ReviewsPrivate excursion from Jewel of the Seas with MaxiBaltTours

Expectations for a 2 day cruise stop in St. Petersburg, Russia? As high as they get! But the reality of visiting Russia is very confusing for a U.S. citizen. The cruise ship's solution was to take a tour with them. Their very expensive tours would put our group in a bus full of people with a guide, but U.S. citizens would not have to obtain a Russian visa. Much internet research led to the fact that U.S. citizens who want to have a  private St Petersburg shore tour without a visa are required to book with a licensed Russian tour company. But, it doesn't have to be a company associated with the cruise ship, just a licensed Russian tour company.

This led me to MaxiBalTours and Alexei Volkov. A series of timely and informative email exchanges led to my booking a tour for my group of 9 Spanish speaking people with Alexei's company. We were promised a private tour with a Spanish speaking guide. Everything went exactly according to schedule and far exceeded our high expectations. For much less than the cost of the cruise's tours we had two days of guided tours with guide Maria, a driver and a private (very comfortable) van.

Maria is a young St. Petersburg native, a university professor of linguistics (Spanish) and history and she dazzled us with her knowledge of St. Petersburg, it's history, it's palaces and museums. We visited all of the sites advertised on  MaxiBalTours site. Every thing was as agreed with Alexei in the emails prior to booking the tour. I am sure we had the best tour value of any one on our cruise ship!

Just communicate with Alexei and make your reservations before you head to Russia.

John Stevens group

Private excursion from Jewel of the Seas with MaxiBaltTours

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Russian Folk Show

Russian Folk Show

When you are in St. Petersburg, ballet is one of the things you can't miss! This is where the Russian Composer Peter Tchaikovsky wrote Swan Lake, one of the most beautiful and dramatic ballets of all times. Ballet here is always accompanied by an orchestra and you can be guaranteed that you will see a high quality performance.

Duration: 2 hours
Russian Ballet

Russian Ballet

If you are looking for a great way to relax after a day of sightseeing and want to get to know the Russian culture and mind, then this show is definitely for you. You will see Russian & Cossack dancing, listen to famous national instruments while beautiful voices sing of the joyful traditions in the Russian countryside. Feel yourself Russian!

Duration: 2-3 hours
Canal Tour

Canal Tour

What can be more impressive than seeing the beauty of St. Petersburg leisurely from the water? The city is criss-crossed with small rivers and canals which make the city look like Venice or Amsterdam. Our comfortable boat will take you past the granite embankments along the main waterways of St. Petersburg.

Duration: 1 hour