2nd November 2017
Optional School Trip to Moscow, RUSSIA – SPACE MASTER CLASS for Vth forms.
Dates: Friday, 16th February to Tuesday, 20th February 2018. (5 days, 4 nights)
Below are the details of our proposed trip to Moscow, Russia. After you have read them would you kindly complete the slip at the end of this letter and return it to your form teacher by Wednesday 8th November, at the very latest please.
Mr. Tardios Jnr. and I expect to be the lead teachers on this trip.
5 days, 4 nights.
Cost: £900 per pupil.
What is included in the price?
- Comprehensive guided tour of the Cosmonaut Space Training Centre.
- Return air fare (Aeroflot or British Airways – TBC).
- Comprehensive group travel insurance.
- Transport to all locations in and around Moscow.
- Hotel accommodation (double & triple sharing) with full-board (breakfast, lunch and dinner either at the hotel or on location).
- All entry fees to all points of interest e.g. sites or museums.
We shall be staying at the Izmailovo Delta hotel (http://www.izmailovo.ru/eng/rooms/delta/). It is an excellent four star hotel with conference facilities, in which some of the events will be taking place (please see the schedule below). The hotel was built to host the international guests at the Moscow Olympic Games in 1980. It was the world’s largest hotel until the MGM Grand Las Vegas expanded in 1993.
- All pupils are required to obtain a visa to enter Russia (holders of non-EU passports please check with me). The minimum tourist visa fee is £70 (on the basis of the minimum turn-around time of five-working days) plus £38.40 visa administration fee. Please note that a personal visit to the Russian Visa Application Centre (15-27 Gee Street, Barbican, London EC1V 3RD) in order to submit the application and biometric data is mandatory. However, one can arrange the return of the passport via secure courier service for a fee of £9.80. I will provide you with support and guidance throughout the visa application process. Please see further details below.
- Spending money.
What are we going to do?
February 16th (Friday).
Departing for Moscow.
Transportation from the airport to the hotel.
Dinner at the hotel.
February 17th (Saturday).
8.00 – 9.00 – presentation at the hotel: “From Sputnik to Mars”.
9.00 – 10.00 – breakfast at the hotel.
10.30 – 12.00 – meeting with a Russian cosmonaut. Presentation: “Cosmonauts’ life and work on board of the Space Station”.
12.30 – 13.00 – transportation to the centre of Moscow by metro.
13.30 – 14.30 – lunch at the cafeteria.
14.30 – 17.30 – pedestrian tour #1 “Old Moscow”: viewing Kremlin and its towers from one of the bridges of Moscow River, visiting Red Square, viewing Saint Basil Cathedral and other historical buildings on Red Square, visiting the Revolution square, Bolshoi theatre square and Manezh square, walking around Kremlin along Alexander’s garden, viewing historical part of the centre of Moscow from sightseeing floor at the Main Children Mall.
18.00 – 19.00 – dinner at the cafeteria at the Main Children Mall.
19.00 – 20.00 – presentation: “Cosmonauts’ training to meet overpressure during the flight into space.”
February 18th (Sunday).
8.30 – 9.30 – breakfast at the hotel.
10.00 – 11.30 – presentation: “Viewing planet Earth from the Space Station”.
11.30 – 13.00 – visiting Izmailovo market. Shopping for Russian souvenirs.
13.00 – 14.00 – lunch at the hotel’s restaurant.
14.00 – 15.00 – transportation to the museum of cosmonautics by metro.
15.00 – 16.30 – visiting the museum of cosmonautics (http://www.kosmo-museum.ru/?locale=en). Examination of Russian technology designed to reach space beyond our planet (rockets, artificial satellites, spacecraft and modules of Space Station).
17.00 – 18.00 – transportation to the hotel by metro.
18.00 – 19.00 – dinner at the hotel.
19.00 – 20.00 – presentation: “Scientific laboratories in space”.
February 19th (Monday).
7.00 – 8.00 – breakfast at the hotel.
