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Helsinki to St Petes

5 days  |  Starts/Ends: Helsinki  |  from USD $1,199  |   Guaranteed Departure 

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.

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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

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  |  Breakfast

Days 3-4
St Pete's your way

St Petersburg - Helsinki. The next two days are free for you to independently explore St Petersburg. On day 3 there's the option book a half day tour of either Catherine Palace at Tsarkoe Selo (in winter) or the gardens of Peter the Great's Peterhof, which overlooks the Gulf of Finland (in summer). Book and pay locally.

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.

During your time in St Petersburg there will also be the chance to book optional evening excursions, such as a traditional Cossack performance or a night at the Russian Ballet.

In the late afternoon on day 4, make your own way to the St Petersburg ferry port to board the Princess Maria ferry, returning to Helsinki.
Overnight: St Pete's (1), Princess Maria ferry (1)  |  Breakfast x 2

Day 5

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.

The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard when necessary.

Accommodation on Tour

For all our tours and tailor-made holidays we provide you with a clear categorisation of all hotels we use. The REGIONAL CATEGORY indicates the local rating of each hotel in each respective country. We have also rated each hotel using OUR CATEGORY, which will be in line with generally accepted western hotel grading standards.

Basic hotels and simple accommodation is a no frills option with an adventurous authentic feel.

Standard accommodation equates to a Western 3-star standard, always featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant.

Superior accommodation equates to a Western 4-star standard, featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant and often a swimming pool and/or a fitness centre.

Deluxe accommodation equates to a Western 5-star standard, usually featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, excellent service and customer care.

Lavish accommodation equates to a Western 5-star plus standard - the creme de la creme. Featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, this accommodation is a cut above the rest. Sheer opulence!

Hotel Moscow, St Petersburg
Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

The spacious rooms at Hotel Moscow are simply furnished, with modern amenities and en suite facilities. Many of the rooms boast wonderful views of the Neva River and Alexander Nevsky monastery. Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel and there are five restaurants on site to enjoy delicious International and Russian cuisine. While the Panorama Bar on the 8th floor offers tasty beverages and incredible views of St Petersburg's historic centre. The Hotel Moscow is centrally located just off Nevsky Prospekt. The hotel is just 2 minutes walk from Alexander Nevsky Square Metro Station.

Trip Highlights

Helsinki - free time. Choose to independently visit Helsinki's Suomenlinna Fortress, Parliament House, Hakaniemi Market Square and Esplanadi Park
St Petersburg - UNESCO-listed city area including: Nevsky Prospekt, Museum and University districts, Peter and Paul Fortress, The Bronze Horseman, Admiralty End and the Hermitage at the Winter Palace
Crossing the Gulf of Finland by ferry on the Baltic Sea
No Russian Tourist Visa is required for this tour. A saving of more than USD$150 for most nationalities.


3 breakfasts (2 at hotels, 1 on board the ferry on day 2)
Guided sightseeing tour of St Petersburg with visits to Peter and Paul Fortress and the Hermitage Museum in the Winter Palace
All transfer and transportation on day 2
2 nights 3 star hotels and 2 overnight ferries (four berth single sex cabin). Upgrade to a private two berth cabin is available.
Entrance fees to Peter and Paul Fortress and the Hermitage

Not Included

International flights, airport transfers and Finland visa
Tipping - an entirely personal gesture

Prices shown are per person travelling based upon 2 people sharing a twin/double hotel room. On the ferry the price is based upon single sex 4 berth cabins. Therefore if you are travelling with a partner of the opposite sex and wish to stay in the same cabin on the ferry you will need to upgrade to a private two berth cabin, prices are below.

Single Supp.
USD $1449
USD $299
USD $1449
USD $299
USD $1449
USD $299
USD $1449
USD $299
USD $1449
USD $299
USD $1199
USD $239
USD $1199
USD $239

Supplementary Prices

Single Supp.
Helsinki to St Petes 2 berth ferry upgrade
USD $499

This tour is semi-independent in style, ie it is not escorted by a tour leader or guide. Guided sightseeing is included as part of your arrangements on day 2, at all other times, free time is offered.

The 'Single supplement' applies to solo travellers who require a single hotel room and needs to be added to the 'Per Person' price. Please note 4 berth single sex cabins will still be reserved on the ferry. If you would like a private single cabin on the ferry or if you are a party of three wanting to share a private ferry cabin please contact us for rates.

PLEASE NOTE: On the ferry you are likely to be sharing a cabin with general members of the public, not On The Go travellers.

Tour Details
Mar - Oct
Hotel Rating
3 star
Local Payment
Tour Guide
Yes - for all included sightseeing
Breakfast: 3
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