Port and Shore Excursions
Also purchased tickets to Anne Frank house before cruising--wise choice! Lines were very long outside and we went straight into with our prebooked tickets.
Took a one hour canal tour of Amsterdam....good way to see the city quickly..great weather...dirty canals though
Don't miss flower market on town---beautiful
Lovely city...very large and easy to navigate.
We took a "Step-On, Step-Off" bus tour---big mistake!! The bus only stopped and returned every 1 1/2 hours!!! Quite a rip off and the headsets and video screens were almost inoperable---Do NOT use this company.
Little mermaid was somewhat disappointing
Walked the shopping streets during morning hours and returned to ship for late lunch
Met family and friends at the port and spent the day visiting and walking beautiful city streets. Ate lunch at the Best Western Hotel on the water---used to be a Russian jail that has been converted into a hotel--interesting. Lunch at Jailbird Restaurant inside hotel--one of our best meals!
One of our favorite ports of call...what a pleasant surprise....This small port city is charming and well worth a stop. We hired a private tour company (SPB tours) to take us on further inland to see Rocstock and Mykleburg via train...only 16 persons total---great tour guide named Tobias that we highly recommend--very knowledgeable, enthusiastic, entertaining, etc. The tour included the train tickets, lunch (sausage, sauerkrawt, beer, etc.) and entrance into the gardens and palace in Mykleburg.....lovely day trip....highly recommend this tour company!!
Could have bypassed this Amber Room - not our favorite stop but part of history so it is included
loved Catherine's magnificant Palace---outside is so impressive and very opulent inside---inlaid wooden floors are gorgeous and the palace is quite ostentatious---not to be missed if you want to see a palace!! One of the best
Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood
Beautiful church with fabulous tile icons everywhere---don't miss it!
Brief morning panoramic tour of the city with spb tours---excellent tour guide and driver who navigated easily through the streets of St Petersburg and along highways.....Subway stop was not really necessary but they enjoy showing it off! Lunch stop was ("meat" pies) and drinks- actually quite tasty!
Best tour company we used along the cruise----highly recommend Victoria and her staff of enthusiastic, knowledgeable tour guides and drivers....prompt, courteous, met our every need of small group
this was the highlight of our trip using spb tours for 2 days....they arranged everything (no visa needed)...prompt, courteous service and staff for the 2 days in our air conditioning luxury coach with a maximam of 16 persons....straight to the head of the lines at the heritage and yusupov palace. Our tour guide Andre was very good, along with the experienced bus driver. Andre kept us on a great schedule and we saw all of the most famous highlights within the 2 day time frame.... Don't miss seeing Peterhof Palace,
Catherine's Palace, and Hermitage. Only thing disappointing was the missing Faberge collection at the Hermitage....it used to be housed here but it has been moved to Moscow
This is the place were Raspitun was murdered---toured the private residence and rooms where the family lived....quite interesting - Private theater inside the home - not to be missed---
Took a Holland America tour of city..panoramic drive from the port into town (about 45 minutes). Highlight of day was the Vasa Museum-not to be missed! The Viking ship that has been restored is unbelievable.
Royal palace was closed for the day but we saw the Armory--filled with costumes, armor, royal carriages, children's toys, etc. Interesting but could have bypassed.
If you seen other old walled cities, you will recognize Tallinn as typical of others....We walked from the cruise harbor (no need for an organized tour) and spent the morning walking around this lovely ancient medieval city. Walked back to ship for late lunch.....no much to really see but pretty little old town.