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Program #19192RJ
14 Days | 13 Nights
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
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Michael Graff Dec 14, 2014 at 02:32 AM

We are booked for the 7/24/2015 program, and am interested in spending 4 days in London pre-program and doing a tour as a 4 person group in St. Petersburg. We would like to touch bases with others on this program with like interests.

Ursula Hahn Jun 09, 2014 at 12:03 PM

I'm enrolled in the 8/5-17 cruise (St. Petersburg on 8/11, 8/12 and 8/13) and found a highly recommended Russian travel agent, Red October (RO), for land excursions as an alternative to Crystal Symphony-offered sightseeing tours. This agent uses vans to accommodate 10 passengers instead of full-sized buses and ensures early entrance to the most sought-after venues. With 2 or 3 exceptions (special circumstances), all RO clients have posted rave reviews of RO tours on Tripadvisor; they state their experience was superior to that of ship passengers who booked through the ship & who experienced long waiting lines everywhere, which reduces the time available at the venues. RO obtains group visas, and admission fees are included in the stated excursion fees. No prepayment is required. However, per RO website, the deadline for email reservations is June 10 for August tours (I will investigate possible extension). I sent email last night & had responses this morning; have been offered all-day tours for 8/12 and 8/13 with 4 passengers (so far) from another ship. If any Road Scholar is interested, send email to Galina Fedotova at gfedotova@redoctober.ru (US agent Mike Finn is currently traveling & cannot answer questions).

Ursula Hahn
Ursula Hahn Jun 10, 2014 at 12:53 PM

Ursula Hahn Jun 10, 2014 at 01:00 PM

I've been in touch with Galina Fedotova, who responds overnight and has answered all questions. Currently, no tour is available on August 11, but I'm registered for the all-day tours on August 12 and 13 (10-passenger van) at the total cost of $282; hydrofoil to Peterhof is $25 extra, if all participants want to use this mode of transportation (because of the group visa, the group cannot be split between van and hydrofoil). Lunch is not included in the price, but it shouldn't be difficult to get a bag lunch put together by the ship's galley. Hurry if you're interested and shy away from a 30- or 40-person bus group.

mickey wardlaw Mar 06, 2014 at 02:21 PM

any other dates
Ursula Hahn Jul 24, 2014 at 12:54 PM

A reminder that time is running out, if you wish to avail yourselves of the services of the Red October tour operator in St. Petersburg. As mentioned earlier, I registered for the August 12 and 13 tours and will join a group from another cruise ship. The cost of the two-day program has been quoted as $282 pp - very reasonable considering the group will consist of only ten participants and early admission and photography fees are included (but not lunch).
Ursula Hahn Jul 24, 2014 at 12:57 PM

Furthermore, sales manager Galina Fedotova has just put together a program for August 11 as she has received an inquiry (besides mine), with price as high as $285 pp (two participants) and going down to $158 pp (ten participants).
Ursula Hahn Jul 24, 2014 at 01:01 PM

If you're interested, please contact Galina Fedotova immediately at gfedotova@redoctober.ru

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