Alla Tours had limited groups of 16 people. I think we got to see many things that were not included in ships tour. The Amber Room was incredible and the fact that it had to be replaced after the original room was destroyed by the Germans.
The crowds were huge since there were 7 large and two medium size cruise ships in port at the same time. Our tour group was only 12, so we were able to keep together and make our way through the Palace without losing anybody.
we booked an independent tour operator.. best guides.. and were very happy with their service. st. petersberg is a fascinating city and one and a half day is not enough for it.
as for the amber room.. gorgeous and stunning
This was an almost perfect tour. The five of us went with a family of four in a mini-van. If the driver had washed the van windows it would have been much better. We drove by many places worthy of pictures but that was a waste of time as the windows were so cloudy. Otherwise our guide was very good and we were pleased.
There was a problem with our e-tickets, so although we got to Catherine's Palace early, we had to wait about an hour until we got in. Once inside, the palace was crowded and we were rushed though the rooms.
Absolutely beautiful. We hired a private driver from ULKO to take us to dinner in Mansarda. The food was amazing and we have a wonderful table by the window with clear sight of St. Isaac Cathedral. The firework was a blast to watch during dinner.
This was part of the two day excursion package we booked for St Petersburg. All the major sights are absolutely packed with people so don't expect to spend a lot of time standing and admiring the artifacts.
Excellent trip it was one of the best trips we have done all over the world.
Everything was well organised. Small group no queue we always got in ahead of the rest of the other trips. The guide was excellent and gave us plenty of information. It was great as we had headsets and could ask questions and everybody could hear. The minibus was well appointed with seat belts bottled water and super fast wifi.
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