Here are some reviews from our past travellers to Russia. For more details on each tour, simply click on the tour image.
Great. Have had a fantastic time. Hotel selection is good. Rooms are clean and comfortable and much better than the impression one gets from reading the brochure. They are, however, not centrally located and one would need to take the train to see other attractions not covered under the program, Often, in winter, the streets are messy and crowded and it makes walking quite uncomfortable,
Most of the moving around especially in Moscow is by public train. Should include at least one city sightseeing tour on a bus that takes us out of the central core. Surely, Moscow is more than just the Red Square!! This will give everyone a more birdeye perspective and feel of the city.
Optional tours are announced on the 1st day of the tour, and decisions are needed and paid up the next day. Cash only. No USD or others. Should have the flexibility in accepting credit cards at that point in time as not many of us carry too much local currency and some of these options are quite expensive; the ballet performance although worthwhile costs at least USD120 depending on exchange rate, .
The tour leader speaks and communicates in English well. She is helpful throughout and is on call 24 hours a day throughout the journey. There are things she could do better....we went to the Moscow Circus as an option. She passed out entrance tickets at the gate. The tickets showed assigned seatings in Russian!
The overnight train ride from Novgorod to Moscow can be very tiring because of the timing and the generally stuffiness within - advised all to be prepared mentally for this.
For those not too adventurous in what you eat, or are on special diet, you will find that the food on offer is hardly appetizing. McDonalds, Burger King and Subway are however widely available.
Bottom line, the tour is very well organized and structured. Enjoyed myself tremendously. No hesitation to recommend others, and will myself join another tour when time comes again for a holiday! ”
This has got to be my best holiday experience EVER. Dasha, our guide was so knowledgeable, competent, helpful, EVER so patient with even the most awkward of people on our tour. Apart from those 3 people, the rest of the travellers were absolutely marvellous people, Dasha bringing us all together and making sure it was a fun experience for everyone. Her local knowledge of all the places we visited was breathtaking. We visited so many places that I would never have found on my own, or rather, I wouldn't have fitted so many experiences in if it wasn't for her leadership. We were certainly kept 'On The Go' the entire time. That said, there was sufficient free time too to do a bit of shopping. The accommodation was more luxurious than the photos suggested. I can't really pinpoint my best bit as I absolutely loved ALL of it. From start to finish I was kept busy, entertained, educated and enthralled. Usually, having been to a country, I don't revisit because I've been there once; I go somewhere different next time. However, I am definitely revisiting Russia. I can't recommend this tour highly enough. ”
The tour was awesome! The pace was just right for my whole family (my sister and I are in our 20's and my parents are in their 50's). It was flexible enough that we got to choose the activities we wanted. The hotels were comfortable and had easy access to the city center. We especially loved our stay in Novgorod in between St. Petes and Moscow. Beautiful break from the busy city life. The overnight train ride was a bit tight, but it was definitely a real Russian experience we wouldn't have missed.
Dasha was the best guide ever! She was so organized and made sure all 22 of us on the tour had everything we needed. She is very proud of her country and it showed in her excellent guiding of our group. She was loads of fun, too!
This was one of the best holidays I've had. Definitely recommend doing the winter tours in Russia. ”
I cannot speak highly about my experience. The country is beautiful, the people were lovely, the history is interesting and our guides Katya + Natasha were above and beyond the call of duty to help us with extra information and facilitating extra visits whenever possible. They are both a credit to the company and the country. ”
I really enjoyed the overnight train and all our coach drivers were great. I liked being able to walk around the cities and use the local public transport to see the cities from a more local perspective. Thanks to Natalya, our tour guide, who was absolutely brilliant! ”
Here's a short resume' of my most exciting and enjoyable tour to St. Petersburg and Moscow, I chose the Russian Revolution package.
My tour was a huge success, so much so, that I am contemplating another one, in the not too distant future. Your professional and efficient managing of the necessary details of the tour deserves a special mention. Top marks to you. You acquitted yourself of your task with applause.
I cannot praise On the Go Tours enough for ensuring that my airport transfer and hotel booking in St Petersburg were conducted without a hitch. Arriving in St Petersburg at a late hour, I was on tender hooks - for fear that I would not be met at the airport, my gears were soon dispelled when the driver waited with a clearly marked "on the go" sign. This driver must be commended for going out of his way to make me feel welcome. Despite the utterly restraining language barrier, he went the extra mile to show me the sights of St Petersburg en route to the hotel. This welcome was further enhanced, when Tatiana, our guide, made a timeous call, whilst I was in the car, to assure me and welcome me. What more could I ask for?
The tour itself was extremely well planned and conducted - Tatiana, I hasten to add, is a guide - par excellence! Her knowledge command of the English language overwhelmed me, so was her meticulous planning and attention to detail, nothing was left to chance.
The choice of hotels cannot be faulted. We were a small group which soon gelled. Thank you On the Go for putting me up with a Mike, my room mate. What a splendid genuine and sincere guy he is.
Males breakfast, very very filling - offering an excellent choice.
Special mention must be made too, our very own enjoyable and entertaining, albeit short stop in Novgorod. I enjoyed it so much putting my braaing skills to good use!
Although I have a comprehensive knowledge of Russian culture, history and architecture, nothing could prepare me for the exquisite beauty and artistert which I held when I visited the Heritage, Peterhof and those myriads of cathedrals! I was and still am, awe struck when I recount my visits.
So to you, and the On the Go team I offer my humble thanks and praises.
Greetings and Salutations ”
Dear On the Go,
I wanted to share some feedback from my the Go "Siege of Leningrad" tour that I went on earlier this year.
The tour, that included 4 days in Moscow and 4 days in St Petersburg, was the best tour I have ever been on. Not only is Russia a spectacular country, with an amazing history, sensational food and beautiful people, our tour guides Katya and her associate Natasha were absolutely fantastic!! They were so enthusiastic and knowledgeable and it made our holiday all the more enjoyable. I would like to specially mention the effort they put in to assisting us when our luggage didn't make our flight transfer to Russia and then the difficulty we had with customs when our luggage did arrive. They never hesitated to make calls for us, organize extra trips out to the airport to collect our luggage and always with a smile and a comforting word.
I have said it before, and I will say it again, Katya and Natasha were the best tours guides I have had the experience of touring with. They really catered to our areas of interest, were super friendly and a pleasure to spend time with. In the end it was sad to say goodbye to them and to a country we well and truly fell in love with.
I wouldn't hesitate to recommend On The Go to my friends and family! And we will a certainly be going on other tours in the future. ”