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Can anyone recommend centrally located hotels in Moscow and St Petersburg for a first time visit? Location close to tourist sites, the metro and restaurants is probably our first priority as we like to explore on foot and it would be good to have a decent breakfast included (or be very close to cafes). Maximum budget around £80 but would be happy to pay significantly less than this and budget type places are fine. There seems to be an overwhelming number of options with mixed reviews and I'm…

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Hi, I normally have no trouble changing british £ at currency exchanges in large cities in Russia, but following the vote for the UK to leave the EU and the fall in sterling I wondered if anyone knew whether £ are still exchangeable. I will be in Omsk, Tomsk and Irkutsk. If anyone can update on the situation (from today onwards) I would be grateful.

Thanks Janey

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What would be the best places to cover in the Russian side of Altai in 5 days? I plan to cross over to Mongolia from the border near Kosh Agach.

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I shall be visiting Moscow and St Petersburg later this year and was wondering if it is possible to explore the canals and rivers of these two places by public transport, or should one do a tour? ggypsy1

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I applied for a tourist visa from the ILS location in Toronto. I am a Canadian citizen. I used 'IVisa' to order an invitation to use for my mail-in 'express' application which according to ILS should take three business days from date of application arriving.

Here's the issue: ILS called and asked me to confirm that I have hotel bookings for when the Russian consulate requests them, which according to ILS, they most likely will. My understanding was that as long as I ordered a visa support…

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Hi everyone, i have a problem in urgent!
Here is the situation, i am a Chinese passport holder who living in Hong Kong, I am planning to go on a siberian railway trip from hong kong to Vladivostok in july (6/7-23/7)
The itinerary is as follow
6/7 from hk to Peking
7/7-10/7 take a train from peking to ulaanbaatar
10/7-14/7 arrive at ulaanbaatar for four days
15/7-16/7 take the siberian railway from ulaanbaatar to Irkutsk
16/7-19/7 arrive at Irkutsk to stay for three days
19/7-21/37take the railway…

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I have searched the thorntree but can't find precise answers. I took the transsiberian line 3 times (last time in 2013) and now I am interested by a long "side trip" to Iakutsk, and then coming back tu the BAm line to take it to the end to the ferry to Sakhalin. esides, I am also interested by south Kuril islands. I could not find up to date advice, is the train line that was supposed to work in 2014 ending not far from Iakutsk in service? Is a permit necessary for this area now?
I believe it's…

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Hi everyone,

I’m thinking about travelling the trans-siberian railway in mid-October. I would start in Moscow and take the trans-mongolian line to Beijing. My question is is it worth stopping around a) Lake Baikal and b) somewhere in Mongolia around that time? Is it better to visit Baikal and the Gobi desert in another season? I suspect the weather will be cold and wet in October - maybe it's better to do this journey in the summer months?

Any insights or tips from people who have done this…

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I will be entering Russia from Latvia. I got my VISA and my EU passport. Do they ask you to provide any documents like proof of funds, onward tickets? I heard that they rarely do so.

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Hello all,

I've been scouring the web and can't find the answer to this. I'm starting a trip this fall that begins in New Zealand and will have me going through Russia at some point in 2017. No set date of travel or invitations. I spoke with one of the various online tourist agencies and they said that wouldn't be an issue, and they said go with the three year multiple entry visa. Just put in the earliest date I think I would get there and they'll take care of the rest. All good so far.

I went…