Explore Russia’s cultural capital with a 5-day Helsinki to St Petersburg Cruise and 3-day tour.
From breath-taking Tsar Palaces to the world famous Mariinsky Theatre, you can devour all the grandeur, history and world-leading culture that the Helsinki to St. Petersburg cruise has to offer on this ultimate Russia visa free travel.
Our affordable 5-day Helsinki to St Petersburg cruise package includes sumptuous accommodation in an amazing city centre hotel, fascinating guided tours, luxury transfers and delicious, hearty breakfasts without the need for a Russian visa!
Best of all, this 3-day St Petersburg tour city break can be tailored to suit your requirements. From Private Sightseeing Packages to luxury class cruise cabins – the choice is yours.
The cruises to St. Petersburg are suspended in 2022
Day 1 – Helsinki to St Petersburg cruise
With a cruise departing at 6pm or 7pm (depending on the scheduled date), you have all the time in the world to explore Finland’s cosmopolitan capital. Named Design Capital of the World in 2012, Helsinki is packed full of incredible sights and experiences like the Temppeliaukio Rock Church – carved directly out of solid rock.
The compact city has first-rate public transport, allowing you to browse the very best boutique shops, designer stores and open-air markets before setting sail on a Helsinki to St Petersburg cruise.
Day 2 – Welcome to St. Petersburg
Begin your Russia visa free tour from Helsinki to St Petersburg with a stunning Baltic cruise. Soak up unforgettable views and breathe in the fresh Baltic air as you sail towards St Petersburg in style.
Your second day starts with an optional buffet breakfast on board, before a 9am arrival in the Russian cultural capital. After disembarking, passport and border control will take around an hour. Shuttle buses will be ready and waiting at the harbour to transfer you to the St. Issac’s square, located in the heart of St Petersburg.
Passengers will then have a short walk to their hotel. Rest assured, all hotels are centrally located so this will only take between 10-20 minutes. Fancy an upgrade? A private transfer directly to your hotel is available for an extra charge.
All hotels are located in the heart of St. Petersburg – just a few minutes’ walk from the city’s main street, the Nevsky Prospect. Take some time to relax in your beautiful surroundings before being greeted by our superb English-speaking guide at 3pm in the hotel lobby.
From here, you’ll be guided through a 3-hour walking tour of St Petersburg, taking in all the enchanting sights of the 18th century city. This includes a visit to the mesmerising Kazan Cathedral – a monument to Russia’s victory over Napoleon, built in the style of the Vatican’s Basilica.
The tour returns to your hotel at 7pm for some time to yourself and the most relaxing overnight stay.
Day 3 – Hermitage Grandeur
Wake up refreshed on day 2 of your 3-day St Petersburg tour. Indulge in a delicious breakfast before optional extra tours, or explore the city however you feel free. Then it’s onto another outstanding walking tour (included) with our exceptional guide.
Meeting in the hotel lobby at 2pm, you will be guided on-foot to the spectacular Palace Square, followed by the State Hermitage Museum. Entrance fees are included to this remarkable art museum – the second largest in the world. Feast your eyes on masterpieces by Rembrandt, Van Gogh, Monet and Matisse to name just a few, across a complex of six historic buildings on the Palace Embankment. We have the time slots reserved in the museum, so there are no lanes for us.
Day 4 – Discover St. Petersburg
Ready for another day in one of the world’s most beautiful, historic cities? Following a delectable breakfast, you are free to explore St Petersburg to your heart’s content. Take a ride on the city’s extensive public transport system – comprising metros, buses and trams – to discover even more hidden gems and fascinating culture.
St Petersburg’s network of canals, picturesque bridges and an abundance of Baroque and Neo-Classical architecture is just waiting to be explored. Before long, you’ll know exactly why this city is known as the “Venice of the North”.
Whether you choose to gaze upon the city’s magnificent waterfront across the River Neva or experience St Petersburg’s beatnik bands, contemporary art galleries or delectable dining experiences – the choice is yours.
After another half-day of exploration on your visa-free St Petersburg tour, you can return to your hotel truly fulfilled for even more rest and relaxation. A public shuttle bus will pick up passengers from the city centre and transfer them to the harbour, with the option of a private transfer directly from your hotel at an extra charge.
Public shuttle buses depart from St. Issac’s square every 30 minutes, with the last departure at 4.30pm. For those who booked a private sightseeing package, your driver will be waiting for you at the hotel reception for the transfer back to the harbour.
Boarding closes at 5.30pm, with departure from St Petersburg back to Helsinki at 6pm or 7pm depending on your day of departure.
Day 5 – St Petersburg to Helsinki Cruise
Your once-in-a-lifetime trip isn’t over yet. Get ready for more picturesque views on a luxury cruise across the Baltic. The ship arrives at 7am or 8am depending on your day of travel, following the option of another delicious breakfast.
From there, you can embark on a fascinating sightseeing tour of Helsinki or explore the city at your leisure, to complete an unforgettable visa-free tour of St Petersburg.