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Old January 22nd, 2001, 08:52 PM
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Any insights of those northern ports such as Stockhom, St.Petersberg ....?
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Old January 24th, 2001, 12:55 PM
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Hello Louis

you can find some information on Tallinn, the capital of Estonia on my webpage Private tours in Estonia- http://www.hot.ee/tours. I have placed there some pictures and you can find some useful links too. If do you have any conrete questions please write

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Old January 25th, 2001, 10:26 PM
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Both Stockholm and St. Petersburg are among the most beautiful and interesting cities in the world.

I've departed from Stockholm, and spent a day prior just strolling it's historic streets, taking a canal cruise. Don't miss the Wasa Museum, housing -- an enormous boat from the 17th century found in the mud and restored is hung from the ceiling. This is a city I love just to stroll on my own. The historic sistes are all right on the harbor and you really can't get lost. Stockholm is one of the most beautiful places on earth.

St. Petersburg feels like stepping back into 1917 -- there are virtually no cars or people, just the stunning buildings dating back to the last Czar (Nicolas). Here' a city sightseeing tour is the way to go (it's impossible to go on your own without being fluent in Russian!). We visited Peterhof and the winter palace of Catherine the Great. They are the best restored palaces in all of Europe. The Hermitage tour was almost pointless -- we had to almost run through a hundred or so rooms, couldn't stop to see anything. But still, it was something I'll never forget.

I recommend reading a book about Nicolas and Alexander, their dreadful fate. It will add a lot to your visit of St. Petersburg.
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Both Stockholm and St. Petersburg are among the most beautiful and interesting cities in the world.

I've embarked in Stockholm and spent a day prior just strolling it's historic streets, taking a canal cruise. Don't miss the Wasa Museum, housing -- an enormous boat from the 17th century found in the mud and restored, is hung from the ceiling. This is a city I love just to stroll on my own. The historic sites are all right around the harbor and you really can't get lost. Stockholm is one of the most beautiful places on earth.

St. Petersburg feels like stepping back into 1917 -- there are virtually no cars or people, just the stunning buildings dating back to the last Czar (Nicolas). Here' a city sightseeing tour is the way to go (it's impossible to go on your own without being fluent in Russian!). We visited Peterhof and the winter palace of Catherine the Great. They are the best restored palaces in all of Europe. The Hermitage tour was almost pointless -- we had to almost run through a hundred or so rooms, couldn't stop to see anything. But still, it was something I'll never forget.

I recommend reading a book about Nicolas and Alexander, their dreadful fate. It will add a lot to your visit of St. Petersburg.
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Old March 2nd, 2001, 03:29 PM
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In case you have questions about St. Petersburg or need help with your tour arrangements here - get in touch at palladium@online.ru or check out our website: www.palladium.spb.ru
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Louis,

St. Petersburg is a city that deserves more time than that offered by the tours organized through the cruise line. The Hermitage Museum, Petrodvorets and a visit to the Mariinsky theater (former Kirov) are absolute musts if you want to get a feel of the city.

I have worked for cruise ships myself and know how little time for sightseeing (and how much for eating!) tourists get when joining group shore excursions. Therefore, I started a business of my own providing personalised travel services for those travelers who prefer to travel independently. Apart from saving a little fortune compared to the on-board rates for private tours, you can get your St. Petersburg shore excursion custom-tailored to your needs.

Please visit my web site for more information about my services, my rates, as well as to read references of my former clients.

Bon voyage!

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Old March 19th, 2001, 06:47 PM
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Please give me info w/regrd to a tour for 4 people of St. Petersburg...one person uses a walker....we want to see the Hermitage & the palaces...please quote price...we are leaving England 7/6...
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Old March 19th, 2001, 06:48 PM
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I'm with Anne on Stockholm.

We can't remember for sure where we got it, probably on the ship, but we had a little walking tour map that was terrific. The changing of the guard at the palace is really worth watching. I don't know if they do it every day or not.

We are fearless freelancers and did do St. Petersburg on our own. We speak no Russian. The only bad moment was when I hustled my husband into the subway for the trip to Pushkin. "Um, Pam, do you happen to read Cyrillic?" Of course not, but I could figure out the color green. The next challenge was the local train.

If we looked confused enough, someone who spoke English popped up out of nowhere.

There are taxi drivers at the pier, English-speaking, with cell phones. Done wandering? Call the guy. There are English-friendly hotels at either end of the Nevsky Prospekt. The Hotel Europe near the big department store and the Hotel Adelphia in the complex by the Hermitage.

The best part was being able to spend almost as much time as we wanted in the Hermitage. We spent at least three hours the first day and about the same the second day blissing out. The first day, we decided to take the fast boat, just across from the Hermitage, to Peterhof. We just held some rubles out to the "basbushka" and she extracted the necessary. Unlike the Hermitage which takes credit cards ($10 to bring a camera in, no flash) Peterhof would not take a card and we were almost out of rubles. A nice British couple sold us some.

We saved a few bucks by hitchiking on another cruise line's tour bus back to the pier.

Admittedly, this approach isn't for everyone. I'd guess that less than a dozen people freelanced.

If I can help with anything else, just ask.

Happy Sails!

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