Trip to St. Petersburg

Hermitage museum and golden cathedrals, famous Neva river and the deepest metro under it – all this in the city of 5 million inhabitants, just 390 km from here- overnight by boat.
Let’s board together to this 5-day trip to the biggest country in the world – Russia.

Check if your passport is with you (required by Russian authorities at the boarder control), check if it is valid and let’s go! All as simple as this.
Ask, if something is not so clear. We are very happy to help!

 

Dates for Autumn 2019 trips to St. Petersburg will be announced soon.

We depart on Thursday at 11am and arrive back on Monday at lunchtime.

We would also like to add…

The trips are open to everybody, so bring your friends and family with you! Places for the trips are limited.

Price of the trip will be announced soon. Trip price without ESNcard +10 euros.

 

Get your ESNcard for discount.

BY FERRY

Day 1 (by ferry)
We meet at 11am in the port, terminal A in Tallinn city center to start our journey towards St.Petersburg. Mareti team will give you some home made chocolate muffins as small breakfast and after this we take a ferry first to Helsinki. In Helsinki, we have quite a short time to change the terminal and it is already time to board on our next ferry for the overnight cruise. It is also time to start to learn new alphabet to understand later how to find for example restaurant (ресторан) or shop (магазин).

Day 2 (by ferry)
We arrive to St.Petersburg in the morning and after official border procedures (that may take some time), we meet our local professional guide at the terminal. To manage time wisely, we start the active culture day with our amazing local guide and local bus. During the guided bus tour, we will discover the best and must-see sight-seeing places. We will visit Kazan Cathedral, Peter and Paul’s fortress, Church of Our Savior on Spilled Blood, St. Isaac Cathedral and you will have a moment to look and buy some souvenirs in a very special shop. We enjoy local traffic and views over the streets until the hotel in the evening. After check-in we eat traditional Russian food – dumplings for dinner and some local dessert. Later you have free time to discover the city or to enjoy your time in the hotel. Our local guide and your group leader will advise you for restaurants and other places to go.

Day 3 (by ferry)
On Saturday morning, we get headset device for the day to hear all the interesting stories our guide shares and we start the day underground with a guided tour in the beautiful St. Petersburg metro where each station is a piece of art. And who are interested, can take part of an interesting and special Yusupov Palace visit with a guided tour (extra price 15€, will be collected during the trip). After lunch, we go to visit one of the biggest museums in the world: Hermitage where our guide knows exactly, where to bring us and what to tell about the world-famous paintings and sculptures. We enjoy our second free evening in the city to discover more places on our own.

Day 4 (by ferry)
This is our last day in St.Petersburg. We check out from our hotel after breakfast and we start to drive out of St. Petersburg. By this time, you know a lot more about St. Petersburg and the traffic conditions. On the way, we will make a group picture at Lenin statue and we head towards Catherine’s Palace where we can have a walk in the nice park. Those who are interested, can have an individual visit also in the palace (for extra price) where the Eighth Wonder of the World – the famous amber room is. Then we start our journey back to the port to take the overnight cruise ship back towards Tallinn.

Day 5 (by ferry)
After a brief stop in Helsinki, the ferry will bring us back home to Tallinn by noon. It is time to share some last emotions from visiting St.Petersburg  and to make plans for next travel destinations.

The above programme may slightly change according to traffic, queues at the border, weather conditions or other reasons.

 

Included in the price (by ferry)

  • Ferry transportation from and to Tallinn city center
  • Obligatory entrance fee to Russia (25€)
  • Accommodation 2 nights on a cruise ship
  • Accommodation 2 nights in a hotel
  • 2 breakfasts at the hotel
  • Dinner at the hotel on the first day (second day of travel)
  • Homemade chocolate muffins on departure day
  • Local professional guide
  • City tour by bus (main Cathedrals and sights) during 2 days
  • Entrance ticket + guided visit to Church of Our Savior on Spilled Blood
  • Entrance ticket + guided visit to St. Isaac Cathedral
  • Entrance ticket + guided metro tour
  • Entrance ticket + guided visit to Hermitage museum
  • Bus transfer and Catherine’s palace park visit with a ticket
  • Individual radio guide for museum visits
  • Help from Mareti group leader at all times (of course)

Not included in the price (by ferry)

  • Visit of Yusupov palace (15€)
  • Meals that were not mentioned before (you can bring some on the ferry when going or coming back and we will advise where to find wallet friendly canteens). Restaurants and food in St.Petersburg are relatively cheap and the choice is big.
  • Obligatory travel insurance

What about passport and visa?

