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Who is this service for ..... Our planning services are fit for those who are struggle with planning their own vacations. those that find it difficult to sort through the many options available to chose from for themselves. Our service is for those who just can't find the time to plan their own vacation.
Travel is my passion .... Let me be transparent. This is the way I provide for myself and my family so my time is very important to me. To make sure that I am allocating it wisely I have created a hiring process for myself and for you! Royal Excursions, LLC's hiring process was designed to allow us to work with clients who are very serious about planning their dream vacation and working with us to do the job. Our process secures our time with each of our potential clients. Security prevents us from having our time wasted and looks us to provide amazing services our clients wants and deserves.
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To begin my hiring process, you must schedule a 30 minute consultation call. Consultations allow us to properly assess your needs, decide which services are most suitable for you, create experiences and adventures to your expectations, and get started immediately.
Step 2: Sign Hiring Contract And Pay Initial Retainer
After you agree that you want to move forward with the hiring process, I will discuss hiring fees.
Here are the price tiers.
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Groups up to 20 guest require an initial retainer fee of $100 + $25 retainer per person for each additional guest in the travel group.
Groups over 20 guests require an initial retainer fee of $200 + $50 retainer per person for each additional guest in the travel group.
To begin researching accommodations and amenities, ONLY the initial retainer fee must be paid by the lead traveler. This amount is not applied to your trip, it is paid directly to Royal Excursions, LLC as the Travel Professional and is nonrefundable and nontransferable.
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Once the initial retainer is paid, it will take 5-7 business days to create your vacation quote, unless otherwise stated. After its complete, we will schedule a time to go over the quote with you. During this time, we will review the quote together and if you have any questions or modifications we can discuss those at that time.
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20 most interesting places in Moscow Region (PHOTOS)
We recently wrote about the major sights of Moscow and its suburbs, which are easily accessible via the 'Moscow Central Diameters' lines. But, if you travel a little further, you'll discover no less excitement! There is a great deal to see and do in Moscow Region.
1. Znamenskaya Church in Dubrovitsy
One of the most unusual Orthodox churches in the world is located in Podolsk near the estate of the same name. The entire estate once belonged to Prince Boris Golitsyn, an associate and tutor of Peter the Great.
The Church of Our Lady of the Sign (1690-1704) was built in the Baroque style and, according to historians, Italian architects had a hand in it. Their names still remain a mystery, however. The base of the church is shaped like an equal-pointed cross, with staircases running up on all the four sides, while the foundation and walls are decorated with carvings in the form of vines, shells and angels. Inside, the church is even more luxuriously decorated.
2. Gorki Leninskie
The last owner of the Gorki Estate was Zinaida Grigorievna, the widow of Savva Morozov , the largest manufacturer in the Russian Empire. She bought it already after his death and set up a modern farm there. In 1909, the estate already had steam heating, water supply, electricity and even exotic plants were grown in its greenhouses.
But, the estate only became of significance after the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution and ensuing nationalization. It was within these walls that Bolshevik leader Vladimir Lenin spent his last years of his life. His study, car and some personal belongings were preserved in Gorki.
A range of TV shows and feature movies were also filmed in these places. The remaining movie set scenery turned into a genuine movie town, in which you can walk around and explore.
It is a real postcard merchant town! In its center there is a 16th century Kremlin with narrow cobbled streets, numerous stores with cute souvenirs and a kiosk with that kalach bread! As it is stated on the menu, there are kalach with and without goose meat. For those who want to master the art of baking, there are a number of workshops in the 'Kalachnaya' museum.
Kolomna is no less famous for its pastila (fruit marshmallow) made from local apples. There is no other place where you can find such a perfect variety of candy!
Kremlins were built in many regions of Russia, but most of them are located in Moscow Region. Nine such fortresses have survived to date, but the best preserved ones are in Kolomna and Zaraysk (there are also kremlins in Vereya, Volokolamsk, Mozhaisk, Zvenigorod, Dmitrov, Serpukhov and Ruza).
