Cruise by ferry from Helsinki to St Petersburg and back, and see the sights of this magnificent city, without the necessity of obtaining a Russian Visa. The price includes 2 nights onboard the ferry in an A-class outside cabin (with sole use of cabin) including breakfasts and buffet dinners, a panoramic city tour of St Petersburg, a guided excursion to the Hermitage Art Museum, a 2nd guided excursion to either Catherine´s Palace in Pushkin or to the Peterhof Summer Palace, a 3rd guided excursion to the Yusupov Palace, 3 nights at an hotel in St Petersburg with daily breakfast, and a departure transfer to the ferry wharf in St Petersburg. So there are no hidden extras!
3 nights are spent at your hotel in St Petersburg and 2 nights onboard the ferry.
Day 1 Helsinki Departure
Make your own way to the ferry terminal in Helsinki for the evening departure to St. Petersburg on the ferry at approx. 19:00hrs. Accommodation in A Class outside cabin including buffet dinner.
Day 2 Welcome to St. Petersburg: Panoramic City Tour
Breakfast on the ferry then morning arrival in St. Petersburg at approx 09:00hrs; time at leisure onboard. (You cannot disembark until after 14:00 hours today as the Visa free entrance status is for a maximum of 72 hours). At 14:00hrs, disembark and meet with your guide in the terminal, and enjoy a panoramic city tour featuring the major highlights such as the Admiralty, St. Nicolas Cathedral, Palace Square, Smolny Convent and Peter and Paul Fortress, and a visit to St Isaac's Cathedral. Then transfer to your hotel for the next 3 nights.
In the evening an optional ballet, opera, circus or folkloric performance is offered.
Day 3: Hermitage Art Musuem
Breakfast at the hotel then today enjoy a guided tour to the famous art filled Hermitage Museum, formerly the Tzar´s Winter Palace, where the vast collections are housed in magnificent State Rooms. In the evening, an optional ballet, opera, circus or folkloric performance is again offered.
Day 4 Imperial Jewels: Choice of Excursions to Catherine's Palace OR Peterhof Palace
Breakfast at the hotel, then choose between a guided excursion to either Catherine´s Palace in Pushkin including the famous Amber Room, OR Peterhof Summer Palace and gardens. In the evening an optional ballet, opera, circus or folkloric performance is again offered.
Day 5 Yusupov Palace and St Petersburg Departure
Breakfast at the hotel then this morning visit the Yusupov Palace, a private palace formerly owned by one of the wealthiest St Petersburg imperial families, and situated on the banks of the river. It is a lavishly decorated and beautiful small palace, where one of the most dramatic episodes of the history of Russia took place, the murder of Grigory Rasputin. Then transfer to the ferry terminal for your departure from St. Petersburg on the ferry back to Helsinki (you must re-board by 13:00 hours at the latest). Departure at approx. 18:00hrs for Helsinki. Accommodation in A Class outside cabin including buffet dinner.
Day 6 Helsinki Arrival
Breakfast on the ferry then early arrival in Helsinki in the morning at approx. 07:00hrs, disembarkation and end of arrangements.
Departures: Every Wednesday from 05 April to 27 December 2017
Please note the departures in May and June 2017 are now sold out.
Includes: Return transport in ferry with exclusive use of A-class outside cabin (with sole use of cabin) including 2 breakfasts and 2 buffet dinners; Day 2 guided Panoramic city tour; Day 3 guided excursion to Hermitage Museum; Day 4 guided excursion to either Catherine´s Palace in Pushkin and Amber Room OR Peterhof Summer Palace; Day 5 guided excursion to Yusupov Palace; 3 nights at the Hotel Ambassador St Petersburg or similar including daily breakfast; departure transfer to ferry wharf on Day 5.
Excludes: Optional evening excursions, cabin upgrade onboard ferry, meals other than as specified, beverages.
On some tours the programme may be switched due to opening hours. Passengers from the ferry of all nationalities can enjoy St. Petersburg for 72 hours without a Russian visa.
Accommodation in Helsinki can be added to the cruise- please enquire.
The Peterhof Summer Palace is a magnificent ensemble on the Gulf of Finland, built in the 18th century as the summer residence of Russian Tzars with enormous parks and beautiful fountains (please note the fountains at Peterhof only operate from May to August)
The beautiful Catherine´s Palace in Pushkin is one of the former Imperial summer residences with the world-famous Amber Room.
Nordic Travel is 100% Australian owned and operated.
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Includes: Return transport in ferry with exclusive use of A-class outside cabin including 2 breakfasts and 2 buffet dinners; Day 2 guided Panoramic city tour; Day 3 guided excursion to Hermitage Museum; Day 4 guided excursion to either Catherine´s Palace in Pushkin and Amber Room OR Peterhof Summer Palace; Day 5 guided excursion to Yusupov Palalce; 3 nights at the Hotel Ambassador or similar including daily breakfast; departure transfer to ferry wharf on Day 5.
The price may vary according to your dates of travel - please enquire.