Evgenia, our group leader, was absolutely brilliant! She was a fantastic help with the language and communication, making not being able to read Cyrillics a lot less stressful! More than this she was such a lovely person; kind, friendly, calm, and so knowledgeable.
She really got to know all of our group. Without her leadership I don't think we would have been able to have done and seen so much in just one week. I feel that the amount we were able to do and see exceeded my expectations from reading the trip notes, and that this was down to Evgenia's planning and careful thought.
She was also able to take us to nice, unusual places to eat and made sure we experienced the widest range of cuisine possible - from a Soviet style dinner to Georgian and Belorussian restaurants, and a Russian take on 'English dining'! The other guides which she organised for us were fantastic to - she had put real effort into choosing the best tour guides in each city - and she looked after us on the activities.
She also went beyond the call of duty in order to make sure that everyone was accommodated for, and voluntarily took us to some of the places we wanted to see during free time parts of the trip which I really appreciated. There didn't seem to be anything she hadn't thought of!! We really missed her when we said goodbye at the airport!
It's definitely worth reading even a small bit about Russian history before you go, as I found that having some understanding of the history of the places we visited made me appreciate visiting them even more!
Also if you're considering staying on beyond the length of the Exodus trip in St Petersburg I would definitely recommend it - there is so much to see and to explore in (both Moscow and) St Petersburg beyond the time we had there on the trip!
It's worth knowing that the trip includes a lot of walking, so comfortable shoes are definitely important!