Helsinki to St Petes - 5 days
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 Petersburg - City of the Tsars, home to Peterhof and the stunning Hermitage collection at the Winter Palace on this 5 day tour.
Wednesday. 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 Anastasia ferry to begin your cruise of the Gulf of Finland to St Petersburg.
Overnight: Princess Anastasia Ferry
St Petersburg city tour
Arriving into St Petersburg this morning you'll disembark your boat around 9am where you'll be met by a representative to begin your sightseeing of St Petersburg. You'll begin by making your way along the famed Nevsky Prospekt, past the museum and university districts. After this you'll visit St Isaac's Cathedral, completed in 1858 this landmark of the Russian Imperial age boasts some of the most beautiful facades of any Cathedral in Russia. The interior is a splendid display of ornate paintings, sculptures and decoration.
This afternoon 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. Later you'll be escorted to your hotel for check in, the rest of your evening is at leisure.
Overnight: St Petersburg | Breakfast
This morning you'll depart for Catherine Palace or Pavlovsk Palace. Both Palaces exteriors and interiors are lavishly decorated and really catch the eye. Surrounded by extensively well kept gardens, both palaces are fantastic for exploring and discovering the history behind their former important inhabitants.
After lunch we visit Peterhof Palace - where we explore its beautiful gardens. 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. We then board a hydrofoil boat to travel back to the centre of St Petersburg along one of the many canals that link the city. The rest of your evening is at leisure.
Overnight: St Petersburg | Breakfast, Lunch
This morning you'll head for the Faberge Museum, here you'll enjoy a self guided tour, the highlight of which is the lavishly decorated imperial easter eggs. The museum is also home to over 4,000 works of art, including paintings and porcelain.
This afternoon you'll board a canal cruise, which will take around the city, seeing the stunning architecture from a different perspective. The Canals of St Petersburg are an important part of the city, with over 100 tributaries and over 800 bridges crossing them they are what defines the layout of the city. After your canal cruise you'll make your way to the famous Church on Spilled Blood where you can marvel at its incredible mosaic interior.
Later this afternoon you'll be transferred back to the dock to board your ferry back to Helsinki.
Overnight: St Petersburg | Breakfast
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 ice cream at Esplanade park.
Visas & the Ferry
In light of the fact that you are arriving to Russia by ferry, are not staying for more than 72 hours and have a confirmed ferry ticket for your departure, you are not required to obtain a Russian Tourisit Visa to enter the country. Not having to obtain a Russian visa saves most nationalities more than $150 in visa costs. A tourist visa for Finland is required though for most nationalities it is offered free of charge. Please check with your nearest embassy for more information.
This tour includes two overnight journeys on board the Princess Anastasia ferry travelling between Helsinki and St Petersburg. On the ferry we reserve comfortable private 2-berth or 4-berth air conditioned inside cabins, equipped with an en suite bathroom and freshly laundered bed linen.
Prices & Dates
Prices shown are per person travelling based upon 2 people sharing a twin/double hotel room in low season. On the ferry the price is based upon 2-berth private cabins. Therefore if you are travelling by yourself you will be required to pay the single supplement.Read More