Traveling to Togliatti to meet the women with
whom you have been corresponding has never been easier with the support,
guidance and travel tips offered through A Volga Girl.
A Volga Girl's
"Trip Bundle" $139 / $209
• Ground transportation from ($139) OR from
and to ($209) the airport servicing Togliatti (Samara Airport:
reservation code KUF). One of our staff drivers will be waiting to greet you upon your arrival
even in the early morning or other odd hours. The drivers are
always in contact with Helen, Office Mgr., at ANY time of the
day and have proven to be instrumental in assisting A Volga Girl clients
in handling potential issues at the Samara airport such as lost or
delayed baggage and because there are very few, if any, airport
employees who speak English or any other language than Russian.
• Confirm your reservations at our Company
Apartment (Flat) in advance of your trip.
• Registration with OVIR for clients
staying in the Company Apartment. There are some holdovers from the
old Soviet regime that still exist in Russia. Registering with the local authorities
once you have reached your final Russian destination is one of them. Therefore -- A Volga Girl is willing to complete
the registration for you. Failure to register with OVIR will result in a $300
penalty payable before the authorities will allow you to leave Russia. If
you are staying at a local hotel, the hotel handles this service for
• Support & Guidance by our bi-lingual office
staff is NEVER A CHARGE. Our office quarters are available as a home base
throughout your entire stay for consultation with the staff and for
introductory meetings with ladies. Upon your request we will arrange
meetings with the ladies with whom you have been corresponding.
If you need email access during your stay, our office quarters are
available for limited email or internet support. An A Volga Girl
staff member will stop by your hotel or apartment to walk you to the
office and help you find your way around, familiarize with the area
and attractions (stores, banks, resturants, etc), and providing you
any directions you might need to feel comfortable in your new
environment. A direct cell phone contact is provided to our
Office Mgr, Helen, during your stay so you are never on your own and
unsupported on your trip. There are extra fees if you want to
meet with a lady you have NOT corresponded with or need
interpreter support during your meetings with any of the ladies.
Basic Togliatti Trip Expenses (based upon a 10-night stay)
Below for your review please
find a detailed cost-estimate of the specific expenses that would comprise
a 10-night stay. A majority of our clients travel to Togliatti when
they feel the time is right. Travel to Russia is similar to traveling
to other countries in Europe and safety is really no concern. You
will find the Russian people very friendly and accommodating. They
will go out of their way to help foreigners visiting their country.
Airfare $1200-$1700 from Continental
US or Canada
(cost from Europe is 50% less)
Your ultimate destination is Samara Airport (airport code
KUF), located 600 miles south east of Moscow (airport code SVO). There are a
several travel options available.
Many of our visitors to Togliatti fly from John F. Kennedy
(JFK) Airport in New York City, Dulles International Airport (in Washington
D.C. area), Los Angeles International Airport or Toronto, Canada Airport
nonstop to Moscow on Aeroflot Russian Airlines. In addition, a high
percentage of our clients fly on Delta or Air France from Atlanta airport to Moscow. Most clients arrive Moscow at
the Sheremetyevo International Airport - Terminal F, and can
fly on Aeroflot domestic flights from the same terminal. Also,
flights from terminal F, E and D are now connected by breezeways and there
is no need to take a taxi to these terminals. In fact, it is
wise to make your reservation for this domestic leg online at
www.aeroflot.ru/eng, this way
you will have your flight reserved in advance and the price is much cheaper
online than in the terminal. Others choose to fly Lufthansa Airlines to Frankfort, Germany, and then connect
to Moscow. Other Lufthansa flights bypass Moscow completely and land at Samara
Airport. Please see this link for a map and information on the
Sheremetyevo International Terminal.
Of the three airlines listed above; both Delta and Aeroflot Airlines offer
good pricing values. The planes flying between JFK, Dulles and LA to Moscow (SVO)
offer good connections and are reliable and are usually on time. Delta flies
the same route at almost identical departure and arrival times and flight
are dependable and usually on time. Lufthansa flights are usually
slightly more expensive, though
many of our clients do choose to fly Lufthansa.
For those clients traveling through Moscow, you will be landing
at the Sheremetyevo International Terminal - F. The primary delays will be
encountered here center on Passport Control. When there is more than
1 plane landing at same time, the lines involved here can be somewhat daunting. At times one can clear Passport
Control in 10 minutes, at other times it can take well over an hour.
