Designated School Officials: What International Students Need to Know

International students must stay in contact with their school's DSO to remain in valid immigration status.

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International students may seek to change their major, program or degree level; withdraw from courses; ask for an extension on a program; or seek to transfer to an entirely different university – all of which require connecting with their DSO first.

High school senior and tennis scholarship recruit Andjela Vukcevic from Serbia is looking forward to beginning her undergraduate studies this fall at Rockhurst University in Missouri. Like other international students studying at U.S. colleges, she will need to report to the school's designated school official, or DSO, to maintain her immigration status.

Every school certified by the U.S. government's Student and Exchange Visitor Program to enroll international students has at least one staff member who serves in the DSO role.

"My international education consultant has advised me to keep in close touch with my DSO," Vukcevic says.

What Is a DSO?

Designated school officials serve as liaisons between international students, the school and the U.S. government. DSOs issue necessary immigration forms, guide students through the process of studying in the U.S. , maintain records in the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System, known as SEVIS, and more.

"Students coming to the U.S. through the Student and Exchange Visitor Program to study at an SEVP-certified school generally must apply for either an F or M visa with the U.S. Department of State," Jonathan Moor, public affairs specialist with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement at the Department of Homeland Security, wrote in an email.

Typically, prospective international students apply for an F-1 academic student visa or M-1 vocational student visa at a U.S. embassy or consular office in their home country. To do so, they need a Form I-20, Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status, a key document that is issued by their university's DSO and normally physically mailed to students. However, due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, DSOs are allowed to email a student a scanned copy of the I-20, Moor says.

"ICE has extended the guidance allowing electronic issuance of the Form I-20 through the duration of the 2021-2022 academic year," Moor says. This means DSOs can send the I-20 – a form used throughout an international student's studies in the U.S. – via student emails listed in SEVIS, or if the student is a minor, to his or her parent or legal guardian, he says.

Moor says international students seeking to defer their program start date listed on their I-20, "should speak with their designated school official as soon as possible to receive an updated Form I-20 with a new program start date." He says international students cannot defer their program start date once they've entered the U.S.

To ensure a smooth educational experience in the U.S., international students must plan to speak to their DSO before doing any of the following:

  • Applying for a driver's license or Social Security number
  • Making changes to degree, course of study or school
  • Taking an absence from classes or traveling outside the U.S.

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Applying for a driver's license or social security number.

International students are required to contact their DSO when they are changing their address or even their name, experts say, and also when applying for a driver's license or Social Security number.

"Our office and DSOs provide numerous resources and advisory services to international students to help them better understand and maintain their immigration and visa requirements while in the U.S.," says Ravi Ammigan, associate deputy provost for international programs at the University of Delaware .

He says the school's DSOs and international student advisers provide guidance to students on how to apply for a Social Security number and advise them on other required documents for the driver's license application process.

"We also recommend that international students wait a minimum of 10 calendar days from the date of entry into the United States and check with their international office to make sure their SEVIS record is registered and in active status before applying" for a driver's license or Social Security number, he says.

Ammigan says the school covers this information during orientation and often organizes bus trips to the Social Security Administration office for international students and scholars.

Making Changes to Degree, Course of Study or School

At some point in their studies in the U.S., international students may seek to change their major, program or degree level; withdraw from courses; ask for an extension on a program; or seek to transfer to an entirely different college or university – all of which require connecting with their DSO first.

Ammigan says U.S. federal regulations require international students to maintain full-time status in their program and that the school's DSOs "advise regularly on these requirements and circumstances in which students may need to make changes to their enrollment status."

Per government rules, undergraduate international students are required to take a minimum of 12 credit hours per term.

"Reduced course loads – including withdrawals – must be authorized. International students should contact their DSO regarding any changes to their course of study to ensure that they remain in status," says Nevena Martinovic, director and college counselor for Serbia-based YouGrad and a member of the Higher Education Consultants Association.

Martinovic says if a student changes majors, a new Form I-20 will need to be issued to him or her. To stay in status, the student must get the form signed annually by his or her DSO to indicate that the information on it is up to date and to ensure that the student can use the document in tandem with a visa to re-enter the U.S.

"In the event that a student forgets to have their I-20 signed, the U.S. port of entry officer can issue the student an I-515A. This gives the student 30 days to talk to their DSO and get their documents in order," Martinovic says.

Taking an Absence From Classes or Traveling Outside the U.S.

International students planning to take a leave of absence from their school or to travel outside the U.S. must notify their DSO in advance, experts say.

"We work directly with students to advise them on full-time enrollment requirements and help them understand the process for obtaining authorization for a reduced course load or leave of absence," Ammigan says.

For travel, he says the University of Delaware provides guidance on the school's website and through email reminders. Advice on case-specific questions is offered via one-on-one advising, virtual walk-ins and email communication.

"We provide travel signatures to those who need them before travel. This has been a particularly difficult and stressful academic year for international students, so we have done intentional and individualized outreach and communication to students to check on their well-being and support their academic progress," Ammigan says.

He says the school's DSOs have also worked closely with students and their academic advisers to keep them updated on temporary COVID-19 guidance issued by U.S. government agencies.

International students seeking to work in the U.S. must consult with their DSO first, experts say.

"Work authorization in the U.S. is subject to specific federal regulations and we advise students to consult with our DSOs for guidance and approval before engaging in employment. This includes Curricular Practical Training; Optional Practical Training; on-campus employment; and entrepreneurship, start-up or volunteer opportunities," Ammigan says.

International students who plan to work on campus can complete a Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, and apply for a Social Security number, Martinovic says. "The student will in this case be required to file taxes. Universities usually provide resources to help international students understand the U.S. tax system," she says.

Curricular Practical Training, or CPT, refers to off-campus employment authorization in which the work must be related to a program of study and completed before a student graduates. CPT requires approval from the DSO, who will issue a new Form I-20 for the employment, Martinovic says. She adds that any changes in the nature of the employment should be reported back to the DSO.

"Following their studies, international students are eligible for OPT . This, again, should be related to their major and needs to be approved by the DSO – who again issues a new I-20 – and by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Forms I-765 and I-766," Martinovic says.

She says students can apply for 12 months of OPT after completing their bachelor's degree, and for another 12 months after their master's degree. International students who earn degrees in the STEM fields – science, technology, engineering and mathematics – may qualify for an additional 24 months of OPT.

If Vukcevic decides to work while a student in the U.S., she already knows who to contact: her school's DSO. She's currently in contact with several people from both the athletic and academic departments at Rockhurst University, she says, to help her get all of her paperwork in order so that she may receive her I-20.

"Everyone has been really nice and super supportive," Vukcevic says. "I'm eager to get started on my degree and study in the U.S."

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Moscow schools to stick with one resource officer

Following the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Moscow School District eliminated one of its two school resource officer positions because of budgetary concerns.

That should continue to be the case pending Moscow City Council approval on a renewed contract for one school resource officer.

The Moscow Public Works and Finance Committee discussed this issue Monday at City Hall.

City Supervisor Gary Riedner said the school district approached city officials several years ago with a proposal to split the cost of having two school resource officers. The school district has employed a school resource officer for more than 18 years. The current school resource officer is Officer Rick Whitmore.

School resource officers patrol the schools in the district, give educational presentations to the students and serve as a liaison between the police department and the school district.

When the COVID-19 pandemic began, budgets were affected and Moscow School District Superintendent Greg Bailey requested the district go back to having only one school resource officer on staff.

“After that, just the attrition in the police department, we were able to go back down to a single school resource officer without having to reassign or lay anybody off,” Riedner said.

Moscow Police Chief James Fry said the contract for that school resource officer ends this month, which is why he approached the Public Works and Finance Committee about renewing it. The city and school district would split the cost of the contract.

Riedner said Bailey may explore hiring a second school resource officer when budgets stabilize post-COVID-19.

“But right now, this is a way to keep the program going,” Riedner said. “They really enjoy the program. I think it benefits them a lot. So, it’s been a good deal for both the school district and the city.”

The Public Works and Finance Committee recommends the City Council approve the contract, which starts at a total cost of $99,828.

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Education | Chicago Board of Education moves to pull resource officers out of schools

Organizer Essence Gatheright rallies against resource officers in schools with dozens of Chicago Public School students and supporters outside CPS headquarters, Feb. 22, 2024. (Antonio Perez/ Chicago Tribune)

The Chicago Board of Education unanimously voted on Thursday to terminate its $10.3 million school resource officer program in Chicago Public Schools and order schools to remove uniformed police officers before the 2024-25 school year starts.

At its monthly meeting, the board passed a resolution requiring the district to create a new policy that “codifies best practices for a holistic approach to school safety at every District school.” The resolution, backed by Mayor Brandon Johnson, passed following hours of public comment from students, parents, aldermen and union representatives.

CPS must present the new policy to the board for final approval by June 27. It must include explicit orders to end the use of resource officers by the first day of classes in the fall, along with an implementation plan with the mayor’s office and Chicago police.

School resource officers are uniformed police officers responsible for safety at nearly 40 high schools across the district. A maximum of two resource officers work at a school. The overwhelming majority of district schools, 595, have no resource officers currently.

