What to Know
- An experienced, English-speaking Peregrine leader and specialist local guides at some sites
- Authentic Accommodation: 9 nights comfortable hotel, 1 night village guesthouse, 1 night sleeper train
- Meals: 11 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
- Arrival transfer
- Sightseeing (including entrance fees where applicable): Hermitage Museum, Kremlin and Armoury Museums, Sergiev Posad Monastery
- Gratuities included for the essential services only that you will receive as part of your tour package. Please see our Tipping section of these trip notes for more information
- Guided city walking tours in Moscow and St Petersburg
- Travel by boat through St Petersburg's canals and by hydrofoil to Peterhof Palace
- Explore the quaint former writers and artists colony of Abramtsevo
- Russian visa support
- International flights
- Airport departure taxes
- Departure transfer
- Meals unless specified in the itinerary
- Laundry - may be available at locations where we stay two or more nights
- Optional tours or activities during free time
- Tips - this is something to consider, and it might be worthwhile speaking to your group about making a group contribution at the end of the trip
- Daily budget
Most visits to Russia are trouble-free, but petty crime does happen in cities. Be alert to the possibility of mugging, pick pocketing and theft from vehicles or hotel rooms. Be wary of groups of women and children who beg. In St Petersburg there have been reports of street crime where tourists have been specifically targeted. These crimes are carried out by well-organised gangs. Be aware of pickpockets in the main tourist areas and around the main railway concourses. A common scam is to drop a wallet or bundle of money in front of a tourist. The criminal then “finds” the money and asks if it is the tourist’s or offers to share the money with them. If you are approached in this way, you should walk away without engaging in conversation. Bogus police officers have harassed and robbed tourists. If you are stopped always insist on seeing identification. Avoid openly carrying expensive items, or anything that might easily identify you as a tourist. Avoid walking about late at night alone. If you are travelling by overnight train in a sleeping compartment, store valuables in the container under the bed or seat. Incidents of violence in major cities are usually linked to criminal/business activities and are not usually directed against foreign visitors. Political rallies may occur in Moscow, St. Petersburg and other places across Russia.
We continue to monitor travel advice from the Department of Foreign Affairs and our local partners on the political situation in Ukraine. While travel to some parts of the country (ie. Crimea) not advised, the majority of the country is currently safe and open for travellers and we intend for our itineraries to run as normal.
The situation in Kyiv and western cities has calmed considerably following months of violent protest during which nearly 100 people were killed, though occasional non-violent public demonstrations continue in and around Independence Square, St Michael’s Square and outside the Verkhovna Rada (parliament building). Elsewhere in Kyiv, life has largely returned to normal. You should avoid demonstrations and public gatherings, as even peaceful protests may turn violent.
Be alert to the possibility of street crime and petty theft. Foreigners may appear to be lucrative targets. Don’t lose sight of your credit cards during transactions. If you take the overnight train, make sure your belongings are secure. Where possible, avoid walking alone late at night in dark or poorly lit streets. Keep valuables and cash safe and out of sight, especially in crowded areas, tourist spots, and public transport, where pickpockets and bag snatchers operate. A common scam is to drop a wallet or bundle of money in front of a tourist. The criminal then “finds” the money and asks if it is the tourist’s or offers to share the money with them. If you are approached in this way, you should walk away without engaging in conversation.