Visa-Free St.Petersburg Express

 

Go to Russia VISA FREE and experience St Petersburg, one of the must see cities of Europe! With optional extras ranging from traditional dinner and folk show to visiting world famous palaces, you know you’re in for a good time. We travel with big overnight ferries between the cities, so while traveling you have a cabin, can go out for a drink in the bar, go to the sauna or show your moves on the dance floor!

Departure/arrival city 1: Stockholm

Departure/arrival city 2: Helsinki

Price:  240 Eur - start/finish in Stockholm200 Eur - start/finish in Helsinki;
Duration: 5 nights/ 6 days (start/finish in Stockholm); 3 nights/ 3 days (start/finish in Helsinki)

You can choose the suitable departure and arrival cities when making the booking.

! Please note that this is a student tour, non-students can also join it, but need to pay extra 25 Eur. Contact us to get more info.

! Important information - to join this trip you need to have travel Passport valid for at least 6 months. ID-card is not valid for this travel! Kindly read the Visa-Free Travel Info below before making the booking.

Included

  • All ferry tickets (Stockholm-Helsinki-St.Petersburg-Helsinki-Stockholm)
  • Russia entrance fee for visa-free travellers 
  • 5 (3*) nights’ accommodation in shared rooms/cabins, bedlinen included (4 (2*) nights in B- or C-class cabins without window on overnight ferries; 1 night in the hostel).
  • Transport to and from the ferry terminal in St Petersburg
  • Guided bus tour in St Petersburg (museum fees not included, entrance is optional)
  • Guided tour in the Hermitage Museum (free for students)
  • Guided city walk in Helsinki
  • Service from a Scanbalt tour manager and local guides

*When starting/finishing the tour in Helsinki

Highlights

  • Visit St Petersburg - one of the world’s top destinations!
  • Spend 4 crazy nights on the Baltic ferries
  • Visit Helsinki
     

Excluded

  • Meals
  • Optional activities

 

Watch how fun the tour is ;)

Accommodation
We stay 1 night in a centrally located hostel (4-10 beds in room) and 4 (2) nights in cabins on overnight ferries (4 beds, B- or C-class cabin without window). The hostel has kitchen facilities, free wifi, and 24h reception. Ferries have tax free shops, bars, restaurants and disco.  Bed linen and towel is included both in the hostel and on the ferries.
 
Transport
We travel with overnight cruise ferries and use local buses in St.Petersburg and Helsinki. Note that there is no free wifi on the St.PeterLine ferry going to St.Petersburg and back.
 

Please note that the booking shows departure dates if you start and finish the tour in Stockholm. If you choose to start/finish in Helsinki, the trip will begin 1 day later and end 1 day earlier. 

Kindly choose the suitable departure point when filling in the online reservation form. Thank you.

Status:
Full

Tour Program: St.Petersburg Express

*Day 1.  Stockholm-Helsinki 
We meet in the afternoon at the ferry terminal and catch the overnight boat to Helsinki. Get to know your travel mates, dance, party and enjoy the boat trip!
 
Day 2.  Helsinki-St.Petersburg 
In the morning we arrive in Helsinki - the capital of Finland. We welcome passengers who join the group in Helsinki, and set off to explore the city. In the afternoon we board the overnight boat that takes us to Petersburg.

Day 3. St Petersburg  
In the morning we arrive in St.Petersburg. After going through the passport control, we are finally in Russia! We get on the bus and are ready to explore the city! Our local guide will give the overview of St.Petersburg and of course we will make photo stops in most interesting and picturesque places.
 
We check-in to our hostel in the afternoon. We live close to Nevsky prospekt, which is the main avenue of the city, and there are plenty restaurants, cafes and shop in walking distance.
 
In the evening, everyone  is invited to enjoy the traditional Russian dinner (optional activity) and see the folk show performed by group of dancers and musicians. We also play some games that Russian people used to play ages ago, and of course taste the local vodka.  After the dinner, everyone's welcome to join the late-night limousine ride (optional activity). We drive around the city making photo stops. It looks so much different at night, especially if spiced up with some local sparkling wine! After limo, we continue with party in one of the local bars or clubs.

Day 4. St Petersburg-Helsinki  
Today we get the chance to visit the world-famous Hermitage museum (included for all). Our local guide will make a tour around the museum telling interesting stories and pointing our best exhibits.  After the tour, you have a few hours of free time in the city, and in the afternoon we depart to the harbour to cath the ferry back to Helsinki.
 
Day 5. Helsinki-Stockholm   We arrive early morning, and after crossing the border control we say good-bye to those who finish their tour in Helsinki.
Those who continue to Stockholm - today is a free day for you in Helsinki! If there’s good weather we would recommend a visit to one of the islands, the nearby fortress island Suomenlinna, where Swedes and Russians once fought or Zoo park in Korkeasaari. You can take a nice ferry ride from the central harbour. Late afternoon we meet again and get on the boat for Stockholm. Last night of the tour -  enjoy disco, karaoke and bars on the ship!
 
*Day 6. Stockholm  
Arrival at Viking line Terminal 10 AM. All good things come to an end, and so is our journey! Now you are back home with lots of new friends, great pictures and memories!
* Program for those who start/finish in Stockholm

 

Optional Activities: St.Petersburg Express

Optional activities are open for booking online. If there are free places left, it's also possible to book on the spot!
 
NB! Note that if you have signed up for an optional activity, you have to take part of that activity or pay for it without participation. If just not showing up, you will have to pay afterwards. 
 
Traditional Russian Evening
This is definitely the best way to experience Russian culture – taste local cuisine and meanwhile watch professional artists perform traditional songs and dances! 
 
Duration: ~2h
Price: 30 Eur
Price includes: folk performance, dinner with Russian specialties - starter, main course, dessert, and of course, a vodka shot.
 
Limousine tour - St.Petersburg by night
Glamorous and fun limousine ride, that takes you along the night streets of the city, regular stops are made by main city sights.
 
Duration:  ~2h
Price: 15 Eur
Price includes: Limousine tour with stops, included local sparkling wine.

Visa-Free Travel Info

To join this tour you don't need a VISA but you need to have travel Passport allowing crossing borders between non-Schengen countries and valid for at least 6 months after the tour finishes.

Please note, that ID card is not enough to travel to Russia

We highly recommend you to make travel insurance valid in Russia for this trip

If you are not citizen of EU, Norway or Switzerland, please pay special attention to info below:

  • If you require a Schengen visa to stay in EU, kindly make sure it's a multiple-entry visa. Single-entry Schengen visa is not valid for this trip!
  • If you have already stayed in European Union (for example, in Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, etc.) for more than 90 days - you need to have a valid residence permit in the country you currently reside (temporary one is also suitable). Those who will not be able to present their valid residence permit card when checking-in to the ferry to St.Petersburg, will not be allowed into Russia, and can be sent directly to their home country!

Note that the passenger him or herself is responsible for arranging the necessary travel documents and making sure they are valid as requested.

Before making the booking, please be sure you have all the required documents for this trip (Passport, residence permit, if needed) and will be able to present them and the departure point.