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#1
New York
1,919 Posts
Joined Jul 2001
We're considering a Spirit cruise that has three days in St. Petersburg. We've been there before on Regent, but their excursions included (or took care of) Russian visas. Do the escorted SS excursions take care of that too? Can anyone give me a "ball park" figure of the cost of a typical St. Petersburg excursion?
#2
London, England
3,701 Posts
Joined Jun 2011
If you read the Northern Europe and Baltics forum you will find loads of info re excursions in SPB

As long as you book with a tour op the visa will be included.

We did the two day Comfort Tour with Alla, but there are lots of other companies which also get excellent reviews.

You could also look at reviews on Tripadvisor.


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#4
Columbus, Ohio
19,092 Posts
Joined Mar 2006
Part of the reason that the cruise lines will only have a maximum of three days in port there is that their passengers do not need to get a Russian visa with that timing. Plus, if they are using a licensed tour operator for St. Petersburg visitings, etc. Getting a Russian visa is a pain. This makes things much easier.

In St. Petersburg, ship tours can be limiting. And, S L O W ! ! For the four of us, we had a private tour for the two days and it made such a positive difference. Being able to see what you want at your desired pace offers a major advantage.

Considering Moscow? With three days there, that is an option to do and well worth examining for one of those days. Need more reasons why and how? Yes, check the Baltics board!! Do a search there for more on Moscow, St. Petersburg.

THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio

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#5
New York
1,919 Posts
Joined Jul 2001
Thank you all of your responses. I will check out the "Baltic" board.....sounds like the way to go with many good options.
#6
Tennessee
155 Posts
Joined Jan 2001
We used TJ Travels for 2 days in SP while we were on the Wind last September. Since we had been there before, we gave them in detail what we wanted to see and do. They were very accommodating made touring SP a breeze. Our guide was Michael who also worked at the Hermitage. Hope this helps.
#7
Columbus, Ohio
19,092 Posts
Joined Mar 2006
Originally posted by Mudhen
Can anyone give me a "ball park" figure of the cost of a typical St. Petersburg excursion?
Don't be shy either here or on the Baltics boards with any added, follow-up questions. On cost, I did not mention any specifics. Things change in costs, currency values, etc., since we have been there.

BUT, my key point to you and others is that the "REWARDS" in St. Petersburg and Moscow are spectacular!! Your time is limited there and you want to maximize what you can see, do and experience. That's why a good private guide in a small group is so super valuable here. Prepare and plan accordingly.

THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio

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#8
Louisville KY
34 Posts
Joined Sep 2014
Definitely hire a private guide. We were there last fall and used SPB Tours for three days. They were great. We saw and did so much more than those who used the ship’s excursions. No visa issues since they are licensed.
#9
UK (Deepest Lincolnshire)
1,339 Posts
Joined Jan 2013
Originally posted by Cardinal Gal
Definitely hire a private guide. We were there last fall and used SPB Tours for three days. They were great. We saw and did so much more than those who used the ship’s excursions. No visa issues since they are licensed.
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We thought SPB tours were excellent. $355 for 3 day tour. All important sites visited. If you set up a trip through them they will give 10% discount from their advertised prices.
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#11
Baltimore
20 Posts
Joined Feb 2016
Hi Mudhen

On the Silver Whisper Baltic cruise a few years ago, we used DenRus and did 3 days of the private tour. There were only 2 of us but we paid for 3 and were able to customize at a group rate. I really wanted to go to the Russian Museum and this afforded us the opportunity to do so. We had a great experience with them throughout the process.

Also, did the Silversea eveining concert at the Heritage and it was a trip highlight. Have a great time!

Kathy
#12
Surrey, UK
102 Posts
Joined Nov 2014
Hi Mudhen

I have not been on the boards for awhile but just booked a SS cruise with 3 days in St Petersburg at the end of August. It was good to meet you last year on the Spirit
#13
New York
1,919 Posts
Joined Jul 2001
Hey There!
Nice to hear from you. We're still "in flux" as to just what SS cruise we'll be taking. Will check in with a roll call when we make a decision! Would be fun to see you again!
#14
Toronto
4 Posts
Joined Jan 2016
We are on the Silver spirit June 30 and booking private tour and looking for 2 more couples to Join. Alla tours July 4 and 5 in St Petersburg. There site publishes group tour 285 for up to 16 and private tour for 6 at 330
I think I already have another couple so 2 more makes 6. Also difference is group comes with lunch 2 days. Of note a World Cup 1/4 final is in st Petersburg on July 3 so city will be very busy.