Visa free City Break Package to St. Petersburg | Lähialuematkat

City Break by Cruise Ferry to St Petersburg

Above the roofs of St Petersburg I Lähialuematkat Russian Tours

This is the easiest way to get to know magnificent St. Petersburg more closely since you don´t need a Russian visa for this trip. Spend two nights onboard MS Princess Anastasia on the Baltic Sea and enjoy nice bars, restaurants and a high class night show. You have two more nights in St Petersburg - time to get to know historical city more closely. We take care of all travel arrangements. Departures from Helsinki every week till end of December!

City Break by Cruise Ferry package to St. Petersburg

Package price starting from 277 € includes

  • 2-night accomodation aboard Princess Anastasia Helsinki - St. Petersburg - Helsinki
  • 2-night accomodation in Cronwell Inn Stremyannaya, Original Sokos Hotel Olympia Garden or Solo Sokos Hotel Palace Bridge (spa hotel) in twin room in St. Petersburg
  • Buffet breakfast at hotel
  • Transfer harbour - hotel - harbour
  • Shuttlebus transfer for visa free regime (harbour - St. Petersburg city centre - harbour)
  • Fuel surcharge
  • Harbor fee

Services for extra fee

  • Breakfast Buffet onboard 13 € pp.
  • Dinner Buffet onboard 31 € pp.
  • 2-days ticket for Hop-On-Hop-Of City Sightseeing Tour 29 € pp. (child 7 - 13 years)
  • 2-days ticket for Hop-On-Hop-Of City Sightseeing Tour day ticket 38 € pp. (adult)
  • Hermitage Museum entrance ticket 25 € pp. (Mondays closed)
  • Ticket City sightseeing via rivers and canals 26 € pp.

* Transfer to Sokos Hotel Palace Bridge is organized with shuttle-bus, which stops first at Sokos Hotel Vasilievsky and then continues to Sokos Hotel Palace Bridge and further to city center to St. Isaac's Cathedral. Transfer to Cronwell Inn Stremyannaya as well as to Sokos Hotel Olympia Garden are organized separatedly by Lähialuematkat. 

NOTE! On the trip you should have a passport that is valid 6 months after the trip. Russian visa is not required.
NOTE! If you or your fellow traveller needs a Schengen visa when travelling to Finland, a double or multiple Schengen visa is required for this trip.

Please note, that when booking the tour package in Online Shop, you can accomodate maximum 2 persons in cabin onboard and in hotel room. If there are 4 persons in your group, book 2 cabins and 2 rooms. See package prices and availability in Online Shop. Online bookings without service fee. For Online booking you need following information of each passenger:
- name (as written on passport)
- date of birth
- citizenship
- passport number
- passport expiry date

In case you want to accomodate 3 - 4 persons in one cabin aboard, please contact Lähialuematkat Russian Tours customer service by email or tel. +358-9-66895730. In Sokos spa Hotel Palace Bridge there is a possibility to have extra bed in room. Further information and reservations in our customer service.

Special conditions are applied for St. Peter Line’s and Lähialuematkat self-reliant cruise trips. Check travel terms.

In case you wish to stay longer in St. Petersburg or there is no departure on the day you wish to travel, we recommend you to take a look at City Break by train in St. Petersburg. For this trip Russian visa is needed. Departures from Helsinki everyday. See for more information.

Preliminary programme, Thursday departure

Day 1

15.00 - 18.30  check-in at Moby SPL service point at Länsiterminaali (West Terminal) in Helsinki.

Tram route 7 runs from Helsinki center to Länsiterminaali (West Terminal) through Kaivokatu, Kamppi and Ruoholahdenkatu.

19.00  Ferry departs for Saint-Petersburg.

Free time aboard.

Day 2

9.00  Ferry arrives at the Sea Station «Morskoy Vokzal» in Saint-Petersburg. Enjoy calmly your breakfast on board, you have your cabin in your use until 11 am.

Passport control. In the high season passport control might take 2 hours or even more due to enhanced border guard control due to FIFA World Cup Russia. Lähialuematkat Russian Tours is not responsible for any unconveniences, caused by duration of officials´control. We kindly recommend you to enjoy "slow" breakfast and relax onboard in the morning, in order to avoid the rush and long queueing. 

After passport control there is a transfer (included in package price) from the port as follows:

  • Solo Sokos Hotel Palace Bridge -  non-stop shuttle bus transfer organized by St Peter Line non-stop. The bus continues further to St. Isaac's Cathedral in the city center. Please Show your boarding pass to the driver- no other document is needed. Note that the bus stops also at Solo Sokos Hotel Vasilievsky, before Sokos Palace Bridge  
  • Original Sokos Hotel Olympia Garden and Cronwell Inn Stremyannaya Hotel - Taxi driver will be waiting for you with a name sign in the arrival hall.

Check operating time of the shuttle-bus at the ferry’s Info desk. Shuttle bus transfer is included in the package price and can be used also if you accommodate at Sokos Olympia Garden or Cronwell Inn.

14.00 Hotel check-in.

Free time in beautifull St. Petersburg.

Day 3

Free time in beautiful St. Petersburg.

Would know be a good day for a hop-on hop-off city bus tour? Or maybe you would like to enjoy yourself on a canal cruise under the numerous bridges of the Norther Venice?

Day 4

Buffet breakfast in the hotel.

12.00 Check-out from hotel. 

In the afternoon transfer from hotel to the harbour.

