Easy Pace Russia: Prologue

I’ve got a ticket to ride. A ticket to ride aboard a business-class legroom motor coach, a hydrofoil and a bullet train as a guest photojournalist invited by Insight Vacations to experience its Easy Pace Russia journey.

This eight-day, premium-escorted itinerary will take me to St. Petersburg, residence of the imperial tsars of old, and Moscow — via a Sapsan high-speed train — where Red Square and the Kremlin dazzle the eye, and the ultra-modern International Business Center, known as Moscow City, towers above all.

In between this “tale of two cities” I’ll savor traditional Russian, Georgian and Ukrainian cuisine, take in a ballet, be entertained by a folkloric troupe of musicians, singers and dancers, cruise up and down canals, visit iconic palaces, churches and museums, and spend several nights in one of the Seven Sisters, the skyscrapers built by Joseph Vissarionovich Stalin, that’s now a five-star Radisson hotel overlooking the Moscow River.

You’re invited to travel along with me, virtually, as I take my sweet time on Easy Pace Russia and try and solve, in the words of Winston Churchill, this “riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.”

For detailed information on Insight Vacations’ three journeys to Russia, as well as more than 100 other premium and luxury-escorted itineraries around Europe, just click HERE, or call toll-free (888) 680-1241, or contact your travel agent.

I hope to see you soon when I begin to file my dispatches from Mother Russia. Do svidaniya!

©The Palladian Traveler

Borsalino w/ props SMALL | ©Tom Palladio Images

Note: The Palladian Traveler’s participation in this journey was supported by Insight Vacations, which did not review or approve this article before publication.




Written by The Palladian Traveler

Tom traded his hometown St. Louis Cardinals' baseball cap in the United States for a Borsalino and he now hangs his "capello" in the Puglia region of southeastern Italy. A veteran print and broadcast journalist, with well-worn passports that have got him into and out of 50 countries and counting, Tom fell in love with the "Bel Paese" years ago. As he notes, "I'm inspired by the beauty I find in all things that are very, very old, and reliving history, or at least meandering along the travertine and cobblestone that were laid down over a thousand years ago and just looking up and marveling at what occupies the space still today, really gets my 'Vespa' running." Tom has a good eye behind the lens and is a graphic storyteller, but he'll let you decide as he keeps his camera batteries fully charged and the posts flowing from his creative hideaway in the hills overlooking Ostuni. You can also follow his dispatches via TravelingBoy.com and Anthology Magazine Ireland.


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