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    • moscow to samara by road

      Samara Apr 9, 2015 at 6:04 AM

      We would like to travel in our motor home from Moscow to Samara .
      how much time should we allocate to this road tour?
      we will be going on to Kurgan then into Kazakhstan to Astana.
      Hence knowledge about road conditions, time needed, facilities available en route would be greatly welcome .traveling during Aug 2015.Thank you in advance

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    • Place to hike?

      Vladivostok Apr 24, 2015 at 7:09 AM

      I am gonna visit Vladivostok at the end of May. I just wonder any good place to hike for 2-3 hours in Vladivostok? Is it safe to hike alone?

      Thanks.

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    • airport safety

      Moscow Apr 11, 2015 at 2:33 PM

      long overnight stay on way to Croatia - sleeping lounge/rooms in the airport have very mixed reviews and no prices that I can find. There is a hotel right outside the terminal - no visa necessary - anyone have any suggestions or comments on safety?

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      Saint Petersburg

      Saint Petersburg 15 hours ago

      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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    • Helicopter tour over Saint Petersburg

      Saint Petersburg Apr 10, 2015 at 11:43 AM

      Hello everyone!

      Is anyone of you interested in sharing the costs of a helicopter tour? Me and my boyfriend are going to Petersburg next week and I want to surprise him with a helicopter tour. Unfortunately, the tour is too expensive for me and I can't afford the costs all on my own (; We would fly with a 3-person helicopter, the price is always the same: 23.500 rubles (I already got an discount of 2500 rubels). That means that if I would find one more who would like to take the tour with us, the price would be about 7.840 rubles. I would really, really love to take the heli-tour, because I think it's a lifetime experience. And what's more: the ruble is currently down - that means that this tour probably will never be that "cheap" again (;

      Many thanks in advance Judith

       

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    • Bar for live football

      Saint Petersburg Apr 10, 2015 at 5:38 AM

      Hello everyone, I will be sunday afternoon in SPB and I am looking for a bar with a screen to watch live football
      The match I am looking for is Premier League in Belgium, so i guess it needs to be a large place with different screens and satellite TV
      any suggestions ??

      Thank you !

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    • MTB and weekend bike tour

      Vladivostok Apr 25, 2015 at 6:05 AM

      According to wiki travel (wikitravel.org/en/Vladivosto...), people love to bike to the islands on the weekend. I just wonder where I can find the bike rental in the downtown or in the islands?

      (By the way, what does the MTB stand for?)

      Thanks.

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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.

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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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      Best Local Food Spots - Moscow & St. Petersburg

      Russia Apr 12, 2015 at 10:15 AM

      Heading to Russia in a Month, spending half the time in Moscow and the other in St. Petersburg. Looking for recommendations for favorite "local restaurants" as to not get stuck in the tourist trap. Not intimidated travelers by any means so any options are great options! thanks!

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    • Transportation from Belorusskey train station to Marriott Grand Hotel at 26/1 Tverskaya St.

      Moscow Apr 8, 2015 at 12:16 PM

      I will be taking the Aero express to the train station and on the map the hotel appears to be over a mile from the station.

      Normally a taxi would be the way to go but there are many warnings about taking a taxi from outside the station.

      Thank you

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      Moscow Itinerary

      Moscow 16 hours ago

      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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    • family vacation in moscow

      Moscow Apr 26, 2015 at 5:23 AM

      Hi...i want to know that given the current currency crisis in Russia, how has it effected the day to day prices in Moscow.

      I am planning to travel with my wife and 12 year old son in June and would like to stay in a decent 3 star property and do the normal touristy things, have an un-rushed feel of the city, sit out cafe type lunch and some walk around sight seeing in the late afternoon / evening.

      Then we plan to go to St. Petersburg by high speed train

      How much should be budget per day in dollars per head? We so not plan to eat at fancy places or stay at fancy places but would like to visit the touristy cathedrals/spots, etc. So not a budget travel but not too expensive too

      What kind of costs for such a normal holiday? Any insights will be appreciated.

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    • Internal Flights for UK Passport Holders

      Russia Apr 14, 2015 at 8:03 AM

      Hi there.

