I'm on track to finish my EdD in the spring of 2014 and would like to reward myself with a trip to someplace I haven't been before and St. Pete and Moscow are on my list. I'm very comfortable traveling and planning most trips on my own, but I'm rather unsure about this one. I've considered a Viking River Cruise that while pre-packaged, also gives me some freedom and nights off the boat. Has anyone else planned a trip to Russia on their own? Or did you use a travel agent (if they still even exist). I'd welcome any thoughts or suggestions!