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    • Drugness's Profile Photo

      Visiting the Republic...

      Kabardino-Balkarskaya Respublika Jul 15, 2016 at 6:33 AM

      Hello all
      Am curious about this region and the possibility of a Western citizen to visit. Can anybody advise if there are diplomatic regions with visiting this area? I understand that the region is much safer than it previously was?
      Can anyone offer advice on visiting the Kabardino-Balkarskaya Republic as well as her close neighbours? I guess the easiest way to get there would be from Georgia?
      Thanks everyone!
      DG

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      Artillery Museum

      Russia Jun 29, 2016 at 11:15 PM

      Our trip to St Petersburg is fast approaching! I have my lovely Russian Visa in my passport, (That was a job and a half!)
      I have booked a couple of tours and made notes on what we would like to do on the 3 full days we have leaving the fourth half day free at this time. Thank you to those who helped.
      My husband is very interested in the Artillery Museum but its closed Monday and Tuesday ( We are in St Petersburg Mon Aug 29th, Tues Aug 30th , Wed Aug 31st,) and we can only go to Catherine's Palace on Wednesday because it is closed on Tuesdays and the last Monday of the month!
      We could go on Thursday on our half day but it doesn't open until 11am and we need to leave for the airport around 12:30pm.
      So, on the Wednesday we have booked a 6 hour tour to St Catherine's Palace and Peterhof. Instead of returning to St Petersburg by road with the tour we thought we would take the hydrofoil back which is something we wanted to experience and it would be quicker. Then walk to Artillery Museum.
      If we are going well we hope to be there by 4pm. Its only open until 6pm. :/
      We know that's probably not enough time to do it justice but that's what we have. My husband is mostly interested in the tanks etc and weapons.
      Is the outside area with the tanks etc accessible when the museum is closed? From photos it looks like the main display is behind a gate and wall. If it is open we would go on a day its closed and look at the outside display and have the two hours to look inside.
      If not would it be best to look inside first and look at outside display last or is all locked up 6pm?
      Thanks

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      Car (U.S. licence plates) parking for extensive time

      Domodedovo Jun 29, 2016 at 4:04 PM

      Looking to leave a car for 16 days not far from the DME.
      I hope I can arrange the car parking with the airBNB host - but just if not, what alternatives are out there?

      It is a mid-size car, quite unpretending - but it has US plates.
      (Just in case the plates will be removed).

      I probably do not want to park on the street but if one knows an OK location it would be good.

      Thanks

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      Best way to travel from Moscow to St. Petersburgh

      Moscow 9 hours ago

      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.

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    • Tourist visa question

      Russia Jun 28, 2016 at 7:12 AM

      I have a friend in Kaliningrad who wants to host me for a trip there in October - she is applying for a homestay visa for me. The problem is, she's a huge procrastinator and dragging her feet like crazy. I'm hoping I can just get the invitation from her, and then expedite my visa with the Washington DC consulate so I can fly as planned in October. But just in case she takes too long and drags her feet more, I was going to try and obtain a tourist visa as a backup. So my confusion lies in lodging and registration. I am OK with booking a hotel for say a couple of nights so I can be registered, etc., but I'm hoping that I'd have some freedom of movement after that and be able to just stay with my friend since it would be more convenient and cheaper. I'll only be there for 2 weeks, but booking a hotel for 2 weeks that I'm not going to stay at seems like a huge waste of money. I read that after my time at the hotel is up, I'll have to be registered again wherever I'm staying, and that having a private person register me may cause some problems. I'm combing the internet and finding no answers. So what I'm wanting to know, in a nutshell, is how do people travel independently in Russia without having to book a hotel the entire stay, and how does one go about registering themselves again after their stay at the hotel is over?

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    • Need advice

      by Luiza.Coutinho Online Now Mar 13, 2016 at 5:18 PM

      I and my husband are going to travel to Scandinavian Countries and Saint Petersburg, Russia next June. We need to know which of the 2 periods bellow is the best time to go to Saint Petersburg, I mean, less crowded:
      1. From May 29th to June 6th;
      or
      2) From Jun 20th to Jun 27th

      We are from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and we are going to buy the air ticket this week. It is important to know if we will go to Saint Petersburg in the begining (period 1) or in the end (period 2) of our trip.

