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5 days in Russia, need recommendations on how to split time

Old Jul 17, 19, 4:58 pm
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5 days in Russia, need recommendations on how to split time

So I have 5 days in Russia this September (flying into St Petersburg and flying home from Moscow) and was hoping I could get some tips for an ideal itinerary. My thinking was 3 days in St Petersburg, staying in the state Hermitage hotel and 2 in Moscow, but I'm open to anything. Any thoughts on which city is better? Should I even bother with Moscow? And for getting between the cities do folks recommend the red arrow sleeper train or the bullet train? Budget isn't a big deal, it's more about the experience and maximizing our time there.
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Old Jul 19, 19, 8:26 am
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3+2 is fine, I wouldn't recommend skipping Moscow, especially if you're visiting in winter. Neither the sleeper nor the "bullet" train is something to write home about, so choose any according to your preferences and schedule.
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Old Jul 21, 19, 9:29 am
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Originally Posted by kmzandrew View Post
So I have 5 days in Russia this September (flying into St Petersburg and flying home from Moscow) and was hoping I could get some tips for an ideal itinerary. My thinking was 3 days in St Petersburg, staying in the state Hermitage hotel and 2 in Moscow, but I'm open to anything. Any thoughts on which city is better? Should I even bother with Moscow? And for getting between the cities do folks recommend the red arrow sleeper train or the bullet train? Budget isn't a big deal, it's more about the experience and maximizing our time there.
If budget is not an issue, Id spend more time in St Pietersburg, then take the Red Arrow in first class to Moscow (an experience in itself), spend one night at a hotel in Moscow and then leave. I say this with the caveat - I like history and St Petersburg has much more to see than Moscow (in-spite being a much younger city). If you want to club, shop and like things that come with the world luxury attached to them, spend more time in Moscow

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Old Jul 22, 19, 3:49 am
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The most "Russian" way to travel is by sleeper train, so I'd definitely recommend that, and I'd definitely include Moscow. The Red Square is a must for a visit to Russia.
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Old Sep 9, 19, 11:43 am
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Originally Posted by RedChili View Post
The most "Russian" way to travel is by sleeper train, so I'd definitely recommend that, and I'd definitely include Moscow. The Red Square is a must for a visit to Russia.
I just returned and I have to say I'd recommend Moscow over Petersburg to anybody. Petersburg is just whatever- not really more impressive than other eastern European cities that are "the Paris of the east", which is something I've heard from Russian Americans about Petersburg, Romanians about Bucharest and Serbs about Belgrade. It's really quite run down and outside of the Winter Palace/Hermitage has little in impressive buildings/architecture. Even Peterhof and Catherine Palace outside the city are fairly unimpressive. To top it off the food was really quite terrible.
Thankfully, Moscow was a breath of fresh air. The center was really beautiful- and best of all pedestrian-only. Even the food was much better. Overall, I really liked Moscow and would recommend that most people skip Petersburg and just spend more time in Moscow.
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Old Sep 13, 19, 12:51 pm
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Hi, if you have already visited Russia, then skip the message
Otherwise, I'd suggest you getting a guided tour to see the most of the cities in a limited period of time as you got. At least Saint Petersburg is possible to get to know in a couple of days. Enjoy your trip!
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Old Sep 15, 19, 1:42 pm
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Originally Posted by kmzandrew View Post
I just returned and I have to say I'd recommend Moscow over Petersburg to anybody. Petersburg is just whatever- not really more impressive than other eastern European cities that are "the Paris of the east", which is something I've heard from Russian Americans about Petersburg, Romanians about Bucharest and Serbs about Belgrade. It's really quite run down and outside of the Winter Palace/Hermitage has little in impressive buildings/architecture. Even Peterhof and Catherine Palace outside the city are fairly unimpressive. To top it off the food was really quite terrible.
Thankfully, Moscow was a breath of fresh air. The center was really beautiful- and best of all pedestrian-only. Even the food was much better. Overall, I really liked Moscow and would recommend that most people skip Petersburg and just spend more time in Moscow.
Moscow is gloomy (( didn't like this city at all. SP is another pair of shoes. People are more cultured. More sights to see.
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