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sissam

A question on a two day visit to St. Petersburg

by sissam »

I was wondering what suggestions you all would have for visiting St. Petersburg, Russia. Apparently,you are not allowed to wander about on your own and I love to visit the things that might be off the beaten path. We will be there for two days as part of a cruise and I would like to know if you have the names of any reputable tour companies that would do a tour for a small group.

 
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kringenwally

RE: A question on a two day visit to St. Petersburg

by kringenwally »

"you are not allowed to wander about on your own"

This is not generally true. As a tourist with a visa I certainly walked all over on my own, and took buses and trams and the metro, no worries. But it may be true in a limited sense for you, as a cruise passenger, if the condition of your admittance on land is that you don't need a regular visa but have to follow the group leader at all times. So you follow the leader and don't stray.

Besides, a tour company wouldn't take you "off the beaten path" - they're in the business of pleasing tourists and they know (or think they know) what's good for tourists. I saw no foreigners in the markets, in the suburban shops, on the neighborhood soccer field between two factories, or hanging out with locals drinking beer outside a "produkti" shop (cheap alternative to going to a bar), but I sure met "real" Russians off the beaten path. No tour group would take you there, and in only two days there are too many fascinating major targets to see, don't miss them for some uncertainty. 

Do you have a functional knowledge of Russian? Can you read the cyrillic alphabet and pronounce words? And would you understand it when people talk back at you in Russian when you ask a question? When you're dealing with people who make a living from tourism, English is usually available, for better or for worse. But as soon as you get off the "beaten path" that's all you get - Russian. So on this trip you better stick with your crowd.

If you like what you see (and it's beautiful and fascinating!), once back home you can prepare for a trip that will bring you back, on your own, for at least a week - with a regular tourist visa (not trivial!) and a basic knowledge of Russian. You'll love it, so treat this one as a convenient sampler in the short time you'll have. 


 

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fatmaela

RE: A question on a two day visit to St. Petersburg

by fatmaela »

In Response to A question on a two day visit to St. Petersburg:[QUOTE]

I was wondering what suggestions you all would have for visiting St. Petersburg, Russia. Apparently,you are not allowed to wander about on your own and I love to visit the things that might be off the beaten path. We will be there for two days as part of a cruise and I would like to know if you have the names of any reputable tour companies that would do a tour for a small group.

 

Posted by SisSam[/QUOTE]

 

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CastellanosLore

RE: A question on a two day visit to St. Petersburg

by CastellanosLore »

In Response to A question on a two day visit to St. Petersburg:[QUOTE]

I was wondering what suggestions you all would have for visiting St. Petersburg, Russia. Apparently,you are not allowed to wander about on your own and I love to visit the things that might be off the beaten path. We will be there for two days as part of a cruise and I would like to know if you have the names of any reputable tour companies that would do a tour for a small group.

 

Posted by SisSam[/QUOTE]

I went for my honeymoon on august- septmber 2016
If you travel by cruise, I think you have to get the tour in advance. 
We did it on our own. You can easily take the hop on hop off tour bus on the main attractions, combined with a boat tour ( which is great if the weather is nice)

For the main attraction I would recommend the peterhof palace (grand Palace), located about an hour from St Petersburg, but very well worth it. you can spend a whole day here!! the park is huge with gardens, fountains, ponds, etc
2. The Catherine Palace, also about an hour away, Wouldn´t miss it.

FYI TAKE NUTS, GRANOLA BARS OR SNACKS WITH YOU, THE FOOD IS TERRIBLE!

For both of this places we took UBER..amazing it was the best experience for us because nobody speaks english. Extremely cheap compared to tour prices. 
For St Petersburg you have to go to Hermitage museum  and the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood.
I hope this helps!!!

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mquartz

RE: A question on a two day visit to St. Petersburg

by mquartz »

This is an ancient thread from 2013, but it bears repeating that you can absolutely wander around on your own, take buses and trams and the metro (learn to read the cyrillic alphabet!). 

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JohnBradford

RE: A question on a two day visit to St. Petersburg

by JohnBradford »

Let me share my opinion as well:  if you have friends in St. Petersburg, you can really ignore making any plans. They all love their city and use to organise interesting  and stunning sightseeing, including  bold ideas of visiting various secret places and  stranges bars.  You really won't have a spare minute!.  Once I was happy enough to enjoy the following rich oneday program: first, I was able to visit the Russian Museum, after that we took a boat-trip to Peterhof, from where  returned to the exhibition at Konushenaya str., and then we went to the amazing strip bar Zavist. It's really a wonderful and magic city, and people are hospitable and lovely there!

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stevebertrand

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by stevebertrand »

In Response to Re: A question on a two day visit to St. Petersburg:[QUOTE]

Let me share my opinion as well:  if you have friends in St. Petersburg, you can really ignore making any plans. They all love their city and use to organise interesting  and stunning sightseeing, including  bold ideas of visiting various secret places and  stranges bars.  You really won't have a spare minute!.  Once I was happy enough to enjoy the following rich oneday program: first, I was able to visit the Russian Museum, after that we took a boat-trip to Peterhof, from where  returned to the exhibition at Konushenaya str., and then we went to the amazing strip bar Zavist. It's really a wonderful and magic city, and people are hospitable and lovely there!


Posted by JohnBradford[/QUOTE]

 

hah, yeah, agree with u totally) visited my friends in St.Petersburg, magic city) I'm going to trip there again this summer. What would you recommend? Zavist? visited it's site, but it is a chain or what? what is exact address?

 

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