      Thanks in advance, Luiza

      18 Answers Apr 3, 2016 at 6:46 AM
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      Beaches near Spb ?

      by Skillsbus Online Now Feb 27, 2016 at 7:01 AM

      Are there any beaches near Spb that anyone would recommend ?

      7 Answers Mar 26, 2016 at 2:50 PM
    • 2 day itinerary while on cruise

      by SoniaP8 Online Now Feb 26, 2016 at 10:17 PM

      There are four of us that will be on a Baltic Cruise and we will be in St Petersburg on Saturday and Sunday mid August. I am in the process of looking at booking a private tour rather than a cruise ship tour (the private tour organises the Tourist visa for us). We are not that interested in too many museums (especially art) and churches. We all enjoy history including the Romanovs as well as the Communist period and would like to see some of every day life in St Petersburg if possible and we are interested in a canal ride and a subway ride. I have had one tour company detail the below itinerary - can I have an opinion if the itinerary seems good - or is anything you would take out and replace with something else? Thank you all in advance.

      Sat / St. Petersburg

      8:30 Meeting near your ship (direct pier pickup)
      8:30 10:00 St. Petersburg City Highlights Tour, Nevsky Prospect walking tour

      10:30 12:00 Yusupov Palace with Rasputin Cellar Exhibit (the place where Rasputin was murded)
      12:15 13:30 Private transfer to Peterhof
      13:30 14:00 Lunch break
      14:00 15:30 Peterhof Fountain Park & Upper Gardens
      15:30 17:00 Private transfer to St. Petersburg with Subway tour
      17:30 Return to your ship

      Sun / St. Petersburg

      8:30 Meeting near your ship (direct pier pickup)
      8:30 10:30 St. Petersburg City Highlights Tour
      Farmer's Market

      10:30 11:30 Private Boat Tour
      11:45 12:15 Vodka tasting at the Museum of Russian Vodka
      12:15 13:00 Lunch break
      13:15 15:45 State Hermitage Museum - Old Masters & Winter Palace
      15:45 16:30 Private transfer to your ship
      16:30 Return to your ship

      8 Answers May 11, 2016 at 3:05 AM
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      August 2016

      by Skillsbus Online Now Feb 18, 2016 at 4:10 AM

      Hi,
      I will be in Spb from 14th August for 2 weeks. Are there any events on or new attraction's.
      I was thinking of visiting Strelna palace is this worth going to?
      The Moika palace is this open to the public ?
      I don't mind travelling to other places of interest nearby.
      How do i get to the Church of the Holy Trinity Vsevolozhsk ? or Peter and Paul church in Siverskiy ?
      Thanks in advance

      7 Answers Feb 22, 2016 at 7:31 AM
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      Hermitage Museum with wheelchair

      by Rachel972 Online Now Feb 14, 2016 at 10:08 AM

      My sister will be two days in St.Petersburg in July, on a cruise. Is it possible to enter the museum and see at least part of it on a wheelchair? I think that the back entrance was flat, and I don't remember if there were stairs between the rooms/halls. People who personally have no problem with stairs - don't notice them.

      Are there stairs between the rooms? Is there a free day to avoid because of crowds? If it's very crowded and she sits, all the people standing around will let her see only the ceilings.

      Where can she get a good guide? We had a excellent one but that was in 2003.

      11 Answers Feb 16, 2016 at 7:57 AM
    • st petersburg, russia

      by aberiya Online Now Nov 2, 2015 at 11:15 AM

      first time visitor to st. petersburg russia. any guidance please.

      7 Answers Nov 17, 2015 at 2:46 AM
    • student trip (nurses) to St. Petersburg

      by MarieSS Online Now Sep 20, 2015 at 9:30 AM

      Hi
      We are a group around 50 Norwegian nursing students who wants to have a trip to St Petersburg next year. We are planning 6 nights there, with 3-4 days of studying. I therefore wonder if anyone know about relevant museums, organisations (within health/socialcare), suggestions for people who can teach us something relevant for nurses or for example about the Russian´s health care system. Please give me contact information if you have or a link.

      Regards,
      Nursing students

      9 Answers Nov 18, 2015 at 2:38 AM
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      Hermitage and Catherine Palace

      by abbasathar Online Now Sep 17, 2015 at 5:26 AM

      I and my wife shall be in Saint Petersburg for two days on 22nd and 23rd Sept 2015.(i.e. next Tuesday and Wednesday). I understand we have no choice but to visit Hermitage on Tuesday and Catherine Palace on Wednesday. Please advice whether we should book online and travel or our own or take a conducted tour which appears pretty costly. We don't actually need a Guide as audio guides are sufficient and available in both places.We are unable to judge the crowd pressure in these two paces on these days and definitely do not want to miss this opportunity. Also I have only the 1pm on wards slot available on Tuesday for the Hermitage!

