Do I need a visa?

Yes, but we can handle every aspect for you and take the sting out of the paperwork. Your passport must be valid for more than six months after the date of travel and have at least two blank pages.

What currency shall I take with me?

The official currency is the Russian Rouble. The approximate exchange rate is 60 roubles to the Pound. We suggest that you do not carry cash or buy Roubles in advance, but that you use ATM machines locally as, even with a 1.75% transaction fee from your bank, the rate of exchange will be preferable.

Can you recommend restaurants?

We will send you our most up to date restaurant suggestions before your travel.

I am planning to visit St Petersburg too, what are my travel options between the cities?

The options are many and varied, by train or plane. We recommend the uber-smart and modern high speed Sapsan train, launched in December 2009.

Is it safe to walk around alone in the evening?

Yes. People are very respectful of visitors. Pickpockets do, however, operate in crowded tourist areas.

Facts of life

Bureaucracy – you filled in the visa form. You understand.

Smoking – pretty much everywhere, but it is getting better with many restaurants having smoking and non smoking sections.

Traffic! Although the new mayor of Moscow has started implementing parking controls…

Contact an expert on 020 8996 5163 or email