We did some come comparative shopping for shore excursions for our Baltic Cruise vacation with Holland America (Eurodam) leaving from Stockholm In early August 2012 and we eventually signed up for the Baltic Pearls tours with SPB. The tour included 2 days of touring in St Petersburg, a day in Helsinki, a day in Berlin and a walking tour of Talin. All were great but the gem of all tours was St.Petersburg. Communications with Victoria (the owner) was great (we were apprehensive a little as we had always booked ship provided tours before). Result: ALL my questions were answered ++ more. Great price, small groups. 16 people in St.Petersburg and we were all equipped with ear buds to hear our fantastic tour guide Sveta (an energetic and very knowledgeable guide), a brand new luxury touring van. Great stops (walk, hydrofoil, subway, canal cruise), well sequenced. When we got back to the ship we met others that had did the ship provided tours: large groups that did not visit all the sights we had visited with SPB and thay had paid substantially more. Thank-you SPB!
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