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Book Your Journey with Confidence for Travel Through December 31, 2022
With Akorn's new, more flexible booking policy you can plan your future travel with complete peace of mind. Book by April 30 for travel through December 31, 2022 and you may change or cancel up to 15 days prior to departure in the event of a COVID-19-related reason — whether at home or in your travel destination — and receive a credit toward future travel.
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Terms and Conditions: For new bookings for travel through December 31, 2022 made through Akorn Russia between February 17 and April 30, 2021, guests may change or cancel the booking up to 15 days prior to departure in the event of a COVID-19-related reason at home or in their travel destination. For Tailor Made bookings, some exclusions and penalties may apply, which will be advised in writing prior to confirmation. All monies applied to a new booking are non-transferable and non-refundable. Guests who cancel without rebooking will receive a credit toward future travel valid through December 31, 2022; credit is non-transferable and non-refundable. Applicable price of new journey applies. Guest is responsible for non-refundable air fees, insurance and other related costs. All other standard terms and conditions apply to the booking. Special terms are subject to change and can be withdrawn at any time.
COVID-19-related reasons include:
- The government in the guest’s country of residence issues a Do Not Travel advisory due to COVID-19 for the destination the guest is travelling to.
- The government in the guest’s country of residence restricts all but essential travel.
- The destination the guest is travelling to has entry restrictions in place that prohibit the guest from travelling, such as closed borders or extended quarantine requirements
- International flights are cancelled without alternative routing available for guest to use to reach the destination(s) in the itinerary
Special Terms: COVID-19 and Multi-Country Itineraries
For multi-country itineraries, the ability to change or postpone only applies to destination(s) that qualify due to COVID-19 related reasons. We will make our best efforts to work with suppliers to minimize penalties in non-impacted destinations by rerouting or postponing your journey.
Latest Updates on Travel Restrictions
We have put together the following country-by-country guide (CLICK HERE) on the latest situation on the ground in Europe, as it re-emerges from enforced lockdown and international travel gets back underway. Here you will find a detailed and more up-to-date understanding of what travel currently means, points that should be taken into consideration, measures and restrictions still in place, and safety precautions to protect travellers.
If you have more specific enquiries about the latest situation, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us. We endeavour to keep this guide accurate and regularly updated, but the frequently changing nature of the situation across a large number of countries, each with different rules and advice, means that we cannot always guarantee this information is the most up-to-date. Please refer to the dates indicated under 'last updated' on each country tab (guide as a whole has been updated on FEBRUARY 26).
Ancient Silk Road still shaking things up
The famous Silk Road that connected various historic cities across the Eurasian landmass through trade of jade, spices, silk (of course!) and much more may look a bit different today compared to the times its voyagers journeyed on horseback, but it still has the capacity to excite and enrapture modern-day visitors. A trip to some of its lesser known outposts reveals unique cultural differences, sometimes subtly displayed in the local architecture. Azerbaijan’s city of Sheki is one such example that demonstrates the once-significant wealth that trade generated along the route. 18th-century commerce helped spark a flurry of architectural ingenuity and creative design, leading to stunning creations such as the Khan’s Palace. The rich original colours and patterns proudly endure to this day and the interior features perhaps the finest example of the art of shebeke, whereby stained glass decorations are fitted within wooden lattices without the aid of glue or nails. These beguiling attractions are the examples cited by UNESCO in July, when the city’s historic centre and palace became one of the latest sites to earn official World Heritage status.
Making An Impression
Some of the finest art collections around are set to be gathered together for the first time in decades later this year. Way back in the 1930s, the magnificent Shchukin Collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art was split up on the orders of Stalin, aiming to achieve a balancing act of support for both the Fine Arts Museum in Moscow and the Hermitage in St Petersburg. But from mid-June to mid-September this year, the collection will be reunited in a single exhibition once again. Visitors to Moscow’s Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts will be able to appreciate the works of Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Paul Cezanne, Paul Gauguin, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso and many more, as well as discover an intriguing insight into the dramatic history of the Shchukin merchant family.
