Has anyone here gone to Russia?

Old Aug 20th, 2002, 05:08 PM
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Has anyone here gone to Russia?

If anyone has been to Russia, did you have a good time? Do you recommend it? it seems as if NO ONE here asks questions about Russia. Must be that few travel there. We have been to over 40 countries, so are looking for another interesting place to visit. Please reply if you have traveled there. Thanks!
 
Old Aug 20th, 2002, 05:39 PM
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I've been to Russia twice and enjoyed it immensely. The architectural treasures, the art, the history, the landscape, and the fascinating people make it a place that I'd love to visit yet again. Highlights included the Kremlin and Red Square, of course, as well as Piskarevskoye Cemetery and a train ride from Moscow to St. Petersburg.
That said, both of my visits were pre 1991, so I'm afraid I can't be of much assistance in current info. If you haven't done a search, just type Russia in the box above and you'll come up with lots of entries from much more recent travellers.
 
Old Aug 20th, 2002, 05:43 PM
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Just a friendly suggestion. Why don't you use the "country scroll" at the top of the Europe page, scroll down to "Russia" and see the abundance of information that is at your fingertips.
 
Old Aug 20th, 2002, 07:24 PM
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Michael
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E-mail me and I'll be glad to offer help and suggestions.

Cheers,

Michael
 
Old Aug 20th, 2002, 07:37 PM
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Marc David Miller
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As oldtimer suggested, look at the archived posts--you'll see several hundred, and notice many people who are travelling on some river cruises soon. As someone who has been there for a total of approximately three months since 1999 (Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kizhi, Valaam, Novgorod, Sergiev Posad, Irkutsk, Ulan-Ude, Listvyanka, Kuzhir) I can attest that it is a fascinating country to visit for a number of reasons-art, architecture, performing arts, natural beauty, history, science, business.
 
Old Aug 20th, 2002, 08:13 PM
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I have had three visits in the past 3 years and will go for my forth visit in Sept. Places that I have visited include Moscow, St Petersburg. Novgorod Veliky, Nizhni Novgorod, Kostroma, Rostov on Don, Rostov Veliky, Suzdal, Vladimir, Sergiev Posad, Irkutsk, Listvyanka, Volgada, Volgagrad, Kazan, Yaroslavl, Uglich, Simbirsk, Samara, Saratov. If you want information just ask your question, I am am sure that you will get a reply. An interesting place to visit.
 
Old Aug 20th, 2002, 09:23 PM
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Ive had a hidden dream to visit russia someday and since im almost 65 now is the time how important is langage bI only speak english would this give me a problem in france,germany and russia
 
Old Aug 21st, 2002, 02:21 AM
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Norma,

My wife and I are heading to St. Petersburg and Moscow in September. It's our first trip to Russia and we are surely looking forward to it.

We've been some great places throughout Europe but this one should also be very special.

You should keep looking on this forum for more information as the people here are very helpful. I do get most of my help from here.

Best of luck and happy trails.

Bob
 
Old Aug 23rd, 2002, 04:41 AM
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I recently returned from my second cruise of the Baltic in 2 years. This time I brought my entire family along (grandparents and 3 young adult daughters). St. Petersburg is one of the most fascinating cities I have ever been in. Steeped in history, architecture and art treasures, the likes of which I do not expect to see anywhere else. Our Russian tour guides spoke beautiful English, were very friendly, and most knowledgeable of their history and the sights in this most amazing city. Do not miss the Hermitage Museum, Church of the Resurection, Peterhof Palace and Catherine's Palaces.
 
Old Aug 23rd, 2002, 11:24 AM
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How about the weather there?
 