By the time one clears Passport Control, your luggage is
usually waiting for you. We suggest passing through the "Green Line"
(customs) whereby you are declaring nothing liable for import duties. Small
gifts intended for one or more ladies do not qualify as an item to declare
nor does "duty free" purchases at airport shops and on the airlines. Most of
the time you can clear "Customs" in a few minutes and your luggage is not
searched at all.
Once your luggage is safely retrieved and you have passed
through "Custom", you will be on the first floor of Terminal F.
We suggest go to the "currency change" station on the first floor of terminal
- F and exchanging a few hundred dollars. To connect with your Aeroflot domestic flights
simply go to the check-in counter on the 2nd floor (via elevators) of
Terminal F. Make sure you go to the domestic Aeroflot check-in
counters to check-in for your Aeroflot domestic flight to Samara (KUF).
The marquees for arrival and departures flights are easy to read because
they are both in English and Russian. If your domestic flight is
out of Terminal - B or C, you'll have to take a shuttle bus to these
Domestic Terminals. The cost is around
200 rubles or $7.00 US. You'll need to pay this fare in rubles, so
don't forget to exchange some US dollars for rubles in the international
terminal in Moscow. We strongly suggest steering completely clear of the taxi drivers
at Moscow Airport. They will do their best to charge you $50-$100 for the
7 mile ride between terminals, and do not readily take "no" for
an answer. See below for the free airport shuttle which is recommended
for transfer between terminals.
Transfer between Terminals - Free Shuttle
Passengers can travel between the South (D, E, F) and the
North (B, C) terminal complexes using the free shuttle, which departs the
25th and 55th minute of every hour from 6:25 A.M. to 1:25 A.M. Moscow time.
Buses run between the terminals via the airfield. See this link for
current transfer info
From D, E, F to B, C
From B to D, E, F
Attention! You can not use the free shuttle bus
to get from Terminal C to Terminal D, E, F and the Aeroexpress railway station.
The transfer via the airfield from the terminals D, E, F to the terminals
B, C takes 20 minutes. In this case, please note that in addition to the
duration of the trip, you will spend some time for boarding on the bus
(10 minutes) and the walking time from the bus stop to the check-in desk
(10-15 minutes). Also keep in mind
the Aeroexpress trains and bus
Thus, the total length of the time may be 60-70
minutes, while the bus ride itself is only 20 minutes.
We recommend you to save your time and arrive at the airport
in advance. Service is available only if you have a ticket. If you purchased
an electronic ticket, you must print it out using the self check-in desk.
If you go from Terminal D, E, F to Terminals B or C, follow the orange
signs to “Shuttle-bus to Terminal B, C”. The gate to the free shuttle-bus
is located in the left wing of the arrival lounge of Terminal E.
Flight and Booking Information
Flights from Moscow to Samara Airport can be purchased from
both Aeroflot and Samara airlines and recently than have expanded their number
of daily flights to and from Samara.. Many of our clients must
travel (fly) first to New York City or Atlanta before undertaking the 9 hour
flight to Moscow, and wait several hours for their final connection to Samara
Airport. To say, "It's been a long day" is an understatement.
While Samara Airlines tickets can be purchased herein the USA, they are issued
in English. It is easier to purchase your Russian domestic travel through the
Aeroflot website and at a huge discount too. It is recommended that you
have a minimum of 2 hours connection time between your international flight
and domestic flight, but 3 hours would be even better. You never know
if your international flight will be delayed but the domestic flights seem
to always be on-time.
We recommend using
to find the flight(s) that are right for you. The prices are as low as any
other discount site, and the online search engine is fast and efficient.
Expedia will as well email you if there are any changes made to your flight
times, dates, etc. Also remember to compare the prices directly from the
air carrier before purchasing them from any travel site. You should compare
the prices on the above discount sites with both the Aeroflot and the Delta
airlines websites to insure the best deal possible.
The purchase of your airline ticket to Russia confirms
your travel dates and now allows you to safely apply for your travel visa.
