Author: 
Nur Fadhlin Binti Mohd Yusof
Rating: 
5

I haven't been on many tours (some remote parts of China, the DPRK and the Himalayas mostly) as I normally just pack a guidebook, some common sense, buckets of humour and respect for others. So perhaps I am not fully-equipped to judge. Having put forth that disclaimer, this Treasures of Two Capitals tour honestly ranks as my No. 1.

I got to see everything I came to see (within my time and budgetary constraints). The choice of accommodations were more than reasonable and I cannot gush enough over the friendly staff - I especially adore the Radisson in Saint Petersburg. The Travel All Russia logistics specialists were extremely helpful in assisting me with my last-minute queries, requests and payment arrangements. I booked this tour pretty late yet everything was a breeze, no doubt due to the hard work put forth by the Travel All Russia team. In the beginning I had some fears over missing my Moscow hotel transfer but the driver was there waiting and smiling as promised - it would've been nice though if I had had one that spoke some English but then again I should've been the one to improve my Russian. I love the Honest Kitchen in Moscow - delicious food, beautiful restaurant! What a fantastic choice. All-in-all, my tour went swimmingly from start to finish.

And now, to write an epic praise over the most professional, knowledgeable, patient, friendly, warm, funny, accommodating tour guides in the history of ever! Aleksey of Moscow and Konstantin of Saint Petersburg went over and above their call of duty to ensure that we had the time of our lives. Konstantin had such extensive knowledge of Saint Petersburg; I believe had I asked him when a lamppost on such-and-such Bulvar was erected he'd know the answer. During the Victory Day Parade, he even had one of our group members climb his shoulders to take videos of the parade to be shared with everybody (because many of us are short and could not get a clear view of the proceedings). Who does that? Who, I ask you! We arrived at our hotel in Saint Petersburg at about 9 pm and I asked him if he could recommend to me an eatery within walking distance that serves Russian cuisine - instead of just telling me the restaurant names and giving me directions, he walked me all the way there and even helped with the menu (and declined my offer to buy him dinner in thanks). Ditto when I asked for his suggestions regarding buying some Russian vodka - again he walked me to a nearby store, helped me choose some brands favored by locals, and even let me use his discount card. This is during the half-day free time on a public holiday during which he could've gone off and have a round of drinks with his buddies or hang out with his girlfriend or whatever. Nothing is too much to ask, for him apparently. I adore him completely.

As for Aleksey - very caring and attentive and incredibly funny to boot. Thank you so much for taking the time to show me the Our Lady of Vladimir icon - there were a number of steps to climb through and I was the only one in our Group who wanted to see it and we were somewhat pressed for time so he could've easily deflected my request. I remember crying a little at how magnificent it was - thank you! He was also very aware of all the older people in our Group and made sure that not too much walking is needed - only as absolutely necessary, namely when he was sending us off on the Sapsan as we needed to haul our luggage. It wasn't easy due to the numerous roadblocks and closures for the Victory Day celebrations. I am so very glad to have him as our guide.

One of the reasons I enjoy traveling so much is getting to meet the people of a particular country, and our tour guides played a huge part in making me fall deeply in love with Russia - well, even more so than I already am. I am already planning another trip to this marvelous country, with Travel All Russia of course!

Tours related to this review

Two Capitals
Classic Moscow & St. Petersburg

Classic Moscow & St. Petersburg

Moscow Saint Petersburg

COMPLIMENTARY VISAS Unmatched in convenience and price, this 4+ star program takes you through main highlights of Russian capitals in our signature style: best guides, downtown hotels & seamless logistics

Rating: 4.95
From
$2,698
Treasures of Two Capitals

Treasures of Two Capitals

Moscow Saint Petersburg

COMPLIMENTARY VISAS Treat yourself to an outstanding experience of Moscow & St. Petersburg with our 5-star small group tour in Russia. An enhanced itinerary of our signature tour with luxury central hotels & extra tours

Rating: 5.00
From
$3,298
Platinum Russia

Platinum Russia

Moscow Saint Petersburg
COMPLIMENTARY VISAS Be treated like royalty discovering Moscow and St. Petersburg with the best 5-star hotels, thoroughly designed tours, Russian visas, 1st class train tickets and transfers included in our 5+ star luxury tour
Rating: 5.00
From
$7,794
Treasures of Two Russian Capitals (5-star)

Treasures of Two Russian Capitals (5-star)

9 days / Private tour
Moscow Saint Petersburg
COMPLIMENTARY VISAS Our private tour of Russia's Moscow & St. Petersburg covers all major highlights in a completely carefree fashion. As always offering top-notch quality and service throughout.
Rating: 4.98
From
$3,688
Winter Treasures of Two Capitals

Winter Treasures of Two Capitals

7 days / Private tour
Moscow Saint Petersburg
COMPLIMENTARY VISAS Experience Russia during winter. Resting under the white blanket of snow, Moscow & St. Petersburg expose guests to exciting winter activities
Rating: 4.76
From
$2,785
Russia + Scandinavian Capitals

Russia + Scandinavian Capitals

16 days / Private tour
Copenhagen Oslo Flam Bergen Stockholm Helsinki Saint Petersburg Moscow

RUSSIAN VISAS Treat yourself to the award-winning program that includes the highlights of Scandinavian cities and fjords combined with Russia's two stunning capitals.