In joining the ranks of around 70 school districts nationally that have adopted policies to remove police from schools, according to a 2023 Georgetown Law report, the board’s vote resolved a long-running debate on whether police should be allowed in Chicago schools and made good on a 2020 district commitment to phase out their use.

The 2020 resolution passed by the board, named the “Whole School Safety Program,” instructed CPS to develop a plan to implement alternative safety systems “for CPS students in every school that prioritizes their physical and social-emotional well-being, learning, and transformation.”

Prior to the vote, board members said removing resource officers would not end the district’s relationship with the Chicago police to facilitate safety during arrival and dismissal times and respond to emergencies.

Opponents of resource officers say the controversial program leads to higher rates of discrimination against students of color. Data on school-based arrests released by the district in 2020 showed the overwhelming majority — 73% — involved Black students, who were only 36% of students. Calls to police continue to be disproportionately higher for students with disabilities, according to the resolution.

Four students representing high schools across the district presented conclusions from a January student roundtable on school safety, detailing how students largely feel unsafe with security and would prefer to see resources used for counselors.

Dwayne Truss, a former board member, speaks in  support of Local School Councils having the right to make the decision to keep or remove school resource officers during a Chicago Board of Education on Feb. 22, 2024. (Antonio Perez/ Chicago Tribune)

“People have voiced concerns about how security guards can stir things up,” said Damarion Spann, a Collins High School sophomore and one of the students residing over the roundtable. “We want to push for better training for them to be able to approach and handle problems the right way without adding fuel to the fire.”

Supporters of resource officers pleaded with the board to leave the measure up to individual school communities, citing how schools have different needs. Several aldermen who said their communities had disproportionately higher youth violence told the board they believed schools in their wards need uniformed police.

“It is imperative we don’t do away with the entire system because it works in some districts,” said Ald. Monique Scott, 24th. Scott added that principals in her ward contact her saying they need help with behavioral concerns during the school day.

Counselors, not cops, can best address behavioral challenges, said Jose Navarro, a Curie High School senior and member of the school’s LSC. “Police cannot protect students when (they are) experiencing a mental health crisis,” he said.

Under state statute, the board is responsible for approving a districtwide “disciplinary action plan” to prevent disparities, according to board member Tayna Woods.

Board Vice President Elizabeth Todd-Breland said the resolution was about more than school resource officers and represented a “shift to a model of holistic safety.”

‘Significant need’ for alternative supports

According to Ryan King of the Justice Policy Institute, the vote puts CPS in line with best practices — at a time when the district can learn from other cities’ mistakes.

There is no evidence to show that having a police presence by adding officers actually results in safer schools, said King, the director of research and policy at the national nonprofit, which promotes fair and effective reforms to the juvenile and criminal justice systems.

“There’s been no positive impact in terms of reducing crime by having police presence in schools,” King said. “The reality is that most SROs (school resource officers) end up being involved in lower level issues that we would probably put under the category of things that are typically handled by the actual leadership of the school, so there’s very little criminal activity that SROs are really preventing.”

King noted there are several districts across the country that previously got rid of the officers on school grounds, but reversed course and reintroduced them after being confronted with a growing mental health crisis among adolescents. But instead of bringing back the same enforcements, King said the right alternatives need to be placed.

A Chicago police officer at Whitney Young High School, Feb. 20, 2024. (E. Jason Wambsgans/Chicago Tribune)

“There’s no question that there are significant needs in this country’s schools and this isn’t to suggest that there’s not a need for supports and services,” he said. “What I have seen in some jurisdictions is they’ll remove the (officers) from the school, but then they’re not making the commensurate investment in counselors and support services — they’re not bringing on staff psychologists and other interventions that can help kids who need it.”

At a media briefing Wednesday, Mayor Johnson said, “Resources will be made available for local schools to decide how they want those funds distributed.” Johnson noted that school communities can use trade-in funds to hire more security guards, mental health practitioners or other personnel.

King said the research is also clear that young Black and brown kids are significantly more likely to get pulled into the juvenile or adult criminal system through schools where there is a police presence.

“There are lifelong consequences of that,” he said. “What we would like to see is for a lot of the conduct that kids behave in, there are other ways to respond to it without engaging in law enforcement and then potentially beginning a pathway that is the school-to-prison pipeline. That could have a lifetime of negative consequences.”

CPS’ evolving approach to safety

Following racial justice protests prompted by the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police in 2020, groups of CPS students demanded the district nullify its then-$33 million student resource officer contract with the Chicago Police Department.

Instead, with support from then-Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s administration, the district cut the contract in half and punted the issue to individual school communities allowing Local School Councils — composed of principals, staff, parents, community members and student representatives — to vote on the issue.

Over the last decade, the number of school resource officers has dwindled to 57 across 39 schools this school year, down from 166 officers assigned to 74 high schools in the 2012-13 school year.

Schools with LSCs that opted to remove officers have received trade-in funds to support alternative strategies, such as hiring social work and restorative justice coordinators as well as security guards. CPS has said the district will provide trade-in funds for the remaining 39 participating schools if the program ends.

Prior to the 2023-24 academic year, the board approved a $10.3 million contract with the Chicago Police Department to post resource officers at dozens of schools that voted to keep one or two resource officers.

Among the votes by 40 LSCs last spring which determined the number of school resource officers present during the current school year, only two LSCs voted in favor of removal. The LSC at Marshall High School voted to remove both of its officers, and Austin College and Career Academy’s LSC voted to remove one.

Sean Price, the director of peace and justice for BUILD Inc., one of five community-based organizations CPS has partnered with to guide school safety planning, was involved in the Austin LSC’s discussions.

Whether LSCs should continue to make resource officer decisions has been at the heart of recent debate. But Price said in January that what matters most isn’t which CPS body makes the decision — it’s the process of talking through students’ ideas on improving safety and parents’ and administrators’ concerns.

Price said last year Austin used trade-in funds provided by the district in lieu of a second officer, to hire a school culture and climate coordinator. The school is also working on additional funding to create a meditation room, he said.

“They wanted a space where, ‘If I need to step away and take a breath, or to calm down, I have a space related to that,’” Price said of student feedback.

With administrators, student leaders and parent LSC members involved in planning and implementation, he said, “Whole School Safety creates this level of connectedness with the students who are in the schools, with the parents of the students, and then subsequently with the community as a whole.”

Regarding the potential shift to a blanket decision to remove officers by the school board, Price said, “As long as we continue to have communication, and as long as we continue to seek collaboration and partnerships with the process, I think it will be successful.”

‘How are we going to keep these kids safe?’

Since the start of the year, elected officials have taken to Board of Education meetings to urge members to either leave decisions on officers to Local School Councils or to invest in alternatives.

State Rep. Angelica Guerrero-Cuellar recently attended a board meeting at her daughter’s school, John F. Kennedy High School, where she said recurring fights among students have led to soft lockdowns. As the district lobbies the state for funds to help cover CPS’ looming $400 million deficit, Guerrero-Cuellar demanded the board clarify its plans for school security.

“What do I tell parents when they call my office and they’re talking about their kids’ safety,” she said. “I need answers from you. You need to address the community. There is no communication from CPS in terms of all the fights that are occurring.”

Guerrero-Cuellar said that in the absence of details, it’s difficult to support CPS’ appeal for additional state funds. “I’m willing to work with you as a legislator, but I have to answer to the community, just as you have to answer to the entire city of Chicago,” she said. “How are we going to keep these kids safe?”

Former board member Dwayne Truss said he attended Thursday’s board meeting to stand up for LSCs in primarily Black neighborhoods on the South and West sides that have voted in recent years to keep resource officers and to ask the board to respect the decisions of those school communities.

“The point is we have complex situations, and we have SROs who stand up for the kids,” he said.

CPS parent Dulce Arroyo said recent incidents of gun violence among youths show the need to invest in programs in neighborhood schools that support “collective healing,” such as youth centers, mental health services and recreation and job training programs.

In the past month, three CPS high school students were shot and killed and two more were wounded after leaving class for the day in two separate incidents near district schools.

“It’s heartbreaking how so many neighborhood schools, in predominantly Black and brown communities across Chicago, don’t have the funds to provide students with what they need to become their most aligned selves,” she said.

Arroyo, an organizer with Palenque LSNA, a community organization serving the Logan Square, Avondale and Hermosa neighborhoods, added, “There would be more opportunities for reimagining and building up the self-esteem of students who need guidance and support — not more policing.”

On Wednesday, Chicago police announced charges against two boys, ages 14 and 17, in the Jan. 31 slaying of Daveon Gibson, 16, two blocks away from Senn High School in the Edgewater neighborhood.

The teen suspects were charged with first-degree murder for Gibson’s death and two counts of attempted first-degree murder for wounding two other Senn students. The North Side high school does not currently employ resource officers.

Addressing reporters at a news conference, Chicago police Superintendent Larry Snelling acknowledged that the pending future of resource officers lies with the board, but said he remained committed to the work of police in schools.

