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Moscow to St Petersburg - Exodus Travels
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Starts
Moscow
+2 Destinations
Northwestern Russia
Ends
St Petersburg
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Highlights

  • Explore the most beautiful Moscow sights
  • Visit Novgorod Kremlin
  • See the famous restored Amber Room
  • Take an orientation tour of St Petersburg
Age range
16 to 80 year olds
Accommodation
Hotel
Max Group Size
16
Transportation
Train & Rail
Start in Moscow and end in St Petersburg! With the discovery tour Moscow to St Petersburg, you have a 8 day tour package taking you from Moscow to St Petersburg and through Moscow, Russia and 3 other destinations in Russia. Moscow to St Petersburg includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.

22 Reviews

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  • Moscow to St Petersburg reviewer 1
    Written on September 23, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    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.

  • Moscow to St Petersburg reviewer 2
    Written on September 23, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    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.

  • Moscow to St Petersburg reviewer 3
    Written on September 20, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    Russia surpassed my expectations! A packed week that showed the highlights of a country that is still a mystery to most.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Watching the miltary parade in Red Square with Saint Basil's changing colour as fireworks exploded above as a grand finale is something I won't forget, along with riding the Moscow metro and seeing the ornate stations.  The beauty and opulance of the Catherine Palace in Pushkin has to be seen to be believed.  The Hermitage was outstanding, with room after room filled with great works of art or artefacts, it is impossible to do it justice in just one afternoon.     What did you think of your group leader?Bob was brilliant, nothing was too much trouble for him.  He took time to get to know all the members of the group and helped us to make the most of our free time.  His walking tours were great, giving us a taste of the cities we were in, (even though he walked us off the map!).  He was knowledgeable and answered all the questions we threw at him.  He was an excellent travelling companion.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Forget any preconceived ideas you may have about Russia and travel with an open mind, accept that the service may not be great, (in my opinon not much different to what we get at home!), and just enjoy being in a country that is still evolving.  On a more practical point make sure you have some comfortable shoes as there is plenty of walking to be done.  Check you have the most up to date trip notes      Is there anything else you would like to add?Just do it!  Russia is an extraordinary country and well worth a visit.

  • Moscow to St Petersburg reviewer 4
    Written on September 20, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    Russia surpassed my expectations! A packed week that showed the highlights of a country that is still a mystery to most.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Watching the miltary parade in Red Square with Saint Basil's changing colour as fireworks exploded above as a grand finale is something I won't forget, along with riding the Moscow metro and seeing the ornate stations.  The beauty and opulance of the Catherine Palace in Pushkin has to be seen to be believed.  The Hermitage was outstanding, with room after room filled with great works of art or artefacts, it is impossible to do it justice in just one afternoon.     What did you think of your group leader?Bob was brilliant, nothing was too much trouble for him.  He took time to get to know all the members of the group and helped us to make the most of our free time.  His walking tours were great, giving us a taste of the cities we were in, (even though he walked us off the map!).  He was knowledgeable and answered all the questions we threw at him.  He was an excellent travelling companion.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Forget any preconceived ideas you may have about Russia and travel with an open mind, accept that the service may not be great, (in my opinon not much different to what we get at home!), and just enjoy being in a country that is still evolving.  On a more practical point make sure you have some comfortable shoes as there is plenty of walking to be done.  Check you have the most up to date trip notes      Is there anything else you would like to add?Just do it!  Russia is an extraordinary country and well worth a visit.

  • Moscow to St Petersburg reviewer 5
    Written on September 18, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    A ram soccer jammed packed week in an amazing country, with the most enthusiastic and knowledgeable guide, Boris aka Bob! What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?This is a tough one but think the look on my face the first time I set eyes on St Basil's was a pure kodak moment, I can safely say it surpassed all my expectations and is a sight I could literally stare at all day. Alongside this having the experience of Moscow's annual city day celebrations and watching the military music parade on red square were truly 'one off' experiences. St Petersburg for me was all about the Romanovs, so seeing their resting place was a touch emotional. However, drinking with my fellow travellers in The White Rabbit in Pushkin and then attempting to order some chips whilst being photographed by the local police was also a highlight!What did you think of your group leader?Boris aka Bob was exceptional, genuinely likeable individual for who nothing was too much trouble. His knowledge and delivery of information was enthusiastic and we all felt taken along for the ride. He involved the whole group and succumbed to joining us at an Irish bar in St Petersburg as well as karaoke style singing on the bus after the train journey.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Check the trip notes as all of ours were different and feel this is unfair in the local guide when the admin team in the UK should make sure everyone has the same info. Although Russia is said to be expensive it is no more than a city in the UK, as an example a pint of Russian beer, which might I add the Russians think is rubbish but is actually very drinkable, will set you back £3/4 in Moscow. You walk a lot on this tour but this means you see so much, but pack comfortable shoes and plenty of socks to keep your feet up to the challenge. Go with the flow and you won't go far wrong, this is a great taster of Russia and left me eager to see more.Is there anything else you would like to add?Stop thinking about all the reasons not to go and just book it! Russia will surprise you as it certainly did me and forget all the horror stories you hear- pure fabrication in my opinion!

