Joyce Riva Joffe review 9 Aug 2018
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?
The overnight train from Moscow to St Petersburg. The sites of interest were amazing but in mid-summer there are too many fellow-tourists to see anything at leisure.
2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?
Be prepared for a great deal of walking and using public transport, just to get to and from the places of interest. I found a folding stool very helpful. You will
need to be proactive in finding places to eat, as on this particular trip there are almost no communal meals arranged. You will also need to do plenty of
research in advance as there is a surprising amount of time where nothing is arranged and you need to organise your own trips to museums, churches, etc.
3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
Insofar as we almost invariably took public transport and didn't add to the traffic -yes, we reduced environmental impact - minimally.
4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?
This is a short but intense look at two really important cities of culture and history. I found the logistics tiring and the crowds overwhelming.
Read the operator's response here:
Hi Joyce. Thank you for your review of your trip. Iím pleased to hear that the overnight train was a memorable experience and that the places of interest were exciting. We do cover a lot of highlights in this trip, which means there can be a lot of walking around the sights. Itís for this reason that we rate the pace as moderate, as typically the days are fairly active and busy. There is free time included within the itinerary, which can either be used to relax and recharge your batteries or to arrange the recommend optional activities/excursion.
All our optional activities/excursion are listed and referenced within our trip notes, however your tour Leader should have provided additional guidance and support in assisting to arrange this for you during your trip. Youíve kindly written to us with additional comments regarding your tour Leader, which weíre investigating and will respond to you in due course.