Lynda Peters review 15 Feb 2017
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?
Moscow in winter was beautiful. Even though it was January all the Christmas Lights and Markets were still there. Our guide in Moscow was very passionate about his heritage.
2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?
Make sure you have travel insurance which is valid in Russia. A day in a Russian hospital which involved surgery was very expensive.
3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
In the form of the tourist dollar.
4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?
Moscow was amazing. Our guide in Saint Petersburg did not talk to my adult daughter unless I was present. She just ignored her. When we missed the last day of the tour due to a medical emergency we left a message at the hotel desk for her to phone us, we never heard from her again. It was very disappointing when we were in a country where we did not speak the language. We would still recommend the tour to others.
Read the operator's response here:
I would like to thank you very much for your comment and your time. We do believe it will help us a lot to do our services better in the future. We also would like to insure you that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation.
As you might aware Mayor of Moscow Mister Sobyanin invests a lot into the cities’ infrastructure and also plants the city. Last year they opened new unique park Zaryadye in the heart of the city. Zaryadye is not simply a park. It is a new type of public space altogether, created by an international team of architects, engineers, landscape designers and other experts. Here the concepts of nature and technology, education and entertainment, history and modernity are united and complement each other. Throughout the course of Zaryadye’s centuries-old history its appearance has changed many times: from the first street of the Moscow Posad (settlement outside the fortified city), to the English Embassy, to a residence of the Tsar, a military garrison, a Jewish quarter and even a slum. At the start of the 20th Century in Zaryadye, construction began on the largest of Stalin’s towers, but the project was abandoned and in its place the hotel Rossiya was built, at that time the biggest hotel in the world.
For a long time after the hotel’s demolition, Zaryadye remained a featureless wasteland, fenced-off like a construction-site, before the decision to open a park at the location was made by President V. V Putin and the Mayor of Moscow, S. S. Sobyanin. Zaryadye was conceived as a new public space with the aim of filling the former void not only in a physical but also a symbolic sense. We do value tourist contribution into the welfare of our country.
We do appreciate your comment once again and we hope that that was not your last visit to Russia. You have so much more to explore and see.
Thank you very much!
Wish you a wonderful day!