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    Formula 1 comes to Sochi, Russia

    Hot on the heels of a successful winter games at Sochi 2014, Sochi now plays host to a spectacular new Formula 1 event in Sochi on 12 October 2014. Book hotels early - demand is high! Check out your Russian visa requirements too, as we provide a free Russian Visa Support Letter if you book your hotel with us - and you get discount rates too! Welcome to Sochi!


    Hotels in Crimea - Russian Visa Required.

    Travellers to Crimea now require a Russian visa - we are pleased to be able to offer a Russian visa support letter free of charge. Please check with your own national travel advice before booking as many countries do not accept Russian control of Crimea. We now list hotels in Crimea under both Russian AND Ukraine....Check out our hotels in Yalta, Crimea here: http://www.select-a-room.com/hotels/russia/yalta---crimea


    New - Fast Trains from Moscow to Sochi

    Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has attended a special event where Russian Railways (RZD) received a first new electric passenger locomotive that will cut the journey time between Moscow and Sochi by more than half by the time of the 2014 Winter Olympics and Paralympics. The EP20 electric passenger train has been made by Transmashholding and Alstom in Rostov and can run at a maximum speed of 200 kilometres per hour, the first of its kind to be produced in Russia. Currently the 1,359 kilometre journey between Moscow and Sochi, on the Black Sea, can take up to 32 hours. But, with the introduction of the new trains, that could be cut to 15 hours by the time of Sochi 2014. Transmashholding and Alstom will be delivering three trains a month to RZD by early next year to help ensure that there is plenty of capacity by the time the Games open on February 7, 2014.


    St Petersburg City Breaks - Guaranteed Departures 2014

    Take a look at our Guaranteed Departure City Tours to St Petersburg in 2014 - its a great way to visit the city with like-minded travellers to keep costs down. Key sights are INCLUDED, and you stay in a First Class for €420 per person in twin share with breakfast and tax, the tour includes transfers, a city tour with  a visit to the Peter and Paul Fortress, a Hermitage our and a tour to fabulous Pushkin to visit the Catherine Palace! A wonderful chance to experience fabulous St Petersburg at an unbeatable price!

    In addition, we offer Russian River cruis programmes on MS Chernyshevsky and MS Tolstoy - and tours of Russia and Ukraine featuring Moscow, St Petersburg, Kiev, the Golden Ring as well as full scale Trans-Siberian adventures all the way to Mongolia and China!

    Book here: http://www.select-a-tour.com

     

    Welcome to St Petersburg!

    Katya and the St Petersburg Team!


    New: Sensational Restaurant Experience in St Petersburg Russia

    Dear guests

    Please note that we are delighted to suggest a new and exciting experience in St Petersburg - "Dans Le Noir" is a "Dark" restaurant in St Petersburg! This restaurant is a socially aware experience and staffed by blind personnel. Eating and drinking is done entirely in a blacked-out restaurant devoid of light. It is designed to enhance our sensory perceptions of the finest food and drink - check it out! Its based at the Sokos Palace Bridge Hotel - a superb 5 star spa hotel with excellent winter offers. Check it our here:

    http://www.select-a-room.com/hotel/russia/st-petersburg/sokos-hotel-palace-bridge

    Welcome to St Petersburg!

    Ekaterina - St Petersburg Office

     


    Nizhny Novgorod - Russian Visa Procedures

    Please note that passengers arriving in the Russian Federation directly in Nizhny Novgorod (a restricted city) require a special visa support which can issue - but it takes longer than a normal visa support letter and we charge for this. There is a charge of $80 - but it is not appliccable if you arrive in Moscow or St Petersburg for onward travel to Nizhni Novgorod. Most clients prefer the latter option - but if you do wish to fly directly in to Nizhni-Novgorod, the additional charge will apply, and allow a little additional time for the visa support to arrive.


    Special September Offer!! Big Reductions on Hotels

    We are launching a special promotion today with amazing low prices - lower than anywhere on the Web! Our propotions apply to hotels in: Spain, Greece, Portugal, Morocco, Italy, France and Tunisia ONLY. These sensational low prices are available until midnight on 30 September only - so book online now!!

    For Spain: http://www.select-a-room.com/hotels/spain/barcelona

    For Greece: http://www.select-a-room.com/hotels/greece/athens

    For Portugal: http://www.select-a-room.com/hotels/portugal/lisbon

    For Morocco:  http://www.select-a-room.com/hotels/morocco/marrakech

    For Italy: http://www.select-a-room.com/hotels/italy/rome

    For France: http://www.select-a-room.com/hotels/france/paris

    For Tunisia: http://www.select-a-room.com/hotels/tunisia/tunis-carthage-coast

     

     

     


    Stop Press: New hotels in St Petersburg Russia LIVE now!

    We have added some great new hotels in St Petersburg onto Select-a-room.com - and they are available NOW!

    3 ~Star - Hotel Bristol

    http://www.select-a-room.com/hotel/russia/st-petersburg/bristol-hotel
     
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    4 - Star Hotel Tradition  
    http://www.select-a-room.com/hotel/russia/st-petersburg/tradition-hotel
     
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    3 - Star Nevsky Forum
    http://www.select-a-room.com/hotel/russia/st-petersburg/nevsky-forum-hotel

    Great prices and FREE Visa Support!

    Welcome to St Petersburg!


    Russia - No Visa for World Cup 2018!

    Football World Cup 2018 fans having valid tickets for the event will require no visa to enter Russia. This was announced by the President of Russia, Vladimir Putin who promised to world cup’s visitors that they will be allowed to visit the country without obtaining visa. He further announced that Russian Government is considering allowing the football fans to travel within the country for free using their match tickets.

