Visa Free St Petersburg 2019 – 5 Days – MS Princess Anastasia

Our 5 day VISA FREE ST PETERSBURG 2018 tour, starts with an overnight ferry journey from HELSINKI and concludes upon arriving by overnight ferry in HELSINKI or TALLINN on Day 5 (Depends on ferry schedule).  Our tour includes round trip passenger ferry ‘MS Princess Anastasia’ from Helsinki, transfers to/from your hotel in St Petersburg, 2 nights accommodation in a 4 star St Petersburg hotel, one Full Day of sightseeing, daily breakfast, optional Full Day sightseeing.

To make the most of your limited time in the city, we include a full day of sightseeing, with our professional English speaking guide, on arrival.   Included tour: St Petersburg city tour, visits to Peter Paul Fortress, the Hermitage museum (Winter Palace). Our pre-bookable full day Optional Tour, includes Catherine’s Palace at Pushkin and the lower Gardens and fountains of Peterhof.  With our optional tour, amongst other highlights, you will see 3 stunning palaces, unrivalled art collections, the last resting place of the Romanovs and much more, truly a trip to remember!

We strongly recommend that you arrive in Helsinki the day before, to enjoy the opportunity to see the city and to be in good time for your trip to St Petersburg.  For a supplement, include in your tour package 1 night at the 4 star Radisson Blu Seaside, a short walk from the ferry terminal or Radisson Aleksanteri Hotel, in the Design Area of the city centre only 1.8 km from the West Terminal Sea Port. Both offer free WiFi.  Easy access by public transport makes either of these the perfect one night pre-tour stopover hotel.

This tour is available in Deluxe category cabins and hotels – please see here for more information.

Itinerary – Visa Free St Petersburg – 5 Day Tour

Our VISA FREE ST PETERSBURG tour starts with your overnight ferry journey from HELSINKI today and concludes upon return by overnight ferry to HELSINKI arriving on Day 5.

To make the most of your short time in this breathtaking city, we have an action packed programme, which includes 1 night’s accommodation in St Petersburg, daily breakfast (ferry and hotel), panoramic city tour and visits with our professional English speaking guide to Peter Paul Fortress and the Hermitage museum. You may also pre-book our optional full day tour to Catherine’s Palace at Pushkin and the lower Gardens and fountains of Peterhof.  Our guide will meet you on arrival and will introduce you to this beautiful city – enjoy the second day at your leisure, or join us on our Optional Excursion to see more of the treasures of the city.
We strongly recommend that you arrive the day before, to enjoy the opportunity to see Helsinki and to be in the city in good time for your trip to St Petersburg.

For a supplement , include in your tour package, 1 night before the ferry at the 4 star Radisson Blu Seaside Hotel in the port area or Radisson Aleksanteri Hotel, conveniently located in the Design Area of the city centre.

Day 1 Depart Helsinki (Wednesday or Thursday)

You may check in from 15.00 hrs, so please arrive in good time for your departure from Helsinki Sea Port West Terminal, aboard M/S Princess Anastasia, sailing time 19:00 hrs.
Enjoy the dining and entertainment facilities on board, as you sail across the Gulf of Finland towards Russia.
Overnight on the ferry.

Day 2 – St Petersburg  

After breakfast on the ferry, please disembark promptly on arrival at 09.00 hrs. You will be met at the exit of the ferry terminal by our guide to commence your panoramic tour of the beautiful city of St Petersburg.  Today, whilst passing by some of the highlights of the city, the true highlight is our visit today is the world famous State Hermitage Museum: A guided visit of the Hermitage museum and the magnificent collection of art in the winter palace of Catherine the Great. One of the largest museums in the world, founded in 1764; its collection includes over 2.7 million items, including masterpieces of Leonardo Da Vinci, Raphael, Rodin, Rembrandt and Rubens. The Gala rooms of the Winter Palace, a former royal residence, are open for visitors.

