Experience in Russia

Russia

Publication date: 7 Apr 2019
  • Experiences USD 96
  • Accommodation USD 198
  • Transport USD 66
  • Total experience USD 1380

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SUMMARY

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Trip to Moscow and St. Petersburg. Places that you can not let go.

Visit to the two main and amazing cities of Russia such as Moscow and St. Petersburg.

We start by visiting Moscow which is the capital and the largest city in Russia as well as the largest metropolitan area in Europe with a population of more than 10 million. This amazing city has served as the capital of the Soviet Union, the Russian Empire and the Grand Duchy of Moscow. It is a city that is full of history and unique architecture from the Kremlin and the Red Square to the skyscrapers of Stalin and the Cathedral of Christ the Savior. The new office buildings built during the economic boom of recent years and the spectacular underground transport system known as the underground palace are places that you must visit in this great city.

Then we visit St. Petersburg, the former capital of the Russian Empire, home of the Tsars and one of the most beautiful and romantic cities in the world. City founded by Tsar Peter the Great in 1703 on the banks of the Neva River and the Gulf of Finland. There we will leave on a ferry, from the pier behind the Hermitage, to visit the beautiful Peterhof palace where we spent discovering the fountains in its gardens and the wonders of the interior of the building. Back to St. Petersburg, we will know its incredible architecture as its beautiful cathedrals of St. Isaac and Our Lady of Kazaan and the Hermitage museum. We will end up going to the Admiralty building with its golden needle and visit the fortress of San Pedro and San Pablo where inside is the cathedral with the tombs of the Romanov family. Do not forget at night to enjoy the opening of the bridges over the Neva River, something very special in St. Petersburg.

DAY TO DAY Itinerary day by day

The prices that appear per day are referential and correspond to the sum of activities that were made that day

    DAY 1 USD 33

    We arrive to Moscow and settled in the hotel. At 2pm we take a 2 hour tour of the Moscow Metro, also known as the “Underground Palace”. This place has a impressive decorations and architecture where we will learn the history behind each station. After that tour, we walk to know the Cathedral of Christ the Savior, the highest orthodox temple in the world. We can end the day by taking a cruise on the Moscova River.

    DAY 2 USD 18

    We take this “Free Tour” where we walk for 3 hours. They are gonna show us the Bolshoi Theater, the old KGB building and the GUM shopping center. We continue visiting the Red Square, where we will know the Cathedral of St. Basil, the Kremlin and we ended up in Zaryadye Park, in one of the largest floating bridges in the world . After the tour we can enter the San Basilio Cathedral and visit the Lenin mausoleum which is free.

    DAY 3 USD 10

    This day we visit the Kremlin in the morning. Then we can walk down Bronnaya Street, one of the most exclusive areas of Moscow where we will find good restaurants and bars. In the afternoon we can go to the Gorki Park, an extension of 100 hectares where we can walk through its gardens and lagoons. Then we can go by Metro to the Sparrow Hill, which is one of the highest points of Moscow and where we have a beautiful view of the entire city and especially the new financial area.

    DAY 4 USD 13

    This day we depart early by plane to St. Petersburg, known as the Venice of the North. We settled in the hotel and then go to visit the Peterhof Palace, one of the most famous imperial sites in the world with 112 acres of incredible gardens and fountains. We take a ferry that will take us in 30 minutes to the palace by the Neva river and the Gulf of Finland. We will be there as long as we want. We return by bus on a trip of 1 hour approx.

    DAY 5 USD 11

    This day we get up and do a 3 hour “Free Tour” walking around St. Petersburg. There, we will know the main attractions such as the Palace Square, St. Isaac’s Cathedral, the Cathedral of Our Lady of Kazaan, among other places. Then we can have lunch and in the afternoon visit the amazing Hermitage Museum is one of the largest and oldest museums of art and culture in the world.  This place was ordered to be built by the famous Catherine the Great.

    DAY 6 USD 11

    This day we have time to enter the Church of the Savior on the Spilled Blood, cross the bridges of the Neva River, know the Strelka in the Vasilievsky Island and finally, visit the fort of San Pedro and San Pablo, where are the tombs of all the tsars as Nicolas II and also the famous Anastasia. We can take advantage and buy souvenirs like the famous Russian dolls, the Matrioshkas.

ACCOMMODATION Lodging per night

The lodging that is shown in the list of each night is recommended by the traveler, you can find more similar options. The cost is per person in a double bed room.

