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Jackie has just returned from a short break to Venice. Flying from Liverpool with Easyjet they got a real bargain! The flight times were perfect for a short break and they enjoyed nearly 4 full days.
The weather was perfect with sunshine & blue skies although it was very cold but this didn’t stop them making the most of the days.
Marco Polo airport is very close to Venice and you have a choice of ways to get to your hotel. Firstly, there is a bus which takes you to the station in around 20 mins (8 euros) and from there you will need to walk, private water taxi or public water bus to the nearest stop to your hotel. Jackie however chose to get the Public water transport (Vaporetto) direct from the airport to San Marco & walk the short distance to their hotel (15 euros). It is very easy to use this service, you merely establish which stop is closest to your hotel and then choose which Line you need to take – just like the underground.
There are no cars or even bicycles on Venice island so it is very easy to walk around, although you WILL get lost! The tiny alleyways are endless and it is easy to lose your way but that’s part of the fun and you will very easily find your way again.
Venice is a shoppers delight for Designer goods and there are plenty of authentic restaurants. It is very tourist friendly and safe but in the height of summer it can be very crowded indeed (as well as smelly!) so this time of year was perfect and Jackie would definitely recommend a visit out of season to make the most of your trip. She also took a trip to the islands of Murano, Burano & Torcello which was worth the 20 euros for a half day tour. She loved Burano and said that if she went back, she’d like to stay there for a night.
Jackie really enjoyed her trip to Venice and is glad that she has ticked it off her bucket list. She has said that 2 nights would be enough if that is all you have and it wouldn’t matter where the hotel is on the island as you’ll cover it all easily. The airport transfers are very easy and lastly – take your credit card as you’ll need it!

Helen was extremely lucky to have gone on an agent trip to Russia recently. This is what she had to say –

“I have worked in the travel industry for many years and have traveled to some amazing countries and when I was offered a trip to visit Moscow and St Petersburg with Regent Holidays , I knew I had to go and see what this fascinating country had to offer.

The visa process was (surprisingly) relatively easy! I completed the application form online and printed it.ย  Along with the relevant paper work that Regent Holidays had sent me and my passport,ย  I went to Manchester for my finger prints to be taken which sounds daunting but in reality was very quick, efficient & easy.ย  They then send the application to the Russian Embassy in London and within five working days my passport was back โ€“ I was in!

A guide is essential in Moscow. He provided us with the necessary information and a great insight into the history of this amazing city. He also assisted with the language barrier!

Highlights in Moscow included –

1 โ€“ Saint Basilโ€™s Cathedral

2- The Kremlin โ€“ I visited the Armoury chamber which now displays some of the Faberge eggs and religious icons

3- Moscowโ€™s metro stations

We then took the Sapsan fast train to St Petersburg which took four hours and had a three night stay.ย St Petersburg caters more for tourists and many people speak English. There, the bars and cafes have menus in English which you won’t find in Moscow.

My highlights in St Petersburg were –

1 -St Isaacโ€™s Cathedral โ€“ a viewing tower looks over the city

2- Catherines Palace

3 -Hermitage Museum

The two palaces show the wealth and opulence of bygone Kings and Queens.

If you are wanting a city break which is rich in history and full of attractions, you will not be disappointed. These are two cities that I will never forget!”

 

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