|Subject: Re: St Petersburg to Moscow|
I agree the most comfortable way to travel between St Petersburg and Moscow would be on one of the cruise ships. I have travelled both by cruise and independently a number of times in Russia.
However if you wish to travel independently here are some ideas. One of the best ways to see the main sights in central St Petersburg is to walk and use the metro. The core of the city is relatively small and sights are close together. Most of the tour groups that go to the Hermitage go first thing in the morning and after lunch. Go in the late morning and plan your route. Outside the city to places like Peteroff or Pushkin you can take local transportation for about a dollar or join one of the tours that leave from Nevski. Instead of taking the train directly to Moscow, go via Novgorod, one of the oldest cities in Russia. Novgorod can be reached in a couple of hours by train or bus. You could continue by bus from Novgorod to Moscow with stops in some of the small towns. However as others have said, you will not find much to see. You can travel from Novgorod to Moscow by overnight train.
From Moscow consider a trip around the Golden Ring. The Golden Ring is the name for a loop of old towns near Moscow consisting of Vladimir, Suzdal, Kostroma, Yaroslavl, Rostov Veliky, Sergiev Posad as well as a few more. They can be reached using local bus service.
Independent travel in Russia can be difficult but your success will be dependent on the effort that you put into planning your trip. A good website for information and ideas is http://www.waytorussia.net
Contact me if you want more information.
Gary Victoria BC