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Hi

Im new to the forum,  going to St Petersburg in August  , just not sure what to do about Visa s . &  Trying  to decide to book private tour or not as there

are four of us. Visa I believe are issued from ship for group tours (?) but do we have to apply for our own Visa if we go private tour. Ibelieve you can only get

Visa in either London or Edinburgh  is that right  ?  

 

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All tours, whether with the ships tours or with one of the land based tour companies operate under a visa waiver scheme. You don't get issued with a visa. If you book with a local company then all you have to do is to present your tour ticket at immigration.

A visa costs around £100 per person

Brian

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We are also going in May.  The previous time we went we used the ship's excursions but would like to try a private company this time.  However one of our party is disabled so wonder if the private companies would be able to accommodate her.

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We used SPB tours recommended by some American cruise friends. We had been twice before and used the ships tours. Found SPB in a totally different league. We had just 12 people in our bus -although SPB did have about 20 mini bus loads  from our ship. They were very slick and professional and we saw more and learned more on the 2 day tour with them than the 4 days we had spent on ships tours. Check tripadvisor there are lots of reviews all the companies seem very similar. 

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Hi Cadet

We went to St Petersburg last year with Princess.  It was superb!  We booked all our tours with Princess.  Princess included visas.  The walking tours were great.  The Hermitage is fabulous. And the ballet on the first evening (Swan Lake) was delightful. 

There are loads of churches in St Petersburg; all have several steps; majority have no handrails. We were very lucky with the weather for the whole cruise - dry and sunny throughout.

St Petersburg is very beautiful.  Step outside the central area though and the place resembles a dismal depressing dingy place with ugly high rise blocks of flats surrounded by wasteland. Shudder.

BethP

 

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