Monday, September 18, 2017

12 Days Solo Backpacking in Summer Russia (Trans-Siberia Train Ride)

sightseeing Moscow, St. Petersburg, Vladivostok and Trans-Siberia's best tourist attraction
August 25 to September 05, 2017

"Russia can't be understood by mind, nor measured by common yardstick.
She has of herself a unique build; Russia can only be believed in. - Fyodor Tyutchev"

My 53rd solo backpacking trip26th country to visit in Europe continent, total of 62 countries visited so far and of course, usual budget do-it-yourself itinerary from arrival to departure. This trip is the fourth country I visited on my new expat life and the first part on my first annual vacation leave.

Russia (Rossija) is the largest country in the world, covering more than one-eighth of the Earth's inhabited land area, spanning Eastern Europe and northern Asia. The greatest amazing thing about Russia is, given it's immense size, without a doubt the diversity of climate zones, and the weather extremes. Russia's territory stretches over continents of Europe and Asia and has therefore many different climate zones.Russia shares a border with 14 countries including Norway, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Belarus, China, Ukraine, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Mongolia and North Korea. No other country has as many borders.

timezone - UTC +0300H to UTC +1200H (10 time zones)
capital - Moscow         language - Russian              currency - Ruble (RUB) 1 USD = 55 RUB
visa - Philippine passport holders need to apply first before travel

12 Days Solo Backpacking in Summer Russia (matryoshka, fridge magnet and shirt souvenirs)

12 Days Solo Backpacking in Summer Russia (Moscow's 870th Anniversary)

12 Days Solo Backpacking in Summer Russia (St. Basil's Cathedral by day)

Interesting Facts about Russia: 
1. Russia is the largest country in the world (approx 1.8 times the size of US) with 10 time zones (UTC +3 to +12).
2. The lowest point in Russia is the Caspian Sea – at 28 meters below sea level while the highest is Mt. Elbrus at 5,633 meters above sea level. It’s the highest mountain in Europe.
3. Lake Baikal contains about 20% of the world’s fresh water and is the deepest lake in the world. About 1,700 species of plants and animals live in the lake, two thirds of which can be found nowhere else in the world.
4. The Trans-Siberian Railroad connects Moscow to the Russia Far East. It’s the longest railway line in the world.
5. 77% of Russia is made up of Siberia
6. In Russia there are 9 million more Women than men.
7. In Russia it's now Illegal to tell kids Gay People Exist.
8. The U.S. purchased Alaska from Russia for just US$7.2 million in 1867.
9. Japan and Russia still haven't signed a peace treaty to end World War II due to the Kuril Islands dispute.
10. Beer was not considered an alcoholic beverage in Russia until 2013.
11. The word “vodka” comes from the Russian word “voda” that means “water”.
12. Lake Karachay in Russia is the most radioactive and polluted lake in the world.
13. Russia has over 8400 nuclear weapons, more than any other country.

12 Days Solo Backpacking in Summer Russia (St. Petersburg day tour)

12 Days Solo Backpacking in Summer Russia (St. Petersburg day tour)

12 Days Solo Backpacking in Summer Russia (St. Petersburg day tour)

advance confirm hostel booking via, visa application with confirm medical insurance and travel voucher, confirm train bookings, return flight

​Day 1 August 25, 2017 Friday

Moscow Airport morning arrival (timezone +0300H), Moscow tour, Night departure of Trans-Siberia train

Day 2 August 26, 2017 Saturday

Trans-Siberia train Day-1 (timezone +0300H to +0500H)

Day 3 August 27, 2017 Sunday
Trans-Siberia train Day-2 (timezone +0500H to +0600H)

Day 4 August 28, 2017 Monday
Trans-Siberia train Day-3 (timezone +0700H)

Day 5 August 29, 2017 Tuesday
Trans-Siberia train Day-4 (timezone +0800H to +0900H)

Day 6 August 30, 2017 Wednesday
Trans-Siberia train Day-5 (timezone +0900H)

Day 7 August 31, 2017 Thursday
Trans-Siberia train Day-6 (timezone +0900H to +1000H)

Day 8 September 01, 2017 Friday
Vladivostok short morning tour, flight to Moscow, Moscow tour, Night Train to St. Petersburg (timezone +0300H)

Day 9 September 02, 2017 Saturday
St. Petersburg whole day tour, Night Train to Moscow (timezone +0300H)

Day 10 September 03, 2017 Sunday
Moscow Day-3 tour (timezone +0300H)

Day 11 September 04, 2017 Monday
Moscow Day-4 tour (timezone +0300H)

Day 12 September 05, 2017 Monday
Moscow short morning tour, afternoon departure in Moscow Airport (timezone +0300H)

TOTAL BUDGET : 5,693 AED = $1,581

12 Days Solo Backpacking in Summer Russia (Trans-Siberia Train Ride)

12 Days Solo Backpacking in Summer Russia (Trans-Siberia Train Ride)

12 Days Solo Backpacking in Summer Russia (Trans-Siberia Train Ride)

Visa Registration Tips upon Moscow Airport arrival;
Registration is basically the process by which the Russian authorities are notified, after your arrival in Russia, of the place where they can find you if needed. If you are staying in Russia less than 7 business days, you don’t need to register. Registration must be done ONLY by the host (hotel, apartment, private homes), foreign citizen can’t register on its own. The Russian police are not authorized to request proof of registration on the streets. Registration accreditation is not necessary to leave the country, though the immigration card is required. If you make the Trans-Siberian route by train and sleep on it, in this case the train ticket would be equivalent to the registration (you always have to keep your ticket in handy).


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