4 Day Baltic Sea Cruise from Helsinki to St. Petersburg. Visa Free

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This tour is not running in 2018. We offer a 5 day visa free cruise to St. Petersburg instead.

Unforgettable 4-day luxury Baltic Sea Cruise. Helsinki to St. Petersburg. Visa FREE (click to read more…)

  • 2 days in St. Petersburg
  • No Russian Visa required for all countries
  • Cruise from Helsinki to St. Petersburg and back again on luxury cruise-ferry
  • 3-5 star hotel overnight stay in St. Petersburg
  • Shuttle bus harbour transfers included in St. Petersburg
  • Sightseeing Package upgrade includes private tours, transfers and 4 & 5 star hotel


For a truly unforgettable adventure hop on board our 4-day Baltic Sea cruise from Helsinki to St. Petersburg. Your holiday will begin with a day of exploring in Helsinki before embarking on your journey to stunning St. Petersburg.

You’ll experience the marvellous sights and sounds of two very diverse cities have to offer and travel in style on our luxurious cruise-ferry. On board you will enjoy comfortable cabins, a variety of bars, restaurants and duty-free shops, as well as live evening entertainment.

Famous for its beautiful architecture, many museums, world-class ballet and international film and music festivals – St. Petersburg has everything to offer in culture and class.

With our 4-day Baltic Sea cruise to St. Petersburg, you will soak up the vast culture, cuisine and atmosphere the city has to offer. Starting your holiday in Finland’s capital Helsinki, you will explore all that the city has to offer before your luxury cruise-ferry departs to St. Petersburg.

Traveling on board the deluxe MS Princess Maria and MS Anastassia, you will cruise from Helsinki to St. Petersburg in complete comfort, luxury and style. Guaranteeing you a vacation that you will never forget.

Tour program

This tour is not running in 2018. We offer a 5 day visa free cruise to St. Petersburg instead.

Day 1 – Explore Helsinki before you cruise to St. Petersburg

Your unforgettable Baltic Sea cruise starts here in Helsinki. You’ll have the day ahead of you to explore the city, before the MS Princess Anastassia departs at 19:00. Trav

el around Helsinki on the quick and efficient city centre tram. Stop off at the many museums and cathedrals, as well as the famous Design District and fully immerse yourself in Finnish culture before its time to depart.

Day 2 – Arrive in St. Petersburg

At 09:00 am you will arrive in Russia’s culture capital. Before departing the cruise-ferry, an onboard optional breakfast buffet will be served.
With so much to see in the St. Petersburg, you’re guaranteed a day full of breath-taking experiences revolving around Russia’s fascinating culture and history. From the Hermitage Museum to Saint Isaac’s Cathedral or the Church of the Savior on Blood, there are endless options!
Our 4-day cruise comes with an optional upgrade to the Sightseeing Package, which includes a private half-day tour of the city. If you choose to upgrade, one of our friendly and professional multi-lingual tour guides will be available to meet you at the harbour.
At the end of the day, you will relax and unwind in a centrally located 3 star hotel of your choice where you will enjoy the rest of your evening. An upgrade to 4 or 5 star and transfer to the hotel is also provided if you choose the Sightseeing Package.

Day 3 – Wake up and explore St. Petersburg

Wake up to a beautiful view of St. Petersburg and enjoy breakfast in the hotel, before your second day of adventure in the city. You will have the day ahead of you to continue exploring the many sights, landmarks and monuments before evening departure. Spend time in one of the many cafes and restaurants and familiarise yourself with authentically delicious Russian cuisine.
For those who upgrade to the Sightseeing Package, a private half-day tour of the Hermitage Museum is also available. You can see and learn about the many fine paintings and works of art produced by famous painters Van Gogh, Monet and Matisse.
Once you have seen all that there is to see in St. Petersburg, a shuttle bus (or private driver for Sightseeing Package) will escort you back to the harbour at 16:30pm. Departure from St. Petersburg back to Helsinki will take place at 19:00.

Day 4 – Return cruise to Helsinki

On your final day, you will arrive in Helsinki at 8:00 am. The MS Princess Anastasia will provide an optional breakfast buffet, before passengers depart the cruise-ferry. If you’d like to see more of the city, you can choose one of our optional Helsinki Sightseeing Tours (see below for more information).
Call us today to discuss the Basic and Sightseeing Packages available with the Helsinki to St. Petersburg cruise. We offer excellent rates and services and we look forward to your call.

M/S Princess Maria docked in Helsinki

Helsinki – St. Petersburg

M/S Princess Maria is a cruise ferry wich was built in Finland.

General characteristics: tonnage 33575 GRT, length 116.10m, beam 28.46m, capacity 1760 passengers and 305 cars.

The ferry accommodates two thousand passengers. There are comfortable cabins, different bars, restaurants, aqua-zone, Duty Free shop, auto decks. Every evening guests can enjoy exclusive show program by St. Petersburg Music Hall ballet theatre.

