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Aug 24, 2018 - DAY 8 - St Petersburg 2

Day 8 - St Petersburg 2 Ashore at 7.15am for a 7.30am pickup. A couple of quick photo-stops before a very pleasant early-morning boat trip on the Neva river and around part of the extensive network of canals - it is just like Venice, but without the smells! Then on to the Hermitage Museum. With our 10am tickets we just beat the massive queue that built up soon afterwards. Once again Olga was outstanding - you could spend days in there and still only see a tiny fraction of the exhibits, but she knew exactly which ones she wanted us to see,...

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Aug 23, 2018 - DAY 7 - St Petersburg 1

Day 7 - St Petersburg 1 Ashore by 7.15am to get through Russian Immigration/Customs ready to meet our tour guide and the rest of our group in time for an 8am start. On recommendation from friends, Graham had booked the four of us in for a 2-day 'Must-See St Petersburg' excursion from private company 'Alla Tours' instead of the usual P&O offerings. There are 12 of us from Arcadia plus 4 Americans from the Celebrity Eclipse (one of the other 6 cruise ships in port today), with our tour guide Olga and minibus driver Alexis. Highlights of the...

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Jul 20, 2018 - We join the cruise ship

We came by high speed train from Helsinki to St Petersburg to join our cruise ship. We have now been moored here for two nights and will be leaving later this afternoon. Have had two very busy days here in St Petersburg. Yesterday we spent the morning at the Hermitage Art Gallery before doing a city tour of some of the highlights. We had an early morning start today to visit Peterhoff and tour the palace and the water gardens. It was wonderful and very similar to Versailles. Wi-fi is a problem on the boat and is restricted to a few areas (...

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Jun 15, 2018 - .......Go on I trust U

June 15, Friday Last night when we came into our room there was a snack plate sent from the dining room in case we were hungry after our long day. We slept late, had a small breakfast, and Dick decided he would rather have a nap then get on another bus. So off Mary and I went to see Panaramic St Petersburg. Our guide was an older Russia woman who much preferred her city over Moscow. There was a lot to see. Every building has history. Museums everywhere, parks, statues, cathedrals, and the river. It is hard to absorb that much...

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May 29, 2018 - St Petersburg

Dear all, Well here we are again doing two blogs on the one day. Our visit to St Petersburg was two long tiring and comprehensive days. Our days were full of visits to palaces and churches. Both palaces and churches were very decorative with gold leaf covering lots of the items. The Amber room was all decorated with Amber stone, very plush. The walls and ceilings of the palaces were painted, covered in plush material hangings, tapestries or portraits of the various nobility. Some rooms were quite overwhelming. The churches had the gold on...

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Our Big Trip

Dec 28, 2017 - Saint Petersburg

Cold temperatures but no snow welcomed us into the gorgeous city of Saint Petersburg. Things did warm us up a little after realising our cab driver had ripped us off big time. Not only that, but Igor the devilish Russian, delivered us to the wrong hotel. Similar name but !!! Piss be upon you Igor. Reception kindly got us sorted with a new cab and we were soon at the right address....or were we ? It was a shocker. Maybe Igor was right afterall. After one night we were out of there and into another. With closeness to Nevsky Prospect, Saint...

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a whitish christmas

Sep 30, 2017 - Peterhof Palace

Went to Peterhof Palace. Palace built by Peter the Great at the beginning of the 1700s. It too was completely destroyed by the Nazis during WWII and completely rebuilt. It is described as the Russian Versailles. Set on the Finnish Gulf it is a huge estate with French style formal gardens and 168 fountains that operate without a pump. Spectacular and over the top!We walked the grounds and at 11:00 a.m. exactly all the fountains turned on. It was a great show.

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Sep 29, 2017 - Pushkin Village

Took off after breakfast for a tour of Pushkin village. Had a great guide who gave us a history of Russian nobility beginning with Peter the Great in the early 1700s. He apparently fell in love with a laundress and "entertainer" (who was called Catherine)who he made his mistress. As a surprise for Peter she had a very large and very expensive and ornate "summer home/palace" built. One of the rooms in the palace is 9,000 square feet with 25 kilos of gold adorning the walls and a canvas mural on the ceiling the entire width and length of the...

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Sep 28, 2017 - The Hermitage

After breakfast we boarded the bus with about 25 other passengers and went with our guide to the Hermitage. The Hermitage was built in the late 1700s by Catherine the Great as her palace. Hermitage means solitude in French. She designed one of the rooms for a place for solitude and the name stuck for the entire palace. The Hermitage boasts some 3 million works of art and historical artifacts, although only a fraction are on public display. The place is huge and sits right on the Neva River. Inside it is very ornate - Russian baroque - and...

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Sep 27, 2017 - Arrival in St. Petersburg

Arrived in St. Petersburg around 5:30 in the afternoon. Viking took us by bus to the ship. Weather was cool, but not too cold and overcast. Impressions driving from the airport were that the surroundings looked very industrial and not very pretty. .Traffic was also really bad. Turns out we were driving through an industrial area and there are much prettier areas of the city. As we drove we saw many apartment houses. Some were as high as 28-30 stories and they were in clusters of five or more. They say St. Petersburg has a population of...

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Sep 19, 2017 - St Petersburg

The weather was much improved today for a free day in St Petersburg (St Petersburg in a day), still overcast but at least it was mostly fine Four of us walked down Nevsky Prospect (the Champs Elysee of St Petersburg), stopping in the bookstore in the Singer Building to buy a copy each of the “Not So Serious Travel Guide to Russia”, which was a brilliant purchase – funny & it exactly summed up our trip through Russia – we got everyone on our trans Siberian trip to sign it. We entered The Hermitage when it opened at 1030hrs, having purchased...

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Beijing to Berlin

Sep 18, 2017 - Novgorod to St Petersburg

Departed Novgorod early in the morning and travelled to St Petersburg by bus – some of us feel a bit ripped off not to arrive by train after such an epic train journey. Had lunch and then the rain started. It rained all afternoon and we were wet & cold – my shoes were squelching! We did a 3 hour walking tour with a local guide who kept telling us how lucky we were as you can’t usually see the sights of St Petersburg without hoardes of tourists. Hard to get bearings on the city due to the rain – and the Church of the Saviour on spilt blood...

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Beijing to Berlin

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