A different side of Russia to the European cities in the west. A true Siberian adventure. I felt like I was miles away civilisation.
We booked and expedition and we go it. From the moment we left St Petersburg and arrived into Moscow, everyday was different and packed with amazing experiences. From eating in Soviet style cafes, watching the scenery change outside the train window to experiencing life with the Nenets – This is defiantly a once in a life time trip. Russia defiantly exceeded my expectations. I feel so privileged to have been apart of something so unique. My Tip: If you have spare time I would recommend allowing extra time both is St Petersburg and Moscow. Also, dont forget a net hat!
Local sourcing is what attracts me to use Intrepid. Each of the tours I have taken with them has provided me with insights of the destinations that I doubt I would have had with other operators. Intrepid includes in each of their tours touches that make them personal and unique.
If you like to get off the beaten track, have an adventure or experience local life away from the cities then an Intrepid trip is a great place to start.
This is a fantastic tour that takes you to wonderful places where tourists wouldn’t normally travel. The Russian people are friendly and the food is great. Russia has a great culture and you should not miss out on the opportunity to explore it.
The experience has shifted and exceeded my expectation of group travel.
The anticipation of something special starts to build as soon as you board the train in St. Petersburg. The first glimpse of chums on the horizon is magical. Be prepared to lose your concern for time of day, and even day of the week as you quickly find they have no place on the tundra. Great opportunity, great experience, and the best tour leader ever!
My fifth Intrepid and second expedition type trip. Did not disappoint. Got to interact with both urban and Siberian culture. A truly rare chance to get to know the Nenets intimately. Mosquito swarms summer Siberia, you WILL need net hat. Team leader Ksenia is awesome.
The trip notes were very comprehensive and if read prepare you well.
The experience has exceeded and shifted our perception of group travel.
Please believe the trip notes when says it is going to be cold, if you live in Australia Europe is cold even in summer!
This tour takes you through a diverse range of communities and experience train, ferry, bus and planes. I had a brilliant time experiencing the grandeur of St Petersburg and Moscow, the industrial realism of Murmansk, the isolated beauty of Teriberka and the unique Solovetsky Islands. Be prepared for arctic temperatures, 24 hour daylight, iconic buildings and curious locals.
Saw the heart of Russia, got a feeling of the cities, countryside and people. Make sure you are use to walking as covered a lot of areas by foot.
An experience not a holiday,! Diverse weather conditions and bit of fitness. Leave preconceived ideas at home and just go with it. 0ne of the best experiences ,!
The Russia Explorer had everything you could hope for; great people, excellent accommodation and transport, interesting sights that I would never have discovered otherwise. Led by an amazing and friendly guide. I highly recommend this trip to anyone.
The expedition to Yamal was truly an amazing, humbling and unique experience. Russia as a country exceeded my expectations in every way possible. And our guide Anton was the best leader I have ever had. Make sure you have plenty of time to explore St Petersburg and Moscow before and after the trip!
I highly recommend Intrepid’s Trans Mongolian trip from Beijing to St Petersburg. A wonderful cultural experiences with excellent guides who help get through all the many complications that makes this trip so satisfying.
Fantastic overview of Russia.
A fabulous way to confidently travel in places/ countries you think may be a bit challenging on your own!
The tour is fantastic!
If you want to get a taste of Russia then this is the trip for you! Yulia our tour guide was amazing. It is an extraordinary introduction to Russia and will leave you wanting to return. Its natural beauty, breathtaking buildings, history, proud people, extremes in weather combined to make this trip a great adventure! Be prepared for the cold even in summer. Inside the Arctic circle hats, thermals, gloves and scarf needed!! A wonderful memorable trip to see a beautiful country. I highly recommend it.
I highly recommend Intrepid! Amazing trip – we got to experience local culture and all the touristy stuff too.
Great trip! its long, but that’s the idea. Note it is popular with the retirees, just so you know who your traveling with. Amazing locations and truly lets you see Russia from a un-basis western media point of view.
Intrepid helped us explore Russia feeling safe and seeing lots of different areas. Lots of local experiences along the way.
This was a large group – 15 customers, 2 trainees and a leader. This is too many for the type of travel that Intrepid does.
Good adventure travel, guides are caring and accurate.
Don’t hesitate, take this trip. Russia can be difficult to navigate on your own with the language and alphabet, and this trip helps to smooth the path.
Couldn’t rate Intrepid higher! Everything was very well organised and I had a very interesting and exciting time with a lovely tour group and fantastic guide.
this was my first group trip and was very enjoyable. There was a good mix of activities and free time. The itinerary was interesting and varied and included things I would not have been able to do if travelling on my own. Highly recommended
I will travel again with Intrepid. The reason being the destinations, home stay experiences and exemplary quality of their Team Leaders
Be ready for anything and willing to go with the flow, probably not the trip for a vegitarian and outside of the capital city’s it will be an uphill battle for you. Life changing trip that I fell privlaged to be some of the first to see. 10/10
An excellent trip, full of fascinating excursions, which meant i slept sound every night, waking up ready for the next day!!
The Trans Siberian was a lifelong ‘dream’ If you are planning to go, remember this is not a Tourist train and you absolutely get the best experience with Intrepid.
Make sure you are fit and don’t hold group up. Age immaterial attitude is everything
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Ignore the stereotypes and enjoy the interesting food and generous hospitality of Russians while experiencing a thousand years of History.
This is the exact opposite of those sanitized group tours of buffets, chain hotels and sitting in a huge bus all week. You will have dinner with local families, learn about Russia from incredibly charismatic local guides, take many types of transport, see many Kremlins, taste mead, try going to Banya, and make friends with other like minded travelers. I hope Ekaterina is your leader, she is fantastic! I can’t wait to take another Intrepid tour!
Excellent overall, if you want a glimpse of real (not what’s in western media) Russian culture I highly recommend this tour. Local meals, stops in smaller towns, local guides and intrepid’s emphasis on keeping money in the country really sets it apart. D
Great tour to get a great insight and flavour of Russia.
Trip of a lifetime, I will honestly never travel the same again. Mindblowing.
This one-week discovery of Russia was a wonderful experience and allowed me to see the country in a different light from the one shown in our media. I highly recommend it.
Intrepid provides the best CP value tour, you’ll have a managing Intrepid tour.