My husband and I will be on the Grand Princess on Mau 19, 2004 to tthe Baltic Region. Looking for otheres to share costs on a private tourin St Petersburg, Russia for teh 2 days. I havel already contacted Red October, a private tour company that has been highly recommended by many. It would be most cost effective if we have about 1o people. They provided the gourp visas for us.
We are on the same cruise and are looking at either RO or Denrus for our tours. There are 4 people in our group. We have heard from Denrus but not RO yet. What prices are you being quoted ? We would like to see the Hermitage. Peterhof and Catherine's palace as a minimum. I understand that the museums are closed on Mondays so may restrict us
Hi, I am also interested in cruising on the Grand Princess at that date. Do you think it is still too cold to cruise in that region at that time?
I am still looking though. I would appreciate any insights, suggestions and thoughts from you.
We are booking with Red October, and now have the maximum for our group. The cruise tour people at Red October have been in the states for 10 days, and just returned yesterday, so you should be hearing from them soon. And they do most of the museums on Sunday, knowing that they will be closed on Monday, so it's best to do the 2 day tour. Prices vary depending upon the number of people in your group, 10 max, but it is less expensive then the ship's tours and you're not travelling with 60 other people, so able to see more.
Judy's right about it being better not to travel with Red October instead of with a busload, and you don't have to wait in the lines either.
The weather can be a factor in this region, and NCL had to completely change its 4/28/03 itinerary to exclude Helsinki, Tallinn, and St. Petes from that sailing (they subsituted ports in Norway and Amsterdam) due to ice in the Gulf of Finland. I don't know if Princess would handle it any better, but I am advised that NCL knew for weeks that they would be unable to sail the Scandinavia/Russia itinerary that it sold and did not tell the passengers until they boarded in Dover so that no one could cancel. Note that NCL is not sailing that itinerary until mid-May this year, although they had originally planned to start 4/14/04.
The Finland marine institute indicates that the Gulf of Finland was free from ice in the last 10 years by mid-May every year, so 5/19 sailing should be okay, but if you want to be absolutely sure, you might want to consider the next sailing. Just FYI.