After todays’ tour, your guide will accompany you to your hotel (at around 17.00- 17.30 hrs) where you check in for 2 nights. At leisure to enjoy your first evening exploring this magical city.

Included Excursions: Hermitage Museum

Overnight at your hotel.

Day 3 – St Petersburg  

After breakfast at your hotel, your day is your own, at leisure to explore independently.

Alternatively, you may pre-book to join us on our OPTIONAL tour (not included) to Catherine Palace and Peterhof Lower Gardens: 

Departing at 09.30 hrs, today we visit two of St Petersburg’s dazzling highlights: Our guide will meet you in reception for a tour which includes a visit out of town to Catherine Palace, in the town of Pushkin (formerly Tsarskoye Selo), 29km south of St. Petersburg. The construction of the palace for Empress Catherine started in 1717. A park in the French style was laid out around the palace and in the middle of 18th century Tsarskoye Selo became the official royal residence. This palace is famous for the ‘Amber Room’, now completely restored to its former glory and for the mirrored hall.
We also visit Peterhof Lower Gardens* (or Pavlovsk Palace when fountains are closed).  We visit the beautiful gardens of Peterhof.  This magnificent estate on the Gulf of Finland is remarkable for the sheer variety of styles encompassed in its garden layout and features. Representing nearly two centuries of European aristocratic fashion executed to the highest standards, Peterhof is like an encyclopaedia of park design through the age of empire. Particularly impressive is the fact that the master landscapers and garden designers who worked on the estate at Peterhof managed to overcome the extremely inclement conditions of the northern climate to create a wonderland of greenery and flowers, sweeping vistas and ornate architectural decorations

Return to your hotel at approx 17.00 hrs. There will be time to stop for tea/coffee/lunch (at your own expense, not included)

Optional Tour: Catherine’s Palace, Peterhof Lower Gardens (or Pavlovsk Palace when fountains are closed)

n.b.:
Please note that the fountains in Peterhof Gardens are not operational before May and from October, at these times, Peterhof Gardens will be replaced with a tour to Pavlovsk Palace.

Overnight at your hotel.

Day 4 – St Petersburg

After breakfast and check out (with your luggage), *your guide will meet you in reception. Today we visit three different locations in the city, Peter and Paul Fortress which guards the city of St Petersburg, and is located on the island, facing the Hermitage museum. The Cathedral here is the oldest building in St Petersburg and now houses the remains of the last Romanov tsar and family. We also visit the Church on the Spilled Blood, with five domes, it is St Petersburg’s most elaborate church with a classic Russian Orthodox exterior, and an interior containing 7000 sq m of mosaics.  Its colloquial name refers to the assassination attempt on Tsar Alexander II on the same spot in 1881.  Time is allowed for you to visit the exquisite **Faberge Museum, the worlds largest private Faberge collection housed in a former noble residence, the Shuvalov Palace, in the centre of the city. Pre-booking is no longer possible, payable locally.

After todays’ tour, ***your guide will take you to the ferry port for embarkation.

There will be time to stop for tea/coffee/lunch (at your own expense, not included)
n.b.
1) *Tour starts from your hotel at 09.00 hrs on Saturday, 10.00 hrs on Sunday
2) **Visitors to the Faberge museum will be provided with individual audio guides by the museum (pay locally)
3) ***Embarkation at 17.00 hrs on Saturday (ferry departs 19.00 hrs), 16.00 hrs on Sunday (ferry departs 18.00 hrs)

Included Excursions: Peter and Paul Fortress, Church on the Spilled Blood.

Overnight on the ferry.

Day 5 – Helsinki

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast on board before arrival in Helsinki at 08:00 hrs.   No need to rush, breakfast is available until 10.00 am.

Your VISA FREE ST PETERSBURG tour concludes on arrival in Helsinki today.
n.b. Days of visits may change due to local closure days.

The Visa Free St Petersburg tour is the perfect way to enjoy a short city break to St Petersburg without the cost or time required to obtain a Russian visa. It is a Russian government initiative and only applies to visitors travelling by ferry from Helsinki on the visa free St Petersburg programme.

