Cruise from Helsinki to St Petersburg & back 4 days

Visa free cruise & St Petersburg highlights
4 days
April - October
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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 second guided excursion to either Catherine´s Palace in Pushkin, or to the Peterhof Summer Palace, or the Yusupov Palace, 1 night in an hotel in St Petersburg with breakfast, and a departure transfer to the ferry wharf in St Petersburg. So there are no hidden extras!

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 and Visit to Hermitage Museum
Breakfast on the ferry then morning arrival in St. Petersburg at approx. 09:00hrs; 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.  After a light lunch, enjoy a guided tour to the famous art filled Hermitage Museum, formerly the Czar´s Winter Palace, where the vast collection includes Old Masters, Impressionists and much more. Then transfer to your hotel for the night.

In the evening an optional ballet, opera, circus or folkloric performance is offered.

Day 3 Imperial Jewels: Choice of Excursions to Catherine's Palace, Peterhof Palace or Yusupov Palace
Breakfast at the hotel, then choose between a guided excursion to one of 3 wonderful St Petersburg jewels; Catherine´s Palace in Pushkin including the famous Amber Room, Peterhof Summer Palace and gardens or the Yusupov Palace, the treasure filled former private palace by the river where Rasputin allegedly met his end. In the late afternoon, transfer to the ferry terminal for your departure from St. Petersburg on the ferry back to Helsinki at approx19:00hrs. Accommodation in A Class outside cabin including buffet dinner.

Day 4 Helsinki Arrival 
Breakfast on the ferry then early morning arrival into Helsinki at approx. 08:00hrs, 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  and guided excursion to Hermitage Museum; Day 2 lunch; Day 3 guided excursion to either Catherine´s Palace in Pushkin and Amber Room OR Peterhof Summer Palace OR Yusupov Palace; 1 night at the Hotel Ambassador St Petersburg or similar including breakfast;  departure transfer to the ferry wharf on Day 3.

Excludes: Optional evening excursions, cabin upgrade onboard ferry, meals other than as specified, beverages. 

On some tours Days 2 & 3 of 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 Yusupov Palace is a private palace formerly owned by one of the wealthiest St Petersburg imperial families, and is 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.

The Peterhof Summer Palace is a magnificent ensemble on the Gulf of Finland, built in the 18th century as the summer residence of Russian czars 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.

Price per person FROM:
Double AUD$ 1309.00
Single AUD$ 2021.00

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  and guided excursion to Hermitage Museum; Day 3 guided excursion to either Catherine´s Palace in Pushkin and Amber Room OR Peterhof Summer Palace OR Yusupov Palace; 1 night at the Hotel Ambassador or similar including breakfast;  departure transfer to ferry wharf on Day 3.

The price may vary according to your dates of travel - please enquire.

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