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Splendours of Russia & Ukraine

Trip Length

Trip Code

12 days PCRU

Maximum Passengers

16 people
Minimum Age
15

Countries Visited

Ukraine, Russia

Start City

End City

St Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia Kyiv, Ukraine
Splendours of Russia & Ukraine

This is the perfect tour of Russia's glorious past . Surround yourself with culture, history and breathtaking architecture and get beneath the surface of a country that for so long guarded their treasures from the west.

Splendours of Russia & Ukraine


Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1: St Petersburg

Meals included: 1 dinner

Accommodation: Domina Prestige Hotel or similar, St Petersburg

Activities:

Day 2: St Petersburg

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Accommodation: Domina Prestige Hotel or similar, St Petersburg

Activities:

Day 3: St Petersburg

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Accommodation: Domina Prestige Hotel or similar, St Petersburg

Activities:

Day 4: St Petersburg - Petrodvorets - Pushkin

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Accommodation: Natalie Hotel or similar, Pushkin

Activities:

Day 5: Pushkin - Moscow

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Accommodation: Marco Polo Presnja Hotel or similar, Moscow

Activities:

Day 6: Moscow

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Accommodation: Marco Polo Presnja Hotel or similar, Moscow

Activities:

Day 7: Sergiev Posad

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

Accommodation: Imperial Village Hotel or similar, Sergiev Posad

Activities:

Day 8: Abramtsevo

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch

Activities:

Day 9: Petrushivka

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

Accommodation: Sokolniy Khutir Farmstead, Petrushivka

Activities:

Day 10: Kyiv

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch

Accommodation: Vozdvyzhensky Boutique Hotel or similar, Kyiv

Activities:

Day 11: Kyiv

Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 dinner

Accommodation: Vozdvyzhensky Boutique Hotel or similar, Kyiv

Activities:

Day 12: Kyiv

Meals included: 1 breakfast

Accommodation: Vozdvyzhensky Boutique Hotel or similar, Kyiv

Activities:


Your Trip

What's Included

Transport

Not Included


What to know

Vaccinations

Vaccinations may be required for this trip. Please talk to your doctor about the up-to-date information for this region.  We're travel experts, not doctors and defer to the medicos when it comes to inoculations.

Visas and Permits

Please ensure that you have all required visas for your trip – this is your responsibility. Rules and regulations governing the issuance of visas are constantly changing, and vary for different nationalities and you should check visa requirements with your travel agent or relevant consular authority well before travel.

Ukraine

Please note that visa requirements can and do change without notice. It is essential that you confirm requirements with the nearest relevant embassy or check with your travel agent before you travel.

UKRAINE:
Australia: Yes - in advance
Belgium: No - Not required
Canada: No - Not required
Germany: No - Not required
Ireland: No - Not required
Netherlands: No - Not required
New Zealand: Yes - in advance
South Africa: Yes - in advance, Visa Support letter - Yes
Switzerland: No - Not required
United Kingdom: No - Not required
USA: No - Not required

Some nationalities are now visa-free to Ukraine. Please check your own visa requirements carefully.

LETTERS OF INVITATION (LOI)
Some nationalities that require a visa may also need a Letter of Invitation (LOI), sometimes known as a Visa Support Letter, in order to apply for a Ukraine visa. As of 2013 travellers from Australia and New Zealand no longer need the LOI in order to apply. Should you require a LOI please notify us at the time of booking and ensure you send the following information no later than 30 days prior to departure:
* Clear, colour scanned copy of the personal details page of your passport
* Nominate which embassy you will apply for your visa
Please note that it can take up to 15 business days to receive the LOI from our Ukrainian partners. The LOI is included in the cost of the trip, however should your embassy require other support documents you may be charged an additional fee.

INFORMATION REQUIRED FOR VISA APPLICATION:
You require a Single Entry Tourist Visa for this trip. Surname and first name of the inviting person(s) in Ukraine. If not applicable, name of hotel(s) or address of applicant’s temporary accommodation(s) in Ukraine:

Kozatskiy Hotel
1/3, Mikhailovskaya Street1
Kyiv, 1001
+380 44 279 49 25

Address of inviting person(s)/hotel(s)/temporary accommodation(s) in Ukraine: As above.

