Testimonials – Travellers Reviews

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Northern Lights in Russia: Arctic Winter Magic

Andrew CherrettAustralia

Everything was effortless and planned perfectly!

The trip was absolutely amazing and the tours were more than expected. The Russian people are amazing, friendly people! We loved their culture & passion.  With so many experiences it's hard to indicate the highlights of the tour... New Years at red square, snowing while having a carriage ride in Paul's palace, the northern lights at Murmansk. Every single part of the trip was a highlight with wonderful & even magical experiences!

The hotels were great and the locations perfect! (the igloo hotel could do with some work, but the location made up for it). We tried lots of Russian food and restaurants, all were fantastic.

From our very first meeting your support & help has been amazing, I couldn’t ask for anything more & will recommend you to anyone thinking of visiting Russia. Additionally, the guides & drivers were fantastic, very helpful & perfect representation of Russia. Please pass this on to them & the companies.

Moscow & St Petersburg Winter Escapade

Lyn FrancisAustralia

We really enjoyed the total experience

The highlights were our tour guides Maxim and Katrina ...they both provided excellent commentary and made the journey interesting and filled with historical information. The hotels were all excellent!

Wrangel Island – Expedition Cruise in Russian Arctic

Ada MckayAustralia

I had a dream from my primary school days fulfilled!

I found Kamchatka on the map when I was in a primary school in the 1950’s. I also wanted to visit the Arctic. My well-travelled friend suggested that Wrangel Island and the Chukotka Coast of Siberia along the Bering Strait was the area to visit. Organising travel to the two places was somewhat challenging but all went smoothly with a cruise to Wrangel Island and Chukotka from Anadyr and Kamchatka tour. We had a bonus with extra time in Anadyr and Petropavlovsk for more site-seeing.

Thank you, Anna and Michael, for a wonderful trip!

Kamchatka – Kingdom of the Brown Bears

Sarah CraigUK

Everything about the trip was done to the highest standards possible and I was very impressed!

Alyona our tour leader was absolutely AMAZING, I cannot commend her to you enough. She was kind and understanding on an individual by individual basis, she also delivered information and answered all questions about what we were doing and went above and beyond in terms of adding in stops and activities as we requested them.

The tour was smoothly planned and we were very lucky with the weather too and went straight from Kuril Lake to base camp by Helicopter giving us lots of extra time on a day that could’ve been all travelling. I enjoyed my time in Kamchatka very much! I would say I struggled a little being in such an organised trip, I’m used to doing my own thing, but in this location, I definitely got to see and enjoy more because it was a group and not just me on my own. Just because of the diversity of spectacular photographs I got on that day, the helicopter tour to Valley of the Geysers was the highlight of the trip, however, Kuril Lake is a close second!

I thought the hotels were very good. Our chef was FANTASTIC and the meals in restaurants got better and better finishing in a really luxury place on our final night!
I found Russian people to be extremely friendly, surprisingly so seeing as they don’t all smile much! I felt very safe on my trip, and again I was surprised at how safe it is to be in Russia. In Moscow, teenagers had their phones in their back pockets unconcerned… in London, they would be stolen!

I wanted to leave a good review of my Russia tour because I was extremely happy with 56th Parallel services, I felt like a person the whole time I was dealt with and all the information was clear and correct. Everything about the trip was done to the highest standards possible and I was very impressed!

Kamchatka – The Lost World

Brian and Selina MorrisonAustralia

I still think this was one of the best trips I've been on!

I must say overall it was an amazing experience to visit Kamchatka! It will be something I will remember quite vividly. The staff from on the ground were so helpful and genuine! The trip was very well organised. From what we saw of Eastern Russia was what I was hoping to see, its people to its landscape, it was a privilage to witness it all. The hotels and all the accommodation was what I expected, it made the experience real. The food was better than I was expecting! Plenty of it, never went hungry.

I found the Russian people quite proud and of strong character. I do love their culture especialy the Indigenous tribes. Safety was never an issue. The whole trip was a highlight but to single out one was the Bears and deer herders together.

Kamchatka – The Lost World

Einat DruckerIsrael

It is quite an experience.

