No Russia-ing on this intriguing adventure.
Get an in-depth insight into the political, religious and military history on an 18-day adventure through western Russia. From the streets of classic Moscow, discover ethnic Tartar culture in Kazan, follow the mighty Volga River downstream, learn the dark history of the Battle of Stalingrad and discover Stalin’s hidden bunker. Gain an insight into contemporary Russian life with local visits in Suzdal and St Petersburg, and as many cathedrals, historic monuments and natural landscapes that you can handle. With plenty of free time to explore Moscow’s Red Square and ornate metro stations as well as St Petersburg’s classic architecture, get a Russian history lesson on this enigmatic small-group adventure.
Follow the mother of Russian rivers, the Volga, on an immersive and historical adventure of Russia, discovering its hidden gems.
Come face to face with the ethnic Tatar culture in its capital Kazan, and take a day trip to Sviyazhsk Island – once the fortress of Ivan the Terrible.
Explore Volgograd, once known as Stalingrad, on a guided historical city tour. It is a sobering experience to hear about World War II’s Battle of Stalingrad, told from a Russian perspective.
Discover Stalin’s hidden bunker in the USSR’s ‘second capital’ of Samara – a secret underground hideout rediscovered nearly 50 years after being built.
Discover the secrets of Russia’s oldest kremlin in Novgorod and see the Millennium Monument, which tells the story of over 1000 years of Russian history.
Overnight trains in Russia are one of the best ways to cover the expansive country. Please note that there are three overnight train journeys on this trip, covering up to 17 hours. Conditions are simple but comfortable – a truly Intrepid experience and a great way to meet, and travel like, the locals. There is a toilet/bathroom and compartments with bunks/berths. Please note that we travel 2nd class on all overnight trains (4 people per compartment). While we always try to have our groups staying together, there may be times where due to ticket availability the group will be staying in different compartments and carriages.
As well as overnight train travel, we experience a variety of different transport types on this journey high-speed train, public and private bus, metro and, of course, plenty of exploring on foot. Please ensure you bring sturdy walking shoes and comfortable clothes. To make the most of the trip, it's best if you have at least a moderate level of fitness.
The guesthouse in Suzdal is a wonderful opportunity to witness everyday local life. Facilities are simple and multi-share but comfortable with 4 to 6 people in one room. The cottage stay in Samara is also multishare with 4 to 6 people in one cottage.
Please note that on occasion Lenin's Mausoleum and Red Square may be closed to the public during regular opening hours without prior warning.
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There are currently no scheduled departures on our Russia Experience trip. If you are interested in other trips in the region visit one of the links below.
1. A single supplement is bookable on this trip except the nights on Day 2, 5, 6, 7, 12 & 14.
2. In order for our local operator to book train tickets we require the following information at time of booking or no later than 35 days prior to departure.
• Passengers full name
• Full Passport Details (number, expiry, issued)
Please note that the above information needs to be the same as your travelling passport, any wrong information provided may result in extra personal expense to reissue train tickets.
3. The check-in luggage limit for domestic flight from Volgograd to Moscow is 20 kg.
4. Please note that this is a combination trip. Your group leader and composition may change since Day 11. The group size for the 2nd part of the trip is maximum 16 people.
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