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B Konyushennaya 11, St. Petersburg, 191186, Russia
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excursion buses

by hcfurtado

I am going to Saint Petersburg in the first week of june. I will stay just 2 days, so I have no time to make mistakes.I would like to go to Catharina Palace in a excursion bus, as everybody says that it is very dificult to get the palace ticket at this period of the year. The internet just offer me very expensive private tours. can you advice me a tourist company that has a bus tour for this palace (in the internet they advice the bus tour, but when you try to book it you should have 10 friends to take with you or the price is 167 dolares for an individual tourist - so in fact this is a private tour). There are not bus excursion with a possible price for an individual person (around 50 dolares)? I don't mind to go in a bus with a large number of people.

Re: excursion buses

by globetrott

I would say, when you have just 2 days in St.Petersburg you call "fill" them with more than excitement just inside the city of St. Pete and will still miss a lot.
IMHO Catherine palace and the amberroom are more for the people who have seen the rest of St.Pete already !
In hotels and also in the streets you will get lots of expensive offers for private tours of Catherine Palace but I am sure there are also official buses running every day, that take single travellers as well for a more reasonable price.

Re: excursion buses

by Piter_2

At what hotel will you live? Could you contact the concierge service and book? It is the option #1.

#2. There are a lot of english-speaking bus excursions in St Pete during the season, but all of them are held for organized groups by the russian host travel agency. It is possible to join for cash - but you have to be near the bus at the starting point - usually at a hotel. Payment is to be made directly to the guide - I think, no more than 20 - 25 euros.

#3. To join the russian-speaking bus excursions (if you are interested I could give you information about)- just to get the entrance with the group. But you have to be in contact with the guide - not to miss the place where the return bus will stop. Other option - to find any english-speaking group in the palace before they start the excursion and pay to the guide some cash - and also return with them...

Re: excursion buses

by Pbobroff

If you will only be in St. Petersburg two days I would not bother going
to Catherine's Palace, if anything, 20 miles from St. Petersburg is Peterhof
(the summer palace of Peter the Great) which has spectacular fountains and
gardens. It's really worth going there. Also, you may want to visit
the Church of Spilled Blood where Emperor Alexander II was assasinated and
the Hermitage Museum. If you can, buy your snack/lunch and take it with
you since the food at Peterhof was awful and expensive. Enjoy your trip.

Re: excursion buses

by shpikoza

Im living near Catherine Place in Pushkin town and can help u with booking tickets. Iwont promise u a great excursion but transfer, guide and tickets no problem. Dont hesistate ask me shpikoza@gmail.com

Travel Tips for Saint Petersburg

Lots of Water

by emilienoelle

Our Russian guide in St. Petersburg told us that there are more than 60 canals throughout the city. It's easy to believe because it seems that there is another one everywhere you turn. Because of this, the city has aquired the name "The Venice of the North" among locals. The canals and rivers once served the purpose of allowing barges full of goods and raw materials in from the Baltic Sea up to the Neva River and eventually to Moscow and parts of interior Russia. Today, barges still use many of these waterways to transport goods. Each night after 11 PM the drawbridges crossing the Neva are raised to allow ships to pass. Driving or walking over these bridges after this time is impossible until they are lowered again in the morning, so be sure that you don't get stuck!

The Avrora Cruiser.
This is a...

by Kostyantyn

The Avrora Cruiser.

This is a symbol. The symbol of warning. This warship started October revolution in 1917 that resulted in more than 70 years of not the best times for the one-sixth part of the world (that is how we used to call USSR).

We have a joke:
- What is the mightiest warship in the world?
- Of course Avrora!
- Why?
- One blank shot and 70 years of destruction!

Sad but true.

Going for a row

by Soili

There used to be the CPKIO - park kultyry i otdyha. A pleasant place to spend the summer day. You could hire the rowing boats and join the others doing the same. Many, many other people doing the same...BUt the sun was shining, you were not in a hurry, maybe even a small orchestra was playing somewhere.....A blissful summer day.

Packing List

by Yubert

The day started out bright and sunny when I went to see Petrodvorets however it did rain and it rained hard. Good thing I had an umbrella and would advise you to bring one along just in case. I brought along a DV video camera as well as a still camera. Expect to pay an useage fee for both cameras at any of the major attractions.

Summer Gardens ~ Summer Palace

by Canadienne

The Summer Gardens, aside from the greenery and statues, are also home to Peter the Great's Summer Palace. It's the oldest stone building in the city (built in 1710), but is very small in scale. . .a notable contrast to Petergof and Tsarkoe Selo.

Although we didn't go into the palace, you can enter and tour it. As is often the case, we were enjoying the outdoor atmosphere and our peaceful walk through the gardens, so we gave this one a pass.


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