If you are planning a vacation to St Petersburg, Russia, we highly recommend RED OCTOBER tours.
Red October's phiolosophy is "customers come first." They have first-class transportation, tour guides, drivers, and staff. This company stands head and shoulders above most other tour providers in quality and service.
While some cruise excursions place you on a bus with 40 or more people, Red Octboer specializes in providing services to any size group of people. You could be in a group of only 2 or 10! This is an incredible advantage as you move to and through some of the most famous St Petersburg destinations.
Red October Company is unique in that Red October obtains a GROUP TOURIST VISA for all cruise passengers who tour with them at NO ADDITIONAL CHARGE for the days you plan to visit Russia. Red October takes care of all your in-country visa needs saving you about $150.
We took their Standard Two-day St Petersburg tour. Day 1 was 10 hours packed full of the sights and sounds of Russia. Our driver Dmitri and our guide Svetlana greeted us warmly at the cruise ship, helped us into our mini-bus and began a very informative city highlight drive with several photo-op stops.
Soon, we were entering the world-famous Hermitage Arts Museum which is filled with an incredible amount world-class art by well-known masters. After lunch we boarded a hydrofoil for an enjoyable boat cruise to Peterhof's Palace (the official Summer Residence of Russian Tsars) which is also known as the Russian Versailles. The landscaping, fountains, statues and palace are awe inspiring. After Peterhof's, we visited the Grand Palace and then were brought back to our ship. Both Svetlana and Dmitri gave excellent descriptions, historical information, and insights for every place we visited.
Day 2 was 9 hours filled with even more of the wondrous sights and sounds of Russia. We drove to Pushkin, visited the Catherine Palace with its' world famous Amber Room, strolled in the beautiful Catherine park and then drove back to St. Petersburg for a multi-course FREE LUNCH at a trendy local restaurant! After lunch, we boarded a boat for a tour of the rivers and canals of St. Petersburg, then visited St Isaac's Cathedral, Peter and Paul Cathedral, and the Spilled Blood Cathedral.
Red October tours are very reasonable when compared to standard cruise ship excursions but the biggest advantage of Red October is that you are given personal VIP service in a small group.
Another major advantage is that Red October has preferred access to the major sights. We never waited long in line for anything. When we approached an entrance where there was a long line, we were sent to the front immediately!
Red October provides the best tours in St Petersburg. We highly recommend Red October Tours.