• Travel insurance – don’t leave home without it!

    Travel insurance is an essential part of any trip abroad. Travel without it and, if anything goes wrong, you could end up with a huge bill for medical expenses, lost property, third-party claims … it just doesn’t bear thinking about.

    When looking for the policy that’s right for you, make sure your insurance covers you for the whole period of your stay in Russia. As well as showing validity for the full duration of your journey, it should also indicate the geographical area coverage as ‘worldwide/including Russia’. Copies of insurance cards are not admissible, and nor is a simple confirmation sent by e-mail.

    There are plenty of insurance providers out there, all offering different levels of cover at different prices. Here at RNTO, we partner with Columbus Direct, which will generate your certificate on the spot and send it to you by e-mail immediately.

    Columbus offers a range of flexible single-trip policies from just £2.99, with annual policies ranging from £22 covering both European and worldwide destinations. All policies include cover for over 150 sports and activities and, for those of you with a more adventurous streak, plenty more daring activities can be covered for a small extra premium.

    You’ll also enjoy free airport lounge access for you and up to four travelling companions if your flight is delayed for more than 2 hours at the airport.

    Not only has Columbus Direct won multiple awards for its cover and customer service; it also offers fantastic prices including free cover for children with its annual family multi-trip policies. That could mean an individual saving of over 40% on an annual policy compared to comparable travel insurance providers. Getting a quote is quick and easy, and you can tailor the cover you choose to suit both your budget and your requirements. Check out the website for full details

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  • Lubyanka – home of the infamous KGB

    There are few places in Russia which represent the repression of the Soviet era as much as Moscow’s Lubyanka Building.

    Lubyanka is the popular name for the headquarters of the former KGB and its affiliated prison on Lubyanka Square in the Meshchansky District of Moscow. It is a large Neo-Baroque building with a facade of yellow brick designed by Alexander Ivanov in 1897 and subsequently extended by Aleksey Shchusev between 1940 and 1947.

    The building was originally constructed as the headquarters of the All-Russia Insurance Company, which explains its beautiful parquet floors and pale green walls.

    Photo: Ikar.us

    Photo: Ikar.us

    Following the Bolshevik Revolution, the structure was seized by the government to act as the headquarters of the secret police, which at the times was called the Cheka. In Soviet Russian jokes, it was referred to as the tallest building in Moscow, since Siberia (famous for its Gulag labour camp system), it was said, could be seen from its basement.

    During the Great Purge (1936-38), the offices became increasingly cramped due to growing staff numbers. In 1940, Aleksey Shchusev was commissioned to enlarge the building. His new design doubled the Lubyanka’s size horizontally, with the original structure taking up the left half of the facade (as viewed from the street). He also added another storey and extended the structure by incorporating backstreet buildings. Further work was planned, but then war intervened.

    This asymmetric facade survived intact until 1983, when the original structure was reconstructed to match the new build, at the urging of Communist Party General Secretary and former KGB Director Yuri Andropov in accordance with Shchusev’s plans.

    Although the Soviet secret police changed its name many times, its headquarters remained in this building. Secret police chiefs from Lavrenty Beria to Yuri Andropov used the same office on the third floor, which looked down on the statue of Cheka founder Felix Dzerzhinsky. The prison on the ground floor of the building figures prominently in Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s classic study of the Soviet police state, The Gulag Archipelago.

    After the dissolution of the KGB, the Lubyanka became the headquarters of Russia’s Border Guard Service, and today houses the Lubyanka prison and one directorate of the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation (FSB). In addition, a museum of the KGB (now called the Historical Demonstration hall of the Russian FSB) was opened to the public.

    In 1990, the Solovetsky Stone was erected across from the Lubyanka to commemorate the victims of political repression.

    To see this icon of Soviet times for yourself, we can make all your travel and accommodation arrangements for you. Check out the website today, and visit Moscow with RNTO.

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  • Enjoy nature in the heart of Moscow

    Did you know that Moscow has the only national nature reserve in Europe located in a city with more than a million inhabitants?

    Elk Island straddles the boundary between Moscow proper and the suburbs of the north-west of the city. And it’s home to an amazing variety of animal and plant life for visitors to enjoy throughout the year.

