• Guests on Fred. Olsen organised tours do not require a Russian Visa. If you intend to tour independently, or indeed step off the ship alone, a Visa MUST be obtained. We suggest that non-British citizens seek advice from their embassy or consulate.
  • Guests must carry their passport at all times. When leaving the ship for tours, you will have to pass through Immigration (and on your return).
  • Photography and video cameras are no longer permitted at Peterhof Palace.
  • Individual permits to take photographs or use video cameras in the Hermitage & Catherine Palace can be purchased (the cost of which will be advised).
  • Photography is prohibited in the Kazan Cathedral. Permits can be purchased to take photographs in the Spilled Blood Church – guests on tour have a permit included.
  • Photographs must not be taken of the port area, or of any uniformed officials.
  • Large bags, overcoats or bottles of water will not be allowed in the Hermitage, Catherine Palace, Peterhof Palace, St Isaac’s Cathedral and Spilled Blood Church.
  • A small umbrella is a good idea – as queues are often encountered to enter the various sites. If not required it can be left on the coach during visits.
  • Toilet facilities may be limited on tours, and therefore queues should be expected. There is often a charge – usually Rouble or Euro coins will be accepted.
  • Please note that seatbelts should be worn, when provided, for all city tours and for all tours outside the city it is a legal requirement – random stops can be made to check seatbelts are being worn.
  • Our tour itinerary has been carefully planned to allow you to take a variety of excursions during your stay in St Petersburg. It is usually possible to take two half-day tours in a day (one in the morning & one in the afternoon when time in port permits), although you will have limited time for lunch. Please also be aware that traffic can be very heavy in the city, and tours can return late because of this.
  • Please note that there are renovations to the bridges over the River Neva in 2013 and 2014 which will cause extra traffic delays and tour routes may need to change – it may mean tours return later than scheduled and time between tours is limited.
  • It is worth considering that thousands of visitors throng to St Petersburg. Attractions such as the Hermitage, Peterhof and Catherine Palace can be very busy. Tour guides do their best to keep groups together, and give a commentary that is audible to all. In the Hermitage and Palaces you will have the use of headsets in order to better hear the guide (these are not compatible with hearing aids – please inform the guide if you experience problems). When possible we arrange early morning openings of the places visited, to avoid lengthy queues, however queues are inevitable, and unavoidable at every venue.


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