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      Hermitage and Catherine Palace

      Saint Petersburg Sep 17, 2015 at 5:26 AM

      I and my wife shall be in Saint Petersburg for two days on 22nd and 23rd Sept 2015.(i.e. next Tuesday and Wednesday). I understand we have no choice but to visit Hermitage on Tuesday and Catherine Palace on Wednesday. Please advice whether we should book online and travel or our own or take a conducted tour which appears pretty costly. We don't actually need a Guide as audio guides are sufficient and available in both places.We are unable to judge the crowd pressure in these two paces on these days and definitely do not want to miss this opportunity. Also I have only the 1pm on wards slot available on Tuesday for the Hermitage!


    • student trip (nurses) to St. Petersburg

      Saint Petersburg Sep 20, 2015 at 9:30 AM

      We are a group around 50 Norwegian nursing students who wants to have a trip to St Petersburg next year. We are planning 6 nights there, with 3-4 days of studying. I therefore wonder if anyone know about relevant museums, organisations (within health/socialcare), suggestions for people who can teach us something relevant for nurses or for example about the RussianĀ“s health care system. Please give me contact information if you have or a link.

      Nursing students

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      Lenin Mausoleum

      Moscow Sep 13, 2015 at 8:21 AM

      Is it Open on Sundays?

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      Red Square and Kremlin Area

      Moscow Sep 11, 2015 at 7:12 PM

      I am a little confused as to how to best utilize my time in the Red Square Kremlin area. I gather the must see places there are

      1. St. Basil Church
      2. Lenin mausoleum
      3. Kremlin Armoury
      4. Diamond Fund
      5. Bell Tower
      6. Alexandria Garden
      7. State Historical Museum

      Can all be covered in one day?. Any suggestions since it appears to be a pretty large area. Also tips on purchase of entry tickets.It shall be a weekend.


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      Best Currency

      Moscow Sep 10, 2015 at 6:01 AM

      Which currency is best to carry in Russia?
      Please mention areas where credit or debit cards may not be accepted. Also which is best place to exchange money?


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      A Pakistani Tourist

      Kaliningrad Sep 30, 2015 at 3:21 AM

      Hi all
      Hope you having good time
      I'm planning to visit Kaliningrad this November (2015) as Its the only time off for me from my office for a week. one of my colleagues adores kaliningrad a lot compelled me to visit. but I have few questions anyone here would answer?
      1) I'm an asian/Pakistani Brown skin guy, and honestly I ve been to many places around the world and found it bit weird to be in such place where people around you all are from a total different background stares you that annoy you and you do not enjoy your days off. so how's the local behavior towards brown skininned, single tourist on his own? (I'm really sorry if that sound offensive)
      I'm not a beach/club/pub/party kinda guy, rather trekking, landscapes, mountains, hiking alone, and discovering borders. So would it be easy to walk/trek alone in forests, mountains, fields, and wandering around the border area? having in mind that there are restricted areas for tourists. But I'd really love to visit and capture some snaps with the tri-point (lithuania-poland-and russia border.
      Thank you all in advance

    • Graphic Design

      Irkutsk Oct 14, 2014 at 8:42 AM

      Is there anyplace in Irkutsk where a person might find graphic design, vintage posters or postcards and other pop art forms?

      3 Answers Oct 14, 2014 at 11:55 AM
    • Luggage storage

      Tal'tsy Jun 13, 2014 at 9:12 AM

      Is there a place to leave luggage at the Museum for a few hours?

      3 Answers Jun 16, 2014 at 7:02 AM
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      Birthday in Irkutsk

      Irkutsk Jul 16, 2013 at 7:50 AM

      I am travelling from Beijing to Moscow via UlaanBaatar to see family in Moscow for New Years.

      However it is my Birthday around the time I will be in Irkutsk, my question is- whilst it's not a milestone birthday and I will be on my own, is there a decent bar scene, so I can live a few glasses to myself! Not really that bothered about birthdays, but as I'm travelling I thought doing something in Baikal in the day and staying somewhere nice on the evening would be as good as spending it slugging another night out on the train...

      Any ideas or suggestions most welcome.. Oh I am a 36 yr old British male btw.



      5 Answers Aug 2, 2013 at 12:12 AM
    • Irkutsk at 2am... what to do? help!

      Irkutsk Jul 8, 2011 at 7:49 AM


      I'm getting the train across to Ulan Bator, and get into Urkutsk at 2.32am. I only have that day and the next day there, before getting the train on. (Don't ask... visa mess up).

      Can anyone give me advice on what to do - is there somewhere I should stay in Irkutsk at that time cheaply for a few hours? Or is there a way to make my way directly to Listvyanka... and any recommendations on where to stay?

      Thank you so much. It probably looks like I'm being lazy. But I've done lots of looking into this and figure I can work something out. But given my limited time, it seemed wisest to ask the experts for a recommendation!