“Whatever decision is made there, it is no reflection on the great work our police officers were doing in schools while mentoring the children there,” Snelling said Wednesday after announcing charges. “Those officers were trained to be in the schools. So, if those officers are removed from the schools, CPD is going to continue to do what we’ve always done: Protect our children, protect the streets.”

Senn falls within the 48th Ward represented by Ald. Leni Manaa-Hoppenworth, who urged board members to pass the Whole School Safety resolution as a means to address the root causes of community violence. Senn is on the cusp of two police districts, the 20th and the 24th, which is among the safest in the city, she said.

“Yet we are not immune to tragedy,” Manaa-Hoppenworth said of the recent shooting. “Armed presence and surveillance does not necessarily lead to more safety.”

“We’re grieving. The whole community is grieving. … The fact is now we need trauma-informed care, we need victim services, we need support for the families,” to prevent violence from escalating, she said. “We need to continue to talk about something that’s different than what we have right now, because what we have right now, doesn’t work.”

Chicago Tribune’s Sam Charles and Alice Yin contributed.

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Statement from the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada on Global Increase in Measles and Risk to Canada

From: Public Health Agency of Canada

As we head into the spring break travel season, I am concerned that the global surge in measles activity, combined with the decline in measles vaccine coverage among school-aged children in Canada, could lead to an increase in imported measles cases, potentially resulting in transmission in communities in Canada.

February 23, 2024 | Ottawa, ON | Public Health Agency of Canada

Global health authorities are reporting a significant increase in measles in 2023 that continues into 2024, due in part to a decline in measles vaccinations during the pandemic. The World Health Organization (WHO) reported a 79% increase in the number of global measles cases in 2023 compared to 2022. While cases can occur anywhere in the world, there has been a notable recent increase in the WHO European region .

As we head into the spring break travel season, I am concerned that the global surge in measles activity, combined with the decline in measles vaccine coverage among school-aged children in Canada, could lead to an increase in imported measles cases, potentially resulting in transmission in communities in Canada. I strongly advise everyone in Canada to be vaccinated with two doses of a measles vaccine, especially before travelling. If needed, measles vaccination should optimally be given at least two weeks before departure, but there are still benefits if given less than two weeks before travelling.

Although measles has been eliminated in Canada, cases can still occur here when an individual who is not fully vaccinated has travelled to or from a country where measles is circulating. Imported cases can lead to subsequent spread of measles in Canada among unvaccinated or under-vaccinated people. As of February 23, 2024, we are aware of six measles cases in Canada, some of whom have required hospitalization. Most of these cases involve unvaccinated or under-vaccinated children who traveled internationally.

Measles is a highly contagious airborne virus that can cause serious disease. Over 90% of people who are not immune to measles and who come into contact with the virus will become infected. Infection can lead to severe complications, including deafness and brain damage caused by inflammation of the brain, and can be fatal. Children less than 5 years of age, adults older than 20 years of age, pregnant people and people who are immunocompromised are at higher risk of complications from measles.

The 2021 childhood National Immunization Coverage Survey shows that 91.6% of 2-year-olds in Canada have received at least one dose of a vaccine against measles, but only 79.2% of 7-year-olds had received two doses. The best protection against measles is vaccination with two doses of a measles-containing vaccine, which are almost 100% effective at preventing infection. The first dose of a measles-containing vaccine is usually given to children at 12 months of age. The second dose is usually given at 18 months of age or between 4 and 6 years of age.

Anyone who is not vaccinated against measles is at risk of being infected with it when travelling internationally. Currently, a travel health notice for measles is in place for all countries. It provides recommendations to Canadians on how to protect themselves from measles when travelling. Importantly, before travelling:

  • Children and adolescents should ensure that they have received both doses of a measles-containing vaccine.
  • Infants between 6 and less than 12 months of age should receive a dose of measles-containing vaccine if travelling to a high-risk area. A health care provider can advise on the best approach for your child.
  • Adults should ensure they have received two doses of a measles-containing vaccine if they were born in 1970 or later, and one dose of a measles-containing vaccine if born before 1970.

For everyone travelling this spring, I urge you to be vigilant in monitoring for symptoms of measles. Initial symptoms include fever, red watery eyes, runny nose, and cough followed by a red rash that starts on the face and then moves to the rest of the body. If on your journey home to Canada from travel abroad you suspect you may have contracted measles, put on a well-fitting medical mask and limit contact with others, if possible. If you are experiencing symptoms, tell a flight attendant or cruise staff before you arrive in Canada or a border services officer as you enter the country. If you develop symptoms of measles after your return, call a health care provider immediately. If you need to be seen in-person, the health care provider can arrange to see you while preventing the spread to others.

With the resurgence in measles worldwide, it is more important than ever to ensure that you and your family are keeping up with routine vaccinations. If you are unsure of your vaccination status, check with your health care provider or local public health unit. They can help ensure that you and your family are protected. Together, we can close the gap in measles vaccine coverage, and stop outbreaks from occuring.

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LAREDO, Texas – Laredo Sector Border Patrol announces the honorees for the Youth of the Month Program.  The honorees for the month of February were announced during a ceremony at Alexander High School.

On Feb. 27, Laredo Sector Border Patrol and community program partners honored the 11 seniors selected from Laredo area high schools with the distinguished Laredo Sector Border Patrol Youth of the Month award.

 The Border Patrol Youth of the Month program, in collaboration with community partners, has recognized Laredo's top high school seniors for 37 years. At the end of the school year, 11 Youth of the Month recipients are considered for the prestigious Border Patrol Youth of the Year award.

 The following students were chosen as the Youth of the Month for February:

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Driving in Moscow – Russian road rules

Car-sharing in moscow.

Yandex.Drive parking at Sheremetyevo Airport

Yandex.Drive parking at Sheremetyevo Airport

Moscow has the largest car-sharing park in the world with more than 15 000 cars waiting for you to be rented for any amount of time, starting from 1 minute. Cars can usually be left almost anywhere within MKAD and in Moscow airports. City parking is also free for those cars. To be able to rent a car, you should register yourself in an app of the company providing the service. There are more than 15 car-sharing operators in Moscow, here are the market leaders:

  • Delimobil:
  • Yandex.Drive:
  • BelkaCar:
  • Citydrive:

Long term car rental in Moscow

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Sixt pick up & return office

Hertz, Europcar, Sixt and Avis have offices in three of four Moscow airports ( Sheremetyevo ,  Domodedovo and Vnukovo ). Budget has no offices in Russia. It is always cheaper to rent a car using company local site, not the international one. For a night pick up you should contact local rent office a few days upon arrival.

  • Hertz Russian site:
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  • Sixt Russian site:
  • Avis Russian site:

Roads & regulations in Russia

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  • Driving is right-sided.
  • In the built up areas the speed limit is 60 kmph.
  • In none built up areas – 90 kmph.
  • On the off-city highways – 110 kmph.
  • Some highways around Moscow have 130 kmph limit (marked with green signs).
  • The minimum age to drive a car is 18 (16 for motorcycles, 20 for buses).
  • Wearing of seat belts is mandatory in both front and back seats.
  • Speaking on a mobile phone or even holding it in a hand while driving is a serious offence.
  • Turning right at a red light is not allowed when there is no special green arrow traffic light.
  • It is illegal for children under the age of 12 to travel in the front seat.
  • Dipped headlights must be used during the day.
  • It is illegal to drive a car with mud on the license plates.

Required documents

Russian driver license, registration certificate and vehicle insurance

Russian registration certificate, driver license and vehicle insurance

While driving in Russia every driver is required to have the following set of documents:

  • Passport ( Russian Visa and migration card is a must for foreigners).
  • Driving license (if you plan to stay in Moscow for more than 6 months, your national license will not be enough, you have to obtain Russian license).
  • Registration certificate (pink laminated card).
  • Vehicle insurance (green or purple paper or its digital copy).
  • A power of Attorney (only for rented cars).

Fines in Russia

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Traffic police officers can stop every car just to check the documents. Every road inspector must introduce himself pointing his title and last name.

The cameras can record not only speeding but other minor violations as well. Driving along the bus lanes, driving in the oncoming lane, incorrect parking or even driving without a full stop where there’s a stop sign – all those violations are in their competence. Numerous traffic cameras are installed in all city regions along every major road. The detailed list of cameras and places of their location is presented on this site . After the camera registered a violation, the appropriate fine is sent to the owner of the car by post and must be paid for a one-month term (there’s a 50% discount if you pay within 2 weeks). For serious violations (Russia has a zero tolerance policy on drinking and driving), the driving license can be confiscated by a court.

All the fines should be paid only at the bank or via internet, so never give any money (or bank cards) to the road inspectors.

Moscow parking rules

Moscow parking ATM

Moscow parking ATM

Moscow has paid parking in the city center, within the Garden Ring. There are several parking zones and also special fares for specific streets. Parking within the Boulevard Ring may cost up to 380 roubles (€4) per hour, 50 roubles (€1) for the first hour and 150 roubles (€2) for every next hour within the Garden Ring and 60 rubles (€1) per hour within the TTK ring.

How to pay:

  • SMS to 7757 (Russian SIM-cards only).
  • Moscow Parking Portal
  • Mobile App available for iOS  and  Android .
  • Parking ATM (mostly with credit cards only).
  • Monthly or annual parking ticket. The parking ticket holder can use city parking spaces daily without payment during the chosen period (month or year).

