PS: AN OFFICIAL MESSAGE TO THOSE INTIMIDATED BY RUSSIA OR CONCERNED ABOUT THE CURRENT POLITICAL CLIMATE
I, too, was intimidated by Russia. I had seen movies and heard rumors, yet on two different trips I have spent time alone, on my own, shopping and wandering the streets and parks safely. The reality is that Moscow is a very modern and sophisticated city, with high-rises and modern fashion, and St. Petersburg is very sophisticated and safe. The shopping is amazing.
But the best way to see Russia for the first time is to go with friends who know the ropes and to be with locals who can make you feel secure. We have local guides, local translators, and local artists accompanying us. You will never feel unsafe. Plus, we know the special places to go you will not find on other tours.
For those who are concerned about the political climate or what might happen with Russia, please know that we would never put you in danger. If you’re one who is bothered by claims of Russia influencing the election or concerned that things could escalate, please know that we have people inside Russia who would alert us if there were any indications of negative sentiment or problems.
Further, we always recommend travel insurance, which gives you a full return in the unlikely event the trip is canceled for those or other reasons.
Tourism makes up a major part of the Russian economy, and we don’t believe the Russian government wants to do anything to disrupt U.S. tourism, which is very strong to this day. Furthermore, if an issue exists, our own State Department will issue warnings about travel, which it has not done.
Don’t let unfounded fears disrupt the possibility of the trip of a lifetime.
A note about this trip for artists: