Helsinki to St Petersburg. 3 Day Visa Free Cruise

Rated 4.60 out of 5 based on 15 customer ratings
(15 customer reviews)

Embark on the beautiful Baltic with this delightful round trip three day cruise from Helsinki to St Petersburg. Russia’s cultural capital awaits!

  • Round trip from Helsinki to St. Petersburg by a comfortable cruise ferry boat
  • Full day private guided tour of St. Petersburg with lunch
  • Russian visa is not required! (click to read more…)
  • No restrictions in St. Petersburg for the visa free travelers

 

Astonishing travel to St. Petersburg

The beauty, majesty, and grandeur of old Russia await. This Helsinki cruise east across the Baltic by luxury ferry boat is amongst the most enjoyable cruises to St Petersburg; choose your cabin class to suit on the newly renovated cruise ferry and travel in comfort and style. St Petersburg has so much to offer the discerning tourist: breathtaking palaces of the Tsars, the Mariinsky Theatre, Vodka Museums, amazing architecture – there is something for everyone.

This three day round trip from Helsinki to St Petersburg will delight any traveller.

Not requiring a Russian visa, you will be invigorated by Baltic sea air as you embark on the Helsinki Cruise ferry boat for the cultural capital of Russia. St Petersburg is at your leisure and or you will join the “Full Day Sightseeing Tour”: experience the beauty and grandeur of Tsars’ Palaces, the Mariinsky Theatre, and the many other treats this 18th Century city has to offer.

Accommodation onboard, transfers, breakfasts and some excursions are included, and the city break can be tailored to suit you.

DAY 1 – Helsinki Cruise to St Petersburg

Helsinki at your leisure: The MS Princess Anastassia cruise-ferry departs from the harbour at 19:00; why not explore and enjoy Finland’s cosmopolitan capital city throughout the day? Winner of the 2012 award for Design Capital of the World, Helsinki is compact and very easy to get around with a superior public transport system. Visit the open air markets, the Rock Church, or shop in the designer boutiques before you step onboard and set sail…

DAY 2 – Discover St Petersburg

St. Petersburg by nightEnjoy a hearty buffet breakfast onboard (optional), and arrive in Russia’s cultural capital at 09:00 am.

You will be greeted at the harbour by a friendly, highly qualified, English-speaking guide for a private full-day sightseeing tour of this beautiful and impressive eighteenth century city.

Full day sightseeing tour includes panoramic tour of St Petersburg, you will see major attractions and main streets. Visit the best of the historic sights of this cultural capital city:

The Peter and Paul Fortress – founded by Peter the Great in 1703, this citadel was the first building in St Petersburg. It is now the central part of the State Museum of saint Petersburg History.
The Hermitage Museum – founded by Catherine the Great in 1764, this is one of the world’s largest and oldest museums, and has been an art and culture site open to the public since 1852. It’s vast collections are housed along the Palace Embankment, in six buildings including the Winter Palace.
Kazan Cathedral – this Russian Orthodox Church is dedicated to Russia’s most venerated religious icon, Our Lady of Kazan. Located on the Nevsky Prospekt, this is a spectacular building both architecturally and in terms of grandeur.

At 17:00 you will be transfered back to the harbour for the check-in.

If you want, you can spend the day in St Petersburg is at your leisure without our guides..

Departure at 19:00 for return voyage to Helsinki via MS Princess Anastassia.

DAY 3 – Return Cruise and Arrival in Helsinki

The cruiser arrives in Helsinki at 07:00 or 08:00 (subject to schedule) after breakfast onboard. Optional sightseeing tours of Helsinki are available – please see the Optional Extras tab for more information.

This tour is only available for individual travelers. There will be no other guests on the tour.

  • Meet your private guide and driver at harbour
  • Panoramic Tour of St Petersburg
  • Visit Peter and Paul Fortress
  • Visit Hermitage
  • Visit Kazan Cathedral
  • Free time for souvenir shopping and walking on your own
  • Transfer back to harbour
  • Round trip cruise Helsinki to St Petersburg by cruise ferry boat in a cabin of your choice
  • Transfer by minibus from harbour to the city center of St. Petersburg
  • Free time for visits and souvenir shopping


There are now any restrictions for this tour. You are free to go anywhere in St. Petersburg with our guide or without if you wish.

Not included

  • Meals onboard (optional)

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

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

15 reviews for Helsinki to St Petersburg. 3 Day Visa Free Cruise

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Lorena G.

    We had a super guide. Very kind and very professional! She was fantastic !!!! The best guide ever had. Thank you!

  2. Rated 4 out of 5

    Mei C.

    We had a wonderful time with your guide. She was excellent, very knowledgeable and caring. Your driver was excellent too. Would highly recommend your tour company to my friends from Singapore .
    Thank you very much Scandi Travel.
    But want to add that wasn’t so impressed with the service on the Moby line ferry. The cafe on the 6th floor had a very rude and disinterested cashier staff. Also the queue to disembark at the cruise terminal at St Petersburg was very disorganized and unruly. We stood for almost an hour at level 4 exit, waiting for the ship personnel to open the barriers .

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Yong & Wei L.

    Olga is our guide, she is fantastic, friendly, very good English, speaking clearly, both her and the driver are very good, we will travel with you guys again. Thank you for organising this tour for us. we had a fantastic guide and driver, beautiful city tour, will come back some time.

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Nomonde C.

    I cant really comment because I have not made a booking yet but I can comment about Aleksi who was quite pleasant on your online chat.

  5. Rated 4 out of 5

    June D.

    We would have liked some more detailed information about the beginning of the tour, perhaps at the Helsinki ferry terminal and information about what to expect in St. Petersberg.
    Our guide Lina was fantastic! She was knowledgeable and personable and flexible about the arrangements. This was important because we had walking issues.

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    Patrick S.

    How likely are you to recommend Scandi Classics to your friends or colleagues?
    Very Likely
    How can we improve our service?
    Either include a lunch break at 1200 or start tours at 1300 and go a little later
    Would you like to rate our services in details?

    Yes
    Our services
    On-line booking process
    Very Easy
    Comments
    Over straight forward.
    How satisfied were you with the Customer support before purchasing the tour and during your travel
    Very Satisfied
    Comments
    Questions were answered quickly and completely
    How satisfied were you with the tour program?
    Very Satisfied
    How satisfied were you with the cruise ferries?
    Very Satisfied
    Comments
    Comfortable accommodations,good food.
    How satisfied were you with the hotels?
    Very Satisfied
    Comments
    Friendly,helpful staff, enjoyed restaurant,lobby bar, and souvenirs shop. Rooms were large a nd comfortable. Concierge very helpful. Buffet breakfast excellent with good variety of hot and cold dishes. Excellent central location with easy walk to Hermitage.
    How satisfied were you with our local guides?
    Very Satisfied
    Comments
    Maria was a superb guide with considerable breadth of knowledge on art, architecture, and history of St Petersburg. Her English is excellent. Our driver Dennis was friendly, punctual, and stayed with the vehicle to secure our bags.
    How satisfied were you with the local meals?
    Very Satisfied
    Comments
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    How satisfied were you with the local restaurants?
    Very Satisfied

  7. Rated 3 out of 5

    Erin

    – Overall, how satisfied are you with Scandi Classics’ performance regarding the processing of your tour 3
    – How likely are you to recommend Scandi Classics to your friends or colleagues? Not Sure
    – How can we improve our service?
    I wish I understood I didn’t need to purchase any meals before hand on the ferry and knew what restaurants were on the ferry. Also, my itenerary said dinner on the return trip was complimentary of
    – On-line booking process Difficult. I had to email to confirm I was getting my own cabin before booking since that wasn’t clear.
    – How satisfied were you with the Customer support before purchasing the tour and during your travel Satisfied.
    All my questions I submitted in email were answered within 24 hours
    – How satisfied were you with the tour program? Satisfied
    – How satisfied were you with the cruise ferries? Neutral.
    I wish there was a quiet lounge somewhere to read and that my room was cleaner
    – How satisfied were you with our local guides? Very Satisfied
    My guide was great and very knowledgable. I highly recommend her. The driver was very nice too.
    – How satisfied were you with the local meals? Very Satisfied
    – How satisfied were you with the local restaurants? Very Satisfied

  8. Rated 5 out of 5

    Thaddeus

    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
    – How can we improve our service?
    cars with air conditioning would be good we did get our last day
    – On-line booking process Difficult
    we didnt get the tour we requested somehow and it was confusing
    – How satisfied were you with the Customer support before purchasing the tour and during your travel Satisfied
    did have to change a few things as the credit card we used was the problem not Scandi
    – How satisfied were you with the tour program? Very Satisfied
    our guide was wonderful and the tours were perfect just wish we had more time
    – How satisfied were you with the cruise ferries? Satisfied
    crowded and unorganized departure
    – How satisfied were you with our local guides? Very Satisfied
    Comments: perfect!!!!!!
    – How satisfied were you with the local meals? Satisfied

  9. Rated 5 out of 5

    Vasileios P.

    Everything was great especially our guide and our driver!

  10. Rated 5 out of 5

    Tom H.

    Dear Mikko
    Thank you for your email.
    The tour went very well. The arrangements worked smoothly, and our guide Lena was very good, and we would recommend her.
    The ship and the hotel were not particularly luxurious but were fine, and we found the whole visit to St Petersburg very interesting. We were pleased that we had booked the excursions to the Peterhof and Catherine Palaces.
    I will certainly recommend the trip to friends. The arrangements through your company were dealt with very professionally, and you gave us very good customer service, so thank you very much to you and your team.
    Best wishes,
    Tim H.

  11. Rated 5 out of 5

    Alan K.

    Hi,
    Further to your request for feedback I would like to say that in the first instance your own communication and service was of a superior standard.
    The trip itself was very enjoyable. The boat trip there and back was good. I cant imagine visiting St Petersburg without a driver and guide at that busy time of year. My guide Maria was very, very good and I cannot praise her highly enough. She was very pleasant, super knowledgeable to the extreme and guided me smoothly and cleverly throughout the day. She had a unique ability to make me feel very comfortable which then gave me the capacity to make the most of the day. Exceptional guides like Maria are the key assets that your business relies upon – they are your cornerstone that delivers the final product. Please pass on my thanks to Maria.

    Thank you again for a very memorable experience.

    Best Regards

    Alan Kent

  12. Rated 4 out of 5

    Yoko A.

    – How likely are you to recommend Scandi Classics to your friends or colleagues? Likely
    – How can we improve our service?
    We were overall very happy with the trip, and the guide and the driver (Inga and Victor) in St. Petersburg were just excellent. Thank you very much for organizing the trip and for making the modifications as requested to accommodate our family needs.
    I would have appreciated if the itinerary set-up could have been done with more care even if it took longer to respond each time, as I ended up having to go back and forth for clarifications with your staff regarding what options we purchased. Also, it would have been better if the final itinerary/voucher could have been sent to me without my prompting for it. I did get a bit concerned before our departure regarding our booking with Scandi Classics. But the travel itself was great, and we would consider recommending to others and using your company again ourselves in the future. Thank you.

  13. Rated 4 out of 5

    Axel J.

    – How likely are you to recommend Scandi Classics to your friends or colleagues? Likely
    – On-line booking process Easy
    – How satisfied were you with the Customer support before purchasing the tour and during your travel Very Satisfied
    – How satisfied were you with the tour program? Satisfied
    – How satisfied were you with the cruise ferries? Neutral
    off boarding was a drama – because some guests were not able to carry their luggage in time – it took ages
    – How satisfied were you with the local meals? Very Satisfied
    not organized by scandi

  14. Rated 5 out of 5

    Julie V.H.

    – Would you use our product / service in the future? Definitely
    – How satisfied were you with the tour program? Very Satisfied
    I was extremely happy with the ease of booking and payment. The tour overall was really great and I would highly recommend your service to others!!
    – How satisfied were you with the cruise ferries? Very Satisfied
    I was pleasantly surprised with the cabin accommodations. The cabins were comfortable, clean and quiet. The restaurant had very slow service one night but overall we were happy with the trip on the ferry.
    – How satisfied were you with our local guides? Very Satisfied
    I was extremely happy with every aspect of our trip! Inga was SO wonderful- her tours were all excellent, she was friendly and so welcoming from the very first time we met her. She offered to arrange ballet tickets for us, recommended restaurants, and was so knowledgeable about every place she took us. I would HIGHLY recommend her as a tour guide, and I was VERY happy with the ease of booking and payment. Thank you SO much for a great trip!
    – How satisfied were you with the local meals? Very Satisfied
    All the meals we had were very reasonably priced and had good food.
    – How satisfied were you with the local restaurants? Very Satisfied
    My guide suggested many places in St. Petersburg and we ate at three of her suggestions. They were all good and would recommend to others!

  15. Rated 5 out of 5

    Gerry

    Would you use our product / service in the future? : Definitely

    How satisfied were you with the tour program? : Very Satisfied
    comments-program: Your tour guide, Lina, in St. Petersburg was fantastic! She was very enthusiastic and had such an amazing command of the architecture and history of St. Petersburg. She is amazing!!

    How satisfied were you with the hotels and cruise ferries? : Satisfied
    comments-accommodation: The room was very small.

    Guiding service. Knowledge: Very Satisfied
    Helpfulness: Very Satisfied
    Your tour guide, Lina, in St. Petersburg was fantastic! She was very enthusiastic and had such an amazing command of the architecture and history of St. Petersburg. She is amazing!!

    How satisfied were you with a local transportation included?: Very Satisfied

    Food quality: Very Satisfied

    Friendliness of stuff: Very Satisfied<
    Design of the restaurants: Very Satisfied
    The restaurant was amazing.

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