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Gala opening of Cross-Year Tourism of Russia and Greece took place in Moscow on Septenber 19. Two countries will participate in developing the cultural itinerary as a part of European Council project titled Relics of Unseparated Christianity. Russian-Greek gastronomic week and regatta in the Ionian Sea and Sochi are planned, IA Interfax reports. Deputy Culture Minister of the...

20.09.2017 Subject: Travel

New national tourist project under title Emperor’s Route will appear in Russia, the website of Russian Ministry of Culture reports. Its presentation took place in Moscow as a part of tourist exhibition Vacation-2017. Emperor’s Route is a joint project of Ministry of Culture and Elizabeth-Sergiev Educational Society. According to Deputy Culture Minister Alla Manilova,...

19.09.2017 Subject: Travel

Amber tourism is to be popularized in Kaliningrad region, RIA Novosti reports. According to regional authorities, the region has all chances for successful promotion of this type of tourism. A particular strategy has been developed for this purpose until 2025. Authors of the strategy note that Russia is quite behind other countries in this aspect. Our country does not use cultural significance of the...

18.09.2017 Subject: Travel

EcoTrain project has just started commuting around nature reserves and parks of the Moscow Region, press-service of regional Ministry of Culture reports. The first train has brought tourists to Taldomsky District, Moscow Oblast. Guests have visited Cranes Birthplace preserve...

18.09.2017 Subject: Travel

Foreign tourists are mostly attracted by Moscow, St. Petersburg, Sochi, Kazan, and the Golden Ring route, IA Interfax reports. Moscow and St. Petersburg are the main points of attraction in Russia because they provide the best means of transportation. Moscow leads because it has four airports, according to the Intourist company head Leonid...

14.09.2017 Subject: Travel

Russia to represent Europe in the Executive Council of World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), TASS reports. There are more than 150 countries in this UN organisation. Russian representatives are going to be part of its governing body and participate in taking crucial decisions from 2017 to 2021. At the 22th UNWTO session of the General Assembly...

13.09.2017 Subject: Travel

Visit Russia National Tourist Office in London started preparations for the World Football Cup, IA Interfax informs. Specialized information center for travelers interested in football was opened there. A per Russian experts, they get many requests from football fans planning to travel to Russia to see the World Cup. The majority of questions is about logistics, for example,...

05.09.2017 Subject: Array

Rostourism offers to declare 2019 as a year of Russian hospitality, RIA Novosti informs. According to deputy chief of community council of Ministry of Environment and Tourism Dmitry Davydenko, three hundred years since Peter the Great’s decree establishing guesthouses will be marked in 2019. He commented that this date could be called the beginning of Russian hospitality and celebrated further on. ...

30.08.2017 Subject: Travel

Russian capital is among the cheapest European cities for cultural tourism, Lenta.ru informs. There are fifteen European cities on this list overall. Post Office company specialists calculated the amount of money per person to spend vacations in each of these cities. The expenses included museums, art galleries, excursions, sightseeing tours, dancing evenings, opera performances and classic music concerts. One...

23.08.2017 Subject: Travel

Governors of cities included into the Golden Ring of Russia – the most popular touristic route of the country informed about founding of a cities’ union at the meeting in Yaroslavl, TASS reports. Signature of agreement and foundation of Golden Ring Cities Union are timed with 50th anniversary of the famous touristic route. The union members are to deal with further...

21.08.2017 Subject: Travel

The Sweetest Summer Festival will take place in Ryazan on August, 19, IA Interfax reports. It coincides with with Savior of the Apple and Savior of Honey Feast Days. The celebration will take place in the City Park of Culture and Rest. According to the region's administration, a broad range of events is planned , including quests, lotteries, concerts, street performances and a separate...

15.08.2017 Subject: Travel

Local population of Kamchatka celebrates the Volcano Day, RIA Novosti informs. A rally and a wide-scale ascension of mountain climbers and amateurs to Avachinsky volcano is planned during the celebrations. ...

11.08.2017 Subject: Travel

Gingerbread Museum and Belyov pastila tasting room are linked into Sweet traditions touristic route in Tula Oblast, Interfax reports. Tourists will see objects used for production of tasty sweets and merchant utensils in the Gingerbread Museum. There are special programs for kids and their parents: gingerbread-making...

08.08.2017 Subject: Travel

Three old cities - Moscow, Vladimir and Veliky Novgorod that used to be Russian capitals at various times, will be linked by one touristic route, TASS informs. According to the Vladimir Oblast mayor Svetlana Orlova, this idea has been brought by her colleague, acting head of Novgorodskaya Oblast Andrey Nikitin. The main goal of the project is popularization of our country’s...

04.08.2017 Subject: Travel

Specialists busy in touristic industry and zoos started to work out ecological tourist itineraries, TASS informs. They are to join Russian zoos and aquariums. Moscow Zoo General Director Svetlana Akulova has advised that the initiative coincides with the Year of Ecology in Russia....

04.08.2017 Subject: Travel

New touristic route named Urals Semiprecious Ring will link cities in Sverdlovsk region, Interfax informs. The new touristic brand will be recommended at the Federal culture Ministry meeting next month. Yekaterinburg. Nevyansk, Berezovsky and Nizhny Tagil are the points of the route. Infrastructure in Sverdlovsk...

31.07.2017 Subject: Travel

Indian businessman and biker Aditya Raj Kapoor has crossed all Russia from Vladivostok to Moscow, Interfax reports. The descendant of the very famous actors’ dynasty has set a goal - to travel around the world on a motorbike. From Russia he is heading to Europe through Baltic countries. His first, “Eurasian” part of his tour will be completed in London. ...

28.07.2017 Subject: Travel

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The question, “What are you, illiterate?” has long been regarded as ironic. Indeed, some may be more capable than others, but everyone in Russia can read and write, so no one would ever think of patting themselves on the back for it. International Literacy Day is celebrated right between Knowledge Day (1 September) and World Teachers’ Day (5 October). Perhaps this is why this holiday isn’t very widely celebrated in Russia.
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