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Sep 10th, 2012 10:35 AM
TIEFSEE
Re: Russia travel advice

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Originally Posted by Kuilli View Post
If you are in Stockholm, just do St. Petersburg and Tallinn. Both are worth visiting. And if you have an extra day, you can always add Helsinki. Leave Moscow for another trip.
Helsinki
Sep 10th, 2012 09:55 AM
Gina101
Re: Russia travel advice

A tricky one, but as a frequent traveller all I can do is offer some info and hope it comes to use.
Firstly, getting to Paris from the uk, my most frequent method of travel is by ferry(probably Dover-Calais would be closest to Paris) or Eurotunnel (Folkestone-Calais), or even Eurostar, really easy and simple (and quite fun actually) and to book, I suggest price comparison websites like ferrysavers, it's worth browsing around for the best price. Secondly, what else you could do is take Eurostar from London to Brussels, a high-speed train to Cologne, then the daily Russian sleeping-car from Cologne to Moscow, taking two nights. There os a lot of info on the Seat61 site, I find that a great reliable travel website!
Aug 19th, 2012 10:40 AM
Kuilli
Re: Russia travel advice

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I'll be in Stockholm and I definitely want to take the ferry across to St.Petersburg, but I don't know if I'll have enough time to fit Moscow in and make it worth it. Plus I kind of have Tallinn in the back of my mind for this trip as well. So who knows.
If you are in Stockholm, just do St. Petersburg and Tallinn. Both are worth visiting. And if you have an extra day, you can always add Helsinki. Leave Moscow for another trip.
Aug 19th, 2012 09:05 AM
Sam L
Re: Russia travel advice

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So do I, but that is one long train.

I'll be in Stockholm and I definitely want to take the ferry across to St.Petersburg, but I don't know if I'll have enough time to fit Moscow in and make it worth it. Plus I kind of have Tallinn in the back of my mind for this trip as well. So who knows.
If you don't have time and if that's what you're doing, maybe just do Saint Petersburg. There's a lot of things to do there. Plus if you're interested and want to go out to Peterhof gardens, Catherine Palace etc.. that's a day trip in itself.
Aug 19th, 2012 07:32 AM
Serenus Christ
Re: Russia travel advice

My mother is actually from Russia so I'm wanting to go next year also, if not Moscow, definitely St. Petersburg..
On a side note has anyone travelled the trans-siberian rail?
Aug 19th, 2012 01:38 AM
Dave.
Re: Russia travel advice

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Originally Posted by Sam L View Post
No. Flew from Paris to Moscow and back from St. P to Paris. Although I would LOVE to do that one day. I love train travel.

Why and/or? If you're going all that way, you might as well do both. They are very different and both worth visiting. But if you're in Europe you probably have more opportunities to visit them because you're closer.

So do I, but that is one long train.

I'll be in Stockholm and I definitely want to take the ferry across to St.Petersburg, but I don't know if I'll have enough time to fit Moscow in and make it worth it. Plus I kind of have Tallinn in the back of my mind for this trip as well. So who knows.
Aug 19th, 2012 01:25 AM
Sam L
Re: Russia travel advice

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Wow, sounds awesome. I'm considering St.Petersburg and/or Moscow for New Year.


Did you end up taking the train from Paris to Moscow?
No. Flew from Paris to Moscow and back from St. P to Paris. Although I would LOVE to do that one day. I love train travel.

Why and/or? If you're going all that way, you might as well do both. They are very different and both worth visiting. But if you're in Europe you probably have more opportunities to visit them because you're closer.
Aug 19th, 2012 01:22 AM
Dave.
Re: Russia travel advice

Wow, sounds awesome. I'm considering St.Petersburg and/or Moscow for New Year.


Did you end up taking the train from Paris to Moscow?
Aug 19th, 2012 12:51 AM
Sam L
Re: Russia travel advice

Just in case anyone's wondering, I did go to Russia and I absolutely loved it. I would so go back there.

There were so many tourists. That surprised me but I went to all the touristy places.

The Sapsan was nice but so many kids and so noisy. The landscape I saw from the train was just incredible.

