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From: "Don Madge" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Tuesday, June 03, 2003 9:59 AM
Subject: Re: [MH-list] Travel in Russia
On Tues 03 June 2003 09:22:36 Mike wrote
We are hoping to take our Elddis Aotoquest to Russia to visit Moscow and
Petersburg. Have applied to Russian Embassy for visas, but understand they
need a detailed itinery. The problem here is that no-one seems to know the
location of campsites (if any), so it's difficult to plan in detail. Also
the AA tells us that there is no (or very little)unleaded petrol in Russia
and we run on this. Will we wreck the engine if we use leaded fuel?
Any tips and hints would be welcome.
We wanted to visit St Petersburg but after much planning and taking advice
from different organisations we decided to do the trip by rail from
It's also possible to do a round trip Moscow/St Petersburg from Helsinki
We were unable to get van or recovery insurance for the trip anyway.
We found it was a lot cheaper and easier to organise the trip in Helsinki
(the main tourist office have a section for such trips and are very
The trip (visas etc) took about four/five days to organise. In the mean
we took a trip on the fast craft to Tallin, Estonia.
There is an suitable site in Helsinki where you can leave the van
We got a great deal of misleading information from tour companies in the
who do package tours to Russia.
I can give you a rough idea of prices if you are interested.
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Many thanks Don. We think we're going to give up on the idea of Russia and
limit ourselves to Belarus and the Baltic States. Even these will be quite a
long haul in four weeks, but we so enjoyed Poland a few years ago, that we
want to go East again. Funny chaps these Russians - you'd think they wanted
people to visit now, especially to St Petersburg's 300th anniversary. But
they don't seem to encourage anything but trips arranged by tourist