Russia small group tour

“Travel east from Moscow to Yekaterinburg, including city stop overs, on-board the Trans Siberian Express as part of a small guided group on the trail of Russia's last Tsar, Nicholas II.”

Highlights

Moscow | Suzdal | Vladimir | Trans-Siberian Railway | Nizhny Novgorod | Kazan | Yekaterinburg |

Description of Russia small group tour

If you've always wished to delve into the delightfully dark and intriguing depths of Russia's all too recent past then this small group tour is designed to do just that with 2018 departures coinciding splendidly with the 100th anniversary of the untimely demise of Nicholas II, Russia's last Tsar.

Following in the final footsteps of the Romanovs leads your small guided group by train from the Russian capital, Moscow, eastwards towards the Ural Mountains with stop overs in Suzdal, Vladimir and Kazan adding to expectation levels prior to your final destination, Yekaterinburg.

This is your chance to visit the sites and find out more about the key moments in Russia's, and Europe's, history as you travel by rail across lesser-known regions where Islamic heritage in Tartarstan and previously off limits sightseeing in Nizhny Novgorod provide a fascinating prelude to what lies in store at the end of the line.

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Small group holiday

Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modelled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, travelling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. If you’re heading off on a gap year your, perhaps – but for those with a two-week holiday, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.

The leaders are not guides – they’re not there to shepherd you around. Instead, they’ll let you know which local restaurant serves great value food – without running the risk of travellers’ tummy. They’ll allow you to avoid hour-long queues at train stations and attractions.

We like to think of small group travel as the Goldilocks option. It is independent travel without the fuss, worry and bunk beds – and organised travel without the coaches. And it’s cheaper than a tailor made tour. It’s sits somewhere in the middle – and we think it’s just about right.

What are the main benefits?
Big experiences
Have big, life-enriching experiences that would be impossible to organise without lots of time and insider knowledge.

Simplicity
Make the most of your holiday time by letting someone else do the hard work and boring logistics!

Peace of mind
Small group tours take care of the security aspects – and provide a safety net should anything unexpected happen.
Who is it ideal for?
Travellers who are short of time
If you don’t have three months to spend exploring, small groups trips let you cover more ground in less time. Your days are not spent queuing for tickets or finding hotels – so you can squeeze more into your holiday.

Solo travellers who’d like company
Likeminded travel companions plus peace of mind for those travelling alone. Single supplements are usually available – providing privacy if you want it.

Less confident travellers
Stray from the tourist trail without worrying about getting lost, and meet local people without dealing with the language barrier.
Mythbuster
“I won’t get any privacy!”
Couples and friends have private rooms, and you can choose to eat alone or not. Single supplements give solo travellers their own room.

“There won’t be any free time”
Free mornings or afternoons let you explore on your own, or just relax.

“The accommodation will be basic”
Trips are as high or low end as you like. Though off the beaten track destinations won’t have luxury hotels, this is all part of the adventure.

“I won’t like the other travellers!”
Tour operators try to create groups with a similar demographic – age, families, activity levels... Chances are, you’ll even make new friends.

“Will we be following an umbrella?”
No.
Valerie Parkinson
Meet a group Leader
Name: Valerie Parkinson

Story: The first British woman to climb Manaslu, Valerie climbed Everest for her 50th birthday. She’s spent fourteen Christmas Days trekking to Everest Base Camp, and is involved insetting up Responsible Tourism initiatives in the Himalayas.
Roshan Fernando
Meet a local guide
Name: Roshan Fernando

Story: Roshan has led over 130 trips – he adores showing travellers around Sri Lanka. He won the company Leader Award in 2010, but his career highlight was working on their Tsunami Project – which earned him a responsible tourism award.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Russia small group tour

Environment

Conservation:
We support conservation locally and around the world by providing funds, transport and logistical help for several researchers. We have continued to work with BirdLife International as a ‘Species Champion’ for the critically endangered Spoon-billed Sandpiper. To date, the following agencies have also benefited from our fundraising: Save the Albatross, Yellow Eyed Penguin Trust, and Marine Mammal Research Trust. We are dedicated to making regular financial contributions, and if clients want to participate then they are able to do so. We also donate annually to the New Zealand Department of Conservation, the Tasmanian National Parks and Wildlife Service, the Antarctic Heritage Trust and Russian State Reserve Agency.

Waste and Recycling:
When selecting our specialist expedition equipment, vehicles and vessels, we research carefully to ensure that they are the most suitable and the most environmentally responsible. All waste generated on our expeditions is disposed of in a responsible manner: on board it is treated as prescribed by MARPOL and on land expeditions recycling is encouraged. Non-recyclable waste is brought back for disposal at approved sites.

UK Office:
It all starts at home so we have first worked at reducing our carbon footprint in our UK Offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.

Community

Local Craft and Culture:
With our emphasis on natural history, we work principally in unpopulated areas; however we do as much for the communities we visit as we can by providing extensive pre-departure information on history, customs, religion and politics of that group. We visit Uelen Village, which is the most north-eastern village in Russia and known for a history of whaling settlements but today the population is predominantly Chukchi, with some Russians and Inuit. The village is now one of the largest centres for traditional Chukchi and Inuit art in the world and we will be able to visit a bone carving workshop on our tour. By spending money here, we are supporting this remote community and encouraging the preservation of traditional methods of craftsmanship.

A Fair Deal:
We ensure that all of our guides are paid and treated fairly in exchange for their local expertise. Leaders will give briefings on Responsible Tourism issues to help you understand how you can help reduce your environmental impact and maximise the benefits to the local community from your visit. We maintain a guide-to-client ratio of 1:12 so none of this information is lost.

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