The Zaraysk Kremlin was built in 1528-1531 on the order of Vasily III to protect the southern borders of Moscow. During the ‘Time of Troubles’ (‘Smuta’), the governor of Zaraysk was Prince Dmitry Pozharsky, thanks to whose actions (among others) the city survived against the supporters of False Dmitry II.
5. Bison in the Prioksko-Terrasny Nature Reserve
Not far from Serpukhov, you can get acquainted with these unique animals that once even roamed with mammoths. The Prioksko-Terrasny Nature Reserve has been restoring the bison ("zubr") population since the 1940s, returning them to their natural habitat.
6. New Jerusalem
In the 17th century, Patriarch Nikon decided to build his own “Jerusalem”, not far from the town of Istra. The size of the New Jerusalem Monastery was to show the full power of the Orthodox Church.
It has its own Church of the Holy Sepulchre, as well as its own Golgotha and even the nearby Istra River was renamed ‘Jordan’ in that area.
Nearby, you can find one of the largest art museums in Russia – 'New Jerusalem', which boasts well over 180,000 exhibits!
7. Arkhangelskoye Estate
One can't help comparing this grand estate to Versailles. In terms of its decadence and pomp, it was not inferior to the royal French palaces. Over time, Arkhangelskoye changed quite a few owners. Throughout history, the estate was owned by the Sheremetev, Golitsyn, and Yusupov families. Today, it is a museum and reserve with a large park and a theater .
One of the oldest cities of Moscow Region (known since the middle of the 12th century), Zvenigorod is dubbed "Moscow Region's Switzerland". The surroundings there are really very picturesque: the spruce forests scattered along the valleys of the Storozhka River beckon you to have a stroll around.
The name of the town (derived from the word ‘zvonit’, ‘to ring’) is often associated with its defensive significance: it is believed that soldiers on the fortress towers would warn the inhabitants of approaching enemies.
You can also visit the preserved white-stone Savva-Storozhevsky Monastery, founded in 1398 by monk Savva, a follower of Sergius of Radonezh.
9. Malevich Park
If you can't decide between walking in the woods or modern art, this is the right place to go. The new park is located near Razdory (Odintsovo) train station, where you will find art objects waiting for you in the most unobvious places. Inscriptions on trees, moonlight on a lawn, nets in the forest. Walking through the park, you will, every now and then, bump into other people just as surprised to see yet another work of art along their way.
10. Star City
To learn how astronauts prepare for flights to the ISS and what discoveries they make in space, you can visit the Cosmonaut Training Center in Zvyozdny Gorodok aka Star City (Shchelkovsky District). Simulators, centrifuges, spacesuits, as well as models of spaceships are on display there. It is a closed city, however, which means you can't just go there. You have to sign up for an official excursion 21 working days in advance. If you are a foreigner – 45 working days prior to the date.
11. Aviation Museum in Monino
The Central Museum of the Russian Air Force showcases rare military and civilian airplanes from different epochs. Among the most interesting exhibits are the Soviet Tu-144 supersonic passenger airplane, the super-heavy B-12 transport helicopter and a BOR-5 aircraft that returned from space. But, of course, there are many others!
12. Road to Lavra
The walking trail from Moscow to The Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius in Sergiev Posad is one of the most unusual tourist routes in Russia. It is the successor of the historical road to St. Sergius of Radonezh. The length of the trail is 120 kilometers, if counted from the Moscow Kremlin. It passes through the Abramtsevo and Muranovo museums, as well as the Radonezh and Khotkovo villages. You don’t have to walk the whole trail and can traverse small sections of several kilometers instead.
Of course, you can also get to Sergiev Posad, where the Lavra is located, by train and bus. In addition to the monastery, there is a famous toy museum in the town. It is believed that it was there that the first Russian matryoshka doll was made.
13. Gzhel Porcelain Factory
Moscow Region is the birthplace of quite a few Russian art crafts that have since gained popularity around the world. One of them is the blue-and-white-painted Gzhel ceramics (Ramensky district). It turns out that there was exceptionally good quality clay surrounding the village of Gzhel, which was used to make bricks, pipes, tiles and even toys. But, most importantly, beautifully painted dishes with birds and flowers. You can also try your hand at pottery while on an excursion around the Gzhel Porcelain Factory!
