Russia Explorer from Lithuania

Join our 8 days' Grand Russia Explorer and experience two of the worlds top destinations - St.Petersburg and Moscow, as well as discover Russia's hidden gem - historical Velijky Novgorod, which is often called "the birthplace of Russia".

Departure dates: 23-30 April (ESN VGTU); 23-30 April (ESN VU, ESN MRU); 23-30 April (ESN KTU)
Duration: 8 days
Price:  300 EUR (+ visa cost)
Departure place: Vilnius/ Kaunas
Booking deadline: 23-rd March 2017
 
Visa information: To join this tour passengers need Russian visa! Please study carefully our Visa Info below

NB! Note that in order to join this trip and get Russian visa, you MUST have travel Passport and your Passport MUST be valid for at least 6 months after the last day of the trip! ID-Card is not valid for this travel!

Price includes:

  • Bus transportation throughout the trip
  •  Accommodation in centrally located hostels on shared room basis, (4 nights in St.Petersburg, 2 nights in Moscow), bed linen and towels included 
  • Guided city tours in St.Petersburg, Veliky Novgorod and Moscow
  • Guided tour in Hermitage museum
  • Visit to Tsar's Village and Catherine's Palace
  • 1 breakfast on Day 2 (upon arrival in St.Petersburg)
  • 1 lunch in Veliky Novgorod
  • Scanbalt tour manager guiding, help and support

Highlights

  • Visit 3 Russian cities in one tour: St Petersburg, Veliky Novgorod and Moscow!
  • Visit wolrd famour Hermitage Museum and Catherine Palace
  • Travel together with your friends and meet other students
  • Ride a Limousine in St.Petersburg and explore nightlife in Moscow

Excluded

  • Meals, except the ones mentioned above
  • Optional activities

 

Accommodation
On this tour we will be staying in hostels: 3 nights in St.Petersburg and 2 nights in Moscow. We will have mixed dorms (4-12 bed) and shared facilities. Bed linen and small towels are included, bigger towel please bring with you. The hostels are located close to center, have cooking facilities, wifi and computers for public use. The rooming lists will be made all together on first day of the tour.
 
Transport
We will be travelling with toursit bus, and our journey will contain 2 overnight rides. The bus has A/C, TV and WC; there are couple plug sockets; wifi is not available on the bus
 
Status:
Full

Tour Program


Day 1 Departure 
We depart from Lithuania in the afternoon. On the bus we have plenty of time to get to know each other, play games and watch movies. We prepare to spend the night on the bus and cross the border to Russia in early morning.

Day 2 St.Petersburg
Arrival to St Petersburg, the former capital of imperial Russia, in the morning. We enjoy breakfast, and then meet our local tour guide to proceed with the city tour. We visit the most famous cathedrals, museums and memorials making photo-stops. After city tour is finished, we can check-in to our rooms and have some free time. In the evening everyone is welcome to join the Traditional Russian Dinner with Folsk Show. The dinner will take place in a local restaurant. The menu set consists of 2 courses (starter and main) and a traditional dessert. Also everyone will get a welcome vodka shot. The Folk artists will perform traditional songs and dances and also some interactive games. This is the best way to experience Russian cuisine and culture, in fact, becoming part of it.

Day 3 St.Petersburg
This is a free day for you to to explore St.Petersburg on your own. We recommend to join the optional guided tour in the world famous Winter Palace and Hermitage museum (free for students).
In the afternoon we offer optional tour to Peter and Pauls Fortress – includes transport to the fortress and back, entrance to Peter and Pauls Cathedral and Trubetskoy Bastion Prison, local guiding. Total duration is around 2,5h.
In the evening we invite everyone to join the optional activity – Limousine ride. We will drive around the city to see how it looks at night, make photo-stops and enjoy some local Soviet champagne. After the limo we party in one of the local bars or clubs. Those who are tired, limousine will bring back to the hostel.

Day 4 St.Petersburg 
Today is a free day for you in St.Petersburg. Those who are interested are more than welcome to join the optional half-day bus tour to Tsars Village and Catherines Palace. Tsars Village is a former country residence of the Russian Royalty, 25 km south-east of St. Petersburg. The Catherine Palace was the Rococo summer residence of the Russian tsars, the compositional centre of the ensemble and a splendid example of the Russian Baroque. Highlights are the Great Hall and the Golden Enfilade of state rooms that includes the world-famous Amber Room. On the way back to the city, we possible make 2 more photo-stops: at the Siege Memorial and at Statue of Vladimir Lenin.
Afternoon is free for everyone to have last walks in the city, buy souvenirs and enjoy the last evening in St.Peterburg. It’s the good evening to go and see ballet or theatre. Scanbalt can help with finding programs for Mariinsky Theatre and explain how to purchase tickets (online in advance or on the spot).

Day 5 St.Petersburg - Veliky Novgorod - Moscow
We depart from St.Petersburg  early morning. We head to Veliky Novgorod, where we have a short city tour with local guide and then lunch in a traditional restaurant (included for all). In the afternoon we continue driving to Moscow, where we arrive late evening. We check-in to our hostel and have free time to go out for late dinner, or just have some rest.

Day 6 Moscow
We start the day with a guided tour of Moscow. We will pass by all the city’s must-see highlights: Red Square, St. Basil's Cathedral, Bolshoy Theater, Cathedral of Christ the Savior, Kremlin, Old and New Arbat Streets, and much more. The afternoon is free for your own activities. We recommend to visit the world-famous Moscow Circus (tickets purchased on the spot). Evening is free to go out and explore Moscow nightlife!