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    Here, you’ll find more than 200 different species of animal, many of them hiding away in the depths of the forest – such fascinating and elusive creatures as dappled deer, roe deer, elk and wild boar. Beavers and otters live along the riverbanks, sharing this fascinating habitat with rare types of birds such as pheasant, grey partridge and egret.

    The park’s richest asset is the woodland that makes up 85 per cent of its area. An area that’s particularly worth visiting is the Alexeev Copse, where you’ll find pine-trees that are up to 200 years old and spruces up to 170 years old. The Copse lies along the old road through Elk Island which once linked Moscow to the towns of Suzdal and Vladimir.

    Historic documents tell us that Elk Island was a favourite place where Ivan the Terrible used to enjoy falconry and bear-hunting. The name Elk Island was recorded in the early 17th century, when documents say that the place was used for hunting ‘all manner of game birds, and especially elk’. But around the turn of the century, documents were issued banning hunting around Moscow, without exception. Punishments for disobeying these edicts included hefty fines and banishment to far-flung regions of Russia.

    Organised forestry on Elk Island began in 1842, when fire-breaks were cut through, dividing the area up into separate sections. In 1983, Elk Island was declared a state national nature park.

    If you’d like to visit Elk Island for yourself, the nearest metro station to the park is Ulitsa Podbelskovo. It can also be reached from Sokolniki Metro Station via the park of the same name. And of course, for all your travel arrangements to and from Moscow, and accommodation when you’re staying in this wonderful city, there’s only one place to go – RNTO. Visit the website today!

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  • The changing face of St Petersburg

    11. Leningrad under Stalin: Kirov and the Terror (1924-1941)

    There are so many reasons to visit St Petersburg. Some people come in search of culture, others seek inspiration from its literary associations. For some, it’s the architecture that’s top of their list, while others simply come to experience a different way of life.

    One thing that’s certainly not in short supply in St Petersburg is history. The city may only have been founded in 1703, but the last 300 or so years provide a fascinating insight into the changes which have shaped this incredible city.

    Here, we look at how the city faired under Stalin: Kirov and the Terror (1924-1941) …

    On 21 January 1924, Vladimir Lenin, whose health had degenerated after several unsuccessful assassination attempts and three strokes, died at the age of 53. A week later, the city was renamed Leningrad in honour of the man who had incited the Bolshevik Revolution.

    After years of neglect, Leningrad started to rebuild. Soviet Constructivism was the preferred architectural style as the Communists set out to create a new, better society. This style combined modern technology and sleek geometric forms devoid of decoration with a social purpose fostering the Communist way of life.

    One of the most ideological structures was the Communal House for the Society of Political Prisoners, built between 1929 and 1933 for the political victims of the Tsarist regime. A stone’s throw from Peter the Great’s cabin, this Constructivist building was conceived as an egalitarian residential housing commune. All apartments were fitted with central heating and bathrooms – amenities that previously only the wealthy could afford – yet none had kitchens. Instead, there was a communal canteen intended to liberate workers from the drudgery of preparing meals and to foster camaraderie. Also provided were a kindergarten, library, laundry rooms, workshops, theatre and solarium.

    This was a far cry from the kommunalki (communal apartments) spread across the city. Kommunalki were large apartments (and even palaces and commercial premises) that had been taken from the wealthier classes after the Revolution and turned into communal living spaces for the proletariat. Between two and seven or even more families were housed in such apartments. Each family had a single room that served as living room, dining room and bedroom. The hallways, kitchen, and bathroom were shared among residents, making privacy a rare commodity, and conflict a common occurrence.

    On 1 December 1934, Sergei Kirov – Leningrad’s popular party boss – was assassinated by a young party functionary. Shortly after, an official statement proclaimed that Kirov had been murdered by enemies of the Soviet Union, although many believe Stalin ordered Kirov’s execution to eliminate a possible popular rival. Whatever the truth, his death was seized on as a pretext to arrest and execute unwanted Party members, as well as the so-called ‘former people’ – the nobility, merchants, industrialists, tsarist civil servants, and so on. Thus began Kirov’s Flood.

    In 1935 alone, tens of thousands of people from the greater Leningrad area were arrested, tortured, and sentenced to years in labour camps. This was a preview of the Great Terror that decimated the country in 1937-1938, when over half a million people were executed and many more died in camps.