It is recommended that you have tickets confirmed prior to obtaining your
Russian VISA. It takes two to three weeks to obtain a VISA or one week
for express. See info below on obtain a VISA and it is very simple and
Your Russian Tourist Visa $170.00
(30 Day Tourist Visa)
In accordance with the
Agreement between the
Russian Federation and the United States of America on the simplification of
visa formalities for nationals of the Russian Federation and nationals
of the United States of America, effective
September 9, 2012, the US citizens shall as a rule be issued multiple-entry
business, homestay/private, humanitarian and tourist visas (for a stay of no
more than 6 months starting from the date of each entry) that are valid for
3 years (36 months) from the date of issue of the visa. The visas shall be
issued based on direct written statements (faxed or electronic copies) from
Russian or American host organization or individuals. When applying for a
visa, in addition to the valid passport, photo and the visa application form
(submitted on the website
http://visa.kdmid.ru) the applicant should provide the written statement
from the host organization or individual (direct invitation) in free form,
which should contain the following information.
A Volga Girl highly recommends
that US clients use www.travelallrussia.com for applying for their Russian
Tourist Visa. This company will also provide you with your hotel and
government invitation letter. US clients need to apply for their
Russian Tourist Visa at least 3 weeks in advance of their trip. If a
separate invitation letter is needed for any clients, this service is
provided for a fee of $100 (US$).
for a tourist visa in addition to the valid passport and
the visa application form: confirmation of the hotel reservation, a contract
for provision of tourist services, confirmation of reception of the tourist.
The abovementioned documents must have register number from the Uniform
Federal Register of the Tour Operators of the Russian Federal Tourism Agency
(Rostourism) and the seal of the host organization.
US citizen is eligible for a
3-year multiple-entry tourist visa.
Visa fee - $ 180.00
The visa processing
For a single and double entry visa:
$140 for 4-15 calendar days processing;
$250 for 3 business days processing;
multiple-entry visa up to 3 years: $180 for 4-15 calendar days processing;
$450 for 3 business days processing;
Visa processing fee is not refundable
and Consulates General of Russia also have the right to request, if needed,
additional documents/evidence which shows the purpose and
length of the applicant’s planned trip, the applicant’s financial means
sufficient for a stay in Russia and the applicant’s intent to depart the
Russian Federation after the trip:
- a bank
statement from the applicant;
- a statement from the employer regarding the applicant’s wages for the
preceding year, half year or month;
- medical insurance valid in the country to be visited and fully covering
the period of the first trip;
- documents regarding the applicant’s ownership of property in the country
of his citizenship;
- a certificate on the makeup of the applicant’s family.
1. Effective April
10, 2012, under the agreement between the Embassy of the Russian
Federation to the United States of America and the «Invisa Logistics
Services LLC» company for the purpose of the improvement of visa services,
US citizens, foreign nationals and non-nationals
ought to apply for the Russian tourist, business,
humanitarian, work, student, homestay (private) or transit visas to the
above-mentioned company’s Visa Center located at:
For more information visit
www.ils-usa.com. Visa Center
service fee is $ 30.00 per visa, consular tariffs remain the same.
2. US applicants for Russian visas can apply
directly to the Visa Section of the Embassy of the Russian Federation. For
applying directly you are required to appear in person for a visa interview
at the Visa Section of the Embassy.
Starting from November 25, 2012 Russian electronic visa
application service has been moved from the website
evisa.kdmid.ru to our new website visa.kdmid.ru. Therefore, you are
strongly advised to use the website
visa.kdmid.ru for filling out your electronic application form.
have already started filling out your electronic application form at website
evisa.kdmid.ru please complete it not
later than December 25, 2012.
25, 2012 our electronic visa application service at website
evisa.kdmid.ru will be completely shut
Please be advised that upon filling out the
electronic visa application form online at website
visa.kdmid.ru in option “Visa Issuing
Office” you should choose the office you are planning to apply to: ILS/Washington
or Russian Embassy.
4. After filling the electronic visa
application form online, applicants will have to print a copy of their
application form, sign and date it, glue the requred size photo to it and
submit this printed original form, along with other necessary documentation
to the «Invisa Logistics Services LLC» in Washington or personally to the
Visa section of the Russian Embassy.
The electronic visa application form will
provide greater accuracy and security in processing visa applications. It
should be filled out in its full entirety. Incomplete forms may
significantly delay visa processing time.
A valid passport
which should have at least two clear visa pages.
One passport size (1 3/8"
* 1 3/4", 35x45 mm) photo
of the applicant which should be glued to the marked space of the
A standard tourist
from a hosting authorized Russian travel agency or a hotel,
registered with the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and
a voucher from your hotel or
travel agency in Russia.
