Category: shore excursions

7 things you need to consider when you plan a cruise to St Petersburg.

1. You need to join an organized shore excursion by any local tour company in Saint-Petersburg if you don’t want to get Russian tourist visa.  (The only exception is for those who come from a country that has a visa-free agreement with Russia). Such tours are to be booked in advance. Remember, you can leave the ship only with a tour – some people think that they can book an excursion and then go out somewhere…

St Petersburg cruise visa

Many of those who are coming to St Petersburg on a cruise wonder if they need a visa . Good news is that according to the law cruise ship passengers arriving in St Petersburg may stay in Russia visa-free for up to 72 hours if they  book  a shore excursion from a local company or a cruise ship and if they are leaving St Petersburg onboard a cruise ship as…

Top 10 St Petersburg tourist attractions

St Petersburg tourist attractions are very numerous and a first-time visitor may have problems where to go.  There are more than 200 museums in St Petersburg, but we have picked up the most popular and special ones.  You can find our list of the top 10 sights below. The Hermitage museum A #1 attraction in St Petersburg with more than 3 million items. The main complex of the Hermitage museum…

Are private shore excursions in St Petersburg expensive?

As a guide and travel agency owner, I often face a bias that private shore excursions in St Petersburg are much more expensive than group tours offered by a cruise company. I don't really agree with that and to prove my point I decided to compare the prices with Royal Carribean. I believe that private tours are a very good value for money and become quite affordable for groups of…