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  1. Based in Ireland and I called about this a few weeks ago, we booked 6 weeks out due to a lst minute enforced change of plans but then at 4 weeks out it dropped by $800 for the room. Called and nothing she could do except "make our room nicer". So we have nicer pillows and some desserts on arrival.
  2. Thank for your help. I wouldn't have looked into a private tour as I would have assumed it was too expensive. But this gives us the both of best world, we can see some things we want to see and keep the kids entertained for a while too
  3. We haven't used them yet but we have booked them for our upcoming cruise. They have been responsive and fine to deal with. We arrive 1 day pre--cruise they are going to store our bags overnight, and bring them to the ship and then collect them and bring them back to the airport as our flight departs at 3 in the afternoon. We decided to use them so we can just land and hop on a train to central Copenhagen with 2 smallies.
  4. Thanks everyone for your hep. We wanted separate tour as we felt it would be too long for the 3.5 year old to do a full on half day you so we booked the NCL tour with minimal walking but they would get to see St Petereburg also. I have been emailing Ulko Tours (Red October I think?) and I have sorted a private tour that actually incorporates kids and us for 5 or 6 hours yet to decide which to do. 1 hour metro tour, 2 hours in Matryosi Doll Museum where the girls can paint the Russian Dolls which they will love and either a one or two hour walking tour, I would prefer two OH thinks it may be too long. As an aside did I read somewhere about a cruise critic members discount for tours booked with Ulko? I never would have thought to contact them about changing the tour if it hadn't been for the thread so thank you very much!
  5. View some the city’s most architecturally and culturally important landmarks during a panoramic drive, and enjoy approximately 2-hours of free time to explore Nevsky Prospekt and surroundings, on your own. Enjoy a panoramic tour of St. Petersburg, the grand city that Peter the Great founded on the Neva River in 1703. Cultural, historical and architectural landmarks abound, and you will see many of the most significant examples. While pausing for photos at the Spit of Vasilievsky Island, you will enjoy a marvelous view of the riverside Rostral Columns, which served as lighthouses in the early 1800s. Another photo stop presents glorious St. Isaac’s Cathedral, whose gilded dome dominates the skyline. Religious sculptures and red granite columns decorate the façade. In time, you will drive along the main thoroughfare of Nevsky Prospekt, which cuts through the historical city center, an area that boasts several UNESCO World Heritage sites. Highlights include the Kazan Cathedral, whose design was inspired by St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, and the Church of Our Savior on the Spilled Blood, which was constructed on the spot where Emperor Alexander II was assassinated in 1881. A couple of hours of free time around Arts Square follows, during which you may shop at Gostiny Dvor, the city’s oldest department store, and at the 19th-century Passazh Arcade. Or you may continue sightseeing before returning to the pier. Some of the sights you’ll find in the area are the beautiful Art Nouveau building of the House of Books, Ostrovsky Square with a monument to Catherine the Great and Alexandrinsky Theater, Eliseev Delicacy Food Store, Grand Hotel Europe and many cafes, restaurants, bars, shops and boutiques.
  6. Thanks John. The NCL tour is only 4 hours long its called PANORAMIC ST. PETERSBURG & LEISURE. I'll post a summary of the tour in a separate post. TBH its only so our daughters can get off the ship one of the two days in St. Petersburg as we have two sea days after this. They are 3.5 and 7 so attention span won't be great. I have looked at a lot of the tour operators mentioned above but I can't find a tour similar to these on their websites. We may just need to bin them and take the traditional tours. We were just looking for something a bit different. But if its not possible then that is that. The first tour (metro one)surprises me that it picks up at the cruise but doesn't drop back Thanks for your help!
  7. We are travelling to St Petersburg at the end of August on NCL Getaway. We have booked one tour with NCL but OH would like to do another one. I have read so much conflicting evidence about Visa's He has narrowed it down to one of two Viator tours 1) A metro tour https://www.viator.com/tours/St-Petersburg/St-Petersburg-Metro-Tour/d908-176018P1 This picks you up at the cruise port but drops you at Admiralteyskaya Station, St Petersburg, Russia, 191186 would this be an issue? Do you have to be dropped to the port. Some places I have read you have to be with your tour guide at all times? Although the tour with NCL mentions that we have 2 hours at our own leisure? 2) A photography tour https://www.viator.com/tours/St-Petersburg/Rooftop-Tour-in-St-Petersburg/d908-11498P48 This picks you up at a destination you chose (no mention of port not sure if this is an available option) and leaves you at St Issac's. Is there a list of approved agents that I can see? I have used Google but it couldn't find anything. Thanks!
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