St. Petersburg and Helsinki -- Visa Free
Cruise and City Stays in Russia and Finland
Includes roundtrip airfare to Helsinki from New York
8 days/7 nights - Multiple 2012/2013 Departure Dates
Low Season - $3169 per person based on 2 people:
November 16-29 2012; February 1-March 29, 2013
Shoulder Season - $3339 per person based on 2 people:
November 30-December 7, 2012; March 29-April 19, 2013
Trip runs Friday to Friday
NO VISA NEEDED FOR THIS TRIP TO RUSSIA!!!!!
How great is that?!
Fly to Helsinki and spend two days in one of Scandinavia's most beautiful and fashionable cities with a well-deserved reputation as a regional culinary capital. Site of the 1952 Summer Olympics, and capital of the heroic nation that fought the Soviets under Stalin to a standstill in the Winter War of 1939-40, Helsinki is a city with so much to offer. You also get a Helsinki Card during your first 2 day's stay that will let you see as much as you'd like.
Set sail across the Baltic and Gulf of Finland to spectacular St. Petersburg for 3 days/2 nights visa free in the fantastic imperial city of the Tsars, a breathtakingly beautiful city of culture, canals, and endless choices of ballet, music, art museums and so much more.
Start with a tour of the Imperial City, with stops at the Winter Palace, the Hermitage, the Peter and Paul Fortress and around the canals that earned the city the epithet, Venice of the North!
Then you'll have two more days on your own to shop, go to shows, concerts, ballets or visit more of the city and environs, with the chance to visit Catherine the Great's Palace at Pushkin, the Piskarevskoye Cemetery honoring Leningrad's casualties of the Siege of 1941-44 or many other fascinating spots.
After finishing up your wonderful stay in St. Petersburg , cruise back to Helsinki with time for the casinos, restaurants and entertainment onboard. After arriving back in Helsinki the next morning, you have more time to explore for your last night in Helsinki, or take an optional full day excursion to Estonia and its charming medieval capital city of Tallinn.
This is a unique opportunity to visit St. Petersburg and Helsinki, free of the hassle of securing a visa, which leaves you more time to enjoy the trip!
NOTE: No visa needed for this tour, but a valid passport is required.
2012-2013 Dates: Trip runs Friday to Friday
Nov 16-23, 2012
Nov 23-30, 2012
Feb 1-8, 2013
Feb 8-15, 2013
Feb 15-22, 2013
Feb 22-Mar 1, 2013
Mar 1-8, 2013
Mar 8-15, 2013
Mar 15-22, 2013
Mar 22-29, 2013
Nov 30-Dec 7, 2012
Mar 29-Apr 5, 2013
Apr 5-12, 2013
Apr 12-19, 2013
Cabin upgrades are available. Call for pricing.
A surcharge may be required for travel within 14 days of booking due to availability of flights.
Specific dates are subject to lodging and airfare availability.
Suggested Daily Itinerary:
Day 1: Depart USA
Depart New York for your overnight trip to Helsinki.
Day 2: Arrive Helsinki, Finland
Arrive and collect your luggage and make your way to your shuttle to downtown Helsinki.
Let your journey begin!
After arrival and check-in, you can collect your Helsinki Card and start exploring this delightful city.
Overnight: 4-star Radisson Blu Helsinki
Day 3: Explore Helsinki on your own
Breakfast at the hotel then more time to explore Helsinki.
Your Helsinki audio- guided city tour is free when you present your Helsinki Card, and you get these additional benefits:
- FREE Audio Sightseeing Tour
- FREE unlimited travel on metro, buses, trams, trains inside Helsinki and ferry to/from Suomenlinna Sea Fortress
- FREE entry to major Helsinki museums and sights
- FREE Helsinki Card guide book (maps and complete tourist info)
- Discounts -20% -15% -10% in restaurants, shops, tours, car rental, sauna and concerts.
5 PM - make your way to the St Peter Line Terminal for your overnight cruise to St. Petersburg
7 PM- cruise to St. Petersburg departs
Overnight: cruise to St. Petersburg on Princess Maria
Day 4: St. Petersburg, Russia
Arrive St. Petersburg and city tour.
You'll see the main sights of the city today on your panoramic city tour, including the Winter Palace, Peter and Paul Fortress, Palace Square, St. Isaac's Cathedral, and the canals of this fantastically beautiful city.
The city tour ends at your hotel, and you'll have time for the next 3 days to explore some of the sights that you saw today with a visit to the Hermitage, to the Royal Chambers of the Winter Palace, the Pushkin Museum, Leningrad Blockade Museum, Anna Akhmatova Museum, or take in the bars and restaurants of St. Petersburg's endless nightlife scene.
Overnight: 5-star Hotel Palace Bridge
Day 5: St. Petersburg, Russia on own
Breakfast at the hotel.
Today you'll have more free time to shop and take in more of the museums of the city or visit Catherine the Great's Palace with a guided bus tour to Pushkin, a beautiful village outside the city, or visit the always humbling Piskarevskoye Cemetery commemorating Leningrad's war dead.
In the evening, you'll have more time to shop and take in the nightlife of Nevsky Prospekt and the inner city.
Overnight:5-star Hotel Palace Bridge
Day 6: Explore St. Petersburg on your own. 5PM departure
Breakfast at the hotel
For your last day in St. Petersburg, you'll have plenty of free time to take in everything you might have missed over the previous 2 days.
5 PM - meet back at your hotel for the transfer to your cruise back to Helsinki
7 PM - St Peter Line cruise St. Petersburg to Helsinki
Overnight: Cruise to Helskinki
Day 7: Helsinki on your own
Make your way back to your Helsinki hotel and spend the day seeing more of the city or take a full day excursion by hydrofoil to Estonia, and its beautiful medieval capital Tallinn
Overnight: 4-star Hotel Radisson Blu
Day 8: Departure
After breakfast, bus transfer back to Helsinki Airport and return flight to USA.
Cabin upgrades are available. Call for pricing.
- Roundtrip airfare to Helsinki from New York (JFK)
- 2-nights lodging at Hotel Palace Bridge, St. Petersburg, based on 2 per room
- 2 nights lodging at Radisson Blu Helsinki, based on 2 per room
- 2 nights lodging on St. Peter Line cruise from Helsinki to/from St Petersburg
- 4 breakfasts. Note: Meals are not included on the ship
- City tour in St. Petersburg
- Roundtrip bus transfers from St. Petersburg arrival terminal to hotel
- Helsinki Card
- Roundtrip bus transfers from Helsinki Airport to hotel
- Air and hotel taxes and fuel surcharges
- Gratuities for service staff
- Any expenses of a personal nature like alcoholic beverages, mini bar in rooms, laundry and telephone bills etc. and anything not specifically mentioned as "included"
- Meals where not included
- Beverages where not included
- Entrance fees and extras where not included
- Travel insurance