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Europe, Trans-Mongolian Express and Asia in 33 days!

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1. Posted by Ålesund (First Time Poster 1 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

I live in a small city in Norway called Ålesund, and I'm planning this trip:

Day 1: Ålesund - Oslo, Oslo - Prague.
Day 2: Prague
Day 3: Prague - Vilnius
Day 4: Vilnius - Riga.
Day 5: Riga.
Day 6: Riga - Tallinn.
Day 7: Tallinn - Helsinki.
Day 8: Helsinki - St. Petersburg.
Day 9: St. Petersburg - Moscow.
Day 10: Moscow - Perm.
Day 11: Perm - Yekaterinburg.
Day 12: Yekaterinburg - Irkutsk.
Day 13: Irkutsk - Ulan Ude.
Day 14: Ulan Ude - Ulaanbaatar (Ulan Bator).
Day 15: Ulaanbaatar (Ulan Bator) - Beijing.
Day 16: Beijing - Seoul.
Day 17: Seoul - Tokyo.
Day 18: Tokyo - Taipei.
Day 19: Taipei - Hong Kong.
Day 20: Hong Kong - Delhi.
Day 21: Delhi - Dhaka (Bhutan).
Day 22: Dhaka (Bhutan) - Kathmandu.
Day 23: Kathmandu - Tehran.
Day 24: Tehran - Ashgabat (Turkmenistan).
Day 25: Ashgabat - Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan).
Day 26: Bishkek - Almaty (Kazakhstan).
Day 27: Almaty - Baku (Azerbaijan).
Day 28: Baku - Yerevan (Armenia).
Day 29: Yerevan - Tbilis (Georgia).
Day 30: Tbilisi - Kiev (Ukraine).
Day 31: Kiev - Berlin.
Day 32: Berlin - Oslo.
Day 33: Oslo - Ålesund.

How much money will I need? St. Petersburg to Beijing (and everything between) will be with the Trans-Mongolian Express.

I will be staying 1-2 days in each city.

Sorry for my English.

[ Edit: Edited on Jun 2, 2007, at 11:00 AM by Ålesund ]

2. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5616 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Sorry for my sarcastic language, but is this a joke?
I would say, if you can do this and actually see something and not fall a sleep, you can have a place in the Guinness Book of world records. I say it's impossible and you would need thousands of dollars for plane tickets.

[ Edit: Edited on Jun 2, 2007, at 1:09 PM by Utrecht ]

3. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3780 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

this itinerary does look extermely rushed and you don't appear to be planning to spend more than a day in any of the places which is a shame when you consider the amazing places that you are passing through, and you'll need some time to rest, get over jet lag and find your bearings. i wouldn't have thought you would have much time to appreciate anywhere at all, and you will need a holiday at the end of it! i reckon you should cut out at least half of your itinerary - better to see a few places properly than many places hardly at all.

4. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5616 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Besides, to travel by transsiberian railway from moscow to beijing will take 8 full days of sitting in a train, not the 5 you mentioned. Including some stops it will be more like 12 days in your case. That is, if the trains runs every day!

5. Posted by aarantes (Respected Member 165 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

It really sounds like you're trying to break some record. If that's not the case (and if it's possible) you will spend a lot of time and money to know anything but airplanes and trains.

6. Posted by chemgal (Full Member 149 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Are you really planning on going into Bhutan from Dhaka? Beware that you need to pay US$200 per day in Bhutan to the government and it is very hard to get a visa for Bhutan. The only airline that flies into Bhutan, Druk Air, cannot be ticketed outside Bhutan so you will need to contact a tour company inside Bhutan to purchase your tickets.

[ Edit: Edited on Jun 6, 2007, at 1:48 AM by chemgal ]

7. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3780 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

I think you actually need to be part of an organised tour to get a visa for Bhutan.

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9. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Your itinerary is impossible by land. It might be just about theoretically possible if you flew, to make it to each of those places on the days that you mention, but it's still not a certainty. Actually, i would guess that it wouldn't work due to air schedules in certain places.

To take one example,

Day 12: Yekaterinburg - Irkutsk.
The train journey, straight through, from Yekaterinburg to Irkutsk is 53hours (roughly). Not one day which also involves sightseeing in one or both of the two cities.

I will be staying 1-2 days in each city.

No, you won't! You don't have anywhere near enough time for even 1 day in most cities.

And that's ignoring visa issues and time/effort needed to get them.

10. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

I'm guessing that, once you look up train/plane/bus times, you'll discover that all you'll be seeing are the interiors of said transportation. Try looking up the timetables and putting the times beside each place name. Once you actually see how much time you'll be spending getting somewhere - rather than visiting somewhere - I think you'll be able to make some big, necessary cuts in your schedule. And then you'll be able to better plan - and fully enjoy - your trip.

Unless you're aiming for some sort of marathon - or to set a record, as someone suggested - this trip, as it sounds now, seems like a big waste of time and money. Less is more! Enjoy, though, whatever you decide!