Cruise by ferry from Helsinki to magnificent St. Petersburg, then on to historic Tallinn and finally, Stockholm. Enjoy three days in St. Petersburg, without needing a Russian visa. Two nights are spent at your hotel in St. Petersburg and three nights on board the ferry.
"We thoroughly enjoyed our cruise to St. Petersburg, Tallinn and Stockholm. The weather was perfect and the sights of St. Petersburg particularly were fantastic. We also very much appreciated the expertise of our guide, Olga S., and were pleased to find on meeting her that she was with us for all three days and that we two were the only people in the group! She deftly got us through the crowds at the Hermitage, her knowledge was terrific and her drivers negotiated the traffic superbly in the city and out to Peterhof." - Susanne R. Australia, 2018
Make your own way to the ferry terminal in Helsinki for the evening departure to St. Petersburg at approximately 18:00hrs. Overnight in an A Class outside cabin, including a buffet dinner, with sole use of the cabin.
Breakfast on the ferry then morning arrival in St. Petersburg at approx 09:00hrs. Disembark, meet your guide in the terminal and enjoy a panoramic city tour featuring the city's major highlights - the Admiralty, St. Nicolas Cathedral, Palace Square, St. Isaac's Cathedral, Smolny Convent and a visit to Peter and Paul Fortress. At the conclusion of the city tour you will be dropped off at your hotel, where you will stay for two nights. Tonight, an optional folkloric performance is offered.
After breakfast at the hotel, enjoy a guided excursion to either the famous, art-filled Hermitage Museum, housed in the former Tsar's Winter Palace and with vast collections displayed in the magnificent State Rooms, OR Yusupov Palace, a private palace situated on the banks of the Moika River and once owned by one of the city's wealthiest imperial families; small, yet lavishly decorated, it saw one of the most dramatic episodes in Russian history... the murder of Grigory Rasputin. 2nd overnight at your hotel in St. Petersburg.
Breakfast at the hotel, followed by your further choice of a guided excursion to either Catherine's Palace, Pushkin, a spectacular former Imperial summer residence with the extraordinary Amber Room, OR Peterhof Summer Palace, a magnificent ensemble on the Gulf of Finland, built for the Russian Tsars in the 18th century, with enormous parks and beautiful, gold fountains. (Please note the fountains only operate, May to August). At the end of your chosen excursion, you will be transferred to the ferry terminal to board the ferry which departs from St. Petersburg at approximately 19:00hrs. Overnight on board in an A Class outside cabin, including buffet dinner, with sole use of the cabin.
Breakfast on the ferry before your morning/noon arrival into Tallinn. Disembark and spend some time exploring beautiful this small, charming place - a rich, medieval town that was forgotten for 50 years in Soviet times, as a consequence of which it is still extremely well preserved. Kilometres of winding cobblestone streets, red rooves, watchtowers in the walls that surround the Old Town, and a magical, storybook setting of medieval houses make Tallinn, one of the oldest cities of Northern Europe, one of the most charming. Then make your own way back to the ferry wharf for the early evening departure at approximately 18:30hrs. Overnight on board in an A Class outside cabin, including buffet dinner, with sole use of the cabin.
Breakfast on the ferry and morning arrival into Stockholm at approximately 09:30hrs. After disembarkation, your tour arrangements conclude.
The programme may be adjusted due to variations in the opening hours of the palaces and museums in St. Petersburg and minor changes to the ferry timetable.
Ferry passengers of all nationalities can enjoy St. Petersburg for 72 hours without a Russian visa.