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  1. Hi everyone! I haven’t checked this forum for so many months! We had to postpone all our trips and it was a real stress for me. Very much hope we will be able to cruse in spring 2021! Yes, that’s correct – I also got a mail from Best Guides with the link to the Facebook page. We all enjoyed their Antivirus Sightseeing tour. I very much hoped to see one of our St. Petersburg guides but – sorry!- I’m afraid not. It looks like they have plenty of guides… We liked this part … Russian Vodka part 😊 https://www.facebook.com/BestGuides.StPetersburg/videos/179033873137350/ Hi Nok977!
  2. Best of the Best is their most popular itinerary. There is another one “Arts & History Grand Tour” which looks nice to me. It includes Faberge museum and IMHO it’s one of the most interesting museums in St. Petersburg. There are 4 places in St. Petersburg which impressed me most of all: the Hermitage museum, Catherine palace, Peterhof fountains and Faberge museum. Jess
  3. Hi Romalia Your tour tickets look good for me. As far as I remember we had something very similar to it. We also provided our passport numbers, date sof birth, & citizenship etc. to Best Guides :) No problems. Jess
  4. Sorry! I don’t know. We signed for Best of the Best Tour. Just ask Best Guides…. And check their website – you can book Happy Tour with and without lunches…. Russian vodka is great but I’m not sure it’s a good idea to have vodka (even with ice cream) instead of a lunch :))) Jess
  5. April is definitely not a high season. Such a situation could happen in the end of May or in June…. but not in April. Just try to get in touch with another company. I’m also not a big fan of Catherine Palace but it’s a must see place. Jess.
  6. Boat tour would be good in case of good weather. Take a small private boat. Afterwards get an outside table in Gastronomika restaurant. It’s my favorite restaurant in St. Petersburg. It’s not as expensive as restaurants in Grand Hotel Europe, but it’s really great: fantastic view, charming atmosphere and very!!! tasty 😄 Jess
  7. Thank you Twruger for the info! Very useful. Do you have an idea how much time will we need in Aix? We will have 9 hour in the port of Marseille and plan to go to Aix. The question is – will we have enough time to visit one more town - Avignon or Cassis? Or may be Saint-Remy…. I hate to be in a rush but from another side it’s my only chance to see this region. Thank you! Jess
  8. What do you think about trains from Marseille to Aix? It’s only 12-15 min. 12,8 euro. Of course you still need to get from the port to the train station …. I’ve never been to Marseille. I'm just doing research on the internet https://travel.b-europe.com/onlytrain/travel/booking?autoactivatestep2=true&origin=FRMSC&dest=FRAIE&traveltype=OneWay&outbound=01%2F02%2F2020&outboundt=9&comfortclass=2&nrofadults=2&nrofyoungsters18=0&nrofyoungsters12=0&nrofseniors=0&nrofkids0=0&nrofkids4=0&nrofkids6=0&maxnroftransfers=&greenp
  9. Thank you! What will be better for us to use trains or to rent a car? We both are good drivers and enjoy driving, but hate traffic jams… Jess
  10. Thank you so much! I’ve checked trains from Marseille to Avignon and also found the express train (35 min). Not bad but taking in consideration that we have only 9 hours in Marseille I’m afraid to spend too much time in all those trains, train stations, cars and car rentals… By the way train to Aix takes only 12-13 min. 😊 Any way please let me know if you find something interesting. Thank you! Jess
  11. We’ve rented bikes in Copenhagen. It wasn’t easy to say the least. On the first day I felt really confused as the bike traffic was too busy for me. There were special streetlights just for bikes and I realized that only at the end of the first day. I still don’t know how I survived on that day. Don’t even think to let kids of 5 or 8 bike in the city. No chance. In a rent shop there were a few bikes with special bicycle seats for kids of different age. I think it’s exactly what you need. Jess.
