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.
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