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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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      Saint Petersburg

      Saint Petersburg 6 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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    • 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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    • 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 7 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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