Name and address of inviting company/organisation:
If LOI required please use the information on the document. If not required - N/A. Surname, first name, address, telephone, telefax, and e-mail address of contact person in company/organization: As above.

Russia

RUSSIA VISA INFORMATION:

All travellers to Russia (regardless of nationality) will require a visa, obtained in advance of travel with a letter of invitation from the Russian authorities. In order for us to arrange this letter you must provide your full passport details at time of booking. Please note that Russian visas are date specific and cannot be extended once issued.

RUSSIA
Australia: Yes - in advance
Belgium: Yes - in advance
Canada: Yes - in advance
Germany: Yes - in advance
Ireland: Yes - in advance
Netherlands: Yes - in advance
New Zealand: Yes - in advance
South Africa: Yes - in advance
Switzerland: Yes - in advance
United Kingdom: Yes - in advance
USA: Yes - in advance

LETTERS OF INVITATION (LOI)
Most nationalities require a visa for Russia. You will need a Letter of Invitation (LOI), sometimes called a Voucher or Visa Support Letter in order to apply for your visa. You can obtain your LOI online through our local partners in Russia. Instructions and a link to the website will be sent to you at the time of booking. Read the instructions carefully and fill in the online application form. You will then be able to download your LOI instantly. Please note that we will add 3 days to the LOI duration before and after your trip dates for your convenience. If you are planning to stay longer than these dates please let us know as we will need to manually request a LOI to fit your specific travel plans. The LOI included in the cost of your tour is for a Single Entry Tourist Visa. LOIs for other types of visas may be organised at your own expense and paid directly to our local partners, Parallel 60 (www.parallelsixty.com)

INFORMATION REQUIRED FOR VISA APPLICATION:
You must apply for your Russian visa in advance. Visas are not available on arrival or en-route. Once you have received your LOI it is your responsibility to apply for your own visa either directly at an embassy or by using a visa agent. We do not recommend trying to obtain your Russian visa outside of your home country or place of residence as your application may be refused. Use ONLY the information and dates on your LOI when filling in your visa application. There is no need to reference Peregrine Adventures or include a copy of your itinerary as Parallel 60 is the official inviting organisation, not Peregrine. Do not be concerned if the destinations and accommodation listed do not match your Peregrine trip exactly. This information is for the purposes of obtaining the visa only, not an indication of where you must travel and stay in Russia.

DOCUMENTS REQUIRED FOR VISA APPLICATION:
* Letter of Invitation (LOI)
* Photocopy of your passport
* Passport size photo (up to 4)
* Flight or other transport details - if required
* Please check with the embassy for any other specific requirements

VISA EXTENSIONS
Please be aware that visa extensions are NOT possible in Russia.

INFORMATION REQUIRED FOR TRAIN TICKET BOOKINGS:
Train tickets in Russia are booked with passport numbers. Please make sure you provide us with your correct passport number. If you have to renew your passport after booking please notify us as soon as you have a new passport number and bring your old passport with you on your trip. If we receive changes to passport numbers less than 30 days prior to departure we cannot guarantee purchase of train tickets. We do NOT recommend travelling on multiple passports for trips that involve border crossings by train. This can cause difficulties with train ticket bookings and cause significant issues delays at Immigration.

WARNING – MIGRATION CARDS
All foreign citizens entering Russia are required to fill in a migration card. The entry portion of the card will be retained by Immigration upon arrival. The stamped exit portion of the card must be kept with your passport during your stay in Russia and submitted to Immigration upon departure. If you are not given a migration card at Immigration on arrival you must request one, even if the immigration official says that you do not need one. Loss or failure to receive the exit portion of the card will result in you not being able to travel on our trip as all hotels require this card for registration and may result in significant delays or fines upon departure.

Insurance

You are required to have travel insurance before heading off on a Peregrine trip. Insurance can be organised by your Peregrine representative or your travel agent.

Responsible Travel

Our Responsible Travel ethos is at the heart of everything we do, from getting the basics right like respecting local cultures and the environment, to initiating projects that make positive contributions to communities, to our staff’s fundraising efforts and offsetting our carbon emissions.
Please visit our Responsible Travel (http://www.peregrineadventures.com/rt) page for more information.

Customs and Culture

Our Pre Departure Information or Travel Dossier (provided upon booking a trip) provides tips on how you can show respect for the local customs and culture in the country you are travelling in. Your leader will also help steer you though the complexities of local cultural norms.