  • Moscow to St Petersburg reviewer 6
    Written on September 18, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    A ram soccer jammed packed week in an amazing country, with the most enthusiastic and knowledgeable guide, Boris aka Bob! What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?This is a tough one but think the look on my face the first time I set eyes on St Basil's was a pure kodak moment, I can safely say it surpassed all my expectations and is a sight I could literally stare at all day. Alongside this having the experience of Moscow's annual city day celebrations and watching the military music parade on red square were truly 'one off' experiences. St Petersburg for me was all about the Romanovs, so seeing their resting place was a touch emotional. However, drinking with my fellow travellers in The White Rabbit in Pushkin and then attempting to order some chips whilst being photographed by the local police was also a highlight!What did you think of your group leader?Boris aka Bob was exceptional, genuinely likeable individual for who nothing was too much trouble. His knowledge and delivery of information was enthusiastic and we all felt taken along for the ride. He involved the whole group and succumbed to joining us at an Irish bar in St Petersburg as well as karaoke style singing on the bus after the train journey.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Check the trip notes as all of ours were different and feel this is unfair in the local guide when the admin team in the UK should make sure everyone has the same info. Although Russia is said to be expensive it is no more than a city in the UK, as an example a pint of Russian beer, which might I add the Russians think is rubbish but is actually very drinkable, will set you back £3/4 in Moscow. You walk a lot on this tour but this means you see so much, but pack comfortable shoes and plenty of socks to keep your feet up to the challenge. Go with the flow and you won't go far wrong, this is a great taster of Russia and left me eager to see more.Is there anything else you would like to add?Stop thinking about all the reasons not to go and just book it! Russia will surprise you as it certainly did me and forget all the horror stories you hear- pure fabrication in my opinion!

  • Moscow to St Petersburg reviewer 7
    Written on August 29, 2013
    4.0 - Good

    beautiful churces , palaces , history  and a nice people , so the trip and good memories will be in our minds for some time . And we have tired legs .What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?There were many moments , but we will remember the Catherine Palace for a long time . So huge and beautiful .and our walking in skt Petersburg seeing how people was living behind the facades.What did you think of your group leader?He made the trip excellent , professionel and he paid much attention to everybody in the Group . My wife doesn`t speak much English could easely understand him . The day we arrived to Skt Petersburg I lost my mobil and creditcards . Bob took care of us immediately and help us doing what had to be done and he let us use his mobil .He made our trip excellent Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Bring shoes for walking

  • Moscow to St Petersburg reviewer 8
    Written on August 29, 2013
    4.0 - Good

    beautiful churces , palaces , history  and a nice people , so the trip and good memories will be in our minds for some time . And we have tired legs .What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?There were many moments , but we will remember the Catherine Palace for a long time . So huge and beautiful .and our walking in skt Petersburg seeing how people was living behind the facades.What did you think of your group leader?He made the trip excellent , professionel and he paid much attention to everybody in the Group . My wife doesn`t speak much English could easely understand him . The day we arrived to Skt Petersburg I lost my mobil and creditcards . Bob took care of us immediately and help us doing what had to be done and he let us use his mobil .He made our trip excellent Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Bring shoes for walking

  • Moscow to St Petersburg reviewer 9
    Written on August 13, 2013
    3.0 - Average

    I enjoyed the trip and was glad I had done an organised tour (as none of the signs were in English and the Russian people are not openly friendly!) but the itiniery on the website is out of date and we didn't have the overnight train, the Metro tour or the Banya which a lot of people were looking forward to. What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?St Basil's Catherdral was absolutely breathtaking both inside and out. It was well worth the entry fee to go inside. We saw James May from Top Gear filming outside and he let us take some photos of him which made it even more memorable!! lol Catherine The Great's Palace was stunning and The Hermitage museum in St Petersberg was amazing (but so huge I only managed to do the 2nd floor)Some of the Metro stations are amazing too.What did you think of your group leader?Bob was great. Spoke excellent English and was very socialable and knowledgable. Made the effort to get to know every member of our very big group of 20 people.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Try to be as fit as you can because you walk.....and walk......and walk!!It's the first place I have been to (this is my 7th Exodus trip and I have travelled with Trek America and Oz Exposure) where I was warned it would be expensive and it was!!If/when you do the Matrouska (Russian) dolls in Pushkin THE FACES ARE ALREADY ON THE DOLLS. I didn't do this activity as I'm not artistic at all but if I had known this info I would have done it as the 5 members of my group that went all said how great it was and their dolls (you get 3) all looked brilliant!! Is there anything else you would like to add?It's very important that the trip notes reflect the trip. I felt I was on a completely different tour!! It's not fair on the tour leader that they are wrong.All the local guides were good and apart from Novgorod ,all the hotels were good.Get people to check in online rather than at St Petersberg airport, which only had one desk open for each airline to book in!!Limit the size of the groupto 14. 20 is way too big for a week tour.

