Cruise by ferry from Stockholm to magnificent St. Petersburg, on to medieval Tallinn and then back to Stockholm. Enjoy three days in St. Petersburg, without needing a Russian visa and four nights on board the ferry.
Make your own way to the ferry terminal in Stockholm for the evening departure at around17:30hrs. Overnight in an A Class outside cabin, including a buffet dinner.
Arrival into Helsinki at around 11:30hrs; disembark and time at leisure. Perhaps visit Senate Square, Uspensky Cathedral, Parliament House, Finlandia Hall, the New Opera House, the Sibelius Park & Monument, the Church in the Rock and the harbourside fish stalls and markets. Then make your own way back to the ferry wharf for the departure at around 19:00hrs. Overnight in an A Class outside cabin, including a buffet dinner.
Breakfast on the ferry before arrival into St. Petersburg at approximately 09:00hrs. Disembark, meet your guide in the terminal and enjoy a panoramic city tour featuring the major highlights - the Admiralty, St. Nicolas and St. Isaac's Cathedrals, Palace Square, 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 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 is followed by your further choice of a guided excursion to either Catherine's Palace in 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. (N.B. the fountains only operate from 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 around 18:00hrs. Overnight in an A Class outside cabin, including buffet dinner.
Breakfast on the ferry then a short stop in Helsinki port before continuing on to Tallinn, arriving at around 12:30hrs. Disembark and spend some time exploring beautiful Tallinn. This rich, medieval town 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 early evening departure, bound for Stockholm, at around 18:30hrs. Overnight in an A Class outside cabin, including buffet dinner.
Breakfast on the ferry before morning arrival into Stockholm at around 09:30hrs. After disembarkation, your tour arrangements conclude.
The programme may be adjusted due to variations in opening hours of 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.