Has anyone actually visited the Cathedral of Our Lady of Smolensk within the Novodiverchy Convent complex? I have tried on one or two occasions, but have found it closed. Have I been unlucky?
Is the Tsagaannuur / Tashanta border open for tourists? Possible to do it through public transport? I plan to travel through the russian altai from Gorno-Altaysk to Olgi on the Mongolian side. Has anyone done this one recently?
Me and my brother are Colombian and US dual citizens planning on going to Russia in late June. We plan on coming from Georgia, where we would use our US passport. For US citizens it is required to get a visa to Russia, while Colombian citizens are exempt. What should be the best or correct way to assure we can get in hassle free to Russia using the Colombian passport (ie going through customs) , and will we have problems with the US passport considering we don't have a visa? Thanks!
I had the good fortune of visiting the Russian Visa Center, AKA "Invisa Logistic Services" twice in 2 days. Some tips:
1) Common application "errors"
If you've ever played the game "Papers Please", the workers at Russian Visa Center are basically elite level players. Anything even slightly (or potentially) out of line in your application WILL be found and you WILL be sent away to fix it.
The date on your letter of invitation and voucher must be in DD.MM.YYYY format. I got my letter of…
Any suggestions on the best or most interesting way to get from Kazan to St. Petersburg? I am going to Kazan from Moscow, so would prefer not to go back through Moscow again.
I looked at flights, and they are all at absolutely awful times of day: Rossiya has a direct flight leaving 3:55AM arriving 6:10AM; S7 has a 9:50pm departure with a 7 hour layover in Moscow that arrives at 7:30 am. In either case I'm basically not sleeping that night.
It looks like the train takes ~24 hours - also not…
Ok so basic bit of background info here, im an 25 year old male from the UK and i've decided to defer my university graduation untill 2017 to take a gap year.
I started my trip in Thailand, moving on to Laos, Cambodia. Now I am heading to China. Got the China visa in Vietnam, where I am right now. I wish to take the Transsiberian train to Moscow from either China or Japan (ferry first). I plan to go off the train in Irkutsk and Ekaterinburg for a day or two.
My main challenge now is the visa…
I cannot decide which way to go from Irkutsk to Vladiswostok. Should I stay on the train through Russia or should I go via Harbin. I find very little / no information on the bit from Harbin to Vladiwostok. Obviously I would have to change trains at the border. Please ADVISE!!!!
I have planned my transib-trip from Moscow (leaving 18th July) to Irkutsk arriving 27th of July) via Kasan, Yektarinenburg, Nowosibirsk, Krasnoyarsk, Irkutsk. From there I would continue (30th July) to Vladiswostok ,
We arrive on a weekday at 3:00am to Domodedovo International airport and want to travel to Komsomolskaya station (our hotel is near this station).. We assume at that time of day we will need to get a taxi.
So any idea how much a taxi would cost?
Is there an alternate at that time of day to catching a taxi?
About 4 weeks in Russia. incl. 2 weeks language courses in SP. Questions:
1) SP, Moscow and Volgograd, time enough, miss any must-see city/places?
2) Route: New York - Moscow (3 days) - train to SP 2 weeks - fly to Volgograd 3days) - train (fly?) back to Moscow (1 or 2 days) - fly to NYC/JFK. good ?
SBASIBA - Thanks - Merci!