We are considering a trip to Russia for about 3 weeks (could be a little longer) in September, or maybe late August or early October. I’m thinking St. Petersburg and Moscow, and visiting the Golden Ring towns. This will be our first trip to Russia. I am currently “studying” Russian. I think I will be able to handle very basic conversations in Russian by then, nowhere approaching fluency but enough to buy tickets and order food at a restaurant.
We usually travel independently. We don’t like to rush. But we would consider a tour for Russia or tours for parts of the trip. We do like to learn about places we visit, so very much enjoy English explanations. We’re interested in history, the arts, culture. The visa process sounds manageable. I think we’ll be ok with Cyrillic and the language.
I’ve bought some guidebooks and am reading through them. Would be interested in experiences you have had traveling in Russia. What made you take a tour if you did? What would you do if you went back? Do you speak any Russian? How much time would you spend in St. Petersburg? Moscow? Has anyone visited Golden ring towns? How much time did you spend? Any other suggestions?
(I’m also thinking that we would do a second trip to Irkutsk and other destinations, and to Beijing or Vladivostok, assuming the first trip goes well.)