Maps and traffic in Moscow

Yandex.Maps service

Yandex.Maps service

Moscow has a very hard traffic situation. To avoid long traffic jams use Yandex.Maps service. It offers reliable live traffic map (apps are available for iOS , Android  and  Windows Phone ) with online navigation. Offline Moscow map is available. It is the most popular and up to date service. Yandex can show and search latin-written street names.

Getting Russian driver license

Moscow driving school

Moscow driving school

A foreigner, temporarily staying in Russia can drive with an International Driving Permit (IDP) or national driving license, translated into Russian and notarized. Foreigners that are going to stay in Russia for more than six months must obtain a Russian driving license. To apply for a Russian driving license, you must provide the following documents:

  • Passport and valid Russian visa and legally certified copy.
  • The document confirming a place of continuous or temporary registration.
  • Medical certificate (available from any major health clinic).
  • National driving license, legally certified copy and translation.
  • Photo of 4х6 cm.
  • The receipt confirming payment of the state duty.
  • Application for passing the examination.
  • The receipt on examination payment.

If your national driving license is still valid, you will only have to pass a general driving test. If your license has expired, you must also pass a practical driving exam to get the Russian license. However, to do so, you must speak fluent Russian: the theoretical and practical instruction is conducted only in Russian. If you want to get your first driving license in Russia, you should also go to a local driving school, pass a medical test, have about two months of theoretical and practical driving instruction, and pass state driving exams.

Moscow gas stations

Gazpromneft station

Gazpromneft station

We suggest you to fill up at good gas stations nets, such as Lukoil, BP, Rosneft, Shell, Gazpromneft or TNK. Gas stations are particularly can be met outside the Garden Ring. The price of petrol in Russia is still significantly lower than in Europe.

Winter driving in Moscow

Snowfall near GUM

Snowfall near GUM

Driving in Moscow in winter could be a difficult thing, especially if you are not used to such weather conditions. During the winter period, remember to keep in your car a good snow brush and an anti-frost windshield washer fluid. Before winter arrives, have your car protected with winter tires. Studded tires are allowed and highly recommended outside of Moscow. It is better to change tires in advance – in autumn, and not to wait until the first snow. Otherwise, you run the risk of spending a lot of time in queues to service stations. Do not hurry to change winter tires in spring; it is better to wait until April.


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More from our inbox:, this isn’t ‘jeopardy’, the war on climate science, marriage tips.

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To the Editor:

Re “ The Isolationism Antidote ,” by Nicholas Kristof (column, Feb. 11):

I was surprised that in his column addressing the need for Americans to spend time abroad Mr. Kristof failed to mention the fact that the Peace Corps has been doing exactly that since 1961.

In 2011, the Peace Corps celebrated its 50th anniversary, and for the occasion three other editors and I created four books of Peace Corps stories, now housed in the Library of Congress. This collection of more than 200 stories from the Americas, Africa, Eurasia and Asia/Pacific covers the range of joys, frustrations, surprises and sorrows that Peace Corps volunteers experience in the two years of service.

I heartily agree with Mr. Kristof and would add that the Peace Corps has made a good start doing what he suggests. Let’s do more.

Jane Albritton Santa Fe, N.M. The writer served in the Peace Corps in India from 1967 to 1969.

I support Nicholas Kristof’s intentions, but his urgent plea to young people to study or work abroad operates out of a fantasy of college and young adult life that was vaguely true decades ago but hardly is now.

Large numbers of college students work extensively to pay to be there. Some reports show average student loan debt well above $30,000 , with many students carrying in excess of $50,000. Study abroad is a luxury most can’t afford, and even travel abroad of any sort after college seems luxurious as well.

Mr. Kristof acknowledges this, and his alternative of having cross-cultural experiences closer to home is salutary, though the financial pressures are only slightly mitigated by the domestic location.

Additionally, for large numbers of college students — especially first-generation students — college is their cross-cultural experience as they learn to navigate the higher educational system. Colleges are one of the few places in the United States where people of truly different backgrounds are actually required to come together and interact.

I am all in favor of what Mr. Kristof is proposing. However, the first question before us is why the United States makes the privilege of education so difficult to afford.

Peter Kerry Powers Camp Hill, Pa. The writer served as dean of the School of Arts, Culture and Society at Messiah University for 15 years.

Nicholas Kristof is so completely right about the benefits of learning another language and travel. Some brilliant school board member or principal of my public school system in the Philadelphia suburbs decided that we should start learning French in fourth grade. This was 1958, and the class was taught on a tiny black-and-white TV in the auditorium by a Frenchwoman. I loved it. Many of us continued with French in junior high and high school and were fluent by graduation.

Later, my Wesleyan University nursing school curriculum required a course on intercultural nursing, so I spent five weeks in mission hospitals in Haiti in 1977. Then, in 1980, I was a teaching assistant/masters student when I accompanied 10 undergraduate nursing students to Scotland for an academic quarter and took my three young children too. These experiences profoundly changed and enriched our lives.

In 1984, I joined the Army and spent half of my career overseas in Germany and Panama. After retirement, I made sure to travel with my grandchildren. We’ve had amazing adventures and more to come. Thanks for reminding us why travel is so important.

By the way, I still live in Europe, and the Germans say I speak German with a French accent … a great compliment!

Lois Borsay Labach, Germany

At a time when so much of our world appears bleak to so many, Nicholas Kristof offers a powerful dose of inspiration and encouragement, especially for young people: Explore the world, whether it’s America or another country, preferably off the beaten path.

Fifteen years ago, a chance meeting sparked an idea that led to the formation of a nonprofit called the Global Neighborhood Project in San Diego. Today, it enjoys partnerships in several countries, including Azerbaijan, Botswana, Latvia, Mongolia, Morocco, Uruguay and Uzbekistan, focusing on photography, storytelling and chess to bring people together.

The world is waiting. Step out of your comfort zone.

Martin Kruming San Diego The writer is chair of the Global Neighborhood Project.

Re “ Biden’s Age Is a Campaign Problem, Not a Governing One ,” by Michelle Goldberg (column,, Feb. 12):

President Biden would be an awful contestant on “Jeopardy!” Instant recall and exact phrasing are not his strengths. But presidents do not play Foreign Policy for $200. They play it for real.

That requires deliberation, not flash card memory. A president takes advice from a team of experts, cabinet level on down, and tempers it with his wisdom and experience into steely policy.

Mr. Biden has chosen advisers based on ability and experience; Donald Trump favors loyalty. Mr. Biden had a background as a senator and a vice president before winning the presidency. Mr. Trump was a game show host and ran a family real estate business.

We somehow survived Mr. Trump’s chaotic first term. Do the American people really want to place the country in Double Jeopardy?

Larry Stein Glendale, Calif.

Re “ A Slap Shot Against Climate Denial ,” by Michael E. Mann and Peter J. Fontaine (Opinion guest essay, Feb. 16):

I applaud the victory of Dr. Mann, a climatologist, in his defamation suit against two of many vicious deniers of the facts of climate science. Tragically, the war on climate science and scientists is a feature in modern political discourse, an existential battle between the health of the planet and the rich fossil-fuel industry, which has captured the Republican Party.

Modern Republican candidates live in terror of speaking the truth about climate lest they be primaried by a well-funded opponent, the fate of Representative Bob Inglis of South Carolina in 2010.

Our nation has lost nearly 40 years of concerted action since the 1985 testimony by the scientist Carl Sagan laid out the dire consequences of carbon pollution before a Senate subcommittee headed by a Republican senator from Minnesota, David Durenberger.

Ask a Republican official today for the party’s plan to deal with the climate crisis, and the response is silence.

James P. Lenfestey Minneapolis The writer is a former editorial writer for The Star Tribune.

Re “ The Key to a Happy, Stable Marriage ,” by Rhaina Cohen (Opinion guest essay,, Feb. 14):

I have been married for 64 years, so I feel entitled to give good advice. When tempers flare, pause until the storm goes away. When minor skirmishes appear, remind your partner that there are more important things in the world than leaving the toilet seat up or other minor offenses.

If the disagreement is deep and meaningful, retreat into a major silence, and when the time is ripe start a gentle conversation. Allow moments of solitude, enthrone independence, allow space. Learn to apologize, laugh together, cry together. Cherish your commitment to a life of renewal.

David S. Cantor Los Angeles

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Travel is the fourth theme of the Green-Schools programme. The Travel theme is funded by the  Department of Transport and supported by the  National Transport Authority .

How Travel works

While creating their Action Plan participating schools set Travel targets, with the ultimate aim of increasing the number of pupils walking, cycling, scooting, carpooling, using public transport or using park ‘n’ stride instead of the private car on the school run.

By promoting these sustainable transport modes, schools will also improve pupils’ safety, health and fitness. The journey to school is an ideal way for children to take part in regular physical activity, to interact with their peers, and to develop the road sense children need as pedestrians and cyclists. Alternative modes of transport also improve children’s alertness. The schools will also lessen their overall impact on the environment, by reducing emissions and pollution.

