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Author: crocker.ra

Joined: 6/18/2012
Posts: 1
GCT Trips Taken: 1
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Traveler Since: 2013

May 19, 2013

 I would like to know where the M/S Rossia will be docked in St. Petersburg.  Also, since this is not my first trip to St. Petersburg, I want to see some different sights than are on the planned itinerary.  How difficult is this to arrange on my own?  i.e.  I'd perhaps like a "walking tour" of the Church of the Spilled Blood and the Russian State Museum/s.  Both are "highly rated" sights but not on the itinerary.  I'd also like to take a short (1 1/2 hr) cruise on the Neva, any suggestions about boat companies and where they are located?

Author: nanaandpapa

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May 19, 2013

 I can't really help you with the idependant touring, but I do know where the river port is. See this MAP. There is a Metro station just up river and a tram stop right at the port. You can zoom in and navigate around using the map.

Author: winjim

Joined: 5/16/2010
Posts: 7
GCT Trips Taken: 5
OAT Trips Taken: 11
Traveler Since: 2005

May 20, 2013

I just returned from the May 3 Moscow to St Petersburg trip.  In St. Pete you dock close to the green line, M3, needing a short bus ride to connect to about 2 blocks from the ship.  If you skip some of the optional tours, it is easy to get to Church of the Spilled Blood, take the tour, and walk to the Russian Museum close by.  Our program director was happy to let people off downtown after a morning included tour, letting us make our way back on our own.  Felt very comfortable on both subway and bus, good signage in roman letters as well as cyrilic.  Moscow subway signage not as good, but counting stations works, and then a 10 minute walk from subway to ship.

the schedules are pretty full in both cities, so it is hard to squeeze these excursions in, but it can be done.

In summer GCT runs optional canal trips, and it looks easy to walk on to a tour on your own, but don't know if narration in english is available.

It was a great trip.

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