This includes the Arctic and Karelia Winter Explorer tailor-made tour, with a hovercraft trip over the frozen Lake Onega to the island of Kizhi before heading north to the Arctic Circle by rail to Murmansk. Robyn Galloway, managing director of Innovative Travel, says the 2020 Russia, Baltics, Scandinavia and Eastern Europe brochure has new options reflecting research that indicates New Zealand travellers are increasingly seeking new experiences. However it also features traditional favourites such as rail journeys, small ship river cruises and small group tours, along with stopovers in Russia and beyond tours.
Modifications to itineraries and programmes, based on Russian Travel Centre’s managing director Jayne Thomas’ personal experiences over the past year, have resulted in some ‘old stayers’ being replaced by new combinations of Russia with the Baltics, Scandinavia and Eastern Europe. Georgia is showcased with new small group tours highlighting the cultural, natural beauty and cuisine of the area. Other trips reflecting increased emphasis on regional and seasonal travel are a four-day private tour in Transylvania; a Bulgaria and Romania 14-day explorer; a Russian Highlights and the Baltics 17-day small group tour; and a luxury five-day St Petersburg package based at the historic Belmond Grand Hotel, with private sightseeing. www.innovative-travel.com