This was my first Exodus trip and was an excellent beginners experience. Great scenery, great group, great big laughs, plenty of self-time, and a lovely tour guide called Bob (not forgetting Yevgeny the bus driver). The Russian peeps themselves are not what you'd call friendly, but as Bob said, they are still somewhat used to the 'old system' of doing things. There were no openly hostile actions or signs towards gays that we saw; and if you're a uniform voyeur, Russia's the place to be. Altogether now: Bob the Tour Guide, can he get us there, Bob the Tour Guide, YES HE CAN. SSSSHHhhhh!!