Green-Schools Travel was rolled out nationally in September 2008 after a successful pilot programme in the Greater Dublin area. Since then we have worked, or are working, with over 1400 schools around the country to promote sustainable travel to school.

Travel Officers

Green-Schools have dedicated Travel Officers throughout the country who work closely with schools to support them through the 7 Step process of the Travel theme. These officers offer assistance with conducting your Environmental Review; beginning your Action Plan; hosting Days of Action and can help you apply for cycle training and parking for your school.

Participating schools

Click here to view a list of schools invited to participate in the Green-Schools Travel and Global Citizenship Travel themes for the 2020/2021 academic year.

View our Green-Schools Travel Annual Reports:

Useful Links, Projects and Key Resources

Travel projects.

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Key Travel Resources

  • Air Quality Toolkit – Primary
  • Air Quality Toolkit – Secondary
  • Green-Schools Love 30 Action Pack
  • Green-Schools Travel No-Idling Toolkit for Schools

Road Safety and Mapping Advice:

  • National Transport Authority’s Journey Planner  : useful website for planning journeys to and from school/other locations and at weekends – also useful for planning school trips using public transport
  • RSA Education Page : useful information on road safety for students
  • Scoilnet Maps : useful for mapping routes to school

European Initiatives:

  • European Mobility Week : useful website for schools to learn about European Mobility Week and see what happens all over Europe

Sponsor and Supporters:

  • Department of Transport
  • NTA –  National Transport Authority
  • Smarter Travel

Safe Routes to School

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The  Safe Routes to School  Programme is designed to encourage as many pupils and students as possible in primary and post-primary schools to walk and cycle. It has three aims:

  • To accelerate the delivery of walking/scooting and cycling infrastructure on key access routes to schools.
  • To provide “front of school” treatments which will enhance access to your school grounds.
  • To expand the amount of bike parking available at schools.

Applications to the programme are now closed. Please click on the link below for further information.

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School resource officer in Pennsylvania charged with sexual assault of student

A Pennsylvania school resource officer is accused of having a sexual relationship with a teen student he met at the high school where he worked.

Jordan Jones, 29, of Horsham, was arrested Tuesday and has been charged with institutional sexual assault, endangering the welfare of children and corruption of minors, which are all felonies, the Montgomery County District Attorney said.

The DA said sexual assault allegations surfaced this week involving Jones and a 17-year-old student at Abington Senior High School. The student allegedly told a counselor that she and Jones had been having a sexual relationship since November, the DA said in statement.

Jones, a full-time officer with Abington Township police who was assigned to the school as a resource officer, is accused of having sexual contact with the teen numerous times at his home, according to prosecutors.

It was not clear Tuesday night if Jones had retained an attorney.

No one with the Abington School District could be immediately reached for comment by NBC News. But a district spokesperson told NBC Philadelphia that Jones has been prohibited from all district property.

“The well-being and safety of our students and staff are of paramount importance," the spokesperson told the news outlet. "In the absence of a school resource officer, district administration will provide additional coverage and resources for Abington Senior High School, including having counselors on hand to support any students or staff members.”

Jones has been arraigned and an unsecured bail was set for $50,000, prosecutors said. It was not clear if Jones was in jail Tuesday night.

Jones met the student at the high school during the 2022-2023 school year, according to an affidavit of probable cause.

Last fall, Jones asked the teen if she was interested in walking his dog. The two then began seeing each other outside of school, the affidavit said.

Jones and the student spoke Monday by phone in a conversation that was monitored by the Montgomery County Detective Bureau, the affidavit said. During the call, Jones allegedly acknowledged that the relationship between the two was illegal.

He also told the student, the affidavit said: “I trust you, I know you wouldn’t try to get me arrested or anything.”

“That’s a big risk, of course. And I took that risk because I care about you," he said, according to the affidavit.

Abington Township Police Chief Patrick Molloy said on Facebook that Jones had been “stripped of his badge and gun and placed on administrative leave with the intent to dismiss."

Molloy expressed disgust and betrayal over the allegations.

“As your Chief, I cannot find the words to accurately convey the pain that this betrayal of trust has caused so many, not the least of which is our victim in this case," Molloy said.

The alleged actions "do not reflect the great work that the men and women in the Abington Township Police Department do every day," the chief said.

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EPIC MOSCOW Itinerary! (2024)

Moscow is the heart of Mother Russia. Just the mention of this city conjures images of colorful bulbous pointed domes, crisp temperatures, and a uniquely original spirit!

Moscow has an incredibly turbulent history, a seemingly resilient culture, and a unique enchantment that pulls countless tourists to the city each year! Although the warmer months make exploring Moscow’s attractions more favorable, there’s just something about a fresh snowfall that only enhances the appearance of the city’s iconic sites!

If you’re a first-time visitor to Moscow, or simply wanting to see as much of the city as possible, this Moscow itinerary will help you do just that!

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Here is a quick look at the seasons so you can decide when to visit Moscow!

The summer months (June-August) are a great time to travel to Moscow to take advantage of the enjoyable mild temperatures. This is considered peak travel season. Bear in mind that hotel prices rise along with the temperatures!

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If you’re planning a trip to Moscow during fall (September-November) try to plan for early fall. This way the temperatures will still be pleasant and winter won’t be threatening.

Russian winters (December-February) are not for the faint of heart as Napoleon learned to his peril. Some days the sun will be out for less than an hour, and snow is guaranteed. Although winters are exceptionally cold, this is when you’ll get a true glimpse of the Moscow experience!

The best time to visit Moscow is during spring  (March-May). The temperatures will begin to creep up and the sun begins to shine for significant portions of the day. Hotel rates will also have yet to skyrocket into peak ranges!

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With a Moscow City Pass , you can experience the best of Moscow at the CHEAPEST prices. Discounts, attractions, tickets, and even public transport are all standards in any good city pass – be sure invest now and save them $$$ when you arrive!

Moscow is a large city with many accommodation options to choose from. Staying in a location that fits with your travel plans will only enhance your Moscow itinerary. Here is a brief introduction to a few great areas of the city we recommend checking out!

The best place to stay in Moscow to be close to all the action is Kitay-Gorod. This charming neighborhood will put you within walking distance to Moscow’s famous Red Square, thus cutting down on travel time. This will allow you to see more of the city in a shorter amount of time!

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It’s surrounded by restaurants, cafes, bars, and shops. If you’re a first-time visitor to Moscow, or just planning a quick weekend in Moscow, then this area is perfect for you!

Another great area to consider is the Zamoskvorechye district. This area of the city offers a blend of new and old Moscow. It has an artsy vibe and there are plenty of fun sites you can explore outside of the main touristy areas of Moscow.

Of course, as in all areas of Moscow, it’s close to public transportation that will quickly connect you with the rest of the city and make your Moscow itinerary super accessible!

Best Airbnb in Moscow – Exclusive Apartment in Old Moscow

Exclusive Apartment in Old Moscow

Modern and cozy, this apartment is in the heart of Old Moscow. Bordering the Basmanny and Kitay-Gorod districts, this two-bedroom flat is walking distance to the Kremlin and Red Square. Safe, quiet, and comfortable, this is the best Airbnb in Moscow, no question!

Best Budget Hotel in Moscow – Izmailovo Alfa Hotel

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The Izmailovo Alfa Hotel is a very highly rated accommodation that provides all the components necessary for a comfortable trip to Moscow. There is an on-site restaurant, bar, fitness center, and an airport shuttle service. The rooms are modern and spacious and are equipped with a TV, heating/air conditioning, minibar, and more!

Best Luxury Hotel in Moscow – Crowne Plaza Moscow World Trade Centre

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If you’re touring Moscow in luxury, the Crowne Plaza Moscow World Trade Centre is the hotel for you! Elegantly furnished rooms are equipped with a minibar, flat-screen TV,  in-room safes, as well as tea and coffee making facilities! Bathrooms come with bathrobes, slippers, and free toiletries. There is also an onsite restaurant, bar, and fitness center.

Best Hostel in Moscow – Godzillas Hostel

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Godzillas Hostel is located in the center of Moscow, just a short walk from all the major tourist attractions and the metro station. Guests will enjoy all the usual hostel perks such as self-catering facilities, 24-hour reception, Free Wi-Fi, and security lockers. This is one of the best hostels in Moscow and its wonderful social atmosphere and will make your vacation in Moscow extra special!

Godzillas Hostel is one of our favourites in Moscow but they’re not taking guests right now. We’re not sure if they’re closed for good but we hope they’ll come back soon.

An important aspect of planning any trip is figuring out the transportation situation. You’re probably wondering how you’re going to get to all of your Moscow points of interest right? Luckily, this sprawling city has an excellent network of public transportation that will make traveling a breeze!

The underground metro system is the quickest and most efficient way to travel around Moscow. Most visitors rely exclusively on this super-efficient transportation system, which allows you to get to pretty much anywhere in the city! It’s also a great option if you’re planning a Moscow itinerary during the colder months, as you’ll be sheltered from the snow and freezing temperatures!

