What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Catherine Palace in Pushkin was a blaze of good bling! Red Square at might
What did you think of your group leader?
He was excellent, patient and sociable. He was always ready to answer questions about Russia and give practical information where he could. He really wanted to fill the group with enthusiasm about this rather misunderstood country (it's not perfect but where is?)
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
I wish I had looked up the highlights of some of the galleries I visited. In particular I would have liked to go to the Pushkin museum in Moscow - but this was closed on Monday when I thought of visiting! There are so many pictures etc in the Hermitage (and the impressionist paintings have been moved to another building). So a bit of advanced preparation would be a good idea. I would recommend an extra day or tow in St Petersburg like the trip notes suggested. The train from Moscow to Novgorod is not very comfortable and was quite noisy. But the washroom remained spotless throughout the 8 hour trip.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
A map of Pushkin would have been useful - it is small but I am quite good at getting lost!