  12. You are so lucky! It’s the best port in Stockholm, I mean it has the best location. You won’t have any problems to walk to the historical center (Gamla Stan). We docked in Nynäshamn and had to take a train to the city center. Jess
  13. Being tourists we probably stayed all the time in tourists areas 😊 Actually St. Petersburg looked for me very navigable. It was as easy as Copenhagen or any other European cities. Any way it’s much more navigable then Beijing. I’ve been to China….. There is one thing I know for sure. If someone manage to navigate in Beijing he wouldn’t have problems in any of European cities… even in St. Petersburg 😊 A year ago we got Russian visas and flew to St. Petersburg from Paris. It was an experience! We both enjoyed it a lot! Jess
  14. Hi yoolykeme For me St. Petersburg looks quite navigable and understandable. Names of the streets are doubled in English, central metro stations has English signs, public transport is rather cheap and works perfectly, many young people speak English. At least all staff in all the restaurants, cafes, bars, shops and museums I’ve been to spoke English well enough to understand me. I’ve visited St. Petersburg three times that’s why it looks so easy for me. But! Don’t even dream to get inside Catherine Palace or Grand Palace in Petergof without a guided tour. No chance. You will sp
  15. As dogs4fun mentioned St. Petersburg doesn't have any Michelin star restaurants, still they have good restaurants. You can check this link https://en.ginza.ru/spb All these restaurants belong to one group - Ginza group. The restaurants are different - different cuisine, different price level. But simple fact that a restaurant belongs to Ginza gives quality guarantee. We've been to one of these restaurant Gastronomika https://en.ginza.ru/spb/restaurant/gastronomika. We loved it a lot. Cuisine, service, design, fantastic view - all the things were excellent. Marivanna, another restaurant
  16. I've been to Peterhof three times. The last visit was in winter, to be exact in the beginning of March. We've got Russian visas and flew to St. Petersburg from Paris. There was a lot of snow and the gulf was frozen. Of course fountains didn't work and all decorations and sculptures were covered but still the gardens were extremely beautiful and charming. Don't hesitate. It's worth seeing even in winter :) Jess
  17. Wow! I agree! I also love croissants! and don’t mind good French wine 😊 We will be in Marseille from 7:00 - 17:00 as well, but it will be in mid-April. We also prefer to DIY if we can. We obviously want to visit Aix. It’s place #1 for us. Marseille itself is #2. Now I’m thinking about possibility to rent a car and get to smaller towns and wine areas. Thank you for the idea and thank you for the link! Very useful! I’m very much interested in feedback from those who had rented a car for one day DIY trip from Marseille. Thank you in advance! Jess
  18. How many hours did your tour take? We will be in Marseille from 8 am till 5 pm. Will it be enough to see all the three? or shall we limit ourselves with only two - Marseille & Aix en Provence? Thank you! Jess.
  19. Thank you so much! It sounds great! It looks like small boat cruises have their own charm. I love such thinks! I think I will like it more than big cruise ships. Any way I will keep it in mind. A few days ago we signed for a Mediterranean cruise (France and Italy) so now we can plan Greece only for the summer/autumn 2021 Jess
  20. Thank you all for the info. This time we will cruise on Crown Princess. Hope they are not too strict about wine. We plan to buy a couple of bottles to drink them on board and another couple… or may be a bit more… to bring home. I think I can risk and put two bottles in our checked luggage. I will do by best to pack them appropriately. Thank you marazul for all the info concerning which wine to buy. Very valuable! Thanks! I can’t wait for my cruise! Jess
  21. Absolutely agree. If you decide to stay in the city after the tour ends and explore it on your own, first of all it’s illegal. It’s illegal even if your guide or tour operator allows it. Then as kitkat343 wrote in one of the posts above if anything happens to you while you are in the city and not accompanied by a guide - for example your passport gets stolen - you will have all the problems possible. I couldn't even start to imagine what might happen in such a situation! Jess
  22. Sorry, I have no access to this table and can’t change anything. I just posted a link which I hope will be of help to many of you. Yes, it looks like Alla tours has lunches in its Grand tour. That’s correct. Happy tour is provided by Best Guides as it’s indicated in the table. It’s one of their most popular tours, as the cost of a two day tour is only USD 199. This cost doesn’t include lunches, which you can book at an additional cost of USD 12. A few years ago we were thinking of booking Happy Tour but after all made a choice in favor of a more comprehensive tour Best Of the
  23. It was a bus tour booked with Best Guides. We booked tours in St. Petersburg, Berlin and Tallinn with them and got a package discount. We were lucky as in Berlin in our bus we had only about 15 people. I don’t remember the exact number but it was much less than it had been announced. Yes, we spent about 6 hours on the bus for a round trip but it was not too bad as we slept almost all the time. We had an excellent guide Boris, a very charming and enthusiastic person. He told us a lot about Reichstag, Pergamon Museum, Jewish Quarter and other places we passed but couldn’t visit. Yes, I a
  24. We are going to spend one day in Marseille in mid April. It will be our first time in Marseille and in Provence in general. I actually planned to buy a bottle of good local wine. I don't know which wine to buy, but that's another question. I'm a bit surprised that no one on this forum had suggested to buy local wine. Why? Is it because there may be some problems in bringing it on board, or a bottle is just too heavy to carry? I don't think we will take too many suitcases with us, but I'm sure I will always find some space for one bottle of good French wine :). Jess
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