      Regards,

      3 Answers Sep 17, 2015 at 12:31 PM
    • Russian language school in St Petersburg

      by Est33 Online Now Aug 17, 2015 at 8:52 AM

      Will be visiting in September and wish to attend a few classes.
      Thank you

      8 Answers Aug 23, 2015 at 4:19 PM
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      August 2015

      by Skillsbus Online Now Jul 28, 2015 at 6:32 AM

      Hi I will be in Spb late August. Are there any exhibitions, parades or new attractions to visit this year. I have been many times so I am only looking for new things to do and see !!

      8 Answers Aug 13, 2015 at 5:55 AM
    • nightlife party area of saint petersburg

      by zebkhan Online Now Jul 28, 2015 at 5:24 AM

      help me to book hotel in full nightlife and party area in the city lots of clubs discos pubs nearby

      2 Answers Aug 3, 2015 at 4:19 PM
    • The best and most economical metro card/ticket for a group

      by mogaly Online Now Jul 11, 2015 at 12:27 PM

      Hi,
      We're a group of 16 adults visiting St. Petersburg from August 03- 07 . We'll be moving around together and using the Metro system most of the time . My question is: what's the best and most economical metro card or ticket for us ? I've heard of a new money- saving card that allows unlimited rides and can be used by the whole group all at once. If such a card ever exists ,how would the woman at the cashier window be able to understand that this's the type of card/ ticket I need ? in other words , How best to express myself to her in Russian ? Your help is greatly appreciated .

      5 Answers Aug 13, 2015 at 6:49 AM
    • How to come back to Goncharnaya/Nevsky from Pulkovo Airport at 4 AM?

      by RoaringTraveller Online Now Jun 22, 2015 at 5:46 AM

      I have to drop some family members at the airport at around 3 AM, and come back from the airport at 4 AM. Is there whether any public transport is available because taxis would be expensive. I need to come back to Ul. Goncharnaya, near Moskovskiy Vokzal.

      • urgent*

      1 Answer Jun 22, 2015 at 12:59 PM
    • private car & driver for 2 days

      by Reisehexe Online Now May 28, 2015 at 8:28 AM

      I would need a driver + car for 4 personen for sightseeing in St. Pete:
      including: Eremitage + Petrodworetz + Amber Room + St. Pete city-sights
      is that doable within 2 days ?

      6 Answers May 30, 2015 at 12:59 AM
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      Saint Petersburg

      by sandeepgarg Online Now 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

      4 Answers May 5, 2015 at 8:01 PM
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      Less than 2 days in St Petersburg

      by sandeepgarg Online Now 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.

      8 Answers May 1, 2015 at 6:16 PM
    • Helicopter tour over Saint Petersburg

      by Jujurella Online Now 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

       

      4 Answers Apr 11, 2015 at 10:55 AM
    • Bar for live football

      by cactuspark Online Now 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 !

      4 Answers Apr 10, 2015 at 3:28 PM
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      27-30 May St. Petersburg

      by sandeepgarg Online Now Mar 15, 2015 at 12:39 PM

      We are 9 of us travelling to Russia and Scandinavia in May/June. Our visit to St Petersburg co-incides with the International Legal Forum conference.

      Will this hamper our visit? Can the prices shoot up during this time?

      10 Answers Apr 11, 2015 at 8:06 AM
    • Active tourist things to do

      by JayZij Online Now Jan 13, 2015 at 3:53 PM

      Hello,

      When i visit Russia in februari i wish to drive a snowmobile (not a tour) and go to a shooting range, I would also like to to do some other exciting stuff i have read about but cant find any website/company of.

      Anyone have any good website for the more active/adventerous things to do? (yes we will visit all the tourist things like hermitage etc. and have already checked tripadvisor etc)

      I will be with a female Russian friend.

      Thanks in advance!