There is no need for visa for visa free cruise to St.Petersburg, but you still need a valid passport for this trip. Check if you have it with you (if not, perhaps it can be sent to you by post or you can apply for a new one from your local embassy in Tallinn) and if it is valid also 6 months after the end of your selected trip.

 

Travel insurance

A travel insurance is obligatory to go to Russia.
You can apply for your travel insurance together with your visa, that is the easiest..
If you already have one, make sure it covers Russia as well (usually travel insurances are for a certain geographic area). You can ask SVTours if you have doubts.
The European Health Insurance Card you may possess does not work in Russia! Moreover, it is NOT a travel insurance.

Border crossing

This is probably the first time you are going to Russia and the first experience with this country will be crossing the border between. The procedures at the border can take time (few hours), so please be patient. It will be the same when coming back.

Safety

Make a copy of your passport identity page before the trip and keep it with you. Keep your wallet safe and do not take too valuable things or too much money (cash) with you. Respect the rules at all times, also when we go to visit museums and palaces.

Prices

When you buy your souvenirs at the market or from street sellers, ask for a discount and bargain. Do not pay the first price given to you.

Cancelling policy

We need 40 people to make this trip happen.

After you pay for the trip you give us a clear signal that you are interested in this trip and we take care that you have a place and that you are part of the trip. We book the bus, accommodation, food, programme…
It means that:

  • 3 weeks (21 days) before the trip, there is no refund of what you have paid for the trip
  • 21 to 30 days before the trip you can get refund 50% of what you have paid for the trip
  • more than 30 days before the trip we can refund you 75% of what you have paid for the trip

In all cases, we cannot refund what you have paid to third parties (such as for the visa).

Being late or missing the trip

If you are late for the trip or sleep too long in the morning and miss the daily activities, there is no refund. Who is late, misses the programme.

Important things to bring

Please bring with you your ISIC card (if you have). Mainly this kind of student card works in Russia. Bring also your ESNcard (if you have one, sometimes it works).

St. Petersburg’s metro

The underground railway system in St. Petersburg has been open since 1955. The system exhibits many typical Soviet designs and features exquisite decorations and artwork making it one of the most attractive and elegant metros in the world. Due to the city’s unique geology, the St. Petersburg Metro is one of the deepest subway systems in the world and the deepest by the average depth of all the stations. The system’s deepest station, Admiralteyskaya, is 105 metres below ground. More information here.

Church of Our Savior on Spilled Blood

It is a traditional Russian Orthodox Church, one of the main sights in St. Petersburg. The walls and ceilings inside the Church are completely covered in intricately detailed mosaics – over 7500 square meters according to its restorers –, more than any other church in the world. More information here.

Kazan Cathedral

Next to Nevsky prospect we visit Kazan Cathedral which is dedicated to Our Lady of Kazan, probably the most venerated icon in Russia. It was a holy icon of the highest stature within the Russian Orthodox Church, representing the Virgin Mary as the protector and patroness of the city of Kazan. Copies of the image are also venerated in the Catholic Church. More information here.

Peter and Paul Fortress

It is the original citadel of St. Petersburg, founded by Peter the Great in 1703. The fortress contains several notable buildings clustered around the Peter and Paul Cathedral that is the burial place of all Russian tsars from Peter I to Alexander III, with the exception of Peter II. More information here.

Hermitage museum

We have an interesting guided tour through the world famous Hermitage museum. The buildings are former homes of tsars and the collection of the State Hermitage includes more than three million works of art and artefacts of the world culture and it is one of the oldest and largest museums in the world. More information here.

The Yusupov Palace

The story of Rasputin’s murder unfolds here, on a quiet stretch of the Moika River stands a long yellow building, which was once the residence of the wealthy and respected Yusupov family and which saw one of the most dramatic episodes in Russia’s history – the murder of Grigory Rasputin. In 1916 a group of the city’s noble elite, including one of the Grand Dukes and led by the prominent anglophile Prince Felix Yusupov, conspired to kill the one man who they felt threatened the stability of an already war-torn Russian Empire. Grigory Rasputin, a peasant and self-proclaimed holy man, had gradually won favor with the Tsar’s family through his alleged supernatural powers. More information here.

