I had posted a possible Italy/France itinerary that my boyfriend and I agreed could wait. Since he's taking a new job he won't be able to travel for several years (accruing vacation time) so he said he'd rather go where there aren't as many tourists yet. So, I came up with below. We don't plan on renting a car. I did an advanced search on all the cities in the countries (ourpassportstamps.com had great photos!) and looked at what RS does offer in his 'Best Destinations' section. Would love reactions to it.
May 15, 16, 17 - Arrive Vilnius, Sleep in Vilnius 3 nights, explore city and day trip (guide?) to Trakai
May 18-19 - Bus Vilnius to Riga (Eurolines 4.5hrs), Sleep 2 nights
May 20-21 - Bus Riga to Tallin (Eurolines 4.5hrs), Sleep 2 nights
May 22 - Ferry Tallin to Helsinki (1.5hrs), Sleep in Helsinki 1 night (we spent a full day there exploring last year on a layover)
May 23, 24, 25 - Train Helsinki to St. Petersburg (early train ~7hrs), sleep 3 nights
May 26 - Night train St. Petersburg to Moscow
May 27, 28, 29 - Arrive in Moscow, sleep 3 nights
May 30 - Fly home Moscow to Boston
We have an extra day based on this itinerary - we'd like to fly home May 31. I also had us originally taking a 9 hr bus Tallin to St. Petersburg and have been informed THAT is not happening so I tossed in the night in Helsinki for the train.
Does this sound doable? I have read all the posts about the visa for Russia and would like to ensure we spend enough time there to make it worth it. I'd also like to ensure we spend enough time in the other cities as well. I would really love to go to G'dansk, Poland first but with this itinerary it's just not doable. Thanks in advance!!