St Petersburg, visa-free student boat trip from Helsinki (25.10.2016-29.10.2016)
- Departure 25.10.2016
- End date 29.10.2016
- Availability 4
- Price from 255€
Explore St.Petersburg on a visa-free ferry trip! Experience top quality culture, get on tours to outstanding palaces and sights, have great parties and a lot of fun in Russian style! Available for all nationalities, guided in English.
TRADITIONAL RUSSIAN EVENING — SHOW & DINNER
Duration 2h, from 30€
Definitely one of the funniest and most loved programs! The highlight of the evening is the colorful folk show, consisting of Russian songs, dances and games.By the end of the evening, you will have a total overview of what it means to celebrate an evening in Russian style! All of this, while we are enjoying a traditional Russian dinner and drinks! Vegetarian option is possible. Available on November-April trips.
CATHERINE'S PALACE — THE VILLAGE OF THE TSARS
Duration 5h, from 25€
"Village of the Tsars" also known as Pushkin is one of the most beautiful summer residences belonged to the Russian royal family. Main highlight of the trip is a visit to a gorgeous baroque-style Catherine’s Palace that houses famous Amber room. On the way to Pushkin that takes about 45 minutes you will see not only important historical sights but also suburban districts, those are quite contrastive to the city centre. A walk in the Catherine’s park is a relaxing experience after spending a busy day in the city.
OPERA OR BALLET
Duration 3,5h, from 50€
St Petersburg is known as the cultural capital of Russia. There’s a possibility to attend a world famous ballet or opera performance. You can book tickets through us to the performance scheduled for your trip - we often get student discounts from the theaters and transfer is included. If you are interested in some other event you can check theater's online shops or try your luck at a box office but usually tickets are sold out quite fast.
NIGHT FEVER — LIMO TRIP
Duration 1,5h, from 25€
Discover the St.Petersburg by night with style and glamour! A limousine ride takes you around the most spectacular places of the city with some stops for taking pictures. Eventually the limo drops you at one the trendiest night club, where you will bypass the queue. Limousines are loaded with sparkling wine.
CATHEDRALS OF ST PETERSBURG
Duration 2,5 - 3h, from 25€
This tour includes three cathedrals from three different centuries. We start with St Nicolaus cathedral- built in beautiful baroque style in 18th century. Second cathedral is St Isaac’s – one of the biggest dome cathedrals in the world and a true demonstration of ambitions of the Russian Empire. The last one is Cathedral on the Spilled Blood that was built on the assassination site of beloved Tsar Alexander II. You'll enjoy beautiful architecture and find out about Russian religion and its place in the history of the country.
State Hermitage museum
Duration 2h, included for students / from 20€ for non-students
The third biggest art museum in the world bases on the collections of the Russian royal families starting from the 18th century. The museum locates in formal imperial residences, housing millions of exhibits in hundreds of rooms. Take a tour to the most important exhibits and parts of the museum, learn the interesting backgrounds and get a guaranteed entrance without queuing! The tour is given in English by a professional local guide.
Cruise on rivers and canals
Duration 1,5h, from 15€
Definitely one of must-to-do’s in St Petersburg! “The Northern Venice” has 16 km of embankments, 48 canals and rivers and 800 bridges. Many of the beautiful palaces and mansions were designed to façade the riverside. With a river and canals cruise you make a time travel to the heart of the imperial city. Breath-taking views are accompanied by music and of course – the Soviet champagne (Russian sparkling wine)! Available in late April - October.
Preliminary trip program
DAY 1 – Tuesday
15.30 - 17.00 Check-in at Helsinki West Terminal (Länsiterminaali)
18.00 M/S Princess Maria departs from Helsinki
21.30-23.30. Night club open until late
00.00 Switching to Russian time (if applicable)
DAY 2 – Wednesday
09.30 M/S Princess Maria arrives in St Petersburg. Debarking and passport control
11.00 - 15.00 Guided sight-seeing tour by bus
21.00 - 22.30 Night cruise on Rivers and Canals (October) Traditional Russian Evening - Dinner & Show (November)*
DAY 3 –Thursday
09.00 - 15.00 Guided bus excursion to the Catherine’s Palace*
19.30 - 22:00 Opera or Ballet performance in some of the St Petersburg venues*
23.30 - 01.00 Limousine trip with sparkling wine aboard*
DAY 4 – Friday
10.00 - 13.00 Check-out. Guided tour ot the State Hermitage Museum
14.30 Cathedrals of St Petersburg tour*
17.30 Tranportation to the Morskoy-vokzal ferry terminal from the Hermitage museum
19.00 M/S Princess Maria departs to Helsinki. Same cruise program as on the outward journey
00.00 Switching back to Finnish time (if applocable)
DAY 5 – Saturday
08.00 M/S Princess Maria arrives in the West terminal. Debarking, Finnish customs and passport control. End of the tour.
* Extra Activities
**This itinerary is a preliminary one. Trip specific changes are possible. Final order of the program and museums depend on group sizes, national holidays, travel dates and playbills of St Petersburg theatres.
