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    • ger4444's Profile Photo

      Which month Transib railway?

      Russia Jan 5, 2017 at 4:11 PM

      Hello, i am planning to travel on the Transiberia railway this summer. I am looking for a month this summer that has not much rain and lots of sun and warm weather. I am thinking of july or august. Which is the best month?

      Thanks in advance!

       

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    • ger4444's Profile Photo

      Which month Transib railway?

      Russia Jan 5, 2017 at 4:11 PM

      Hello, i am planning to travel on the Transiberia railway this summer. I am looking for a month this summer that has not much rain and lots of sun and warm weather. I am thinking of july or august. Which is the best month?

      Thanks in advance!

       

      5 Answers Jan 7, 2017 at 1:09 AM
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      How doable is this on 3,5 days?

      Moscow Dec 11, 2016 at 11:45 AM

      My "short list" goes like this:

      Red Sqare with Lenin Mausoleum

      Kremlin including the Armoury, Assumption and Annunciation Chatedrals,Patriarch Chatedral

      Lublianka KGB HQ

      St Basil Chatedral

      Gorky Park

      State History museum

      The armed forces WWII museum

      Gorky'S house,

      Pushkin house

      Caricino estate

      Kolomonskoe Estate

      Resurrection gate

      Tolstoy house

      Metro

      Those are my absolute must! Is ist too much? Or too little..

      plan to get troika for tabling around the one which covers all modes of transport.

      What are my chances of seeing all of them?
      I am arriving in the Hotel around 15:00 which gives me about an hour or two for daylight sightseeing, so I always thinking hitting Red Sqare and Lenin Mausoleum while is daylight., maybe Matareshka Mall after that for few hrs to do so shopping and have that done and dusted.so I have Tue,Wed, Thu for the rest of the list.
      Any Input apriciated.

      13 Answers Dec 12, 2016 at 12:47 AM
    • MacedonianUK's Profile Photo

      Mini VT meet

      Moscow Dec 10, 2016 at 5:28 PM

       I will be in the city from 12-16 to attend opera. I will be free on 13th ( Tuesday/Вторник) so please join me in Matreshka Hotel restaurant for chat, coffee, vodka or blini. I would love to hear from the Moscow VT contingent. If you are free, I will be in the hotel restaurant from 18:30 I posted on meeting page so please sign here VT Meeting

      See you soon

      P.S posted across to the Misc section too

       

      5 Answers Dec 16, 2016 at 11:15 AM
    • MacedonianUK's Profile Photo

      Few shopping questions

      Moscow Dec 10, 2016 at 12:39 PM

      Next week I am in Moscow and I would like to find few things to bring back home from Moscow

      -military surplus shop, to by the " partisan " hat with the red sickle and hammer star ( old USSR style one) also one of those furry winter hats with red star and ear covering

      -any hobby shop where I can buy some beads for jewellery crafting

      -shop to buy good quality Yantar/Kilibar/Amber for a decent price  and what to expect to pay for it-shop to buy one of those beautiful shawls with lots of flowers part of the folk dress of Russia also what sort of price I expect to pay.

      I am staying in the center near Kremlin, but don't mind travelling to other parts of town for good buy.

      Thank you

       

      5 Answers Dec 16, 2016 at 11:07 AM
    • wintertime

      Kizhi Dec 7, 2016 at 6:11 AM

      We want to visit Kizhi (and further?) at the end of September 2017.
      Is it still possible to use a hydrofoil or other boats?
      When starts the winterseason there?
      Is ther snow in September?
      Many thanks

      1 Answer Dec 7, 2016 at 6:22 AM
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      Troika Public Transport ticket

      Moscow Nov 30, 2016 at 9:18 AM

      I keep reading on the 3 day city transportation ticket but I get bit confused. Is Troika valid on the express train from Domodedyevo to the center?
      I am arriving mid day on Monday 12th Dec and leave mid morning on 16th
      I know the express ticket cost around €9 each way and Troika cost 420Ruble for 3 days. Trying to find best financially favourable ticket for sightseeing.
      Any advice you can share? Many thanks

      3 Answers Dec 4, 2016 at 10:24 AM
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      Basilika Prekrasnaya

      Moscow Nov 28, 2016 at 10:12 AM

      I will be in Moscow shortly and would like to get book of Ruski Skaski(sp?) with Vasilisa Prekrasnaya and Baba Yaga but has to be in English. Can you guys suggest place I can buy it. And can you suggest which edition with good translation?
      I grown up with those stories and I would like to get it for my little girl. Any suggestions?
      I am staying in the center next to Kremlin so I will be centrally located. Thank you xxx

      8 Answers Dec 14, 2016 at 12:28 PM
    • From St Petersberg to Vladivostok?

      Russia Nov 24, 2016 at 10:33 PM

      Hi
      I want to travel diagonally across Russia using public transport. I'm planning to start in St Petersberg and traveling across the northern regions of Siberia then across to Vladivostok . I know it's a long way and will take some time.

