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St. Petersburg and Moscow

Why not be bearish about Russia? Tsar yes! - Trip for singles

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St. Petersburg and Moscow

Shoestring reintroduces this wonderful city trip to Russia, an immense country with rich culture and traditions and known for Anna Karenina and Dostoevsky, churches and caviar. During this city trip you will visit two cultural highlights: St. Petersburg, the dream city of Peter the Great and the capital Moscow with its monumental buildings. The Hermitage in St Petersburg and the incredible Kremlin in Moscow are just two of Russia’s greatest treasures and you will be spoilt for choice deciding which others to see. Besides all the beauty there is a vibrant nightlife and in the bars and discos you can dance until dawn!

Travel documents

You are responsible for having a valid passport and visa when you travel. Your passport should have at least 6 months validity beyond the end date of your trip. Please check the embassy if you need a visa for Russia and click here to check out the current situation. Make sure you inquire at least a month before departure if you need a visa so you do not run into time problems.

At present, a visa is required. To obtain a Russian tourist visa you will require several documents including an Invitation Letter from a Russian travel agent. This invitation letter will be provided by Shoestring once you have booked your tour. To issue the Invitation Letter, our Russian agent will need your full name as well as the number and expiry date of your passport. We therefore kindly ask that you provide this information at the time of booking your tour. If this is not possible, please send these details to us by email at your earliest convenience after booking.

Accommodation and transport

The journey between St. Petersburg and Moscow is made by comfortable night train and is included in the price. The airport transfers are not included. Your train station transfers in St. Petersburg and Moscow, are included.

During this trip in Russia you'll stay in two-and three-star hotels in a double room with a private bathroom and breakfast.
Travellers who book alone will share with a fellow traveller. We keep in mind to pair these travellers with someone of the same sex.

The route between St. Petersburg and Moscow is made ​​with a comfortable night train. You sleep in a reserved second class couchette (4-person coupe). At the train station you have to take your baggage to the train. In the train, blankets, pillows and sheets are provided. The train has hot water available, so you can make tea/coffee yourself (coffee and tea are also available from the train staff). In the dining car, there are several (soft) drinks and hot meals available. Snacks / refreshments and beer are also on sale.

You can also choose to sleep in a single room during the entire trip (except for the train). This should be indicated when placing your booking and there is a supplement charged. Please note: A triple room is not possible for this trip.

Tour leader

Our tours are led by trained, local English speaking tour leaders. We know that our travellers appreciate being accompanied by these local tour leaders who, compared to their counterparts (living outside of the destination) have more detailed knowledge of their country. He/she knows the area well, can provide background information and ensure that the trip goes smoothly. He/she knows what to do if something were to go wrong, but is not a "walking encyclopedia". Therefore we would like to refer you to study a good travel guide (book) in advance of travel.

Your tour leader understandably expects a tip at the end, if she/he has completed the job well. Shoestring pay the tour guides a wage which is higher than that of most adventurous travel companies. Our guideline for tipping is between € 1, - and € 2, - per passenger per day (the equivalent thereof).

Trip rating

This holiday is classified as Category A

The difficulty of our travels varies greatly. Added to this is the fact that difficulty is a very personal perception. To give an impression of the difficulty of a particular holiday we have developed a classification system.

Category A: Light travel for everyone to do. Short distances, good hotels, travel at a slow pace.
Category B: For everyone to do as well. Sometimes long distances. Good hotels and camping facilities, sometimes an adventurous overnight experience, travel at a normal pace.
Category C: Good to do for anyone who prepares themselves well and is flexible. There are tougher parts of the journey, such as longer distances or walking tours. Several nights can be spent in basic accommodation.
Category D: A relatively difficult journey, travelling long distances, often primitive accommodation or tents, and challenging walking tours.

This tour of Russia falls under category A. This trip is therefore feasible for everyone with reasonable health and a flexible attitude.

Nature of the trip
Shoestring offers an original holiday through Russia, an immense country with a rich culture and traditions, famous for Anna Karenina, Dostoyevsky, churches and caviar. We will first visit the capital city, Moscow, with its monumental buildings. We then continue to St. Petersburg, the dream city of Tsar Peter (Peter the Great).


We know that travelling to remote corners of this planet has its effects. At Shoestring we really try to make an effort to keep our impact to a minimum. We try to avoid the use of plastic water bottles on our treks through Nepal and we do not dump our litter during our trips through Africa. All of our staff have been trained to take special care to ensure we make as little impact on the environment as possible. 

Furthermore we support a lot of local projects which are mostly related to clean drinking water or making sure that children get vaccinated against illnesses such as tuberculosis. On most tours you will be able to visit some of the projects we support through our local agents. Find out more about the different projects Shoestring are involved with, how you can make a difference and our environmental policies here


Travel insurance, including medical repatriation insurance, is mandatory. It is not included with our packages and it is your responsibility to purchase suitable travel insurance. Make sure that it covers all the activities that you are likely to undertake, such as rafting and trekking. Many ‘free’ insurances that come with banking packages, credit cards etc, are quite often inadequate to cover you on our tours, so make sure you check the policy before you travel. You should enter your travel insurance details via your my.shoestring account and you are required to give a copy of your insurance policy to your tour leader upon arrival. Without proper insurance like this, you will not be allowed to join the tour as we will not be able to respond adequately in case of an emergency if you do not have the right insurance.


Shoestring International
Entrada 223
1114 AA Amsterdam-Duivendrecht, The Netherlands.                    

You can call us on number +31 20 6850203 or +44 (0)1306 744797 and email us at           

Opening hours Monday to Saturday 10 AM to 5 PM (Local times in Netherlands).

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