IMPORTANT: If you require a visa to enter Finland, it must be multi-entry type.
Your passport must be valid for minimum 6 months after exit date from St Petersburg.

If you do wish to stay longer in St Petersburg and require a visa please request a Russian Visa Support Letter online here.

Our Programme:

As there are just two days in the St Petersburg, we have created a programme which takes in the most popular highlights of the city.   Unfortunately, there is not time to include other visits and there will be places you will miss – however, this is a good reason to return!

If you would like a bespoke tour, please ask us for details.

Performances at the Mariinsky Theatre may or may not be available during your visit. Please ask us nearer the time if you would like us to check the playbill and if tickets are available on the evening of your visit.

Notes:

Tour includes entrances as indicated in the programme.
Entrances for the Optional tour are included in the Optional Tour supplement.
There will be time to stop for tea/coffee/lunch (at your own expense, not included)

Dates & Prices 2019

HEL – SPB – HEL on selected Wednesdays:
Departure from HEL (WED) @ 19:00 HRS Arrive SPB (THU) @ 09:00HRS
Departure from SPB (SAT) @ 19:00HRS Arrive HEL SUN @ 08:00HRS
HEL – SPB – HEL/TLL* on selected Thursdays:
Departure from HEL (THU) @ 19:00 HRS Arrive SPB (FRI) @ 09:00HRS
Departure from SPB (SUN) @ 18:00HRS Arrive HEL (MON) @ 07:00HRS
*Option to continue from HEL to TLL Arrive TLL MON @ 12:30HRS
HEL – SPB – TLL on selected Fridays
Departure from HEL (FRI) @ 18:00HRS Arrive SPB (SAT) @ 09:00HRS
Departure from SPB (MON) @ 19:00HRS Arrive TLL (TUES) @ 09:00HRS

 

Visa Free Tour Date ROUTE 
28-Mar-19 * HEL – SPB – HEL / TLL
03-Apr-19 HEL – SPB – HEL
05-Apr-19 HEL – SPB – TLL
11-Apr-19 * HEL – SPB – HEL / TLL
19-Apr-19 HEL – SPB – TLL
17-Apr-19 HEL – SPB – HEL
25-Apr-19 HEL – SPB – TLL (on request)
02-May-19 HEL – SPB – HEL (on request)
04-May-19 HEL – SPB – TLL (on request)
15-May-19 HEL – SPB – HEL
17-May-19 HEL – SPB – TLL
23-May-19 * HEL – SPB – HEL / TLL
29-May-19 HEL – SPB – HEL
31-May-19 HEL – SPB – TLL
12-Jun-19 HEL – SPB – HEL
14-Jun-19 HEL – SPB – TLL
20 Jun-19 * HEL – SPB – HEL / TLL
26-Jun-19 HEL – SPB – HEL
28-Jun-19 HEL – SPB – TLL
04-Jul-19 * HEL – SPB – HEL / TLL
10-Jul-19 HEL – SPB – HEL
12-Jul-19 HEL – SPB – TLL
18-Jul-19 * HEL – SPB – HEL / TLL
24-Jul-19 HEL – SPB – HEL
26-Jul-19 HEL – SPB – TLL
01-Aug-19 * HEL – SPB – HEL / TLL
07-Aug-19 HEL – SPB – HEL
09-Aug-19 HEL – SPB – TLL
15-Aug-19 * HEL – SPB – HEL / TLL
21-Aug-19 HEL – SPB – HEL
23-Aug-19 HEL – SPB – TLL
29-Aug-19 * HEL – SPB – HEL / TLL
04-Sep-19 HEL – SPB – HEL
06-Sep-19 HEL – SPB – TLL
12-Sep-19 * HEL – SPB – HEL / TLL
18-Sep-19 HEL – SPB – HEL
20-Sep-19 HEL – SPB – TLL
26-Sep-19 * HEL – SPB – HEL / TLL
02-Oct-19 HEL – SPB – HEL
04-Oct-19 HEL – SPB – TLL
10-Oct-19 * HEL – SPB – HEL / TLL
16-Oct-19 HEL – SPB – HEL
18-Oct-19 HEL – SPB – TLL
24-Oct-19 * HEL – SPB – HEL / TLL
30-Oct-19 HEL – SPB – HEL
01-Nov-19 HEL – SPB – TLL
07-Nov-19 * HEL – SPB – HEL / TLL
13-Nov-19 HEL – SPB – HEL
15-Nov-19 HEL – SPB – TLL
21-Nov-19 * HEL – SPB – HEL / TLL
27-Nov-19 HEL – SPB – HEL
29-Nov-19 HEL – SPB – TLL
05-Dec-19 * HEL – SPB – HEL / TLL
11-Dec-19 HEL – SPB – HEL
13-Dec-19 HEL – SPB – TLL
19-Dec-19 * HEL – SPB – HEL / TLL
25-Dec-19 HEL – SPB – HEL