      I was wondering if any Russians out there could tell me if it is possible to travel like this across some of the more isolated regions along the northern end of Siberia and the eastern parts of Russia? For example, is it too mountainous, is it too cold, is the frequency of transport allot less in that part of the world?

      I've travelled across countries like Mongolia, Kazakastan and other Central Asian countries so I'm somewhat familiar with some of the modes of transport. I'm just not sure what to expect in the regions I want to travel.

      I'm hoping to go in Russia's summer months.

      Any tips at all would be helpful as it will provide a great starting point for further research into this trip I will be doing in the next few years.
      Thanks so much.

      21 Answers Nov 26, 2016 at 3:30 PM
    • SVO Transit Terminal D to F

      Moscow Nov 20, 2016 at 9:24 PM

      Hi All,

      I am travelling from US to India via Russia (SVO airport). I have a connecting flight from terminal F of SVO airport. The layover time is of 3hrs. Just wanted to check like how much time it takes to reach Terminal F from Terminal D. I have got an Indian passport and flying through aeroflot.

      Thanks in advance.

      3 Answers Dec 8, 2016 at 4:47 AM
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      Day (half day) trip out of town

      Moscow Nov 20, 2016 at 10:25 AM

      I will be in Moscow from 12-16th of December attending concert in Kremlin.(14th in the evening)
      I already have list of things to see in town while I am there.
      I arrive on the 12th mid afternoon and departing the city at noon on Friday, so I only have 3 full days and afternoon on the 12th.
      I was wondering how feasible is to have day trip ( or even half day) out of the city and what you suggest is best choice for this trip?
      I know you can spend month in Moscow and not see everything, but I thought something different for fleeting visit.
      I love history and anything is OK, very much love soviet times and something to take me back to my growing up in Socialist society will be great.
      I am also very big fan of Russian Classics and visit to something connected to Tolstoy, Pushkin, Esenin or Gorki is also something I would love to experiance.
      Any suggestions?
      Thank you in advance.
      Best V

      15 Answers Nov 26, 2016 at 1:38 PM
    • 4-5 days in St Petersburg

      Saint Petersburg Nov 16, 2016 at 7:19 AM

      Hi,

      Would anybody have recommendations for things for c. 12 (academic) high school students to see in St Petersburg, or would it be worth going on a day trip out of the city? Is Valaam Monastery too far? We'll be going in the latter half of February 2017, and obviously we're most interested in the history and literature but I'm thinking maybe there might be some little-known spiritual place inside or outside the city that might be worth a visit?

      All suggestions will be greatly appreciated. Thanks a million.

      9 Answers Nov 21, 2016 at 6:53 AM
    • Cafe in Tula named: "Sun"

      Tula Oct 19, 2016 at 5:27 AM

      Have you heard of this place in Tula? Food & drinks?

      Thanks, if you know address, please post!

      2 Answers Oct 19, 2016 at 7:21 PM
    • GyuriFT's Profile Photo

      All border crossings between Russia and Belarus closed to third-country citizens?

      Russia Oct 15, 2016 at 6:19 PM

      It sounds like a complete nonsense - but it seem to be the case.

      dw.com/en/eu-citizens-face-a...

      trud.ru/article/10-10-2016/1...

      charter97.org/ru/news/2016/1...

      ru.delfi.lt/abroad/belorussi...

      thinktanks.by/publication/20...

      I am unsure, what is the situation in the reality.
      I was able to cross the border near Smolensk (I did not know about these news and simply crossed the border on a secondary road through villages). At this moment my car is near Moscow, in the garden of our friends.
      I am in the States, going back end of October.

      I did not experience any issues leaving Russia.

      The news are confusing. On one hand they say that the new problem affects EU citizens only (I used American passport). On the other hand some sources mention all third-country citizens.

      I do not know the truth. Only that so far no one did care less about me crossing into Russia "illegally".

