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    • DIY/Hardware store in Cheboksary

      Cheboksary May 17, 2015 at 2:59 AM

      Hi All. Can anyone point me in the right direction for a reliable hardware/DIY supplier in Cheboksary? I will be working at an event there in June however the goods we are shipping over from the UK are being sent on a carnet document meaning that we can't send consumables with the main transport. We will need things like screws, nails, adhesive tapes etc.

      Many Thanks in advance!


    • english speaking driver with taxi for full day

      Moscow May 22, 2015 at 2:23 AM

      how to book small car with english speaking driver for 4 days.

    • english speaking driver with taxi for full day

      Moscow May 21, 2015 at 7:03 PM

      how to book small car with english speaking driver for 4 days.

    • Ruble exchange enquiries.

      Vladivostok May 13, 2015 at 5:37 AM

      I can't find ruble exchange easily in my Town. Just wonder whether I can find exchange shops in Vladivostok airport? What currencies should I use to exchange ruble? USD/Euro/Pound/Chinese Yuan?

      Thanks guys.


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      Saint Petersburg

      Saint Petersburg May 5, 2015 at 6:54 AM

      Is this workable:

      25 May Mon Day 03 : Moscow Vnukovo VKO - St. Petersburg Pulkovo LED (Taxi)–Aeroflot Rossiya SU6124 flight 09.30 – 11.00. St. Petersburg – Have driver & guide pick up directly from airport to Pushkin (1 Hr.) for Catherine Palace as per appointment time (closed on Tuesday & last Monday except for Summer, 670R, 30 min.). See the spacious airy ballroom, the “Grand Hall” or the “Hall of Lights”, with a spectacular painted ceiling, and comprises numerous distinctively decorated smaller rooms, including the reproduced Amber Room. Visiting the Imperial park, after the palace, and possibly the cute little town of Pushkin.

      Drive along the ‘Great Perspective’ famous today as Nevsky Prospect, lined with marble palaces of Russian royalty and aristocracy. Visit St. Issac’s Cathedral - the main church of the Russian Empire. Later, visit to The Peter and Paul Fortress - the original citadel of St. Petersburg, Russia, founded by Peter the Great in 1703 and built to Domenico Trezzini’s designs from 1706-1740.

      Evening at Leisure or view ‘opening of the bridges’ along Neva River cruise. OR C-189 Submarine Museum. Renaissance St. Petersburg Baltic Hotel. Pochtamtskaya Str 4 St. Petersburg - 190 000, RU. +78123804000

      26 May Tue Day 04 : St. Petersburg – Visit the Hermitage Museum (closed on Monday, 600R o18), a museum of art and culture in St. Petersburg. It is the largest and oldest museums in the world with collections comprising of nearly three million items including the largest collection of paintings in the world.

      Proceed to Peterhof (closed on Monday, 700R o18, 45 min). It is famous for its series of palaces and gardens known as the Peterhof Palace, laid out on the orders of the Russian Tsar, Peter the Great and sometimes called the ‘Russian Versailles’. Later, visit the Grand Palace entering by the ornate Ceremonial Staircase and see the Ballroom, Throne Room, the Western Chinese Study, the Drawing Room, the Imperial Suite, the Oak Study Room and the Crown Room. Visit Faberge museum.

      From there, visit Church on Spilled Blood's interior, and maybe a canal cruise to see more of the city that is harder to see on foot. We could visit the Faberge Museum and palace, or visit Peter and Paul Fortress/Cathedral because they are open later.

      Tonight, we discover traditional Russian dance and music during an elegant reception at the Russian Folklore show.

      How do we fiat all this in??

      We have to go to Pushkin directly from the airport, to be able to see. How long will that take? Can we aim for the 1 pm slot (Our flight reaches at 11 am)?

      How and where do we hire minibus/van for 9 of us (including 1person 74 year old)?

      We would need English speaking guide / Driver and van/bus on all days I think? How and where to book these at a decent rate?

      Thanks friends

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      Yangtze river cruises

      China May 13, 2015 at 2:47 AM

      I would be most interested if anyone has been on the Victoria Jenna and the Victoria Lianna cruise ships? Are both ships the same?

