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Moscow to St Petersburg - Exodus Travels
Moscow to St Petersburg - Exodus Travels
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11 reviews
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
Travel style
Discovery, Coach / Bus
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.

11 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 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 3
    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 4
    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 5
    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 6
    Written on July 1, 2013
    2.0 - Rather poor

    A great country to visit, difficult to navigate without speaking and reading Russian thefore a good guide is very helpful. The trip needs reorganising to make it a better experince, we missed out on a lot of highlights due to poor planning which I don't expect from a company like exodus What did you think of your group leader?Bob was great, an excellent translator, tried really hard to get things for us and to improve on the legendary terrible Russian service is restaurant. Managed to stay calm and helpful when there was a bit of contention over the itineraryDo you have any advice for potential travellers?Don't expect good service anywhere, If you happen across some be surprised and grateful. Most Russians are very grumpy not only to tourists but to everyone, don't take it personally. Take really good walking shoes, you will walk a lotIs there anything else you would like to add?The itinerary on the website was not followed on the tour and because of this we missed out on a lot of things in Moscow. If the itinerary on the web was followed we would have had a much nicer time and let us enjoy the major sights properly. The museums and a lot of other sights not open in Mondays so giving us a free day on Monday is a big waste of time, we would have been much better to go to the Kremlin then as it is much quieter then. We wasted a lot of time in Novgorod. The Kremlin there is interesting but that is it. And the hotel there is horrible We could have caught a later evening bus to Pushkin giving us a whole day there rather than wasting most Of it on traveling. This would then give 3 nights in St Petersburg which would be much better than only having 1 full day there.

  • Moscow to St Petersburg reviewer 7
    Written on July 30, 2012
    5.0 - Excellent

    A really excellent, safe and stress free way to explore a country I have always wanted to visit! This trip was one of my favourite holidays... Our excellent guide, Evgeniya, made sure we saw and did as much as possible in the 7 days. Both Evgeniya and local guides which she organised for us were so knowledgeable, and so I felt I learnt such a lot on guided tours of both cities, visits to the Kremlin, Armoury, Red Square and numerous beautiful palaces.This trip also gave us the opportunity to experience some real Russian culture as well, from the overnight train journey, a wide variety of Russian cuisine, visiting a Russian festival during a free afternoon in Moscow and exploring the backstreets on our St Petersburg walking tour. Both activities organised for some of our evenings; such as a midnight boat tour along the Neva to see the raising of the bridges and the Winter Palace illuminated against the backdrop of the 'white nights', or the night time cycling tour of St Petersburg, as well as just exploring Red Square at dusk made this trip feel really magical.   

  • Moscow to St Petersburg reviewer 8
    Written on June 27, 2012
    5.0 - Excellent

    Once more Exodus strikes an outstanding balance between an organised trip (all the potential hassles are taken care of so you can concentrate on enjoying yourself) and independent travelling (nothing feels 'packaged' or sanitised). This is an excellent introduction to some of the 'greatest hits' of Russian history and culture. While a week can only scratch the surface of these extraordinary cities, the number and diversity of sites and activities that this trip manages to include is extremely impressive. What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Only a week's visit but jam-packed full of highlights:- 'Swan Lake' at the Bolshoi (for the audience as much as for the dancers). - The extraordinarily beautiful Moscow metro stations (who knew!?)- The public banya in Novgorod (every Russian is a passionate expert in how exactly it should be done)  - Walking the streets of St Petersburg in bright sunlight as midnight approaches. What did you think of your group leader?Olga was an exemplary group leader. She was attentive to all the diverse needs of the group and very keen to make sure that everyone was accommodated. I occasionally read reviews that complain that tour guides are not flexible enough. Olga went out of her way to be both organised and flexible which would have been a big challenge in such a jam-packed itinerary. She was able to adapt things when necessary, and to take advantages of opportunities as they arose. We were not only able to fit in everything that was scheduled, but also lots of things that were not - having dinner with a local family, picnics in the park, and above all the visit to the extraordinary gardens and fountains of Peterhof which was not on the original itinerary. Olga's personal experience and history in Russia made her a fascinating guide with a very real passion for her country. Indeed all the local specialist guides impressed with their detailed knowledge and enthusiasm.  One of the real highlights of the trip were the Russians we met - both the Exodus guides and the ordinary people who were keen to tell us as much as they could about their country and its history. Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Be prepared for lots of walking - we were on our feet continually for the best part of eight hours on the day of the walking tour of St Petersburg and the visit to the Hermitage. It was worth it. The more you can explore on foot, the more you will get out of this holiday. To get a good night's sleep during the 'white nights' you should consider bringing an eye mask as the curtains in the hotels can be quite thin. Is there anything else you would like to add?I would definitely suggest adapting the itinerary to include a scheduled visit to Peterhof on the way from Pushkin to St Petersburg, as we did on this trip. It was a major highlight and wouldn't require too many logistical changes to incorporate.

  • Moscow to St Petersburg reviewer 9
    Written on May 31, 2012
    4.0 - Good

    A well planned trip with a good balance of seeing the key historical sites in Russia. More opportunity for the guide to support the group in identifying places not to be missed whilst in Russia.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Moscow, my childhood memories of Red Square and the Kremlin. To actually be standing in that place and visiting the Kremlin and Armoury were amazing.What did you think of your group leader?Overall Anya was a very good leader. At the initial meeting she made the itinery very clear was always on hand to answer questions and provide advice. In Moscow she provided a tour of the subway and a visit to Sparrow Hill, all excellent additions to that area. She provided excellent translation on the sleeper train when I had to share with a Russian couple. I felt the cycle ride in the park at Pushkin was unecessary and would have proferred to go straight to St Petersburg on that morning. Additionally, I believe that Anya could have given us the tour of St Petersburg as this is her home town, yet this was delegated to a local guide that spent to much time away from the key sites. Anya had a good sense of humour and would help with any questins you asked, however did become slightly defence if I suggested doing something slightly different from her plan.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Be prepared to walk a long way if you would like to see all of what this trip has to offer in 8 days

  • Moscow to St Petersburg reviewer 10
    Written on May 29, 2012
    5.0 - Excellent

    This was my first Exodus trip and I loved every minute of it! The sights were jaw-dropping, our tour guide Anya was superb and I couldn't have asked for a better group of people to share the experience with.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?So many moments...seeing St Basil's for the first time as we made our way to the hotel; the amazing colours of Catherine's Palace on the outside (and all the gold on the inside!); the amazing decor of Moscow's metro; and learning how to order Vodka on the overnight train!What did you think of your group leader?Fantastic! Anya was really helpful, patient, came up with great ideas for things to do and always cheerful.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Before you go - have a quick read up on the places you visit on the trip, to make sure you make the most of your free time

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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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    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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