Day 7 Moscow - Vilnius
This is a free day for discovering Moscow on your own! We recommend you to visit the Kremlin, and then take a look inside the Lenin Mausoleum. The is also possibility to join the optional Metro Tour (Moscow underground). There are plenty of things to do and see on your own - the Russian Museum, the Tretyakov Gallery, and much more!
We leave Moscow in the evening and continue driving towards Vilnius. Food stops and border control on the way.

Day 8 Back home
Arrival in back around lunchtime.

Visa info


To join this tour you need to have the Russian visa; unless you are one of the few nationalities that are exeptions (listed below). You can organize the visa on your own or with the help of Scanbalt. Visa cost varies depending on your citizenship.

Scanbalt can provide visas only for those, who have booked before stated deadline.

(!) Note that visa-processing time is up to 3-4 weeks. During this time you won't have your passport as it will be in the embassy. So you need to keep it in mind if you plan some other travels during this time!

(!) Visa-fee is non-refundable in case the Russian Embassy declines your visa for certain reason.

Price for visa incl. service fee and health insurance:
EU countries and Switzerland: 86 EUR

*Other nationalities please ask about the visa conditions and prices before you book the trip!

*Please note that most non-EU citizens need to have either permanent or temporary residence permit in Lithuania!

NB! Note that in order to get the Russian visa, your passport MUST be valid for at least 6 months after the last day of the trip!

Scanbalt will organize a travel meeting a few days after the registration deadline to collect the passports of those who wish to make a visa through us. Exact dates and places will be announced via e-mail to those, who have booked. You also have the possibility to send your passport and application to Scanbalt via registered post. Please note, that you have to be without your passport up to 4 weeks, so you can't plan any other travels, that require passport, for that time.

Required visa application documents:

* passport, valid at least 6 months after the last day of the trip and with at least 2 free pages
* 1 completed and signed Russian tourist visa application (we will send you the application form)
* medical insurance (we provide, included in the Visa price)
* 1 passport photo, signed on the back (photographs must be in color on the white background, showing face in full, size 3,5cm x 4,5cm)


Entry to Russia without a visa is possible for passport holders from: ARGENTINA, ARMENIA, AZERBAIJAN, BELARUS, BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA, BRAZIL, CHILE, COLOMBIA, CUBA, ECUADOR, FIJI, GUATEMALA, ISRAEL, KAZAKHSTAN, REPUBLIC OF KOREA (SOUTH KOREA), KYRGYZSTAN, MACEDONIA, MOLDOVA, MONGOLIA, MONTENEGRO, NICARAGUA, PERU, SALVADOR, SERBIA, SOUTH AFRICA, TAJIKISTAN, THAILAND, UKRAINE, URUGUAY, UZBEKISTAN, VENEZUELA.

! Note that entering Russia is visa-free, but for returning to Lithuania  you must have a Lithuanian residence permit or a multiple entry Schengen visa!

Optional Activities in Russia

Most optional activities are open for booking online. Possibility to book on the spot only in case there are free places left!

Note that if you have signed up for an optional activity you have to take part of that activity or pay for it without participation. If just not showing up you will have to pay afterwards.

Optional activities in St.Petersburg

 
Catherine Palace (icluded for all)
The Catherine Palace was the Rococo summer residence of the Russian tsars, located in the town of Tsarskoye Selo (Pushkin), 25 km south-east of St. Petersburg. The compositional centre of the ensemble is the Catherine Palace – a splendid example of the Russian Baroque. Visitors are enraptured by the sumptuous décor of the Great Hall and the Golden Enfilade of state rooms that includes the world-famous Amber Room now returned to life. Today, as we enter the palace, we can sense the spirit of the times of Empresses Elizabeth and Catherine II and admire unique works of fine and applied art. More than a hundred historical monuments are scattered across the Catherine and Alexander Parks that have a joint area of 300 hectares; there are grand palaces and intimate pavilions, bridges and marble monuments, and also exotic structures imitating Gothic, Turkish and Chinese architecture that invest little corners of the parks with a romantic atmosphere.

Price: included into tour price
Price includes: local guide escorting the group from St Petersburg, transport in tourist bus, stops on the way, entrance to the palace park, entrance to Catherine Palace.
Duration: 6h

Traditional Russian Evening
This is definitely the best way to experience Russian culture – taste local cuisine and meanwhile watch professional artists perform traditional songs and dances! 

Price: 30 Eur
Price includes: folk performance, dinner with Russian specialties - starter, main course, dessert, and of course, a vodka shot.
Duration: 2h

Limousine tour - St.Petersburg by night
Glamorous and fun limousine ride, that takes you along the night streets of the city, regular stops are made by main city sights.
 
Price: 15 Eur
Price includes: Limousine tour with photo stops, local Soviet champagne
Duration:  2,5 h

Classical music and ballet (not organised by Scanbalt)
If you are interested in experiencing classical music and ballet the Marinsky and Hermitage Ballet are world class. We recommend you to visit their website where you also can book tickets. To get the tickets you like it’s a good idea to book early. http://www.mariinsky.ru/en / http://www.hermitageballet.com/
There might be some good last-minute offers available in the ticket-booths on the streets.

Optional activities in Moscow

 
Moscow Metro Tour 
Moscow Metro (underground) is remarkable for its unique architecture and style left from the Soviet times. You will see the most beautiful metro stations in Moscow built under Stalin: Komsomolskaya, Revolution square, Novoslobodskaya, Mayakovskaya; and hear fascinating stories and secrets hidden underground, as well as urban legends and funny incidents.
 
Price: 15 Eur
Price includes: metro ticket, guiding
Duration:  2 h
 
Visit to the Moscow Kremlin - more info on the spot
 
The Moscow State Circus - more info on the spot