A standard tourist
from a hosting authorized Russian travel agency or a hotel,
registered with the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and
a voucher from your hotel or
travel agency in Russia.
A cover letter
from yourself, containing the following information:
applicant’s name or alphabetical list of a group;
dates and points of arrival and departure in and from Russia and means
itinerary in Russia;
Consular Division no longer accepts mailed applications.
A money order or cashier’s check
payable to the Russian Embassy for visa processing. Please, note that we do
not accept cash or any other checks.
Please, note, that drop off day is not counted as business
ATTENTION OF EU CITIZENS
IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE VISA AGREEMENT SIGNED BY THE
RUSSIAN FEDERATION AND THE EUROPEAN UNIION CITIZENS OF ALL EU COUNTRIES
EXCEPT IRELAND AND GREAT BRITAIN ARE WELCOME TO SUBMIT THE FOLLOWING
FEES FOR PROCESSING OF ALL TYPES OF VISAS TO RUSSIA
6-10 BUSINESS DAYS - 50 USD
1-3 BUSINESS DAYS - 100 USD
When entering Russia
as a tourist, you may be also required to present the copies of your
tourist confirmation, hotel voucher and your return ticket with a fixed date
of departure from Russia at the border check point.
We can do next or same
day processing only if the volume of work technically permits.
Visa processing starts only after the complete required set
of document is submitted.
When having received
your visa please check it for mistakes (passport number, date of birth,
validity) and, if necessary, return it to the Consulate for corrections.
The Consulate will not be responsible for any mistakes in the
visas, which were not brought to our attention prior to your departure from
Please, note that
visas cannot be changed or extended. If your travel plans changed after the
visa issuance you have to reapply for a new one.
Any visa applicant may be interviewed by a consular officer
Processing time, requirements and fees are subject to change
If you need more
information please call us at (202)939-8907,8918, 8913 and 8911
Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. till
12.30 .p.m. and from
2.30. p.m. till 6 p.m.
are accepted Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. till 12.15 p.m.
is a small hotel in a bustling neighborhood, and a 5-minute walk from our
office suite. There are 60 shops located upstairs in the same building and two
grocery stores on the ground floor. There is a small food concession offering
hot food, snacks, alcohol & tobacco from 10AM-10PM. Laundry services available
(dry cleaning must be taken elsewhere). Small single rooms with private
bath are priced at $48.00 per night. This hotel also has a few two-room suites
starting at $74.00 per night. Also, there is a new modern hotel called
Chocolate that is adjacent to the "A Volga Girl" office which is highly
recommended ($70-$85 per night), if the company luxury apartment is
Luxury Apartment Accommodation
This luxurious 3 room flat is located in a security
1 block from A
Volga Girl's office
suite) and has all of the amenities of home. It boasts a separate living
room, bedroom and fully furnished kitchen with clothes washer, TV and cable, and local telephone. Our clients usually prefer these accommodations
due to the many amenities. This rental priced at $69.50 per
night plus a $40 cleaning fee. $735
Togliatti has a wide array of eating establishments. Western-style
food, though rare here, can be found at select restaurants. You will not
find many fast food restaurants in Tolgiatti though there are three McDonald's there
now. Our friendly and
helpful office staff will gladly guide you to some of the "preferred
visitor spots" located throughout the city. The
Pharoah restaurant (one of Togliatti's best) is located on the ground
floor of our office building, and has been the site of a number past women's
banquets that A Volga Girl has sponsored. In addition,
there is a great restaurant next to the apartment called Telega and other
restaurants within walking distance including a grocery store.
Ground transportation $100-$200
Three, four, or five taxi rides per day around Togliatti
during a 10-night stay would cost between $100-$150, depending on whether
your fares are driven within or between the 3 primary Togliatti city
districts. Taxi fare back to Samara Airport for your departure should run
SUBTOTAL OF YOUR BASIC
TOGLIATTI TRIP EXPENSES $2,850 (averaged)
Spending (up to $500)
The aforementioned expenses cover all of your essential
costs based upon a 10 night stay in Togliatti. Now you should factor-in
the ladies that you have either come to visit. Your own budget for food
for your entire stay has been calculated at $300.00. If you are purchasing
an occasional meal for ladies you are meeting which most clients do,
your meal costs will be higher. If you and your lady(s)
are dining out, and one of our interpreters is accompanying you, you
are expected to pay for her meal as well as a courtesy. Maybe your special lady is
one of the 15% of the Volgagirls who live in Ulianovsk (3.5 hours northwest
of Togliatti), or Samara (1.5 hour's drive to the southwest). Might
she come and stay at one of the recommended hotels as well? With room rates
between $48.00 to $85.00 US per night, this option too is possible.
