Visa Free Cruise to St. Petersburg from Helsinki 6 days (finish Stockholm)

Cruise Helsinki - St. Petersburg - Tallinn - Stockholm
Smolny Convent St. Petersburg, Russia © Pixabay

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 

Itinerary

Day 1 Helsinki Departure and Overnight On Ferry

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.

Day 2 Welcome to St. Petersburg: Panoramic City Tour

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.

Day 3 Choice of Excursions - Hermitage Art Museum or Yusupov Palace

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.

Day 4 Choice of Excursions - Catherine's Palace or Peterhof Palace: St. Petersburg Departure

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.

Day 5 St. Petersburg - Tallinn 

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. 

Day 6 Tallinn - Stockholm

Breakfast on the ferry and morning arrival into Stockholm at approximately 09:30hrs. After disembarkation, your tour arrangements conclude.


2020 departures:
15, 21, 29 May
04, 18, 26 June
02, 10, 16, 24, 30 July
07, 13, 21, 27 August
04, 10, 18, 24 September
02, 08, 16, 22, 30 October
05, 13, 19, 27 November
03, 11, 17 December

2021 preliminary departures:
29 May
25 June
09, 15, 29 July
06, 12, 26 August
03, 09, 17, 23 September

Notes:

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.

Tour Overview

  • Summary

    Cruise Helsinki - St. Petersburg - Tallinn - Stockholm
  • Tour Category

    Cruises
  • Duration

    6 days

    Departures

    Mar - Dec

Tour Prices

    • Double pp from:

      $ AUD

      Single from:

      $ AUD
    • Prices shown are for Hotel Ambassador low season travel from 01 March - 18 April 2020 & 10 October - December 2020

      Prices may vary according to dates of travel 

      INCLUDES: ferry Helsinki-St. Petersburg-Tallinn-Stockholm with exclusive use of an A-class outside cabin; 3 breakfasts and 3 buffet dinners on board; Day 2 guided Panoramic city tour of St. Petersburg 2-3hrs; Day 3 guided excursion to either Hermitage Museum 3hrs or Yusupov Palace 3hrs; Day 4 guided excursion to either Catherine's Palace in Pushkin 5hrs or Peterhof Summer Palace 5hrs; 2 nights at Hotel Ambassador St. Petersburg (or similar) including breakfast; Day 4 departure transfer to the ferry wharf in St. Petersburg.

      EXCLUDES: optional evening excursion, ferry cabin upgrades, meals other than those specified, beverages, transfers in Helsinki, Stockholm or Tallinn.

    • Double pp from:

      $ AUD

      Single from:

      $ AUD
    • Prices shown are for Hotel Dostoevsky low season travel from March - April 2020 & October - December 2020

      Prices may vary according to dates of travel

      INCLUDES: ferry Helsinki-St. Petersburg-Tallinn-Stockholm with exclusive use of A-class outside cabin; 3 breakfasts and 3 buffet dinners on board; Day 2 guided Panoramic city tour of St. Petersburg 2-3hrs; Day 3 guided excursion to either Hermitage Museum 3hrs or Yusupov Palace 3hrs; Day 4 guided excursion to either Catherine's Palace in Pushkin 5hrs or Peterhof Summer Palace 5hrs; 2 nights at the Hotel Dostoevsky St. Petersburg (or similar) including breakfast; Day 4 departure transfer to the ferry wharf in St. Petersburg.

      EXCLUDES: optional evening excursion, ferry cabin upgrades, meals other than those specified, beverages, transfers in Helsinki, Stockholm or Tallinn.

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