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Nyet, nyet, nyet

  • WRITTEN BY Philip Game
  • DATE August 19, 2019

One after another… several recent letters to the travel pages of Australian newspapers have recounted upsets caused by Russian officials’ rigid enforcement of visa expiry times and dates. Typically, hapless...

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Twelve reasons to stop over in Mongolia

  • WRITTEN BY Philip Game
  • DATE July 15, 2019

Ulaanbaatar, the capital, is a city of around 1 million people – half of Mongolia’s entire population – and an obvious stopover on the epic Trans Mongolian rail journey from...

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It’s the locals who make the difference…

  • WRITTEN BY A Fellow Traveller
  • DATE June 5, 2019

Any tour operator is only as good as its ground operators.  The people on the ground must do their damnedest to remain knowledgeable, capable and tireless, sometimes working long hours...

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Novgorod and back, without leaving Moscow

  • WRITTEN BY Philip Game
  • DATE June 4, 2019

One of the quirks of the Russian system is that you can sometimes stave off the tedium of re-registering whenever you leave a gateway city like Moscow or St Petersburg....

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Russia’s Natural Wonders

  • WRITTEN BY Philip Game
  • DATE May 23, 2019

As you’d expect in a country which reaches right across the Eurasian continent, Russia boasts a very generous share of the great wonders of the natural world. The good news...

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Moscow works its magic

  • WRITTEN BY A Fellow Traveller
  • DATE May 20, 2019

  It has been our dream to visit St Petersburg for many years but Moscow was never on our radar. Our perception of the Russian capital was of decrepit Stalin-era...

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Travel back in time to a vanished Russia

  • WRITTEN BY Philip Game
  • DATE February 20, 2019

Imagine travelling back in time to the Russian Empire before the First World War and the maelstrom of the 1917 Revolution, before the ruthless

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Trans Siberian Exploring in Winter

  • WRITTEN BY Brent McCunn
  • DATE February 20, 2019

We have just received a ‘selfie’ from one of our private guides in St Petersburg. She (in centre) is pictured with 2 of our transsibers. We are often asked, ‘what...

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How to read a Russian train ticket

  • WRITTEN BY Brent McCunn
  • DATE December 19, 2018

Reading a typical Russian rail ticket is not easy for the uninitiated.  Here’s an explanation:

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The charms of Russia’s Golden Ring

  • WRITTEN BY Philip Game
  • DATE December 3, 2018

A nun chants at a lectern as others watch from the back of the whitewashed Russian Orthodox chapel, warmed by the slanting sun. Through the

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