Helsinki to St Petes - 5 days

FROM USD $1,299

VISA FREE RUSSIA TOUR! See the best of Helsinki's neo-classical architecture, art museums, markets and street fairs, before crossing the Gulf of Finland by ferry to St Petersberg - City of the Tsars, home to Peterhof and the stunning Hermitage collection at the Winter Palace on this 5 day tour.

No visa required for Russia! Helsinki to St Petes Visa Free Russia Tour means you do not need to procure a Russian visa due to the fact that ferry passengers can visit St Petersburg visa-free provided that their stay does not exceed 72 hours and they have sightseeing arrangements.

Day 1: Helsinki
Welcome to Helsinki and the start of your holiday. Resting on the shores of the Gulf of Finland, Helsinki is both historic and modern. In contrast to the city’s 450 years of history, historic architecture and unique Finnish design, the beauty of the city blends seamlessly with high-tech achievements. It is here where old traditions mix with the latest contemporary trends. Arrive early as there is plenty to see and do! This evening you will need to make your way to the ferry port to board the Princess Maria Ferry to begin your cruise of the Gulf of Finland to St Petersburg. Overnight - Princess Maria Ferry
Day 2: St Pete's city tour
Welcome to St Petersburg - city of the Tsars! After disembarkation and a stamp in your passport you'll be met by your tour guide to commence a sightseeing tour of this delightful city. Your first stop will be the Peter and Paul Fortress, one of the oldest buildings in St Petersburg dating back to 1703. This fortress was once used as a political prison - containing the likes of Dostoevsky and Lenin’s older brother, Alexander. Within the fortress grounds we will also venture inside the SS Peter and Paul Cathedral, which houses the tombs of the Romanov family.

Later we enjoy a tour of the incredible Hermitage Collection at the Winter Palace. This former home of the Tsars now houses a collection of fine art, collected from the far reaches of the world. View masterpieces from throughout the ages and marvel at the lavish reception halls. After our city tour you're free to explore the city independently. Overnight - St Petersburg (B)
Helsinki to St Petes - 5 days Go Guide : :Check out the go guide for details of the tour, info on visas, climate, money, what to bring and more!
Days 3 - 4: St Pete's your way
St Petersburg - Helsinki. Today and tomorrow are free for you to independently explore. On day 3 of your tour there may be the option to purchase our Pukka Pass for a full day of additional sightseeing - inclusive of transport, entrance fees and lunch. Please note this is only available on certain dates - please ask for details

Touring will include either a visit to the beautifully landscaped gardens of Peterhof on the Gulf of Finland in the summer or a tour of Catherine Palace at Tsarskoe Selo in winter (or Pavlosk Palace if Catherine Palace is closed). Often referred to as Russia’s ‘Versailles’, the gardens of Peterhof are a wonderland of greenery and flowers, sweeping vistas and ornate architectural decorations. The real highlight are the spectacular gold fountains. At Catherine Palace its the exterior and the interiors of this lavishly decorated building that really catch the eye - and the lavish Amber room is a real highlight. Back in St Petersburg we will stop for a hearty lunch at a traditional Russian restaurant, followed by a guided tour of the interior of The Church of Spilled Blood. Later there will be time to shop in the souvenir market located alongside the church.

During our time in St Petersburg there may be the chance to join one of our optional evening excursions, such as a canal cruise (May to September), a traditional Cossacks performance or a night at the Russian Ballet.

In the early evening of day 4, make your own way to the St Pete's ferry port to board the Princess Maria ferry, returning to Helsinki. Overnight - St Pete's (1), Princess Maria ferry (1) (B:2)
Day 5: Helsinki
An early morning arrival will bring you back to Helsinki. After disembarkation and immigration your tour comes to an end. In Helsinki, everything is nearby, it’s a pocket-sized metropolis easily explored on foot. Today you could opt to visit the Helsinki Cathedral with its rich architecture designed by Carl Ludvig Engel in neoclassical style, Suomenlinna Fortress with its old cannon and submarines, market stores and arty stalls - or perhaps have a coffee at Market Square followed by a scoop of ice cream at Esplanade park.

Flights, Visa's & the Ferry

If flying from London to Helsinki a good choice is the low cost carrier Norwegian Air. Other alternatives include Scandanavian Airlines (SAS) and Finnair.

In light of the fact that you are arriving to Russia by ferry, are not staying for more than a 72 hours and have a confirmed ferry ticket for your departure, you are not required to obtain a Russian Toursit Visa to enter the country. Not having to obtain a Russian visa saves most nationalities more than $150 in visa costs. This ruling primarily serves to the benefit of many Finnish and Estonian traveller who come across to St Pete's to shop and sightsee for a day or two but also to other nationalities that arrive to the country by this mode of transport.

A tourist visa for Finland is required though for most nationalities this is offered free of charge. Please check with your nearest embassy for more information.

This tour includes two overnight journeys on board a ferry travelling between Helsinki and St Petersburg. On the ferry we reserve comfortable single sex, 4 berth, air conditioned inside cabins, equipped with an en suite bathroom and freshly laundered bed linen. You will share a cabin with either fellow On The Go travellers or members of the general public. If you are travelling with someone of the opposite sex and want to share a cabin, you will need to upgrade to a private two berth cabin, please refer to the pricing page for more information.
Tour Details
  • Starts in: Helsinki / Ends in: Helsinki
  • Departs: May - Oct
  • No local payment required
  • Breakfast:3, Lunch: 0, Dinner: 0
  • Hotel Rating: 3 star
  • Tour Guide: Yes - for guided sightseeing in St Petersburg
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