You’ll be Russian off to see some great sights

by Ian Begley

EXPERIENCE everything that the Land of the Tsars has to offer on a nine-night, solo-friendly holiday to Russia, from €1,789pp.
With flights departing from Dublin on September 15, travel to the regions where some of the world’s most famous art, literature and history were created, from the beautiful St Petersburg to the hustle and bustle of the capital, Moscow.
During the first half of your stay, you will visit St Petersburg, which has more of a Scandinavian feel than the capital and is home to the Winter Palace – the former residence of the Russian monarchs.
St Petersburg is also home to Catherine’s Palace, in the town of Tzarskoye, which boasts some of the most opulent architecture and interior design you are ever likely to see.
For the second half of your trip, visit Moscow and see the iconic squares and palaces that make the city so renowned.
Here, you will see Red Square, which is the enormous plaza that houses St Basil’s Cathedral, amongst others.
Other highlights are the Kremlin, which is a huge compound of government buildings containing the seat of the president, and the Kremlin Armoury, which houses some of the most valuable jewels in the world.
You will also enjoy plenty of leisure time to explore these beautiful cities at your own pace.
Alternatively, if you fancy a break a tad closer to home, then why not try a three-night city break in Cote d’Azur, better known as the French Riviera?
Priced from €499pp with flights leaving on November 10, the French Riviera has been the playground of the rich and famous since the 19th century, and all of its allure remains.
From the opulence of Nice to the tranquillity of St Paul-de-Vence, this three-night short city break is truly special.
You will visit Antibes, a town which was founded as a 5th century Greek colony due to its naturally protected port, and has historically been an important trade centre.
Today, it is home to a number of noted museums, including the Picasso Museum and the Naval Museum of Napoleon.
Then you will set off for Nice, one of the most popular cities to visit in France, which boasts lots of cultural attractions, including a colourful flower market and the Promenade des Anglais, named after the earliest English visitors to the area.
There will also be plenty of time to discover the many hidden gems in Cannes at your own pace.
Relax with a drink by the seaside or take a stroll alonges Film Festival, or enjoy an al fresco lunch in the Old Town of Cannes, overlooking the bay.
For further information about these two offers, see www.traveldepartment.ie.

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