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We're a holiday rental company and passionate about off the beaten path travel. These are our insider tips for the destinations where we offer holiday accommodation. We hope you enjoy reading it as much as we enjoy writing it!!

Best Organised Tours from St Petersburg City Centre

Travel Tips for St Petersburg
Best Organised Tours from St Petersburg City Centre

A city like St Petersburg can be very overwhelming at first glance: opulent palaces, formidable museums and grandiose buildings seem almost too grand to visit. Combine that with a rather tricky language to pick up, it can make even the briefest visit fraught with angst. Spending the first day or two on an organised tour of the city’s main attraction can certainly help you orientate yourself, and provide a brilliant introduction to Russia’s second largest city. So book your St. Petersburg holiday rental in the city centre and join one of our favourite tours. See it all in the comfort of a private vehicle and in the company of a knowledgeable English-speaking guide and you will have nay a thing to worry about. The Grand Tour From as little as £35 you can have your own personalised tour of the grand city and include almost all of the main attractions in juts a single, memorable, day. We particularly love these tours because they specialise in small group outings, thus maximising your time and the guide’s attention. Moreover, you can choose various add-ons, making it a breeze to design your day to suit your budget and desires. Aside the must-sees like the Winter ...

Top 3 historical attractions of Moscow’s Red Square

Travel Tips for Area: Red Square
Top 3 historical attractions of Moscow’s Red Square

Overwhelming, awe-inspiring and at times utterly confusing: these are possibly the best ways to describe Moscow. Yet many first time visitors soon notice an uncanny resemblance to London; both cities spread out far and wide, are not necessarily picturesque but both are brimming with effervescent vitality and a fast-paced personality. Modern skyscrapers blend in seamlessly with ancient and historic buildings, yet it’s the abundance of green spaces, and luminous Orthodox domed-churches, which makes Moscow an utterly unique European capital to visit. Red Square is the most historic centre of Moscow, and has been so for hundreds of years. The site of revolutions, executions, demonstrations and celebrations is the most central part of Russia, from where all of the country’s roads commence. Flanked by the colossal walls of the Kremlin, St. Basil’s Cathedral and GUM (Russia’s largest department store), Red Square is the beating heart of Moscow and an excellent base from where to explore the city centre and its surrounds. Book your holiday rental apartment near Red Square when next in Moscow and don’t miss visiting the three most historic attractions in Russia. St Basil’s Cathedral No building in Moscow is more prominent, or eye catching, than the nine-domed Cathedral of St. Basil’s ...

Most Opulent St Petersburg Palaces, Golden Triangle

Travel Tips for St Petersburg
Most Opulent St Petersburg Palaces, Golden Triangle

Step out of your plane in St Petersburg and you’ll soon realize that this Russian metropolis, like most others, does not do subtle. Au contraire mon amie, it has no qualms doing opulent splendour with unabashed fervour. From striking architectural marvels to outlandish and mind-boggling museums, extravagant nightclubs and lavish restaurants, the Russian cultural powerhouse that is S Petersburg is one of the most ideal holiday destinations for anyone who relishes the finer things in life. Want to have the city’s most popular attractions at your fingertips when visiting? Then book your very own luxurious holiday rental apartment on the Golden Triangle and join a tour of one of the city’s most amazing palaces, all easily reached from the centre of town and all testament to the fact that when it came to old-school affluence, there are very few in our history who loved to flaunt it like the former Russian Royals. The Catherine Palace & Gardens   The 300yo white and gold summer palace of the royals is found just 25kms out of St Petersburg in the picturesque town of Pushkin. Whilst the original residence, built for Catherine I, was more than adequately lavish, future Tsarinas proceeded to embellish and expand ...

Nifty Travel Tips for Your Downtown Moscow Vacation

Travel Tips for Moscow
Nifty Travel Tips for Your Downtown Moscow Vacation

Moscow, the most sparkling of Russian gems, is an enlightening, exciting and totally captivating holiday destination. Soon after arriving, however, you may realise just how differently things are ‘done’ in this part of the world. Moscow has seen a tremendous decrease in crime over the last decade, yet there are still some troublesome habits lurking in its backstreets. While we vigorously urge you to disregard the sometime excessive warnings the media dishes out (it’s no more dangerous here than in London), there are a few safety and cultural precautions you should keep in mind when planning a Moscow vacation. First of all, book your holiday rental apartment in Moscow’s Downtown area, and you’ll have the city’s main attractions nearby. Next, follow our list of nifty travel tips and you too can be guaranteed a worry free, blissful and totally unforgettable Russian experience. Get Your Visa Pronto Unlike many other countries in the world, you need to get your tourist visa BEFORE arriving. No exceptions. Taking into consideration that most Russian Consulates take anything between two weeks and eternity to actually issue one, we dare say that booking your flights, holiday rental apartment and applying for your visa should be done simultaneously and as ...

