Yaba Daba Doo! Caucasus planning starts here!

Discussion in 'EMEA' started by v1nn1e, Nov 4, 2016.

  1. v1nn1e

    v1nn1e Adventurer

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    OK, I'm having another re-think! :D

    I'd got the impression the Russian-Georgian border was closed to travellers coming from the north/Russia, but I believe I've got confused with the problems in South Ossetia and Abkhazia. As long as I stick to the main road from Vladikavkaz to Tbilisi, my understanding now is that there will be no problem coming south.

    So, I will now possibly go the other way around. leaving Romania towards the end and a better chance of doing the Carpathian mountains! :1drink

    Any comments going north to south/clockwise, around the black sea and caucusus?


    Many thanks
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  2. istadniy

    istadniy Ivan the Quite OK

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    Belarus just allowed short-term visa-free travel for a bunch of countries, in case you were going into Russia through them.

    Edit: Oh bugger, scratch that, apparently you have to arrive in Minsk by air for that at the moment.
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  3. v1nn1e

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    Ah, yes, Belarus/Russia is a funny one - third country nationals now can't even cross the border between them!

    I'm probably going to head to Brest and then across the south of the country and then head down into Ukraine, spend a couple of days in Kiev and do a tour to Chernobyl, then back across to Russia, crossing the border on the road to Zheleznogorsk.
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  4. istadniy

    istadniy Ivan the Quite OK

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    Chernihiv should be nice (old buildings, lots of parks, smaller town, so not as busy as Kyiv) to walk around in May before summer heat sets in and right on your track, might be a good place to grab a bit of food and wander around.

    Or, on your way to Russia, set out early, skip Chernihiv and visit Baturyn - a tiny town that used to be the capitol of Cossak Ukraine, it's sort of a large open sky museum now.

    First week of May Kyiv should be a lot less crowded than usual (two long weekends in a row), but this means that lots of people will be trying to leave Kyiv on 28th-29th of April and coming back in the beginning of second week (mind your dates for border crossings and travel around Kyiv).

    I don't know what i'm doing in May yet, but if I'm in Kyiv and you'd like to walk and talk around the city center, drop me a message some time closer to May.
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