On our student trips we use three star hotels for accommodation. All of the hotels we use are located in the historical city centre and provide good services and easy access to local sights. Due to difficult vacancy situation in the hotels, we confirm the name of the hotel usually 1-2 weeks prior to the departure. The most usual hotels we use are listed below.
Common features to all hotels
- Location in the historical city centre, max. 3 km distance to the main sites and action
- TWIN rooms with conveniences: twin bed, bathroom, tv in all rooms
- Full buffet breakfasts
- Free wifi
Moscow hotel is one of the largest in St.Petersburg and thanks to its good location and services our default hotel for student groups.
Ibis St Petersburg Centre is a 3 star hotel offering 221 comfortable rooms. Located in the centre of St.Petersburg, it is close to Nevsky Prospekt (the main avenue of the city)
Hotel Dostoyevski is a rather new hotel in the heart of the city, opposite to the Vladimirsky Cathedral. Nevsky prospect 0,5 km.
Good to know
Passport and visa issues
Travelling by ferry to Russia with staying 72 hrs in the destination is visa-free for absolutely ALL citizens, as long as the following conditions are met. A) Passenger has a travel passport valid for at least 6 months after the end of the trip. Please note! An EU ID card or any other national ID card will not do! B) Passenger has purchased a package tour, including at least accommodation and a city tour. C) Passenger arrives and leaves Russia using the St Peterline ferry connection (it is not possible to arrive by ferry and leave by train, for instance). D) Passenger has sufficient travel documents for leaving and returning to Finland. If you need visa for arriving to Finland, make sure it has enough entries left! If you have arrived to Finland with a single-entry visa, you cannot travel to Russia.
Can I travel to Moscow during my visa-free stay?
It is recommended not to leave St Petersburg area during your visa-free stay, however travelling within Russia is not prohibited. Please inform your tour leader if you have such plans. You do not need to stick to the group after arriving to St Petersburg, but the travel agency is responsible for your stay in Russia and will get into trouble, if you do not show up to the port by the departure of the visa-free ferry. For violating the visa-free rules passenger has to pay high penalties +issue an exit visa from Russia through his own consulate, which is a both money and time consuming process.
Russian currency is rouble (RUR). While cards are widely in use Russia still has a lot of places where only cash is accepted. Current rate is about 1 € = 73 roubles. Roubles can be withdrawn from ATM or changed in numerous banks in the city. We recommend to exchange some money in advance in FOREX, because it will save your precious time in the destination.
You are allowed to bring alcohol to Finland if you are older then 18 years old (20 for alcohol stronger then 22%). You can take not more then: 1 liter of alcohol more than 40 % of alcohol (e.g. Vodka) OR 2 liters of aperatifs (eg. Champagne, long drinks or other beverages less than 22% of alcohol) + 4 liters of wines + 3 crates of beer (16 liters) + 1 carton of cigarettes
The weather in St Petersburg is much alike in Helsinki. Typical temperature in Summer is 15-25 Celcius, in Winter anything between +5 and -30 Celcius. Due to closeness of the sea, weather can change rapidly.
Normal European standard plugs and 220 V sockets. No adapters are needed.
English is not widely spoken in Russia so it could be useful to learn some basic sentences in Russian. Your tour conductor will assist whenever you need help.
St Petersburg is no more or less dangerous than any European metropolis. We recommend to use your common sense, take care of your belongings in crowded places, watch out for traffic and to know your limits for alcohol.
If compared to Helsinki or Stockholm, St Petersburg is relatively cheap. This applies to groceries, alcohol, cigarettes and public transportation. Eating out and clubbing represent about the same prices as in Finland.
In a case of emergency, sickness or accident, contact your group leader immediately. He will contact the medical care, and you will receive help as soon as possible. Doctors will arrive straight to the hotel. Your travel insurance covers all the medical costs and the medical treatment is free of charge. If the group leader is not available, contact the hotel reception. Remember to save all the receipts and doctor’s statement for medical treatment and medicine. Insurance company will refund all the expenses to your bank account.
ATTENTION! Insurances do not cover self-inflected cases, such as anything involving the consumption of alcohol or drugs.