      Are there any special conditions for UK Passport holders with a valid Russian visa taking internal flights. Mainly I'm concerned about how long before the flight I would need to arrive at the airport for check in.

      Many Thanks

      Paul

       

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      Travel time

      Sochi Feb 6, 2015 at 3:01 AM

      Do you recommend me to visito sochi in march 20 to march 27?

      1 Answer Feb 6, 2015 at 9:32 AM
    • South American or Spanish Speaking Community

      Krasnodar Jul 24, 2014 at 4:13 PM

      Is there a South American or Spanish Speaking Community in Krasnodar?

      Is there an International School for my young, Spanish speaking family?

      What is the night-life like for foreign expats?

      Which nearby cities also offer great things to do? What kind of things?

      Why will my family enjoy (or not) our time in Krasnodar?

      1 Answer Jul 25, 2014 at 12:53 AM
    • Rent a car or rely on train?

      Sochi Mar 9, 2014 at 10:02 AM

      Does it make sense to rent a car at Sochi/Adler airport to get around Sochi, Adler and Krasnaya Polyana for 2 days, or to rely to express train? Staying at the Marriott in Krasnya Polyana. Advice?

      4 Answers Mar 17, 2014 at 2:04 AM
    • Hotel Help !!

      Sochi Feb 9, 2014 at 12:06 PM

      Anybody has canceled his/her trip to sochi between 19th Feb to 24th Feb in a 4 star hotel
      I would love to buy your hotel room out .

      Or anybody help finding a 4 star hotel walking distance from the stadium ?

    • Olympic Accommodations in Adler

      Adler Feb 4, 2014 at 8:45 AM

      I have a room in Adler from Feb. 16-Feb. 23, 2014 that I am looking to share with another female. There are two beds. I paid $300/night for the room and looking to offset my costs with a fellow traveler. Breakfast is included. Please contact me if interested.

    • Can normal people ski while visiting Sochi during the olympics?

      Sochi Jan 25, 2014 at 5:02 PM

      Are any of the venues operating as regular ski resorts during this time?

      7 Answers Feb 17, 2014 at 12:29 PM
    • Room Share Offered during second week of Olympics

      Sochi Jan 20, 2014 at 12:53 PM

      Hi there,

      Traveling to Sochi to watch the second week of the Olympics. I am staying in Adler and would like to share my room with a fellow female traveler to help offset my costs. You would have your own bed, but we would share the room. Dates are Feb 17-22. Contact me for more info.

      Thanks,

      Katy

    • hotel amenities

      Sochi Jan 15, 2014 at 12:32 PM

      what is the closest bus stop for Hotel Zhemchuzhina?

      2 Answers Feb 17, 2014 at 12:29 PM
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      Mountain Cluster Vegetarian Restaurants

      Sochi Dec 26, 2013 at 1:19 AM

      Greetings!

      i will be in Sochi from last week of January until end of March . i know that in Adler there are few good restaurants and have several options for veggies. However not sure about the mountain cluster.

      i cannot commute from Mountain to Coastal daily :) ...any suggestions please ?

      one life live it
      Srini

      5 Answers Jan 21, 2014 at 3:11 PM
    • Has anybody received their spectator pass in the mail yet?

      Sochi Dec 20, 2013 at 10:08 AM

      Still haven't received mine yet.  If you received it, what day did you register for it and when did you receive it?  I'm looking to get a timeline for when to expect it.

      1 Answer Dec 20, 2013 at 2:22 PM
    • Travel to Gelendzhik

      Gelendzhik Nov 18, 2013 at 8:31 PM

      How can I get from Moscow to Gelendzhik in December? Train? Bus?

      5 Answers Nov 20, 2013 at 5:55 AM
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      Public Transportation in Sochi, Russia

      Sochi Oct 20, 2013 at 2:47 PM

      How does one get from the cruise passenger terminal in Sochi to Stalin's former villa? I was in St. Petersburg earlier this year and got around fine using public transportation. I enjoyed the experience and I want to do the same using public transportation in Sochi. I have one of the new multiple-entry Russian visas

      3 Answers Jan 26, 2014 at 3:53 PM
    • any volunteers going to Sochi 2014, let's go together

      Sochi Oct 17, 2013 at 4:46 PM

      I'm going to Sochi as a volunteer, looking for someone who's also going to avoid to be bored during long trip, also it could be safe as I have never been there.