14. Zhostovo Factory
The famous Zhostovo trays originate from the 19th century in the village of Zhostovo (Mytishchi urban district). The trays, on which bright flowers blossom, cannot be mistaken for anything else! At the factory, you will see the whole manufacturing process, while in the museum – the most unusual items produced there!
15. Moose Biostation
The Moose Island (Losiny Ostrov) National Park occupies a huge territory in the north-east of Moscow and Moscow Region. It is there, at the biostation in the Mytishchi urban district, that you can get closer acquainted with the moose, the master of the forest. Wild red deer and spotted deer also live there. You can walk around the territory on your own or go on an excursion group.
16. Melikhovo Museum & Reserve
The estate still cherishes the memory of famous Russian writer Anton Chekhov, who lived there in 1892-1899. The literary museum near the city of Chekhov appeared in 1941 and his relatives helped collect exhibits for it, including the writer's personal belongings.
Melikhovo, meanwhile, also hosts theatrical and literary events, exhibitions and concerts.
17. Bykovo Estate
Lost somewhere in the Ramenskiy urban district is the beautiful Bykovo Estate, built in the Neo-Gothic style in the late 18th century. Near it, there is Vladimirskaya Church , reminiscent of a fairy-tale palace. The project is attributed to Vasily Bazhenov, who was also the architect of the palace in Moscow's Tsaritsyno park.
The best views of the city are from the hilltop of the Mozhaisk Kremlin. The center of Mozhaisk has preserved its historic layout dating to the 18th century and will be of interest to those who want to get a closer look at the historical settlements of Moscow Region. Not far from the city is the Borodino Field Museum and Reserve, as well as the historic Borodino railway station.
19. Peter Tchaikovsky Museum & Reserve in Klin
The composer rented the house in Klin in the last two years of his life and, in 1894, a year after his death, a memorial museum was opened there. It houses Tchaikovsky's personal belongings, his books, as well as his cabinet piano – and everything is fully preserved.
20. Senezh Lake
This is a water reservoir that was constructed in Solnechnogorsky District two centuries ago to feed the channel between the rivers Istra and Sestra. The places are very picturesque and it was this lake that Isaac Levitan dedicated his painting to in 1898.
The lake. Rus. 1900, Isaac Levitan.
In summer, you can swim and sunbathe on the beach and, in cold weather, you can visit the 'Putevoy Palace' museum center and learn more about what Moscow province life of the 18th century was like.
Bonus (in winter): Yakhroma
In the winter season, there is a ski slope in Yakhroma (Dmitrovsky district). Naturally, the mountains in the vicinity of Moscow are not the highest, however, the journey to the ski base will appeal even to those who aren’t sports enthusiasts. There is a themed 1980s retro train, complete with wooden benches, running between Savelovsky Station and Yakhroma . Also, ‘Ikarus’ retro buses operate between Yakhroma station and 'Sorochany', 'Volen' and 'Yakhroma' resorts.
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I booked a 7-day Alaska cruise for $799 but actually spent $2,800 with extras. Take a closer look at what made it so pricey.
- I thought I got a great deal this summer when I booked a seven-day Alaska cruise for $799 a person.
- I spent $2,800 on excursions, WiFi, a drinks package, port fees, and specialty dining.
- Even though I paid $2,000 more than the base price, it was worth it.
I'm an experienced cruiser who has sailed around the globe, so I was excited to take my husband on his first cruise last summer to celebrate his birthday.
We chose a seven-day Princess Cruise to Alaska in and out of Seattle on the Royal Princess . The ship would visit the Inside Passage with a day cruising in Glacier Bay National Park , two full days at sea, stops at Juneau, Skagway, and Ketchikan in Alaska, and a stop at Victoria in Canada.
I had cruised with Princess before and liked how it offers a sweet spot between casual and luxurious. It was also the first time we had visited Alaska, and since seven Princess ships sail there, I felt confident that they were experts in cruising America's last frontier.
The base price for the cruise was $799 a person, which included an interior stateroom, all meals not served in specialty restaurants, and entertainment.