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      Less than 2 days in St Petersburg

      Saint Petersburg Apr 29, 2015 at 8:54 PM

      We are 9 of a family, including 1 Sr. Citizen 74 years, and 4 children (11, 12, 14, 18 year old).

      We arrive at St Petersburg airport at about 11 am, from Moscow. Our hotel is Renaissance Baltic at Pochtamtskaya Str. 4. We leave for Helsinki by the 6.40 am Allegro Train on 27th May morning.

      We would like to see the Pushkin -- Catherine's Palace (i think on 25th itself, as I believe it is closed on Tuesday the 26th). How do we go about this? Do we go directly from airport bu private van/minibus? How do we arrange van with English speaking driver or guide?

      What else can we do on this day?

      We would like to visit the Hermitage and Winter Palace, The riverfront and the opening of the bridges etc.?

      How do we capture the essence in the short time that we have? What all can we do and see? Any activities??

      How do we reach the train so early in the morning of 27th May, from hotel??

      I know that these are a lot of questions, but please do help.

      Thanks in advance.

    • How difficult is it to get a visa to Russia?

      Russia May 8, 2015 at 7:20 AM

      I am a UK citizen now living in China. I want to travel to Russia by train through Ulaan Bator, Mongolia.
      How do I go about getting a visa to Russia?

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      2 full days in Moscow

      Moscow Apr 29, 2015 at 8:29 PM

      We are 9 of a family, including 1 Sr. Citizen 74 years, and 4 children (11, 12, 14, 18 year old).

      Arrive in Moscow on 22-May. 5 of us arrive at hotel Marriott Moscow Grand at around 4 pm, the rest will arrive around 9 pm.

      We are there for the next 2 days, 23 and 24 May.

      What should we do? How do we hire a minibus / van with ENGLISH speaking guide or driver? Where all must one visit to get an essence of the city, its culture and history?

      We would like to visit the AK-47 shooting range. Are the children allowed?

      Can we combine Kremlin, Red Square, St Basil's on 23rd may? What else? Arbat?

      The circus can be kept for the 24th evening. What else can we do on that day?

      What can the 5 of us do near our hotel on 22nd evening, after checking in? (Marriott Moscow Grand, on Tverskaya Street)

      How do all of us go to Vnukovo Airport on 25th morning 9.30 flight to St. Petersburg? Will the metro be a better option or a van?

      I know that these are a lot of questions, but please do help.

      Thanks in advance.

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      Moscow Itinerary

      Moscow May 5, 2015 at 5:34 AM

      Will this work ok: We are staying at the Marriott Moscow Grand hotel on Tverskaya Street.

      23 May Sat Day 01 : Moscow – Kremlin Grounds Tour (1½ Hrs.), Armoury Museum Tour (1 Hr.), Metro Tour (1 Hrs.)

      Visit Kremlin fortress, which includes Tzar's Bell, Tzar's Cannon, Cathedral Square, Palace of Congresses and Armory Chamber of the Russian Tzar. Experience a small journey by metro train to see three marvelous railway stations of Moscow (including Revolution Square Metro). Christ the Savior Cathedral - One of the most imposing and controversial buildings in Russia.

      Visit Bunker-42. (or some other place for actual gun shooting AK-47 etc)

      Arbat Street & the Izmailovo flea market for shopping.

      Later in the evening, see the world famous Russian Circus (2 hrs).

      Can most of this be done by foot from hotel? Or do we need a minibus/maxivan (sprinter etc.)? Or we take separate (local) taxis -- language issues? If needed, where do we hire?

      24 May Sun Day 02 : Moscow –

      City orientation tour consists of Red Square, photo stop at St. Basil's Cathedral, Lenin's Tomb from outside and Kremlin wall, Bolshoi Theater, GUM Department Store, Leo Tolstoy Street, Triumphal Arch, White House.

      City Tour by private minibus with photo stops (3 Hrs.) (need to hire with English speaking driver/guide. Please advise)

      · Red Square

      - famous St Basil Cathedral, Lenin Mausoleum, G.U.M. store, Tickets to St Basil Cathedral, tickets to Diamond Fund,

      · Kremlin walls, towers, panorama (no entrance)

      · Bolshoi Theatre – world famous theatre for ballet and opera

      · Alexander Garden

      - memorial to soldiers of WWII and Change of guards

      · Cathedral of Christ the Saviour

      - largest Russian Orthodox Cathedral

      Sparrow Hills – panoramic view of the city

      · Arch of Triumph

      - built to welcome back Russian soldiers from France

      Evening at leisure.