St. Petersburg – Helsinki

Travel Russia without visa by M/S Princess Anastassia

M/S Princess Anastassia was built in Turku, Finland. This is a cruise ferry built specially for to be used in nordic weather conditions. The main concept was to create a ship who does not only transport but offers a full range of travel services, fine dining and entertainment on board. She was refurbished and renovated one year ago. Tonnage: 33575 GRT; Displacement: 3898 tons DWT, Length: 166,10 m; Width: 28,46 m; Draught: 6,70 m. Speed: 22 knots, Capacity: 2392 passengers; 834 cabins; 580 cars

Class A

9 m²/ 2-4 persons/ decks 4, 5, 6.

Watch the starry sky right out of your cabin’s window at nights, and enjoy the gentle sunbeams breaking through the curtains in the mornings. Convenient closet for your clothes, air conditioner and wonderful bathroom – that’s all you need for relaxation and the perfect beginning of a new day. For a child aged 7 years old requires a bed in the cabin, as for an adult.

Class B

9 m²/ 2-4 persons/ decks 4, 5, 6.

A great combination of price and quality! A cabin for 2-4 person is air conditioned and has a wonderful bathroom. It’s so relaxing to stretch out on a soft bed after a bright day! For a child aged 7 years old requires a bed in the cabin, as for an adult.

Read more about the cruise fleet…

Hotels of your choice

Nevsky Grand 3* (included)

Tours in St Petersburg

Nevsky Grand hotel 3***

If you are seeking comfortable, three star accommodations in the very centre of St. Petersburg, look no further than the Nevsky Hotel Grand. This fine hotel is perfect for holidaymakers and business travellers alike, and is located very conveniently in the Golden Triangle of the city just five minutes from the subway station and literally around the corner from the Nevsky Prospekt. Read more about this hotel…

or Dynasty boutique hotel 3* (included)

Dynasty hotel lobby

Dynasty hotel 3***

Dynasty hotel St Petersburg | Reception Dynasty Hotel has opened its doors to the guests in June 2007. It is a cozy hotel in the heart of Saint Petersburg. The guests will be able to feel the atmosphere of an old St. Petersburg mansion combined with the modern comfort. Heraldic symbols of noble families of Russian Empire and Europe have been used in the hotel interior design. Location: in the centre of the city.

At guests service: 39 rooms, laundry. All rooms have satellite TV, phone, hairdryer, bathrobes, Internet access. Address: 29/28 Rubinstein Street, Saint Petersburg, Russia. Read more about this hotel…

Tour price includes:

This tour is arranged for individual travelers on private basis. There will be no other people on the tour with you.

  • Round-trip Baltic Sea cruise from Helsinki to St. Petersburg
  • MS Princess Maria deluxe cruise-ferry and cabin class of your choice
  • Shuttle bus transfer from harbour to city centre and back in St. Petersburg
  • 3 star hotel accommodation in St. Petersburg
  • Hotel breakfast
  • Harbour, passenger, fuel, immigration, fees etc.

Sightseeing package includes (extra charge)

  • Personal transfers from harbor to hotel and back
  • Personal English speaking guide for all excursions (other languages are also available)
  • Personal car as per the tour program
  • Panoramic tour of St. Petersburg
  • Excursion to the Hermitage museum
  • Excursion to Peter and Paul Fortress
  • Excursion to Kazan Cathedral

Not included

  • Meals onboard (optional)
  • Sightseeing tours and excursions (optional)

20 reviews for 4 Day Baltic Sea Cruise from Helsinki to St. Petersburg. Visa Free

  1. Rated 4 out of 5

    Heide H.

    As I was travelling through Finland with poor internet , I had a lot of questions, that were answered very quickly. I have booked just a private transfer in St Petersburg from harbour to hotel and everything was good.Thanks to Martti. But one point would be more helpful to me.
    You should tell the customers, how they will find their driver in St. Petersburg. I was a little bit concerned about that. The driver hold up a sign with my name written on it as I looked up for the Scandi tour sign.Only a little thing, but improvable.

  2. Rated 4 out of 5

    Ian G.

    Apart from that Moby/St Pete’s line was wonderful, our driver was excellent and our guide was terrific. In fact, we would like to email her if it was possible for you to provide a contact email address. Thank you.

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Bill and Suzanne B.

