Operator Offers Different View of Russia

KEENE, N.H. -- Some tour operators limit their city sightseeing to guided tours of Moscow's Kremlin and St. Petersburg's palaces.

General Tours, however, offers a choice of 19 excursions that range from A Day in the Life of a Muscovite to A Glimpse of Jewish St. Petersburg.

The optional programs, which range from $40 to $250, double, often provide travelers with the chance to experience a part of Russian life they could not easily have access to on their own.

For instance, General Tours operates a trip called From Sputnik to the Space Station, which consists of a visit to NASA's equivalent, the Russian Space Center, outside Moscow. The six-hour program provides insight into the Russian space program from its unmanned launches to the Mir Space Station. The tour is priced at $235, double.

A Day in the Life of a Muscovite takes travelers to establishments that are part of everyday life -- a bank, a farmers' market, a marriage license office, a bakery and a household goods store. Visitors are led through the itinerary by a General Tours escort.

Included is tea with a Russian family at which discussions of contemporary Russian life are welcome. The excursion is priced at $60, double.

Other Moscow programs include a tour of the Tchaikovsky Estate at Klin, a visit to the KGB Museum and a day of relaxation at the 17th century Kolomenskoye hunting estate of Czar Alexis.

In St. Petersburg, visitors can immerse themselves in Russia life with an excursion called Visit With a Russian Family, priced at $35, double. Guests will spend an evening with a family at their St. Petersburg apartment and partake of a family dinner.

Dostoyevksy in St. Petersburg visits sites associated with the writer, such as Engineer's Castle, where he studied, and the neighborhood where he lived. The tour, which includes a stop at the author's grave, is priced at $30, double.

A Glimpse of Jewish St. Petersburg explores a religion that has been part of Russian life for centuries. The trip takes in one of the largest synagogues in Europe and two Jewish cemeteries. The program is priced at $35, double.
General Tours
Phone: (800) 221-2216
Fax: (603) 357-4548
E-mail: [email protected]
Web: ww.generaltours.com

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