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If you prefer above-ground transportation, buses, trams, and trolleybuses, run throughout the city and provide a rather comfortable alternative to the metro.

Moscow’s metro, buses, trams, and trolleybuses are all accessible with a ‘Troika’ card. This card can be topped up with any sum of money at a metro cash desk. The ticket is simple, convenient, and even refundable upon return to a cashier!

No matter which method you choose, you’ll never find yourself without an easy means of getting from point A to point B!

Red Square | Moscow Kremlin | Lenin’s Mausoleum | St. Basil’s Cathedral  | GUM Department Store

Spend the first day of your itinerary taking your own self guided Moscow walking tour around the historic Red Square! This is Moscow’s compact city center and every stop on this list is within easy walking distance to the next! Get ready to see all of the top Moscow landmarks!

Day 1 / Stop 1 – The Red Square

  • Why it’s awesome: The Red Square is the most recognizable area in Moscow, it has mesmerizing architecture and centuries worth of history attached to its name.
  • Cost: Free to walk around, individual attractions in the square have separate fees. 
  • Food nearby: Check out Bar BQ Cafe for friendly service and good food in a great location! The atmosphere is upbeat and they’re open 24/7!

The Red Square is Moscow’s historic fortress and the center of the Russian government. The origins of the square date back to the late 15th century, when Ivan the Great decided to expand the Kremlin to reflect Moscow’s growing power and prestige!

During the 20th century, the square became famous as the site for demonstrations designed to showcase Soviet strength. Visiting the Red Square today, you’ll find it teeming with tourists, who come to witness its magical architecture up close!

The Red Square

The square is the picture postcard of Russian tourism, so make sure to bring your camera when you visit! No matter the season, or the time of day, it’s delightfully photogenic! 

It’s also home to some of Russia’s most distinguishing and important landmarks, which we’ve made sure to include further down in this itinerary. It’s an important center of Russia’s cultural life and one of the top places to visit in Moscow!

In 1990, UNESCO designated Russia’s Red Square as a World Heritage site. Visiting this historic site is a true bucket-list event and essential addition to your itinerary for Moscow!

Day 1 / Stop 2 – The Moscow Kremlin

  • Why it’s awesome: The Moscow Kremlin complex includes several palaces and cathedrals and is surrounded by the Kremlin wall. It also houses the principal museum of Russia (the Kremlin Armory).
  • Cost: USD $15.00
  • Food nearby: Bosco Cafe is a charming place to grat a casual bite to eat. They have excellent coffee and wonderful views of the Red Square and the Moscow Kremlin!

The iconic Moscow Kremlin , also known as the Kremlin museum complex, sits on Borovitsky Hill, rising above the Moscow River. It is a fortified complex in the center of the city, overlooking several iconic buildings in the Red Square!

It’s the best known of the Russian Kremlins – citadels or fortress’ protecting and dominating a city. During the early decades of the Soviet era, the Kremlin was a private enclave where the state’s governing elite lived and worked.

The Kremlin is outlined by an irregularly shaped triangular wall that encloses an area of 68 acres! The existing walls and towers were built from 1485 to 1495. Inside the Kremlin museum complex, there are five palaces, four cathedrals, and the enclosing Kremlin Wall with Kremlin towers.

The Armoury Chamber is a part of the Grand Kremlin Palace’s complex and is one of the oldest museums of Moscow, established in 1851. It showcases Russian history and displays many cherished relics. Definitely make sure to check out this museum while you’re here!

The Moscow Kremlin

The churches inside the Moscow Kremlin are the Cathedral of the Dormition, Church of the Archangel, Church of the Annunciation, and the bell tower of Ivan Veliki (a church tower).

The five-domed Cathedral of the Dormition is considered the most famous. It was built from 1475–1479 by an Italian architect and has served as a wedding and coronation place for great princes, tsars, and emperors of Russia. Church services are given in the Kremlin’s numerous cathedrals on a regular basis.

The Grand Kremlin Palace was the former Tsar’s Moscow residence and today it serves as the official workplace of the President of the Russian Federation (Vladimir Putin seems to have bagged that title for life) .

Insider Tip: The Kremlin is closed every Thursday! Make sure to plan this stop on your Moscow itinerary for any other day of the week!

Day 1 / Stop 3 – Lenin’s Mausoleum

  • Why it’s awesome: The mausoleum displays the preserved body of Soviet leader Vladimir Lenin .
  • Cost: Free!
  • Food nearby: Khinkal’naya is a charming Georgian restaurant with vaulted ceilings and exposed brick. It’s a popular place with locals and right next to the Red Square!

Lenin’s Mausoleum, also known as Lenin’s Tomb, is the modernist mausoleum for the revolutionary leader Vladimir Lenin. It’s located within the Red Square and serves as the resting place for the Soviet leader! His preserved body has been on public display since shortly after his death in 1924.

It’s located just a few steps away from the Kremlin Wall and is one of the most controversial yet popular Moscow attractions!

Admission is free for everyone, you’ll only need to pay if you need to check a bag. Before visitors are allowed to enter the mausoleum, they have to go through a metal detector first. No metal objects, liquids, or large bags are allowed in the mausoleum!

Lenins Mausoleum

Expect a line to enter the building, and while you’re inside the building, you’ll be constantly moving in line with other visitors. This means you won’t be able to spend as long as you’d like viewing the mausoleum, but you’ll still be able to get a good look. Pictures and filming while inside the building are strictly prohibited, and security guards will stop you if they see you breaking this rule.

The mausoleum is only open on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday – unless it’s a public holiday or a day scheduled for maintenance. The hours it’s open for each day are limited, make sure to check online before you visit to make sure you can fit this into your Moscow itinerary for that day!

Insider Tip: The Lenin’s Museum is there for people to pay their respect; remember to keep silent and move along quickly, it’s not intended for people to congregate around. Also, men are not allowed to wear hats and everyone must take their hands out of their pockets when inside the building.

Day 1 / Stop 4 – St. Basil’s Cathedral

  • Why it’s awesome: A dazzling designed cathedral that showcases Russia’s unique architecture. This cathedral is one of the most recognizable symbols of the country!
  • Cost: USD $8.00
  • Food nearby: Moskovskiy Chaynyy Klub is a cozy cafe serving food items and pipping hot tea; it’s the perfect place to go if you’re visiting Moscow during the winter months!

Located in the Red Square, the ornate 16th-century St. Basil’s Cathedral is probably the building you picture when you think of Moscow’s unique architecture. Its colorful onion-shaped domes tower over the Moscow skyline!

The cathedral was built from 1555-1561 by order of Tsar Ivan the Terrible. It was designed with an iconic onion dome facade and enchanting colors that captivate all who see it. Fun fact: If you’re wondering why Russian churches have onion domes, they are popularly believed to symbolize burning candles!

This iconic cathedral has become a symbol of Russia due to its distinguishing architecture and prominent position inside the Red Square. It’s one of the most beautiful, wonderful, and mesmerizing historical cathedrals in the world!

St. Basils Cathedral

The interior of the church surprises most people when they visit. In contrast to the large exterior, the inside is not so much one large area, but rather a collection of smaller areas, with many corridors and small rooms. There are 9 small chapels and one mausoleum grouped around a central tower.

Visiting the inside is like walking through a maze, there are even small signs all around the cathedral tracing where to walk, and pointing you in the right direction! The walls are meticulously decorated and painted with intricate floral designs and religious themes.

The church rarely holds service and is instead a museum open for the public to visit.

Insider Tip: During the summer months the line to go inside the cathedral can get quite long! Make sure to arrive early or reserve your tickets online to guarantee quick access into the cathedral!

Day 1 / Stop 5 – GUM Department Store

  • Why it’s awesome: This is Russia’s most famous shopping mall! It’s designed with elegant and opulent architecture and provides a real sense of nostalgia!
  • Cost: Free to enter
  • Food nearby: Stolovaya 57 is a cafeteria-style restaurant with a variety of inexpensive Russian cuisine menu items including soups, salads, meat dishes, and desserts. It’s also located inside the GUM department store, making it very easily accessible when you’re shopping!

The enormous GUM Department Store is located within the historic Red Square. It has a whimsical enchantment to it that sets it apart from your typical department store.

A massive domed glass ceiling lines the top of the building and fills the interior with natural sunlight. There are live plants and flowers placed throughout the mall that give the shopping complex a lively and cheerful feel! A playful fountain sits in the center, further adding to the malls inviting a sense of wonder and amusement!

The GUM department store opened on December 2, 1893. Today, it includes local and luxury stores, including Fendi, Louis Vuitton, Prada, and many more! There are numerous cafes, restaurants, and even a movie theater inside!

GUM Department Store

For a special treat, head into Gastronom 1. This 1950s-style shop sells gourmet food items, like wine, freshly-baked pastries, cheese, Russian chocolate, and of course, vodka! Also, be on the lookout for a bicycle pedaling ice cream truck with an employing selling ice cream!

The ambiance is simply amazing, a trip to this idyllic shopping mall is an absolute must on any Moscow itinerary!

Insider Tip: Make sure to carry some small change on you in case you need to use the restroom, you’ll need to pay 50 rubles – or about USD $0.80 to use the bathroom in GUM.