Accommodation

We use four star hotels for our programme, usually, Solo Sokos Hotel Vasilievsky. Due to high occupancy levels at certain busy times of the year, we may use other similar hotels.

Solo Sokos Hotel Vasilievsky ★★★★

The Solo Sokos Hotel Vasilievsky is situated in the historical centre of St. Petersburg, on the 8th Line of the Vasilievsky Island, close to the Embankment of river Neva. The most famous landmarks of St. Petersburg are located just a 10-15 min walk from the hotel on the other side of the Neva: The Hermitage Museum, St. Isaac’s Cathedral and The Admiralty. The comfortable rooms of Sokos Hotel Vasilievsky are elegantly decorated and the warm colors make you feel like at home. Repin Lounge Restaurant & Bar, an easy-going and relaxed restaurant, is the hotel’s heart, serving the classics of Italian-American cuisine with a new twist and also Russian cuisine classics by our Chef. The Lounge Bar with its comfortable couches and armchairs is a great place to relax after a busy day.

5 Star Hotel Upgrade Option (only €80 per person)

Solo Sokos Hotel Palace Bridge ★★★★★

A unique hotel located in the historical centre of St.Petersburg on Vasilievsky Island and named after the famous Palace Bridge located nearby, which leads directly to many of the main sights  – the Hermitage museum, Palace Square, Admiralty, St.Isaac’s Cathedral and the beginning of Nevsky Prospect, all just a 20 minute walk away.  Solo Sokos Hotel Palace Bridge is a magnificent combination of new and old. The heart of the hotel is an historic brick building dating back to the mid 19th century, once the wine cellars of a famous merchant dynasty – the Eliseev family. Today under these old brick arches and chandeliers you will find a unique hotel concept, with a fabulous spa with treatment and Aqua zones, fitness centre, international restaurant Sevilla and the intriguing ’Dans Le Noir?’ where you may have the restaurant experience of a lifetime in complete darkness.

Supplement to upgrade to 5 star Hotel only €80 per person, subject to availability (minimum 2 persons).

MS Princess Anastasia –St Peterline

Visa Free St Petersburg

Deck Plan

Visa Free St Petersburg

Princess Anastasia is a modern passenger ferry with a total passenger capacity of 2 500 seats. On board there are 834 cabins and a car deck for 580 cars. The guests aboard the cruise ferry can enjoy the advantages of comfortable cabins and a wide range of entertainment to please any taste: restaurants, bars, Duty Free shop, SPA, gym, beauty salon, cinema and playroom for children. The show programme aboard the ship is presented by the brilliant St. Petersburg Music Hall Ballet Theatre and by a famous night club network.

Deluxe Cabin (Outside Cabin)

1- 3 persons on Decks: 5, 8 (16.4 sq m)

Queen size bed only (not twin). Flat screen TV, comfortable armchairs and mini-bar in the sitting area. En-suite sh/wc and hairdryer.
Delicious breakfast with champagne.
Children aged 7 years or older must have a separate bed in the cabin, as for an adult.

