On the Shores of Lake Baikal

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On the Shores of Lake Baikal

I was sitting cross-legged on a pebble beach. My roll mat and sleeping bag were already laid out next to me, in anticipation of the night ahead sleeping under the stars. It was perhaps on the cold side to attempt a bivouac, but the flickering campfire and large pile of branches beside me would ensure I stayed warm, or at the least, survived, the night. That same fire, that I had cooked my dinner on just half an hour before, now sent shadows dancing down to the shoreline. The waves curled and licked at the pebbles in front of me. Unlike the...

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Beyond the Expected: Russia, The Baltics & Warsaw

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Beyond the Expected: Russia, The Baltics & Warsaw

Brendan Vacations provides travelers with an experience of Europe that goes above and beyond, delivering a delightfully “beyond the expected” journey.  In the final installment of Brendan’s  four-part series, “Beyond the Expected: New Discoveries with Gems of Northeastern Europe,”  Brendan’s fascinating  and i nformative Guided Vacation “The Best of Russia, the Baltics & Warsaw”  is the  featured gem. According to Nico Zenner, President of Brendan Vacations, “This extraordinary part of the world is home to some of the greatest historical...

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Spend the New Year in St. Petersburg

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Spend the New Year in St. Petersburg

SEATTLE, WA. July 20, 2011 – St. Petersburg invites guests through MIR Corporation to meet the New Year Dr. Zhivago-style by waltzing at the Czar’s Ball in Catherine’s Palace or dining in a private Russian home after days full of sleigh rides and, of course, strolling through the Hermitage Museum.  Travel via express train to Moscow and experience this capital before touring the Golden Ring towns of Vladimir and Suzdal. The Russian Winter Wonder Land: New Year’s in St. Petersburg small group tour runs Dec. 29, 2011 – Jan. 7, 2012 from...

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From Russia with Love

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Vancouver, BC – eWaterways, the online small ship cruise specialist, announces a savings of $200 per person on the September 15th – 25th, St. Petersburg-Moscow sailing on the M/S Peter Tchaikovsky. From the Baltic to the Bolsoi, the M/S Peter Tchaikovsky embarks on a captivating 11-day journey from Moscow to St Petersburg. Guests take in many of the iconic sights from Russian and Soviet history, while also soaking up the atmosphere and bucolic charm of the villages and towns dotting the various waterways navigated. Learn Russian...

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Moscow: Magical Mystery Tour

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For a moment I am lost in a dream. Sitting at a hand painted eighteenth century table, in a gilded Damask chair that might as well be a throne, I accept a glass of champagne from a man wearing a brocaded, gold buttoned vest, buckled shoes, and velvet knickers. Venetian mirrors reflect two white wigged chamber musicians in elaborate party dresses. Their efforts at their instruments, a harpsichord and golden harp, turn the air dense with Baroque texture. Sipping, I channel my inner oligarch and wage war with whether I’d rather be Catherine the...

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Chug Across Russia

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TRAVEL IN STYLE ON A 6,000-MILE JOURNEY ACROSS RUSSIA ABOARD THE TRANS-SIBERIAN EXPRESS MOSCOW, RUSSIA – If you’ve ever considered becoming a world traveler, consider the Trans-Siberian Express rail tour. Arguably the world’s greatest railway journey, it runs from Moscow over the Urals, across the magnificent Russian steppes and along the shores of Lake Baikal, the world’s largest freshwater lake. By the time it arrives at the Pacific port of Vladivostok, on the Sea of Japan, it will have traveled more than 6,000 miles and passed through...

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Events Calendar – Russia

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Spring Founded on one of Russia ‘s oldest folk traditions – celebrating the on-coming spring at the end of winter – but also incorporating the Christian tradition of pancakes in advance of Lent, the Maslenitsa Festival in March is the time to indulge on blini – or pancakes, in the shape of the sun of course! The sun barely sets in St. Petersburg in spring and well past midnight the spires and domes of the city’s majestic architectural treasures are bathed in a magical twilight. How better to celebrate this ethereal...

