Russia holiday, a taste of Russia

“An eight day, small group holiday travelling between Moscow and St Petersburg, using a mix of public and private transport, including one sleeper train. ”

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Moscow | Suzdal | Novgorod | St Petersburg | Sleeper train journey

Description of Russia holiday, a taste of Russia

It is hard to imagine taking in Russia’s highlights in a week, but this Russia holiday follows a carefully crafted itinerary that brings you through old and new Russia, traditional and state of the art. This is an intriguing country to visit and this holiday is a great starter on what we hope is a fine taste of Russia menu.

Starting in the grand capital of Moscow, there is really so much to see and take in here, from Red Square and the Kremlin, to Lenin’s mausoleum and the Armoury Museum. This is an iconic and thought provoking city for sure. In contrast, we travel east to Suzdal for a couple of days, which is like a living museum of stunning ancient architecture, Russian Orthodoxy, traditional crafts and one of several cities on Russia’s traditional Golden Ring, a circle of ancient culture around the capital.

Taking a sleeper train from Moscow to Novgorod is another journey back in time, to the ancient capital of Russia and its oldest city. We take a trip with a local guide, the main highlight being the city’s Kremlin, which is located on the Volkhov River. This is also the perfect place to enjoy a traditional ‘banya’ or public bath.

Our last stop is the great St Petersburg where, as well as seeing the sites of this Venice of the North, we also experience real life, enjoying the hospitality of a local family at a tea party. Russian style. Many of our guests say farewell to Russia with a trip to the world famous Hermitage Museum or Kunstkamera Museums, both with a wealth of artistic treasures.

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Small group adventure

What is a small group adventure?
It's a great way to travel! Whether you are travelling on your own, with a partner or with friends, a small group trip is a fantastic way to see the world. You'll travel on a fixed itinerary that has been designed to help you discover the best of region. From the known highlights, the hidden gems that you won't find in the guidebooks.

Itineraries run on set departure dates, accompanied every step of the way by an English speaking local group leader. You chose the itinerary and the date that suits you best and you book on.

Why travel on a small group adventure?
Small groups allow us to explore where larger tour groups can't. Our maximum group size of 16 travellers allows us to use local transport to get from A to B, to visit rural villages, spend time with the locals and even stay at a local home overnight, and it allows us to give our travellers genuine, real life experiences of the countries we are visiting; what you'll be doing and how you'll travel depends entirely on your chosen itinerary.

Is an adventure right for me?
The word adventure means something different to everyone, and our range of trips reflects that. Whether you want to explore local markets, visit out of the way temples and meet local people or go on an early morning safari drive searching for the 'big five', we'll have a trip for you. If you are looking for a physical challenge such trekking the Kokoda Track or summiting Kilimanjaro, we can help with that too.

So what can I expect on this trip?
This is a classic style of small group adventure. You'll find your trip combines a good mix of included activities and free time, with some meals included as per your itinerary. We don't want you to feel chaperoned, it's your holiday not ours. Your group leader will be on hand to assist with organising anything you might wish to do in your free time, but how you spend it is up to you. Anything listed as included in your itinerary will be included in trip price; whereas anything listed as optional will be at an additional cost should you wish to take part.

These trips are great value, including things that you would struggle to organise independently, such as a night at a homestay in a remote village, or local guides around a remote place of interest. Transport will be a combination of private vehicle and public transport, whichever is the most appropriate for the route we are travelling; this might include train, plane, camel, tuk tuk, bicycle, boat…

On a majority of these trips you'll stay in 2-3 star accommodation, locally owned and reflective of the region you are travelling through. All solo travellers will be automatically roomed on a twin share basis with another group member of the same sex, unless you opt to pay for your own room at time of booking. There are no compulsory single supplements for solo travellers willing to share. Single rooms aren't available on camping trips, and you will be expected to help out with camp tasks such as setting up and breaking down your camp.

Can I book my flights with you?
Yes! We are a fully ATOL bonded tour operator meaning that we can book flights from the UK as part of your holiday package. Just ask us for a quote including flights when you make your enquiry.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Russia holiday, a taste of Russia

This trip may only be short (8 days) but definitely manages to fit in as many local experiences as possible as you travel some of the highlights of the North West of this extensive country. While we are travelling, we’ll always try to make a positive impact and minimize our negative impact on the environment and community that we come into contact with.
Environment
We provide all travellers with reusable bags in order to avoid waste and encourage use of “tea flasks” for drinking water (or tea, like the locals do!) so as not to purchase multiple plastic bottles.
Getting from place to place is done mainly by utilising public transport. In Moscow this means the ornate, bustling but superbly efficient metro system. To get to Novgorod you'll get a taste of Russian train travel on an overnight sleeper where the dining car is definitely the hub for chatting and drinking with local travellers. This is one of the best ways to explore the country and its life, also helps minimize our carbon footprint as well.
In fact, when it comes to carbon emissions, as a company we operate a carbon neutral policy, offsetting all passenger travel ‘on the ground’ while on tour.
Community
We include informal local language lessons to give our travellers a head start into understanding the culture and communicating with the people we meet along the way.
When taking trains we travel 2nd or 3rd class (kupe or platzkart) which is the way the majority of locals travel - this gives us maximum chance to meet and share stories, food, games and the journey with local travellers.
You are accompanied by a leader for the duration of the tour who will be able to help you understand more about the realities of living and travelling in Russia and help to facilitate your interaction with locals along the way. The local guides who take you on excursions and walking tours in each of the places we visit are passionate about their country and allow you to get a real insight into places significant to the history, culture and development of the nation.
During the journey there are numerous opportunities for local interaction and getting to know people. Wandering the back streets of Suzdal you'll no doubt encounter local residents tending their gardens, chickens and livestock or perhaps even come across monks, nuns and priests on their way to the many monasteries and churches in the town. In Novgorod in the summer months you can relax with locals as they soak up the sun along the river bank beaches or in winter join them for a steam at the public banya (sauna/bathhouse).
Along the way you'll have the opportunity to support local industries by shopping for food at local farmers markets, buying direct from the babushka's who sell their home produce on the streets or visiting local handicraft stalls.
At the completion of your journey travellers are encouraged to donate any unwanted clothing and toiletries, which are distributed to a St Petersburg local charity (Nochlezhka) supported by us which provides support for the city's homeless.

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Reviewed on 22 Jun 2012 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Sites, local families, banya. Not sure I'd repeat the banya experience but glad I had it!

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


If you want to see Moscow and St Petersburg then have a couple of days at either end of the trip as you can't scratch the surface with 1 day in each city.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes as local guides and families used. Used public transport where reasonable.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Good trip and some interesting experiences but very glad I had extra days at both end of the trip to see St Petersburg and Moscow as otherwise would have missed a lot.

Reviewed on 30 Jul 2007 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The new friends that I've made, interesting sites and history that I've discovered.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Not to bother with traveller’s cheques or American dollars as recommended in the travel notes as they are a massive problem to exchange. Atm's are available everywhere.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Yes

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


8.5 out of 10

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