Begin your journey in Helsinki, spending two days exploring the maze of shops, markets and buildings of Helsinki, before boarding the cruise ship, bound for St Petersburg. The cruise ship offers a choice of five cabin grades and plays host to a vast number of bars and restaurants, casinos, duty free shops and entertainment. Upon arrival, check in to the 5-star Sokos Hotel Palace Bridge and spend the following days exploring St Petersburg. This tailor-made trip offers the chance to travel to Russia, without the time-consuming process and expense of applying for a visa.
Day 1: UK/Helsinki
Touch down in Helsinki and check in at the Radisson Blu Seaside, a delightfully modern hotel just a 15-minute stroll from the city centre and with wonderful views across Helsinki’s bustling West Harbour.
Stay: Radisson Blu Seaside
Day 2: Helsinki
Enjoy the bulk of this day to explore the city at your own pace. Indulge in shopping or get your cultural dose with the abundance of sights, including the colourful Market Square, the 'church in the rock' and the Orthodox Uspenski Cathedral, whose golden minarets give Helsinki a distinctive Eastern flavour. In the evening, board the M/S Princess Anastasia and enjoy dinner on board as you make your way across the Baltic Sea to St Petersburg.
Stay: M/S Princess Anastasia
Days 3-4: St Petersburg
Arriving in Russia in the morning, you’ll check into the Sokos Hotel Palace Bridge before embarking on a sightseeing tour to either the Hermitage or the Peter & Paul Fortress. The former, housed in the world-famous Winter Palace, is one of the largest and oldest in the world, with an extraordinary collection of paintings, decorative art and antiquities. Spend the next day touring the myriad palaces, orthodox churches and museums that pepper the city, and perhaps catch a show at the Mikhailovsky Theatre in the evening.
Stay: Sokos Hotel Palace Bridge
Days 5-6: Helsinki/UK
Spend the last few hours in St Petersburg absorbing what the city has to offer, before boarding your departing cruise early evening. Enjoy dinner on board before an overnight cruise to Helsinki, where upon arrival you will make your own way to the airport for your flight home.
Stay: M/S Princess Anastasia
Valid for travel: February to December 2016
(please note this package is not available 15-19 June & 6-22 May 2016)
Package includes: Return flights from London to Helsinki, 1 night at the Radisson Blu Plaza with breakfast, return cruise aboard The Princess Maria in a category A outside cabin on a half-board basis, visa-free 2 night stay at the 5-star Sokos Hotel Palace Bridge Hotel in St Petersburg with breakfast, shared transfers in St Petersburg, full day (8 hours) privately guided city tour (Hermitage Museum and either Peter and Paul Fortress or St Isaac’s Cathedral.) on day 3 or 4 and entrance to Faberge Museum.
Terms & Conditions: Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin/double room; prices are subject to availability and possible change; normal booking conditions apply.
This trip has no fixed departures but restrictions may apply - check operator website
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