We visited St. Petersburg from a cruise ship. We were a little nervous about using an independent tour company like Ulko because of the VISA needed in order to leave the ship (no VISA...no leaving the ship). However, just as promised they took care of everything. They are registered with the Russian govt and therefore could meet us at the ship and take us around with no VISA needed. What an amazing time we had too!
Maria was our wonderful guide to this beautiful city. We signed up for the two day "intensive" tour and we really got our money's worth. Maria took us to all of the major historic sites, plus two great lunches (included) and a lovely boat ride down the canals of the city. We learned so much about Russian history in a little amount of time. Definitely take this tour and definitely ask for Maria; she speaks excellent English and knows everything about everything!
The extra bonus is how much easier it is to move around the city and its attractions with a small group as opposed to a large bus tour group.
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