Hoping to go to Russia from Estonia. Visiting relations in Tallinn. Have been to Tallinn in 2005. Beautiful place. May attempt to visit Russia. What does anyone suggest is the best way to go and what to do? Intend to go in January 2007. Any suggestions and it has been suggested to me that you use a Tour Company to visit Russia.
Train from Tallin to Moscow , or bus from Tallin to St. P.
A tour group (in my opinion) isn't the best way to go at all, but many do. Regardless of that, you will need a visa invitation letter, which many online agencies or tour companies can provide. Waytorussia.net and viastorussia.com are two decent and established internet resources and can help with visa invitations as well.
I wanted to visit Russia, around 7 years ago. Getting the visa would have been so complicated, that i changed my mind.
I would have had to give a route plan, for everywhere i was going and which hotels i would stay in, in Russia. The first hotel i tried to book wanted my credit card number. I was not happy, to hand this over, as i dont trust unknown hotels to have my credit card number, on the phone. I would not have been given a visa, without having already booked hotels. And what would the hotels do with my credit card number, if my visa application was turned down?
If things are still so complicated, i think a tour company might be the least risky option.
Personally, i would skip Russia, unless the visa application rules have changed.
We visited Russia about 3 years ago and didnt go with the tour group option - organising it all ourselves - flights easy enough - the hotel we booked sent us an invitation letter which we sent off with our visa application to the Embassy which was located in Edinburgh along with passports and that was that our passports came back a week later passport visa intact. Quite easy and straight forward in my opinion.
I advise you to use a tour company to visit Russia. Organising everything all by yourself is quite complicated, unless you speak Russian.
i think the easiest way is to get the tourist visa with the help of a tourist agency or booking hotel as previous memeber wrote...
i dont think that it is so complicated that its better not to go there at all and it is not true that russian language is needed everywhere...
for two last summers my friends used to come to visit me in russia and there is no any problem for them to get visas via tourist agencies:easier from finland, more tricky from spain, but neveretheless just a matter of not more than 2 weeks.
visiting russia in january is quite unusual for people that have never been there, because normal tourist time is summer, but i think winter is amazing time
among usual touristic places i can advice you to go to the theatre or balley, if you are interested in this...because in winter all artists are there, while in summer they are usually in tours in another countries..