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Some more questions for Stanj

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Some more questions for Stanj

Hi Stan,

You are so helpful, could you please advise on the following.

1.Arrive StP, by train from Helsinki on July 9th.We[ two active 60+ year olds] will be staying at either the Pribaltiskaja or Pulkovskava hotel[ not yet confirmed]. What would be the best way to get from the train station to either of these hotels?[ we will have 2 suitcases]

2. July 9th and 10th are free days in St P.

What would be your suggestions for sights to see[ first time visitors]

Would it be viable to take a day trip outside of St P.?[ I was thinking of Pushkin ]

3. July 11th free until time to embark on cruise ship.[ about 6pm I think ]

4. What is the best way to get to the port [ don't know the name of it ]from either of the hotels?

5.What is the weather normally like at this time of year?

6.Breakfast is included at hotel. In your opinion, how much would we need in rubles for our stay--for meals, entrance fees,taxis, few souvenirs etc-- I know this is difficult but a rough estimation would be fine]

7. We will also need rubles for the cruise--I believe credit cards are not accepted on the cruise.

Thank you for your kind and valuable assistance.



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1. Re: Some more questions for Stanj

Hello Linet

You could not have picked any two more inconvienent hotels for train arrival. One is far south near the airport and the other out on the tip of Vasilievsky Island. The metro would be the cheapest but since it is your first visit, the metro is not going to be so easy to deal with, not to mention carrying your luggage. I would suggest finding a hotel closer to the city center. Your arrival station is Ladozhsky Station, an new ultra modern facitlity with a metro down stairs and bus routes connecting the rest of the city. The buses might be easier to get your luggage onto. The station east of the downtown area across the Neva River 3 metro stops from the center.

What to do on your free days? Get on a tour bus in the morning to get a driving tour of the city center for an hour. If you go to the Gostinny Dvor shopping center(in the very center of the city center) on Nevsky prospekt there will be dozens of tour buses lined up going to various places.There are seller booths as well as people with signs seeking passengers. Find one that has English naration, most are in Russian only. These are cheap tours and they will give you your bearings seeing all the major landmarks that will come in handy when you are exploring on your own. After that tour, walk north on Nevsky Pr. to the Admiralty(you can not miss it, it is seen directly in the middle of the street looking north and has a tall gold spire) when you get there look to your left and you will see St Isaac Cathedral( a must see) and looking to your right is Palace Square and the Hermitage/Winter Palaces/General Staff. These will fill up most of the rest of the day. When exiting the Hermitage walk to the left side of Palace Square and you will see the only break in the semicircular General Staff building that looks like a wide street but it is a bridge. Walk over the canal, the Moika River and follow the canal to the east.You can visit Pushkin's apartment in a courtyard on your right. It curves around and joins another canal (Griboedova Canal) and look up this canal and you will see the Church on Spilled Blood. Walk up this canal to the west and visit the church. To the east of the church is a lovely park, Mikhaylovsky park. Walk up the canal a little further and you will come to (1/2 block) to Inzhenernaya street where you will find a beautiful ensemble of classic buildings and park. This is Arts Square with the State Russian Museum, Ethnographic Museum, Philharmonic Hall, Opera Hall, and others. The Russian Museum is another Must see. Heading southwest from the square you pass the Grand Hotel Europe and end up on Nevsky prospekt directly across the street where you started in the morning at Gostinny Dvor. If you have time for only one suburban palace estate, visit Peterhof and the Grand Palace(Catherine Palace at Pushkin will be hard to get tickets to just walk in unless you are with a tour company). You can visit Peterhof by boat, a high speed hydrofoil that leaves from the docks on the Neva River in front of the Hermitage or in front of the Bronze Horseman monument. It takes 45 minutes to get there and the sights of the city as you enter the Gulf of Finland will be interesting. The boat docks at Peterhof, in the lower park. The Grand Palace is directly ahead, as well as the Grand Cascade, the stunning array of 157 fountains. The boats return every 30 minutes or so.

The river port is very close to the train station you arrived at. It might be best to take a taxi instead of dealing with metro change-overs and luggage. Just tell them "Rechnoy Vokzal" which means River Terminal. It is at 195 Oborony

Weather will be moderately warm, 70s (20-27C). By mid month it might even make it to 80 but not last year. It will be very pleasant but bring a light windbreaker in case there is a light rain.

How much money? Cafes are about 300 rubles for a nice lunch including drink, museums vary but average 250 Rubles, so figure to carry at least 1,500 per day or about $50. Some days you will have most left over, others will eat that up quickly. The stops on the river are pretty undeveloped so there will not be so many ATMs so carry more Rubles to tide you over. Daily expenses will be low however.

Have a great visit Linet

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2. Re: Some more questions for Stanj

Hi Stanj,

Your time and advice is much appreciated and we wish to thank you very much.Unfortunately, the 2 hotels mentioned are those that are used by the Cosmos tour company that we booked the cruise through, so one of them will be our base.Not to worry. We will probably hire a taxi from the train station to the hotel.No doubt I will have other queries.[We are from Australia].