St. Petersburg Amber Room Excursion Reviews
We truly loved St. Petersburg. It was the main reason we booked the cruise. Everyone we know who has been said is is really difficult for Americans who don't know any Russian to go there alone, and the cruise provided the perfect opportunity for us to visit. We booked a full 2-day tour through TJ Travel. This was the absolute best decision we could have made about this port. Our guide, Alla, was fantastic. She was pleasant, funny, spoke great English, and was extremely knowledgeable about all of the places we visited. It was the Standard St. Petersburg Tour - Celebrity offers similar excursions BUT they cost at least $150/person more and didn't visit all the places we did. In addition to all of the great sites like Catherine Palace, Peterhof, the Hermitage, St. Issacs Cathedral and Church of the Spilled Blood, we had 2 great lunches, went to a Russian market and got to ride the subway. (The latter may sound odd, but the subways in St. Petersburg are really special.) Unlike the cruise tours (which had about 40-50 people in a big bus on each), we rode around in a Mercedes van with a group of only 10 people, with a designated driver who stayed with the van at all times. The only thing we would change about this is to spend more time in the Hermitage - 2.5 hours is just a drop in the bucket at that place.
wonderful to have a tour guide, no waiting in line
Fabulous. Incredible decor in the palace
The amber room is part of Catherines palace. It is impressive..no pictures in this area.
Very busy, but absolutely stunning. They've banned all photography, which was a disappointment, but so many people couldn't find the "flash off" button, or just didn't listen, that it led to a blanket ban, as the flash degrades the amber.
Beautiful! TJ Travel guide got us in quickly before the crowds.
see above, main review
Amazing restoration - well worth the visit to Catherine's Palace just to see this room
A marmite room. Opinions were were rarely indifferent. I loved it, but sadly the palace 'stasi' forbade photographs in this one room. I can understand not wanting flash photography - few art museums do - so I assume the difficulty in getting ignorant and wilful tourists to understand the difference means its just easier to say "Niet". The workmanship that went into the place is just mind blowing.
Not enough time to look around.
Still such a mystery surrounding this room but a great recreation.
The room is a reproduction of the original. All amber was removed/destroyed in WWII. You you are a history buff and want to see original items, head to the Hermitage.
Wow again. It was just a fabulous experience to see this room.
Too bad not allowed pictures
If I had known more about amber's history I would have been more awed. A replica bec. original was taken by the Nazis and never recovered.
Very attractive room that is an exact replacement for the stolen amber. Pictures were not allowed which doesn't seem to have any basis for hurting the amber.