      7 Answers Jan 26, 2014 at 11:58 AM
    • Olympic accommodation

      Sochi Oct 9, 2013 at 8:34 AM

      Is it hard to get from Lazarevskoye to Sochi for the Olympic games? I am looking at booking a hotel in Lazarevskoye for the Olympic games. How long is the train ride? How much does a train ride cost?

      2 Answers Jan 26, 2014 at 11:40 AM
    • Woman traveling alone

      Sochi Oct 9, 2013 at 8:14 AM

      Hello, I am coming for the Olympics and one of the flights I was looking at arrives in at 1245am and I was wondering if it is safe for a single woman to travel from the airport to my hostel at that time of night or if it's better just to hang out in the airport until sunrise. Can you hang out in the airport? Never been to Russia. Also whats the best way to get from the airport to city center of Sochi? Thank you

      3 Answers Jan 24, 2014 at 2:09 PM
    • going to the winter games in Sochi with 2.5yr old daughter

      Sochi Aug 30, 2013 at 3:13 PM

      Hello,
      My name is Graham and I have just been lucky enough to be picked for 3 weeks work during the winter Olympic games. My question is that my partner would like to also come for the atmosphere and bring our little girl she will be 2.5yrs by time the games start. Im planing to fly them into sochi from Moscow as I see this as the best option. Is there anything that we should be aware of when travelling here with our daughter? From reading about sochi it should like such a lovely part of the world and have always looked for opportunity to travel and let her see the world.

      Im just looking for the views of others.

      Thanks
      Graham

      5 Answers Jan 26, 2014 at 3:30 PM
    • Ground transportation and excusions

      Adler Jul 13, 2013 at 12:34 PM

      With the Sochi Olympics approaching soon, does anyone have any credible updates as to the ground transportation available e.g. airport transfers, and what Sochi/Adler excursions are now available for booking? There seems to be a sore lacking of info in these areas for this time period.

      4 Answers Jul 18, 2013 at 12:28 PM
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      Olympics accommodation

      Sochi Apr 18, 2013 at 8:34 AM

      Any one know a good travel agent who can find accommodation in Sochi? We have been looking for 3 months and everything seems booked out. May have to look 30 - 50 km away but will need the rail nearby. Tried all the usual hotel web sites but all booked out.

      13 Answers Feb 17, 2014 at 12:29 PM
    • Olympic Games 2014

      Sochi Apr 15, 2013 at 1:50 PM

      I am travelling alone to experience my second winter Olympics in Sochi. I am having trouble finding a hotel and am wondering if it is because I am too early (as many are still being built) or if they are sold out (which would not be good). Also, in looking for places to stay in Sochi, I definitely want to be centralized and among the vibrant happenings of culture that the Olympics bring. Basically, any info on hotels, restaurants, and nightlife would be much appreciated!

      18 Answers Jan 26, 2014 at 11:41 AM
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      Is there any cafe or other place in (central) Adler with free wi fi?

      Sochi Feb 20, 2013 at 1:38 AM

      I am writing this message at an internet cafe in which I have to use the cafe's computer (couldn't quite figure out how to change the settings on my computer to take its network line) at 60 RUR/hr, but would much prefer to just go to a cafe with wi-fi and nurse a piva, getting online with my own computer. I know there is a restaurant (Capri) that is far out from the center that has wi-fi (there is an ad.)

      2 Answers Apr 7, 2013 at 11:51 AM
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      Looking for a hotel or hostel near train station in Adler

      Sochi Jan 15, 2013 at 6:56 PM

      I will be going there from mid February through early April. I intend to take the marshrutka up to Krasnaya regularly to go skiing.

      2 Answers Feb 17, 2014 at 12:29 PM
    • Climbing in Sochi?

      Sochi Dec 23, 2012 at 1:44 PM

      I'm working in Sochi from May 2013 for several months and i'd like to find somewhere to climb.
      Are there any indoor climbing walls or climbing gyms in Sochi?
      Also what is the nearest outdoor climbing area?
      Any help would be appreciated.
      Thanks

      1 Answer Dec 27, 2012 at 2:54 AM
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      Would like to stay in Sochi & ski in Krasnaya Polyana

      Sochi Aug 10, 2012 at 3:36 PM

      I would like to go to Sochi in the winter of 2012-2013 for a month or so, and ski at the great resorts in Krasnaya Polyana. I think the visa (I am USA citizen) will not be a problem, and will be wanting to rent an apartment in Sochi. About every other day or so, I will want to take the train up to Krasnaya Polyana, and hopefully take some bus or marshrutka to the different ski areas from the train station there.

