We'll be arriving by cruise ship on 05/27-05/28/14. Typically will I need a down coat & boots or is it usually rainy in May? We want to arrange an intensive 2 day group tour of St Petersburg & an evening ballet performance independently of the cruise ship. Many of these tour operators provide group tours with less than 20 people, which is very appealing. My difficulty is finding a tour operator that offers the 2 day tour linked with the evening ballet performance, because the playbills for the ballets are NOT released until 1 month prior to the performances. Any suggestions about making our preferred arrangements would be greatly appreciated. Thank you
Vicki Van Elswyk
I want to travel Moscow, then Saint petersburg early April. Should i book my train ticket, Moscow to saint petersburg in advance, Or i can buy it right before departure?
On a recent episode of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, a reporter showed how easily and quickly his notebook got hacked. It happened almost immediately when he powered it on.
My wife and I will be traveling this summer to St. Petersburg & Moscow, and I would request any information or helpful hints on how to avoid being hacked when I bring my cell phone and/or notebook with me. Thanks,
I'm looking at the process of getting a Russian visa and I'm a little confused about whether I need to use a visa service. There is a big difference in price between doing it myself and getting the service ($80 vs $250), however I have been told that I won't be able to get a visa without help anyway.
As I'm doing a tour I have a letter of invitation (in PDF format). Do I need anything else beyond the usual? The agent told me that my insurance won't be accepted and neither will my letter of invitation and that they will provide the correct ones. Does that sound right? Just very wary of being ripped off.
Any advice you can give is appreciated. I have heaps of time but just want to make sure I'm doing it the right way.
Many thanks, Natalie
I want to have a 7 days trip to Russia, Do I need to register ? I read somewhere you don't need to register if you want to stay less than 7 business days. So my travel takes 6 business days, and one holiday.
p.s I'm an Iranian Citizen.
What is the name and contact info for the Russian equivalent of the AAA, Auto Club?
They provide road service for breakdowns, flat tires, battery failure, etc.
what is the climate like there? and overall weather condiditons?
As this is a notional airline I assume it would be as good as any other National airline?
I am planning a trip for a family of 4 - 2 adults and 2 teenagers 15 and17 this is not our first trip like this but are looking forward to these destinations we are flying in with AEROLOFT and using then for the internal connections except Krakow to Prauge. maybe am over night train there. Here is the plan St Petersburg 5 days Flying to Krakow for 5 more to Prague for another 5 days then back to Moscow for my final 5 days.
we do Moscow in the end as its the city we will be flying home from.
St Petersburg ideas so far: A ballet and maybe an opera. Visit the Hermitage museum, the Winter palace, Church of the Savior Blood, Cathrines Palace, Bolshi theatre, Mariinsky theatre. Boat tour of the Canals
Krakow, Day 1 main market sq, Church of the Holy Virgin, Cloth Hall, Schindlers factory. Day 2 Historic center, Palace museum, Pod Aniolami. Day 3 Wawel royal Palace, Jewish district, Ulica Kanonicza. Day 4 Aushchwitz.
Day 5 Salt mines of Wielicka
Day 1 Old town & jewish quarter
Day 2 Castle And Castle Area
Day 3 New town & St Charles bridge area
Day 4 Kutna Hora
Day 1 Kremlin, St Basil Catherdral
Day 2 Bunker 42,
Day 3 Star City ?
ballet and opera if not scene in St Petersburg, then maybe moscow
I am looking for suggestions for hotels and attractions and reputable guides that you may have used
As always I am greatful for the assistance provided by my friends here on VT. In the past you have made many a trips a success! Thank you
What cities have train journeys to Moscow, what are the approximate times and a rough guide price.
I want to visit Moscow but flights to Moscow are quite expensive. I would like to fly into Europe and get the train to Moscow. What are my options? I am from the UK if that helps.
Is there any good buses / trains which go regularly between these cities? Night bus would be awesome!
I want to come in July. I need to be at 16:30 at Petrozavodsk, since I will take a bus to Ladva at 16:30.
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 ?
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.
I am going to be spending 4 days in Kazan during the Easter holiday (mid April) and intend to visit Bolgar in one of them.
Nevertheless it will happen in spring , I am quite sure Volga river won't thaw on time so I want to manage a bus.
So , I would like to have informations about the availability of tickets and its times of departure. Considering Sunday and Monday as the possible days to the trip , which one should be better? (I suppose attractions won't be closed in Easter holiday...)
I will cross Russia using the transsiberian express train. I will arrive in Vladivostok from Japan and take a plane to France in Moscow. I will also be traveling with my cat. In order to enter France, she will need a health certificate issued by Russian sanitary authorities proving that she is vaccinated against the rabbies. Does anybody know where and how this can be done?
Big thanks to whoever has an answer!
Does anyone have advice on places to stay along the Trans Siberian Highway.
I'm looking at cycling to Vladivostock and wondered about distances between any form of accommodation as I get further east. Camping will clearly be the only option on many occassions but id like to know how frequently I can expect to find even rudimentary accommodation. Also any advice on camping safety/hazards.
In fact, any advice at all, or tales of similar trips, would be great to hear.
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.
Are any of the venues operating as regular ski resorts during this time?
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.
I Need to decide in which Golden Ring town to stay over, has 6 nights to tour the golden Ring from Sergiyev Posad, Peryeslavi Zalessky, Rostov, Yaroslavl, Kostroma, Ples, Ivanovo, Suzdal, Vladimir. Please assist. Regards Annamarie
I will go to Moscow someday, but I need to know if I'm more safe to travel or live there for a couple of months or both
I have a river cruise that starts in St. Petersburg at Oktyabrskaya naberezhnaya, 31 Pier Utkina Zavod. Is there any public transportation from the city center to the cruise terminal? Thanks. Ray.
Hi fellow travellers!
I will be travelling on the Transiberian Railway next June (2014) and I want to buy all tickets online by myself, without any company helping me for that service.
In spite of what I read on several travel guides, I found the place to buy tickets online, through the russian railway company (rzd.ru) in english. That's for me excellent! I'm very happy about it!
However there is something I do not understand:
I see I can buy tickets (yes I know, not yet but 45 days prior to the trip) and get them printed online without problems. But what the hell means: "Reserved seat", "Compartment", "Luxury" and "soft"?
Or how is it that a "luxury" ticket is cheaper than a "soft" one? Or some trains have "luxury" and others not?
(In fact I have read, that in Russia if you buy a ticket, it is already reserved! Unlike in Germany, for instance, in Russia you can't buy a ticket without reservation)...
As an example:
This is for me a riddle!
I thank you very much!
All the best,
what is the closest bus stop for Hotel Zhemchuzhina?
I just wanted to know, if its safe to travel to this town. I heared/read a lot of things about drugs and that the city is really run down... I dont want to say anything wrong about it, i just heared it.
Thanks in advance!
Hi fellow travellers,
I will be travelling on the Transiberian Railway from Irkutsk to Moscow.
I want to visit Tomsk.
My question is, how do I get to Tomsk from there?
I thank you very much for your answers!
All the best,
Hello VTers. I have heard about the 3 day visa free stay in St Petersburg from Helsinki, but have heard conflicting reports about the conditions, has anyone done this and can confirm the group size, heard you have to be at least 2, and you have to leave by boat, is this true? I'm a British national btw
HOW MUSH COST TO GO FROM MOSCU TO NIKEL?
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
I have a week vacation in Jan and I really wanna see Moscow...but will it be so cold so I'd better wait for the summer or it's ok? Knowing that I am Egyptian so I am not used to very cold weathers.