I will be travelling through Russia as a single female traveller in August, and just have a couple of questions I hope ye experts may be able to answer. I'm aware that they do not all relate to Moscow in particular, but am hoping to save on having to write multiple posts...
1. The main Bolshoi theatre will still be closed when I am in Moscow, and although I have always wanted to go here, is it still worth visiting the New Theatre, or would I be better off going to Mariinsky Theatre when in St Petersburg? The opulence of the buildings would be just as important to me as the show itself.
2. I will be arriving in Moscow at 4am, and have heard many reports about taxi's being dangerous for single female travellers - although I am not sure how much heed to pay to this, would I be better off arranging a transfer with my hotel?
3. The highlight of my trip will be visiting the Hermitage Museum. Is it worth getting the two day consecutive ticket, or would I be better off taking time out to visit other places around St Petersburg? (I am there for 6 days, so am easy with time)
4. I will be finishing my trip in Helsinki, and am hoping to get the Allegro from St Petersburg. I have heard reports that it is difficult to get seats last minute, especially in the summer months. I will be travelling on a Sunday morning, and was hoping to buy the tickets when I enter Russia 3 weeks prior to this. Is it possible to get tickets at kiosks for international trains? And would this be enough time to guarantee a seat, or would I be better off going through an Agency?
Thanks in advance for your help!