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…

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…