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Novodevichy Convent | Gorky Park | State Tretyakov Gallery | All-Russian Exhibition Center | Bolshoi Theater

On your 2 day itinerary in Moscow, you’ll have a chance to use the city’s excellent public transportation service! You’ll explore a few more of Moscow’s historic highlight as well as some modern attractions. These sites are a little more spread out, but still very easily accessible thanks to the metro!

Day 2 / Stop 1 – Novodevichy Convent

  • Why it’s awesome: The Novodevichy Convent is rich in imperial Russian history and contains some of Russia’s best examples of classical architecture!
  • Cost: USD $5.00
  • Food nearby: Culinary Shop Karavaevs Brothers is a cozy and simple place to have a quick bite, they also have vegetarian options!

The Novodevichy Convent is the best-known and most popular cloister of Moscow. The convent complex is contained within high walls, and there are many attractions this site is known for! 

The six-pillared five-domed Smolensk Cathedral is the main attraction. It was built to resemble the Kremlin’s Assumption Cathedral and its facade boasts beautiful snowy white walls and a pristine golden onion dome as its centerpiece. It’s the oldest structure in the convent, built from 1524 -1525, and is situated in the center of the complex between the two entrance gates.

There are other churches inside the convent as well, all dating back from many centuries past. The convent is filled with an abundance of 16th and 17th-century religious artworks, including numerous large and extravagant frescos!

Novodevichy Convent

Just outside the convent’s grounds lies the Novodevichy Cemetery. Here, you can visit the graves of famous Russians, including esteemed authors, composers, and politicians. Probably the most intriguing gravestone belongs to Russian politician Nikita Khruschev!

The Novodevichy Convent is located near the Moscow River and offers a peaceful retreat from the busy city. In 2004, it was proclaimed a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The convent remains remarkably well-preserved and is an outstanding example of Moscow Baroque architecture! 

Insider Tip: To enter the cathedrals inside the complex, women are advised to cover their heads and shoulders, while men should wear long pants.

Day 2 / Stop 2 – Gorky Central Park of Culture and Leisure

  • Why it’s awesome: A large amusement area in the heart of the city offering many attractions!
  • Cost: Free! 
  • Food nearby: Check out Mepkato, located inside Gorky Central Park for a casual meal in a cozy setting. There are indoor and outdoor seating options and the restaurant is child-friendly!

Gorky Central Park of Culture and Leisure is a large green space in the heart of Moscow. The park opened in 1928, and it stretches along the scenic embankment of the Moskva River. It covers an area of 300-acres and offers a lovely contrast from the compact city center.

You’ll find all sorts of wonderful attractions, from boat rides to bike rentals to tennis courts and ping-pong tables, and much more! there are an open-air cinema and festive events and concerts scheduled in the summer months.  A wide selection of free fitness classes is also offered on a regular basis, including jogging, roller skating, and dancing!

Although many of the options you’ll find here are more suited for outdoor leisure during the summer, you’ll also a selection of winter attractions, including one of Europe’s largest ice rinks for ice-skating!

Gorky Central Park of Culture and Leisure

If you’re trying to decide what to do in Moscow with kids, the park also offers several venues designed specifically for kids. Check out the year-round Green School which offers hands-on classes in gardening and art! You can also feed the squirrels and birds at the Golitsinsky Ponds!

The park is very well maintained and kept clean and the entrance is free of charge, although most individual attractions cost money. There is also Wi-Fi available throughout the park.

With so many attractions, you could easily spend all day here! If you’re only planning a 2 day itinerary in Moscow, make sure to plan your time accordingly and map out all the areas you want to see beforehand!

Day 2 / Stop 3 – The State Tretyakov Gallery

  • Why it’s awesome: The gallery’s collection consists entirely of Russian art made by Russian artists!
  • Food nearby : Brothers Tretyakovs is located right across the street from the gallery. It’s a wonderfully atmospheric restaurant serving top quality food and drinks!

The State Tretyakov Gallery was founded in 1856 by influential merchant and collector Pavel Tretyakov.  The gallery is a national treasury of Russian fine art and one of the most important museums in Russia!

It houses the world’s best collection of Russian art and contains more than 130, 000 paintings, sculptures, and graphics! These works have been created throughout the centuries by generations of Russia’s most talented artists!

The State Tretyakov Gallery

The exhibits range from mysterious 12th-century images to politically charged canvases. The collection is rich and revealing and offers great insight into the history and attitudes of this long-suffering yet inspired people!

All pictures are also labeled in English. If you plan to take your time and see everything inside the museum it will take a good 3-4 hours, so make sure to plan your Moscow trip itinerary accordingly! This gallery is a must-see stop for art lovers, or anyone wanting to explore the local culture and history of Russia in a creative and insightful manner! 

Insider Tip: When planning your 2 days in Moscow itinerary, keep in mind that most museums in Moscow are closed on Mondays, this includes The State Tretyakov Gallery!

Day 2 / Stop 4 – All-Russian Exhibition Center

  • Why it’s awesome: This large exhibition center showcases the achievements of the Soviet Union in several different spheres. 
  • Food nearby: Varenichnaya No. 1 serves authentic and homestyle Russian cuisine in an intimate and casual setting.

The All-Russian Exhibition Center is a massive park that presents the glory of the Soviet era! It pays homage to the achievements of Soviet Russia with its many different sites found on the property.

The center was officially opened in 1939 to exhibit the achievements of the Soviet Union. It’s a huge complex of buildings and the largest exhibition center in Moscow. There are several exhibition halls dedicated to different achievements and every year there are more than one hundred and fifty specialized exhibitions!

All Russian Exhibition Center

The Peoples Friendship Fountain was constructed in 1954 and is a highlight of the park. The stunning gold fountain features 16 gilded statues of girls, each representing the former Soviet Union republics. 

The Stone Flower Fountain was also built in 1954 and is worth checking out. The centerpiece of this large fountain is a flower carved from stones from the Ural Mountains! Along the side of the fountain are various bronze sculptures.

You will find many people zipping around on rollerblades and bicycles across the large area that the venue covers. It’s also home to amusement rides and carousels, making it the perfect place to stop with kids on your Moscow itinerary! Make sure to wear comfortable shoes and allow a few hours to explore all the areas that interest you!

Day 2 / Stop 5 – Bolshoi Theater

  • Why it’s awesome: The Bolshoi Theater is a historic venue that hosts world-class ballet and opera performances!
  • Cost: Prices vary largely between USD $2.00 –  USD $228.00 based on seat location.
  • Food nearby: Head to the Russian restaurant, Bolshoi for high-quality food and drinks and excellent service!

The Bolshoi Theater is among the oldest and most renowned ballet and opera companies in the world! It also boasts the world’s biggest ballet company, with more than 200 dancers!

The theater has been rebuilt and renovated several times during its long history. In 2011 it finished its most recent renovation after an extensive six-year restoration that started in 2005. The renovation included an improvement in acoustics and the restoration of the original Imperial decor.

The Bolshoi Theater has put on many of the world’s most famous ballet acts! Tchaikovsky’s ballet Swan Lake premiered at the theater in 1877 and other notable performances of the Bolshoi repertoire include Tchaikovsky’s The Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker!

Bolshoi Theater

Today, when you visit the theater, you can expect a magical performance from skilled singers, dancers, and musicians with the highest level of technique!

If you don’t have time to see a show, the theater also provides guided tours on select days of the week. Tours are given in both Russian and English and will provide visitors with a more intimate look at the different areas of the theater!

The stage of this iconic Russian theater has seen many outstanding performances. If you’re a fan of the performing arts, the Bolshoi Theater is one of the greatest and oldest ballet and opera companies in the world, making it a must-see attraction on your Moscow itinerary!

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Cosmonautics Museum | Alexander Garden | Ostankino Tower | Izmaylovo District | Soviet Arcade Museum

Now that we’ve covered what to do in Moscow in 2 days, if you’re able to spend more time in the city you’re going to need more attractions to fill your time. Here are a few more really cool things to do in Moscow we recommend!

Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics

  • Hear the timeline of the ‘space race’ from the Russian perspective
  • This museum is fun for both adults and children!
  • Admission is USD $4.00

The Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics is a museum dedicated to space exploration! The museum explores the history of flight, astronomy, space exploration, space technology, and space in the arts. It houses a large assortment of Soviet and Russian space-related exhibits, and the museum’s collection holds approximately 85,000 different items!

Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics

The museum does an excellent job of telling the full story of the exciting space race between the USSR and the US! It highlights the brightest moments in Russian history and humanity and is very interesting and fun for all ages!

If you’re a fan of space or just curious about gaining insight into Russia’s fascinating history of space exploration, make sure to add this to your 3 day itinerary in Moscow!

The Alexander Garden

  • A tranquil place to relax near the Red Square
  • Green lawns dotted with sculptures and lovely water features
  • The park is open every day and has no entrance fee

The Alexander Garden was one of the first urban public parks in Moscow! The garden premiered in 1821 and was built to celebrate Russia’s victory over Napoleon’s forces in 1812!

