Warnemunde is the port for Berlin, a 3 hour coach trip away. We didn't fancy the long drive so explored the very pretty little town of Warnemunde and then caught the train to Rostock, a short distance away. Travel instructions are available in the local port store. Rostock is much bigger and busier and an interesting old town.
The old city of Tallin is in walking distance from the ship and is worth the visit. You don't need to do a tour unless you want details of what you are seeing. It is easy to spend a couple of hours here. Make sure to go to the viewing platform there as it offers wonderful views of the area.
Interesting but a replica of the original which was dismantled and lost in the war.
Catherine Palace Rating:
Catherine's Palace has to be seen to appreciate how over the top it is. Not only huge and lavished with gold leaf (11 kg in one room) but to think it was built for one woman you can easily see why they had a revolution!
Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood Rating:
Spectacular interior containing huge mosaic murals. Another venue not to be missed.
City Tour Rating:
A tour with a tour operator is a must in St.Petersburg. If you do a tour with an operator or with the ship you do not need a visa which in itself would be very costly. So much to see, so over the top with gold leaf but so very interesting.
Hermitage Museum Rating:
There is much to see at the Hermitage! We spent 2 hours plus and only saw a fraction of the exhibits but had a good overview. It would take years to see everything. Shouldn't be missed.
Peter & Paul Fortress Rating:
The Peter & Paul cathedral is beautiful and a must see.
Peterhof Palace Rating:
This was included in our 2 day tour but we didn't go inside, just visited the gardens and beautiful fountains.