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    Don't forget to figure in jet lag recovery time into the schedule, especially if you're crossing major time zones in the middle of the trip.
    I'd rather be thought of as absolutely ridiculous than as absolutely boring.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikey View Post
    Then perhaps you should know that your posts often sound like you consider yourself intellectually superior.
    Really? Wow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vash01 View Post
    Anyone has any experience with combinging trips like that? Or would I be better off making them separate trips?
    Um, you're joking right? Of course you need to make this two separate trips. Moscow is like halfway around the world from Anchorage. It is not any more convenient to Alaska than Paris and it's really no closer to Alaska than it is to Chicago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikey View Post
    Then perhaps you should know that your posts often sound like you consider yourself intellectually superior.
    Really? I've never thought that.
    One day your life will flash before your eyes. Make sure it's worth watching.

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    Quote Originally Posted by *Jen* View Post
    Really? I've never thought that.
    Me neither. I enjoy Jenny's informative posts and sassy humour.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zaphyre14 View Post
    Don't forget to figure in jet lag recovery time into the schedule, especially if you're crossing major time zones in the middle of the trip.
    I will have to live with the jet lag. Typically I get HUGE jet lag, particularly when the time difference is 12+ hours. It takes me a couple of weeks to recover (1st week is very tough). I will simply have to do the best I can. I don't have the luxury of allowing time for jet lag. By the time the trip is over, I will have recovered from most of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by danceronice View Post
    ...I think you mean Tina Fey. I mean, I'm sure Sarah Palin, like most people with at least a basic grasp of geography, know Alaska and Russia are close to each other, but Tina Fey's the one who said in-character that "I can see Russia from my house".

    And yes, Russia is VERY close to Alaska--EASTERN Russia, the part that's also very close to Japan (there are some islands that have switched back and forth between being Russian territory or Japanese.) St. Petersburg and Moscow, OTOH, are at the other end of this incredibly large country.

    I really think Russia and Alaska in one trip is going to be very rushed and shortchange both, even before adding a third country (Ukraine is not Russia). That's going to be hours and hours of travel time just getting places.
    Do you have to be so condescending? I know that Ukraine is not Russia. My nephew knew it when he was 7 years old. Who doesn't know that Russia is a huge country? I did go to school - for many many many years and have a lot more knowledge of the rest of the world than an average American. I am also VERY familiar with where the major cities are located.

    Tina Fey's remark was actually a repetition of what Palin said- that she can see Russia from her backyard. It's not to be taken literally. UMBS was just joking. I had actually thought there was more distance between Alaska and Russia. I am not planning on going to eastern Russia. The idea to combine the two trips is simply to avoid a 'come home one day and leave again 1 week later' type situation. I live quite a bit south, so it does make some difference. Fairbanks is significantly more north than Arizona, and west but not that far west- I hope you know that (it's my turn to be snotty). With my limited vacation time I am trying to see how I can use it the best.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BreakfastClub View Post
    Um, you're joking right? Of course you need to make this two separate trips. Moscow is like halfway around the world from Anchorage. It is not any more convenient to Alaska than Paris and it's really no closer to Alaska than it is to Chicago.
    Why would I be joking? It is just an option to consider.

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    One thing that I would like to know is about escorted tours. I have never taken any escorted tours to other countries. I always did it on my own. However, I see that there are lots of escorted tours to Russia, and I think it will be convenient since I don't know the language. I am sifting through the different companies and the dates of their flights, etc. Does anyone have experience with Affordabletours.com or Gate1 tours (I hope I have the name correct) or Global (Globus?) or Traffalgar tours or Cosmos? There are a few more that have sent me some information. Most of them charge the 'singles penalty' (my phrase)- some charge more, some charge less. That is also something I am taking into account. The less they charge for a single traveler, the better it is for my pocket, but that can't be the only factor. Reliability, service, overall quality are important.

    I may look up Frommers this weekend because they do mention some tours, but not sure how much information they give about each tour. I am a little concerned about those with 3 stars instead of 4 (based on price). I hope the 3 star hotels are not too bad. I wonder if there are some tours that are more popular and have positive ratings? If there is a way to look up their ratings it may be helpful. Normally the tours just post glowing comments from their customers.

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    This was more than a decade ago and things can change quickly, but when I went to St Petersburg we found it hugely helpful to have a relative to show us around. We got much better rates in museums, tickets to shows were a snap, and we got to dine at restaurants that were otherwise unmarked. Plus, the local knowledge was invaluable - even the 12 year old daughter was so knowledgeable about her country's history and culture and brought things to life more than any tour book could at the museums and palaces. Normally we like to make our own way when we travel, but in that case I think having some help made a really big difference.

    I don't know how old you are, but if you are over 50 you might want to look into Road Scholar (formerly Elderhostel). My mother and a younger friend did one of their tours, and it was very well organized and a good value, with many people in their 50s and some even younger. They had the time of their lives. A guide accompanies the tour who is part lecturer/part facilitator, and I'm guessing that in Russia that could be especially useful.

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