Old Aug 23rd, 2002, 11:46 AM
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Updated: 4:00 AM MSD on August 23, 2002
Friday Saint Petersburg
Scattered Clouds. High: 68° F. / 20° C.
Friday Night
Scattered Clouds. Low: 50° F. / 10° C.
Saturday
Scattered Clouds. High: 75° F. / 24° C.
Saturday Night
Scattered Clouds. Low: 48° F. / 9° C.
Sunday
Scattered Clouds. High: 75° F. / 24° C.
Sunday Night
Scattered Clouds. Low: 48° F. / 9° C.
Monday
Scattered Clouds. High: 73° F. / 23° C.
Monday Night
Scattered Clouds. Low: 44° F. / 7° C.
Tuesday
Scattered Clouds. High: 78° F. / 26° C.
Tuesday Night
Scattered Clouds. Low: 46° F. / 8° C.
Wednesday
Chance of Rain. High: 78° F. / 26° C.
Wednesday Night
Chance of Rain. Low: 57° F. / 14° C.
Thursday
Scattered Clouds. High: 68° F. / 20° C.
Thursday Night
Scattered Clouds. Low: 46° F. / 8° C.

 
Old Aug 23rd, 2002, 11:47 AM
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Norma, what time of year, and where? A big difference in temperture between Novosibirsk in January and Sochi in July!

You can look up weather information at

www.WeatherUnderground.com

look under "Russia" and you will see pages and pages of cities.
 
Old Aug 23rd, 2002, 11:50 AM
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Updated: 4:00 AM MSD on August 23, 2002
Friday Moscow
Scattered Clouds. High: 59° F. / 15° C.
Friday Night
Scattered Clouds. Low: 48° F. / 9° C.
Saturday
Scattered Clouds. High: 69° F. / 21° C.
Saturday Night
Scattered Clouds. Low: 44° F. / 7° C.
Sunday
Scattered Clouds. High: 71° F. / 22° C.
Sunday Night
Scattered Clouds. Low: 50° F. / 10° C.
Monday
Scattered Clouds. High: 69° F. / 21° C.
Monday Night
Scattered Clouds. Low: 42° F. / 6° C.
Tuesday
Scattered Clouds. High: 68° F. / 20° C.
Tuesday Night
Scattered Clouds. Low: 42° F. / 6° C.
Wednesday
Clear. High: 77° F. / 25° C.
Wednesday Night
Clear. Low: 48° F. / 9° C.
Thursday
Scattered Clouds. High: 77° F. / 25° C.
Thursday Night
Scattered Clouds. Low: 55° F. / 13° C.

 
Old Sep 2nd, 2002, 05:03 PM
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We did a Viking River Cruise from Moscow to St. Petersburg and had a wonderful time! Russia is a fascinating country, full of surprises. The river cruise is a hassle free way to travel - no living out of a suitcase, great meals on board, knowledgeable English speaking guides, and congenial travel companions. Go for it!
 
Old Sep 2nd, 2002, 05:54 PM
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It's true that there aren't as many threads about Russia as there are about Italy or France, but there was a really interesting trip report about a cruise between St.P and Moscow called "my river cruise to Russia."
http://www.fodors.com/forums/pgMessa...ise+and+russia
 
Old Sep 3rd, 2002, 12:50 PM
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Norma: I went to Russia last summer to work with Russian teachers at a national park. I did not spend a great deal of time in Moscow, because I was staying in a dacha out side of the city, and we just traveled in a couple times, before we left for our real location which was Smolensk Lakelands National Park. We traveled with two interpretors who have been to the U.S. as a part of the same program that I traveled under. If you decide to go, please email me, and I can put you in touch with one of them who is married to an American (she has not yet been able to immigrate to the US) and may be able to help you as a personal guide. Marty
 
Old Sep 19th, 2002, 11:42 AM
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How much time, money and hassle is it to get a Visa for Russia?
 
Old Sep 19th, 2002, 12:02 PM
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I got my visa on line from
http://www.gotorussia.net/
 
Old Sep 23rd, 2002, 06:43 AM
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Old Sep 23rd, 2002, 07:06 AM
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There are numerous places online you can find to get your visa. You first need to make hotel reservations and your hotel will send a voucher (usually for a small fee)that you need to send to your visa company. I used Travel document systems and spent $120 for the visa.
To sleep: There are fewer english speaking people in russia than there are in Western Europe but most people in hotels and tourist areas speak some english. I did not think it was that difficult to get around without knowing the language.
 

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