ReviewsSt Petersburg 3-day tour during Baltic Sea Cruise

Before we embarked on a Baltic Sea Cruise on a Crystal Symphony a close friend of mine suggested that we hire Alexei Volkov of MaxiBaltTours for our three-day stay in St. Petersburg. He said Alexei can work miracles and gets you to the front of any line. We decided instead to take the tours that were provided by our cruise line.

As soon as we boarded, while unpacking in our suite, my wife fell and hit both knees. It was clear we would have limited mobility for the tours. More serious was that our second port was three days in St. Petersburg.

The destination services on our cruise line emphatically told us we would not be able to manage the tours we selected. I asked them if they thought that we might be able to hire a private tour company I knew of. They responded emphatically, no one can get a visa in one day to visit Russia. No One!

I took a chance and called Alexi and told him of our circumstances. He said that he would try to get us a visa but it was Sunday and it would be very difficult, if not impossible. He normally asks for seventy hours notice for booking extended tours. Unbelievably Alexei pulled off his first miracle. He called back and said he had a visa for us and would meet us in the morning at 9:30 AM.

For three days, we are very pleased to report, we were able to visit every site we wished to see, and in ease and comfort in Alexei’s van. Maria was our expert guide for Catherine’s Palace. She was able to get us use of the restricted elevator. This permitted us to see both sides of the upper palace, something restricted to the general pubic.

The next miracle that Alexi performed was to get us last-minute tickets, and impossibility we are told, for the Gold room in the Hermitage Museum.

During our three-day tour of the famous sights such as the Church of Our Savior on Spilled Blood, we asked Alexi if we might stop a minute at a Russian Orthodox Church and say a quick prayer. Alexi took us to the favorite church of Tchaikovsky that had the most beautiful frescoes and icons.

Icing on the cake was the hiring of a golf cart at Peterhof Palace so that we could see every fountain in the lovely gardens followed by a wonderful lunch setting in the back end of the garden. During our tour, I also learned a Russian tradition.

Every time Alexi would brag about his five-star tour rating he would spit over his left shoulder three times. Alexi deserves five stars! I am now also spitting over my left shoulder three times. Thanks for everything,

Don and Nancy Abraham

Crystal Symphony in St Petersburg

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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