    As Kirov’s Flood swelled, so did Leningrad’s prison population. As a result, another Constructivist building gained notoriety in the city: the ‘Big House’. This was the nickname Leningraders gave the monumental building looming over Liteiny Prospect, built at Kirov’s initiative, that’s housed the secret police under its various guises (OGPU, NKVD, KGB, FSB) until the present day. Many of the thousands of people who entered through its massive doors during the Kirov Flood were never heard from again.

    Leningrad’s central prison, Kresty, was also overflowing: cells built for one person now housed fifteen to twenty inmates. This great flood of terror eventually dwindled, but Leningrad had only a couple of years of respite before another catastrophe befell it – World War II…

    Photo: Andrew Shiva

    Photo: Andrew Shiva

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  • Take a trip through French St Petersburg

    People from all round the world have left their mark in St Petersburg, be it in terms of its history, architecture or cultural life.

    So what has the French nation given to this most European of Russian cities? Here are a few examples…

    • Vasilyevsky Island is where the first French settlers in the city established a community back in the 1720s, not long after the city was founded. Among them were Jean-Baptiste Le Blond, an architectural genius who designed the first plan of St Petersburg, and the astronomer and cartographer Joseph-Nicolas de L’Isle.
    • The Academy of Arts building on Universitetskaya Naberezhnaya was built by the great French architect Jean-Baptiste Vallin de la Mothe, who also taught a whole generation of Russian architects the principles of neoclassicism as a professor at the Academy.

      Photo: Alex Florstein Fedorov, Wikimedia Commons

      Photo: Alex Florstein Fedorov, Wikimedia Commons

    • Several French scientists worked in the nearby Academy of Sciences building, including the astronomer Maurice Henri and the classical scholar Jean-François Vauvilliers, who had been president of the Commune de Paris during the French Revolution.
    • Just around the corner is the Strelka of Vasilyevsky Island, with the Old Stock Exchange and Rostral Columns – one of the most famous panoramas in the city – designed by Jean-François Thomas de Thomon.
    • The Trinity Bridge – probably the most beautiful of all the bridges across the River Neva – was built by the French company Société de Construction des Batignolles (1897-1903).
    • Part of the Winter Palace and Hermitage ensemble, the so-called Small Hermitage, was built by Vallin de la Mothe, but probably more significant for most visitors is the wealth of French art to be seen inside the museum, which contains masterpieces by Nicolas Poussin and Antoine Watteau, as well as its world-renowned collection of impressionists and post-impressionists, including Cézanne, Renoir, Gauguin and Matisse.
    • On the other side of the building, Palace Square is dominated by the Alexander Column, erected by Auguste de Montferrand.
    • Nearby Bolshaya Morskaya Ulitsa contains several buildings with French connections. The house at No 11 was built by the French architect Paul Jaquot. The site had previously contained the home and workshops of Maurice Etienne Falconet, the renowned French sculptor who designed the Bronze Horseman statue which stands on Senate Square. From the 1840s to the 1880s, the first floor of the building was home to Dussault, one of St Petersburg’s most famous French restaurants.
    • Just around the corner once stood the French Operetta Theatre, attached to another renowned French restaurant, the Restaurant Paris.
    • In the 1740s, the house and workshops of Benedict Gravraux, court jeweller to Empress Anna Ioannovna, was located nearby. His apprentice, the Swiss-born Jeremia Pauzie, became one of the greatest jewellers in Europe.
    • St Isaac’s Cathedral, the life’s work of Auguste de Montferrand, is one of the city’s most famous landmarks. The architect was also responsible for the nearby Demidov Mansion and the Princess Gagarina Mansion.
    • Maximilian Joseph Eugene Auguste Napoleon de Beauharnais, Duke of Leuchtenberg and grandson of Empress Josephine, married Maria Nikolayevna, daughter of Nicholas I, and lived in the Mariinsky Palace, opposite St Isaac’s Cathedral.
    • At No 4 Angliyskaya Naberezhnaya stands the pink neoclassical mansion of Duchess Alexandra Laval. She was the wealthy Russian wife of Jean Charles François de Laval de la Loubreriede, a refugee from the French Revolution who became a prominent statesman in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Their home, reconstructed by Jean-François Thomas de Thomon, became one of the most fashionable addresses in the city – Alexander Pushkin and Mikhail Lermontov both read their verses there, and even Alexander I was among the guests.