8.00 – 9.00 – transportation to the Star city by bus.
9.30 – 12.00 – visiting the Cosmonaut Space Training Centre. Visiting the facilities to train cosmonauts to fly into space by Russian space craft “Soyuz”, and to live and work on board of the International Space Station.
12.00 – 13.30 – transportation to the centre of Moscow by bus.
13.30 – 14.30 – lunch at the cafeteria on Arbat Street.
14.30 – 15.30 – pedestrian tour #2 “Old Moscow”: walking along Arbat Street and Moscow boulevards.
16.00 – 17.00 – visiting the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour.
17.00 – 18.00 – transportation to the hotel by bus.
18.00 – 19.00 – dinner at the hotel.
19.00 – 20.00 – presentation: “Manned mission to Mars”.
20.00 – 20.30 – closing ceremony of the event Space Master Class.
February 20th (Tuesday).
Breakfast at the hotel.
Transportation from the hotel to the airport.
Leaving Moscow for London.
All talks by Russian cosmonauts, scientists, engineers, and all tours of Moscow will be conducted in English. Our group shall be accompanied by a member of local organising team at all times, including the whole duration of our stay at the hotel.
Timeline for participants.
By Wednesday 8th November 2017
Please submit to your form teacher £20 registration fee together with the confirmation slip containing an email address that you wish to be used for further communications regarding this trip. Upon receipt of the registration fee I shall email you an electronic version of the application form.
By Monday 13th November 2017
Please email the completed application form and a scan of two pages of your passport that contains your photo and personal information (date of birth, date of issue of passport, nationality, etc.) to me. The size of the copy of the passport has to be exactly the same as the size of the original pages of the passport, and the photo and the personal data contained therein must be clearly visible and legible. This information is needed in order to arrange our visit to the Cosmonaut Space Training Centre at the Star city. If you lack the necessary facilities, please bring your passport to the school so that scanning can be arranged at the Office.
By Wednesday 29th November 2017
Please submit £380 to your form teacher. This will allow us to complete the booking process and to start the visa application process.
Documents required in order to apply for a tourist visa to Russia for this trip:
- Current passport which should be valid at least until 20th August 2018 and has at least two blank pages which do not need to be consecutive.
- Visa application form filled in and printed out only from the following website: http://ru.vfsglobal.co.uk/index.html Kindly ensure that the dates of your entry and exit, as entered in the application form, match with or fall within the period specified in the supporting documents.
- A ‘Tourist Voucher’ and a ‘Tourist Confirmation’ document. These are to be issued by the travel agency by 8th December 2017.
- One recent passport photo glued to the indicated space on the application form.
By Friday 8th December 2017
You will receive the ‘Tourist Voucher’ and ‘Tourist Confirmation’ documents that will enable you to apply for a Russian visa.
Please use this time to apply for a Russian visa. Please do not hesitate to contact me via email should you have any questions regarding any steps in the process.
By Friday 12th January 2018
Please submit the third payment of £250.
By Friday 9th March 2018
Please submit the final payment of £250.
If you do wish to come, then please confirm by filling in the slip below and let your Form Teacher have this together with the non-refundable deposit of £20 by Wednesday 8th November 2017, at the very latest please.
Please note that on receipt of your deposit, the school will go ahead and confirm the booking arrangements with our travel agency. From that point, the school is committed to paying them the full amount. We have to make this position clear, because in one previous year this was not mentioned, and when a parent withdrew (after paying and accepting the loss of the initial deposit) the agency obliged the school to make up the difference. This is particularly annoying, since the school subsidises most trips to help keep the cost down to a reasonable level. Therefore, please be aware that when you sign the slip below you are committing yourselves for the full amount even if you have to cancel at some point later.
(Of course, no payment at all will be required in the event of the trip being cancelled for reasons outside our control e.g. political or economic turmoil in Russia. All our bookings are covered by ABTA).
For any queries, please feel free to contact me: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Stanislav Larski,
Maths Teacher and Russian visit co-ordinator.
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