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Author: gardengirl101947

Joined: 2/17/2012
Posts: 1
Traveler Since: 2012

March 18, 2012

My friend & I are flying into Moscow 1 day in advance of the 5/31/12 trip starting.  We need to get a hotel for just 1 night & hoped to find something near the dock where we will meet everyone on 6/1.  Is anyone else on this trip coming in early or do you have any suggestions for a safe hotel near the Severny Reschnoi Vokzai dock?  Also we are planning on using a pre-arranged transfer service from the airport to the hotel - again any suggestions about who to use?  Thanks! 

Author: nanaandpapa

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March 18, 2012

 There is one hotel near the North River Port (Severny Rechnoy Vokzal) that shows up on Trip Advisor and Booking.com. It is the Cron Hotel. Most of the reviews are not in English, but could probably be translated by translation engines such as Google Translate or Babylon.com. It is about a half mile from the dock. It is on a main street with park land around it and between it and the dock, The hotel is about where the letter 'y' is on the Leningrad Hwy, on the linked map. The Y in Hwy that is, and the center of the port is on the river directly across from the letter 'e' in scosse. Click here for the link to Google Maps. I have walked alone, about 7 years ago when we took Russia Revealed. through this park to the main street to go shopping and had no problem, but a woman should probably take a taxi. The distance is about half a mile. Unless things have changed drastically, don't expect much if any Engish to be spoken. I would suggest that you familiarize yourself with the Cyrillic alphabet. It will actually make it possible to read some Russian. For example, the letters that convert to STOP actually say STOP, even though the look like CTOh. Bar, cafe toilet, etc almost translate directly once the alphabet is converted. Traffic in Moscow was terrible, so I wouldn't want to stay too far away.

 If I can answer any questions, I'd be glad to try.

Grand Circle may be willing to to put in touch with a program director via Email in advance. Also remember that the ship will be sitting there at the dock when you arrive.

It is a wonderful trip

Jack

Author: rwhansen

Joined: 3/5/2010
Posts: 66
Traveler Since: 2010

March 19, 2012

We traveled on the Russia Revealed tour two years ago.  Knowing the area around the River North Terminal, I suggest staying at a hotel near your airport rather than near the terminal. Airport hotels will be more used to dealing with international travelers, more likely to be conversant in English, probably have a shuttle to and from the airport, and could arrange a private car the following day to the terminal.  Use TripAdvisor to select a hotel near your airport, searching on Moscow and the airport name.

If you do this, insure that you select a hotel near your arrival airport.  There are two airports that serve Moscow: Sheremetyevo, which serves international flights, and, Domodedovo, which I understand serves flight from within the continent.  We flew direct from Atlanta to Sheremetyevo, but many on our tour who changed planes in Paris, Amsterdam, etc. flew into Domodedovo.  Make certain that you know which is your arrival airport.

Another possibility is the purchase of a transfer from GCT, now that they offer them on selected tours.  Stay at the airport hotel and then return to the airport the next day to meet the GCT rep there to greet arriving tour members.

Author: pauline

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March 20, 2012

This is just a thought.  Did GCT make your flight reservations?  If so, I believe that you are entitled to the transfer if you stay at a hotel near the airport and just join up with the group the next morning.

I did that last June on my trip to Ireland.  No airline was flying to Shannon from Boston on Wednesdays (the day the trip began), so I asked GCT to book me a day early.  And I got a room at the hotel at Shannon airport for the night.  The next morning, I went back to the terminal and met with the group.  And, the important thing, the driver had my name on the list he had been given.

Check with GCT to find out what your options are.

 

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