How to plan a trip to Russia
Russia is the largest country in the world, which means that activities, places to visit and food are not lacking. Thousands of years of history, from the beginning of the Middle Ages to the tsars, through the Second World War and the Soviet Union, gave Russia a bold character and a majestic charm. There’s something for everyone, and if you’re planning a trip, here are some tips to get you started.
Start a plan
Choose the date and time you want to visit. Russia has something for every season, so it’s important to plan your visit based on the month. In summer, the days are longer and there are many outdoor concerts, festivals, seaside resorts along the coast and the perfect time for a quiet trip. In winter, it can be very cold (the stereotypes about Russian winters are true!), But that should not stop you from visiting, it’s also the season of magical Christmas markets, ice skating and the visit from the majestic Lake Baikal. . Here’s a quick guide to the best times to visit Russia:
Moscow: the cosmopolitan capital of Russia and the most popular starting point for many tourists. Architecture, history and things to do in Moscow can keep you occupied for days. Do not forget to include in your list Red Square and St. Basil’s Cathedral, VDNKh Park and Arbat Street.
Kaliningrad: Kaliningrad is a unique part of Russia because separated from the “continent”, it is actually integrated between Poland and Lithuania! It also has a unique history, since it was once part of Germany and retains part of its Prussian heritage to this day.
Budget accordingly! An important part of any well-planned trip, a budget will help you track your expenses and expectations. You can expect to pay between $ 1,000 and over $ 2,500 for a 7-day trip to Russia, depending on your travel style. Choose accommodation, restaurants and activities based on your financial capacity and have additional funds for emergency expenses.
Together a route
Choose where you are going to fly. If you spend a typical holiday in Russia, you will probably go to Moscow or St. Petersburg. Note that Moscow has four airports: Domodedovo (DME), Sheremetyevo (SVO) Vnukovo (VKO) and Zhukovsky (ZIA). It is recommended to fly to Sheremetyevo as it is closer to the city center. St. Petersburg has an airport called Pulkovo (LED).
Reserve adequate housing. There are thousands of accommodations all over Russia, from youth hostels to hotels, apartments, bed and breakfasts and resorts. Look for hotels in the city center and nearby restaurants, cafes and subway stations.
Choose your activities Perhaps the most fun part of planning a trip, every day should be filled with activities or key tours. Here are some ideas to start: the rest is yours!
Enjoy a local party
To know how to move. Russia is the largest country in the world, making access from one point to another difficult. The good news is that you have a lot of options! Most major cities have an underground metro, as well as buses, trams and marshrutkas (small vans with specific routes). If you live in the center, most cities are also extremely practical. The most popular options for traveling between two cities are to take a train or plane. The Trans-Siberian Railway is an extremely popular, although long, way to see Russia from beginning to end. Most routes will start in Vladivostok, the easternmost part of Russia, and will continue in Moscow or St. Petersburg.
Learn a few key phrases. Russia uses a completely different alphabet called Cyrillic. Before going on a trip, it’s a good idea to memorize the alphabet to read signs, subway stations and buildings. Similarly, learning key phrases such as “hello”, “thank you” and “where the bathroom is” will be very helpful. People in big cities can speak English, but knowing a little language will help you navigate small towns. You can even make a new friend or two!
SIM card: A local SIM card is cheap and will help you stay in touch with your friends and family. You can also download Google Maps or Yandex to get around easily.