    “I’d like to note that we’ve decided to let the fans with match tickets enter Russia without visas during the 2018 World Cup, furthermore, we’re now considering the possibility of allowing supporters with tickets to travel across the country for free during the event,” Vladimir Putin said on January 19, 2012 at Saint Petersburg.

    Furthermore, Putin said that it would be great idea if Russian flag carrier Aeroflot and a private airline Transaero offer free of cost flights between venues for the football spectators during world cup 2018.

    “I think that if we ask Aeroflot and Transaero to give you free tickets as an advertising consideration, they will not go broke,” he added.

    However, no airline has committed to provide free flights to the fans so far.

    Russia was chosen to host the football world cup 2018 and the matches of the tournament are set to be played at 14 stadiums across the country.

    Seeing that, Russia is the largest country in the worlds due to immense distance between cities, as football visitors are likely to face distant and very expensive journeys between the venues.

    Meanwhile, the president’s plan of free-travel is expected to ease football visitors concerns and it will encourage fans from around the world to watch the world cup matches in Russia.

    In the meantime, President of International Federation of Association Football (FIFA), Sepp Blatter termed Putin’s efforts as a tremendous step, and he admired the Russian government’s initiative to waive of complex and costly visa procedure for football fans.


    Spassky Tower Festival - Moscow!

     "Spasskaya Tower - 2012"The Public Council and the Direction of the International Military Music Festival “Spasskaya Tower” are pleased to inform you that the next International Military Music Festival “Spasskaya Tower” will take place in Red Square of Moscow from 1 to 8 September 2012. The traditional participants of the Festival are the units of the State Honour Guards and the leading Russian and foreign military music bands.


    Formula 1 Racing Comes to Moscow - 15 july 2012

     

    Moscow sees the return of Formula 1 cars to the city on 15 July 2012 with racing round the Kremlin - so watch out for amazing excitement - and some degree of disruption for regular traffic! We are currently checking with the local authorities about access to the Kremlin for visitors - the Kremlin is operating for visitors as usual, but access is being reviewed currently.


    Taleon Imperial Hotel St Petersburg - Free Nights in Superb Palace Hotel

    The former Eliseev Palace is now a superb 5 star hotel in the heart of St Petersburg - it's a hidden gem, with superb service and magnificent rooms befitting a former imperial palace! Its even better not with its current FREE NIGHT offer - 3 nights for the price of 2 in summer 2012 for example - check out full details here and BOOK NOW - its an amazing alternative to the traditional hotels that we offer in this magnificent city.

    http://www.select-a-room.com/hotel/russia/st-petersburg/taleon-imperial-hotel


    Stop Press: New 5 Star Hotel in St Petersburg Russia - Domina Prestige Hotel

    Check out the magnificent new Domina Prestige Hotel in St Petersburg - we have free night offers, big discounts - and the hotel is now live on Select-a-room.com ! Bright and modern hotel - perfect location! The hotel has "soft" opening rates so time to take advantage of a great new hotel....!

    http://www.select-a-room.com/hotel/russia/st-petersburg/domina-prestige-hotel

    Welcome to St Petersburg!

    Ekaterina and the St Petersburg Team!


    Hotels in Ulan Bator, Mongolia for Trans-Mongolian Travel

    We have a good choice of hotels offering excellent value in Ulan Bator, Mongolia for your consideration. Please note however that hotels in Mongolia are generally on request and can take up to 24 hours to confirm - Mongolian hotels tend to be a little slow to send confirmations! Ulan Bator is at the heart of the Trans-Mongolian Express between Russia and China - and is a fascinating destination. For the average tourist, the 3 star hotels offer great value for money - check out the following:

    Hotel Evergreen: http://www.select-a-room.com/hotel/mongolia/ulan-bator/evergreen-hotel

    Hotel Edelweiss: http://www.select-a-room.com/hotel/mongolia/ulan-bator/edelweiss-hotel

    Hotel Flower: http://www.select-a-room.com/hotel/mongolia/ulan-bator/flower-hotel

    All offer a warm welcome, comfortable accommodation and great value for money! For clients originating in UK, we can provide your visas for Mongolia as well as for China and Russia - email us on visas@aslatravelgroup.com for full details and costs - or call on +44 1 480 433800.

    For travellers looking for a full Trans-Mongolian or Trans-Siberian Rail tour, please rever to our specialist rail tours webaite: www.ClassicTrainTravel.com .

    Welcome to Mongolia!


    Select-a-room.com - Specialist for Eastern Europe Online Hotel Bookings!

    Here at Select-a-room.com we have been handling for over 10 years, many thousands of hotel bookings for tens of thousands of clients travelling to the now-independent states of the former Soviet Union. We have major offices in Moscow, St Petersburg, Kiev, Odessa, Yalta, Lviv as well as a Head office in the UK and a sales office in USA. As wel as outr own offices in Russia and Ukraine, we have dedicated partners in Kazakhstan, Belarus, Uzbekistan and Moldova to provide you with visa assistance, onward transportation as well as amazing hotel deals. Whether you are visiting the ancient Silk Road in Uzbekistan, need a visa for Russia - or are visiting the Euro 2012 competetion in Poland and Ukraine in 2012, we have dedicated experts on hand to help. Our live help desk allows you to ask all the tricky questions you need - and we pride ourselves on a top level of service!

    Welcome to Select-a-room.com - for Eastern Europe and Beyond!