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1. Posted by Ilia (Budding Member 6 posts) 11y

Hey? Anyone thought of or been to a good all inclusive vacation to Russia?? Do you know of a good all-inclusive deal? Anyone planning to go there? If yes, when?

2. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

Hi there, I hardly ever go anywhere on tour, as I prefer independent travel, however, I did go to Russia on a tour.

Mainly becuase it was such an amazing deal. The entire tour (including the r/t air in Finnair, 10 nights hotel in St. Petersburg, Moscow, and a night in Suzdal, all transportation, food, touring, admissions, etc.. was cheaper than any r/t air ticket alone, that I could find. There was even someone's husband on the tour who was never there, he just booked the entire tour to get the cheaper airfare.

Anyway, I wish I could remember the name of the company. It was based in NYC and "Russia" was part of the simple, short tour company name. The entire trip I decribed above was less than $1000 (at the end of Oct.). The prices change with the seasons and weather.

I got really lucky on this tour as only 8 other people were on it, and a family of 4 was part of that. They also gave us lots of free time in to explore on our own.

Even though I took this tour quite a long time ago, I'll llok through some stuff and see if I can find the name.

3. Posted by Ilia (Budding Member 6 posts) 11y

What was the quality of the hotels? and everything else on the trip??
What kinda tours and places did you get to see??? Was it mainly historical sites?

4. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

The hotels were nothing great, but that was because it was not too long after the Soviet era. But when I checked with reception, the cost per night was over $100 (and remember the entire tour was only $1,000 including air).

We had a nice tour bus in St. Petersburg area, and also one in Moscow. We saw the Kremlin, St, Basils, Lenin's body, the undergroud, arbot street, etc. in Moscow.

In St. Petersburg: St Issic's church, some other famous churches that I forget the names of, the Hermitage, Pushkin (Catherine's Summer palace), another Summer Palace (forget name), the church complex where peter the Great, etc. are buried (think it's called Peter & Paul fortress).

Suzdal, we actually stayed in a GREAT place, it was a renovanted convent (walled, etc.). It was very nice.

We also had tickets, for the circus, an opera.

Our guides were EXCELLENT. Spoke excellent English and were very nice and very knowledgable.

The only thing I found to be terrible was the food. But I suppose it's better now.

5. Posted by Reece Sanford (Travel Guru 1368 posts) 11y

Im going to russia sometime in 2007 i should imagine it will be.
Would of liked to go over to ukraine after that to see where my grandad grew up as i didnt go over there when some of my family went a few years ago and the photos look amazing and very unlike anything ive ever seen before.

6. Posted by Peter (Admin 5789 posts) 11y

Quoting Travel100

The only thing I found to be terrible was the food. But I suppose it's better now.

I agree, the Russian food can be very 'hit and miss'. We were there last year and had some fantastic meals (a specialty Ukrainian restaurant in St Petersburg for instance) and some really terrible food (like back at our hotel). Generally, it wasn't *so* bad though.

Haven't done an all-inclusive though, so can't be much help in that department.

7. Posted by Ilia (Budding Member 6 posts) 11y

If anyone is planning to go on a trip to Moscow or Russia:
what are the major expectations of the whole tour, what does it for you? Food? Guides? Accomodations?

8. Posted by Ilia (Budding Member 6 posts) 11y

Would anyone be interested in visiting Moscow on an all inclusive trip? If yes, when, for how much? What is a reasonable length of a trip for you?

9. Posted by Mireille (Budding Member 3 posts) 11y

We have flight reservations to go to Saint Petersburg in September for one week. We are not going on a tour as we are cashing our frequent flyers mile for a free round-trip ticket. I have been spending much time on the Net and think that it is possible to do an independent trip on a budget. We'll see.

10. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

Quoting Mireille

We have flight reservations to go to Saint Petersburg in September for one week. We are not going on a tour as we are cashing our frequent flyers mile for a free round-trip ticket. I have been spending much time on the Net and think that it is possible to do an independent trip on a budget. We'll see.

You can definitely do an independant trip to St. Petersburg, you'll love it there, and Sept. should be a great time. I went in 1993 when independant travel was more of a hassel.

How many miles did you need to use to get to St. Petersburg?