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Henry & Jessica
Since 1990
"HOFA is the most established and reliable agency
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Russian homestays, apartments, visas, hotels, services by
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Visa, Privatzimmer, B&B Unterkuenfte und  Apartments in 60 Stdten Russlands und CIS
Lettera di invito, soggiorno B&B in residenze  private, appartamenti in 60 citta della Russia & CIS
Invitation de visa, hbergement chez htes, location  d'appartements dans 60 villes de la Russie & CIS
Invitaciones de visado, alojamiento, apartamentos en 60 ciudades de Rusia y CEI
Frequently Asked Questions

Visit arrangements

    How will be my visit organized by HOFA?

  • Please fill up and send us a Lodging Request form. The same day we will advise you the availability, send you the price list and forward you to our Reservation Form.
  • As soon as we receive your Reservation Form we will send you an invoice with addresses of suggested lodging and ask you to pay a deposit. The earlier you reserve your stay the better accommodation we will be able to arrange.
  • Upon receipt of your deposit we will fax you a visa invitation and send you the full accommodation details.
  • You will process your visa in a Russian consulate in your area by yourself, or with the help of a Visa Service (addresses to follow). We will register your visas upon your arrival.
  • You will be asked to pay the balance in cash (€ or rubles at the rate of € purchase) after you accept your accommodation upon arrival. Rubles can be retrieved from the local ATMs.

    In what cases it is advisable to order HOFA ticket purchase in advance?

  • You can purchase your tickets to Bolshoi at http://www.bolshoi.ru/en/timetable/, to Mariinski at http://www.mariinsky.ru/en/playbill/playbill/
  • Web sites for the train tickets are in Russian. We can purchase your train tickets in advance with your credit card after you reserve your stay with HOFA.
  • Information or purchase service costs 5 € per destination.
  • To find information on timetables and costs we should know destinations and dates of your trips.
  • To purchase the tickets on your request we should know the details of your credit card:
    1. Number of your card
    2. Expiration date
    3. Control number on the back side of the card