Comparing Tours to Russia

Comparing Tours to Russia

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We crave to make a product of exceptional value providing the utmost experience. Everything is comparative so we decided to analyze tours to Russia available now on the market and compare it to our own comprehensive Russia small group tour - Two Russian Capitals.





Trip duration

9 days / 8 nights 8 days / 7 nights 8 days / 7 nights

Actual touring program

7 days 5 days 3 days


from $3,204 from $2,840 from $3,140


4+ and 5 star 4+ star  4 star

Group size

max 20 travelers max 24 travelers max 24 travelers

Airport transfers

Private meeting & luggage handling services Airport transfers at scheduled times (available 2-3 times a day) Private meeting & luggage handling services (extra fee for some arrival times)

Visas to Russia

Full visa processing or comprehensive visa assistance included Not included
Not included

Included transportation & Time on the road

Moscow - St. Petersburg train, group transfers for tours with private drivers

Moscow - St. Petersburg train (3,5 hours)

Total: 3,5 hrs.

St. Petersburg - Moscow train, group transfers for tours in 40 seat coach

St. Petersburg - Moscow train (3,5 hours)

Total: 3,5 hrs.

Moscow - St. Petersburg train, group transfers for tours in 40 seat coach

Moscow - St. Petersburg train (3,5 hours)

Total: 3,5 hrs


Breakfasts Breakfasts & 1 dinner Breakfasts

24/7 Emergency

Available n/a Available

Having analyzed the best offers we wondered "Is our itinerary pricey"? But after taking a closer look we discovered the following:


Firstly, we always greet our guests, therefore you can be sure that there's someone to meet you when you book through Firebird Tours. This saves hours of your time and makes travel worry-free as our airport transfers tune up to your flight schedule, not the other way around. That said, as you might have noticed, Insight Vacations have transfers twice or thrice a day, regardless of your departure time.


The preparation process for a tour to Russia can be time-consuming and even tricky, especially when you have to deal with obtaining a Russian visa on your own. Unlike both our competitors we include complimentary full visa processing or comprehensive visa assistance for our clients. That means that you don't have to bother getting required documents, such as visa invitations, filling out extensive application forms and etc. 


Details matter, and while discovering a new destination not only tour guides are important, so is the group size. We have narrowed down our small group size to 20 providing enough attention from the tour guide and ensuring some saved time which is usually wasted on waiting for other group members (to compare take a look at the number of travelers in the Insight Vacations' tour). 

We love showing the best in each multisided Russian city, and for this reason, we include entrance tickets to a Russian Folk Show and to the absolutely unmissable tour to the Catherine's Palace in Pushkin, for example, (instead of offering them as optional tours). With a special accent made on culture, we also add a visit to the brilliant Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow, unlike the program by Beyond Travel.

Requirements for Russian Visa:

  • Original passport, valid for more than 6 months with at least 2 blank pages for your visa and entry/exit stamps
  • Application form
  • One passport-type photograph
  • Support documents like a hotel voucher and confirmation of tourist acceptance


Our in-house logistics guarantee a good timing ratio. While planning programs, we do our best to organize time in a way that each day isn't overcrowded with too many activities, each sight is seen thoroughly without any rush, and no day is left with no activities. Totaling up the programs of our rivals we came to a conclusion that we got our program days scheduled "just right".

We hope this comparison will be helpful for you and help you understand the overall value of the product better. Perfection always hides in the smallest details and we do our best to make sure any of our trips are seamless, comfortable, and memorable for our valued customers. Our destination specialists are always happy to help you plan an amazing journey. So whenever you are ready, don't hesitate to contact us.