Night City Recommended accommodation Type of lodging Cost of the person
Night 1 Moscow Citadel Comfort Hotel Hotel USD 32
Night 2 Moscow Citadel Comfort Hotel Hotel USD 32
Night 3 Moscow Citadel Comfort Hotel Hotel USD 32
Night 4 St. Petersburg ArtApart Family Hotel Hotel USD 34
Night 5 St. Petersburg ArtApart Family Hotel Hotel USD 34
Night 6 St. Petersburg ArtApart Family Hotel Hotel USD 34

TRANSPORT Transportation per day

The prices that appear by transport are referential and correspond to what the traveler paid at that moment

Nº Day Origin Destination Link web Type of transport Cost
Day 1 Arpt Moscow (VKO) Moscow Center https://www.uber.com Taxi USD 7
Day 3 Moscow Center Gorki Park - Sparrow Hill http://news.metro.ru/index.html Metro USD 4
Day 3 Sparrow Hill Moscow Center http://news.metro.ru/index.html Metro USD 2
Day 4 Moscow Center Arpt. Moscow (VKO) https://www.uber.com Taxi USD 7
Day 4 Arpt. Moscow (VKO) Arpt. St. Petersburg (LED) http://www.tkqlhce.com/click-8909329-12992435 Plane USD 30
Day 5 Arpt. St. Petersburg (LED) St. Petersburg Center http://www.saint-petersburg.com/essentials/st-petersburg-airports/ Public Transportation USD 2
Day 5 St. Petersburg Center Peterhof Palace https://en.citycruises.ru/cruise/meteory-v-petergof/meteor-iz-spb-v-petergof.html Ferry USD 10
Day 5 Peterhof Palace St. Petersburg Center https://wikitravel.org/en/Peterhof Bus USD 2
Day 7 St. Petersburg Center Arpt. St. Petersburg (LED) http://www.saint-petersburg.com/essentials/st-petersburg-airports/ Public Transportation USD 2

RECOMMENDATIONS Tips for your trip

Arriving in Moscow, I recommend to buy a phone sim card at the airport to be connected all the time. It costs US $ 10 for 4 GB.

I recommend to go in the months of May to September because the other months are very cold, but because it is Russia, also in summer, take a jacket just in case.

I recommend to move in the Moscow by metro for everything visit. To use it is very easy. When we do the Metro tour the first day, we will understand very well how to use it and we will see that each trip costs less than US $ 1.00. At the window buy every trip we make because the multi-trip card have an extra costs.

In the Hermitage Museum, the price to enter costs 700 rubles in the entrance, but you can buy online without queuing at a higher price. If you want a private tour that includes the income and tells you about the whole Russian history, I recommend this one.

The restaurants that I recommend in Moscow are the Margarita Bistro, the Valenok and if you want a hamburger and get your hands dirty, the best known in Moscow is the Black Star Burger.

The restaurants I recommend in St. Petersburg are the Serbish and the Duo. To have a drink something O’Hooligans.

You can choose between Bronnaya Street, which is one of the most exclusive neighborhoods in Moscow, or you can also walk along Arbat Street, one of the oldest and most famous streets in the city. If you have the time, go to both.

Important information:

Many countries need a Visa to enter Russia:, my country, Peru, like most of Latin America, do not need. Visa Policy of Russia.

Remember that the budget is always per person, so the cost of the taxi is divided between two people. The value that comes out must be multiplied by 2 to get the full value of the cost of the taxi.

The ferry that goes from St. Petersburg to Peterhof according to the web, is 850 rubles. I bought it on the same bridge and it cost me 650 rubles.

The entrance to the Peterhof Palace only gives you access to the gardens and fountains. If you want to enter a palace or museum, you must pay according to what is on their website.

It’s easy to move by metro and bus all over St. Petersburg, especially if you go to Peterhof, just visualize the names well so you do not make mistakes. http://www.metro.spb.ru/en/ Do not get complicated and buy individual trips. You will not use it much if you stay in the center.

2 Opinions

  • Monica

    Such a small and informative article on best time to visit Russia and what all tricks and tips you need to follow while visiting it while surely keep in mind when travelling to Russia and will also share it with my friends and family for the same.

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  • Alonso

    Tks Monica! I appreciate a lot your comments! That will motivate me to keep posting trips and tips! Tks for sharing it to everybody! 🙂

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