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kre8ive's Port Reviews of St. Petersburg,
Viking Ingvar cruise in September 2012
Member Name: kre8ive
Cruise Date: September 2012
Embarkation: St. Petersburg
Destination: Europe River
Member Review: kre8ive's Viking Ingvar Review
St. Petersburg
Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood Rating: 5+ out of 5+
Our friends on the Viking Cruise said that only got to visit the outside of the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood. What a shame when the interior is so magnificent. I can't imagine traveling thousands of miles and then feeling the frustration of someone telling you that the group didn't have time to go inside. I am soooooo glad we had a private guide who took us inside, secured photo permits, and then also gave us a guided tour of the interior, including the spot where Alexander II was killed, which served as the inspiration for the structure.


Constantine Palace Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
Very interesting architecture!


Hermitage Museum Rating: 5+ out of 5+
We opted for the "Behind the Scenes" Hermitage tour. Be forewarned that this must be booked more than 30 days in advance through the cruise line and it is an extra-cost option. But it was worth every penny. We had access to the Hermitage before it opened to the general public. We also were able to visit their off-site vaults and storage facilities. Lunch was included. This was an excellent tour that I would highly recommend.


Pavlosk Palace Rating: 5+ out of 5+
This is my favorite palace and in my opinion outranks Peterhof and Pushkin. We had this site virtually to ourselves and walked the grounds on a gorgeous fall day. I would HIGHLY recommend this venue to other visitors to Russia.


Private Tour Rating: 5+ out of 5+
This tour company came highly recommended and I would concur. We were able to cover so much ground and accomplish much more than we could have done with a large tour group.


Russian Ballet Show Rating: 3.0 out of 5+
The ballet company that Viking took us to see was interesting but I would have gladly paid more to see one of the highly talented companies such as Marinsky or Alexandrinsky. The company we saw seemed semi-professional and the theatre was clearly in need of renovation, but the performance of "Sleeping Beauty" was entertaining


St. Isaac's Cathedral Rating: 5+ out of 5+
Beautiful cathedral and surrounding area equally interesting. On a previous tour we had to be content with a drive-by, and this time we were determined to tour the interior. Gorgeous!


Stroganov Palace Rating: 3.0 out of 5+
We only viewed this from the outside but learned a great deal about the palace's history and captured some stunning photos.


Yusupov Palace Rating: 5.0 out of 5+
Very interesting tour with wonderful commentary from our private guide.


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