One thing to note about our private excursion. We each paid in full on the second day and were offered the option of $340 in cash or by credit card. Alla came on the bus before our tour to get our money. What those of us that opted for credit cards didn't realize was that she was going to take the $340 and convert it back to rubles and charge that to our card. Of course she gave us a rather crudy exchange rate when she did it (exchange rate was 22.3 that day and she used 24.5) so we will end up paying more for our tour...especially if the rate is even worse when it posts. So learn from my mistake and pay cash if you can.
This sorta concerns me as their website now says they no longer take cash. Has anyone else had this sort of problem. I find this a bit underhanded.
How do those of you who have recently taken tours in Berlin or Russia paid for your tours and how are some of you planning to pay?? Curious as "credit cards is the way to go" is what I have read everywhere... but now I wonder.
*Carnival ~ Fantasy ~ New Orleans ~ Cozumel ~ 2007
*Royal Caribbean ~ Navigator of the Seas ~ Mediterranean (Italy, France & Spain) ~ 2009
*Carnival ~ Spirit ~ B2B 12 nights ~ Vancouver, BC all the way to the Mexican Riviera (Ensenada, Manzanillo, PV, Cabo) ~2011
*Carnival ~ Triumph ~ Galveston ~ Progreso/Cozumel ~ 2012
*Carnival ~ Legend ~ Greek Isles (Italy/Croatia/Greece/Turkey/Spain) ~ 2013
My European Cruise Review: http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1850814
*Victoria Cruises ~ Sophia ~ China Yangtze River
(upstream 4 night cruise booked with Gate 1 Travel) ~ December 2014
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*Holland America ~ Oosterdam ~ Vancouver, BC ~ Astoria, Oregon/San Francisco, CA ~ 2015