      Thanks again,

      2 Answers Jul 9, 2011 at 12:12 AM
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      Direct Flight to Beijing

      Irkutskaya Oblast' Jun 30, 2011 at 6:30 AM

      Are/Is there any direct flight from Irkutsk to Beijing? if any, what is the airline? thanks

      8 Answers Jun 30, 2011 at 10:31 AM
    • Fishing on lake Baikal and around Listvanka

      Listvyanka May 27, 2011 at 9:47 PM

      We are traveling on the Trans Siberian and will spend 3 days in Listvyanka.
      We would love to do some fishing there. My friend and myself are traveling with our wives who have no interest in fishing so we will have very limited time.
      Does any one know of and half or one day fishing tours or a fishing guide we could hire for a day.
      We arrive there on 13th of august 2011 in their summer.
      Would love to go home to Australia having caught a fish in Siberia. This is the only chance for this to happen.
      Regards Ray Broughton

      1 Answer May 28, 2011 at 1:54 AM
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      How can I order "smoked omul"?

      Irkutsk Apr 19, 2011 at 4:32 AM

      Dear Friends,

      Do you know any online shopping site or any shop/company in Russia that I can order smoked omul. This is the best fish I ever tasted. I could not find any VT member in Listvyanka and also the VT members in Irkutsk seem inactive.

      Appreciate any help.

      4 Answers Apr 20, 2011 at 4:35 AM
    • Lisvianka / Lake Baikal - shopping & gifts

      Irkutsk Mar 1, 2011 at 11:58 PM

      Hi everyone,

      My boyfriend and I will do a trip to Russia in May (as part of a longer trip with the Transsib). We have booked a homestay in a Russian family located in Listvianka at Lake Baikal via a travel agency.

      We are now wondering what the place Listvianka is like? Are there any shops to buy food, souvenirs etc.? Is there maybe even a bike rental? Are there local tour operators that arrange day tours, like walking tours or something similar?

      Plus: What kind of gifts should we bring with us from Germany for the guest family?

      Thank you for your answers in advance!

      8 Answers Apr 19, 2011 at 9:43 AM
    • ferry boat from ostrov ol'khon to Ust- Barguzin......

      Ostrov Ol'khon Jul 4, 2010 at 6:58 AM

      does somebody know if there is a ferry boat or some " water transport " that goes from the island of ostrov ol'khon to Ust- Barguzin in agoust?
      thank you a lot

      3 Answers Jul 6, 2010 at 1:24 AM
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      Irkutskaya Oblast' Mar 1, 2009 at 9:49 PM

      I'll be in Irkutsk for a week near the end of April. I was wondering what I should see while I'm there. I have some business for a couple of days, and will be free other days. I'd like to see Baikal while I'm there, and have a night or two out. Suggestions?

      2 Answers Feb 21, 2010 at 7:30 AM
    • Indian restaurants in Irkutsk

      Irkutsk Feb 6, 2009 at 6:57 AM

      Is there any Indian restaurant in Irkutsk? Google search is silent.

      3 Answers Feb 21, 2010 at 7:22 AM
    • just curious

      Irkutskaya Oblast' Feb 5, 2009 at 2:44 PM

      has anyone heard of the town of elabuda?

      7 Answers Feb 15, 2009 at 9:22 PM
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      Irkutsk Aug 3, 2008 at 3:04 PM

      Can anyone tell me about the temperature/weather situation in the beginning of september?
      Is it possible to get from Irkutsk to the north end of the lake and back
      at that time of year in 3-4 days?
      Any other suggestions for things to do that includes seeing the lake in 3-4 days??

    • night Bajkal lake

      Irkutsk Jun 28, 2008 at 4:15 AM

      I am planing sleep 1-2 night on Bajkal lake 12-13.07.2008
      I am looking a chaep sleep. Anyone could recomende something me? What city on Bajkal lake ? and on the other hand I am looking realy cheap sleep in Irkuck ?

      3 Answers Sep 17, 2010 at 6:47 PM
    • American Consulate in Irkutsk

      Irkutsk Jun 16, 2008 at 9:34 AM

      Is there an American Consulate/Embassy in Irkuts? If there is not, what is the closest location where people from Irkutsk get their USA visas? Thank you

      3 Answers Jun 16, 2008 at 11:10 AM
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      Visa support letter/Invitation - Irkutsk region

      Irkutsk Apr 20, 2008 at 4:22 AM

      Does anyone know where I can get a visa support letter/invitation from anywhere in Irkutsk or Ulan Ude?


      2 Answers Feb 21, 2010 at 7:25 AM
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      Homestays in Irkutsk

      Irkutskaya Oblast' Mar 30, 2008 at 8:44 AM

      I am visiting Irkutsk in October and would like to use a homestay while there. I have read that there are plenty of people waiting at the train station advertising homestays on signs and I don't need to try and book one in advance. Is this correct?