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Crusing Northern Europe

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Expedition-style Cruises through the Gulf Of Bothnia, Exploring above the Arctic Circle, Including Lapland and Remote Islands, then Visiting the Cultural Capitals of Tallinn and St. Petersburg, Roundtrip From Helsinki. Maiden Voyage, July14, 2008. PORT WASHINGTON, NY – Elegant Cruises & Tours, Inc., a niche cruise line specializing in culturally enriching travel to Europe is introducing a new itinerary for the M.S. Andrea in 2008, exploring the Gulf of Bothnia, from above the Arctic Circle and the lands of the “midnight sun” to the...

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Deluxe Riverboat on Russian Waterways

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This July, the Russian waterways will see its first truly deluxe riverboat, the Volga Dream, make its way from Moscow to St. Petersburg, stopping in the Golden Ring cities of Uglich, Yaroslavl, Goritzy, and the picturesque island-town of Kizhi, as well as the villages of Mandrogy, and Valaam. Exeter International is proud to introduce this ground-breaking vessel to travelers around the world- a first for Russia. While many Soviet-era boats have been offering a basic level of comfort on this route for years, the Volga Dream is the first of its...

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“Explorations” to the Norwegian Fjords

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New York, NY, April 2007 — Two new tours, the six-day “St. Petersburg Express” and seven-day “Scandinavian Capitals,” have been added to Norwegian Coastal Voyage’s new “Explorations” program of short vacations. Whether combined with a cruise along the fjord-indented west coast of Norway or booked separately, these six two- to seven-day itineraries give visitors an array of choices: Norway’s spectacular Sognefjord and Hardangerfjord; the indigenous Sami culture and wilderness of Lapland above the Arctic...

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“Grand Tour” of the Balkans

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Los Angeles, April 2007 — Continental Journeys introduces the off-the-beaten-track countries of Albania, Montenegro and Macedonia, combined with Croatia, in its 13-day “Grand Tour of the Balkans” for experienced travelers seeking affordable new destinations. Tour prices of $1,859 to $1,929 per person, double occupancy, provide first-class and superior tourist-class hotels, breakfast daily, eight dinners and extensive sightseeing with an English-speaking tour escort. Eight departures from May 22 to September 18 start in...

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European Discovery, Sail Basel/Vienna

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\Fourteen glorious days sailing onboard the Grand River Countess – one of the ships voted in the 2007 Conde Nast Poll for Best Small Ship. The Grand River Countess’s European Discovery itinerary sails the Rhine, Main and Danube rivers through Switzerland, France, Germany and Austria. Port stops – to name just a few – include Strasbourg with its fairytale-like Petite France; Aschaffenburg, once deemed the “Bavarian Nice” owing to its Mediterranean flair; the architectural gem of Bamberg with its Renaissance...

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Smithsonian European Immersion

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Washington, DC, February 21, 2007 – Smithsonian Journeys casts new light on the Old World this year with unusual itineraries that venture beyond Europe’s urbane capitals to delve deep into the heartland of Austria, England, France, Russia and Spain. Recapture the romance of Europe’s medieval villages and bucolic landscapes; imbibe with locals at pubs and cafés; savor regional specialties prepared by outstanding chefs; and celebrate Guggenheim Bilbao’s 10th anniversary. Led by engaging study leaders who share their insights into the fine arts,...

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Vote for the New 7 Wonders

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In what could be the largest vote ever, the world will soon choose the New Seven Wonders of the World to stand alongside the Ancient Seven Wonders of the World. In January, the New7Wonders committee, chaired by Dr. Federico Mayor, selected 21 finalists out of the 77 nominated sites. You can have a say in the selection of the final seven by casting your vote. From anywhere in the world, call +423 663 90 02 99 and use the code numbers below that correspond to the site of your choice. Or you can go to: and...

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10% Discount with Deilmann

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New York, April 7, 2006 – Peter Deilmann Cruises is offering Americans five cruises this summer to the Norwegian Fjords, Baltic Sea destinations and Greenland on the five-star MS Deutschland with free air and 10% reductions in cabin rates. The nine- to 21-night voyages sail to Bergen, Tromso, Norway’s fjord-cut coast and Spitzbergen, to Stockholm and all the Scandinavian capitals, to St. Petersburg, Gdansk, Iceland and Greenland. Passengers can fly free roundtrip from 16 U.S. cities and save up to $2,089 on the cruise rates alone. An added...

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