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      Taking great photos

      Moscow May 16, 2015 at 4:59 AM

      I would like to ask those who have been to Moscow or those who have lived or who are currently living in Moscow (I am emphasizing these so I do not get a copy and paste answer from those who have not been to Moscow at all): Could you give me some hints where I could take great photos of Moscow´s landmarks? I will be there for only 3 nights and that is why I could really use some tips. Please do not give me tips like hire a professional photographer or some other tips that I could come up myself (sorry if I am being straightforward but I am really discouraging tips that will turn me off because I seldom ask for tips. thank you).


      by SER141985 Online Now Oct 5, 2014 at 6:57 PM


      6 Answers Oct 10, 2014 at 5:50 AM
    • Entry and exit of Kaliningrad

      by jardorl Online Now Jun 3, 2014 at 10:44 AM

      Hello, I'm planning to visit Kaliningrad in july from Poland. I will only stay 1 night at Kaliningrad.

      I want to go by bus Gdansk-Kaliningrad on Friday (I think that you can only pass the border during weekdays Mon-Fri) and return next day, Saturday, to Poland again by bus.

      My questions are:

      1.- Can I exit Kaliningrad to Gdansk on Saturday or only weekdays (Mon-Fri)?

      2.- What about the safety in the city? Somebody say "be careful", others say "it's a safe city for tourists". What do you think?

      Thank you very much and sorry for my English.

      1 Answer Jun 4, 2014 at 11:35 AM
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      Arranging a Visa for UK Citizens visiting Kaliningrad by bus from Gdansk for 2-3 days

      by fionaglasgow Online Now Jan 26, 2014 at 4:42 PM

      I am planning a trip to Kaliningrad from Gdansk, probably by bus. Plan to stay in Kaliningrad 3 nights maximum. I am a UK citizen. If I am travelling independently i.e. not with a tour company what is the best way to get a visa? We have previously travelled to Russia- St Petersburg but for a longer stay and organised our visas through the Russian consulate in Scotland. I am not sure whether visa arrangements are different for Kalinigrad / or this short stay. Please could someone advise me? Many thanks in anticipation.

      5 Answers Jan 29, 2014 at 2:44 PM
    • Ferries!

      by Firey1 Online Now Aug 12, 2012 at 4:46 AM

      I've searched to no avail (probably badly...)afetr finding an oblique reference to this, but.....Is there a ferry at any time through the year from Kaliningrad to Copenhagen?

      Failing this, a ferry to elsewhere? I enjoy overland (and water clearly!) travel so like making getting somewhere part of the experience.

      Thanks for reading.

      3 Answers Aug 14, 2012 at 10:36 PM
    • What to do in Kaliningrad

      by nickmbank Online Now Jan 21, 2012 at 8:46 AM

      Hi - I'm off to Kaliningrad at the end of February (23 - 27), and i'm looking at things to do while I'm there. I've seen some decent museums, plus would love to spend some time at the Curonian spit. I've not heard much about what to do in the evenings though - does anyone have any suggestions? I also wondered if anyone had any ideas about what might be happening for Maslenitsa? Finally, has anyone heard of any ideas for adventure/extreme sports activities that happen out there? Am hoping to be able to change pace after a very cultural day!


