From Russia with Love!
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
This is a tough one but think the look on my face the first time I set eyes on St Basil's was a pure kodak moment, I can safely say it surpassed all my expectations and is a sight I could literally stare at all day. Alongside this having the experience of Moscow's annual city day celebrations and watching the military music parade on red square were truly 'one off' experiences. St Petersburg for me was all about the Romanovs, so seeing their resting place was a touch emotional. However, drinking with my fellow travellers in The White Rabbit in Pushkin and then attempting to order some chips whilst being photographed by the local police was also a highlight!
What did you think of your group leader?
Boris aka Bob was exceptional, genuinely likeable individual for who nothing was too much trouble. His knowledge and delivery of information was enthusiastic and we all felt taken along for the ride. He involved the whole group and succumbed to joining us at an Irish bar in St Petersburg as well as karaoke style singing on the bus after the train journey.
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Check the trip notes as all of ours were different and feel this is unfair in the local guide when the admin team in the UK should make sure everyone has the same info. Although Russia is said to be expensive it is no more than a city in the UK, as an example a pint of Russian beer, which might I add the Russians think is rubbish but is actually very drinkable, will set you back £3/4 in Moscow. You walk a lot on this tour but this means you see so much, but pack comfortable shoes and plenty of socks to keep your feet up to the challenge. Go with the flow and you won't go far wrong, this is a great taster of Russia and left me eager to see more.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
Stop thinking about all the reasons not to go and just book it! Russia will surprise you as it certainly did me and forget all the horror stories you hear- pure fabrication in my opinion!