  • From Solo Sokos Hotel Palace Bridge there is a shuttle-bus transfer non-stop in the afternoon. Please check the operating time from M/S Princess Maria Info Desk or hotel in advance. Please note that due to the traffic in St. Petersburg there might alterations in shuttle-bus operating schedule and they might be full, so please reserve enought time to go to the harbour.
  • From Sokos Hotel Olympia Garden as well as from Cronwell Inn Stremyannaya there is a private transfer. Driver will be waiting you with a name sign in the hotel lobby. 

15.00 - 17.00 Check-in to the ferry.

Free time on board. We advice you to book buffet dinners and breakfasts in advance when booking the tour. You ensure your seat in restaurant settings and get your meal some cheaper that on the spot.

18.00 Ferry departs for Helsinki.

Free time on board.

Day 5

7.00 Ferry arrives at Länsiterminaali (West Terminal) in Helsinki.

All timetables are in local time. Time in St. Petersburg is the same as in Finland during the summer season till 27.10.2018. Lähialuematkat is not responsible for any possible schedule changes made by the shipping company, so please always check the ferry’s departure time, bus shuttle schedule etc. separately.


28.3.2018 - 20.12.20182 nights M/S Princess Maria + 2 night at Sokos hotelHelsinki - St. Petersburg - HelsinkiWill be published laterEvery second Wednesday and Thursday

The State Hermitage Museum

The State Hermitage Museum_Lähialuematkat Russian Tours
Hermitage is one of the world's largest and most prestigious museums with more than 3 million items from Impressionist masterpieces to fascinating Oriental treasures. The main museum complex consists of Winter Palace, Small Hermitage, Old Hermitage, New Hermitage and Hermitage Theatre. The museum was founded in 1764 by Empress Catherine the Great. The palaces from 18th and 19th centuries are architectural masterpieces by themselves. The Hermitage is situated on Palace Square in the beginning of Main Street Nevsky prospect. Nearest metro station is Admiralteiskaya (500 m). Museum is closed on Mondays. Entrance tickets, purchased at Lähialuematkat in advance allow you to enter the museum without queueing for ticket office.

Cronwell Inn Stremyannaya ***

A Cronwell chain hotel located in the historic center on a quiet street just in 3 min. walking distance from Nevsky Prospect and close to many city attractions. Around the hotel there are many restaurants, shops and public transport services. The hotel has the international Green Key -certificate for it's environment-friendly policy. The hotel was opened 2010 in a fully renovated historic building on the famous Stremyannaya street, which gives it's name to the hotel. The cosy, air-conditioned rooms have a view to the historic Stremyannaya street or the inner courtyard full of light. On the corridor walls you can see exchanging art shows of local artists. Metro station Majakovskaja 190m. The afternoon tea, which is included in the room price, is served in the Stafford tea room at 5 p.m.

Original Sokos Hotel Olympia Garden****

Qualified and cosy hotel is located next to the verdant Olympic Garden and lively Moskovsky Prospekt, 3 km south from main street Nevsky Prospect. There are are good shopping possibilities and several restaurants in the neighbourhood. Elegantly furnished rooms have air-conditioning and free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is served at cosy restaurant Mr Grön which is happy to serve you lunch and dinner as well. There is also a casual Sports Bar for relaxation. Fireplace with open fire creates cozy atmosphere in the public areas of the hotel. Finland's railway station 7km with a direct metro connection, closest metro station Tekhnologicheskiy Institut 450 m.

Solo Sokos Hotel Palace Bridge*****

Well-equipped standard room
Luxurious spa and congress hotel on the Vasily island close to the Palace Bridge leading to the heart of the historic city with Hermitage, Palace Square, St. Iisac's church and the beginning of the Nevsky Prospekt. The heart of the hotel is the old brick wine cellar of the Yeliseev merchant family, where the rich buffet breakfast with sparkling wine is served. In the elegant rooms there is air-conditioning and free Wi-Fi. Accesible rooms are available. The luxurious spa-zone is free of use, spa-treatments are of extra payment. In hotel you can find restaurant Sevilla, restaurant Dans le Noir?, EasyFit and LadyLine, conference and banquet facilities and a parking area at your service. Also golf simulator Gorki Golf Academy is located in the hotel and can be booked with extra payment. Address: Birzhevoy pereulok 4, closest metro station Vasileostrovskaya 900 m.

Princess Anastasia

Princess Anastasia St Peter Line I Lähialuematkat
M/S Princess Anastasia operates between Helsinki and St. Petersburg twice a week. There are several restaurants, bars, shops and confernce rooms aboard. Lähialuematkat´s tour packages include accommodation in A Class cabins and in B Class cabins. All cabins are located on deck 4, 5 and 6. Buffet meals onboard (restaurant Mascalone Latino, deck 7) are worth reserving at Lähialuematkat at the same time when you book the tour package. Thus you will ensure your place in the restaurant setting and get your meals a bit cheaper than on the spot. The buffet dinner price includes beer and wine without limits in addition to non-alcoholic beverages. Children under 4 years old eat free of charge with an adult. Enjoy high class night show at Columbus Bar, sing karaoke at Sports Bar Legend or try water pipe at Smoking Bar. Tax free shop, hair dresser and sauna are at your disposal. American Medical Clinic´s doctor´s services are available onboard. Princess Anastasia accommodates 2400 passengers.