In late August, we are on a Baltic Cruise with 3 days in St.Petersburg. Can anyone suggest some reliable Tour Company contacts for Hermitage, Local Sights & Meet the People etc Shore Excursions which include Tourist Visa? Thanks ! Patrick
We stayed two days and had a very positive experience with toursbylocals.com. We arranged a private tour for just us two, which wasn’t that much more expensive than the ship group tour. The guide arranged all the necessary documents. No problems at all.
Thanks Denny for your Tour4Two-suggesation . Will follow up with toursbylocals.Cheers!
Used TJ Travel last year on a cruise. The guide was excellent and they covered all the major sights in two days in their "All Highlights" tour. They have both small group (8-16 people) and private tours. The small group tours are relatively affordable and tend to move faster due to small group size. You can check on their roll call to see if any other passengers from your ship have already established group tours and join those or you can contact TJ with your cruise arrival date and ship and they will help coordinate a small group tour. If you are traveling with several family members, a private tour may be cost effective as well.
Other similar and equally reputable tour operators include alla-tour.com, spb-tours.com, Redoctober.com and Bestguides-SPB.com. While all offer roughly the same types of tours, there are some differences in the actual sights visited. Some also have specific family or kid friendly tours.
Spaceba ..for your helpful reply and comments.We Will follow -up with TJ..Cheers!
no tour company provides visas; presumably you are in the time frame for a visa free visit. We also used Tour by locals and were pleased but we did most of our touring in Petersburg itself on our own.
Thanks a bunch Jane..most helpful..Good on you for exploring on your own..as well as using Tour company. Happy Trails! Cheers!
Spaceba onetorussia1 for your good suggestion..We will follow-up with them. Das Vaydanya! ..
In early September 2017 on a Baltic cruise with 3 days in St. Petersburg my travel buddy and I booked a private tour with Tailored Tours St. Petersburg. They are recommended in Rick Steves' Northern European Cruise Ports guidebook. I HIGHLY recommend them! We emailed them an ambitious list of sites and activities that we wanted to see and they crafted an itinerary that covered everything. Our guide, Vladimir, also managed to fit in special experiences tailored to our interests; things that we never would have known about. It certainly wasn't cheap but it was so worth it for the lifetime memories. And isn't that why we go to places like St. Petersburg?
They do small-group tours, as well, and their prices are competitive with the tour companies named in other posts above. And yes, the visa requirement is covered by hiring any of the licensed tour companies.
Have a marvelous trip!
We just booked with TJ Travel for our shore excursion in July. We decided on the standard tour because it actually had a better schedule than the highlight tour in our opinion. I also wrote in the comment section "cruise critic member, discount please" and our final quote was $180 for adults and $150 for teenagers. This seems to be a great price. The website lists adults for $210 for this version. They have been great with responding to emails.
Spaceba Robin for your helpful suggestions ref: Tailored Tours-St/Petersburg /& TouristVisas.We will follow up with Vladimir . Happy trails...Patrick
Hello awhitney ...thanks a bunch for your most helpful guidance ref TJ Tours. Highlights vs Standard Tours ..Price points are reasonable .We will follow up . Cheers!
Check out Red October
Thanks..geovagriffith...Will follow up your suggestion.Cheers!
We go this July and have a 2 day stop there, and have booked a private tour for the two of us with All Tours. They get good reviews on Tripadvisor and Cruise Critic, and while not cheap ($680 per person) I did not find it that outlandish, especially for a packed two long days.
I did a good two-day tour with Alla Tours for $250 plus tips last month. My wife found it on the Cruise Critic roll call, organized by a fellow passenger. It was fast-paced but not exhausting, mainly because we moved faster in a 16-passenger van than a big bus. The company is well established and also offers tours in other Baltic ports, though we didn't take any.
No "meet the people" component though. The guide and driver were pleasant and knowledgeable but we were entirely in their hands. For a spontaneous "back door" experience you'll probably need your own visa, at considerable cost and maybe already too late to get.