Students CIEE, USA
The students are now settled in at MGIMO and I have a minute to give you some feedback on our stay at Holiday Inn Sokolniki and city excursion.
Regarding the hotel: the students and I found the rooms comfortable and clean. The staff was very pleasant and accessible. They provided registrations with no errors or reminders (often this is a problem at hotels). The conference room was a good size and had the equipment we needed. Staff provided support with IT issues.
Regarding food: the breakfast buffet offers a nice selection. Students always enjoy it. The one complaint (and it's not really a complaint, just a reminder to myself), the food at dinner is very generic. It is not bad, but it is not unique. For the price I think we can do better at another restaurant.
Regarding the city bus tour: Gennady did an excellent job of giving student the right amount of information and orienting them to the city. We made several stops -- at the Ukraine hotel to see the Panorama (this was new for me and very interesting), at Novodevichy Convent, at MGU, and at Red Square. It was a fabulous start to the student's year in Moscow. We are looking forward to the tour of the Kremlin with him on Sunday.
Regarding the drivers for both the bus tour and our transfer to MGIMO: no complaints, they were polite and drove safely.
Thank you for your help organizing this very successful event!
Cheers, Jennifer , USA
Thank you for organising my booking so efficiently. I appreciated the prompt replies while we were corresponding.
Alex & Katia was very helpful and friendly.
I will recommend your service to any colleagues who may be of need of your services in Russia.
Dennis (VOYAGES SAIGON, Inc.), USA
Dear Michael First of all, I would like to thank you for an excellent services you and Tari Tours have provided through out the whole itinerary in Russia last month. I truly appreciate it.
I really like the great location of our Marriott Royal Aurora hotel in Moscow, my whole group enjoyed it so much during the Moscow's holiday week. Please kindly book the same hotel for all our Russia tours in the future.
My next Russia tour in 2017 will start from Thursday 24 August (arriving Moscow) and end Wednesday 06 September (leaving St Petersburg for Helsinki).
I'm very optimistic about our 2017 group since I have received many requests from new and repeated clients already. I only wait to receive your quotations. I do hope you will keep the same prices to help me get a larger group next year. Please try your very best to help me Michael!
Again, thanks for everything you've done for all my groups to Russia.
Mr Jager, South Africa
Everything was outstanding Mister Michael,
I'm in love with Russia, Moscow, the cruise, St. Petersburg....
The food the beer, the museums, the church's, the river, the people, the hotels, the help that I got from people when I need help (on the Metro's)....
WOW, I will definitely recommend it to my friends and colleagues.
Robert Ranndal, USA
Hi Michael, Yes everything is good and will be worked out ; that's why I said not a major issue. We can work out details as things go along; this is after the fact. Please express my deepest thanks to all involved and to the Sokol Aircraft works and Personnel for making a life long dream possible. If you can get me an email address to the factory works council to express my thanks to the hourly worker that produce the plane I would be most thankful. Thank you
Smita and Rashmita, India
We have just got back from our holiday in Russia and we
would like to thank you and your company for the lovely
holiday we had .
Everything was organised so well and all the guides were
lovely. This helped us to have a great holiday.
We really liked all the sights and experiences in Moscow and
St . Petersburg .
We will definitely be recommending Tari tour to our friends.
Thank you once again .
Barbara Jenkins , USA
One thing, the hotel in Moscow, was great and fabulous hotel. The St. Petersburg hotel staff was great, but I don't think it was up to the same par as the one in Moscow. The volume on the television would only go up to 15 (that was like next to nothing, could barely hear it) They did have English language channels, but it was hard to hear. The only other thing was that there was not a chair to sit in, just a desk chair, but not good for sitting and reading. Altogether the trip was wonderful and I was very very pleased with all the tour guides, drivers, transfers. The Moscow tour guide was a 10+, just wonderful, very knowledgeable, really good discussions about Russian, politics culture, etc. St Petersburg guide is a 10, maybe not as knowledgeable as the Moscow tour guide, but very very helpful and enthusiastic about making sure we got to customize the trip.