Understand that the valuation of the Russian currency (about 28-30 rubles-to-1
US dollar) stretches most all other hard currencies the same way. Meals,
flowers, other small gifts, even clothing; the subject approximation
of $500.00 discretionary spending money for a 10-night stay should serve
the average budget as adequate.
Interpreter services $16.00 per
The use of A Volga Girl's interpreters is
discretionary decision made by our clients themselves. We do not contract
with outsiders; all of our intepreters are drawn from our
full-time office staff, with everyone having earned a University
degree in English.
Clearly, for those clients corresponding with women
fluent in English (levels "4" and "5"), the
use of interpreters when visiting Togliatti is unnecessary. For most
of our visitors, the use of skilled interpreters is a vital component
in the in-person process of getting to better know the one or more ladies
that you have traveled over 6,000 miles to meet.
We suggest the utilization of our interpreters in an
on-and-off manner. Even when the lady can speak some English,
it is important that you can both communicate at your respective
levels of intellect. Therefore, and in order to do so, the use
of an interpreter is vital. Visiting clients frequently utilize interpreters
during "eating hours," a time when meaningful conversation
comes somewhat more naturally than when riding in a taxi or traveling
across the city. A Volga Girl's office staff is flexible and
ready to provide an interpreter whenever a client makes such a request.
Usually with only few short hours notice such arrangements can be made.
Clients who anticipate using our interpreters during
their visit are asked to make minimum website deposit of $200 before
arriving in Togliatti. A record of interpreters hours is kept in the
office, and clients are asked to recharge their accounts through the
website whenever necessary.
10-NIGHT VISIT IS $3,450 (average) (excluding interpreter services)
PLEASE NOTEA VOLGA GIRL IS AN INTERNATIONAL BUREAU OF
INTRODUCTIONS AND MAKES NO CLAIMS OF OPERATING AS A TRAVEL AGENCY.
OTHER THAN OUR "TRIP BUNDLE" AND ANY INTERPRETER FEES ARE
TO BE PAID DIRECTLY TO EACH VENDOR INVOLVED.
RUSSIA FOR THE MOST
PART OPERATES AS A CASH ECONOMY. NEITHER OF THE TWO HOTELS SUGGESTED FOR OUR
VISITORS ACCEPT CREDIT CARDS. HOWEVER, THERE IS AN ATM MACHINE THAT ALLOWS
FOR WITHDRAWALS OF UP TO $300 PER DAY, PAID IN AMERICAN DOLLARS. THE
RUSSIAN SAVINGS BANK IN TOGLIATTI NOW CASHES AMERICAN EXPRESS TRAVELERS
CHECKS FOR A 3% FEE.
IT IS THEREFORE NECESSARY
TO BRING ENOUGH CASH OR AMERICAN EXPRESS TRAVELERS CHECKS WITH YOU TO TOGLIATTI
TO COVER MOST ALL OF THE EXPENSES OUTLINED ABOVE. IT WOULD BE ILL-ADVISED
TO COMPLETELY DEPEND ON ATM MACHINE WITHDRAWALS TO COVER THE RUSSIAN EXPENSES
OF YOUR TRIP, AS SUCH MACHINES ARE OUT-OF-ORDER FROM TIME-TO-TIME.
PLEASE NOTE:IT IS NECESSARY TO BRING NEWER BILLS
WHEN YOU TRAVEL TO RUSSIA. CURRENCY WITH ANY MARKS WHATSOEVER, STAMPINGS,
STAPLE HOLES, OR WRITING OF ANY KIND WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED IN TOGLIATTI, AND
THROUGHOUT RUSSIA FOR THAT MATTER. ASK YOUR BANK TO SORT THROUGH THE BILLS,
AND EXAMINE THEM VERY CLOSELY YOURSELF. IT TAKES SOME DOING, BUT YOU CAN
GET NEWLY CIRCULATED, CLEAN BILLS THAT ARE CLOSE TO UNCIRCULATED