ST. PETERSBURG: touring the Hermitage/WP with almost no people inside!! We started in Estonia! How fun experiencing the sun that never set! Very active, covered cities and their sites. Keeper. We totally enjoyed Russian It was a great tour. Russia was a little intimidating to me, mostly the language. St. Petersburg was meant to and did rival anything in Europe during that time.". Had a great time with everyone! Monday Night Travel. As trite as this may sound it was the usual Rick Steves tour (we have been on 6)with the level of excellence we have come to expect and enjoy; fun, value for money, education, and local involvement. We had an outstanding time. "Too many "wow" moments to pick out just one!! For ferry information, see the Tallink website. It felt like we glossed over sights and did not have time to see anything in detail. In this compact guide, Rick Steves covers the essential spots of each city, including the Hermitage, the Church of the Spilled Blood, Linnanmäki (a classic amusement park), and Toompea Castle. We had one woman with a walker but she either closely kept up or eliminated some activities. Picked up a respiratory virus, so St. Petersburg was a bit of a wash out for me, "New Helsinki library, seeing the future.". "The palaces and churches in St Petersburg were unbelievable! After a wonderful last day and group dinner we joined locals in the Palace Sq. George was excellent. "I had never been out of the US except for Canada, so landing in Helsinki was a "wow" moment. "TALLINN: the welcoming environment and immersive history of the old town, plus Maiasmokk for the pastries!! 15 minutes after landing in Rome, we were standing on the train platform at Fumicino and a tall guy walked over and complimented my wife on her Backpack. "Seeing the Hermitage light up at night, on a mostly empty square, was breathtaking. Rick Steves Snapshot St. Petersburg, Helsinki & Tallinn (English Edition) eBook: Rick Steves, Cameron Hewitt: Amazon.it: Kindle Store Major kudos to our tour guide Esther - she was knowledgeable and just a joy to be around - by far the best tour guide I've ever had! And, the hermitage.??????". "Saint Petersburg is clearly the most amazing place. This is a well designed and delivered tour of three cities (Tallinn, Helsinki and St. Petersburg). I am so impressed with the tremendous strides Estonia has made since their independence.". I know this can be so difficult to accommodate a large group. Very beautiful! Our tour guide, Etelka Berecz, was extremely helpful, energetic, knowledgeable, and experienced. "It is so hard to pick just one but I do have a couple. Wonderful experience. "The unexpected short concert of gregorian chant inside the St. Peter and St. Paul Cathedral. With Rick Steves on your side, Scandinavia can be yours! Well organized, good pace, great team, knowledgeable guides, wonderful tour director! Helsinki was clean and efficient. That was because we read previous reviews that said the tour was rushed. "There were many. Bus: 2 hours. Obviously had my own "preconceptions" but truly appreciated the varied worldview from group travel as well as the the different guides. Tallin was more charming than expected. I also absolutely enjoyed our first night dinner in St. Petersburg, with vodka, stroganoff, and wonderful live music. "The size of St Petersburg in the 1700's and its opulence. "Although I did not have a "wow" moment, I was very impressed with the Helsinki library. "St Petersburg as a Russian city can make one nervous- but it is just another city. It did help to have visited some museums ahead of time and become familiar with the cities. Romantic Estonia! "I especially loved the St. Petersburg churches and the opulence of various palaces.". We did have a guide on the last day in Saint Petersburg that I didn't care for. "Just being in Tallinn was amazing - such a beautiful place, and I really didn't know what to expect. Fantastic guides within the cities. Exceeded expectations. I have been a fan of Marimekko since the 1960's. The "buddy system" set up an easy way to get to know other tour participants.". Church in the rock was also good. The days are long gone when Helsinki flea markets were full of treasures sold by desperate Russians from just over the border. ©2020 Rick Steves' Europe, Inc. | It is into this realm of words and ideas and beliefs behind them, that I fondly recall from the trip. Would have liked another day in Helsinki! As a first-time Rick Steves' tour participant, I appreciated the time and effort the company invests in excellent organization and commitment to timeliness. 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