss a chance to stay there.

The area near Poklonnaya Hill has the closest relation to the country’s recent past. The memorial complex was completed in the mid-1990s to commemorate the Victory and WW2 casualties. Also known as the Great Patriotic War Museum, activities here include indoor attractions while the grounds around host an open-air museum with old tanks and other vehicles used on the battlefield.

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The hallmark of the memorial complex and the first thing you see as you exit metro is the statue of Nike mounted to its column. This is a very impressive Obelisk with a statue of Saint George slaying the dragon at its base.

Maybe not as impressive as Shanghai’s Oriental Pearl Tower , the skyscrapers of the Moscow City (otherwise known as Moscow International Business Center) are so drastically different from dull Soviet architecture. With 239 meters and 60 floors, the Empire Tower is the seventh highest building in the business district.

The observation deck occupies 56 floor from where you have some panoramic views of the city. I loved the view in the direction of Moscow State University and Luzhniki stadium as well to the other side with residential quarters. The entrance fee is pricey, but if you’re want to get a bird’s eye view, the skyscraper is one of the best places for doing just that.

Day 4 – VDNKh, Worker and Collective Farm Woman Monument, The Ostankino TV Tower

Metro Station: VDNKh on Orange Line

VDNKh is one of my favorite attractions in Moscow. The weird abbreviation actually stands for Russian vystavka dostizheniy narodnogo khozyaystva (Exhibition of Achievements of the National Economy). With more than 200 buildings and 30 pavilions on the grounds, VDNKh serves as an open-air museum. You can easily spend a full day here since the park occupies a very large area.

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First, there are pavilions that used to showcase different cultures the USSR was made of. Additionally, there is a number of shopping pavilions, as well as Moskvarium (an Oceanarium) that features a variety of marine species. VDNKh is a popular venue for events and fairs. There is always something going on, so I’d recommend checking their website if you want to see some particular exhibition.

A stone’s throw away from VDNKh there is a very distinctive 25-meters high monument. Originally built in 1937 for the world fair in Paris, the hulking figures of men and women holding a hammer and a sickle represent the Soviet idea of united workers and farmers. It doesn’t take much time to see the monument, but visiting it gives some idea of the Soviet Union’s grandiose aspirations.

I have a thing for tall buildings. So to continue my travel itinerary for one week in Moscow I decided to climb the fourth highest TV tower in the world. This iconic 540m tower is a fixture of the skyline. You can see it virtually from everywhere in Moscow, and this is where you can get the best panoramic views (yep, even better than Empire skyscraper).

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Parts of the floor are made of tempered glass, so it can be quite scary to exit the elevator. But trust me, as you start observing buildings and cars below, you won’t want to leave. There is only a limited number of tickets per day, so you may want to book online. Insider tip: the first tour is cheaper, you can save up to $10 if go there early.

Day 5 – A Tour To Moscow Manor Houses

Metro Station: Kolomenskoye, Tsaritsyno on Dark Green Line / Kuskovo on Purple Line

I love visiting the manor houses and palaces in Moscow. These opulent buildings were generally built to house Russian aristocratic families and monarchs. Houses tend to be rather grand affairs with impressive architecture. And, depending on the whims of the owners, some form of a landscaped garden.

During the early part of the 20th century though, many of Russia’s aristocratic families (including the family of the last emperor) ended up being killed or moving abroad . Their manor houses were nationalized. Some time later (after the fall of the USSR) these were open to the public. It means that today a great many of Moscow’s finest manor houses and palaces are open for touring.

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There are 20 manor houses scattered throughout the city and more than 25 in the area around. But not all of them easily accessible and exploring them often takes a lot of time. I’d recommend focusing on three most popular estates in Moscow that are some 30-minute metro ride away from Kremlin.

Sandwiched between the Moscow River and the Andropov Avenue, Kolomenskoye is a UNESCO site that became a public park in the 1920’s. Once a former royal estate, now it is one of the most tranquil parks in the city with gorgeous views. The Ascension Church, The White Column, and the grounds are a truly grand place to visit.

You could easily spend a full day here, exploring a traditional Russian village (that is, in fact, a market), picnicking by the river, enjoying the Eastern Orthodox church architecture, hiking the grounds as well as and wandering the park and gardens with wildflower meadows, apple orchards, and birch and maple groves. The estate museum showcases Russian nature at its finest year-round.