      4 Answers Jan 23, 2012 at 10:42 AM
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      Visiting Kaliningrad - bunch of questions..

      by Drugness Online Now Jun 17, 2011 at 6:56 AM

      Good day to you all
      I was thinking about making my first visit to the Russian Federation by visiting Kaliningrad.
      My plan was to get a train from Gdansk to Kaliningrad. From checking the net, i see that there are trains every morning at 6am and 8am. Is the train the better way to cross the border? As in, shorter waiting time then a bus?
      I was thinking 2-3 days in Kaliningrad would be enough. Can anyone advise on this? I'm not really sure what there is to see in this mysterious area.
      I'm big into history and historical architecture so if anyone can recommend stuff worth seeing in K. then i would be very happy.
      Also, after visiting, i thought i might travel on by train from there to Lithuania. Can you tell me if there is a train to Klaipeda, Kaunas or Vilnius from K.?
      Visa requirements, how much time should i give myself to apply for and receive my visa? I was thinking of travelling in the middle of August, so if i apply in the next 10 days, will that be enough time for all the red tape to be sorted?
      I don't speak any Russian so i presume i will be at a huge disadvantage if/when i do cross into Kaliningrad.
      Lastly, this might seem like a silly question, but is going to Kaliningrad just a bad idea and not worth the hassle?
      I've never been to Russia so i honestly don't know what to expect. There is precious little info about Kaliningrad to be found in books or on the net from what i can tell
      Thanks everyone

      7 Answers Sep 14, 2011 at 8:51 AM
    • Cycling in Kalingrad and beyond

      by dminett Online Now May 11, 2010 at 1:20 PM

      Dear Sir/Madam,
      Perhaps this is not the correct forum but I can find no other source of information!
      I am an ancient cyclist and intend to cycle from Gdansk along the coastal route E10 to Tallin but what I would like to know is if I can go along the coast/spit through Russian into Lithuania? DO I NEED A VISA and if so from where do I obtain it?
      Is there a way of just "turning up" and being able to pass along the coast? Or can I put my bike on a train/bus?
      Thank you for helping me.
      David Minett

      4 Answers May 19, 2010 at 11:48 PM
    • I i get 48 transit visa to poland at the kaliningrad border

      by missafrica Online Now Feb 1, 2010 at 11:46 AM

      I am married to an EEC citizen and still waiting for my schengen visa to be aproved but mean while i will like to see some other countries that are not in the schengen state; so i will be travelling from africa to russia with a russian tourist visa and will like to visit kaliningrad for a touristic trip with my husband who is ECC citizen. but we will love to go by road from kaliningrad to poland; i will like to know is some one is having an idea if i can accompany my husband by road to poland from kaliningard by getting a temporary visa of 48 hours at the border, is this possible for family members of ECC citizen to obtain this type of visa to accompany their families on a trip, thanks for any information

      2 Answers Feb 2, 2010 at 12:02 AM
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      by MichaelRees Online Now Jan 27, 2010 at 2:50 AM

      There is conflicting information on the Net about the entry requirements for Kaliningrad, the Russian exclave located between Lithuania and Poland. Some people snootily comment that of course you need a visa since it is part of Russia. Others say that passports holders of Schengen countries, UK, Switzerland and Japan can apply through a local travel agent to get a visa-on-arrival valid for 72 hours.

      Can anyone offer up-to-date information on entering Kaliningrad?

      7 Answers Jan 28, 2010 at 8:53 AM
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      From Kaliningrad (Khrabrovo) Airport to Morskoe

      by om_212 Online Now Mar 13, 2008 at 7:59 AM

      can you get from Khrabrovo Airport to Morskoe by public trasportation? if yes, could you please tell the number, how often it leaves, and how much it might cost?

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      Kaliningrad day trip from Nida, Lithuania

      by sashanyc28 Online Now Feb 11, 2008 at 11:55 PM

      This may seem like a silly question.. but is it possible to visit Kaliningrad from Lithuania on a day trip?

      Looking at the Eurolines bus schedule; **Klaipeda LT - Kaliningrad, RU**

      From Nida (LT) there is a bus that leaves at 8:09am and arrives in Kaliningrad (city) at 11:02am

      Then in the same day there is a bus departing Kaliningrad (city) at 16:30 (4:30pm) arriving back to Nida at 19:28 (7:30pm)

      In theory it looks possible..

      but considering a three hour journey each way, only four hours to walk around the city, and the cost/hassle associated with a Russian visa and border formalities/delays.. etc.. Would this be worth the trouble?

      Is it even possible to obtain a Russian visa and/or enter the country for just a few hours??

      Are there any tour companies that offer a one day trip to Kaliningrad from Lithuania?

      Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

      Many Thanks!

