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Old May 21st, 2002, 05:33 PM
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Default St. Petersburg tours

Has anyone who did a Baltic/ Scandinavia cruise used the services of Red October for a private tourr in St. Petersburg? I have engaged them for a 2 day tour in August but am interested in feedback. They appear to have excellent prices and tours available.
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Old May 21st, 2002, 07:32 PM
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Hope you get some feed back. We are also book with Red October for our August 18th sail date on the Noordam.
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Old May 24th, 2002, 08:52 AM
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We used a company called Note Bene .
See Baltic Sea Cruise in the Photo Gallery that I posted some time back.
I think a good local company does a better job than the ships tours, but you must get the visa.
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Old June 5th, 2002, 11:21 PM
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hi we are booked with red october in aug. did you get any feed back? jay

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Old June 20th, 2002, 10:53 AM
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Just got back from the Baltic. We used Red October for our 2 days in St. Petersburg. You will not be disappointed. They were fantastic and most definately the highlight of our cruise.
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Old June 20th, 2002, 05:34 PM
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Laurie thanks for your reply. I would love to here about your trip,Ship,Tours ,Ports Ect. Jay
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Old June 22nd, 2002, 12:15 AM
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We were on the NCL Dream. St. Petersburg was the only place we booked tours. Everywhere else we did on our own, either using the hop on, hop off buses or taking taxis to where we wanted to go.
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Old July 23rd, 2002, 06:20 PM
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Laurie;

We are going to Tallinen, Stockholm and Helsinki. Were wondering if it is easy to get English speaking drivers to take us around as we want to avoid takiing the tours offered by the cruise line. Any help would be appreciated.
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Old July 26th, 2002, 09:46 PM
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We just got back. Used a lady named Olga Stepanova. She spoke wonderful english. Got us into the Hermitage without waiting in lines (the line was huge).

I emailed her what I wanted to see. She lined up a driver and car (black Mercedes with leather seats). She was $7 hour, car and driver were $10 hour.

Her email is stepanoveolga@hotmail.com. We had Visas. I highly recommed getting one cause it gives you freedom to do stuff on your own. We went to Peterhof on our own one day using the hydrofoil. Worked out well.

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Old July 26th, 2002, 09:52 PM
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Oops, messed up her email

stepanovaolga@hotmail.com

Sorry,
Darrell
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Old August 14th, 2002, 12:01 AM
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We used Laura, who went to Red October, last fall when she was with another tour group to arrange our tour. We shared a van, driver and guide with another couple and the 2 days in St. Pete's were wonderful and worth every penny. Also, we saw more than was possible with all the shore excursions for about the same price, but no crowds! Also got to spend some time just walking the main drag in town, which was fun. Laura came on the ship and got us off and thru customs at 7:00 AM- we were always into sites without a wait in line, and spending 2 days with our guide gave us a wonderful picture of life today in Russia. And we didn't need a visa- not sure if this still holds true with Red October. Laura was easy to work with both online and when we got to St. PEte, and our guide, Kira, was fantastic. SandyB
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Old August 19th, 2002, 01:33 PM
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Jay, are you originally from Brooklyn? Brooklyn College?
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We also used Laura on our trip to St.Petersburg in July 2001. It was worth every penny. She met us on the ship and we were off on our tour in no time. No visa required. We spend 2 days with them in a Mercedes van. We were 4 couples. Our guide got us in to places quickly as we were a small group. I highly recommend her services, you will not be disappointed. If you want more details, just write to me directly.

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We will be in St. Petersburg July1st and 2nd. (2003). Would like info and website please, and any useful info you can give me. We would like to be in a group[ as well. Thanks, Eileensunor wrote:

> We also used Laura on our trip to St.Petersburg in July 2001.
> It was worth every penny. She met us on the ship and we were
> off on our tour in no time. No visa required. We spend 2 days
> with them in a Mercedes van. We were 4 couples. Our guide got
> us in to places quickly as we were a small group. I highly
> recommend her services, you will not be disappointed. If you
> want more details, just write to me directly.
>
> Suzanne
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Old March 2nd, 2003, 12:32 PM
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Hi Eileen,

You can find Laura at: www.redoctober.spb.ru and email rols@redoctober.spu.ru

You won't be disappointed.

Suzanne
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Old March 2nd, 2003, 08:54 PM
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My wife and I are cruising on the Regal Princess June 29th and we are looking to share a private tour in St. Petersburg July 3 & 4, 2003 with another couple. Please contact me if interested.
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Old March 3rd, 2003, 08:18 PM
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We have already been to St. Petersburg in 2001 and I organized a private tour for 4 couples with the help of Laura from www.redoctober.spb.ru.

You will really enjoy your cruise, we did very much.

Have a great cruise,
Suzanne
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We used them last August from the Constellation. They were fabulous, and I believe the only non-ship sponsored tour group tghat you don't need a visa with. I can't recommend them enough. We spent 2 full days with them, and they took us to the Kirov Ballet one night as well. We traveled in a comfortable Mercedes van and pretty much picked our own itinerary. If you want more info on our specific guide, please e-mail me and I'll be happy to look it up.
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We will be taking a summer cruise. Can you tell me how you found Red October to book? Is this something you'd choose over the ship's itinerary? Thanks..
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Old April 26th, 2003, 09:45 PM
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Hi Gayle,

I found Red October through other members of the board. We chose to do a private tour and we were able to cover more territory then the ship tours. With Red October you do not need to have VISAs and Laura will arrange everything for you.

Have a wonderful cruise.

Suzanne
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My husband and I will be sailing on the Regal Princess on May 20th, and will be doing excursions with Red October on May 24th and 25th. We're looking for 2 others to share our tour with us. Please contact us if you're interested in going with us.
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We will be in St. Petersburg on July 23 and 24 and would love to share Red October with other people.
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Old May 2nd, 2003, 12:20 PM
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Private shore excursions in St. Petersburg - palladium@online.ru
www.palladium.spb.ru
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Old May 2nd, 2003, 11:01 PM
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Eileen,
There are 4 of us on Celebrity's Constellation teaming up for tours, July 1st and 2nd. Want to join us to defray costs? Looking at Red October for 2 days..
Sueeileen wrote:

> We will be in St. Petersburg July1st and 2nd. (2003). Would
> like info and website please, and any useful info you can give
> me. We would like to be in a group[ as well. Thanks,
> Eileensunor wrote:
>
> > We also used Laura on our trip to St.Petersburg in July 2001.
> > It was worth every penny. She met us on the ship and we
> were
> > off on our tour in no time. No visa required. We spend 2
> days
> > with them in a Mercedes van. We were 4 couples. Our guide
> got
> > us in to places quickly as we were a small group. I highly
> > recommend her services, you will not be disappointed. If
> you
> > want more details, just write to me directly.
> >
> > Suzanne
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Old May 16th, 2003, 06:46 PM
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Suzanne,
Where did you visit on your tour to St Petersburg? Any tips? 4 of us have booked for 2 days in July. guide name? any changes to their rote intinerary? Thanks for responding,
Melina
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