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Russia, or the Russian Federation as it's officially known, is
by far the largest country in the world - covering more than one ninth of the Earth's land
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Countries neighbouring Russia are: Norway, Finland, Estonia, Latvia,
Belarus, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Mongolia,
China, North Korea and
Alaska, USA; across the Bering Straight.
Weather in Europe:
Local weather forecasts for destinations around Europe.
On Arbatskaya, the main pedestrian street in Moscow, the red flag
is a tourist commodity worthy of currency, along with other Lenin memorabilia and former
soviet uniforms, Russian dolls, tin-badges and revolution-era cameras.
||Turn back the clock with this piece of
This original Soviet clock can only be purchased in the
||From Russia With Love:
The thawing of attitude saw people of St. Petersburg and Moscow take to the streets; Lenin
statues fell and individual traders sprouted up like new shoots in the spring.
Accommodation in Moscow
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Cities in Russia.
Sochi, St Petersburg, Vladivostok, Volgograd, Yekaterinburg.
East Russia Travel:
This site has been designed to educate, inform and promote Eco, cultural and other tourism
opportunities in Eastern Russia.
Official Site of the Russian National Tourist Office. This is a beautifully presented
site, and very easy to navigate; who needs frames? There is an enlightening history
section, and of course the mythical Trans Siberian Railway routes.
The must-have guide for travellers contemplating travelling overland through Russia by
Getting a Russian Visa
All foreign nationals are required to have entry visas to travel to the Russian
Federation. You can easily obtain your entry visas for Russia and the CIS online, from the
comfort of your own home.
If you are transiting through Moscow Sheremetyevo airport, you may
also purchase a visa at the airport, to visit Red Square and The Kremlim while you wait
for your connecting flight. And believe me, there can be some very long waits.
If you're staying in Russia for more than 3 days, you'll need to
register your visa through your hotel or sponsor.
For those travelling to a number of Russian cities, all points of
entry and all itinerary stops in Russia need to be printed on the visa. It's also a good
idea to make photocopies of your passport and visa and carry them with you at all times.
Travellers who wish to stay in Russia for more than 3 months need to
have an HIV test, to prove that they don't carry the virus. The HIV certificate needs to
be in Russian and English and valid for 3 months from the date of medical examination.
Russian Customs Regulations
You need to fill out a customs declaration upon arrival in Russia with
the amount of currency brought into the country declared and all valuable items listed
(including your cell phone). Make sure that the declaration is officially stamped by
customs officers on entry, to prevent difficulties in taking currency and valuables out.
Listings of Russian Consulates around the world.
You're in Russia. Chances are you'll have to stand in line at least once. With this book
in hand, this potentially dreary experience could become a social event. Talk politics,
meet the love of your life or simply ask where the toilets are.
English-language news channel based in Moscow.
It is possible to arrange your own Russian visa. In practice, however, most travellers
choose to hire a professional visa travel agency to do the groundwork. For an extra
$30-$70, agencies will prepare, proof-read, and submit your paperwork to a consulate on
your behalf and mail your passport along with Russian visa back.
Russian Folk Show
Enjoy an exotic Russian folk show in the former Ballroom of the Nikolayevsky Palace.
Featuring the best folk companies in St. Petersburg with delicious Russian appetisers
served in the intermission.
St Petersburg Hostel:
More Youth Hostels are appearing as budget travel takes off -- when we first went to
Russia, you had to pre-book your itinerary through Intourist to receive vouchers for
dollar hungry hotels.
Museum occupies six magnificent buildings situated along the embankment of
the River Neva, right in the heart of St. Petersburg.
The Hermitage collections of works
of art (over 3,000,000 items) present the development of the world culture and art from
the Stone Age to the 20th century.
One of the largest and oldest museums in the world,
the State Hermitage in Saint Petersburg was founded by Catherine the
Great, in 1764, and has been open to the public since 1852.
Although badly damaged by fire in 1837, the original
plans from architect Francesco Bartolomeo Rastrelli were used for the
reconstruction of this grand state entrance.
Jordan Staircase of the Winter Palace leads up to the exhibition
Passengers travelling through St. Petersburg, on Rossiya flights, get
a free hotel stay if their connecting flight is the following day or they have more than a
six hour wait.