    This is feedback on our tour, and relaying the thoughts of myself and also those of my wife. As a general thought, we thought the tour was well planned and very interesting. And the various components of the tour were all very good. The ferry ride was very enjoyable. It was the first time we have taken an overnight ferry trip. It was an older boat, but it was maintained fairly well, and the staff was generally helpful and accommodating.
    The next part of our tour was the pick up and city tour in St. Petersburg. The driver and tour guide we’re waiting for us. We were one of the first off the boat and they were ready. The driver was an experienced and careful driver and provided a comfortable journey.
    Our tour guide Maria was amazing. She was one of the highlights of our entire trip to St. Petersburg. Maria was also our tour guide on our second day, and she was waiting for us and was there early. She had a way of bringing the exhibits to life and was probably one of the best guides we have ever experienced in all our travels.
    We really love the Golden Triangle hotel. The room was beautiful and the breakfast was very good. The location was also excellent. We would like to stay there again.
    The return trip on the princess Anastasia was actually better than the first leg of the journey. We have a little more experience with the ship and were able to manage our experience better. We were able to continue on to Tallin Estonia and visited the old city for four hours before returning on the Viking XPRS.
    So I’m happy to report that all of you were partners performed well, and we are very happy.
    The only suggestions I have for improvement would be to provide a little more initial information on the ferry company, and perhaps directions or a map to their terminal. For most people that are familiar with Helsinki, the port, and the ferry system the information is common knowledge. But for us who are not knowledgeable of the port etc. the whole thing is a bit difficult to understand the first time.
    Thanks for the perfect holiday!
    Bill and Suzanne B.

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Ken F.

    We loved everything about your service and the driver and tour guide.
    I think it would be nice if the cars had wifi on the longer trips so we could upload photos on the way back.

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    Craig W.

    My guide was outstanding with her local and historical knowledge. She even organised tickets to the ballet which I loved.
    Maybe you should provide some recommendations with types of foods and price range.

  6. Rated 4 out of 5

    Jo-Ann B.

    Provide a written summary (or link) of sights and facts seen in St. Petersburg. It’s quite overwhelming to try to absorb it all in real time.

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    Alyssa W.

    When doing the add on packages, it was difficult to tell if all the add-ons would have fit into the amount of time in St. Petersburg. It would be helpful if the add-on tour packages said something like, “all are possible within time limits of visa.” We would have liked to include Peterhof as a tour, but with the Hermitage, St. Petersburg tour and Tsarskoe Celo, I was unsure if it would have fit in my schedule.
    We would have added Peterhof to our itinerary as well if we had a better idea how the days were planned out when we purchased the package. I did not ask any questions about it prior to purchasing due to my time restraints, but in the end, we were satisfied with how much of St. Petersburg and Helsinki we saw.
    We stayed in clean and quite hotel. It was located in a great part of town, totally in walking distance to all the great sites to see.
    We ate a an Irish pub, a place called the Library, Jamie Oliver’s place and a small Russian restaurant near the Hermitage. All but the Irish pub (near the hotel) were very good. We did not go our of our way to have authentic Russian food, but we managed to find some where we ate.
    Both tour guides were great. Our Hermitage and Tsarskoe Celo tour guide was TERRIFIC! Her English was clear and she was able to share with us all of her knowledge about the sites. Our driver was also fantastic. He was always on time and he sat patiently while we went into places with the tour guides.

  8. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jennifer S.

    We LOVED our guide,Maria, in St. Petersburg. She was a native and a wealth of information. We had booked two days but after the first day, added the third.
    The buffet dinner is OK, the breakfast option much better. My suggestion is give an option of dinner options – either the buffet or one of the restaurants. The food is very average.
    Our guide, Maria, was the highlight of a two week journey through Russia and the Baltic. She not only loves her city but provided a wealth of information on the history of the city which she loves. We booked a third tour after the first day with her. My recommendation to friends who may travel with you is to book the city tour, Hermitage,and Peterhof. We only booked the first two but after one day in St. Petersburg added the third.

  9. Rated 4 out of 5

    Ronald and Kathryne R.

    Everything was done well, staff was friendly and accommodating. We had a couple of small challenges with not being able to find staff who spoke English, but we managed just fine.

  10. Rated 5 out of 5


    Hello Scandi Classics Team,

    Thank you very much for an amazing and wonderful trip to St Petersburg. We loved the Rossi hotel. The room and service was fantastic; great location. Thank you for helping steer us to the Rossi and for getting us such a great room. The boat ride was a lot of fun too, it was totally worth the upgrade to Comodore for getting a great room with a window.

    Everything was perfect. Lina was our guide in St Petersburg. She met us at the boat, with Denis our driver. We had two days with Lina and she is an excellent tour guide. She is passionate about explaining the sights, very good with answering questions. Her English is superb. Denis is an excellent, safe and careful driver. We couldn’t have had a better pair to show us the city.
    We loved Helsinki too. We look forward to returning to the area and will be sure to look for travel opportunities with Scandi Classics Tour Operator next time we’re in town.
    Thank you,

    Einar B

  11. Rated 5 out of 5

    Helen H.