      So for this to work out, I will need:

      - an apartment to rent in Sochi, close to the train line to Krasnaya Polyana, or at least accessible by a bus or marshrutka to the train station that goes to Krasnay Polyana. -> I think this will not be a problem as Sochi is a very big summer destination and there should be plenty of apartments available in the winter.

      - good schedule of trains to Krasnaya Polyana. -> I think this also not be a problem, but I would like to see the schedule.

      - bus or marshrutka (mini-bus service from the train station in Krasnaya Polyana to the different ski resorts. -> I am not sure if this available. It seems that as a world class ski area, there should be easy transportation between the different resorts and the ski areas, but I have not been able to locate such information via the internet.

      Any information on this would bu very helpful. срасибо

      4 Answers Jan 26, 2014 at 4:02 PM
    • Sochi/Krasnaya Polyana

      Sochi Apr 1, 2012 at 7:11 AM

      Hello,
      Im planning on living in Sochi/Krasnaya Polyana in February and March next year to ski and speak Russian. So I have a few questions:
      1) Would it be better to live in Sochi and travel to Krasnaya Polyana to ski or to live there?
      2) Could I find a homestay easily in either place?
      3) Is the snow consistently good there?
      4) Are the mountains open and not under construction?
      A lot of questions but thank you very much! :)

      3 Answers Apr 25, 2012 at 12:48 PM
    • Hotel in Adler/Sochi

      Sochi Jan 4, 2012 at 8:02 AM

      I want to travel to Sochi in Summer 2012. Someone did recommed this hotel for me. Does anyone know it, or where it is.? Is it safe place for American teenager, (15 years old). And can someone suggest a travel company for me to get travel letter for visa, please.?

      ughotel.ru/?part=rest&id=56&...

      thank you.

      4 Answers Oct 21, 2013 at 8:57 AM
    • real estate

      Krymsk Dec 28, 2010 at 8:16 AM

      hi..i am posting this question from Turkey.i've been working for a company for a while..and they will send me to their other factory that is located in Krymsk..so i am looking for some places for rental prizes.i've checked so some sites but couldn't have much idea..i'd be glad if you can give me some sites or at least give me some information about rentals?

    • Visiting a small winery near Krasnodar

      Krasnodarskiy Kray May 15, 2010 at 5:30 AM

      Anyone living in Krasnodar could tell me if he/she knows a small winery that I could visit a few kilometers from Krasnodar ? Actually, I would like to visit several diferent wineries, and not the most well-known where all the tourists go, I'll be with Russian friends who will translate for me.

    • Anapa-Sochi Travel

      Anapa May 4, 2010 at 10:09 AM

      Hello! I will be in Anapa this summer and would like to travel from Anapa to Sochi - preferably by ferry. Does anyone have any advice on travel between Anapa and Sochi by ferry?

      Thanks!
      ultranatasha

      3 Answers May 10, 2010 at 3:52 PM
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      hotels

      Anapa May 4, 2010 at 2:07 AM

      I am planning to visit Anapa in July and I am looking for a hotel in Anapa. have you got any knowledge about hotels and houses in Anapa and their phone numbers?

      3 Answers May 4, 2010 at 11:33 PM
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      SOCHI 2014

      Sochi Mar 31, 2010 at 3:25 AM

      2014 seems like a long time away but we are hoping to go for the olympic games in 2014. Would need to stay at Polyana area in the mountains. I want to get a feel for the area and ask what local customs i should be aware of? Things to stay away from? Will probably rent a house (lots of us going) rather than a hotel. Something close to the sliding centre and village. If anyone has any suggestions of tips i'd love to know them. Also the best way to get to Sochi from say Germany or Austria.

      12 Answers Oct 21, 2013 at 8:57 AM