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Step back in time on a visa-free port-of-call visit to Russia's 'Venice of the North,' with two days of leisurely touring that's ideal for those who like a little down time and a relaxed pace. Experience some of St Petersburg's top sights and attractions, which depending on the time of year make include a hydrofoil excursion to the stunning Peterhof fountains, Catherine Palace and its exquisite Amber Room, the Hermitage―one of the largest museums on the planet―and the onion-domed Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood.
Great tour, excellent guide
INTERESTING TOUR. JANE, TOUR GUIDE WAS PROFESSIONAL AND KNOWLEDGEABLE. SHE WENT OUT OF HER WAY TO ENSURE THAT EVERYONE ENJOYED THE TWO DAY TOUR.
JANE PROVIDED US WITH DETAILED INFORMATION ABOUT THE PLACES THAT WE VISITED.
JANE and SERGEI, THE DRIVER WERE A GOOD PAIR. THEY WERE PUNCTUAL ON BOTH DAYS AND ASSISTED US PASSENGERS WHEN REQUIRED.I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS 2 DAY TOUR AS IT IS VERY INTERESTING, BUT BE WARNED!, VERY TIRING, LOTS OF WALKING, A LOT TO SEE IN TWO DAYS. IS IT POSSIBLE TO HAVE THE PARK TRAIN INCLUDED IN THE PACKAGE/TOUR AROUND THE LOVELY PARK WHERE THE STATUE OF SAMSON/WATERFALL ETC IS LOCATED AS IT IS AN EXTENSIVE AREA AND I WOULD HAVE ENJOYED IT MORE IF WE HAD THE OPTION OF AN ON/OFF TRIP AROUND THE BEAUTIFUL PARK.THANKS.
SPB provided a clean and comfortable ride for a small group of 9. the tour guide was good but could be more informative as we rode along the way. the 2 days tour covered mostly of 5 places: Perterhof fountain is good, garden is not, Catherine palace good, the Hermitage good, but not as good as the Louvre, the Church of spilled blood and Peter and Paul Cathedral fortress was not tour. Many tour activities can be improved 1st day lunch, boat ride waiting or skipped Metro, 1st day shop, river bank. I wished it covers more common historical places such as market, square, parks, etc.
Our driver Sergei was great, but I and others in the group were very disappointed in our guide, Lena S.
There were multiple times when we were told to just meet her outside- she did not say WHERE outside- they were very large squares. She also did not give specific times for us to meet afterward, so the tour got way behind schedule on May 9. Then we had to rush through Catherine's Palace to make up the time. The same thing happened at the end of the second day at Peter and Paul Fortress.
Our hydrofoil ride was supposed to be at 10AM. We did not get on the hydrofoil until approximately 10:40, because we could not get to it- the bridge and many roads were closed for Victory Day. This should have been anticipated, and arrangements made for us to get to the hydrofoil efficiently. Instead, Lena had us walk to 3 different locations before we were finally allowed access to the road where the hydrofoil was.
On May 10, the guide was unable to reach driver Sergei by phone after our tour of the Hermitage- she didn't know where he was. She should have set up a specific place and an exact time for him to pick us up. Once again, everything was disorganized. She was finally able to reach him and we walked to bus the tour schedule said lunch would be next, at 12:30. Lena asked us if we wanted to eat before going to the Church of Spilled Blood. Several of us said that we wanted to eat first- that was what was on the schedule, and it was already 12:30. Then a few minutes later she announced that SHE had decided we would go to the church first! We did not eat lunch until after 2PM! 5 hours into a 7 hour tour.We did not understand why she asked us what our preference was, and then decided on her own to do the opposite.
The tour description said 1 we would go to a farmer's market. We went to a souvenir shop 2 we would visit the Metro. We did not. 3 this tour provided a more relaxed experience. It was not.
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