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“Fantastic fast-paced two-day tour at great price”
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2 Day Grand Tour: Visa-Free Saint Petersburg Shore Excursion
Ranked #2 of 359 Tours in St. Petersburg
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Owner description: TOP NOTCH QUALITY - AFFORDABLE PRICES! Based in St. Petersburg, Alla Tours specializes in group and tailor - made shore excursions and city tours for cruise ship passengers. Our tours in St. Petersburg and Moscow are VISA FREE! Alla Tours is a fully licensed tour company. As a long established, family owned and operated business, we have been delivering a wide range of shore excursions and land-based tours in St. Petersburg and other Baltic ports of call. You may choose from one of our very popular group tours, customize your own private tour or pick and choose from our array of popular and reasonable priced package tours (4 or 5 city tours including St. Petersburg, Berlin, Tallinn, Stockholm and Helsinki). Our friendly, experienced, multilingual tour guides have an excellent command of the English language and will provide you with memorable experience that will be truly unforgettable.
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“Fantastic fast-paced two-day tour at great price”
Reviewed November 19, 2012

We hired Alla tour as our shore excursion agent for the two days we spent in St. Petersburg on a stop on our Baltic cruise. I made all the preliminary arrangements on the Internet, compared stops, price, and group number, and found that Alla tours fared better in all aspects than the shore excursions offered by Norwegian cruise. But would they deliver just as promised? The answer is a resounding YES! We payed for the fast-paced two full day city tour as much as we would have payed for one day with the cruise line's shore excursion. We were only 16 people in a mini bus and not 40 in a huge bus. In addition, we were shown all the major attractions, Peterhof, Catherine's palace, the Hermitage, many churches, two boat rides, a market, and after a few of us requested it, a stop at the synagogue. There was more on the list. The guide, I forget her name, was very knowledgeable, and communicated with us through audio head-sets in churches and museums. She was very clever in avoiding lines by knowing when to see what, as well as getting us IN through the exit at one palace. They showed up as promised at the quai and the print-out ticket served as our visa when we entered customs in St. Petersburg. Payment was by Visa on the second day only.
The two things that could be improved are the soggy crepe lunch on the bus ( great idea to eat on bus to save time, but make it a GOOD lunch) and the visit to an over-priced souvenir shop.

Alla tours also arranged our folkloric evening, showed us where to have a quick dinner, before someone showed up with our show tickets and escorted us to the palace where the show took place ( highly recommend folkloric show as there was singing and dancing galore and it was well done with great costumes and great energy and enthusiasm.)
So if you find yourself in St. Petersburg and you are overwhelmed about what to see and how to get around, trust Alla tour and they will do it all very professionally and for a reasonable fee.

Visited August 2012
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Reviewed October 31, 2012

Just wanted to praise Alla Tours for the 2 day tour of St Petersburg that we joined in September 2012. I echo everyone's comments and have no hesitation in recommending them to all cruise goers!

Visited September 2012
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Kingston, Canada
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Reviewed October 20, 2012

I am writing to give you an update on out trip. My wife and I enjoyed the trip to Europe and the cruise. The cruise was perfect. The off-shore trips in Tallinn, St. Petersburg, and Helsinki were all perfect, in terms of length and also for all the amenities and services. THe tour guides were very knowledgeable. The best was a young man in St. Petersburg, called Dimitri. This person is extremely well prepared and very good in meeting the needs of the clients. My wife and I, he two of us, had him with a minivan and driver for ourselves. The day was planned brilliantly. Others who took the ship's tours had to wait for as much as 45 minutes to get on the caoch with 30 people. We took 5 minutes to clear the port and on our way. WE will recommend to anyone.So, thank you very much for everything.

Visited September 2012
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“Excellent Tours from Alla”
Reviewed October 19, 2012

Last year a fellow cruiser who learned I would be visiting SPB and other Baltic cities recommended Alla Tours. When we saw they were highly rated on Tripadvisor, we booked with Alla for tours in SPB, Tallinn, Helsinki and Stockholm ( package price).

All guides were excellent, especially the SPB guide who was with us for three days. Excellent English, amazing memory for history, art, culture and able to provide graceful management for a group of diverse mobility and interests.

Alla also arranged for an evening ballet performance at one of the small palaces, with pick -up and drop-off service from our ship.

Outstanding service, highly recommended.

Visited September 2012
10 Thank Barbara P
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“Look at the private tours before booking the ship's tours.”
Reviewed October 11, 2012

The historical knowledge of our Alla Tour guide, Svetlana, was amazing, and she answered all questions asked of her by our group and even knew comparative information from The USA. We have highly recommended Alla tours to everyone. Pity they are only in the Baltic.
Alla herself always responded promptly and clearly to any question I asked prior to our departure. What a treat these tours were.

Visited September 2012
3 Thank Sandra T
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