      5 Answers Apr 3, 2008 at 8:38 AM
    • Long term accomodation in Irkutsk

      Irkutsk Dec 16, 2007 at 9:04 AM

      Hello. My girlfriend & I are planning to spend a couple of months in Russia basing ourselves in Irkutsk. I am looking for some general information about living costs, but especially renting a small apartment( as I hope this will cut the costs abit) & the possibility of teaching english to keep the bank balance from collapsing. I am from the UK & my girlfriend is Slovak( & speaks Russian, a big help)....we'd also like to get in touch with anyone living in Irkutsk, especially Russian, as it's always helpful to have friends. Thanks to all who reply. Andy

      1 Answer Dec 16, 2007 at 12:32 PM
    • Moving to Irkutsk

      Irkutsk Oct 1, 2007 at 7:59 AM

      My husband and I are moving to Irkutsk and are interested in knowing about the cost of living in Irkutsk and surrounding area. We have lived for about 7 years in Russian towns, so we do not want to live like tourists. Our goal is to blend and live more or less like the locals. Any info on the range of rent costs or costs for buying property there would be appreciated. Thanks for your replies in advance.


      3 Answers May 29, 2009 at 10:52 AM
    • How long to stay in Lake Baikal?

      Irkutsk Mar 30, 2007 at 4:41 PM

      HI, My partner and I will be stopping at Lake Baikal and were wondering how long to stay there, we are outdorrs type people with all our own camping gear is there neough to do to stay for a week or more? Is it a relaxing place etc?


    • How much time to spend at Lake Baikal

      Irkutskaya Oblast' Mar 28, 2007 at 6:08 PM

      I am travellling with my partner on the Transiberain railway and will be stopping at lake Baial. As we need to buy the train tickets upfront with dates we need to decide how long to stay at each place. We like the outdoors and have all our own camping gear with us. How long could you spend at Lake Baikal before you get bored? Is a week enough, or could you do more? Is there plenty to do and explore? And are you allowed to camp?


      1 Answer Mar 29, 2007 at 1:48 AM
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      IWhere to watch FAC Cup Final in Irkutsk

      Irkutsk Mar 25, 2007 at 11:57 AM


      I will be in Irkutsk on May 19 2007. Does anyone know of a good bar that will show the English FA Cup Final on TV?

      Also if there are any fans of Zvezda Irkutsk on this site please feel free to contact me.

      Thank you


    • Looking for Hotel prices in Irkutsk and on Lake Baikal

      Irkutsk Oct 20, 2006 at 1:21 PM

      Hello to all, again. I am now trying to find prices for some of the hotels everyone has so graciously recommended. I have tried to book a hotel online, but I have not had any success. Can anyone make a recommendation. I have been told to expect to spend200.00 a night, does that sound correct?

      1 Answer Oct 21, 2006 at 4:42 PM
    • African-American visiting friends in Irkutsk -- need advice

      Irkutsk Sep 19, 2006 at 2:20 PM

      Hello all and thank you in advance to those who reply. I will be traveling to Irkutsk in November to meet a dear friend. I am somewhat concerned about neo-nazi activity and I am trying to determine the safest place to stay (a hotel) and the best way to get around town without using public transportation. From what I have been able to learn from reading news reports and other sources, neo-nazi activity seems to be confined to areas that are less than desirable -- is that true? Are there any car services in Irkutsk that I could arrange in advance? Is there an office of the American Embassy in Irkutsk? All replies will be greatly appreciated.

      4 Answers Sep 20, 2006 at 9:35 AM
    • Parus Travel Agency, Irkutsk

      Irkutsk Aug 8, 2006 at 1:31 PM

      Does anyone know the Parus Travel Agency in Irkutsk and have you had any dealings with them?

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      car rental or alternatives in Irkutsk

      Irkutsk Jul 28, 2006 at 3:39 AM

      According to what I have read on VT, it seems that 1) visiting Baikal lake is a must; 2)it's a good idea going off the beaten path and visiting the most "unexplored" parts of it. That's why I was considering the option of getting a car in Irkutsk or Listvyanka for a couple of days. Does anybody know where I can do it? Or, are there alternatives like hiring a guide or a taxi driver?

      Thank you in advance!

      1 Answer Jul 30, 2006 at 2:20 PM
    • minibus to khuzir

      Khuzhir Jul 25, 2006 at 4:11 PM

      Hi, I get into to Irkutsk about 10am by train and want to travel to Khuzir on the same day in September. I'm in a group of 6 people. This seems to be too late for us to take the bus but I've read that we can take a minibus there. Can I book this in advance. Or would I be able to find a minibus on the day I arrive?

      Thanks for any help.

    • Apartments

      Irkutsk Jul 19, 2006 at 3:55 PM

      Can anyone please tell me if their are any tourist apartments for rent in Irkutsk?

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      Hotel at Irkutsk airport

      Irkutsk Jul 13, 2006 at 4:26 PM

      Does anyone knows the name of the hotel right near Irkutsk airport, and if possible their phone#?

      Thank you.


      2 Answers Aug 11, 2006 at 1:17 PM
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      Cheap Accomodation / Homestay?

      Listvyanka Jul 7, 2006 at 2:19 AM

      As a part of our trip with the Trans-mongolian, we`re going to stay in Listvyanka, near Lake Baikal, for a few days. As we travel on a quite low budget, I`m wondering if someone knows about some cheap places to stay there?

      Also heard a tiny bit about homestays, how does that work, and is it worth the money?


      4 Answers Jul 10, 2006 at 8:33 AM