      1 Answer Jan 13, 2015 at 11:25 PM
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      Cost of the high speed train St.Petersburg to Moscow..round trip?

      by philosykos Online Now Jan 2, 2015 at 6:24 PM

      What is the cost of a round trip ticket with the new HIGH SPEED train(one that takes 3 1/2 hours?) to Moscow and back?? Economy seating.Many thanks!I ask as I was told the online sites in English..charge more than if you buy at train station in St.Petersburg.Many thxs!

      14 Answers Feb 12, 2015 at 3:10 AM
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      Where to stay in Saint Petersburg

      by rentedcow Online Now Sep 1, 2014 at 12:38 PM

      Hello VTers!

      I will be spending 3 days in Saint Petersburgh any suggestions on what neighborhood I should concentrate looking for a hotel in?

      Lastly, I have a 9:00 flight on a Monday. Should I take the metro or a taxi?

      Thanks in advance!

      6 Answers Sep 2, 2014 at 2:23 AM
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      Visiting St.Petersburg

      by Skillsbus Online Now Aug 28, 2014 at 11:01 AM

      I will be in Spb next week for 2 weeks. Are there any new attractions that are worth visiting ? Also are there any events on in the city (Parades or similar).
      I have been several times before so I have a good knowledge of the city and would like to see something new or different :)

      7 Answers Sep 16, 2014 at 12:58 AM
    • Opera at Mariinsky or Ballet Mikhailovsky Theatre

      by TravellerLee Online Now Aug 16, 2014 at 9:59 AM

      I have never been to the ballet nor opera but would like to try when in Russia. As I understand Mariinsky is the most beautiful and impressive theatre but when I am in St Petersburg they are showing opera not ballet. It makes sense to see ballet when in Russia rather than opera but Mariinsky is more beautiful.
      What would you recommend for someone who has never seen ballet nor opera and only been to the theatre a few time. I'm not very 'artsy'.
      Many thanks in advance

      7 Answers Aug 17, 2014 at 10:40 PM
    • Itinerary Help!

      by TravellerLee Online Now Aug 16, 2014 at 9:42 AM

      I will be in St Petersburg for 4 and it would be great to get some advice about where to go, what to do, what to see, where to eat etc. Any help is most appreciated!

      6 Answers Aug 20, 2014 at 10:56 AM
    • Metro to Finland Station early in the morning

      by lilacher Online Now Jul 6, 2014 at 7:43 AM

      I have a question about St Petersburg public tranportation.
      I'll stay in St Petersburg and then I'll head to Helsinki by train. A good option for me is catch the train at 6.40 a.m at Finland Station. I'll be hosted near from Admiralteyskaya metro station.
      Is the metro working at this time? Is it safe? Will I be able to arrive on time to Finland Station?
      What's the options?
      Thank you!

      4 Answers Jul 6, 2014 at 1:01 PM
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      is racism there against indians in st.petersburg

      by AbhisekD Online Now Jul 5, 2014 at 8:26 AM

      i am an indian and i am joining St. Petersburg State Medical Academy so i would be very grateful if someone would tell me about the attitude and feelings of the locals towards us as i have read some unpleasant experiences from the internet about people with coloured skins

      15 Answers Jul 30, 2014 at 6:34 AM
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      Travel to Staraya Ladoga

      by Skillsbus Online Now Jul 4, 2014 at 2:29 AM

      I will be in Stp in September. Is it possible to travel by bus to Staraya Ladoga and if so where does it depart from and its route number. Alternatively are there good train links ?

      2 Answers Jul 5, 2014 at 11:11 AM
    • Tours to Join

      by laf2024 Online Now Jun 27, 2014 at 8:21 PM

      Hello. I am planning to travel to Saint Petersburg for the first time this September. I am traveling by myself and am looking for guided tours to join that go to different sights in the city as well as tours that take day trips to Peterhof or Pushkin. I want to find tours that are already scheduled that I can join. All that I have found so far are tours with companies that would charge a lot just for me with no one else on the tour.

      Thanks for any suggestions.

      5 Answers Jun 30, 2014 at 11:49 PM
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      Catherine Palace

      by Cristian_Uluru Online Now Jun 25, 2014 at 2:49 PM

      Hi, I'm planning to visit Saint Petersbug on August. Catherine Palace is on my to do list. Which is the easiest way to reach it from Saint Petersburg downtown (my hotel is very close to Hermitage Museum)? Do you suggest to visit also Alexander Palace? Which are the park pavilions I can't miss?

      Many thanks for your suggestions.

      7 Answers Jul 1, 2014 at 12:43 PM