    We thought your service was perfect. The only suggestion I would have is a small break for a snack (on the tours) for those traveling with children. Our guides were very flexible and worked it in so it was not a huge problem.
    The staff answering our questions before booking were very patient and detailed in their answers.
    Customer support was fantastic – answered our questions very quickly and with good detail.
    The tour program was perfect – way more than we expected.
    Quite luxurious and very friendly staff. Very accommodating for our children.
    A1 – super knowledgeable and very kind and friendly. We enjoyed Ariel in Talinn and our guides in St Petersburg were amazing and our driver was very skilled and sweet to our girls.

  12. Rated 5 out of 5


    Good Morning from Nairobi,
    Many thanks for the follow up.

    Mr S. and his family were very happy with their trip, kindly find below his feedback:

    From: Peter S.
    Sent: Tuesday, June 7, 2016 10:50 AM
    To: Margaret
    Cc: ‘Diana S.’
    Subject: RE: FOLLOW UP

    Dear Margaret,
    Thank you for your email. Our ferry from Helsinki to St Petersburg and all the tour arrangements worked perfectly.
    We would certainly recommend Skandi Tours. They even arranged perfect sunny weather!
    Best Wishes from London,

    Thank you for looking after them so well and we look forward to another opportunity of working with you.

    With kind regards,

  13. Rated 5 out of 5


    We loved the tour and Maria, our guide, was fabulous! As a St. Petersburg native with a family history, she made the three days we spent there truly memorable. She was a wealth of knowledge and because of her we added the tour on the third day. We will recommend you to any friends or colleagues who are planning a trip.
    Best wishes,
    The S

  14. Rated 5 out of 5

    Stella W.

    I have recommended Scandi to several of my friends. I really enjoyed the tour and your quick responsiveness. I had a wonderful trip and hope to do more in the future.
    St Petersburg and Grand Hotel were amazing. I plan to return.

  15. Rated 5 out of 5

    Gautam P.

    Overall, how satisfied are you with Scandi Classics’ performance regarding the processing of your tour
    5 (Very satisfied)
    How likely are you to recommend Scandi Classics to your friends or colleagues?
    Very Likely

  16. Rated 4 out of 5

    Leonard N.

    Department: Support
    Well done, Scandi Classics, you provided our group of four with a good short break. We would like to commend our guide, Valentina, as being efficient, friendly and very knowledgable,she never failed to make us feel we were getting the best possible service. Accommodation on the Princess Maria was adequate,if a little primitive,but the food was excellent. the Hotel was good and transport arrangement very good, especially as they had to wait two hours for us to clear customs on arrival at St P ! Altogether, well done. Anne Leonard

    Sent from my iPad

    On 23 Oct 2015, at 17:32, Scandi Classics Tour Operator wrote:

  17. Rated 5 out of 5

    Susanta N

    How likely are you to recommend Scandi Classics to your friends or colleagues?
    Very Likely
    How can we improve our service?
    Customers could be requested to give check out time and could be made to wait in some hall and escorted out. It would make the disembarking pleasant

    At St Petersburg the exit ramp with stairs is disaster for us who are 70 years old. No help is available to boarding or disembarking
    Would you like to rate our services in details?

    Our services
    On-line booking process
    the website gets locked with all attempts one makes to view price3s
    How satisfied were you with the Customer support before purchasing the tour and during your travel
    Very Satisfied
    The chat option really made it possible for us to book
    How satisfied were you with the tour program?
    Very Satisfied
    How satisfied were you with the hotels?
    Very Satisfied
    How satisfied were you with our local guides?
    Very Satisfied
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  18. Rated 4 out of 5

    Pieter S.

    How likely are you to recommend Scandi Classics to your friends or colleagues?
    Very Likely
    How can we improve our service?
    The bus trip from the boat to the city was poor. The buses old and very little help given with luggage.
    Would you like to rate our services in details?

    Our services
    On-line booking process
    How satisfied were you with the Customer support before purchasing the tour and during your travel
    How satisfied were you with the tour program?
    How satisfied were you with the cruise ferries?
    We have been on a variety of ferries in Europe and Australia. The Princess Maria was dated and tired. It needs an overhaul!.
    How satisfied were you with the hotels?
    The hotel was clean, the service friendly.
    We didn’t use them
    How satisfied were you with the local meals?
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  19. Rated 5 out of 5

    Alan B

    How likely are you to recommend Scandi Classics to your friends or colleagues?
    Very Likely
    How can we improve our service?
    When you promote other tours during the course of an existing tour you need to ensure that the requirements of cash payments is mentioned to customers early so they can get the cash.

  20. Rated 5 out of 5

    Ray and Wendy

    Thank you Mikko,

    We had a great time in St Petersberg, made much easier for us by your organisation of the ferry trip and our hotel accommodation. Everything went as planned and our trip was most enjoyable. We would certainly recommend it to others planning to visitSt Petersburg.

    Kind regards,
    Ray and Wendy

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