Canadians can get them direct from the embassy, it's just a lot of planning needs to be done. If I was in Canada, I could get it done in about 5 business days. The problem is that I'm travelling and sometimes there are different restrictions and it can take longer. I'll definitely call before I go, but worst case, I've heard that Canadians can get both the Chinese and Russian visas done for them in 10 business days through agencies in the UK, but ideally, I'd like to have them done further in advance so I'm not worried about dates/visas while booking flights. I have Canadian friends that have applied in Slovenia (they had residence there) and it took 4-6 weeks for it to process. I think it depends on where you are as well as nationality.
I've seen that before, the site has a lot of really good information! Thanks.
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I would love to take this train one day too. But I think about 2 stop-overs wouldn't hurt. Or, is it really that fun traveling non-stop?
I'd love to stop over at Novosibirsk, Irkutsk (who would want to miss out on beautiful Lake Baikal?), Birobidzhan. Before reaching Vladivostok.
What do you guys think?
If time allows you, I would suggest you make stops along the Trans Siberian. I'm not saying that it would be boring being on the rail for a week. It's just a pity, in my opinion, not to soak in the Siberian atmosphere through the cities along the way.
Regarding to Birobidzhan, it depends on what has brought you to put it into consideration.
Irkutsk is a popular tourist destination, which to me feels the least Russian :D But if you want to see Baikal, yes, you have to stop in Irkutsk.
If it weren't for the sake of Baikal, I would prefer Novosibirsk over Irkutsk. The biggest zoo in Russia is said to be in Novosibirsk.
I definitely want to stop along the way! The problem is deciding where, especially in winter. Most of the information I've found seems to be based on summer. Its the same for trying to sort out how long in Mongolia or if there's anywhere else en route I want to go, stops potentially in China before/after Beijing.