St. Petersburg in only 1day is almost impossible, but this local tour operator made it happen! The pick up was easy, we were only 6 in a nice van, our driver was safe and our guide wonderful. We started off with photos around the city, then a visit to one of the subway stations which was impressively clean and full of art. We had time before the scheduled visit to the Hermitage so went to a great gift store which I would generally hate, but it was low-key and had good stuff, including vodka. We had 1.5 hours in the Hermitage, far too short of course, but it gave us a feel for the magnificent building and its collections. At noon, we took the hovercraft to Petershof to see the beautiful gardens and enough to make me want to return. We were provided with a really decent lunch in a small restaurant and then drove back to the ship in rush hour. It was a long and action packed day but really well planned and great value? Many thanks, TJTravel!
The schedule was much tighter than it should have been. We were already running late when we got to where we were having lunch. Even though we were the only ones there the whole meal took too long. The meal was alright however my particular complaint was that beer and sodas were included however I do not drink either of those so I had to pay extra for a glass of wine. As you probably are aware the attempt to see one of the sites was a disaster. Not only did we not get in but wasted many hours that could have been spent seeing other sites. I realize that the company was trying to make up for our expense which we were really grateful for however we did miss out on valuable time to see things that we will probably not get another chance to see since we have no plans to visit Russia again. Our guide was very personable and full of knowledge, however she spoke so fast that many of us on the tour were not able to catch everything that she was saying.
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