Hey thanks for the responses :) I actually considered taking a cruise ship option but it’s only for 72 hours, and I don’t think you get the option of getting on a quick train from St. Petersburg to Moscow for the sake of seeing it. For a country where I’m not super fascinated with seeing 98% of the country (has nothing to do with Russian culture, just seems vast and empty, I’m NO Russian expert), I would really like to see these two cities bare minimum, especially because it seems like such a huge hassle to even get into the country to begin with hahaha.
In terms of visas, please correct my ignorance. It seems like the normal tourist visa is $160. I was looking at a company called ItsEasy.com and I think their fee is $99. I plan to use this company when I see places like India and China, so the extra 100 bucks per visa doesn’t phase me too much. BUT is that all there is to that process? Will it ultimately be around $260 or will other things make it start climbing closer to a number like $500?
I’m pretty sure my hotels can arrange invitation letters (I would only be going to two hostels/hotels). I was looking at Hostel World for cheaper accommodations. Are hostels effective with invitation letters like hotels?
And I plan to see ALL of that in Red Square :) I don’t know too much about Moscow yet but I figured the Red Square was a great place to start. Also is the Winter Palace and Hermitage museum in St. Petersburg, the same place or part of the same place? I know it’s a stupid question but I was researching and it sort of left me confused.