Comparing SPB & Alla Tours in St. Petersburg

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Cindy,
They are sister companies though!!


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Originally posted by upwarduk
Cindy,
They are sister companies though!!


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Yup! I know that, but when it comes to tours/excursions I can almost always find more information on Trip Advisor. The problem I have with CC is they won't allow reviews of tour guides/companies unless you are responding to a specific question. I understand why it's that way, but it does mean researching ports isn't one stop shopping!


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Originally posted by sysy007
I was very surprised that a lot of people that I met on Regal Princess come to know SPB or ALLA thru tripadvisor. They don't know about CC or roll call. I suppose tripadvisor is a more popular site for searching local tours.
Trip Advisor owns CC
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Originally posted by CaroleLee
Trip Advisor owns CC
And Expedia owns Trip Advisor.
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Originally posted by ChinaShrek
And Expedia owns Trip Advisor.
and next week Amazon will probably buy them
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Originally posted by CaroleLee
and next week Amazon will probably buy them
Chuckle - probably true.
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After online research and words of mouth, we have booked the St. Petersburg and Berlin Tours with ALLA Tours. Looking forwards to the grand tours
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That's the reason we decided to go with Alla. Can't wait till we get to St. Petersburg.

Originally posted by truel1111
We were in St. Petersburg on June 8,9. Seems Alla had more vans than SPG, that's just my impression.
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We were very pleased with our two-day SPB tour in St. Petersburg last month. It really is the guide and driver that make the difference. Our guide had ten years experience and it showed with getting us first in line (or close to it), free WC locations, arranging the schedule by going to the sites when open, and amazing how she was able to talk almost non-stop with facts for 19-1/2 hours during our two days. We also preferred the time taken for the two sit-down lunches - instead of a box lunch. Believe me, we were on sensory overload at the end yet didn't feel that we missed anything.
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We did the SPB De- Luxe 2 day tour in 2015.
We are returning next June, but I don't want to repeat what we saw, so I was wondering about Moscow, but SPB don't seem to go to Moscow.
The Alla tour says 20 hrs, which would seem to indicate it either lapses over 2 days, or does it return in the middle of the night?
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Originally posted by upwarduk
We did the SPB De- Luxe 2 day tour in 2015.
We are returning next June, but I don't want to repeat what we saw, so I was wondering about Moscow, but SPB don't seem to go to Moscow.
The Alla tour says 20 hrs, which would seem to indicate it either lapses over 2 days, or does it return in the middle of the night?
SPB does, indeed, go to Moscow - so does Alla. Both SPB and Alla offer Moscow on the middle day of a 3 day visit. Neither of them offer the Moscow tour if your ship is only in port for 2 days. If your ship is in port for 3 days, no problem - if your ship is in port for 2 days, I believe that you will need to book something through your ship.
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We are sailing on the Brilliance of the Seas next June and St. Petersburg is on our bucket list and Itinerary. This is also a back to back (with British Isles). When I mentioned St. Petersburg on the BI Roll Call, at least THREE folks highly recommended Alla so I went to their website and looked at TA reviews. WOW! Nearly all 5 strars - and nothing less than 4 stars). So I contacted them and registered. The reply was fast. They even ask if you have food allergies for food included. They even offer a discount for other tours if you include St. Petrersburg and there is a Cruise Critic member discount too! I feel very confident in booking with them, based on this experience. Of course, we haven't taken the tour yet so I can't review it, but really looking forward to it.
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Originally posted by SteveinPhilly
We are sailing on the Brilliance of the Seas next June and St. Petersburg is on our bucket list and Itinerary. This is also a back to back (with British Isles). When I mentioned St. Petersburg on the BI Roll Call, at least THREE folks highly recommended Alla so I went to their website and looked at TA reviews. WOW! Nearly all 5 strars - and nothing less than 4 stars). So I contacted them and registered. The reply was fast. They even ask if you have food allergies for food included. They even offer a discount for other tours if you include St. Petrersburg and there is a Cruise Critic member discount too! I feel very confident in booking with them, based on this experience. Of course, we haven't taken the tour yet so I can't review it, but really looking forward to it.
I think you will thoroughly enjoy your days with Alla Tours. We certainly did.
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Originally posted by MVPinBoynton
I think you will thoroughly enjoy your days with Alla Tours. We certainly did.
Ditto!
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Originally posted by MVPinBoynton
I think you will thoroughly enjoy your days with Alla Tours. We certainly did.
We were there in June and did Alla for all our stops and very pleased. Highly recommend them. Much cheaper than the ship's tours and always a small group.

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