||Who we are
To: Helen Fuge
Subject: Big thank you
It has been a while, and I’m back in Australia .Reflecting on how good
my train journey to Europe was. There were many highlights. Meeting
local people ,living their culture is probably one of the bigger ones.
But nothing would be possible without your perfect planning .I just like
to say to you, and all your contacts. A big Thank You. It surely was a
trip of a lifetime. Regards Max
RUSSIAN PASSPORT has
been operating a wide variety of programmes into Russia since 1989, starting
with university language study groups. As Russia opened up we introduced;
Russian train journeys at a real
price. We were the first to introduce homestay accommodation.
pay more! Same bed, same cabin!
In 1939 Winston Churchill made his famous
statement that “Russia is a riddle wrapped inside in a mystery inside an
enigma”. Come and find out for yourself
Since then we have organised;
white water canoe trips into the wilds of Siberia
sent individuals and guided groups across Russia on the
magnificent train journeys
varied special interest groups
continued to pioneer new routes.
We were the first to
explore the BAM Trans Siberian route - previously closed to foreigners. We
explored so much that our colleague, Athol Yates, wrote the definitive guide book for this
route - BAM Trans Siberian Route - which has been published by "TrailBlazers"
in the UK.
Trailblazers also publish the classic guide for this route, "The Trans
Siberian Handbook". Following this success Athol was commissioned by BRADT Publishing in
the UK to write a book for their rail travel series called, "Russia and the Ukraine
by Rail". To top it all off our research team was asked by TrailBlazers
to update their own ‘Trans Siberian Handbook’! All this experience results
You will also note our name is referenced in most of the
guidebooks relating to these areas. In fact we have helped many of the
guidebook authors travel around Russia.
is like entering a Movie! Those images we have seen in the theatre and on T.V. come alive!
Russian Winter Holidays.
We organise winter packages for Moscow,
St Petersburg, along with the Golden Ring. You can also board our special
winter Trans Siberian, or one of our small group expedition style tours to
the winter scenes of the Kamchatka Peninsula or the region of Karelia.
Australian Passport Holders please read
BIG CHANGE to RUSSIAN Visa Procedures!!!
Australian travellers bound for Russia are being advised that from 1 April
2019, the Consulate General of the Russian Federation in Sydney will no
longer be providing assistance with visa applications.
According to the Consulate General office website, the process has been
outsourced to a third party and will consequently attract an extra fee of
AU$43 (+other fees depending on how you lodge the visa request) from 01 April
Russian Visa Centre has been
established to “simplify the procedure of applying for Russian visas and
improve the quality of services for Australian citizens and other nationals
applying for visas to enter the Russian Federation”.
The Chinese did this years ago. Now that it is a business we doubt they will
make the initial paperwork process any easier :) Hopefully the
contactability and turn around will improve.
At least the visa coast came down from $135 to $120 a few weeks ago. It will
now be $163.
ice retreats the Russian Far East and the Artic become accessible. Go to
where the sun doesn't set! Download a
East and Artic expedition cruise brochure.
Other Regions of Russia
Kaliningrad is a little
visited part of Russia. Very different as it used to be German and
came to Russia as spoils of war in WW2.