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This is a small group guided holiday. The group is usually between 4 and 16 in size, with an average of 12 like-minded clients booking individually, in a couple or as friends together.
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A well planned and interesting trip taking us to Novgorod and Pushkin as well as Moscow and St Petersburg. An extra day in Moscow would have been welcomed as there was too much to see in too little time.
No one inspirational moment, but many including all the wonderful churches, the Moscow Kremlin, the Hermitage museum (including the impressionists in a separate gallery) AND our visit to the gardens of Peterhof (Summer Palace) on the hydrofoil.
Young, engaging, organised and informed.
Do some preparatory homework before you go, so what you hear when you are there fits into and expands the narrative you already know.
This was an opportunity to experience some of the many faces of Russia, from the austere grandeur of Moscow to the opulence of St Petersburg, as well as the quieter charms of Novgorod and Pushkin. Traveling on the overnight sleeper train from Moscow provided a taste of real Russia away from the everyday touristic experience, as well an opportunity for plenty of group bonding. Russia in wintertime is magical, from Red Square at night to the frozen lake at the Catherine Palace and the canals of St Petersburg.
An afternoon trip to the Museum of Wooden Architecture near Novgorod provided an opportunity to see country life. It was so quiet and peaceful with some amazing buildings in a spectacular woodland setting.
A musical evening at the Bolshoi Theatre also provided an opportunity to experience the friendliness of Muscovites. Lost at the bar, we were befriended by a Russian lady who was intrigued that we had chosen to visit Moscow and eager to help us.
Eugine's organisation was faultless. He enabled us to to enjoy a holiday that would have been difficult to organise ourselves. He led the group with good humour and his insights into Russian life, history and culture transformed our experience.
The first couple of days in Moscow involve a lot of walking. Make sure you have comfortable footwear and are prepared for this. The pace in Moscow is quite hectic but relaxes considerably once you get to Novgorod.
An unforgettable holiday with lots of culture, good food, good company and an insight into Russian life.
This is a typically busy Exodus trip which covers a lot of ground in a short period. Despite having a lot to fit in, it's well structured and certainly lived up to our expectations. Going in February means that we avoided what are, apparently, huge crowds in St Petersburg and if you're lucky with the winter weather (we were) then its very beautiful.
Sitting in the Kazan Cathedral in St Petersburg as a service took place - incense, music, and the incredible interior made it very moving.
Our tour leader was excellent - efficient, friendly and eager to assist without fussing.
If you've been on an Exodus trip before you'll know that you pack a lot in and you have to be organised and prepared for being on the move and getting around by a variety of means. Lots of walking between sites and not much down time - but that's how you pack so much in. Emphasis is on the cultural and historic sites - museums, churches and so on, so that needs to be your main interest to get the most from the trip. You have a night on the train from Moscow to Novgarod which is fine but do bring your earplugs and eyemask if you want a night's sleep.
We really enjoyed the trip - its more conventional than some because Russia itself is a more familiar cultural experience than many parts of the world - but with so many people talking about our relationship with Russia at the moment its a great time to have a look.
Should you require tickets for either the recently renovated Bolshoy Theater in Moscow or Mariinskiy Theater in St Petersburg then please book your tickets direct via their websites (see Optional Excursions in the trip notes for details). Due to limited availability at certain times of the year and the theatres only being available to book 3-6 months in advance then we are unable to provide this service. Exodus are happy to assist where possible with confirming dates you will be in each city and to book other excursions such as Moscow Circus or a boat tour in St Petersburg.
Joanna Zubr - Customer Operations
In places it can be. The metro is very cheap. Moscow metro tickets are charged per journey regardless of length. Price for 10 trips = approx 135 roubles (£2.80) in Moscow and 122 roubles in St Petersburg (£2.50)
Meals can be more expensive than the UK, and western alcohol especially so. You should allow £20-30 per person per day for meals in Moscow and St Petersburg, and more if drinking.
Joanna Zubr - Customer Operations
We use 2nd class compartments (4 berths) on the overnight sleeper train. Linen is provided. Please note that depending on group numbers, there may be other passengers, not with Exodus, travelling in the compartment with you. 1st class compartments (2 berths) can be requested up to 7 weeks before departure.
Joanna Zubr - Customer Operations
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