Excellent Recommendation for East-West Tours "Splendors of Russia- MOSCOW & ST. PETERSBURG"
This was a vacation of a "lifetime" and I want to thank Susie Main, our East West/Nordic Saga tour representative and Ursala for making sure our passports were correct, so this trip could be possible. My girlfriend & I are in our 70's and had some apprehensions about leaving our husbands to go to a country, we knew so little about. We went two days early, so we had time to explore Moscow on our on. Our hotel was just across the river from the Kremlin, so we went to Red Square, St Basil Cathedral & the GUM shopping center the first evening. We were overwhelmed by the beauty especially at night, when all the lights were on. We walked the streets freely and never once felt uncomfortable or insecure.
Helsinki - St.Petersburg - Tallin - Stockholm Visa free by ferry
This trip was setup through East-West Tours and they did a great job. All the documentation and transfers went very smoothly.
We booked a deluxe cabin on the ferry (slightly larger cabin and "priority embarkation and disembarkation"). If you keep in mind that this is a ferry and not a cruise ship you will probably find the food, accommodation and level of service to be just fine. An odd thing - Twice for our priority disembarkation (both times with luggage) we gathered in a lounge on the 6th floor and had to carry our luggage down stairs to the 4th floor, this would be very hard for anyone with physical limitations.
For St.Petersburg we requested a private guide and driver.
Excellent trip to Russia
We are winging our way to London after a truly spectacular experience. The trip exceeded all of our expectations, we could have never dreamed we would have had such wonderful individuals as guides. We felt more like friends rather than tourists. Both Larisa and Masha were absolutely wonderful, filled with passion for their country and their history. We truly appreciate their openess and frank descriptions of the tsars, the revolution, the soviet time and the collapse and rebirth of Russia. We are saddened to be leaving, but filled with joy and love of Russia.
Special thanks to Ausra who patiently put up with all my craziness.
Great and Wonderful Experience on our "Helsinki - St. Petersburg - Helsinki" Visa Free Tour.
We joined this tour from 15 to 19 May 2019 and were very pleased with all the arrangements made for us. It was a visa free tour of St Petersburg. We had a wonderful tour guide (Anna), who took care of everything for us. Anna is one of the best tour guides we have ever had in all our travels. The tour itinerary covered many of the top tourist attractions in St Petersburg. Our hotel stay was also upgraded to a suite which we much appreciated. Besides enjoying the beautiful Russian culture and local food, we took in the sights and sounds of beautiful St Petersburg. We also had the opportunity on the second night to see a Russian Folk Show ("Feel Yourself Russian") which we
the tour was at the top of our list for the best ever. anton, the guide, the truly first class.
5 day tour of St Petersburg. all the sights and museums. impossible to top. – raymond liden -
A good trip all round, but some comments.
Credit cards not accepted on the train.
Russian rolling stock very out of date.
For our class, we were allowed two free drinks per meal, food was good
The tour guides were good and helpful
It took over an hour to get visas in Turkmanistan. Not that you could do anything about it, just info. One could walk the streets there.alone
Thanks for all your assistance, Rodney