      5 Answers Oct 16, 2016 at 5:18 AM
    • JohanIsWeg's Profile Photo

      Peterhof and Catherine's Palace

      Saint Petersburg Oct 5, 2016 at 1:01 AM

      Would love to visit both Peterhof and Catherine's Palace in December. I realize winter is not ideal, especially for Peterhof, but would still like to go.
      To save time, is reserving a tour a more time-effective way of doing it compared to using public transport? Is it possible to request a tour, visiting Catherine's Palace early in the morning and visiting Peterhof later in the day before returning to St Petersburg?
      Which is the best tour company to go with?
      Thanks!

      6 Answers Jan 15, 2017 at 3:42 PM
    • DBS ferry Japan to russia.

      Vladivostok Oct 1, 2016 at 12:06 AM

      Hi Im planning to take a trip to russia on the ferry from Japan but I have a prettt heavy concern. Im lgbt and will be entering through vladivotok. Im wonderinf what immigration is like there and if Ill be able to get by with out issues or if theres some new fangled body scanner waiting for me at the port.

      3 Answers Oct 9, 2016 at 12:11 AM
    • GyuriFT's Profile Photo

      Cheapest possible visa support for U.S. citizens?

      Russia Sep 27, 2016 at 9:36 PM

      Looking for the lowest-bottom price.

      - Earlier "Express To Russia" was good with $18.

      - Today ordered one from iVisa for $15.59 or 1000 Rub

      There is one from http://5cd.ru/reception/index.php which is 900 Rub, but they have silly limitation (7 days) which should not apply to U.S. citizens, so I rather paid 100 Rub more.

      Anyone has a cheaper idea? Need for my wife + kids.

      Not very urgent, but within a week or so will apply.

      Thanks.

    • GyuriFT's Profile Photo

      Mead - any experience?

      Vladimirskaya Oblast' Sep 27, 2016 at 1:20 PM

      Is being sold here and as far as I did see, ONLY here in Russia.
      The strength seem to be below expectation, the price is above expectation - and it seems. they add things to mead which do not belong there.

      Just bought 1l for 150 R or slightly under $3. After many tries so far the best was one for ca. 10 Sfr in Zürich at X'mas market (and it's stronger than Suzdalian). The strongest ever is sold in Ukraine, it's 40-proof, but I suspect from the taste it is not real.

      Any comments, experiences, where and what to buy locally?

      3 Answers Sep 27, 2016 at 9:41 PM
    • JohanIsWeg's Profile Photo

      New Years Eve ball or restaurant

      Saint Petersburg Sep 23, 2016 at 8:33 PM

      Hi everyone,

      Hoping for some advice on where to go for New Years Eve in Saint Petersburg...

      I realise that this is a very important time for Russian families to spend time with each other. However, for guests to the country, what would you suggest would be the most interesting thing to do / place to visit to get a taste of NYE festivities?

      I know a lot of people will wander along Nevsky Prospect to gather in Palace Square. Not particularly into drunken crowds, so would rather consider something like:

      1. A quieter place but still good views to see the fireworks... Perhaps Strelka?
      2. The best restaurant that will offer excellent food with festive / cultural entertainment... perhaps L'Europe or Bellevue Brasserie?
      3. A NYE ball or other cultural occasion, such as the Tsar's Ball at Catherine Palace, but perhaps not quite so prohibitively expensive!

      Thank you for any advice!

      6 Answers Jan 15, 2017 at 3:45 PM
    • MacedonianUK's Profile Photo

      S7 airlines

      Russia Sep 22, 2016 at 3:55 PM

      I am about to book flight to Moscow for next month, and I found cheap light with S7 Airlines to Domodedevo .
      The same flight with Airberlin is €100 more expensive and they both go nearly at same time.
      Now I would like to know is S7 Airlines legit and how good it is.. I have been looking on the net for more info but is bit sporadic.. So can you please enlighten me, if you have used it?
      Many thanks

      17 Answers Sep 23, 2016 at 12:55 PM
    • GyuriFT's Profile Photo

      To do or not to do?

      Russia Sep 20, 2016 at 8:59 AM

      Have to travel to RU (again) and than fly to the States from Moscow.
      The route I have in mind is to drive from Budapest via Brest - Minsk, leave the car at the "usual" place like the last time, take the flight and drive from Houston to Austin.

      But this time my tendon (сухожилие) on the right shoulder is broken. That means I have to perform this with one hand. The car is automatic (Toyota Prius V), changing the speeds is made by a little switch next to the steering wheel, it can be operated with the left hand.

      I successfully went from France to Hungary - but the pain is not any better.

      Kind of leaning towards train. But there is no train from Houston to Austin - and I have to go to work every day. Postponing the travel is out of question.

