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St. Petersburg Tours for Cruisers: Booking Independent Shore Excursions
St. Petersburg is like no other cruise port. Ships typically stop there for two, even three days, with options for lengthy day tours (including side trips to Moscow) and evening excursions. The complicated visa process, safety concerns, travel distances and the need to maximize time ashore means that nearly everyone who ventures off the ship does so on a group or private tour. While your cruise line will likely offer a smorgasbord of tour options, from half-day tours to three-day packages, St. Petersburg is one place where you might be better off booking a tour independently of the ship. On a three-day visit aboard Seabourn Ovation, we booked an independent group tour with well-regarded company TJ Travel; here's what we learned that will help you make your Russia travel plans.