    There are plenty more locations with French connections throughout the city, all waiting for you to discover … and there’s no one better to discover them with than RNTO! Visit the website today for all your travel and accommodation needs.

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  • A brief tour of St Petersburg’s Orthodox Cathedrals

    Some of Russia’s most magnificent churches are found in St Petersburg. And among its most outstanding examples are the city’s Orthodox Cathedrals.

    Built at the height of the Russian Empire’s wealth and power, these impressive buildings were designed by the city’s greatest architects, and no expense was spared in their construction or decoration.

    In this latest article, we look at two more of these fascinating buildings, namely…

    Prince Vladimir Cathedral

    Standing at the Eastern edge of the Petrograd Side, in an area that saw some of the earliest settlement in St Petersburg, Prince Vladimir Cathedral is one of the city’s oldest churches, and one of its best preserved. With its attractive, gleaming white, five-domed design, Prince Vladimir Cathedral took over 40 years to build, and was eventually consecrated in 1789.

    Photo: A.Savin, Wikimedia Commons

    Photo: A.Savin, Wikimedia Commons

    The first wooden church, to St Nicholas, was built on this site as early as 1708, and plans to build a stone cathedral were prepared on the orders of Empress Anna Ioannovna. However, it was not until 1766, during the reign of Catherine the Great, that work began on the cathedral. The design followed that of the Assumption Cathedral in the Moscow Kremlin. However, a major fire in 1772 severely damaged the half-finished building, and it was not until 11 years later that work resumed on the project. The cathedral’s completion coincided with the unification of Russia and the Crimean Khanate, which is probably why the cathedral is dedicated to St Vladimir Equal-to-the-Apostles, the Kievan Prince who brought Christianity to Russia in 988 AD.

    Prince Vladimir Cathedral has survived almost unaltered since then, continuing to function even through the darkest years of the Siege of Leningrad, when it became a sanctuary for some of St Petersburg’s greatest religious treasures, including the Kazan Icon of the Mother of God, which was returned to Kazan Cathedral in 2001.

    You’ll find the cathedral at 26 Ulitsa Blokhina, nearest metro station: Sportivnaya. It’s open daily from 8.00 am till the end of services. Well worth visiting along with the Peter and Paul Fortress (just ten minutes’ walk away), the cathedral contains a number of interesting relics, including a beautiful, jewel-clad Berlin Bible from 1689, a gift to Empress Elizabeth, and several historic icons. The Cathedral is active, with daily services and a good choir.

    Alexander Nevsky Monastery

    The Alexander Nevsky Monastery complex is home to some of the oldest buildings in the city. It was founded in July 1710 – seven years after the foundation of Petersburg – by Peter the Great. In 1712, the first wooden church was built on the site of the future monastery, and consecrated in Peter’s presence on 25 March 1713. The monastery began working shortly afterwards.

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    In 1724, a new church was consecrated, named after Alexander Nevsky, considered a saint by the Russian Orthodox Church following his military victories over German and Swedish invaders. His remains were brought to the church from the ancient city of Vladimir in a journey that took several months.

    In 1750, Empress Elizabeth had a silver shrine built to house the holy remains. The shrine – using an incredible one and a half tons of pure silver – was decorated with symbols of the famous Battle on the Ice fought on Lake Peipus in 1242, and other of Alexander’s victories. The shrine was moved to a new cathedral in 1790, and in 1797, Emperor Paul gave the monastery its current rank – the highest in the Orthodox hierarchy – and name: the Alexander Nevsky Monastery of the Holy Spirit.

    By the beginning of the 20th century, the whole monastery complex was home to an impressive 16 churches. Today, only five survive. Like many centres of Orthodoxy, the monastery suffered at the hands of the Revolution. Happily, though, much has survived, and restoration work has been ongoing in recent years.

    In January 1918, the Bolsheviks attempted to seize the monastery and its valuables, but were driven off by determined church-goers. However, the monastery was closed shortly after, and robbed and looted of its valuables.

    Services resumed in the Church of St Nicholas – located in the graveyard behind Holy Trinity Cathedral – in 1985. On 3 June 1989, the remains of Alexander Nevsky were restored to the cathedral, and in the early 1990s, the monastery was the centre of celebrations of Alexander’s life and heroic deeds.

