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Questions with Martha Madsen: Adventure Travel Specialist on Kamchatka, Russia

Who doesn’t want to travel the world, discover dramatic landscapes and unique wildlife, experience local cultures and food? We are interviewing American Martha Madsen – hailing from Homer, Alaska – owner of  the Explore Kamchatka Guest House, a woman behind many exciting adventure tours in Kamchatka, who has lived on the peninsula for 21 years. Q: You run an adventure …

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Plan Your Trip to Russia: Know Before You Go

For Russian visas; migration cards; visa registration in Russia; traveling with a minor; U.S. citizen services in Russia, CLICK HERE. Traveling from Anchorage to Tokyo via Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky (PKC), Russia?  Travelers must have all necessary travel documentation and visas to enter/exit Japan, the US and Russia. At the interim stop at PKC, travelers must clear Russian customs and immigrations inbound and …

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Kamchatka Layover: What To Do With 14 Hours In Kamchatka

When you’re headed to Khabarovsk between July 13 and August 17, 2014, you will have a 14-hour layover in Kamchatka. But you don’t have to spend it waiting at the airport. Hop off the plane; take a sightseeing tour of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky; visit world’s famous Valley of Geysers, take a rafting trip, soak in one of Kamchatka’s countless hotsprings,  or have …

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Where to Stay in Kamchatka

Accommodations in Kamchatka have improved dramatically over the last several years as the region grows in popularity among tourists. Most of the hotels are located within the city of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, or in the resort village of Paratunka, a 40 minute drive out of Petropavlovsk. Below is the list we’ve assembled to help you find a great place to enjoy and …

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Khabarovsk Restaurant Guide

There are many different dining experiences in Khabarovsk. Below is the list we’ve assembled to help you find a great spot to enjoy while in town. Our favorite place is brewery restaurant Gustav & Gustav. It’s centrally located and specializes in handcrafted beers and German inspired food. Looking for a quick and tasty lunch? Gustav & Gustav offers great service …

7 Reasons to Visit the Russian Far East Now…

This summer, the Russian Far East is more accessible to US travelers than ever before. Here are just a few reasons why you should discover this intriguing land for yourself: It’s Close. Kamchatka is just a 4.5 hour flight from Anchorage, and just 3 hours further lies Khabarovsk. Round trip air fare to Kamchatka starts at $1048 (incl. taxes), and …

New Visa Requirements

New Russian visa rules mean greater flexibility for U.S. travelers as September 9 protocol falls into place. For those not familiar with the new provisions, a Russian visa now provides for multiple entries, boosts allowable stays to six months, and increases validity to three years. There is some confusion on the need for a formal invitation [voucher], and while the …

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Plan Your Vacation to the Russian Far East and Siberia

If you want to visit Russia’s most exotic places with endless opportunities to explore one of the world’s most dramatic landscapes, unique wildlife, native cultures and hospitality, consider spending your vacation in Siberia and the Russia Far East. The Kamchatka Peninsula, just across the Bering Sea from Alaska, is one of the world’s most pristine and awe-inspiring wild places. The …