About Sokol Tours \ Our Background
Sokol Tours is a member of International Airlines Travel Agent Network (IATAN). . The IATAN is an affiliate of International Air Transport Association (IATA). IATAN's program is recognized around the world. It has stood the test of time by serving the US Travel Professionals for over 25 years. IATAN's mission is to promote professionalism, administer meaningful & impartial business standards, provide cost-effective products & services.
Sokol Tours is a Marriott certified Hotel Sales Specialist (HSS). Marriott International has more than 3,200 lodging properties located in the United States and 66 other countries and territories.
Real Adventure Travel Award: is designed to recognize websites which provide valuable online services for travelers in an attractive, easy to use format. Recipients are given this award in recognition of their contribution to the online travel community.
Sokol Tours is enrolled in Trustwave's Trusted Commerce™ program to validate compliance with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) mandated by all the major credit card associations including: American Express, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard Worldwide, Visa, Inc. and Visa Europe.
Sokol Tours maintained clean record (membership #900140909) with the American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA) for 6 years (2002 - 2008). ASTA is one of the world's largest association of travel professionals.
We are featured in Washington Post TRAVEL Q&A: Landmarks of Russian Lit, By Scott Vogel, Washington Post Staff Writer, Sunday (Apr 10, 2008)
We are recommended by New York Times (Travel Section) for BAM railway travel in Siberia (article by Finn-Olaf Jones: "The Other Siberian Railroad", August 10, 2012)
We are featured in 2008 Trans-Siberian Handbook by Bryn Thomas
We are featured in the Lonely Planet's Trans - Siberian Railway Travel Guide
We are featured in the Telegraph, Britain's No. 1 quality newspaper website....
(see Travel section "Novel beginnings", April 25 2004)
It was an honor to serve the Google team in Moscow (May 2007)
We are recommended by The Canadian Trade Commissioner Service in Moscow for travel arrangements and services in Russia.
It was an honor to serve the Flight 33 Production company It has produced series and specials for many cable and broadcast networks including The History Channel, A&E, CBS, NBC, UPN, MSNBC, HGTV, PBS, Discovery Channel, TLC, MTV, Fine Living, TNN, Comedy Central, Food Network, and Court TV (Aug 2006)
We were glad to assist the Bloomberg News crew during their trip to Yekaterinburg city to bring the story of Russia's "wild west" times. You can see the video report here (the Yekaterinburg part is at the end): Ryan's Russia: More Than A Game (Nov 2011)
We are featured in Concord Monitor by Bill Cain with Series of articles about Trans-Siberian RR, Lake Baikal & Harbin Ice Festival (Mar 2007)
It was an honor to serve Mr. Platt, co-director of the Perry Street Theatre during his trip to Tolstoy's estate as part of the show production (May 2007)
It was an honor to serve the Australian Youth Climate Coalition. As part of their mission, they traveled around the globe including Trans-Siberian train (Dec 2008)
Sokol Tours was invited by the U.S. Department of Commerce, SABIT program to share business experience with the delegation of tour operators from the former Soviet Union. The group was brought to the United States to learn about the non-traditional tourism industry through meetings with U.S. government agencies, private industry, associations, and academia. (Aug 2010)