  • Moscow to St Petersburg reviewer 10
    Written on August 13, 2013
    3.0 - Average

    I enjoyed the trip and was glad I had done an organised tour (as none of the signs were in English and the Russian people are not openly friendly!) but the itiniery on the website is out of date and we didn't have the overnight train, the Metro tour or the Banya which a lot of people were looking forward to. What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?St Basil's Catherdral was absolutely breathtaking both inside and out. It was well worth the entry fee to go inside. We saw James May from Top Gear filming outside and he let us take some photos of him which made it even more memorable!! lol Catherine The Great's Palace was stunning and The Hermitage museum in St Petersberg was amazing (but so huge I only managed to do the 2nd floor)Some of the Metro stations are amazing too.What did you think of your group leader?Bob was great. Spoke excellent English and was very socialable and knowledgable. Made the effort to get to know every member of our very big group of 20 people.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Try to be as fit as you can because you walk.....and walk......and walk!!It's the first place I have been to (this is my 7th Exodus trip and I have travelled with Trek America and Oz Exposure) where I was warned it would be expensive and it was!!If/when you do the Matrouska (Russian) dolls in Pushkin THE FACES ARE ALREADY ON THE DOLLS. I didn't do this activity as I'm not artistic at all but if I had known this info I would have done it as the 5 members of my group that went all said how great it was and their dolls (you get 3) all looked brilliant!! Is there anything else you would like to add?It's very important that the trip notes reflect the trip. I felt I was on a completely different tour!! It's not fair on the tour leader that they are wrong.All the local guides were good and apart from Novgorod ,all the hotels were good.Get people to check in online rather than at St Petersberg airport, which only had one desk open for each airline to book in!!Limit the size of the groupto 14. 20 is way too big for a week tour.

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  1. Introduction
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  1. Day 1: Start Moscow.
  2. Day 2: Morning orientation tour including Red Square and Lenin’s Tomb. Free afternoon to explore St Basil's Cathedral or one of the many galleries.
  3. Day 3: Guided tour of the Kremlin grounds and Armoury Museum. Free afternoon for shopping or sightseeing. Overnight sleeper train to Novgorod.
  4. Day 4: Morning walking tour including visits to Novgorod Kremlin, St Sofia's Cathedral and Yaroslav's Court; optional afternoon to visit to the Museum of Wooden Architecture.
  5. Day 5: Transfer to Pushkin; visit Catherine Palace including the Amber Room. Free afternoon.
  6. Day 6: Early departure to St Petersburg to explore the historic city centre; free afternoon. Evening visit to the new Fabergé Museum.
  7. Day 7: Morning tour of the Hermitage. Free afternoon to see more of the sites of St Petersburg. Art lovers can choose to stay in the Hermitage.
  8. Day 8: End St Petersburg.

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    • March 1, 2017

      Are the overnight stays made in twin rooms? Are they shared with other guests?

      All accommodation is based on twin‐share, with private facilities.

      Wi‐Fi is now free in all hotels, but is sometimes unreliable.

      We use 2nd class compartments (4 berths) on the overnight sleeper train. Linen is provided. Please note that there may be other passengers, not with Exodus, travelling in the compartment with you.

      1st class compartments (2 berths) can be requested up to 4 weeks before the departure.

    • March 1, 2017

      What do I need to know about this trip's accommodation set up?

      Information about the trip's accommodation:

      * All accommodation is based on twin‐share, with private facilities.
      * Wi‐Fi is now free in all hotels, but is sometimes unreliable.
      * We use 2nd class compartments (4 berths) on the overnight
      sleeper train. Linen is provided. Please note that there may be
      other passengers, not with Exodus, travelling in the compartment
      with you. 1st class compartments (2 berths) can be requested up
      to 4 weeks.

    • March 1, 2017

      Can you arrange a pre tour accommodation for us?

      Yes we can, the pre tour accommodation is per room, per night in Moscow. Please contact us for this.

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      Destinations

      Covering a total distance of approx 656 km.
      • Moscow (Russia)
      • 490 km
      • Novgorod (Russia)
      • 141 km
      • Pushkin (Russia)
      • 24 km
      • St Petersburg (Russia)

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