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how to get there from the port

Larne, United...
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how to get there from the port

We (2 adults) are going to St Petersburg during a Baltic cruise. What is the best way of going there? The organised tours offered by the cruise company are extremely expensive.

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1. Re: how to get there from the port

You basically have two options: either book a visa-free tour with ANY local operator or obtain Russian visas and visit completely on your own. Both topics have been extensively covered in this forum gazillion times: all you need to do is search. Why not start with Top questions on your right.

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2. Re: how to get there from the port

If you are looking for a tour, I highly suggest the activities listings on TA.

This is the link to those folks in SPB.

tripadvisor.com/Attractions-g298507-Activiti…

This is a priceless resource. Over the years, I have used the private tour guides listed on TA with great success. If you prefer less expensive group tours, these same guides often arranges for groups as well.

Have fun!

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3. Re: how to get there from the port

How long are you going to be in port? Most ships are in port for 2 or 3 days and a couple are here for 1 day. You will need to arrange for a tour to either cover the full stay or individual tours with returning to the ship in-between tours. A "tour" can be anything you want, either a pre-planned group tour or something you design yourself. Prices per day run from about $40 for walking tours including cruiser visa waiver up to $400 a day for a VIP private tour, it all depends on your interests budget and how much you want to see.

What are your interests? If museums and interiors of cathedrals and palace estates are your must-sees, than it is not cheap because ticket are a lot, plus transportation, a driver and a guide, plus port fees for your vehicle so $150 per day is average per person. Anything less and you will not be seeing everything those who did spend that much did. So if you see a "bargain" price on a tour that is a general interest intensive tour, you can bet there is something missing or additional costs during the day because most of the cost of such tours is fixed museum and venue prices.

On the other end of the scale, for $40 you can explore the city on on foot and public transportation which would be the best option for those into photography or wanting to meet locals and experience the contemporary culture of St Petersburg. You are right, the ship tours are expensive because most of the price goes to ship sales commission and the rest goes to whatever tour operator they contract with. St Petersburg is the key port for Ship income since the port call is longer and everyone buys some kind of tour and there is so much more to see. Shore excursions account for a substantial part of a cruise line's net since they compete on price of base cabin with other cruise lines but no one compares shore excursion or shipboard accounts. Typically the total price of s cruise once required fees and shipboard account is added in after the cruise price itself, is about twice what the advertised cabin price alone was.

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4. Re: how to get there from the port

These replies were very helpful and I am sure that we can now easily organise a good day tour to suit us both.Many thanks for all everyone who took the time to post a reply

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