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Explore Russia Visa-Free by Ferry from Helsinki: St. Petersburg - 5 days (VF-02)

Group size
2-10 people
All year
5 days
Finland, Russia
St. Petersburg, Helsinki
Price by request
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It’s possible to visit Russia without the need for a visa, and this tour is one such holiday. Arriving by ferry from Helsinki, you’ll be able to discover the beautiful city of St Petersburg. You’ll stay in a centrally located hotel at Nevsky Prospekt and explore the city’s world-renowned tourist attractions including the Hermitage and Catherine Palace with a knowledgeable and professional guide.

IncludedServices included in the package price.
  • Accommodation
  • Ferry cabin
  • Breakfasts in Russia
  • English – speaking guides
  • Guided tours & entrance fees
  • Port fees
Not includedServices not included in the package price.
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Day 1
We’ll depart Helsinki bound for St. Petersburg onboard the comfortable Princess Anastasia ferry.
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Ferry: Helsinki - St. Petersburg
Day 1
Ferry Princess Anastasia: Helsinki - St. Petersburg
Departure to St. Petersburg onboard Princess Anastasia ferry.
St. Petersburg

Half Day Guided Tour to Petrodvorets (Palace, Fountain and Park ensemble)Half day tour to the suburbs of St Petersburg to visit one of the magnificent summer palaces - Petrodvorets. The Peterhof (Petrodvorets) is a world-famous palace, fountain and park complex, and an outstanding landmark of Russian artistic culture of the 18-19th centuries. Founded in the very beginning of the eighteenth century by Emperor Peter the Great not far from his new northern capital St. Petersburg, Peterhof was intended to become the most splendid official royal summer residence.
5 hours | $130 per person
Yusupov Palace Guided TourOnce belonging to prince Yusupov noble family it is one of the most beautiful palaces in St. Petersburg. Its expositions reflect refined luxury, splendour of high life, human relationships and the history of rich aristocratic family. During the tour you will see luxurious decorations of the interiors: murals, carvings, marble, mirrors, gilded chandelier, expensive silk clothes and refined furniture. The palace is also known for the murder of Grigory Rasputin who is believed as having influenced the later days of the Russian Tsar Nicholas II.
3 hours | $90 per person
Russian Museum Guided TourRussian museum features the largest collection of Russian art no other museum in the world can boast of. Over 400,000 exhibits reflect history of Russian fine art from the ancient icons to the 20th century avant-garde, presenting all the stages, schools and genres. The permanent exhibition of the State Russian Museum presents the works of Russian and Soviet artists and covers the period from the 11th century till nowadays. Along with paintings, the museum boasts unique collections of works of folk art, decorative and applied art, and numismatics.
4 hours | $80 per person
Folk Show at Nikolaevsky PalaceThe folk show "Feel Yourself Russian" is comprised of the bright performances of St. Petersburg professional folk companies. During two hours of this dynamic colourful and picturesque show you will hear tuneful folk songs - romantic, and full of life, watch sparkling dances of different provinces of Russia, and learn that some items - such as saws, wooden spoons, and other traditional household appliances - can also be used as musical instruments! The national colour of the performance is enriched with the bright dresses made in accordance with Russian traditions.
2 hours | $75 per person

Day 2
Transfer from the ferry to the hotel
St. Petersburg City Tour & Guided Visit to the Peter and Paul Fortress
Our driver will meet you in the arrivals area of the port with a Go Russia sign board and you’ll transfer to the hotel. From there you’ll take a guided city tour of St Petersburg and pay a visit to the Peter and Paul Fortress. Occupying a commanding position on tiny Hare Island, the fortress was built by Peter the Great in 1703 to protect the land near the River Neva from attacks from Sweden. However, it didn’t see combat until 1917. Recently this fortress prison has had many of its buildings converted into museums and features a splendid cathedral containing the tombs of the Romanov monarchs.
Day 3
Half Day Guided Tour to Tsarskoe Selo (Catherine Palace & Amber Room)
In the morning we will visit the Catherine Palace, another of Royal St Petersburg’s architectural masterpieces, located 25km south of the city at Tsarskoe Selo (Pushkin). It’s a delightful baroque building designed by the Italian Bartolomeo Rastrelli and inside you’ll be wowed by the fabulously decadent Amber Room and its sumptuous interior decor.
Day 4
Hermitage Museum (Winter Palace) Guided Tour
St. Petersburg Boat Trip with an Audio-guide
Transfer from the hotel to the port
Perhaps the most famous of St Petersburg’s many historic sights, the Hermitage is the focus for today’s tour. Once the home of the Russian Tsars and now a world-class art museum, this spectacular building would be a draw for its architecture even without the three million works of art that form its extensive collection. Dating from the Stone Age to the 20th century, there are paintings, sculptures, icons, coins and jewelry waiting to be admired, from just about every famous name you could imagine.

After Hermitage we will enjoy a trip along St. Petersburg canals (during navigation period). The looming silhouettes of the bridges, the grandeur of the waterways, the granite embankments with their various piers and slipways, the 18th and 19th century palaces and parks on the banks of the Neva and the canals, architectural landmarks in the form of the domes and spires of churches and cathedrals, visible from a long way off - all this contributes to the unique appearance of the "Venice of the North", one of the world's most beautiful cities.

Back at the hotel in St Petersburg, our driver will meet you with a Go Russia sign, ready to take you to the port where the Princess Anastasia ferry will be waiting to take you back to the Finnish capital.
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Ferry: St. Petersburg - Helsinki
Day 4
Ferry Princess Anastasia: St. Petersburg - Helsinki
Departure to Helsinki onboard Princess Anastasia ferry.
Day 5
Upon request we can arrange tours and accommodation in Helsinki, please enquire.
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See what our clients say about this tour
We are very happy to have served thousands of happy customers who travelled with us.
We absolutely loved Helen, she was amazing and we felt that her knowledge of St Petersburg really made the trip
Our Guide Helen did an excellent job of providing information and getting us thru the sites.
Melena Sharapova was an outstanding Guide. Excellent English, Polite, Very knowledgeable, on time. Iíd say use her as often as possible.
The tour guide (Milena) was amazing in St. Petersburg. She had a profound knowledge of the history of the city and provided us with great suggestions for food.
Visa free but with excellent guides and enough energy it was wonderful. The guides and sightseeing were great, all went like clockwork and would highly recommend.
It really was a wonderful experience and the guides were terrific. I will definitely be recommending to my friends.
Our guide in St Petersburg, Olga and the driver Vladimir were exceptional.
Great guides. Excellent use of time plus because of great location of hotel, we did much independent exploration
Timing, from the pickup on arrival to the arrangements for our tour visits to our homeward journey all were excellently on time with comfortable transport. Overall we enjoyed our stay in Saint Petersburg and had excellent service.
Your 72 hr St. Peterburg tour was well organised and exactly what we required

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