The jewel of the Holland America Eurodam Baltic Cruise was seeing St. Petersburg, Russia. Both Paula and I have had Russia on our bucket lists for some time.
Due to some reviews on CruiseCritic.com we decided to book a two day tour with an independent tour company in St. Petersburg instead of through Holland American:
I Love Travel St. Petersburg
At first we were a bit apprehensive. We've all heard rumors of being left behind in some strange city, not returning to the ship on time, having to negotiate our own way back or becoming a street person! But they assured us that they had never been late to a boat, never left anyone stranded, and that we would be in good hands with their company. This proved to be true.
Our group of 11 was met both days upon disembarking from the Eurodam. The guide was excellent, and we were whisked off in a small van to experience all the highlights of St. Petersburg. I can't say enough good things about this excursion. If you plan to see St. Peterburg only once, this is the way to do it.
One of the benefits of a smaller group was that we knew each other by name and sight early the first day. The small van was able to get in and out of the attractions with minimum difficulty.
Highlights included: Peterhof, the Hermitage Museum, Peter and Paul Fortress, St. Isaac`s Cathedral, Spit of Vassilievsky Island with Rostral Columns, Church on the Spilt Blood, and many other memorable locations.
A special thanks to Marney Wilde who posted information on CruiseCritic.com that led us to this tour.
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