All in all, we are happy that we chose to go for this tour. It is quite an experience! We also want to give praise to the local staff, feeling they were very competent, experienced and wise during the trip. Regarding everyday organization they did a very good job. We also feel very good and thankful for your part in organizing and preparing us for the trip! Thank you!

We do, though, have some reservations about the way the program was organized. For example, the program for Kuril lake is for three nights. Actually, there is only one day in which there is a fabulous walk along the river to see the bears. The rest of the time is more or less sitting in the cabin, or at the same specific watchpoint. Which becomes tiring after a while. So we felt it might be wiser to either plan options for making better use of the time, which otherwise stretches too much, or organize transfers more economically (for example returning from Kuril in the afternoon of the third day instead of taking a whole (fourth) day just to do that). We think there could be an improvement in those issues for future travellers.

Kamchatka – The Lost World

Ben PastorAustralia

The trip was perfect and I would highly recommend it to others!

Your team was great!  It was smoothly planned and we really enjoyed our time in Kamchatka! The guide Alyona was outstanding! The highlights of the trip: bears on Kuril Lake and reindeer herders! We felt safe for the whole duration of the tour and I would highly recommend this tour and 56th Parallel to others!
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Tony Fedorowicz
Tony Fedorowicz
00:17 05 Nov 19
There is no way we could have organised our trip to Eastern Europe and Russia ourselves and experienced as much as we... did without the expertise 56th Parallel provided. Anna is a champion!read more
Sarah Craig
Sarah Craig
08:48 25 Sep 19
Kamchatka Kingdom of the Bears TourWas it smoothly planned? Absolutely, and we were very lucky with the weather too... and went straight from Kuril Lake to base camp by Helicopter giving us lots of extra time on a day that could’ve been all travellingDid you enjoy your time in Russia and the experiences on this tour? Very much, I would say I struggled a little being in such an organised trip, I’m used to doing my own thing, but in this location I definitely got to see and enjoy more because it was a group and not just me on my ownDid you like your hotels, Russian food, overall dining experience and meal options? I thought the hotels were very good. I’m sure you’re aware I was unable to manage camping in freezing temperatures and paid for a transfer to get me away from camp, but that was my only bad night. Our chef was FANTASTIC and the meals in restaurants got better and better finishing in a really luxury place on our final night!What about Russian people and their culture?I found Russian people to be extremely friendly, surprisingly so seeing as they don’t all smile much!! Did you feel safe on your trip? Very, and again I was surprised at how safe it is to be in Russia. In Moscow teenagers had their phones in their back pockets unconcerned… in London they would be stolen!What was the highlight of your trip? Just because of the diversity of spectacular photographs I got on that day, the trip to Valley of the Geysers, however Kuril Lake is a close second!Were you happy with 56th Parallel services? Extremely, I felt like a person the whole time I was dealt with and all the information was clear and correct. Everything about the trip was done to the highest standards possible and I was very impressed!In addition Alyona our tour leader was absolutely AMAZING, I cannot commend her to you enough. She was kind and understanding on an individual by individual basis, she also delivered information and answered all questions about what we were doing and went above and beyond in terms of adding in stops and activities as we requested them.read more
זיוה לאלו
זיוה לאלו
08:23 04 Sep 19
Dear Anna ,I want to thank you for arranging us a very good tour to Kamchatka.Each day was a big WOW !!! I... appreciate all your efforts to make us happy .I hope we shall have another opportunity to travel with you.All the best ziva laloread more
T B
T B
03:25 19 Aug 19
I wanted to take the time to thank you for this wonderful trip. Everything was really very well organized, all the... guides we had, were very knowledgeable and very nice people.I have to say, that I picked your company on the net, and I was a bit afraid... But again, the experience couldn't have been better!read more
Jan Koubek
Jan Koubek
09:19 22 Jul 19
It was my dream to see Lake Baikal and the nature around it. From my experience, it was amazing and adventurous. ... Everything was excellent, from the hotels to Russian people. The group was small, which was very good, made up of only 4 people. Thank you 56th Parallel for organising the trip.read more
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