First there was an hour of arrival delay of the cruise ship to the Port, then the ship let the passengers with NCL organized tours off the ship first before letting the passengers with independent tour groups go. We could not start our tour until 11:30 am (which supposed to start at 8:30 am). Our guide Marina was so amazing that she arranged the times of each attractions so that we could finish all the attractions we were supposed to visit. We have a wonderful time in the two days of tour. There were only 5 of us in a comfortable van and so the in-and-out of each attraction was very flexible and fast (instead of the waiting for a large group of people in a big bus organized by the cruise tours). Marina was a wonderful lady and was very helpful and attentive in guiding our tour.
First of all there was someone waiting for us very patiently outside immigration for several hours. Rest of the team had left. The manager then rushed us in her car to join the rest of the group, driving for an hour. It was a tiring two day tour. Our guide had a ton of information about every place. The tour agency was able to help us bypass long lines at several places. We saw very long lines. Our tour group was very small - less than 10. Suitable for better camaraderie which prevailed. Our tour guide made arrangements for vegetarian food also at the restaurants. We even had a good, responsible driver.
Two splendid days touring St.Petersburg with our guide Marina and driver Andrew.
We saw as much as could be fitted into two days and in a really comfortable manner. Marina was a mine of
information, and she was very kind and thoughtful to this passenger an 85-year-old lady.
I had booked the Viator tour having done tours with them in the past and cannot speak too highly of them.
This tour is really worthwhile.
This 2 day tour was terrific. You got a lot more for your money than you got on any cruise sponsored tour. We were gone on day 1 from 8:45 until 8pm and on the second day from 8 until 5. Skipped lines at many sights, rode hydrofoil to Peterhof Palace and took a canal tour in our own private boat. We had headsets provided so it was easy to hear what Julia was saying. The lunches both days were very good--and certainly plentiful. Our guide Julia was so knowledgeable and personable. Her English was perfect. There can be up to 14 on this tour that is how many fit in their van but we only had 8 and 6 of us were friends. It is especially nice to be in a small group at the Hermitage which is always very crowded. You get a bottle of water each day and they provided us each with a great book showing sights. It was a nice memento.
There is a lot of walking so wear comfortable shoes. There are blankets on the canal boat in case it is chilly. Almost no time to shop, but the shops at the cruise terminal were plentiful with decent prices.