    For many visitors, one of the major attractions is the monastery’s graveyards. The Tikhvin Cemetery contains many of the most famous graves, such as Tchaikovsky, Rubinshtein, Mussorgsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, Glinka and Dostoevsky, while the Lazarus Cemetery is the final resting place of several of the great architects who left their indelible mark on the city, including Starov, Quarenghi and Rossi.

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  • Money makes the world go around!

    The rouble is the basic unit of Russian currency, like the euro or pound sterling. It consists of 100 copecks, and has done since 1704, making it the world’s first decimalised currency. Here are a few more facts and figures…

    • The Russian rouble is the currency of the Russian Federation, the two partially recognised republics of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, and the two unrecognised republics of Donetsk and Luhansk.
    • The rouble was the currency of the Russian Empire and the Soviet Union (as the Soviet rouble). Today, apart from Russia, Belarus and Transnistria use currencies with the same name.

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    • The term ‘rouble’ emerged in 13th-century Novgorod. It derives from the verb ‘rubit’ (to cut), since the original roubles were silver bars notched at intervals to make them easier to cut.
    • The rouble was initially a measure of both value and weight, but not a minted currency.
    • Under the monetary reform of 1534, the rouble was defined as equal to 100 copecks. Other subdivisions of the rouble were the altyn (3 copecks), the grivennik (10 copecks), the polupoltina (25 copecks), and the poltina (50 copecks).
    • A copper rouble circulated during Alexei Mikhailovich’s currency reform (1654–1663), the first instance of minted rouble coins.
    • In 1704, the government began minting silver roubles, defined initially as equal to 28 grams of silver but declining steadily to 18 grams by the 1760s.
    • Gold coins were minted in 1756 and 1779, copper roubles in 1770 and 1771.
    • From 1769 to 1849, irredeemable paper promissory notes called assignatsii circulated alongside the metal currency.
    • In 1885 and 1886, the silver rouble, linked to the French franc, was reinstated as the official currency.
    • Sergei Witte’s reforms in 1897 introduced a gold rouble, and Russia remained on the gold standard until 1914. Fully convertible paper currency circulated at the same time.
    • A worthless paper rouble (kerenka) was used at the close of World War I.
    • The first Soviet rouble – a paper currency – was issued in 1919, and the first Soviet silver rouble appeared in 1921. Rouble banknotes were introduced in 1934.
    • A 1937 reform set the value of the rouble in relation to the US dollar, a practice that ended in 1950 with the adoption of a gold standard. Additional monetary reforms were implemented in 1947, 1961 and 1997.
    • In 1992 the Soviet rouble was replaced with the Russian rouble.
    • In 1998, following the financial crisis, the Russian rouble was redenominated at an exchange rate of 1 new rouble = 1000 old roubles.
    • Today, economic sanctions imposed against Russia have had a damaging effect on the Russian currency, meaning the rouble is weak against foreign currencies – bad for the Russian economy, but good for tourists visiting the country, making goods and services much cheaper than they would have been otherwise. To take advantage of the weak rouble, book your trip to Russia today!
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  • It’s a fact!

    As the world’s largest country by far, it’s no surprise that there are endless fun and fascinating facts about Russia. Here are just a few of them…

    • Russia is home to Europe’s longest river – the Volga – at 3690km (2293 miles).
    • The Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg is home to around 70 cats, which guard its treasures against rodents.

