Has anybody done the 15 day train tour from St. Petersburg to Moscow with Intrepid tours. It is called Russia experience.
My wife and I are also considering a Russia Experience tour package for the Trans-Siberian Railway. Have you been able to find many reviews about the Russia Experience agency? I've been looking, but having found much.
No I have not found anything at all. Most of the Intrepid tour reviews (other trips) depend entirely on the guide. Good guide = good trip etc.
However one of the young ladies in my travel agents, did the 8 day Russian Highlights trip between St Petersburg and Moscow last year and said it was really good. She shared the train section with a Russian couple with no problems. The only negative thing she said was the luggage space on the train was severely limited and overeated.
We decided to go ahead and are doing the Russian Experience in April. Instead of flying straight from Sydney (Australia) to St Petersburg, we are going to have a stopover in Moscow.This saves us $400 plus we can keep a bag at Moscow airport for about $3 a day and thus bring lighter bags on the tour.
Intrepid have cut out the trip to Pushkin on this tour so we are going a couple of days early. Intrepid are still doing the transfer and we are staying in the same hotel.
Hope this helps
RickEdited: 10 December 2013, 20:26
> we can keep a bag at Moscow airport for about $3 a day
No you can't - it's closer to $10 a bag a day. And I have never heard anyone complaining about limited luggage space in Russian trains yet.
I did not do the Russia Experience trip, but also did the Russia Highlight trip with extra time in Moscow. It was a fantastic experience and a wonderful intrepid trip. Marassa is wrong again. There is quite unlimited space on Russian trains for luggage. My case wouldn't fit under the bed and it was a first class cabin. Im sure you will have a fantastic time.
We have returned from our Russian Experience and had a fantastic time. I can can highly recommend this tour if you want to see more than Moscow and St Petersburg. We had 3 others on the tour, a couple from Sydney and a lady from Switzerland. We were in the same age group and this increased our enjoyment.
Intrepid tours were highly organised and everything ran perfectly despite snow storms, closed roads and other Russian vagaries. Our guide Boris (aka Bob) was brilliant company as well as being well-informed and organised.
The tour was was balanced with seeing attractions as well as lots of free time to see things on our own. Bob worked in extra items that added to our experience. The best was attending a light comedy play in Russian that was just a hoot.
The hotels were very good and quite central so walking to the sights was easy. Intrepid also included adventures outside each city so we saw some of the countryside and got to meet Russians not normally visited by tourists.
The train travel was an adventure in itself. We had extra requirements for entry and departure ( 4 am from Moscow) and Intrepid organisation was perfect.
I highly recommend this tour if you want to experience Russia rather than just visiting the two big cities.
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