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Travel Blogs from St. Petersburg
Location: St. Petersburg
Arrived from: Esfahan via Tehran and Dubai
Start date: 12/09/13
End date: 18/09/13
What was great: The Hermitage, The church, some coffee places
What was not great: The weather, the public transport, being ill
Wow, what a difference a day makes! I can only describe St Petersburg as a backpacker's nightmare. No one here speaks English, there are no information points anywhere and the signs are impossible to read. In stark contrast to the Finns the people here are rude, miserable and totally uninterested in helping!
We started very early on the …
Mon 10th July Woke up rather tired from little sleep and we were soon on St Petes train station and being met by the travel agents driver. Within 20mins we were dropped off at the hotel where we waited in the reception/breakfast room for about an hour until our room became available. We slept for about an hour then at 9:30am we met our guide for a …
... few famous buildings including the Grand Europe Hotel, the Church of the Spilled Blood and The Hermitage which is located on the Palace Square, to name a few places. Like a fair number of cities, once you know the layout, it's pretty easy to find where you need to go. We split up after the tour, some of us hitting up the Hermitage (for me, this shall perhaps happen on a future visit) while the rest grabbed Russian pie for lunch at a local ...
Sunday morning, the alarm at 0600 woke us from a deep sleep to prepare for our visit into St Petersburg. At 0730 the tour to the Catherine Palace and city drive to the main scenic sites started the boarding process with exiting the ship, then passport control, before boarding our bus and meeting guide Maya by 0800. The one hour trip to the Catherine Palace took us through the very quiet streets of the city and out to the the town ...
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- Shuttle bus service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Business Services
- Free parking