The park is beautiful and well maintained with paths to walk on and benches to rest on. The park contains three separate gardens: the upper garden, middle garden, and lower garden.

The Alexander Garden

Located in the upper garden, towards the main entrance to the park is the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier with its eternal flame. This monument was created in 1967 and contains the body of a soldier who fell during the Great Patriotic War!

The park stretches along all the length of the western Kremlin wall for about half a mile. Due to its central location in the city, it’ll be easily accessible when you’re out exploring The Red Square.

It provides a bit of relief from the city’s high-energy city streets. Bring a picnic lunch, go for a walk, or just sit and people watch, this is one of the best Moscow sites to wind-down and relax!

Ostankino Television Tower

  • Television and radio tower in Moscow
  • Currently the tallest free-standing structure in Europe
  • Make sure you bring your passport when you visit, you can’t go up without it!

For spectacular views of the city, make sure to add the Ostankino Television Tower to your itinerary for Moscow! This impressive free-standing structure provides stunning views of the city in every direction. The glass floor at the top also provides great alternative views of the city!

Ostankino Television Tower

It takes just 58 seconds for visitors to reach the Tower’s observation deck by super fast elevator. The tower is open every day for long hours and is a great site in Moscow to check out! There is even a restaurant at the top where you can enjoy rotating views of the city while you dine on traditional Russian cuisine or European cuisine!

The tower is somewhat of an architectural surprise in a city that is not known for skyscrapers! To see the city from a new perspective, make sure to add this stop to your Moscow itinerary!

Izmaylovo District

  • The most popular attractions in this district are the kremlin and the flea market
  • Outside of the city center and easy to reach via metro
  • Most popular during the summer and on weekends

Travel outside the city center and discover a unique area of the city! The Izmaylovo District is a popular destination for locals and tourists alike, and one of the coolest places to see in Moscow! The two main attractions we recommend checking out are the Kremlin and the flea market.

The Izmailovo Kremlin was established as a cultural center and molded after traditional Russian architecture. This colorful complex is home to several single-subject museums, including a Russian folk art museum and a vodka museum!

Izmaylovo District

Next to the Kremlin is the Izmailovo open-air market, which dates back to the 17th century! The market is connected to the Izmailovo Kremlin by a wooden bridge. Pick up all your Russian souvenirs here, including traditional handicrafts, paintings, books, retro toys, and Soviet memorabilia!

You will find many hand-made and hand-painted options available at higher prices, as well as mass-produced souvenir options at lower prices!

Museum of Soviet Arcade Games

  • Closed on Mondays
  • Filled with old arcade games that visitors get to try out!
  • The museum also includes a small cafe and burger shop

For something a little different, check out the Museum of Soviet Arcade Games! The museum features roughly 60 machines from the Soviet era, including video games, pinball machines, and collaborative hockey foosball! The machines inside the museum were produced in the USSR in the mid-1970s.

Museum of Soviet Arcade Games

The best part is, most of the games are still playable! Purchase tickets and try the games out for yourself! The museum also has a neat little screening room that plays old Soviet cartoons and an area with Soviet magazines! This unique attraction is a fun addition to a 3 day itinerary in Moscow, and an attraction that all ages will enjoy! 

Whether you’re spending one day in Moscow, or more, safety is an important thing to keep in mind when traveling to a big city! Overall, Moscow is a very safe place to visit. However, it is always recommended that tourists take certain precautions when traveling to a new destination!

The police in Moscow is extremely effective at making the city a safe place to visit and do their best to patrol all of the top Moscow, Russia tourist attractions. However, tourists can still be a target for pickpockets and scammers.

Moscow has a huge flow of tourists, therefore there is a risk for pickpocketing. Simple precautions will help eliminate your chances of being robbed. Stay vigilant, keep your items close to you at all times, and don’t flash your valuables!

If you’re planning a solo Moscow itinerary, you should have no need to worry, as the city is also considered safe for solo travelers, even women. Stay in the populated areas, try and not travel alone late at night, and never accept rides from strangers or taxis without a meter and correct signage.

The threat of natural disasters in Moscow is low, with the exception of severe winters when the temperature can dip below freezing! Bring a good, warm jacket if you visit in Winter.

However, please note that Russian views on homsexuality are far less accepting than those in Western Europe. Likewise, Non-Caucasian travellers may sadly encounter racism in Russia .

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Now that we’ve covered all the top things to see in Moscow, we thought we’d include some exciting day trips to other areas of the country!

Sergiev Posad (Golden Ring)

Sergiev Posad Golden Ring

On this 7-hour guided tour, you’ll visit several scenic and historic areas of Russia. Start your day with hotel pick-up as you’re transferred by a comfortable car or minivan to Sergiev Posad. Admire the charming Russian countryside on your drive and enjoy a quick stop to visit the Russian village, Rudonezh!

You’ll see the majestic Saint Spring and the Church of Sergiev Radonezh. You’ll also visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius, one of the most famous Orthodox sites in Russia!

Lastly, you’ll swing by the local Matreshka market and enjoy a break in a nice Russian restaurant before returning to Moscow!

Day Trip to Vladimir and Suzdal

Day Trip to Vladimir and Suzdal

On this 13-hour trip, you’ll discover old Russia, with its picturesque landscapes and white-stoned beautiful churches! You’ll visit the main towns of the famous Golden Ring of Russia – the name for several cities and smaller towns north-east of Moscow.

Your first stop will be in the town of Vladimir, the ancient capital of all Russian principalities. The city dates back to the 11th century and is one of the oldest and the most important towns along the Ring! Next, you’ll visit Suzdal, a calm ancient Russian town north of Vladimir with only 13,000 inhabitants!

The old-style architecture and buildings of Suzdal are kept wonderfully intact. If you’re spending three days in Moscow, or more, this is a great option for exploring the charming areas outside the city!

Zvenigorod Day Trip and Russian Countryside

Zvenigorod Day Trip and Russian Countryside

On this 9-hour private tour, you’ll explore the ancient town of Zvenigorod, one of the oldest towns in the Moscow region! As you leave Moscow you’ll enjoy the stunning scenery along the Moscow River, and make a few stops at old churches along the way to Zvenigorod.

Upon arrival, you’ll explore the medieval center, including the 14th-century Savvino-Storozhevsky Monastery. Next, you’ll take a break for lunch (own expense) where you’ll have the chance to try out the Russian cuisine! Next, you’ll visit the Museum of Russian Dessert and sip on tea at a Russian tea ceremony.

The final stop of the day is at the Ershovo Estate, a gorgeous place to walk around and enjoy nature!

Day Trip to St Petersburg by Train visiting Hermitage & Faberge

Day Trip to St Petersburg by Train visiting Hermitage and Faberge

On this full-day tour, you’ll enjoy a a full round trip to St Petersburg where you’ll spend an exciting day exploring another popular Russian city! You’ll be picked up from your hotel in Moscow and be transferred to the train station where you’ll ride the high-speed train ‘Sapsan’ to St Petersburg.

Upon arrival, you’ll start the day by touring the Hermitage Museum and the Winter Palace. Next, you’ll visit the Faberge Museum, where you’ll explore the impressive collection of rare Faberge Eggs! In the afternoon, enjoy a sightseeing boat ride and a traditional 3-course Russian lunch.

If you’re spending 3 days in Moscow, or more, this is an excellent trip to take!

Trip to Kolomna – Authentic Cultural Experience from Moscow

Trip to Kolomna - Authentic Cultural Experience from Moscow

On this 10-hour tour, you’ll escape the city and travel to the historic town of Kolomna! First, you’ll visit the 14th-century Kolomna Kremlin, home to the Assumption Cathedral and an abundance of museums!

Next, enjoy lunch at a local cafe (own expense) before embarking on a tour of the Marshmallow Museum – of course, a marshmallow tasting is provided!  Your final stop is the Museum of Forging Settlements, where displays include armor and accessories for fishing and hunting.

Discover this beautiful Russian fairytale city on a private trip, where all of the planning is taken care of for you!

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Find out what people want to know when planning their Moscow itinerary.

How many days you need in Moscow?

We recommend that you spend at least two or three days in Moscow to take it all in.

What’s the best month to visit Moscow?

The best time to visit Moscow is over the spring, from March to May as temperatures are mild, crowds are thin and prices are reasonable.

What are some unusual things to do in Moscow?

I mean, queuing up to see an almost 100 year old corpse is pretty unsual! Check out Lenin’s Mausoleum if you fancy it!

What are some fun things to do in Moscow?

The Memorial Museum of Cosmonautics is a fun place to explore the famous space race from the perspective of the ‘other side’!

We hope you enjoyed our Moscow itinerary! We’ve made sure to cover all the Moscow must-sees as well as some unique attractions in the city! Our addition of insider tips, favorite food stops, and day trips from Moscow is an added bonus and will guarantee you make the most out of your exciting Russian vacation!

Immerse yourself in the modern and traditional Russian lifestyle! Get lost in museums, witness awe-inspiring architecture, and indulge in Russian cuisine! Spend the day strolling through all of the charming sites of Moscow, admiring the beautiful scenery and discovering the city’s fairytale-like enchantment!

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  22. School Travel Officer

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