Moscow to St Petersburg vacation

“Get you first taste of Russia on a detailed eight-day tour of Moscow and St Petersburg. Travel between the cities on the Red Arrow overnight train – fall asleep in Moscow and wake up in St Petersburg.”

Highlights

Moscow | Red Square | Kremlin including the Armoury Museum | Overnight Red Arrow Train | St Petersburg | Winter Palace and Hermitage Museum | Peterhof Palace and Gardens
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27 Jul 2019
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Small group vacations
Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modelled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, traveling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. If you’re heading off on a gap year your, perhaps – but for those with a two-week vacation, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.

The leaders are not guides – they’re not there to shepherd you around. Instead, they’ll let you know which local restaurant serves great value food – without running the risk of travelers’ tummy. They’ll allow you to avoid hour-long queues at train stations and attractions.

We like to think of small group travel as the Goldilocks option. It is independent travel without the fuss, worry and bunk beds – and organised travel without the coaches. And it’s cheaper than a tailor made tour. It’s sits somewhere in the middle – and we think it’s just about right.
What are the main benefits?
Big experiences
Have big, life-enriching experiences that would be impossible to organise without lots of time and insider knowledge.

Simplicity
Make the most of your vacation time by letting someone else do the hard work and boring logistics!

Peace of mind
Small group tours take care of the security aspects – and provide a safety net should anything unexpected happen.
Who is it ideal for?
Travelers who are short of time
If you don’t have three months to spend exploring, small groups trips let you cover more ground in less time. Your days are not spent queuing for tickets or finding hotels – so you can squeeze more into your vacation.

Solo travelers who’d like company
Likeminded travel companions plus peace of mind for those traveling alone. Single supplements are usually available – providing privacy if you want it.

Less confident travelers
Stray from the tourist trail without worrying about getting lost, and meet local people without dealing with the language barrier.
Mythbuster
“I won’t get any privacy!”
Couples and friends have private rooms, and you can choose to eat alone or not. Single supplements give solo travelers their own room.

“There won’t be any free time”
Free mornings or afternoons let you explore on your own, or just relax.

“The accommodation will be basic”
Trips are as high or low end as you like. Though off the beaten track destinations won’t have luxury hotels, this is all part of the adventure.

“I won’t like the other travelers!”
Tour operators try to create groups with a similar demographic – age, families, activity levels... Chances are, you’ll even make new friends.

“Will we be following an umbrella?”
No.
Meet a local guide
No matter how experienced your group leader, they can never make up for the knowledge gained from a lifetime in the destination. That’s why many of our trips work with local guides around the world – who invite you into their homeland with pleasure.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Moscow to St Petersburg vacation

This trip is operated through a local agent that really enjoy seeking out opportunities to show and involve you in everyday Russian life from riding the metro in Moscow to joining the Babushka’s in the hunt for a bargain in the local markets! As well as including the must-see sites, our itinerary is specifically designed to promote as much contact with the local people as possible; in both Moscow and St Petersburg much of our travel is by metro and we also take an overnight sleeper train between these two cities. These encounters provide both sides with the opportunity for genuine cultural insight. We also choose to eat out in independently run restaurants wherever possible to sample different specialities, thus helping to support a variety of locally run small businesses.

In addition to the above, we are continually looking for ways to improve and are proud to be ‘Responsible in everything we do’. Education is key and so all staff, Tour Leaders and partnering suppliers are trained in responsible and sustainable tourism. At our Head Office, we continually strive towards a sustainable and planet-friendly working environment, including having solar panels installed and a company commitment to reducing our plastic usage. As well as this, we have valuable and longstanding partnerships with UK charities Toilet Twinning and Send a Cow, plus many smaller initiatives and projects around the world. We’re members of UK travel industry bodies Tourism Concern and AITO because we believe it’s important to share our knowledge and experience, as well as learn from other operators. We acknowledge that air travel has a negative impact on our environment, so we work together with Cool Earth to offset carbon and protect our important rainforests.

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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. I’m 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. It’s 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. You’ve kindly written to us with additional comments regarding your tour Leader, which we’re investigating and will respond to you in due course.

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