Happy end of the TranSib tale! Hope it helps you choose your stops: Irkutsk, Krasnoyarsk, Novosibirsk, Omsk, Tobolsk, Ekaterinburg, Perm, Kirov etc
Happy to announce for those who've been following that I am safely back from the winter Siberia journey. This comes as a bit of a surprise: it was -30 most of the time, and, irritatingly, I don't even have a cold! nor had any of my stuff stolen in platzkart, for that matter. So the experience is not full (boringly safe)...
A friend and I (both American) are thinking of flying into St. Petersburg and buying a car to drive down to Moscow, south through Volgograd and then along the Caspian Sea into Azerbaijan. Eventually we would like to go through Georgia into Turkey. We are thinking of selling the car there in Turkey, or paying to ferry it across to Bulgaria/Albania, and continue driving up through the Balkans. A couple questions:
- How difficult would it be to purchase a car in St. Petersburg?
- If we do…
I'd love to visit the Man Pupu Nyor rock formations this summer when I am in Russia, and was wondering about getting there.
According to this website:
Unless going by helicopter, which I don't want to do, it says that the journey starts in Yaksh in Komi Republic (around 600 kms from Syktyvkar), then 200 km by boat, and a 40 km walk.
I'm wondering if anyone has done this trip? I have my own car and speak…
I read the documents required for applying a visa and got a visa invitation letter and voucher from my airBnB host, however later on they said since India is apparently a "high immigration risk" country - the documents they issued aren't valid anymore. I am not sure what's the best way to approach this now - should I apply for the visa…
Trip Report - Ulan-Ude - Lake Baikal, Barguzin Valley, Chita - Buddhist Monasteries of Zabaikal Territory
Here is an article, from an October / November 2010 trip I made in Siberia.
After a few rest days in Ulan-Ude, I drive north to to stunning Lake Baikal, befriend two Finns in their own car and head into the sublimely beautiful Barguzin Valley.
We spend a few days driving around the valley in perfect, crisp autumn weather, then return to Ulan-Ude and drive east on the Trans-Siberian Highway to Chita.
Following our conversations earlier, and my trip Ulan-Bator - Moscow which I have just finished, below I have summarised my best bits of wisdom on how to save up on your journey.
Advice includes best booking time, booking sites, ways to explore the stops etc.
I do sincerely hope this is of help, as Russia is an amazing travel destination!
Happy to do the question-answer : )!
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Does anyone have any recent experience here? I'm wondering if western sanctions on Russia and the general blaming of its economic woes on the west has chilled the reception of locals towards us outlanders.
I'm considering a trip on the Trans-Sib. Moscow-Beijing, with probably some stops along the way, in the fall or May-ish in 2016. I haven't decided yet whether to go solo, with a group, or troll for a travel buddy. I've gone through the posts here and some elsewhere, but any advice or good…