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Useful addresses

United Kingdom

Russian National Tourist Office – 70 Piccadilly - First floor- London W1J 8HP- t 0207 495 7570 - www.visitrussia.org.uk

Embassy of the Russian Federation – 13 Kensington Palace Gardens - London W8 4QX - t 0207 229 3628 - http://www.great-britain.mid.ru/

Republic of Ireland

Russia does not operate a tourist office in Ireland, but travellers can consult its website - www.visitrussia.org.uk

Embassy of the Russian Federation – 184-186 Orwell Road - Rathgar - Dublin 14 - t 01 492 2048 - http://www.ireland.mid.ru/


When to go

The ideal time to visit Russia is between mid-May and mid-October, when you can enjoy the “babie leto”, a sort of lovely local Indian summer in late September and visit the “summer churches”. A trip in January and February will provide a taste of Russian winter and a less-crowded look the museums.

Avoid the rainy month of November and April when the “raspoutitsa” (melting snow) makes getting around rather unpleasant.


Time difference

Russia has no less than eleven time zones. For example, when it is 12noon in London and Dublin, it is 3pm in Moscow and St Petersburg.


Documents

You will need a passport valid for 6 months with two blank pages and a tourist visa, obtained from your nearest Russian consulate before leaving home.


Health

Also see Practical A to Z.

Recommended vaccinations: DT-polio.

Travel insurance is advisable (automatically provided by some bank cards).


Websites

www.visitrussia.org.uk - Official tourist website.

www.art-russe.com - Insights into Russian folk art (English version).

www.russia.net - Comprehensive website devoted to all things Russian.

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