      2 Answers Feb 14, 2008 at 11:23 AM
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      Kaliningrad to/from Minsk

      by duelmen Online Now Sep 19, 2007 at 7:29 AM

      Are there regularly scheduled, direct flights between Minsk and Kaliningrad? What airlines fly that route and can flights be booked online?


      3 Answers Sep 19, 2007 at 12:32 PM
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      Stay over night

      by aterola Online Now May 22, 2007 at 5:24 AM

      Hello, VT members,
      please, recomend some cheap place for stay in Kaliningrad (as near to airport, as better).
      Thank you


    • Easiest & most reasonable connection Vilnius or Riga to Kaliningrad

      by Anni88 Online Now Mar 18, 2007 at 8:12 AM

      I´m planning on flying to Vilnius or Riga and wonder if anyone can tell me what is the easiest & most reasonable connection Vilnius or Riga to Kaliningrad. Train, bus or what have you...

      Cheers Anni

    • Easiest & most reasonable connection Vilnius or Riga to Kaliningrad

      by Anni88 Online Now Mar 18, 2007 at 6:56 AM

      I´m planning on flying to Vilnius or Riga and wonder if anyone can tell me what is the easiest & most reasonable connection Vilnius or Riga to Kaliningrad. Train, bus or what have you...

      Cheers Anni

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      Anyone want to meet

      by scubaphoto Online Now Nov 27, 2006 at 9:17 AM

      Hi there,

      As a VT'er i was wondering if anyone is passing through or local VT'er who like to have a VT meetup somewhere in the city maybe next saturday the 2nd of December. Please drop me an email if you are interested as im here for 3 weeks.

    • Border Crossings to/from Kaliningrad by car

      by BrunoKreisky Online Now Sep 6, 2006 at 5:03 AM

      Hi there !
      Does anyone have updated information on waiting times and difficulties of border crossings from Lithuania into Kaliningrad (Curanian Spit) and exiting to Poland ? I have read stories of smugglers virtually blocking the RU/PL border. I am planning to pass thru on a 48 hours transit visa and I do not plan to spend those hours in a line at the border. ;)
      How about going north thru Kaliningrad from Poland to Lithuania ?

      Thanks for any advice !

      3 Answers Jul 16, 2012 at 4:21 PM
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      St. Petersburg - Kaliningrad.... boat? Visa situation

      by m_spirello Online Now Jul 26, 2004 at 7:56 AM

      I read in the Lonely Planet guide about the Georg Ots, a boat plying the Baltic sea between St. Pete's and Kaliningrad - direct. Does anyone know what the implications of taking this boat would be on the visa situtation - ie. chance of not needing a multi-entry visa, as I wouldn't be leaving Russian territory? I have a three month, single entry business visa, which is registered in St. Petersburg. I'm travelling within Russia until the middle of August, when I have to come back to St. Petersburg to work, and then I need to get to Germany before the 1st September. This seems like an option, as apparently tickets are a mere twenty pounds sterling. Anyone any ideas / experience? Many thanks for your assistance, Tim x

    • Need detailed Info about prices and dep/arr. times

      by nafciarz Online Now Jun 29, 2003 at 11:25 AM

      Hi. Please help me I need urgently some info and, unfortunately, I can't find any info on the internet :( How much (suggested economy class) would cost travel BY BUS from Kaliningrad to Liepaja . What are the departure and arrival times from Kaliningrad Bus Station???. Please HELP! I didn't find such data on the net and I can't speak russian.

      1 Answer May 4, 2005 at 7:42 AM
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      Sovetsk border crossing

      by jesniel Online Now Jun 29, 2003 at 12:12 AM

      Is the Sovetsk border crossing open for all nationals? Jesper

      5 Answers Sep 10, 2005 at 1:53 AM
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      Russian transcription!

      by Marcin75 Online Now Sep 20, 2002 at 2:01 AM

      Hey, Anybody knows what would be the name of Czerniachowsk / Tschernyachovsk / Cerniahovsk / Tserniachovsk - the city in the Kaliningrad region formerly known as Insterburg or Wystruc? I cannot find it on the VT - probbaly because of misspelling, and there is no list of all destinations any more!

      1 Answer Sep 20, 2002 at 2:12 AM