Note: The passengers can stay 72 hours in St. Petersburg without a Russian visa. Passengers requiring a Schengen visa need a multivisa for the cruise. A single visa is valid only for one way trip. A new visa-free ferry connection between Helsinki and St. Petersburg operates from April 2010. M/S Princess Maria is a modern passenger ferry built in Finland and accomodates up to 1638 passengers and 395 vehicles. Passengers of all nationalities travelling on Princess Maria can enjoy St. Petersburg for 72 hours without a Russian visa. The ferry line operator is St. Peter Line and there are three weekly departures between the two cities.
Day 1, Thursday: Overnight cruising. Departure from Helsinki to St. Petersburg in the evening at 19:00 by Princess Maria.
Day 2, Friday: Welcome to St. Petersburg. Arrival in St. Petersburg in the morning. Panoramic city tour featuring the major highlights such as the Admiralty, St. Isaac’s Cathedral, St. Nicolas Cathedral, Palace Square, Smolny Convent followed by a visit to Peter and Paul Fortress.
Day 3, Saturday: For Art-lovers. Breakfast at hotel. Optional tour to the Hermitage Museum featuring Old Masters, State Rooms of the Winter Palace and Impressionists' Exhibition. Be ready for a long walk!
Day 4, Sunday: Imperial Jewel. Breakfast at hotel. Optional excursion to Pushkin, the former Imperial summer residences and visit to beautiful Catherine´s Palace with lunch in traditional Russian style at local restaurant. Optional transfer to the ferry terminal. Departure from St. Petersburg at 19:00.
Day 5, Monday: Good Bye and see you again! Arrival in Helsinki in the morning at 08:30.
- The tour price must be paid for one month in advance unless otherwise agreed upon
- For cancellations made one month prior to departure the handling fee is EUR 30 per person
- For cancellations made 30–15 days prior to departure the fee is EUR 100 per person
- For cancellations made 14–2 days prior to departure 50% of the tour price will be charged
- No refund for later cancellations nor for visas already obtained.
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