Osaka to Nara

Jun 11th, 2005, 02:06 PM
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cwn, thanks for the report on Nagasaki and Hokkaido. Noboribetsu Onsen is definitely worth a longer visit.
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Jun 16th, 2005, 06:55 AM
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cwn thanks for your trip report, it gave me lots of information and definately help with the planning of my trip. I will be on the Diamond Princess, visiting Nagasaki, Vladivostok, Pusan, Shanghai, Dalian and Beijing.
I think I'm going to Kyoto instead of Nara, seems like there's more to see there.
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Jun 16th, 2005, 08:30 PM
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Glad I could help. You will love the Diamond, they are sister ships. We were in Shanghai, Nagasaki, Pusan and Beijing with the Royal Nov '04. Did Shanghai on our on -taxis and walking. Had a Goodwill Guide in Puasn the first time and did an all day tour with ship this time, good. Went to Nagasaki on both trips and loved the city. So easy to get around-don't mess with tours there. Beijing was the start of the Nov trip. Our fist ever Asia city, so we did the Princess Hotel and tranfer, but the rest with our own private car and driver highly recomend that approach, but we could have easily done the sight seeing on own. It just that I wanted to see so much in a very short time.

You will love the trip- neat cities! We were in Vladisotok this last trip. it is very different from the rest. We also did this city on own.
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Jun 17th, 2005, 09:05 AM
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How can I get a Goodwill Guide as you did in Pusan? What did you do in Vladivostok?
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Jun 17th, 2005, 09:18 PM
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Do a search for Goodwill Guides Pusan Korea. There is a website listing, A couple on the Sapphire used them this May. Just fill in the information and return the email. It will take some time to hear back probably. I really think they wait to make contact a month or two before your trip. I didn't fine the site till about two months out in Nov so things seemed to move along, but the lady this spring didn't hear anything till about 4 weels before she left. We both had good guides, so don't give up, they should get back to you. Both guides emailed and asked us for a list of things we thought we would like to see and went from there.

I did an internet search for Vladivostok also. Found two maps, one in Russian and the other in English, plus a list of points of interest along the various streets. Kind of a description of the variuos buildings and what their history was. I just used that and the information on the various Ship's tours and picked out the things we might like. We went to the Sub and fifth fleet area and to the Hotel for some gift shopping. We mostly wandered around the streets and in some of the stores. You really must do that, if you have never been to Russia. They are stocked like US stores in the 50's and the clothes are a intereting mix of "teenage hip" and "old lady cira 1950! We spent a good bit of time talking and walking with three young military cadets 17, 19 & 20 from other parts of the country. One spoke English well and did most of the talking. They seemed like nice young men and told us a little about their life and us how to find so of the places I had picked out. There is really nothing that is a most see, but it was interesting to explore on our on. I didn't hear any thing about the tours after people got back on the ship, but I don't think they are worth the money. You can find it all on foot on your own.
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Jun 19th, 2005, 09:36 AM
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Thanks for the help.
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Jun 24th, 2005, 02:00 PM
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cwn: I was hoping to hear about your visa for Russia. Did you have to have one to go on your own? We go on the same type trip in May - HAL, and they said a visa was needed.
(I know this doesn't fit here, but can't figure what other posts she will look at, sorry).
May I write you?
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Jun 26th, 2005, 06:16 PM
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dearyleann-we did not need a visa for this trip to Russa. There is currently a 48 hour transit rule in effect at least for this city. There was some confussion about this when we contacted Princess and the Russian website, but in the final papers we were told we didn't need the visa. We did not have one. It is expensive for just a few hours and my husband said he would not get one! The last to times we went to Russia- St Petersburg and Yalta we did need a visa or had to use a ship's tour.

Please email me if you need any more help. Spelled out, my email is carwneal at yahoo dot com.
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Jun 28th, 2005, 10:00 AM
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