Pre Departure Information
The information listed above is a brief description of some things you may need to consider when booking a trip. Once a tour is booked you will be provided with a link to your Travel Dossier which will contain detailed Pre Departure information.

Further Reading

Ukraine

Everything is Illuminated - Jonathan Safran Foer
Sweet Darusia - Maria Matios
Wolves Eat Dogs - Martin Cruz Smith

Russia


Important Information

Local Emergency Contacts

In the case of a genuine crisis or emergency, Peregrine's St Petersburg Office can be reached on Tel: +7 911 7033155

Emergency Funds

Please also make sure you have access to an additional US$400, to be used when unforeseen incidents or circumstances outside our control (eg. a natural disaster, civil unrest or an outbreak of bird flu) necessitate a change to our planned route.

Facilities

Please note during the stay at the village guesthouse in Petrushivka passengers may need to share bathrooms/showers and facilities are much more basic than in our hotels.

Important Booking Information

Please note in order for our local operator to book train tickets in Russia, we require the following information at time of booking or no later than 60 days prior to departure.

• Passengers full name (First and Last)
• Full Passport Details (number, expiry, issued)
• DOB
• City of Birth

Booking Theatre Tickets in Advance

To avoid disappointment we recommend that you book any theatre performances that you wish to attend in Moscow or St Petersburg in advance. Please consider carefully which performances you are going to want attend and make sure that the dates correspond to your trip. Here are some useful internet sites to check for what will be on (ballet, opera, exhibitions, etc) in Moscow and St Petersburg when you are there: www.mariinsky.ru, www.bolshoi.ru and www.ticketsofrussia.ru. In particular we recommend you see what's playing at the Bolshoi and Mariinsky, as it may be difficult to get tickets when you are there especially during White Nights in St Petersburg.

Single Supplements

Our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and don't involve a compulsory single supplement. Single travellers share with people of the same gender in accommodation ranging from twin to multishare. Some of our itineraries have accommodation booked on a mixed gender share basis and where applicable this will be specified in our Trip Notes. On a selection of our trips, you have the option to pay a single supplement to ensure that you have your own accommodation (where available). Please note that this only applies to accommodation during the tour - pre-trip and post-trip accommodation will be booked on a single room basis.

Your Group Leader

All Peregrine group trips are accompanied by one of our group leaders. The aim of the group leader is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. Peregrine endeavours to provide the services of an experienced leader however, due to the seasonality of travel, rare situations may arise where your leader is new to a particular region or training other group leaders.

Occasional Alternative Accommodation

The style of accommodation indicated in the day-to-day itinerary is a guideline. On rare occasions, alternative arrangements may need to be made due to the lack of availability of rooms in our usual accommodation. A similar standard of accommodation will be used in these instances.

Check-in Time

Throughout the trip we request that our hotels prepare rooms in time for our arrival, especially if we're arriving prior to normal check-in time. However this isn't always possible which means we won't be able to check-in immediately on arrival at some hotels. Instead, we can store our luggage and explore our new destination.

Pre/Post Accommodation

If you've purchased pre-trip or post-trip accommodation (if available), you may be required to change rooms from your trip accommodation for these extra nights.

Registration

Please be aware that Russia requires all foreign nationals to register their passports upon arrival in each city. Since March 25th, 2011 the registration rules for foreigners have been relaxed in Russia. According to these rules, foreign citizens must register themselves within 7 business days of their arrival into Russia (instead of the 3 days required before). This means that if you are arriving in Russia before the trip start date or staying extra days after the trip has finished (less than 7 days), whether at our Peregrine hotels or at accommodation of your choice, you don’t have to be registered and pay any registration fees. Peregrine will take responsibility for registration of passports at our first place of stay in Russia including any associated costs. If you are arriving more than 7 days prior to the start of the trip, or staying more than 7 days post-trip, you will need to be responsible for your own passport registration and any extra charges for this service. Failure to register could lead to problems at immigration when departing the country.

About this Information

The information provided here is given in good faith and has been compiled with all reasonable care. However, things change and some of the information may become out of date. Please keep this in mind when you read it and check with us if you want to be sure about something. The document was correct at time of printing, but you can check online for the most up to date version.  If you have any queries, please contact your travel agent or our staff in Australia. We are here to help you!

Last Updated

28 October 2014


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