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If my travel itinerary for one week in Moscow was a family tree, Tsaritsyno Park would probably be the crazy uncle that no-one talks about. It’s a large park in the south of the city of mind-boggling proportions, unbelievable in so many ways, and yet most travelers have never heard of it.

The palace was supposed to be a summer home for Empress Catherine the Great. But since the construction didn’t meet with her approval the palace was abandoned. Since the early 1990’s the palace, the pond, and the grounds have been undergoing renovations. The entire complex is now looking brighter and more elaborately decorated than at possibly any other time during its history. Like most parks in Moscow, you can visit Tsaritsyno free of charge, but there is a small fee if you want to visit the palace.

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Last, but by no means least on my Moscow itinerary is Kuskovo Park . This is definitely an off-the-beaten-path place. While it is not easily accessible, you will be rewarded with a lack of crowds. This 18th-century summer country house of the Sheremetev family was one of the first summer country estates of the Russian nobility. And when you visit you’ll quickly realize why locals love this park.

Like many other estates, Kuskovo has just been renovated. So there are lovely French formal garden, a grotto, and the Dutch house to explore. Make sure to plan your itinerary well because the estate is some way from a metro station.

Day 6 – Explore the Golden Ring

Creating the Moscow itinerary may keep you busy for days with the seemingly endless amount of things to do. Visiting the so-called Golden Ring is like stepping back in time. Golden Ring is a “theme route” devised by promotion-minded journalist and writer Yuri Bychkov.

Having started in Moscow the route will take you through a number of historical cities. It now includes Suzdal, Vladimir, Kostroma, Yaroslavl and Sergiev Posad. All these awe-inspiring towns have their own smaller kremlins and feature dramatic churches with onion-shaped domes, tranquil residential areas, and other architectural landmarks.

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I only visited two out of eight cities included on the route. It is a no-brainer that Sergiev Posad is the nearest and the easiest city to see on a day trip from Moscow. That being said, you can explore its main attractions in just one day. Located some 70 km north-east of the Russian capital, this tiny and overlooked town is home to Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius, UNESCO Site.

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Sergiev Posad is often described as being at the heart of Russian spiritual life. So it is uncommon to see the crowds of Russian pilgrims showing a deep reverence for their religion. If you’re traveling independently and using public transport, you can reach Sergiev Posad by bus (departs from VDNKh) or by suburban commuter train from Yaroslavskaya Railway Station (Bahnhof). It takes about one and a half hours to reach the town.

Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius is a great place to get a glimpse of filling and warming Russian lunch, specifically at the “ Gostevaya Izba ” restaurant. Try the duck breast, hearty potato and vegetables, and the awesome Napoleon cake.

Day 7 – Gorky Park, Izmailovo Kremlin, Patriarch’s Ponds

Metro Station: Park Kultury or Oktyabrskaya on Circle Line / Partizanskaya on Dark Blue Line / Pushkinskaya on Dark Green Line

Gorky Park is in the heart of Moscow. It offers many different types of outdoor activities, such as dancing, cycling, skateboarding, walking, jogging, and anything else you can do in a park. Named after Maxim Gorky, this sprawling and lovely park is where locals go on a picnic, relax and enjoy free yoga classes. It’s a popular place to bike around, and there is a Muzeon Art Park not far from here. A dynamic location with a younger vibe. There is also a pier, so you can take a cruise along the river too.

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The Kremlin in Izmailovo is by no means like the one you can find near the Red Square. Originally built for decorative purposes, it now features the Vernissage flea market and a number of frequent fairs, exhibitions, and conferences. Every weekend, there’s a giant flea market in Izmailovo, where dozens of stalls sell Soviet propaganda crap, Russian nesting dolls, vinyl records, jewelry and just about any object you can imagine. Go early in the morning if you want to beat the crowds.

All the Bulgakov’s fans should pay a visit to Patriarch’s Ponds (yup, that is plural). With a lovely small city park and the only one (!) pond in the middle, the location is where the opening scene of Bulgakov’s novel Master and Margarita was set. The novel is centered around a visit by Devil to the atheistic Soviet Union is considered by many critics to be one of the best novels of the 20th century. I spent great two hours strolling the nearby streets and having lunch in the hipster cafe.