Rating: 4.96
From
$8,281
Russian Revolution Tour

Russian Revolution Tour

9 days / Private tour
Saint Petersburg Ekaterinburg Moscow

COMPLIMENTARY VISAS Traverse the main sights connected with the Russian October Revolution of 1917, see Lenin's secret apartment and hideaways, the Smolny Bolshevik headquarters and places holding the secrets of the exile of the Russian royal family

Rating: 4.87
From
$3,717
Russia Northern Lights

Russia Northern Lights

12 days / Private tour
Moscow Saint Petersburg Murmansk

COMPLIMENTARY VISAS Discover the majestic Russian winter as you explore its two brilliant capitals, the inspiring Karelia region and make your way north to witness the dazzling Northern Lights.

Rating: 4.87
From
$4,478
Revolutionary Capitals

Revolutionary Capitals

9 days / Private tour
Moscow Saint Petersburg

COMPLIMENTARY VISAS Follow the traces of the Russian Revolution while exploring Moscow and St. Petersburg sights in 9 days. Find out many secrets of the revolution leader, Lenin, and get an insight of the life of the Russian royal Romanov family.

Rating: 4.92
From
$3,317
Revolutionary Capitals Short

Revolutionary Capitals Short

7 days / Private tour
Moscow Saint Petersburg

COMPLIMENTARY VISAS Step back in time to learn about Lenin and the Russian Imperial Romanovs family with our thematic Revolution Tour, in one week explore major revolutionary attractions in Moscow & St. Petersburg.

Rating: 4.88
From
$2,817
Wonders of Russia

Wonders of Russia

13 days / Private tour
Moscow Irkutsk Saint Petersburg

COMPLIMENTARY VISAS Explore the most incredible places in Russia and discover the best of Moscow, Irkutsk, St. Petersburg and the gorgeous Pearl of Siberia - Lake Baikal.

Rating: 4.88
From
$4,998
Private tour of Moscow & St. Petersburg (4-star)

Treasures of Two Russian Capitals (4-star)

9 days / Private tour
Moscow Saint Petersburg

Travel to Moscow and St. Petersburg with our hallmark private tour to Russia, stay at best hand-picked 4-star hotels and enjoy a fully-customizable itinerary with tours with local guides, included Russian visas, and airport transfers.

Rating: 5.00
From
$3,146
St Petersburg
Venice of the North (4-star)

Venice of the North (4-star)

7 days / Private tour
Saint Petersburg
COMPLIMENTARY VISAS Meet Saint Petersburg, Russia's most beautiful city. Our private St. Petersburg tour shows you the very best of what the city has to offer, from canals to remarkable palaces and imperial estates
Rating: 4.89
From
$1,976
St. Petersburg Shore Excursion

St. Petersburg Shore Excursion

2 days / Extension
Saint Petersburg
Coming to St. Petersburg with a cruise? Shore excursion is a great way to explore St. Petersburg heritage without ever needing a Russian visa.
Rating: 4.82
From
$1,048
Moscow
Moscow Classic

Moscow Classic

6 days / Private tour
Moscow

COMPLIMENTARY VISAS A fully-fledged 6-day private vacation with a maximum zoom on Moscow. Travel and explore the heritage of Moscow with our custom tour package

Rating: 4.84
From
$1,997
The Baltics
Best of The Baltics

Best of The Baltics

7 days / Private tour
Tallinn Riga Vilnius
A comprehensive 7-day package taking you to the best places in Tallinn, Riga and Vilnius. Fully customizable tour that fits perfectly to extend your Russia vacation.
Rating: 4.00
From
$1,903
Two Capitals, Golden Ring
Russian Ancient Kingdoms

Russian Ancient Kingdoms

Moscow Sergiev Posad Suzdal Saint Petersburg
COMPLIMENTARY VISAS Combine your premium experience of Moscow & St. Petersburg with a visit to the heart of ancient Russia, the Golden Ring. Bimonthly guaranteed departures.
Rating: 4.93
From
$3,298
UNESCO Tour

UNESCO Tour

13 days / Private tour
Moscow Suzdal Yaroslavl Kazan Saint Petersburg

COMPLIMENTARY VISAS Set off on an outstanding 13-day tour dedicated to Russia's top UNESCO World Heritage Sites from Moscow to Kazan to Saint Petersburg.

Rating: 4.80
From
$4,881
Moscow, St Petersburg
Treasures of Three Capitals

Treasures of Three Capitals

13 days / Private tour
Moscow Kazan Saint Petersburg

COMPLIMENTARY VISAS Experience the best of Russia's three capitals: the gorgeous Kremlins of Moscow and Kazan and exquisite palaces of St. Petersburg during the 13-day private tour.

Rating: 4.82
From
$4,198
Trans-Siberian
Golden Eagle Arctic Explorer Journey

Golden Eagle Arctic Explorer Journey

Saint Petersburg Kirkenes Murmansk Petrozavodsk Vladimir Suzdal Moscow
COMPLIMENTARY VISAS Immerse yourself in a winter fairytale as you set off on a journey on board the luxurious Golden Eagle train to explore the Arctic and Northern Lights.
Rating: 4.88
From
$11,995