Posted July 12th, 2018, 09:39 AM
We booked Alla's Comfort 2 day tour for our upcoming cruise.
Have a few questions:
1. What were served for the 2 day lunches? Did you like it?
2. Did you like the guide?
3. Did you have enough time shopping at Nevsky Prospect?
4. Was the tour really rushed or very tiring?
First day lunch was chicken salad to start, followed by a soup of some sort (mostly broth, but pretty decent), breaded chicken and mashed potatoes for the entree and a tart (rubarb, we think) for dessert. Second day lunch was borscht (sp?) for appetizer, chicken Kiev for entree and cake for dessert. Both lunches were in private restaurants, almost like a wedding reception location, set up just for the Alla tour groups. All in all, they were pretty good - my wife and kids were a little pickier about it, but nobody went hungry.
Our guide was fine - she was not the friendliest woman, but did a pretty good job of explaining everything. Although when she was ready to move on, she was off - there were times when I think we were running to catch up to her.
We had two separate times for shopping during Day 2 (Day 1 started late because of everyone getting hung up in immigration getting off the ship) - a brief stop for about 20-30 minutes at a touristy gift shop and then at the end of the day, we were given 45 minutes to an hour to walk around Nevsky on our own. That last shopping stop will probably be different for you, as we were somewhat limited in where we could go as the World Cup Fan Fest was blocking off a number of streets near where we were (right by the Church of the Spilled Blood).
I never felt totally rushed, although as I said earlier, there were times when we would linger a little and our guide was ready to move on. It's a very full two days and we were certainly pretty tired by the end of Day 2. It's funny, because the headliner act that night on the ship struggled to get the crowd into it (theater was half full at best) and you could tell that everyone was exhausted. There are times when it seems a little overwhelming - meaning, the tour through the Hermitage (in our opinion) gets to a point when you wonder how many more ornate, golden rooms with priceless artwork you can see. And the funny thing is, the Hermitage tour really only scratches the surface of the museum - it's such a huge place.
Let me know if you have any other questions - St. Petersburg really is the highlight of the whole cruise.