|Subject: Re: Russia Tours vs. Independent|
Last year when I was planning my trip to St. Petersburg the advantages of a Tourist company became apparent. I found by having my guide and driver pick up in the morning I maximized my 5 days in the city. A number of the advantages were jumping queues and not wasting time. I did do some museums and the Marinsky Theatre independently but my guide did give me some great advice on when/where to go. I imagine you could travel independently but it would be a lot of work. I believe my travelogue is listed in the Travelogue section so if you haven't taken a look you might want to.
Tom, London, Canada