Pulkovo airport has two air terminals: Pulkovo-1 for domestic and charter flights;
and Pulkovo-2 for international flights.
The hotel is situated close to the Moskovskaya metro station, in one of the most beautiful
St. Petersburg districts. Only 10 minutes, free shuttles can also whisk you into the city
within 20 minutes. The hotel is especially convenient for guests planning to visit the
famous royal estates: Peterhof, Pushkin, Pavlovsk and the residence of the Russian
President - Constantinovsky Palace.
The regional airline of St Petersburg operates charter flights to some 86 cities abroad
and 35 cities within Russia.
Known as 'the country of lakes' Karelia is located along Russia's
border with Finland.
Petrozavodsk, the capital city of Karelia, can be reached by overnight
train from Saint Petersburg; leaving around 10pm and arriving in Petrozavodsk around 7am.
Compare hotel prices for popular hotels in Petrozavodsk.
The Tourist Information Centre of Karelia is located at Kuibysheva Street 5, in
The republic consists of 16 metropolitan regions and two urban districts, with 808
Regions of Karelia
Belomorsky, Kalevalsky, Kemsky, Kondopozhsky,
Kostomuksha, Lahdenpohsky, Louhsky, Medvezhegorsky, Muezersky,
Olonetsky, Petrozavodsk, Pitkyarantsky, Prionezhsky, Pryazhinsky,
Pudozhsky, Segezhsky, Sortavala, Suojarvsky.
The Ural Mountains are stuffed with gems and precious stones.
You can buy fantastic handmade jewellery and souvenirs in
Ekaterinberg: malachite, garnet, turquoise and jasper made into colourful, sparkling
rings, necklaces, key chains and jewellery boxes.
Ekaterinburg is the third largest Russian city, administrative centre of Sverdlovsk oblast
and the capital of the Urals.
Ekaterinburg (Yekaterinburg), the capital city of the Urals, was founded
in 1723 by Tzar Peter the Great (and named after his wife, Catherine).
The city witnessed the death of monarchy in Russia, as it was in
Ekaterinburg that the last Russian tsar, Nicholas II
and his family was
assassinated; in Ipatiev house by the Bolsheviks on July 16, 1918.
When Josef Stalin ruled the Soviet Union, Ekaterinburg became the
largest passing point for the so called political criminals, who were sent to develop the
lands of Siberia and the Far East; the inhuman work was another name for a death sentence.
There are many outstanding historical monuments in the area. Maybe
take a one-day tour to Verkhoturje - a truly amazing village not far from Ekaterinburg,
where you can see the most beautiful churches in Russia and listen to stunning legends
about the famous ancient monastery.
Located at Sputnikov str., 6 in Ekaterinburg.
Tel: +7 /3432/ 242-850, 266-789
Fax: +7 /3432/ 266-416
Information phone +7 /3432/ 268-845.
US Consulate in
American visitors to Russia can find out about citizen services and the region; Russian
travellers to America can learn about visa services; U.S. businessmen can access reports
on trade and investment, and Russian students and journalists can read the latest U.S.
policy statements on events around the world.
Driving Across Siberia - Vladivostok to Moscow
The 10,000 kilometre road journey is probably best taken from west to
east, as the most arduous part of the journey is undertaken first and the vehicle's resale
value is higher in Moscow.
Visit Belgorod - the Golden Gate of Southern Russia - to find old
Orthodox cathedrals, cloisters, and buildings that witnessed the steps of Peter the Great
and other Russian historical figures. View the unique Russian landscapes and memorials
commemorating historical events from the ancient ages to the biggest tank battle that took
place near the village of Prokhorovka, in 1943.
All-Russia Travel Services:
Grint-Hospitality is licensed by the Russian authority to provide international travel
services and is officially registered with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to assist with
the processing of visa formalities.
Discover the wonders of Lake Baikal in the Republic of Buryatia, on the Russian-Mongolian
Escorted tours around Saint Petersburg and its suburbs. Also offer tours and shore
excursions for cruise ship tourists.
Enjoy a cruise of Russia, the Baltic States and Scandinavia.
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