ACFEA Legato was one of the first agencies to pioneer concert touring in Russia, in the days when it was still the Soviet Union, and tour groups were monitored by KGB "minders". Things have changed a lot since then, but there are still fantastic musical experiences to be had and shared with Russia's highly sophisticated audiences.
St Petersburg, Tsar Peter the Great's "window on the world", is Russia's most cosmopolitan city. Standing on 101 islands linked by rivers, canals and charming bridges, its sheer elegance has attracted visitors for generations. Major attractions include the Hermitage Museum, St Isaac's Cathedral and the Peter and Paul Fortress. An interesting excursion can be taken to nearby Peterhof. Peter the Great began to live here when he was building the great naval base of Kronstadt, and he was inspired by visiting Versailles. The most notable feature of the palace is the Great Cascade, one of the world's most spectacular series of fountains.
With a history of eleven centuries, Novgorod is perhaps the Russian city richest in native art treasures and monuments. The Kremlin is certainly its most striking landmark, but it also contains other jewels such as The Cathedral of St Sophia, one of the finest examples of early Russian architecture.
Russia's administrative and political capital, Moscow is a wonderful blend of old and new, rich in history and yet vibrant and full of life. Its great landmarks, St Basil's Cathedral and the Kremlin, are still powerful symbols of all things Russian.