Good overview of the city. Enthusiastic guide who overloaded us with information which I found interesting but some others in our group found too much. I'd always wanted to go to St. Petersburg and my goal has now been reached. I wasn't disappointed.
We booked a three day tour with an excellent, informative, guide with a sense of humour a well, small group tour. Facinating city, lots of history, full days, nice t get back to comfort of ship and activities, and relax
Excellent and comprehensive City tour. Great evening walking tour (The Russian Experience). Outstanding tour guides (Dena and Yelena)!! We saw most palaces, museums, churches, synagogue and points of interest in three days.
We highly recommend T J Travel to everyone.
The entrance into the port of St. Petersburg was amazing. The commercialism went on & on. There were so many ship containers, cranes, ships (none in operation when we entered the river), ice breakers, etc. It went on & on. As you might expect, the passport control people never cracked a smile or said anything (actually that is the same in Boston, now that I think about it). We had to go through passport control before getting on the tour bus, stay right with the tour, & when we got off the bus we were ushered right through passport control & onto the ship. No taking a walk around the area, etc. It is a very beautiful city, clean, with interesting sights. Although we were warned about pick pockets regarding on all shore visits, none was repeated as many times as when visiting St. Petersburg....even by the local tour guides.
We book the 2 day tour with lunch each day. Maria was our guide. We had 12 people on our tour. The touring van was large and comfortable. We wore an earpiece during our guided tours. We saw the subway. Hydrofoiled to Peterhof palace. Went in the breath taking amber room in the palace. Had tasty lunchs.
Irina, our guide on this 2-day, (http://facebook.com/Urban.Masha) private tour was just outstanding. We visited and experienced the Peterhof Palace Gardens, Catherine Palace, Peter & Paul Fortress, We visited the Hermitage, St. Isaac's Cathedral, Churches of the Savior of the Spilled Blood and St. Andrew and many other noteworthy locations. The highlight may have been the ballet presentation of Swan Lake.
Almost impossible to be brief but a knowledgeable, enthusiastic and articulate guide took us through a breathtaking series of visits. An absolute highlight and must visit was to the Hermitage. Palaces all over the place which was surprising given the recent (Soviet) history. Tie your hat under your chin to avoid continuous scrapping of your jaw hitting the ground just about everywhere you turn!! More than worth the cost - amazing.
We booked a 2-day tour with SPb, and were very happy. We got a better deal by booking 2 tours with them, and they were cheaper than the HAL excursions to begin with. Our guide was Olga, and she was very competent. There were 17 people in our group, and we rode around in a very nice mini-bus. We wore headsets so she could narrate all our palace and church visits. We had 2 whirlwind days and saw all the sites. We rode to the Peterhof in a hydrofoil, rode the subway, and took a canal tour by boat. We also visited Peter and Paul's fortress and cathedral, the Peterhof, the Hermitage, Catherine's Palace, the Yusupov Palace, the Spilled Blood Cathedral, and St. Isaac's Cathedral. We were exhausted by the time we were done, but happy.
Highlight of trip. Two very busy days taking in all of the major sites above with a single guide. Expensive but well worth it. Wear your sneakers as it takes in so much. We skipped the ballet because of the number of steps.
Day 1-Palaces & Villas of St. Petersburg was absolutely stunning in beauty and opulence; touring Peter the Great's wooden palace Streina, Alexandria Park, the Cottage Palace, summer residence of Nicholas l, and tour the Lower Park, famous for its fountains and sculptures.
Day 2- St. Petersburg Canal Tour, St. Issac's & Church of Our Savior on Spilled Blood will afford you views of the inside of these churches you will never forget. Painted ceilings, walls of floor to ceiling paintings, a around every corner and turn will leave you speechless.
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