Neva River

Since the foundation of the city, the Neva was intended to be the “main street of the city”. Throughout most of the 18th century there were no bridges across the river and people were ferried from one bank to the other, just the way Peter the Great intended when he founded his “Venice of the North”. The Neva River is a wonderful accompaniment to the architectural splendor of the Winter Palace and Hermitage, the Admiralty, the Peter and Paul fortress, the Summer Gardens and the major landmarks that stand on its banks. The Neva River is an essential part of St. Petersburg’s charm. Very few things can be more romantic than strolling along the Neva’s granite-clad embankments and admiring the city’s open bridges, the marvelous architecture and the large ships as they pass by. More information here and here.

Saint Isaac’s Cathedral

Saint Isaac’s Cathedral or Isaakievskiy Sobor in Saint Petersburg, is the largest Russian Orthodox cathedral in the city. It is dedicated to Saint Isaac of Dalmatia, a patron saint of Peter the Great, who had been born on the feast day of that saint. The cathedral took 40 years to construct, under Montferrand’s direction, from 1818 to 1858. Under the Soviet government, the building was stripped of religious trappings. In 1931, it was turned into the Anti-religious Museum. The cathedral’s main dome rises 101.5 metres and is plated with pure gold. During World War II, the dome was painted over in gray to avoid attracting attention from enemy aircraft. More information here.

Catherine's Palace

The Catherine Palace is a Rococo palace located in the town of Tsarskoye Selo (Pushkin), 25 km south of St. Petersburg, Russia. It was the summer residence of the Russian tsars. The construction lasted for four years, and on 30 July 1756 the architect presented the brand-new 325-meter-long palace to the Empress.
More than 100 kilograms of gold were used to gild the sophisticated stucco façade and numerous statues erected on the roof. It was even rumoured that the palace’s roof was constructed entirely of gold. In front of the palace a great formal garden was laid out.
One of the higlights of the palace is the Amber Room, a world famous chamber decorated in amber panels backed with gold leafs and mirrors. Originally constructed in the 18th century in Prussia, the Amber Room disappeared during World War II and was recreated in 2003. Before the room was lost, it was considered an “Eighth Wonder of the World”. It covered more than 55 square metres and contained over 6 tonnes of amber.The Amber Room was looted during World War II by Army Group North of Nazi Germany and brought to Königsberg for reconstruction and display. Knowledge of its current whereabouts remains a mystery.

Tsarskoye Selo

Tsarskoye Selo, “Tsar’s Village” was the town containing a former Russian residence of the imperial family and visiting nobility, located 24 kilometers south from the center of Saint Petersburg. It is now part of the town of Pushkin and of the World Heritage Site Saint Petersburg and Related Groups of Monuments. During the Soviet times it was known as Detskoye Selo.
In 1708, Peter the Great gave the estate to his wife, the future Empress Catherine I, as a present. It was Catherine I who started to develop the place as a royal country residence.By the end of the 18th century, Tsarskoye Selo became a popular place of summer residence among the nobility.
On September 17, 1941, the Germans occupied the town of Pushkin, destroying and plundering many historical monuments, buildings and other cultural artifacts, including the famous Amber Room. The Red Army liberated the town on January 24, 1944. After the war, reconstruction began on Tsarskoye Selo; many rooms in the Catherine Palace have been restored. More information here.

Spring 2019

A very nice experience!

Greatly organized trip with cheerful guides, worth for money.

It’s the easiest, safest and cheapest way to explore St.Petersburg from Tallinn.

One word – Russia, how often in your life it is possible to visit this country?

It’s worth all the money you put in.

The trip is worth it. Especially if you like to visit cathedrals.

Easy and safe to discover Russia. Is worth it.

Very nice European-like city. Absolutely safe, clean, nice and cheap.

Unforgettable trip to discover Russia. The ferry experiment is really cool.

I’m happy that I came. It was amazing to meet nice people. Our guide was very sweet person.

Amazing experience. I’d repeat it over and over.

You can meet a lot of persons from different countries and share this trip all together.

Great experience, it feels really good to walk around in a different country.

The trip was overwhelming. I learned so much about St.Petersburg and Russia in a short time. For me a dream came true.

It was a huge dream for me to see Russia and thanks to Mareti this dream came true and it was amazing.

Autumn 2018

Easiest way to get to Russia!

It was an amazing trip. I totally recommend it. We had so much fun!

St. Petersburg is an amazing place to visit! You must go there once!

Good group leaders from Mareti!

Join it! Very well organized, good information.

St. Petersburg is the most beautiful city I’ve ever seen. Thank you for this experience.

It’s a good trip if you are interested in different cultures.

Thanks a lot for the organization!

I’m really happy I did this trip, 72h of very beautiful places in Russia. Thank you for your kindness!

Very nice experience!

