Europe - Eastern Europe & the Caucasus
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Hi there, I am so impressed with how helpful some of you are on this site. I have gathered some great info for my tourist visa process to Russia. Thank you! I am heading to Krasnoyarsk and then will spend a day or so in Moscow on my way back. I am Canadian and will be applying in Toronto embassy.
1.My first question is: when applying for your tourist visa, for the "Entry date" and "Exit date"... do I put the actual entry/exit dates that are on my itinerary or the dates I provided for the LOI (I added a few days extra on both ends just to be safe as was advised on this site.)
Actual travel dates: Feb.4/13 - Feb-26/13
Dates on LOI: Feb.1/13 - Mar.1/13
2.Another quick question: I don't have any accommodations booked, however, on the site I obtained my LOI from (Real Russia) they stated that i can choose any hotel; If I choose to stay at another hotel, will I have... more »
On Nov 22nd 2012 I attempted to drive from Greece to Bulgaria via the relatively new border crossing from Xanthi and Thermes to Zlatograd. I was driving a campervan with my wife and 15 month old son. The road to the border on the Greek side is good and there are some nice hot springs in Thermes. On reaching the border we were turned away by the Greek guards because my son and I are travelling with Non-EU passports (Australian) and the Greek border guards do not yet have a stamp. The Bulgarian gaurds (who share then same hut) told us that they have a stamp and the problem only lies with the Greek guards failing to have a stamp 2 years after the opening of this checkpoint. We couldn't believe it, and no amount of arguing or pleading was going to get us through as it is a legal requirement to have non-eu passports stamped at the crossing. My wife travelling on a Czech passport would have... more »
I am lucky enough to have leave from 14th December till 6th January, so thinking of doing a bit of a tour through Europe and would appreciate any tips and pointers some of you might have. I am considering the Interrail option so far, with a very northerly trip of Norway planned, a trip to some German Christmas markets and Poland for New Years (have a mate staying there). Also, just for laughs, want to include a day or two in Sarajevo and then Belgrade.
Questions are: With the time I have available am I being realistic, I dont want to be rushed half my time? I am also planning it alone, being in the navy a bit of alone time is gold dust but I dont wanna be regretting potentially spending Christmas on my tod! Money wise does anybody have an approximate budget I should be putting aside? Also it is imperative I return by the 6th at the very latest, is the rest of Europe prone to... more »
Random question. I am trying to join Wwoof Estonia from the US. I've followed the sites directions for a bank transfer and the bank in Estonia rejected it because the 9 Euro membership fee was less than the bank's service fee. I've emailed Wwoof Estonia and have not heard anything. Has anyone experienced this? Found another way to join? Any help would be appreciated.
I've Wwoofed successfully in so many other countries, I am going to be bummed if I can't do so in Estonia.
Seeking advice for hiking Polish Tatry in late December/early January. Husband and I have previously hiked there during late spring and summertime. We are fit, early 30's.
We'll be sleeping at Kalatówki and would like to try a few nearby routes up into the mountains, for example, hiking to Kondratowa Hala and upwards from there.
Do we need crampons and ice axes? Helmets and ski masks? We want to be safe and prepared but don't want to spend more $$ than necessary. If we do need to buy gear, it'd be helpful to hear from someone with personal experience. It's impossible to choose between "lite" and "technical" versions of equipment not knowing the conditions of Polish Tatry in late December/early January.
Currently we both have waterproof boots with flexible soles. Must we upgrade our boots to fit proper crampons or can we manage using microspikes (e.g. Kahtoola) with our curr... more »
If Istanbul is not the easiest city to discover and explore than I don't know what is. Its like a blend of Paris and Rome for me, and my wife and I enjoyed the city's offerings so much, we never left, yes, 10 days of eating, drinking, shopping, museums, churches, mosques, ferries, trains, taxi's and always a nice sweet dessert and tea or coffee to relax with. The rich culture, long history, and friendly locals, make Istanbul one the best cities we have visited, and we will return to Turkey in the warm months for more exploration along the coast, and also ruins and natural wonders.