      Photo: Yuri Molodkovts, facebook.com/state.hermitage

      Photo: Yuri Molodkovts, State Hermitage

    • ‘Subbotnik’ is the day when residents of Russian cities volunteer to sweep up and tidy the streets and other general ‘outdoor housekeeping’ tasks. It started after the revolution but still happens today.
    • There are around 11 million more women than men in Russia.
    • The name Red Square has nothing to do with communism, but comes from the word ‘krasny’, which meant ‘beautiful’ in old Russian.
    • There is a bronze sculpture of a dog with a shiny nose at Ploshchad Revolutsii metro station – it’s shiny because touching it brings you good luck.
    • It isn’t the only sculpture of a dog in Russia – there’s also a monument to Laika, the former stray that went into space in 1957.
    • The Ter Sami language of the Kola Peninsula is on the verge of extinction – just two people speak it.
    • Chicken’s foot soup (kholodets) is a traditional delicacy.
    • In St Petersburg, next to the bridge by the Peter and Paul Fortress, there’s a statue of a hare which commemorates the large number of hares that used to live on the island. It’s considered good luck to hit it with a coin.
    • In the White Dining Room in the Hermitage Palace, there’s a clock on the mantelpiece. It was stopped at 2.10am on the night of 25 October 1917, when Kerensky’s provisional government, which had held power since the February revolution, was arrested by the Bolsheviks. It marks the moment Russia slipped into communism.
    • The word ‘vodka’ comes for the word ‘voda’, meaning ‘water’.
    • Moscow’s underground is perhaps the world’s most beautiful. There is said to be another secret metro system – Metro-2 – which links a collection of military bunkers.
    • Padlock trees can be found in Moscow – couples place them here to prove their love.
    • The Astoria hotel in St Petersburg is where Hitler planned to hold a huge celebratory banquet once he’d conquered the city.
    • In the vault/museum beneath the Monument to the Heroic Defenders of Leningrad, the only sound you’ll hear is the steady ticking of a metronome – it’s the noise that was played on local radio during the siege so that residents knew the city was still alive.
    • It’s considered un-Russian to lower the ear flaps on your ushanka (fur hat) unless the temperature drops below -20°C.
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  • Take a trip through Moscow’s Botanical Gardens

    Moscow is a great destination for gardeners and those interested in botany, with a total of five botanical gardens within its city limits.

    The largest and most famous is the Russian Academy of Sciences’ Main Botanical Gardens, located in the north-west district of the city and adjoining the All-Russia Exhibition Centre (or VDNKh, as it’s better known).

     

    Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash

    Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash

    This 890-acre park, which spans the valleys of three small rivers, was officially founded in 1945. Nearby, you’ll find the 17th-century Apothecaries’ Gardens, where medicinal plants were grown to supply the army’s pharmacies and the Grand Prince’s palace with drugs.

    After World War II, plants and seeds were brought together from all across the Soviet Union and further afield, turning the garden into a botanist’s treasure trove. Its rose garden alone contains 2500 varieties, including an ancient green Bengali rose. There’s an arboretum, too, whose highlight is a glorious oak grove (home to some incredibly tame squirrels), a delightful Japanese rock garden, and a vast glass-covered orangery with a wide collection from the tropics and sub-tropics, including numerous rare orchids and carnivorous plants.

    The Main Botanical Gardens aren’t just for experts, though. Once inside, you’ll quickly forget that you’re close to the centre of Europe’s biggest city, making it a wonderful place to get away from the noise and stress of urban living. The gardens change their character and their attractions with the season, and the enormous greenhouses mean that even in the depths of winter, there’s plenty to see.

    To visit the Russian Academy of Sciences’ Main Botanical Gardens for yourself, take the metro to Vladykino Station. It’s open Wednesday to Sunday, 10.00 am to 4.00 pm (8.00 pm in summer). Entrance to the park is free, but the Japanese Garden, Orangery and Arboretum all require separate tickets. But don’t worry – they’re very cheap. And for all your other travel and accommodation needs, there’s only one place to go – RNTO. Check out the website today!

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  • Are you World Cup-ready?

    Are you planning to visit the FIFA World Cup in Russia next year? Then you can now access everything you need to know at the touch of a button!

    You’ll find all the important information about this major sporting event in the free mobile app, Welcome2018. Among the highlights, there’s a Journal section which provides all the news about the tournament. Here, you’ll find all the relevant features and articles, you can flip through the schedule of events, find exclusive reports and interviews, as well as a calendar detailing the most relevant dates for fans in the host cities.

    The Planner section contains interesting routes you can follow in the host cities, covering such things as museums and attractions, theatres and exhibitions, parks and galleries, shopping centres and nightclubs, and plenty of places offering a range of activities and recreation with children. Everything you need to get the most out of your trip and enjoy the football can be found in this section.

    In the Fan Guide, you’ll find all the information you need on how to receive your FAN ID, travel between cities for free, what can and cannot be brought into stadiums, and much more.

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    The app is available for Android and iOS users, and can be downloaded via the official website. And needless to say, here at RNTO, we can make all your travel and accommodation arrangements for you, so you can sit back and enjoy the match.

    It’s never too early to start planning for the biggest tournament in world football. So for all your World Cup requirements, there’s only one place to go – RNTO! Choose us as your World Cup partner, and we’ll be with you every kick of the ball.

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