Complete trip to get to know the amazing city and worth the money.

Amazing city with a lot of trips to see and to experience.

St.Petersburg was a once in a lifetime experience. So many cool places and sites to see. It’s a trip that you’ll never forget.

It was the best trip. I loved the city and the organization.

The times of my life.

Very kind Russians, helpful and nice guides. Very impressive city! One of the most beautiful I’ve ever seen.

Spring 2018

It was an amazing experience. With a very good programme. We explored many parts of St. Petersburg. if you have a chance to go to St. Petersburg, do it with ESN Tallinn for sure.

Trip is super amazing, but quite hard. We slept as babies every night. Worth to go!!!

A first great and safe experience in Russia. Have a perfect overview of St. Petersburg. The city which never sleeps. Cross the border and try it.

Great trip. Everything is well planned.

Definitely I would go back to Russia because of this trip.

Join the trip of ESN Tallinn. So many impressions in such a short time with nice and competent group leaders.

One of my best trips.

This trip was amazing. You can see and learn a lot of things about Russia. And if you try to do this alone, you will probably get lost.

This trip was one of the best trip that I have ever done.

Take your unique chance to go to Russia with a relaxed and organized team.

Really nice experience. I recommend to everybody.

It was really nice trip. I went without knowing anyone, but I met a lot of new people and friends during the trip and I’m impressed about the city.

You are going to see many great sights in a beautiful city with additional information. You also get some free time to discover the city on your own.

From the first day in St.Petersburg I knew I was on the greatest city on earth.

It is a wonderful chance to see a magnificent city like St.Petersburg. Don’t miss it!

Good price – value relation. Amazing monuments, unique city, unique vibes and friends. What are you waiting for?

Great way to experience the city. On the bus you get to know the buildings and palaces outside. You can just gape. Meanwhile you are fed with funny and interesting stories by a really enthusiastic and educated guide. Absolutely go to Yusupof palace as well. If you do not know where to go after the programme, you can also ask the guide, she knows which places to visit and see.

Autumn 2017

I highly recommend going on this trip. St.Petersburg is amazing and Mareti organized it very well.

This trip is worth every single Euro. I have never been on such a cheap and well-organized and AMAZING trip.

Excellent trip, you can visit the most famous sights in St.Petersburg.

It was just a few days, but I think it’s’ one of the best trips I have ever done. Amazing, breath-taking city visited with a very good guide.

I loved the visits included in the price. We made the most of everyday.

It has been one of the best experiences so far. I am so glad I decided to join the trip.

The trip was really nice. It was so cool having a local guide who explained us everything. Otherwise we wouldn’t be able to discover so many places.

Never lose the opportunity to travel.

Awesome trip. For the second time in St.Petersburg, I could say I learned a new part of it and fell in love all over again.

St.Petersburg is definitely worth a visit. Beautiful city and with the guides you’ll see all the important stuff.

Spring 2017

“St.Petersburg is awesome! Trust me, it’s not a joke! The group atmosphere was amazing and thank you for the chocolate muffins!”

“We visited a lot of things in short time. It was really interesting to have a good local guide who provided us so much information about the city and the country.”

“The trip was awesome! Thank for it! I really liked everything! Thank you so much!!!”

“I came alone to this trip and still it was amazing! Don’t be afraid if you don’t have a friend coming with you :)”

“It has been really amazing and fun trip. The schedule of activities is very complete. And our ESN group leaders were cool! Thank for all the support!”

Autumn 2016

“I strongly recommend it”

“It’s totally worth it!”

“Really good first experience in Russia!”

“All in all was really cool!”

“I liked the city itself and I think I fell in love with it”

“Great guides and thanks to them whole city is interesting”

Spring 2016

“Amazing city! Thank you very much. Dankeschön!”

“Amazing experience – best trip ever! The best way get to know this amazing city and culture :)”

“Wonderful city, so many things to do. No time to be bored. Russian people are nicer than what I expected 🙂 Very good local guide.”

“You are in another world here!”

“St. Petersburg should be visited. Do it with ESN Tallinn.”

“It is a brilliant experience.”

Autumn 2015

“Great experience! Well worth the money and time. St. Petersburg is amazing and interesting city to visit.”

“Thanks for such a great organization and a funny time. I think it would not be possible to do it better. Thank you!!!”

“It was a great experience!”

“Russia, St. Petersburg is a wonderful trip and it becomes more wonderful with very impressive group leaders from ESN Tallinn!”

“Visit Russia! It’s an amazing country and people there are really nice.”