Russian Heritage Journeys

Russian Ties–Our Flagship Program
July 25 – August 6, 2018

Russian Ties Lite
July 25 – Aug 2, 2018

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  • Arrive in Moscow, where Ties staff will meet you and provide transportation to the hotel. Russian Ties families stay in first class to moderate, clean hotels, where after a day out experiencing many new tastes, smells, sights and sounds, families can relax.
  • Gather for an orientation meeting, a chance to connect with the other families, and discuss the journey ahead.
  • Enjoy a city tour of Moscow including a panoramic view of the city from Sparrow Hill.
  • Participate in a folk program at Kolomenskoye, a former village and now a historical preserve.
  • Tour the famous Moscow Kremlin and Cathedrals while learning about the history of the country.
  • Take in Red Square, one of the largest gathering places in the world, and home to Lenin’s Tomb, the beautiful St. Basil’s Cathedral. Enjoy the beauty and size of the area before exploring the shops of GUM Department Store.
  • Learn about culture and lifestyle from specially chosen guides who will be open to sharing.
  • Travel by metro to Izmailovo Market, Moscow’s large outdoor souvenir bazaar.
  • Then the kids in the group have can participate in a Russian cooking class while parents relax and reflect on our time in Moscow.
  • Free time, Connect & Chat for adoptees, and Talk Time for parents throughout the trip.

For most families, Moscow will be the jumping off point for the “Centerpiece of your Adoption Homeland Journey” as they travel to their child’s region of birth.

While on adoption visits, families will:

  • Travel by airplane, train or car to their destination, and be met with driver and English speaking guide.
  • Visit their child’s orphanage, meet caregivers, and re-connect with other people and places important to your family.
  • See sites in the area, according to your interests.
  • Bask in the messages of the journey as The Ties Program oversees the travel details including transportation, translators, and hotel arrangements.

Russian Ties Lite families will return to the United States or their home countries after adoption visits. Russian Ties families will regroup in St. Petersburg with time to process adoption visits.

  • Also in St. Petersburg, visit the Hermitage Museum where you can imagine Russian leaders holding court in the throne room.
  • Visit sights along Nevsky Prospect, St. Isaac Cathedral, and see detailed mosaics at The Church of Our Savior on Spilled Blood, the site of Czar Alexander the Second’s assassination.
  • Travel to the small town of Pushkin to see Catherine’s Palace, a gift from Peter the Great to his wife.
  • Marvel at the beauty of the famous Amber Room, comprised of 100,000 perfectly fitted pieces of amber, located in Catherine’s Palace. Then enjoy the beautiful fountains of Peterhof, designed by Peter the Great himself.
  • Cruise the canals of St. Petersburg while enjoying lunch complete with traditional music and dance.
  • We end with a festive farewell lunch, providing closure to this life changing experience. 

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Many of our programs (Russia included) include a Ties Lite option. It will give you all of the features of traveling with a flagship Ties Program, but a shorter stay, lowering your costs. Cost is clearly the biggest advantage to a Lite option. Some people also are dealing with other complexities like limited vacation time or other responsibilities at home, and the Lite option makes travel possible.

Having said that, we think it also important to note the downside, so you can make a thoughtful decision. Overtime, we’ve noted that the bonds and connections created tend to be stronger for participants who participate in the full Ties flagship program. That stands to reason since a longer in-country stay provides more experiences and more time together–an important piece to consider.

You will receive information on Russian Ties and Russian Ties Lite when you request information.

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While we strongly believe in adoptees and their families traveling with a group that offers “community,” we know it isn’t always possible. Should you prefer to travel as an individual family, or with another family you know, we are here to help. We will be happy to help with hotels, transportation, guides/translators, sightseeing, etc. We can also customize your important adoption related visits.

Sometimes people are not big on the idea of traveling with a group because they are not “group travel people” or it conjures up images of little blue haired ladies. We are not “that” group! Ties groups are vibrant and fun. And because we stay on top of the details, you can be focused on your family and the experiences.

We invite you to read this article from a skeptical Ties mom: Group Travel or Not by Eva Ash, Clinical Psychologist, Adoptive Parent

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"A tremendous family experience and adventure, and the journey that filled the gap in our son's sense of self."

John Giudecessi

“For the first time in my life, I felt complete and at peace with who I am.”

Landy Hancock, 18

“Traveling with other kids was AWESOME!”

Anna Armour, 10

"I think the healthiest outcome of the trip for my daughter is that going with a group 'normalized' her situation and her adoption.”

Bonnie MacAdam