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Natalie TiffanyIndonesia

I would like to Thank You so much for all the hard work of my trip that gone well and enjoyable just like how I requested on.

The reason why I choose to go to Russia it's because I adore this country for already 6/7 years now. And I'm glad that I found 56thParallel that specialist for only travel in Russia, that's exactly what I need for, because some tour they don't have just only Russia unless City Tour in the country itself. About guides in both cities, I like them tho. They are friendly, helpful and understandable so much. Both of them gave me clear explanations about each place and they answered me when I have questions about the attractions and gave us such priority when enter the museums with lots people lining up that won't let we wait and wait for long ( which is a good thing when visit such places, so won't waste time!).  And truly I amazed by the beauty of the historical museums especially their arts and the artefacts that still keep in the museums. I got my eyes hurt once I out from Armoury Chamber really WOW !

Also they offered us several good restaurants that made me missed them now for example like Armenian cuisine, I so much love it ! Well, before I arrive to Rus, my mom friend said Rus foods not so tasty, but from what we heard and we tried ourselves we had no problem over it! and I even missed the foods ( Plemeni with potato, chicken soup )  and drink ( тархун )  like Fanta look but its actually Georgian drink. I even had 2x Russian cuisines while and before I left Russia. I also think to try to cook easy Russian food at home if possible.

As Russia my 1st Europe Country I've visited ( I consider Russia as EU, however it is not part of EU ) I realised both hotel in MSK & SPB are smalls. But we both prefer small rooms compared to big size room. And what I like about both cities hotels that were very convenient and strategic area for us to get anything we want around the city. I liked the warm greetings in SPB hotel by gave us a bottle of wine and chocolate.

I realised Russia and Indonesia are nearly the same in the term of communication ( language ) WHY? because in Indonesia even in my capital ( Jakarta ) not all people able to speak English, just the same like Russia, unless they learn English then only they can speak, so for me the same problem as I'm tourist and tourist who come to a country who not English as a main language. Not only language the same with my country but Traffic. Well, every country do have traffic but my city and include Moscow are the in the list of Top traffic countries in the world too ( I don't remember in which number of list ) so I can say that when in Moscow I way more tired compared to SPB that had much free time. Once I got home, on my phone I checked that on the day I were in Rus, I found out that i walked around 10-15km in a day. No wonder when I got home and felt some of my clothing have a bit of spaces which i'm losing some weight by good and simple exercise of Walking. Really I can say that Russian people quiet strong on walking, they can walk no matter how kilo and how much minute it take, not cause of good exercise yet Traffic that waste of time.

Overall of my Russia trip, I would like to recommend my friend if they interested to go for only Russia because not only can choose for the package from the website even they can customise on how journey they want also 56th Parallel gave a good hotel recommendation with an organised transportation to everywhere with a friendly . Even in future I might choose 56th Parallel again for 2nd time trip to Russia but different city for sure.

We might see again in future for my 2nd time trip to Russia in different destination.

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Stephen MatthewsAustralia

We very much enjoyed our trip to St Petersburg/Moscow and all ran smoothly.

Both guides were very good and we enjoyed their company and their knowledge.  If any of our friends were to follow in our footsteps we would probably get them to check if you could schedule the same guides. It certainly was a significant benefit to be able to bypass the long queues for the larger tour groups. The hotels were more than satisfactory particularly the Mercure in Moscow which was very close to the underground station and also near to the Arbat St pedestrian area. We covered a lot of distance walking in St Petersburg and while not a problem for us perhaps some others might struggle (16km-20km per day on each of the first 2 full days). I think we have about 900 photos of St Petersburg and around 500 of Moscow.

For friends considering travel to Russia to visit St Petersburg/Moscow I would certainly recommend they contact you. I am aware that you also arrange travel to some of the less well-known locations and while we are keen on a range of outdoor activities.

The only small hiccup was the driver was not obvious when we arrived in Moscow on the train from St Petersburg and eventually turned up after 10-15 minutes. I suspect that Moscow traffic may have been responsible. Perhaps we would have preferred to start each day a little earlier particularly if it would have been possible to arrive at some of the main attractions when they first opened for the day when perhaps less crowded.

Thanks again for making this a successful trip and I would be happy to recommend 56th Parallel to others.
Best Regards Stephen.

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Jessica SamuelAustralia

Thank you so much for organising the most amazing trip to Baikal for my boyfriend and I.

It was so organised and we had an absolute blast! I will be recommending you guys to anyone wanting to travel to Russia. Let me know if there is anywhere you would like me to rate you on to help promote your company.

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John and Pom DorlingAustralia

We truly believe our private tour was the best way for us to see the sights and make the most of our time!

Your guides were the highlight of our week in Russia. They were both knowledgeable, warm and friendly. They accommodated minor changes to our itinerary to fit in with Russian bureaucracy seamlessly, recommended great places to eat lunch and guided us through Russian specialities. We appreciated all the time saved by your guides as they skipped the queue at all major sites and museums.  They knew where to lead us to for the best photos.  It was luxuriously indulgent to be met by your professional drivers and each and every turn.

We found Moscow to be a very interesting city filled its contrasts. It is a safe, fast paced and modern city where everything is on a big scale.  From the 10-12 laned boulevards, to the monuments and churches to the Stalin era architecture - it’s all aimed at showing power and strength. St Petersburg is different to that.  It’s not so concerned with showing power and strength but rather with wealth and opulence of a bygone era.

All in all, we truly believe our private tour was the best way for us to see the sights and make the most of our time!

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Cecilia HallstromSweden

I am very happy to let you know that I am very satisfied with my trip to Kamchatka!

I only wish to come back some day, for some real heliskiing. I was happy with the hotel even if it wasn't the one you sent information about. They had a nice hot spring. I was very, very happy with my guide, Katja. We became good friends. It was a fun mix of things and a nice introduction to a fascinating part of the world. Thank you!
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Julija GlizevskajaLithuania

It was a pretty great adventure and well organised!

I enjoyed a lot! Great food (especially picnics), good accommodation. Days were planned very well, we had enough time to enjoy and made plenty of photos or just have fun. I really liked, that we were not rushed. Our guide was enthusiastic, full of energy and well acknowledged. The group was very friendly, probably that our age range was pretty small. It was also very nice to receive a small present on international women’s day.

Although it was sad to see that majority of the group didn’t speak English. It’s strange that young Russian could not understand English. Except for guide and Australian girl, there was only one more who spoke some English and could communicate with us.
Then I was a bit disappointed that it was provided too much alcohol. But even on an ice raft, when in a program was mentioned that it would be mulled wine, there was only champagne. I hope this could be taken into consideration.

And in conclusion, I would like to say thank you for a great time. I would definitely recommend it!
PS. I am also at some point would love to visit Kamchatka and Yakutia.


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Oskari EskolaFinland

We really did have an amazing time at Baikal!

We had spectacular luck with the weather, being basically sunny with no wind or downwind for the days with skating, and when skiing in Mamai there was a 50cm dump of snow during the night that provided great powder runs. But we were even more impressed with the level of planning you had put into making the trip a success, from all the transports to every meal it was perfect.Having some diet issues I was very happy to see that all the food was thought through, but that it also had a local touch, since that always makes it more interesting.

I guess the only improvement would have been if our skiing guide had known a bit more English, but even now it worked out, and he did a great job overall. Our ice skating guide was fantastic - if he would want to improve, he could be a bit more proactive in describing the plan, and options etc, but that’s a minor detail.

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