The information from Trip Advisor provides excellent service when planning a trip to Finland and Russia. Using your service and material from Lonely Planet, you are able to plan and execute a wonderful individualized trip to Helsinki, Porvoo, Turku, Viipuri-Vyborg, and St Petersburg. A traveller is able to arrange accommodation, train tickets, car rentals, tour tickets and a return cruise from St Petersburg to Helsinki. The information from both services is accurate, up-to-date and very accessible.
Friends recommended Red Apple Apartments in Helsinki which was excellent.
The forums were also very useful for information for locating PD Tours in St Petersburg where almost a private service, 2 to 6 people, at reasonable prices was experienced. A very reasonable boutique hotel was recommended and was excellent (Forticia Piter) and 2 blocks from the Hermitage.
Hotels were done through Booking .com, and then through direct contact with the hotel, in English,and most other reservations were done directly with the company involved. Had a good car rental through e-bookings.com, an English firm, not so good service from cartrawler.com,
Some trepidation may be experienced in getting accommodation in Vyborg, Russia. This was solved by your reader recommendation of Letuchaya Mysh, direct contact with them and through booking.com
A return trip to Helsinki was a bonus as the St Peter Lines have an overnight cruise with excellent food and accommodation in their cruise schedules.
A very appreciative thanks for making this a wonderful trip