Announcing the Grand Premiere of "The Flames of Paris"
Considered one of the great artistic successes of the Soviet era - not to mention its reputation as Stalin's favourite show - The Flames of Paris recounts the events of the French Revolution, with the decadent bourgeoisie swept away by the popular masses, in a stunning visual performance that will captivate audiences. The Mikhailovsky Ballet of St Petersburg will perform the seasonal premiere on December 8th, under the direction of Mikhail Messerer, who aims to deliver an almost-perfect restoration of Vasily Vainonen's legendary work from 1932. Ivan Vasiliev, perhaps the most famous ballet dancer in Russia, is the Mikhailovsky Theatre's star man, and will be adding to a personal repertoire of theatres that reads like a who's-who of the leading ballet venues: Moscow's Bolshoi, Milan's La Scala, the American Ballet Theatre, the English National Ballet and the Bayrisches Staatsballet are some of the more familiar theatre floors that he has graced years past. The combination of talents for this latest version of The Flames of Paris is sure to delight ballet fans from near and far.
Airlines bring the Caucasus ever closer
One of the hottest emerging destinations at present, the Caucasus lies at the convergence of civilisations and offers up some incredible treats for the more adventurous traveller. And the good news is that it's never been easier to reach! In addition to last year's opening of a new direct route between London and Tbilisi, its national capital, Georgian Airways has extended direct lines to a number of European cities to the west of the Black Sea this summer, including Paris, Berlin, Bologna and Barcelona. Azerbaijan Airlines is working towards the same goal and has also started selling direct flights to Central Asia, in the opposite direction. So it's not just the multi-city or even multi-country trips that are getting ever easier - the multi-region options now let you include a fascinating new destination into your plans
Ice Hotel Planned for Kamchatka
Kamchatka on the far eastern side of Russia will be home to a newly built Ice Hotel this spring. The complex will house several rooms made from ice and snow and will accommodate 10-12 guests. The daytime temperatures will be near zero, however during the evening, electricity will be turned on in the houses and a cafe with a heated swimming pool with hot thermal water will be installed near the hotel
St Petersburg Wins Award
St Petersburg has recently won an award for being ' Leading European Destination' at the prestigious World Travel Awards. The city's rich culture, traditions, beauty and prospects have contributed to winning this category. All of which continue to attract visitors worldwide
New Hotels in Moscow
Moscow plans to open 17 new hotels in 2014 and another 21 in 2015 according to the Moscow authorities Dept. for Hotel Development. Among some of the future openings in Moscow will be a Four Points by Sheraton, to be opened in 2016 at Vnukovo Airport, and a Hyatt Regency Moscow Istra Resort, also scheduled to open in 2016 in the Moscow region.
Georgia to Moscow Route
In December Transaero airlines will make history when they launch scheduled flights in between Moscow and the Georgian Capital Tbillisi. Travellers from Georgia can then take full advantage of Moscow’s huge International flight network
New Russian Fairground Park
The Russian city of Sochi made famous for hosting the 2014 winter Olympic Games is now home to a new amusement park. The new park offers over 18 attractions and is decorated in the style of Russian fairy tales, legends and cartoons familiar to many generations of Russians
Moscow Bike Rental Stations
This spring sees the launch of bike rental stations in Moscow, 40 stations will be in operation with the projection to open a further 300 stations as the season progresses. The Velobike website provides information on tariff’s and how to use the bike rental service
Calling all Marathon Runners
Moscow streets will be the site for all marathon runners this summer. On 18 May there will be a half-marathon run for 21,1 km. On 21 June participants will be running through the clouds of multi-colour paints. On 26 July there will be a night marathon with search lights. Finally, on 17 August there will be a musical half-marathon, where various music groups will be playing along the marathon route
Performances in Muzeyon Park
The Muzeyon Park ( also known as Park of City Sculpture or Park of Fallen Idols ) will become an open stage for street performers this summer. Starting from May, there will be concerts of street musicians will take place every Thursday. The concerts will be free of charge, and will feature every type of music – from classical to rock
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