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Alex 'Florstein' Fedorov
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St Petersburg port information

Alexandru Babos Albabos
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Wikipedia lies at the eastern end of the Gulf of Finland, the eastern arm of the Baltic Sea.   It is at the mouth of the River Neva which leads through to Lake Ladoga, the largest lake in Europe, and the 14th largest lake by area in the world, (Wikipedia).   St Petersburg, named after Peter the Great (also formerly known as Leningrad and Petrograd), is the main reason that Baltic cruises are so popular, it is one of the highest on the "must see" list, for good reason.   If you visit the Peterhof via coach, (either there or back, one way is usually by boat), then you can contrast how the rich lived and how the poor, that supported them, lived, they are still living in the same wooden houses.   It opens your eyes to the real Russia.

There is a lot of confusion about the Visa situation in Russia.   You do not normally need one, see here.

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maps.google.co.uk/maps?ll=59.94448,30.186224&z=13 Main Cruise terminal at St Petersburg
maps.google.co.uk/ Downtown berth at English Embankement for smaller ships only.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St_Petersburg Wikipedia.
Travel Weekly 2008 St Petersburg new terminal opens 2008
portspb.ru/ Port Website
www.whatsinport.com St Petersburg
www.saint-petersburg.com/ Information on the city
Cruise Critics St Petersburg page
Princess Cruises St Petersburg pag
Triposo Russia
Triposo St Petersburg
The following recommendation was emailed to me by Brian Schweitzer (ex Pat) who has lived in St Petersburg for 13+ years.   When his mother came to visit him from the US he used Dancing Bear Tours as they were highly rated on TripAdvisor.   He reports that they had a great experience.
Dancing Bear Tours St Petersburg Tours & Shore Excursions
The following three companies are recommended by many past visitors and Cruise Critics members for St Petersburg excursions.
TJ Travel St Petersburg Shore Excursions and City Tours.
www.spb-tours.com/st-petersburg/en SPB tours
Alla tours Note their visa comment (on left, top of the FAQs).
www.itravelspb.com/ "I love travel SPB".   Another company I found by Google.
S/8.htm Alla's comfort tour
S/8a.htm Alla's folkloric concert
S/9.htm Alla's Hermitage museum
S/SP1.htm Canal trip with visit to Church of Spilled blood and a market.

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