My back yard

My back yard

This is a test to see if photos are loading properly. This is my back yard and my dwarf ginko tree in the pot. Let me know if it comes out OK.

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Our Itinerary. Moscow is Day 1 and for us is August 14

ITINERARY

ITINERARY

DAY 1
Moscow, arrival-
 
Your driver will meet you at the airport and transfer to the hotel. No meals arranged for this day. You will have dinner at your hotel.
DAY 2
Moscow, sightseeing tour-
 
Tour duration is 8 hours: 4-hour city tour of Moscow covers Red Square, St Basil’s Cathedral, Vorobyovy Gory Park and the beautiful Cathedral of Christ the Savior, the second half of the tour covers Kremlin territory and Armoury. Lunch during the city tour is included. Dinner will be arranged at your hotel.
DAY 3
Nizhny Novgorod, city tour-
 
Breakfast at your hotel and transfer to the station. Train departs at 6:45 a.m. and you arrive in Nizhniy Novgorod at 10:40 a.m. Upon your arrival to Nizhniy Novgorod, your guide will meet you and you will have a city tour. Lunch is included. After the tour you will check-in to the hotel. Dinner will be arranged at the hotel. 11 p.m. – departure to Perm (transfer to the station is arranged).
DAY 4
Perm, arrival and city tour-
 
3 p.m. – arrival in Perm. Upon your arrival our guide will meet you and you will have lunch and then Perm city tour. After the tour you will stop at the hotel for some free time, relax and shower. Dinner will be arranged at your hotel. Hotel in Perm – New Star Hotel.
DAY 5
Perm and city tour-
 
Today you will have a free day to explore the city on your own. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included. In the evening you will be transfered to the station. Deaparture from Perm at 23.04
DAY 6
Yekaterinburg-
 
Early in the morning you will arrive in Yekaterinburg. You will have a city tour. Lunch and dinner are included. Hotel in Yekaterinburg – Park Inn.
DAY 7
Yekaterinburg-
 
Free day in Yekaterinburg! Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included. In the evening you will be transfered to the station. Your train departs at 21.01 p.m.
DAY 8
Novosibirsk-
 
In the evening you will arrive in Novosibirsk. Your transfer from the station to the hotel is arranged. Dinner is provided in your hotel. Free evening. Your hotel in Novosibirsk is Doubletree by Hilton.
DAY 9
Novosibirsk, city tour-
 
Today you will have a Novosibirsk city tour. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included. At 19:23 in the evening you will depart from Novosibirsk. Transfere to the Train station.
DAY 10
Krasnoyarsk-
 
You arrive in the morning. Your driver will meet you at the Train Station holding a sign with your name on it. Today you will have a Krasnoyarsk city tour, and the rest of the evening is free. Lunch and dinner are included. Your hotel is Oktyabrskaya.
DAY 11
Krasnoyarsk Departure-
 
The first half of the day is free from excursions. After lunch our driver will transfer you to the rail station and you will depart Krasnoyarsk at 14:15. Breakfast and lunch are included.
DAY 12
Irkutsk-
 
Early in the morning you arrive to Irkutsk. Your guide and driver will meet you at the train station, and you will have a quick breakfast at the Victoria restaurant before our hour-and-a-half city tour starts. Transfer to the nearby Listvyanka Village on the Lake Baikal. Check in to the Krestovaya Pad Hotel at noon, some free time to enjoy the beautiful surroundings of this area. Evening program includes a dinner and traditional Russian banya. Lunch and dinner are included into the programm.
DAY 13
Day on Baikal-
 
Today you’ll visit a local biological museum where you will see the Baikal Seal. Your guide will show you the famous Shaman Rock and take you to a nearby view point. There you’ll get a chance to take panoramic pictures of Baikal from above. After lunch we’ll enjoy a visit to a local 19th century wooden St. Nicolas church and a local fish market.
DAY 14
Taltsy Village-
 
In the morning you will have hearty Russian breakfast, an excursion to the open-air museum of wooden architecture in the Taltsy Village. Transfer back to Irkutsk, check-in to the local hotel, free time to explore the ‘Paris of Siberia’ on your own. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included into the program.
DAY 15
Onboard, Ulan-Ude-
 
Train departs Irkutsk at 7:57 am. Transfer from the hotel to the train station is arranged. Arrival to Ulan-Ude in the afternoon. Your guide will meet you at the train station and take you on a city tour. Lunch and dinner are included in the programm.
DAY 16
Onboard-
 
Departure from Ulan-Ude at 14:52. Transfer to the rail station is arranged. Breakfast and lunch are included into the programm.
DAY 17
Onboard-
 
Full day onboard of the train. Enjoy the ever changing landscapes outside your window.
DAY 18
Khabarovsk-
 
Arrival to Khabarovsk in the evening. A private driver will meet and transfere you to the hotel where you can relax and prepare for a city tour we have arranged for you. Dinner is arranged in the hotel.
DAY 19
Khabarovsk, city tour-
 
City tour of Khabarovsk. 8 p.m. – transfer to the train station, 9 p.m. – departure to Vladivostok. Lunch during the city tour is included. Dinner at the hotel.
DAY 20
Vladivostok-
 
8:00 – arrival in Vladivostock. Your driver will meet you at the Train station and take you to the hotel for some rest. A city tour with the professional guide. In the afternoon you will board the Train. Dinner aboard the train.
DAY 21
Departure-
 
This is the final day of your journey through Russia. After a farewell dinner at the hotel, your driver will take you to the airport.

 

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WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Two transfers upon arrival and departure
  • 4 star hotel accommodation in Standard Room, as in detailed itinerary
  • 2 nights in Moscow
  • 1 night in Nizhy Novgorod
  • 1 night in Perm
  • 1 night in Yekaterinburg
  • 1 night in Novosibirsk
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Tree ferns

Tree ferns

Rural Tasmania. The outback parts of Tassie are rain forest, other parts sheep farms and others vineyards, but not many yet. Loved Jansz sparkling wine. Wish I could bring some to book club.

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Strahan, Tasmania

Strahan, Tasmania

A fabulous place; lots o f hiking, kayaking etc.

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Tasmania

One of the most beautiful places we have been.  We drove around the island and passed many places we wanted to stay for a week!!  Now in the airport on our way to Melbourne .  Leave for home on Monday.  Will try to post another picture before my $5half hour runs out!!

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Bicheno, Tasmania

Bicheno, Tasmania

One of the most georgous beaches I’ve ever seen. View out our window at Ocean View Resort.

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Penguin, Tasmania

Yes, this town is Penguin.  Very small, a cute coffee shop with wi fi which has been spotty at best.  Yesterday we drove through very remote and rural parts of Tassie.  Really like this place, I t’s very beautiful, rural somewhat like life in the 50’s.  There is a logging industry here, some clear cutting and replanting .  The beaches are beautiful.  I dived in the kelp forest in Southeastern Tasmania

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Beautiful country side

Beautiful country side

Tasmania vineyards . Have not yet visited a winery, but have tried the wine , it’s good.

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Tasmanian Devil

Tasmanian Devil

Cute but vicious little guys. Mon

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Hobart Harbor

Hobart Harbor

Love Tasmania; clean, beautiful, probably very livable . Reminds me of Central California, Monterey, San Louis Obispo, wineries, ranches etc.

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