Tours - Getting into a good tour is relatively
easy. There are many good tourist agencies around,
and you should try and use their expertise when you
find an activity you want to do. Perhaps you want
to arrange an outdoor activity such as hiking or rafting?
This would be an example of which the services of
an agency are almost always required. Or you could
decide to go all out and have everything taken care
of on a fully organized tour.
Intourist is no longer the big monopoly it
once was. There are some companies that survived the
old Intourist structure to some extent and they usually
have an extensive selection of tours and other services
Mir Corporation - www.mircorporation.com. (206-624-7289). This agency offers trips around Russia and lavish private train tours along the Trans-Siberian route in Pullman-style carriages.
Russiatours - (800-633-1008) www.russiatours.com. This agency specializes in luxurious group tours between Moscow and St. Petersburg.
Dom Patriarshy Tours - firstname.lastname@example.org. Provides English language tours on just about any specialized subject. Sometimes they may provide access to museums that are usually closed.
Capitol Tours - www.capitaltours.ru. Offers a twice-daily Moscow City tour and Kremlin Armory tour.
Intourist - 956-8844 Runs several
mainstream tours geared for large groups and visitors
to popular places like the Kremlin.
Sputnik - specializes in outdoorsy tours such as camping, fishing, and spas outside the city of Moscow