I thought that was cheap, but as an experienced cruiser, I knew there would be extras, such as WiFi, beverages, excursions, and upscale dining.
In the end, I spent just over $2,800 a person — $2,000 more than the base price. While it wasn't the cheap deal I originally booked, considering our fabulous trip, I thought the price was well worth it.
Here's a closer look at how we spent our money.
The base price included many things on board the Royal Princess.
The Royal Princess is a large ship with 1,780 cabins for 3,560 guests. There are 19 passenger decks, eight with guest accommodations.
Our stateroom was 170 square feet, which felt compact but was just right for two people. We had a queen-size bed and a bathroom with a shower.
The ship felt like a gigantic floating hotel and most amenities and activities were included in the fare. That included access to two swimming pools, eight hot tubs, a spa, a fitness center, and a variety of dining venues, from buffets to a pizzeria. Specialty and upscale dining cost extra, but more on that later.
My first purchase was the Princess Premier Package, which cost $80 a person a day.
Along with my base fare, I purchased the Princess Premier Package for myself for $80 a person a day.
The package includes WiFi for up to four devices, alcoholic beverages and wine by the glass worth up to $20, unlimited drinks from the juice bar, specialty coffee, and premium desserts such as gelato.
Crew gratuity, room service, fitness classes, and two meals at specialty restaurants are also part of the package.
You have to purchase the package for the duration of the cruise, which totaled $560 for me for seven days.
My biggest additional expenses came from shore excursions.
The cruise had stops in Alaska in Juneau, Skagway, and Ketchikan, as well as in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.
As much as I enjoy shipboard life, to really experience Alaska, I knew I wanted to disembark and explore each port.
While it's free to simply leave the boat and walk around each port, with only a day in most locations, I thought I'd get a better sense of the destination by booking official shore excursions hosted by the cruise line. These excursions are soup-to-nuts packages that take care of all the details and make the most of the time in each port.
You can still book excursions with local tour operators unaffiliated with the cruise line, but I preferred booking all of mine through Princess because I knew the day would be tailored around when I needed to be back on the boat.
I booked each excursion in advance — I know from experience that popular shore excursions tend to sell out — and spent $930 total a person on all three of them.
I spent $480 a person for a luxury whale-watching tour in Juneau.
Our first port of call was Juneau, Alaska.
There, I booked an all-inclusive, four-hour luxury whale-watching group tour on a yacht with room for eight passengers. It cost my husband and I $480 each.
Once off the ship, a representative greeted us and drove the group to Auke Bay to board our yacht, which felt swanky with its leather seats and polished chrome.
Our crew included the captain and Emma, a naturalist, who helped us spot wildlife. Emma encouraged questions and was a wealth of information on all things Alaska.
The yacht brought us incredibly close to orcas, humpback whales, harbor seals, and sea lions. Champagne, Alaskan beer, and a big charcuterie platter were included in the price, too.
It was a once-in-a lifetime experience, and well worth the $480-a-person cost.
I paid $210 to kayak in Skagway, Alaska.
I love kayaking and didn't want to miss the chance to paddle in Alaska, so I booked Princess' Chilkoot Lake Kayak Experience for $210 a person.
We joined 20 other passengers on a high-speed, 45-minute ferry ride to Haines. As our ferry journeyed through a deep fjord, we saw whales breaching, eagles soaring, and bears along the shoreline.
When we arrived in Haines, a bus drove us to the lake, where a guide gave us a brief lesson on paddling technique before we hopped into double and triple kayaks on blue water surrounded by tall peaks.
We paddled for about 90 minutes before the coach brought us back to the ferry. A simple picnic lunch of sandwiches, chips, and hot coffee awaited us as part of our rate.
A tour of totem poles, a salmon cannery, and a rainforest walk cost $240 each.
Ketchikan was our last stop in Alaska. It's an excellent destination to explore Native Alaskan culture, particularly to learn about totem poles.
I booked the Best of Ketchikan: Totems, Wildlife Cruise & Alaska Appetizers excursion, a four-hour tour for $240 a person.
Our group of 16 began the trip with a narrated wildlife cruise to a former salmon cannery where a guided tour and interactive exhibits helped us understand the importance of salmon canning to the state's growth.
