Hello all, im Kieran 21 from Hull, UK.
In febuary i did my first bit of travelling in South East Asia (Vietnam & Cambodia), and now im itching to get out and see some more. I only did a few weeks as a little taster and to meet my dad on the back end of his travels. I loved every minute of it and planning on going back for a lot longer next year.
However, this year Ive got a spare 4 weeks holiday and a wedding in Lithuania to attend to. Prime opportunity for a spot of travelling ey?!? Soooo.... I've started trying to plan everything out, but i really dont know how to go about it!!! I've made a vague route (Lithuania to Russia to Ukraine to Romania and finish in Bulgaria) and found a few trains that go from place to place but other than that im totally lost
Any tips, books, blogs or websites that people could inform me of would be very much appreciated.
In the meantime i'll keep surfing the net, getting no where hahaha
Also could anyone shed some light on russian visas?
For general information on possible train journeys, take a look a Seat 61 - has quite a lot of useful stuff on it. It also has some info on Russian visas on the Russian page, and refers to Real Russia which is a really useful website when it comes to Russian (and a few other) visa information.
Hey kieran, welcome to the site! The trickiest part about getting a Russian visa is getting an invitation letter. You can just buy these online though. I think the site I used is called waytorussia . Totally legit and works a charm.
The other think peculiar about russia is that they like you to register in each city you visit for at least a few days (at least that was how it was a few years back). Your hotel organizes this for you generally, but it means handing over your passport, which is totally unnerving. All I can suggest is take photocopies along! This is also advised if a police pulls you over. Show them a photocopy of your passport, not the real thing. They apparently like to try extort money out of people like this. Keep the phone numbers of your embassy on your phone, so if police start acting up like this, you ring your embassy. Haven't had any problems myself I must add, but better safe than sorry I say
Sorry for the late reply.
Im finding seat 61 very usefull.
Thought i'd lost my job so was going to cancel the trip. But i havent, so im going to continue with the plan.
I've been thinking of skipping russia out and maybe get to ukraine via poland. Theres a daily train from Kaunas to Warsaw.
Still having trouble deciding where i want to be and what i want to see. I'm going to browse through the site today and look at peoples blogs and routes.
Heres a vaugue plan.
Mapped out on google maps
Kyiv, Киев, Ukraine
Simferopol, Autonomous Republic Crimea, Ukraine
Odessa, Odes'ka, Ukraine
Chernivtsi, Chernivets'ka oblast, Ukraine
Sveshtari, Isperih, Bulgaria
All comments and criticism are very welcome
[ Edit: Edited on 04-Apr-2011, at 08:11 by KieranSuddaby ]
Slight Change of plans....
3rd - Arrive in Kaunas, Lithuania
5th- Kaunas (Wedding day)
6th- Kaunas to Warsaw by Train
9th- Warsaw to Krakow by Train
12th- Krakow. Night train to Lviv
14th- Lviv. Night train to Kiev
18th- Kiev. Night bus to Yalta
20th- Yalta. Night bus to Odessa
23rd- Odessa to Chisinau.
25th- Chisinau to Brasov.
27th- Brasov to Bucharest
30th- Bucharest. Fly home
What do you think?