I met Crazy Canuck in front of the Bolshoi. A rendezvous to remember?

Saw Sleeping Beauty ballet. Dancing was good but Duato butchered it.

Hermitage is incredible but I was fascinated more by Tretyakov Gallery which had Russian art rather than western art.

I miss it so much. Thanks for all the advice everyone. If anyone's interested in going there, I would highly recommend it.
Jan 31st, 2012 09:17 AM
Sam L
Re: Russia travel advice

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The only thing I know is that they were traveling from Moscow to Petersburg by a train and it was a night trip that lasts about 8 hours (it's the best option because you get there in the morning).
Ok I've now decided on pretty much everything except this train trip. I have two options I think: sleeper train like above which I'm thinking Red Arrow or the 4-hour day express train Sapsan. I'm preferring the day train because I will be able to see the Russian countryside whereas the other one it'll be at night.

Can anyone advise? I wonder if Crazy has taken her trip.
Jan 12th, 2012 12:17 PM
Sam L
Re: Russia travel advice

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They met a lot of people on student exchange programs and now they stay at their places while they are in Russia (just like those Russians stay at my friends' flats and houses when they come to Serbia). For example, my friend has some guests from Russia or Poland at least 5 times a year.
Well I can do that in France but not in Russia. I need places that are going to be close to touristy places in the middle of the city. But thanks. I think I have my hotels sorted anyway thanks to shap half.

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at the summer can be pretty hot in Moscow at least, ~35 Celsius. All local people tries go out of city.
Oh really? That's good. Where do they go? 35 degrees is not but not that hot for me. I'm from Australia.

I just hope nothing interesting happens while I'm in Russia.
Dec 6th, 2011 06:19 AM
ILC
Re: Russia travel advice

at the summer can be pretty hot in Moscow at least, ~35 Celsius. All local people tries go out of city.
Dec 6th, 2011 01:20 AM
Cajka
Re: Russia travel advice

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Thanks. I'm going next summer so I still have plenty of time. So where do they stay?
They met a lot of people on student exchange programs and now they stay at their places while they are in Russia (just like those Russians stay at my friends' flats and houses when they come to Serbia). For example, my friend has some guests from Russia or Poland at least 5 times a year.
Nov 28th, 2011 09:15 AM
Sam L
Re: Russia travel advice

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I'm doing the Moscow-St Petersburg train thing in a couple of weeks. Will let you know how it goes.
Hey! Yes please. There are so many services I'm so confused. I am now going to fly to Russia but will still do the train trip between the two cities.

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Originally Posted by shap_half View Post
I've always wanted to go to Russia -- so much that I tortured myself with five semesters of learning the language. The Visa thing ALWAYS turns me off going though. I just can't be bothered, because I'm a very last-minute traveler.

But I was planning on going to Russia for Fashion Week last year, and I did some hotel research and came up with these:

(I don't remember their location, but know that they are all boutique type properties.)

MOSCOW
Hotel Baltschug Kempinski
Ararat Park Hyatt Moscow
Mamaison All-Suites Spa Hotel Pokrovka Moscow

ST. PETERSBURG
Angleterre Hotel
Alexander House Boutique Hotel
Thanks for this list. Ultimately I'll decide based on location but these look pretty good. And you should really go especially if you've been learning the language. I have a few books on Russian but I've never seriously attempted to learn it. Maybe I might learn the alphabet before I go.
Nov 27th, 2011 10:38 PM
shap_half
Re: Russia travel advice

I've always wanted to go to Russia -- so much that I tortured myself with five semesters of learning the language. The Visa thing ALWAYS turns me off going though. I just can't be bothered, because I'm a very last-minute traveler.

But I was planning on going to Russia for Fashion Week last year, and I did some hotel research and came up with these:

(I don't remember their location, but know that they are all boutique type properties.)

MOSCOW
Hotel Baltschug Kempinski
Ararat Park Hyatt Moscow
Mamaison All-Suites Spa Hotel Pokrovka Moscow

ST. PETERSBURG
Angleterre Hotel
Alexander House Boutique Hotel
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