Visa-Free St.Petersburg Tour for Mälardalen Student Union

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 dates: 17-23 October 2018
Booking opens: 31-st August 9AM
Departure/arrival city: Stockholm
Price:  280 Eur
Booking opens: 31-st August 9AM
 
! 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
 
Please note that the departure point is Viking Line ferry terminal in Stockholm (Stadsgården, Tegelvikshamn). You need to make your own way to the departure point!

Included

  • All ferry tickets (Stockholm-Helsinki-St.Petersburg-Tallinn-Stockholm)
  • Russia entrance fee for visa-free travellers 
  • 6 nights’ accommodation in shared rooms/cabins, bedlinen included (4 nights in B- or C-class cabins without window on overnight ferries; 2 nights in the hostel).
  • 2 hostel breakfasts
  • 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 walks in Helsinki and Tallinn
  • Service from a Scanbalt tour manager and local guides

Highlights

  • Visit St Petersburg - one of the world’s top destinations!
  • Spend 4 crazy nights partying on board of big cruise ships
  • Visit Helsinki and Tallinn

Excluded

  • Meals, except the ones listed above
  • Optional activities
 
Watch our movie to see how fun the tour is ;)
 
Accommodation
We stay 2 nights in a centrally located hostel (4-10 beds in room) and 4 nights in cabins on overnight ferries (4 beds, B- or C-class cabin without window). The hostel has basic 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.
Status:
Full

Tour Program: MDH

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 take our time to explore the city and in the afternoon we meet in the ferry terminal to get on the overnight boat that takes us to St.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 of restaurants, cafes and shops in walking distance.
Evening is free to explore the night life of St.Petersburg.  Everyone is welcome to join the late-night limousine ride (optional activity).

Day 4. St Petersburg   
Today we get the chance to visit the world-famous Hermitage museum (included for all).  The rest of the day is free time to explore the city on your own. In the evening, everyone is invited to enjoy the traditional Russian dinner. This is definitely the best way to experience Russian culture – taste local cuisine and meanwhile watch local artists perform traditional songs and dances!  (optional activity).
 
Day 5. St Petersburg-Tallinn
This is a free day for you to explore St.Petersburg on your own. Our local guide will help you with suggestions of places to visit. We also invite everyone to join us for an optional half-day excursion to one of the massive imperial palaces outside the city - Catherine Palace situated in Tsar’s Village (or Peterhof Park on May and June departures). On the way back to the city, there is a possibility to make photo stop at Soviet Siege Memorial and at the monument to Vladimir Lenin.
The bus will be back in the city in the afternoon. You will have some free time and later we depart to the harbour to cath the ferry to Tallinn.
 
Day 6. Tallinn-Stockholm
Around noon, we arrive in Tallinn, the capital of Estonia. You can join a guided walk in the historical Old Town first and later have some free time to discover Tallinn on your own. You need to make your own way back to the ferry. In the evening we depart to Stockholm. It’s our last night on the tour, so let’s have a great party all together!
 
Day 7. Stockholm
Arrival at Frihamnen Terminal - 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!

Optional Activities: MDH

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. 
 

Tsar's Village and Catherine Palace

 
The Catherine Palace was the Rococo summer residence of the Russian tsars, located in the town of Tsarskoye Selo (Pushkin), 25 km south-east of St. Petersburg. The compositional centre of the ensemble is the Catherine Palace – a splendid example of the Russian Baroque. Visitors are enraptured by the sumptuous décor of the Great Hall and the Golden Enfilade of state rooms that includes the world-famous Amber Room now returned to life. Today, as we enter the palace, we can sense the spirit of the times of Empresses Elizabeth and Catherine II and admire unique works of fine and applied art. More than a hundred historical monuments are scattered across the Catherine and Alexander Parks that have a joint area of 300 hectares; there are grand palaces and intimate pavilions, bridges and marble monuments, and also exotic structures imitating Gothic, Turkish and Chinese architecture that invest little corners of the parks with a romantic atmosphere.
 
Price: Students 30 Eur (non-students 35 Eur)
Price includes: local guide escorting the group from St Petersburg, transport in tourist bus, stops on the way, entrance to the palace park, entrance to Catherine Palace.
Duration: 6h
*Takes place: March-April and all autumn departures

Peterhof Park


Peterhof Park, which is actually a series of palaces and gardens, located in Saint Petersburg, Russia, laid out on the orders of Peter the Great. These Palaces and gardens are sometimes referred as the "Russian Versailles". The palace-ensemble along with the city center is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Peterhof is just as famous for the parks and its great fountains as for the palace buildings.
 
Price: Students 25 Eur (non-students 35 Eur).
Includes: Entrance to the park area, transport in tourist bus, information from a local guide.
Duration: ~6h
*Takes place: May and June departures
 

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: 24 Eur
Price includes: dinner with Russian specialties - starter, main course, dessert; performance by group of local dancers and musicians.

 

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.

Activities that are not orginised by Scanbalt:

 
Classical music and ballet
If you are interested in experiencing classical music and ballet the Marinsky and Hermitage Ballet are world class. We recommend you to visit their website where you also can book tickets. 
http://www.mariinsky.ru/en /
https://hermitagetheater.com/
There might be some good last-minute offers available in the ticket-booths on the streets.

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 visaSingle-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.