Traveling to Russia..

I am kinda obsessing over Australian/ New Zealand Cruises. And I reallyyyyy want to travel to Russia. But I'm looking it up and man is Russia hard to get a Visa. Anyone traveled to Russia is it worth it? I will want to stay in Russia for 2 weeks(ish). I will be booking a 2020 cruise :). I will be gradually making my way back to the US (making many stops along the way.) So if anybody has any ideas of where I can go let me know. I will be by myself so keep that in mind :)

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My main advice - do not try to build a route in Russia yourself. Last time I decided to pay professionals (https://russiavoyager.com) to show Russia in the best color me and I did not regret in my choice

We have been to St. Petersburg twice but only on day excursions off a ship. I used to work for an airline when we seasonally flew into the USSR Far East Federation with tourists taking week long excursions. But none of that is going to help you. We do have Buba54 as a frequent poster here who has had a lot of recent experience researching the same stuff you are looking at. They have had to change plans, I know at least once, because of VISA difficulties. They might still be on a cruise though and not posting, perhaps on the one that takes them to Russia. Good luck.

I see the original post was 10 months ago, but since it came back up: don't forget to look at river cruises in Russia. You can cruise between Moscow and St Petersburg (with stays in both) plus visit many small towns in between. Then the cruise line takes care of your visas. We have friends who loved the trip and it's high on our to-do list!

Russia. Lot of history for sure but why the difficulty in planing trips?

Yes we just returned from our cruise. We had a Great Time and booked a two day grand tour while in St. Petersburg. We decided after checking into the visa we would just extend our cruise and booked our time in Russia with a tour group. The cost of the visa coupled with the 20+ page visa application made go the way we did.

Went to St. Petersburg last year on Princess. If you take an excursion they take care of everything beforehand. We used Alla Tours and it went great. Spent 2-days which was just about my limit. Immigration can be a bit intimidating and we were relieved to be on the ship side of the fence once more. Katherine's Palace and the Hermitage Museum are a must. As well as the Peterhof Palace Gardens & fountain park. Overall not a friendly place outside of the tourist areas and pickpockets galore.

Went to St. Petersburg last year on Princess. If you take an excursion they take care of everything beforehand. We used Alla Tours and it went great. Spent 2-days which was just about my limit. Immigration can be a bit intimidating and we were relieved to be on the ship side of the fence once more. Katherine's Palace and the Hermitage Museum are a must. As well as the Peterhof Palace Gardens & fountain park. Overall not a friendly place outside of the tourist areas and pickpockets galore.

Nobody to cruise with. I am lonely

We have done both. Australia/NZ wins hands down. We had 3 days in St. Petersberg and did private SPB tours, so we did not have to get visas.

I’m incompetent when it comes to filling out forms, so I get a ton of value out of visa services. Even just in terms of convenience, it’s something which is worthwhile to me. That's why I would highly recommend https://hellorussia.co.uk/visa-to-saint-petersburg/ as they made the process painless. I think a visa service is especially useful for a Russian visa, given how exact they are. To me, that’s well worth it, since I’ve read all kinds of stories online of people having to submit their visa applications to the Russian embassy a few times before having them approved, due to minor errors.

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