We arrived from Chicago on a Swiss Air flight via Zurich, we bought for $511PP R/T, returning on Lufthansa via Munich. That was a steal, and it was over the American holiday weekend of Thanksgiving as well. We stayed at 3 different Hotels, though all on managed by the same people. The first 3 nights we h... more »
i want to go to Georgia next year and don't have much space left in my passport.... does the visa take up a full page ??
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i am going to armenia next year as a tourist and don't have much space left in my passport.... does the visa take up a full page ??
I get the honour of having to spend 12 hours at the international airport in Baku, at daytime :(
Is there a way I can spend this time properly? I don't think I'll get access to a lounge. As a EU citizen I might be able to get a visa on arrival.
Do you have any suggestions on what to do? Never been to this part of the world, but if it's not too much of a hassle I could imagine leaving the airport, it's better than just sitting around anyway. Some 4km away there seems to be an eternal flame temple I could imagine walking to if it's save for a woman traveller alone. Other suggestions?
I would prefer not to exchange any money, but as I need to eat something anyway I might as well do that. How much would I need, both for transport, simple meals and visa on arrival?
I am going to Europe, solo, last minute opportunity had to snatch it up :), in January (only time I can go), and although I have never necessarily traveled this continent too much (Hungary/Austria) East/Central Europe has always caught my eye. I'm going to be there 2-3 weeks. My tentative plan is land in London > Germany > Czech Republic > Poland. I realize it will be cold, but the temperature is bearable, and similar to where I am from.
I think that should be realistic?
Any fun suggestions of what I should see?
Tips for winter time travel through those countries?
Thanks, any and all advice helps! :0)
What is the best advice for a daytrip by car from Vilnius (I am there beginning of December)?
Is it a scenic drive to Daugavpils (Lithuania), is the way to Kaunas nice?
Is cross skiing possible around Vilnius if there is snow? Is it possible to overlook the border with Belarus and buy some presents at the border (don't have a visum).
Thanks for help!!
Has anyone up on here been to istanbul on new years eve? (IA), i will be arriving on that day. I will be alone, and probably will want to do something that doesn't involving drinking or clubbing, preferably. Are there cruises on the Bosporus? I will most likely stay in a hostel in sultanahmet, but don't know where yet...i am actually surprised/disappointed having perused the rooms, to find the prices are not so much less than in the summer! I wonder if online they keep the same rates. i suspect if i go door to door, i might find better winter prices; however, i don't want to do that and would like to prebook the first two nights at least..
Also, more generally, can anyone recommend good things to do in turkey in winter besides museums, which i plan to do...i was there in June and did a lot of the summer activities, but i think there are many more things to do and see... more »
my friend and i are interested to travel via Transiberian train from Beijing to Moscow then to St Peterburg, stoping at Irkutsk and Ekaterinburg on the way.
would like to check on few things:
1) website to book transiberian train directly instead of via travel agency?
2) if direct purchase is impossible, any recommendation for reliable agency to purchase transiberian train ticket online?
3) website to apply for Russia visa
4) any homestay recommendation at Irtukst, Ekaterinburg, Moscow and St Peterburg?
Would really appreciate some advice.
(1) I have an Australian passport. After I have got my visa for Russia in Australia, can I travel through the border overland from Azerbijan into Russia? Or is this border closed to non CIS travellers? My aim would be to follow the Caspian north, through Derbent, Makhachkala to Astrakhan.
(2) Do you need special permits to travel into the Delta area as the LP book suggests?
thanks so much
I am in desperate need of a break and need to get out of the city.
I live in Cape Town (South Africa) and am looking to go to Europe from just before Christmas until just after New Year.
I have been in Europe a number of times, but mostly to the cities (Barcelona, Amsterdam, Paris, Marseilles, etc.)
I am now in need of advice. I am looking for a smallish town or village where one is out of the main rush of tourists, a small artist village or something that will be fresh and extremely local. I travel with camera gear, so pretty/beautiful will help.
I am not exactly looking for a one-horse town, but maybe a 5-horse town, so that there are places to see or go to close by or do during the day, but I am not looking for shopping centers, loads of tourists, etc. Just a simple village experience, where sightseeing, reading, relaxing and good food would be the order of the day.
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