We will be arriving on a Royal Carribean Cruise ship for 2 days in SPB next week. One of the tours offered by the ship appears to offer the freedom to sightsee on your own - or am I missing something important here? I understand you are meant to be accompanied by a tour guide but ......
the tour drops you of in Nevsky Prospect and leaves you for 6 hours to "souvenir shop." I have attached the full wording of the tour from the company website below for clarity.
We always travel independently from ship tours and planned to purchase this "tour" and then visit the sights using the hop on hop off bus and by just walking to the Hermitage / Peter & Paul / Church of Spilled Blood etc.
Obviously we would have a "tour ticket" which means we are travelling visa free but are we likely to encounter any problems doing this ... we were actually going to do this tour both days and just make our own itinerary.
Any guidance greatly appreciated - wording from cruise tour below.
"Your tour will begin with a short drive to Nevsky Prospect, one of the well-known streets in St. Petersburg. Cutting through St.
Petersburg's historical center, Nevsky Prospect runs from the Admiralty to the Moscow Railway Station before making a slight
curve to the Alexander Nevsky Monastery. Since the 18th century, it has been the center of the bustling, rapidly growing city. This
street is lined with magnificent architectural ensembles and offers a wealth of cultural interests including cathedrals and churches,
numerous theaters and movie houses, the Small Philharmonic Concert Hall, the City's National Public Library, and numerous cafes, restaurants and nightclubs. It is also the main shopping area of St. Petersburg. Some of the best shops can be found around Gostiny Dvor Arcade and Passage. The street always teems with people until late into the night. Nevsky Prospect has also figured prominently in Russian history and literature.
Note: Guests must be able to walk approximately 1.5 miles over uneven, cobblestone surfaces, inclines and steps. Comfortable
walking shoes are recommended. Due to its nature, this tour is not suitable for guests with walkers or wheelchairs. Time permitting;
guests will have approximately 6 hours for souvenir shopping during the tour. The drive to/from the port is approximately 30 minutes each way, dependent upon traffic conditions. Tour order may vary between coaches due to traffic or crowding circumstances"