      14 Answers Nov 3, 2016 at 8:48 AM
    • JohanIsWeg's Profile Photo

      Best time to buy ballet tickets

      Saint Petersburg Sep 18, 2016 at 11:01 PM

      Hi,
      I heard on a podcast some local recommend you buy tickets for performances in Saint Petersburg directly from the box office rather than purchasing them online beforehand. Apparently, they are much cheaper that way.
      Anyone else care to weigh in on this? From personal experience, is it much cheaper to purchase tickets upon arrival in Saint Petersburg? What about performances selling out?
      Would love to know your opinion.
      Thanks!

      6 Answers Sep 21, 2016 at 6:12 AM
    • JohanIsWeg's Profile Photo

      Ostrovok.ru accommodation booking site

      Russia Sep 1, 2016 at 5:38 PM

      I have found accommodation in Saint Petersburg and Moscow affordably listed on the Russian hotel booking site Ostrovok.ru, but was hoping for some feedback as to its reliability.
      Has anyone else used Ostrovok.ru? Can I confidently book through them?
      I notice that some of the prices are listed with free cancellation but pay now, where they undertake to reimburse the paid amount if cancelled within guidelines. Has anyone done this before? Was the money repaid promptly and in full?
      Appreciate any feedback.

      5 Answers Sep 5, 2016 at 1:53 AM
    • Gibt es in Voronezh ein Internet-Cafe?

      Voronezh Aug 31, 2016 at 6:56 AM

      gibt es in Voronezh ein Internet-Cafe?

      1 Answer Aug 31, 2016 at 7:06 AM
    • How much money to take

      Russia Aug 19, 2016 at 2:44 PM

      I am going on a cruise to Russia so everything is made for. Just need 'pocket' money for possibly a few inexpensive gifts how much should I take?

      2 Answers Sep 2, 2016 at 6:00 AM
    • Obtaining a VIsa

      Russia Aug 18, 2016 at 7:47 AM

      I want to fly to Russia in a few months from Israel. The thing is, I am not an Israeli citizen, I am a British citizen. Will I be able to obtain a visa for Russia from a country where I am not a citizen?

      Thanks!

      5 Answers Sep 24, 2016 at 3:46 AM
    • JohanIsWeg's Profile Photo

      Ice Hockey

      Saint Petersburg Aug 16, 2016 at 1:08 AM

      Hi,
      I've done some research and it seems there will be an ice hockey game on at the Ice Palace on December 29, but unfortunately I cannot read Russian so not a 100% sure. Could somebody please confirm? And if there is, how do I go about getting tickets for the game?
      Know almost nothing about ice hockey but would love to attend a game!
      Thanks!

      1 Answer Aug 17, 2016 at 4:08 AM
    • penny_g's Profile Photo

      Trance-Siberian Train: food, drinks, all kind of tips, etc.

      Russia Aug 2, 2016 at 1:43 AM

      Guys,

      As my trip on the Trance-Siberian is approaching, I would appreciate if you share your own experience. I will be spending 2 days/each way on the route Moscow-Novosibirsk. What is the best strategy, especially regarding food? I've read that food in the restaurant on the train is a bit overpriced. But then how about buying from the babushkas on the stations and is there enough time for it?
      Any other tips are very welcome!

      4 Answers Aug 6, 2016 at 2:54 PM
    • penny_g's Profile Photo

      Good offline map application for Android

      Russia Aug 2, 2016 at 1:37 AM

      Guys,

      As I am planning to visit Russia in few weeks and do part of the Trance-Siberian Railway, I need good mapping app's for the cities of Moscow, SP and Novosibirsk/Akademogorsk. Perfectly, they should work offline.

      Any experience, especially by locals? I do read Russian.

      9 Answers Aug 3, 2016 at 1:49 AM
    • Mermaid2013's Profile Photo

      Travel Itinerary

      Russia Jul 28, 2016 at 4:15 PM

      We are a couple looking to travel to Russia, Poland, Prague, and Austria. We haven't decided the time frame for this trip. Any suggestions for an easy route of travel? We were thinking flying into Russia first then out of another area. How many days should we give ourselves in Russia for sightseeing and are there tour guides we could hire?

      6 Answers Jul 30, 2016 at 11:59 AM
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      Best way to travel from Moscow to St. Petersburgh

      Moscow Jul 24, 2016 at 10:15 AM

      My wife and I wish to travel from Moscow to St. Petersburg in August.
      We are travelling to Moscow on the Tolstoy Express from Helsinki and wondered if we should use the train again and if so which one of the two choices, Express or Overnight or, to make a change, to fly.

      10 Answers Oct 5, 2016 at 9:59 PM