Staff Travel Report: Russia Confederations Cup
It’s secure to say that every one of us right here at Roadtrips like to journey and that’s necessary, since we spend so a lot time away from residence. In addition to internet hosting shoppers on the greatest occasions across the world, we regularly journey to host cities quite a few instances to organize. We scout out lodging, interview native companions, and take a look at the sights to ensure we offer our shoppers with probably the most superb sports activities journey experiences potential. Recently, three of our workers members returned from a go to to Russia: Sam Buffie, Lead Event Planner; Brian Benci, Senior Sports Travel Specialist; and Dave Guenther, Roadtrips’ President, who travelled alongside along with his spouse Liesa. They had heaps to say about their go to.
Brian, this was your first go to to Russia. What was your first impression of Moscow whenever you arrived?
Brian: I instantly felt like I used to be in a classy, fashionable metropolis with a really attention-grabbing historical past and some superb structure. One factor I’ve to level out is that Moscow is extraordinarily clear. I used to be instructed that they wash and shampoo the streets and sidewalks nightly!
Did you’re feeling secure there?
Brian: I felt extremely secure in Moscow. In reality, extra secure than in my very own metropolis. There was a wonderful police presence, although it didn’t really feel obligatory.
Did you guys get an opportunity to do a lot sightseeing? What excursions would you suggest?
Sam: The Red Square is like nothing I’ve ever seen. The referral to “Red” really means “beautiful” and that’s no exaggeration. It’s anchored by the Kremlin, which is a web site in itself, and encompasses the enduring Saint Basil’s Cathedral, GUM division retailer (which is definitely a beautiful buying middle), and Kazan Cathedral and Resurrection Gate, which is basically the entryway to Red Square. In addition, the metro tour was a must-see. It’s thought of to be top-of-the-line and most lovely subway programs on the earth.
Brian: Like Sam stated, there have been a number of attention-grabbing sights. My private favourite was the Armoury tour on the Kremlin. Lots of wonderful artifacts from the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries to find!
Confederations Cup Fan
You have been all there through the Confederations Cup. Did you get to expertise a match?
Brian: We did. Sam and I watched the Mexico vs. Portugal third place match at Otkritie Arena (a.okay.a. Spartak Stadium). It’s one of many stadiums getting used for the World Cup and was solely 10 miles from Red Square. It’s an attractive, fashionable stadium with glorious views of the pitch.
Sam: We felt extremely secure on the stadium. There was a police presence for safety however not in an intimidating approach. The volunteers have been pleasant and useful (a lot of them college college students and lots of of them spoke English). Entrance and exit to and from the match was effectively organized and environment friendly. And we needed to pattern an area beer whereas taking within the match!
Dave: I used to be on the Final on the new stadium in Saint Petersburg. It’s a beautiful stadium. World class. Great viewing from nearly wherever. Though, we did discover a number of seats that we might not permit for our shoppers. I used to be impressed by what number of Chileans made the journey. There have been 1000’s and 1000’s. They went residence upset however nonetheless smiling. Let me inform you, they know the best way to have enjoyable at a match! We all the time have such nice company from South America.
Four Seasons Lion Palace
Let’s discuss concerning the meals. Dave, you’re an enormous foodie. What can guests count on from the Russian restaurant scene?
Dave: My meals experiences in each Moscow and Saint Petersburg have been glorious. In common, I’ve been shocked as to only how constantly scrumptious the meals has been on my visits to Russia. We didn’t have a foul meal. My spouse and I each even have some Russian – Ukrainian roots and we’re conversant in among the conventional Russian dishes like vereniki and beet borscht. It was fairly one thing to have the tastes we bear in mind from our grandmothers equalled or bettered on this journey. Though our two favourite meals through the Confederations Cup have been Percorso on the Four Seasons Lion Palace and Bolshoi by Novikov in Moscow. The ravioli at Percorso are unforgettable and the magnificence of the ambiance and the delicacies at Bolshoi will certainly have me again there throughout World Cup.
View from Ritz-Carlton Moscow
You talked about the Four Seasons. Can you discuss a bit extra concerning the lodging in Russia?
Brian: I stayed at The Ritz-Carlton Red Square in Moscow and it was unbelievable! It’s situated straight throughout from the Square, St. Basil’s Cathedral and The Kremlin. It’s additionally steps away from the Metro, tons of buying, and a few unbelievable eating places. Not to say the O2 Lounge on the rooftop of lodge and its gorgeous views of the town.
Dave: I’ve stayed on the Ritz on earlier visits and it’s world class! A summer time night drink on the terrace on the O2 overlooking the perfect of Moscow is unforgettable. This journey we stayed on the Four Seasons Lion Palace in Saint Petersburg and the Four Seasons Moscow and each have been unbelievable. Great service. Delicious meals. Beautiful spas. Super useful workers. I’m an enormous fan of Four Seasons resorts and these have been among the many finest I’ve skilled.
Moskovsky Bar Four Seasons
It feels like a reasonably superb journey. If you needed to decide one spotlight, what would it not be?
Sam: It’s exhausting to decide on! I believe it might be a day simply taking within the Red Square, admiring the structure, taking pictures, having a espresso at an area cafe and simply absorbing the vibe, adopted by an unimaginable dinner at Bolshoi.
Brian: For me it was the entire package deal: a fantastic metropolis with wealthy historical past and plenty to discover and do. The Metro is probably the most spectacular I’ve ever seen. If I needed to decide one spotlight although, it might in all probability be the Armoury on the Kremlin. It was completely fascinating.
What are you most excited for Roadtrips company to expertise on the World Cup in Russia?
Brian: I believe that for most individuals, it’s a vacation spot that they’ve by no means skilled earlier than. I believe that they’ll go away pleasantly shocked on how nice Russia is as a vacation spot.
Sam: I agree. I instantly felt snug in Moscow and simply couldn’t consider how clear, vibrant and orderly it was, to not point out the unimaginable structure and engaging historical past. It’s additionally a really inexperienced metropolis, with many parks and gardens, which is one thing I believe our company will get pleasure from.
Dave: We all the time adore it after we exceed our company’ expectations. I completely assume Russia will do this. People will come for the soccer however they’re going to be blown away by how cosmopolitan and welcoming Russia may be. Plus we’re already at work assembling our Russian host crew. Personally I believe it makes all of the distinction if you end up hosted by somebody who not solely cares deeply about your expertise however who additionally provides you perception in to what it’s prefer to be from that place. That interplay is priceless and I do know that loads of our company will create some superb reminiscences at World Cup 2018.
Dave and Liesa
One last item that a few of our readers may be questioning: did it’s essential prepare for a visa earlier than you left?
Dave: All of the Roadtrips workers that went to Russia through the Confederations Cup made use of the particular FAN ID program that replaces the necessity for a Russian vacationer visa. It labored completely! Having been to Russia earlier than and having needed to undergo a reasonably onerous visa utility course of, it was a lot easier to only have to use for the FAN ID. Even higher, for World Cup 2018, Roadtrips will likely be caring for the FAN ID utility course of for our company as a part of their package deal. It’s an enormous financial savings of each time, cash, and frustration for our travellers and we’re all the time glad after we could make issues simpler for individuals.
Russia has undoubtedly gained us over and we will’t wait to see it at its finest through the World Cup subsequent summer time. Want to return with us? Whether you need to be there for the opening match, comply with your crew all through the event, or witness the epic remaining, we are going to put collectively the proper 2018 World Cup expertise for you.