St. Petersburg Private Tour Excursion Reviews
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We booked our 2 day Grand Tour with Alla Tours for two main reasons – 1) much cheaper than tours from the ships & they covered more places 2) much smaller groups.
The ship’s tours can have 50 people on them, whereas Alla has a maximum of 20 & we had 14 on our tour. It cost $300 each for 2 days +$45 for tips. Alla arranged it so that we didn’t leave until after the main rush so that it didn’t take us ages to go through immigration on the first day. The second day there isn’t that problem, so we started at 7.30am the second day. The first day we looked at St Isaacs church on the outside & then took a ride on the subway. Yusupov Palace, beautiful, travelled by hydrofoil to Peterhof & walked around the lower fountain gardens & Upper Gardens which were spectacular. Continued to The Tsars Village (Tsarskoe Selo) & Catherine’s Palace & the fabulous Amber room.
Day two we visited a little farmers market, stopped by Kazan cathedral, took an hour’s boat ride on the canals which was delightful, 2 hours in the Hermitage, lunch at the Metropole hotel, visited the Church of the Spilled Blood where the wall paintings were breath-taking & then St Isaac’s cathedral. The latter is huge in every way & the decoration is fantastic. Last stop was St Peter & Paul Fortress, cathedral & Mint. It was a very full 2 days, but so good. Excellent guide named Marina.
I did buy some attractive wooden Christmas tree decorations like onion dome churches.
Total spending per person for 2 days was $345 = £215 in August 14.