Best Museums near Nevsky Prospect, St Petersburg

Travel Tips for Area: Nevsky Prospekt
Best Museums near Nevsky Prospect, St Petersburg

Nevsky Prospect, the most famous street in St Petersburg, is a smorgasbord of architectural masterpieces, modern marvels, superlative boutiques and restaurants; and offers the discerning traveller an authentic insight into one of the most fascinating cultures on earth. Historic, proud and defiant, St Petersburg reigns supreme on any Russian itinerary, and is ideal for those who want an off the beaten path adventure. Book a Nevsky Prospekt apartment and make sure you include at least one of the following world-class museums on your sightseeing tour. The Russian Museum, 2 Griboyedov Canal The country’s first fine-arts museum was opened over a century ago, and was inaugurated at the same time that Tsar Nicholas II came to power. The Russian Museum encompasses many of the nearby former royal palaces and the main building, the Mikhailovsky Palace, is where the most important works of art are housed. The building itself is pure opulent splendour, and that’s just from the outside! Once you step in you’ll be struck by the magnificence which was once upon a time the norm among the nobility. But it’s the works of art the museum boasts which really deserve your utmost attention. The Russian Museum is considered the headquarters of ...

Best Cafés around Nevsky Prospekt, St. Petersburg

Travel Tips for Area: Nevsky Prospekt
Best Cafés around Nevsky Prospekt, St. Petersburg

[pinit] Renowned as one of Russia’s most famous streets, St. Petersburg’s Nevsky Prospekt is an enticing hub of superlative shopping, dining and clubbing options. The epitome bloodline of the famed Russian hub is flanked by 18 and 19th century palaces, opulent mansions and cultural sites. Nevsky Prospekt was the brainchild of Peter the Great, undoubtedly one of Russia’s most innovative leaders. This most notable avenue, as well as the entire city in fact, was built on swampland yet has defied logic; transforming into one of the most cosmopolitan and attractive cities of modern-day Russia. For a totally mesmerising experience, book an apartment on or near Nevsky Prospekt and immerse yourself in some old-world charm, infused in an avant-garde flavour. Shop till you drop in the avenue’s designer boutiques, tour the State Hermitage Museum and Winter Palace for hours (or days) on end, or simply walk the entire length of Nevsky Prospekt and admire the beauty of the city’s spellbinding architecture. When you’re ready to take a break and a breather, head to one of our favourite cafés and enjoy a delicious treat and some enlightening people watching. Café Zinger, 28 Nevsky Prospect An unmatched trendy choice, Café Zinger reigns supreme in the refreshing scene ...

Trendy Bars near the Kremlin, Moscow

Travel Tips for Area: Kremlin
Trendy Bars near the Kremlin, Moscow

[pinit] Moscow is one of those cities preceded by an outstanding reputation, and we mean that in the most literal sense. The largest city in Russia is the 6th most populated on earth, home to more billionaires than any other city and the most northern metropolis on our planet. While these facts alone may be reason enough to visit, it is actually Moscow’s incredible history, culture, architecture and attractions which draw the enormous crowds every year. Boasting 96 parks, 14 gardens and four Botanic Gardens, coupled with one of the most stunning cathedrals in the world (St. Basil’s) and more museums, theatres and art galleries that one could ever visit, the sprawling megacity offers the discerning traveller an endless supply of sightseeing options. Moscow has also built a stellar repute for offering an enviable amount of top-notch drinking options. In its endeavour to ‘catch up’ with cities like New York, Paris and London, the Russian gem’s nightlife has flourished in the last decade, and Moscow is now home to some of the trendiest and most stylish clubs and bars you’ll ever have the pleasure of frequenting. Unlike what some people believe, there is more to Russia than vodka. Who would’ve ...

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