Commodore Cabin (Outside Cabin)

1- 2 persons on Decks: 5, 6 (12 sq m)

Double bed only (not twin).  Flat screen TV, comfortable armchairs and mini-bar in the sitting area. En-suite sh/wc and hairdryer.
Delicious breakfast with champagne.
Children aged 7 years or older must have a separate bed in the cabin, as for an adult.

Class A (Outside Cabin)

1-4 persons on Decks 4, 5, 6 (8.5 sq m)

Outside cabin (with window). 2-4 berths.  Closet for your clothes, air conditioned with en-suite sh/wc.
Children aged 7 years or older must have a separate bed in the cabin, as for an adult.

Class B (Inside Cabin)

1-4 persons/ decks 4, 5, 6 (8.5 sq. m)

A great combination of price and quality! An inside cabin with 2 – 4 berths, for 1-4 persons is air conditioned with en-suite sh/wc.
Children aged 7 years or older must have a separate bed in the cabin, as for an adult.

Visa Free St Petersburg

From March to December 2018, you may depart Helsinki on selected Wednesdays or Thursdays.
This will allow 2 nights’ stay in St Petersburg on a visa free basis.
The ferry journey is overnight in each direction..

Arriving at Helsinki Port

Note: Please arrive in good time for check in. If you miss the ferry, you will miss our tour!!
For information on connections between Helsinki Airport, Railway Station and Port please see the Helsinki Port Website.

Visa Free St Petersburg – Prices on application

 

Visa Free St Petersburg Includes:

  • Round trip ferry tickets Helsinki – St Petersburg – Helsinki. MS Princess Anastasia. (Two nights on board in selected cabin)
  • 2 nights in 4 star hotel (Solo Sokos Vasilievsky Hotel or similar)
  • Breakfast daily (hotels and ferry)
  • Free Wi-Fi in Solo Sokos Vasilievsky Hotel
  • Transportation to/from hotel (shuttle from Sokos hotel, car or minibus from other hotels)
  • City tour
  • Entrances to :
    Peter and Paul Fortress
    Hermitage museum
    General Staff building (Impressionist Collection)
  • English speaking guide to meet you on arrival and on all excursions
  • Transportation for excursions
  • Harbour fee
  • Fuel fee
  • Shuttle bus ticket

Not included in our Visa Free St Petersburg Tour price:

  • International Flights
  • Optional Excursion Day 3
  • Any meals, beverages, sightseeing entrance fees not specified in the inclusions
  • Wi-Fi on the ferry (pay locally)
  • Photo and video charges at museums and places of interest
  • Extra personal costs incurred at the hotel
  • Hotel registration fee payable locally in St Petersburg

Note: For information on connections between Helsinki Airport, Railway Station and Port please see the Helsinki Port Website.

Notes

    1. Your passport must be valid for minimum 6 months after exit date from Russia
    2. 72 hour Visa Free apples to all nationalities including those holding valid visa for Finland.
    3. You may not stay ashore more than 72 hours
    4. IMPORTANT: If you require a visa to enter Finland, it must be multi-entry type.
    5. We reserve the right to substitute an alternative hotel in St Petersburg of similar standard if the featured hotel is not available due to high occupancy.
      If no similar hotels available, we will offer an alternative. This may incur a supplement depending on availability.
    6. Itinerary  may change due to local conditions.
    7. If you do wish to stay longer in St Petersburg and require a visa please request a Russian Visa Support Letter online here.
    8. It is the responsibility of all passengers to ensure that they arrive in good time for the ferry.
      If you miss the ferry, full cancellation fees apply; similarly, passengers must be at the hotel at the specified pick-up time for the departure transfer, or take the appropriate shuttle (if applicable).
    9. All bookings are subject to availability.
    10. One child of 6 years or under may share a parents cabin without a separate bed. Children of 7 years + must occupy a full berth in a cabin.