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Museums. Dining. Shopping

1. Will there be an opportunity to shop for Russian souvenirs during the tour?

Yes! Our guide can recommend souvenir shops and places to shop for souvenirs upon your request.

 

2. What if we don’t want to waste time and shop during the tour?

If you are a part of the group tour, then you have to follow the group itinerary, which usually includes a 15-30 minute shopping stop, unless nobody in the group wants to shop. As a matter of fact, shopping stop gives one an opportunity not only to shop, but also to rest, because every souvenir shop has facilities like WCs and a coffee shop, where you can enjoy a complimentary cup of coffee, tea or a shot of vodka, while others are shopping.

If you are on a private tour and you donХt want to shop, all you need to do is tell your guide about it!

 

3. Is it safe to shop in the streets?

In general it is safe, but you can never be sure of the quality of the items you buy from street vendors. Most of the souvenirs they sell are made in China and are poor quality. Besides St-Petersburg, being one of the largest touristic centers in the world, attracts pickpockets, some of whom pretend to be street vendors. Thus, shopping in the streets can be quite challenging and not worth couples of dollars you think you can save.

In any case, we strongly advise against buying FUR and CAVIAR in the streets.

 

4. Are all museums in St-Petersburg well equipment to host disabled visitors?

The Hermitage State Museum, The Catherine's Palace in the Tsar's Village, The Russian Museum, The St-Isaac's Cathedral and the Church of the Savior on the Spilled Blood are equipped with elevators and ramps and therefore are wheelchair accessible.

As for other museums and palaces that you find on our itineraries they are difficult to access for wheelchair passengers and cannot be recommended.

We suggest wheelchair users to book Private Tours to explore the city and its attractions at your own pace and follow the itinerary adjusted for your personal needs and abilities. We can arrange a specially equipped minivan to accommodate a wheelchair user and his/her party.

 

5. Is lunch included in every tour? What if I don't want to have lunch?

We have included lunch in our every tour to save your time in the first place and to make sure that the food you eat is fresh and tasty.

But if you book a Private Tour and wish to remove lunch from your itinerary, please, let us know and we'll do as you wish.

 

6. Can we pay in USD while shopping, dining?

Since Russian national currency is a Ruble, most of the shops/restaurants accept only rubles in accordance with Russian legislation. While shopping or dining, you can pay in cash or with the credit card. Most of the credit cards are accepted in Russia, except for American Express. Please, note this! Some restaurants and shops may refuse to accept payment by American Express card due to the terms and conditions of own their bank.

It is always nice to have some ruble cash with you in case you would like to buy water/ice-cream or a cup of coffee in the street. To get cash, just let your guide know that you would like to exchange money and she will arrange for you to use an ATM or will take you to the nearest bank.


7. Can you arrange ballet tickets for us?

Yes! Just let us know in advance that you would like to see a ballet performance and weХll send you the repertoire to examine and choose from.

 

8. What if we want to go to the city center just for dinner in the evening? Is it possible?

We can arrange a private vehicle with an English-speaking driver for you and reserve a table at the restaurant of your choice or recommend a nice place for dining. Since you visit St-Petersburg with a blanket visa, we, as a company providing a visa for you, are held responsible for your wellbeing and behavior. ThatХs why you are recommended to leave the port with one of our representatives only!

Facts about Russia

Facts about Russia. Part 1.

Facts about Russia. Part 1.

Saint-Petersburg was the capital of the Russian Empire between 1712 and 1918.

Starting from the end of the 15th century Moscow played the leading role in the political, economic and cultural development of Russia, but in 1712 Peter the Great ordered to move the capital to the banks of the Neva. His aim was to built long-term political relations with European countries, to develop trade with ports of western Europe and to establish cultural exchange between Russia and the rest of the world. St-Petersburg, built right on the southern coast of the Gulf of Finland, was destined to become Russia's “window on Europe”.

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Facts about Russia. Part 2.

Facts about Russia. Part 2.

St-Petersburg is the birthplace of Russian porcelain

Porcelain first appeared in China between the 4th and the 6th centuries, in 1710 the first porcelain workshop in Europe was established in Meissen ( Saxony ). The technology involved in the manufacture of chinaware in Meissen was, as in China, a close-locked secret.

Russian chemist Dmitriy Vinogradov discovered the secret of porcelain production in 1746. It was at Vinogradov's pottery shop that first samples of russian-made porcelain appeared. Later on the workshop was expanded and accommodated the Emperial Porcelain Factory.

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Reviews

St. Petersburg and Moscow Tour

St. Petersburg and Moscow Tour

During out trip to Russia we enjoyed both cities – Moscow and St-Petersburg. Everything was very good & the guides were very cooperative.

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