If you’d ever wondered what it’s like in Russia nowadays, read this review from some happy clients who have just had a great time on a tour with Cox & Kings –
Just a quick e-mail to thank-you for recommending Cox and King to provide our tour to Moscow and St.Petersburg. We had a fantastic time and all the arrangements of flights, transfers, train journey and hotels was spot-on. The tours and excursions in both cities were guided by excellent local people and covered just about everything a tourist could wish to see in respect of both ex-Communist and ex-Tzarist life. Having a guide also allowed us to bypass the huge queues to enter places like ‘The Kremlin’ and ‘The Hermitage’ museum. These guides also saw to it that we got on the train without problem, escorting us to our seats. Also good was the fact that these guides took care of any tips required of porters and coach drivers. This avoided the often embarrassing walk down the coach and passed a ‘pleading’ driver. Couldn’t fault any of them.
In respect of Russia, itself, we found the people friendly, respectful and polite. They went out of their way to speak English and a lot of menus had English translations. The country itself is now very modern, which was a surprise to us older ones. We felt very safe all the time even walking the underground and subways late at night. There were no gangs of youths or drunks, we saw only one in the whole time we were there. Prices were equal to the U.K. if not a bit cheaper when it came to eating out.
We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend anyone visiting these Russian cities. With your help we had obtained the correct visa, but were never challenged or checked by the Police or Security services, other than arrival and departure at the airports. All in all we had a great time and Cox and King were a very good company to go with.