5) food and drink (bars / restaurants / takeaways / local specialities).
The best time to go to Moscow is July and August because they are the warmest months of the year. Summer days are long and it can rain quite a lot.
Getting around is easy and relatively cheap. You can get between all five airports and the city centre by a combination of bus and metro or suburban train. Itís good idea to book a transfer.
Most visitors to Moscow come to see the Kremlin, Red Square and St Basilís Cathedral and to look at Leninís tomb and itís best to see the central area around the Kremlin on foot. For the other parts of the city, the fastest, cheapest and easiest way to get around is on the metro. Buses, trolleybuses and trams run everywhere the metro doesnít go.
The most famous of Moscowís parks and gardens is Gorky Park which stretches almost three kilometers along the river Moskva. Thereís a fairground, an ornamental garden and river excursions.
Thereís a number of festivals that are worth seeing. The Moscow Film Festival takes place in the autumn and the Russian Winter Festival is a must, with troyka rides, folklore shows, games and vodka.
As far as eating out is concerned, for an authentic Russian experience go to Petrovich where the walls are covered by all sorts of reminders of the Soviet past.
For a quick snack, there are three chains of food stalls Ė Niam Niam, which sells all kinds of sweet and savoury pies, Kroshka Kartoshka, which are jacket potatoes with fillings and Russkie Bliny, which of course needs no explanation.
Tourist accommodation is one of the six sub-sectors of the tourism industry. It can be classified as: serviced accommodation and self-catering accommodation.
Serviced accommodation refers to any sort of accommodation where the guests receive a place to sleep, meals, porter services, reception services, and so on. Typical examples of serviced accommodation are hotels, motels, guest houses, bed and breakfast.
Self-catering accommodation. In this sort of accommodation the guests prepare their own meals, and very few other services are provided except for reception. Types of self-catering accommodation include apartments, campsites, caravans, motor homes, villas.
Hotels are the most popular type of accommodation in many countries. They can be small, family-owned hotels, hotels at popular resorts catering for holidaymakers, business hotels, and so on.
All hotels offer a range or services and facilities. Services involve a member of the hotel staff doing something for you. Typical services are reception services, transportation and transfers, tourist information, ticket reservations, laundry, and room service.
Facilities make the guestís stay more enjoyable, and include restaurants and bars, business centers, sports facilities, minibar, pay TV, internet connection in room, direct dial telephone, and so on
Depending on the range of services and facilities on offer, a hotel can be classified as 1-star through to 5-star. The star rating system is the classification that is used most around the world.
Reservation for hotels can be taken in different ways: face-to-face in the hotels; by phone; by email, fax, or in writing using a conventional letter; through a travel agent; through the internet.
Internet bookings are increasingly common and use computer reservations systems like Sabre or Apollo. Major hotel chains usually have their own system.