Larry Dee, USA
The accomodations were wonderful, and close to many of the things we wanted to see. The guides were quite helpful, and had answers for all our questions about the sites. Zoya handled the several unscheduled closings and re-openings with an insider's knowledge of how tourism works in Moscow, so we missed nothing. Victoria, in St. Petersburg, showed us many interesting outdoor sites and churches (walking and by car) during the periods between our timed tickets. She took us to good lunch places and helped me find the only souvenir I wanted - a particular style of amber pendant. She suggested, and made reservations for, good dinner places near our hotel, making our trip even easier. She escorted us to and back from the two evening performances; long days for her. she was a real gem. We also appreciated that the ballet tickets Kensington purchased through Russian cohorts were much cheaper than the prices listed on the ballet websites for the excellent seats we received. I asked about the Mariinsky Ballet on December 2. On April 6, I was offered the Bolshoi and the Mikhailovsky, plus a great folkloric show, all of which we immediately purchased, since there was no website information for the summer Mariinsky schedule. I later found out that the Mariinsky summer tickets went on sale in April, but sold out quickly. However, the ballet was the only, very minor, hitch in what was a glorious trip of a lifetime. All in all the trip exceeded our expectations, from planning to execution.
Shere Leonard , USA
I was very pleased with the organization of our trip to St. Petersburg, Berline and Amsterdam. Hotels in St. Petersburg were lovely. The room in Amsterdam was a bit small. The guides were good. We particularly enjoyed our guide in St. Petersburg, Tanya!! She is a bright woman and knows her history.
Sean Timothy Kelly, USA
Boris, thanks much for your warm hospitality. I very much enjoyed the journey. You, Olesya, Evgeniya, and others were fine hosts.
Rui Mendes De Castro Oliveira, Portugal
Dear Michael and Boris,just loved your country Russia. Soon I will send you an email with my opinion. Meanwhile I would like to thank you and your team for the warm hospitality. Beautiful cities that makes us feel very good. Thanks for everything. Hope to see you again soon.
Judith F., USA
"Our trip to St. Petersburg was superlative. The hotel was beautiful, great location. Our guide was lovely; enthusiastic, full of knowledge, personable, helpful, and caring.
JONATHAN Family, UK
An excellent taster if you have never been to Russia before. It's pretty hectic as a lot is crammed in to just a few days, but I can't think of a better way of opening your eyes to what Russia has to offer. I recommend this tour, it had superb guides, good hotels and I can't really fault it in any way, other than it was just not long enough. Do this trip, and you are likely to want to go back.
Lanier Williams, Canada
Dear Nadiya, We are back from the trip to Russia which you planned for us, and we loved it! Thank you so much. The guides were wonderful. They knew so much and especially, Yelena, in St. Petersburg, was willing to tell us about her family and answer all sorts of questions we had about Russia. The driver with her, Vladimir, was an excellent driver so we had no concerns there. Alexander, the guide in Moscow, is an expert in Russian history, and he made it come alive. We would certainly recommend you and your company to anyone wanting to take a similar trip.
Steve and Linda Shapiro,
This is just a quick note that's to let you know that our guide was Anastasia and our driver was Stas . She was SPECTACULAR!!!!!!! When we arrive in new York we will send you a recommendation! To say that she was knowledgable and personable would be an understatement. She made our three days in St.petersburg one of the most memorable trips that we've ever taken. Thanks so much Danny.
Grace Briand, Canada
Hi Nadiya, Just a word regarding the tour you arranged for the group. It was a complete success and the group was very happy with the tour. I must add that Dimitri, our guide, was excellent and he bent over backwards for us to see that all went well, even with the wheelchairs.
Firstly, apologies for not contacting you sooner. We want to thank you for the holiday we had in Moscow and St Petersburg at the beginning of October. Everything went very smoothly; the hotels were good and the guides that we had, Tatiana and Julia, were excellent. We loved both cities and have resolved to re-visit St petersburg again, as soonas possible. We would have no hesitation in recommending your company to others. Thank you again.
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Dear Nadiya, We are on the train back to St. Petersburg this am. Everything has gone very smoothly throughout the trip and we have been fortunate with great weather the whole time (though a little warm for the locals!). Guides have been all exellent and quite varied as personalities, giving us a wide perspective. Thanks to you and the local connections for making this a fun and worry-free experience.
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