Conclusion and Recommendations

To conclude, Moscow is a safe city to visit. I have never had a problem with getting around and most locals are really friendly once they know you’re a foreigner. Moscow has undergone some serious reconstruction over the last few years. So you can expect some places to be completely different. I hope my one week Moscow itinerary was helpful! If you have less time, say 4 days or 5 days, I would cut out day 6 and day 7. You could save the Golden Ring for a separate trip entirely as there’s lots to see!

What are your thoughts on this one week Moscow itinerary? Are you excited about your first time in the city? Let me know in the comments below!


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Ann Snook-Moreau

Moscow looks so beautiful and historic! Thanks for including public transit information for those of us who don’t like to rent cars.

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Yup, that is me 🙂 Rarely rent + stick to the metro = Full wallet!

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Mariella Blago

Looks like you had loads of fun! Well done. Also great value post for travel lovers.

Thanks, Mariella!

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I have always wanted to go to Russia, especially Moscow. These sights look absolutely beautiful to see and there is so much history there!

Agree! Moscow is a thousand-year-old city and there is definitely something for everyone.

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Tara Pittman

Those are amazing buildings. Looks like a place that would be amazing to visit.

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Adriana Lopez

Never been to Moscow or Russia but my family has. Many great spots and a lot of culture. Your itinerary sounds fantastic and covers a lot despite it is only a short period of time.

What was their favourite thing about Russia?

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Gladys Parker

I know very little about Moscow or Russia for the\at matter. I do know I would have to see the Red Square and all of its exquisite architectural masterpieces. Also the CATHEDRAL OF CHRIST THE SAVIOUR. Thanks for shedding some light on visiting Moscow.

Thanks for swinging by! The Red Square is a great starting point, but there way too many places and things to discover aside from it!

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Ruthy @ Percolate Kitchen

You are making me so jealous!! I’ve always wanted to see Russia.

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Moscow is in my bucket list, I don’t know when I can visit there, your post is really useful. As a culture rich place we need to spend at least week.

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Looks like you had a great trip! Thanks for all the great info! I’ve never been in to Russia, but this post makes me wanna go now!

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Wow this is amazing! Moscow is on my bucket list – such an amazing place to visit I can imagine! I can’t wait to go there one day!

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The building on the second picture looks familiar. I keep seeing that on TV.

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Reesa Lewandowski

What beautiful moments! I always wish I had the personality to travel more like this!

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Perfect itinerary for spending a week in Moscow! So many places to visit and it looks like you had a wonderful time. I would love to climb that tower. The views I am sure must have been amazing!

I was lucky enough to see the skyline of Moscow from this TV Tower and it is definitely mind-blowing.

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Chelsea Pearl

Moscow is definitely up there on my travel bucket list. So much history and iconic architecture!

Thumbs up! 🙂

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Blair Villanueva

OMG I dream to visit Moscow someday! Hope the visa processing would be okay (and become more affordable) so I could pursue my dream trip!

Yup, visa processing is the major downside! Agree! Time and the money consuming process…

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    The team at Travel Staff have been professional and a pleasure to work with - especially Imelda & Sylvia." - Carol Smith "I hold Travel Staff in high regard due to their genuine professionalism and expertise - along with sincere, honest, kind and caring individuals such as Imelda Bermudez.

  10. Staff Travel Voyage

    What is the Staff Travel Voyage (STV) Platform? The STV platform is the world's largest one-stop direct connection for hotels to reach and educate the world's travel industry employees about their property. Reach over 5 million travel agents, tour operators, airline and key travel industry staff that are in a position to promote and Influence others about tourism products.

  11. Exploring the Best Airline Employee Travel Platforms: StaffTraveler

    Created by Lufthansa Systems, MyIDTravel is an online portal tailored specifically for airline employees to book non-revenue (non-rev) staff travel tickets. It is designed for internal use within our airline or its alliance partners. The platform enables you to manage your non-rev bookings, view flight schedules, and check seat availability on ...

  12. Staff Travel Voyage

    WHY ARE STAFF TRAVEL VOYAGE PRICES SO HIGHLY DISCOUNTED? This is because we are the world's largest and only 'truly global' travel industry employee travel benefit company, offering our deals to airline employees, travel agents and industry professionals living the world over (in 200 countries!). We have extraordinary buying power, and the ...