Next, we snacked on locally made reindeer sausage and wild-berry cookies.
Well-fortified, we took a short walk through the rainforest before getting on a bus to Saxman Native Village to watch totem poles being hand-carved and to view a collection of them.
Back on board the ship, I paid $60 for access to an adults-only space.
The Sanctuary is an adults-only, outdoor area at the ship's bow where you can reserve a chaise lounge for a half or full day for $20 or $40, respectively.
It's the only section of the ship where you can have a tranquil, adult-only outdoor experience, with room for approximately 30 people.
We went once, on our scenic-cruise day — the day the ship traversed Glacier Bay National Park.
I knew the ship would be hectic on this day because every passenger was on board and wanted a good view of the passing scenery.
As such, a half day in the Sanctuary cost $60 — more than any other day.
But our access provided us with a front-row seat as we sailed by breathtakingly beautiful glaciers.
Plus, there were only a few dozen other passengers there, and the helpful staff kept bringing us extra blankets to offset the chilly air. A breakfast buffet with fresh fruit, smoked salmon, croissants, and more took the experience up a notch.
I happily forked over $22 for sushi in a specialty restaurant.
Many restaurants, including the three main dining rooms with waiter service, buffets, and a pizzeria are included in the base cruise price, but several upscale-dining spots incur an extra charge.
But because I'm a sushi fanatic, I knew I'd pay extra to eat at Ocean Terrace, the ship's sushi bar.
We ordered an assortment of sushi, sashimi, and edamame for lunch. It was extremely fresh, and I thought it was well worth the $22 a person we paid. Unlike some other upscale dining options, my meal was not a flat fee, but based on what I ordered.
Considering other sushi meals I've had, I thought it was inexpensive and had I discovered it sooner, I would have eaten at Ocean Terrace several more times.
For my husband's birthday, I booked the chef's table for $130 a person with wine pairings.
On my husband's actual birthday, I wanted him to have a VIP culinary experience.
I booked the upscale chef's table for $130 per person with wine pairings. The chef personally greeted us to discuss the menu and how he chose and sourced ingredients, making it an interesting experience for foodies like us.
The intimate dinner took place in a private section of the dining room at a table set with fine china and crisp linens.
Two other couples we didn't know joined us, but by the end of the meal, we'd forged a casual shipboard friendship. There's no dress code, but it was a great opportunity to wear our fanciest outfits.
We started with Champagne and hors d'oeuvres before a feast of ceviche, creamy risotto, tender filet mignon, and an individual strawberry cake. The food was luscious, though it was the presentation and service that made it truly memorable.
I paid $35 for a repeat meal at Sabatini's Italian restaurant.
While most specialty dining incurs an extra fee, two meals at premium restaurants were included as a perk my Princess Premier Package.
One was at the ship's steakhouse, Crown Grill, and another was at the Italian restaurant, Sabatini's.
My husband is Italian, and I lived in Italy for many years, so we are tough critics when it comes to Italian cuisine. But we liked our meal so much that we returned a second time and paid $35 a person to do so.
We enjoyed paper-thin slices of tender veal topped with a rich tuna-and-caper sauce that gave my favorite trattoria in Milan a run for its money. Other standouts included spaghetti in a briny sauce of scallops, shrimp, clams, mussels, and baked striped bass with polenta.
Finally, port fees and taxes cost an extra $272 a person.
New cruisers might not realize they'll always have to pay for three things, even if they skip all specialty experiences and excursions: gratuities, taxes, and port fees.
My gratuities were included in the Princess Premier Package, but port fees and taxes cost us an extra $272 a person. These are for the charges your ship pays to dock at various ports of call. Passengers pay these fees, which are not included in the base price of the cruise.
My total cost for the cruise was $2,808 a person, and I have no regrets.
All of my cruise extras came to $2,009. With the $799 I paid when I initially booked the cruise, the grand total for just me came to $2,808. For both me and my husband, it was $5,616 in total.
While it was a lot more than initially advertised, it was an unforgettable experience that was worth every penny. I would spend it again in a heartbeat.
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