Afay1 From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 1293 posts, RR: 3 Posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 1651 times:
Hello all. I'll be going to Volgograd (used to be Tsaritsyn pre-1925, but better known as Stalingrad 1925-1961) on a trip this weekend (from Moscow Sheremetyevo I). I couldn't find much concrete info on the airport at Gumrak other than it has been reconstructed and/or the process continues. I will be going on Aeroflot (TU-134A). Anybody been there or have more info/advice? I will try and take some pictures. It is my first trip on Aeroflot and I am looking forward to it. Thanks!
Sushka From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 4784 posts, RR: 15 Reply 2, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 1571 times:
Volgograd is somewhere that I always wanted to go. It seems like a cool place.
Im sure you will enjoy the Tu134, it is my favorite. Be sure to visit the rear lavatories and look out the window of them inflight!
Ben From Switzerland, joined Aug 1999, 1391 posts, RR: 51 Reply 5, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 1553 times:
I've been to Volgograd!
It is one of those few very special places that I will always remember (and hopefully go back to).
The Volgograd-based "babyflot" is VolgaAviaExpress who operate Tu-134s and Yak-42s amongst others. If you are lucky, you will see the "S.C. Rotor" Yak-42 painted with a stunning blue livery and covered with stars. It is operated by VolgaAviaExpress but spends a lot of its time at Bykovo-Moscow. I flew on their Tu-134 RA-65086 which was pretty impressive and had excellent leg-room (Aviatsiya, Your Volga TU3 safety card + others is still waiting for you).
VOG is a typical Soviet style airport. The ticket staff are nice - they patched me up after an unfortunate 'scrape' with a train in Moscow the day before I arrived (ouch)!
As Established02 says, the Mamayev Kurgan is amazing, together with the semi-underground memorial just down the hill from the main statue.
I went in the high summer which I guess would be much better than the winter. People were swimming in the Volga to cool off and the beaches on the other side were crowded with sunbathers.
I took the local ferry over to that side just to get some pictures. It looked like Tenerife at the height of summer - people who see the pics dont believe it was in the middle of Russia.
The local Intourist hotel is an absolute jewel. Nothing like the other intourist places. Its like a palace, and one of the cheapest hotels in town. I make a rule never to stay in Intourist, but that one is well worth a visit.
Afay1 From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 1293 posts, RR: 3 Reply 9, posted (10 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 1508 times:
Thanks for all the replies. I couldn't get tickets on VolgaAviaExpress, so I going on Aeroflot (in fact, . They have a really weird schedule, I am leaving on Friday night at 9:30pm and then have to return on Sunday at 9:30am, those are the only flights. I am planning to stay at the Intourist, as I have had it highly reccomended to me by lots of people, and confirmed by you guys. I am not actually going to find a wife , just out of historical and cultural interest. The flight was $100 round-trip, so I figured, why not. I speak servicable Russian, so it was no problem getting tickets. I teach/study in Moscow, which is why I can take side-trips. Believe it or not, I couldn't get a job at home in the USA, but could here. I studied Russian history and politics in college, but need much more language work. Naturally, shuttling back and forth in Russia and between the U.S. has led to many aviation related adventures. In the last two years I have managed to travel on Sabena, Swiss, Delta, and Lufthansa transatlantic (several times each), United transcontinental several times, and United, United Express, Delta Connection, and Jetblue on regional U.S. routes, and within Europe on Sabena, Swiss, Lufthansa, BMI, Aer Lingus, and now Aeroflot. Look out for trips on Siberia Airlines (S7), Estonian Airlines, and Air Malta coming in the next few months. Not bad for being age 22 (and having had good jobs in college combined with more than generous parents, well, and a high credit limit on my Visa card). Thanks again!...