  13. iFly Staff

    Tech Support 24/7 on 13 88 84. Jetstar Group employees (current and former): Tech Support 24/7 on 1300 732 909 (Option 4) Tech Support can only assist with password resets and unlocks and cannot help with Staff Travel Bookings.

  14. Staff Travel Voyage

    Over 2000 amazing hotels and tours in over 200 countries at highly reduced travel industry rates. Exclusively and only for employees of travel agents, tour operators and airline employees and their families.Staff Identification I.D. required on check-in. Staff need to register/login to see and book our industry rates.

  15. What is staff travel?

    Staff travel is a benefit for (retired) airline employees, travel industry employees, their family members or close friends (often called "buddy passes"). Staff travel tickets can be purchased at a fraction of the costs of a standard ticket, but are only granted if there are unsold seats available. They are used extensively throughout the ...

  16. The 20 Best Moscow Tours for 2022

    This tour is a perfect choice for those who wish to get to know Moscow in depth. One of the highlights of this package is the KGB history tour which gives an interesting perspective on the Cold War. You will also have time for exploring the city on your own or doing extra sightseeing. $ 941 From/Per person. Details.

  17. March 25 Moscow concert hall attack

    4:05 p.m. ET, March 25, 2024. Putin says Moscow attack was carried out by "radical Islamists." But he also blames Ukraine. From CNN's Mariya Knight in Atlanta, Darya Tarasova and Sugam Pokharel in ...

  18. Petition Instructions for Waivers

    Petition Instructions. Duke Travelers - Undergraduates, Medical Residents and House Staff only - wishing to visit a location on the Duke Restricted Regions List (RRL) must petition at least 30-days in advance of their intended travel dates for a waiver of the restriction.Programs, units and schools who sponsor, fund or coordinate travel must ensure that students have been granted a waiver of ...

  19. The 2024 Winners of the Newman Exploration Travel Awards

    The NEXT Award program is intended to support Washington University students, faculty, and staff who wish to explore this vast world. Travel is a valued means to expand one's horizons and inspire growth, excellence, and innovation while pursuing both personal and professional goals. A total of eight applicants won the 2024 NEXT awards.

  20. CBP Announces Trusted Traveler Programs Fee Changes

    Tue, 04/02/2024. WASHINGTON - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced today an upcoming fee change for some of its most popular Trusted Traveler Programs (TTP). On April 2, a final rule was published in the Federal Register, harmonizing the fees for the NEXUS, Global Entry, and SENTRI programs, better reflecting the program costs.

  21. This surprising city was named top global destination by travel expert

    00:00. 00:45. Steelers country, let's ride! Pittsburgh, the western Pennsylvania home to steel, sports and sandwiches with french fries and cole slaw packed within the bread, is supposedly a top ...

  22. Taiwan earthquake with 7.4 magnitude is strongest in 25 years

    From CNN staff. The 7.4 magnitude earthquake that killed at least nine people and injured hundreds Wednesday, is the strongest to hit Taiwan in 25 years. Over the last 50 years, the island has ...

  23. What Boeing's leadership changes mean for travel safety

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  24. Moscow Travel Guide

    Behind the baroque facade, its minimalist rooms are cosy, and there's an onsite restaurant and an open-plan bar too. Staff speak excellent English and there's Wi-Fi access, a gym and a sauna. ... The World Travel Guide (WTG) is the flagship digital consumer brand within the Columbus Travel Media portfolio. A comprehensive guide to the world's ...

  25. 19 Unique And Fabulous Experiences In Moscow

    5. Gorky Park. Moscow's premier green space, Gorky Park (Park Gor'kogo) is the city's biggest and most famous park. There is entertainment on offer here for every taste, from outdoor dancing sessions to yoga classes, volleyball, ping-pong, rollerblading, and bike and boat rental in summer.

  26. Travel Itinerary For One Week in Moscow

    Day 6 - Explore the Golden Ring. Creating the Moscow itinerary may keep you busy for days with the seemingly endless amount of things to do. Visiting the so-called Golden Ring is like stepping back in time. Golden Ring is a "theme route" devised by promotion-minded journalist and writer Yuri Bychkov.