St Petersburg Visa Free Cruise

Visit St Petersburg Visa Free on the 'MS Princess Maria'
Your Adventure
Discover St Petersburg on a visa free holiday sailing overnight there and back from Helsinki on the cruise ship M.S Princess Maria. Russia’s one time imperial capital is as much a work of art as a city and a captivating cocktail of experiences:ornate palaces, onion domed cathedrals, majestic manicured gardens and of course, the Cruiser Aurora from which in 1917 the signal was given that kicked off the Bolshevik revolution.
What’s Special
For starters you enjoy the better part of 3 days in the city without the necessity, hassle & expense of a Russian Visa. Secondly the Czarist flavour to your holiday begins when you leave the quayside in Helsinki with on board Russian entertainment, food and atmosphere. And in St Petersburg you have an array of private excursions to choose from including ones to Peterhof, Peter the Great’s emulation of Versailles with its Palace, Gardens and Grand Cascade. And in the evenings you can take your pick from ballet, opera or exuberant Russian dancing performances.

Itinerary & Prices

1st Day UK – Helsinki
fly direct to Helsinki, self-transfer to the city centre and check in at the Hotel Seurahuone just 300m or so from the city centre bus station.
2nd Day Helsinki – St. Petersburg
take breakfast and then explore the city. Helsinki is an eclectic mix of east and west set on a peninsula in the Gulf of Finland: a neo-classical gem but with an art nouveau quarter and here and there Alvar Aalto's spectacular modern architecture. There are smart pavement cafés on Esplanade and gourmet restaurants for lunch at less than London prices. In the late afternoon transfer to the south harbour for St Petersburg at 18:00 on the Princess Maria and an overnight passage to St Petersburg.
3rd Day St. Petersburg
your ship docks after breakfast at 9.30. Disembark at 10.30 and meet your guide for a private city tour featuring some of St Petersburg’s most iconic sights (and sites) including the Admiralty, St. Isaac’s Cathedral, St. Nicolas Cathedral, Palace Square, Peter & Paul fortress (inside visit) and Smolny Convent. Check in at your chosen hotel and afterwards explore the city on your own. In the evening you can enjoy dinner in one of our recommended restaurants or go to a folklore, ballet or opera performance.
4th & 5th Day St. Petersburg
as much a work of art as a city, Russia’s one time capital is a captivating cocktail of experiences which you can discover on one our optional guided tours: the Hermitage with its unimaginable store of over 3 million works of art, Yusopov Place, Catherine’s Palace in Pushkin or Peterhof Summer Palace. Catherine’s Palace in Pushkin, otherwise known as Tsarskoe Selo, was Peter the Great’s wife’s summer holiday home: a staggering kilometre in circumference with blue-and-white facades decorated with gilded atlantes, caryatids and pilasters. Peterhof Summer Palace on the Gulf of Finland, built in the 18th century as the summer residence of Russian czars has as its centerpiece the Grand cascade of 64 fountains. On Day 5 transfer by private car to the ferry terminal for re-embarkation and departure at 19.00.
6th Day Helsinki – UK
arrive in Helsinki at 09.30 with time for some last minute retail therapy for iconic design brands like Arabia and Iittala self -transfer to the airport and your return flight to the UK.
What’s included in your ScanAdventure: 
Return scheduled flight(s) from the UK to Helsinki All passenger service charges and airport departure taxes Complimentary beverages & Pay on Board food service Carriage of luggage (1pc cabin/1pc hold) 3 nights hotel accommodation as per itinerary Lodgings in twin rooms with private WC/Shower 5 Buffet breakfasts & 2 dinners (on board ship) Overnight return passage from Helsinki to St Petersburg On board ship accommodation in an outside A class cabin Privatly guided orientation city tour on arrival Private departure transfer from hotel to quayside in St Petersburg Services of qualified English speaking excursion guides in St Petersburg
Departure Dates & Prices: 
April 1st-May 31st from £899 June 1st-Aug 31st from £935 Sept 1st-Oct 31st from £899