Monthly Archives: January 2012

Train Helsinki to St. Petersburg

by Natalia Rogachyova on January 27, 2012
Train Helsinki St.Petersburg

There’s nothing like being whisked across Europe in a high-speed train. It’s simply the most stylish way to travel, and leaves you invigorated and refreshed when the doors open onto your destination. Allegro trains, from Helsinki to St Petersburg, are the only international speed trains operating to Russia, and a fantastic way to arrive.

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Weather in St. Petersburg Russia in May

by Natalia Rogachyova on January 20, 2012
St.Petersburg weather in May

By the time May rolls around, the long Baltic winter has departed St. Petersburg. Spring is well established, and the famous White Nights begin in late May and early June. If you think of visiting St. Petersburg Russia in May, you might find this article helpful when planning your trip.

May Weather can be unpredictable. The temperatures can vary from a distinctly cool 3C to a comfortable 15C. It might be dry – but then, showers are not uncommon either. It’s not dissimilar to May weather in the north of England or Scotland, so visitors from these areas will have a very good idea of what to expect.

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St Petersburg Farmers’ Market

by Natalia Rogachyova on January 18, 2012

If, when you think of Russian food, you think of borscht and not much else, then a trip to a farmers’ market is an essential stop when you’re in St Petersburg.

Farmers’ markets have been common since Soviet times, when they gave shoppers a variety of foods far beyond what was offer in conventional state-run food stores. Although most Russians now do most of their shopping in large supermarkets, they go to markets like Kuznechny when they’re on the lookout for something delicious, fresh and exotic. Stallholders and produce often come from the warmer climes of the Caucasus and Asia, meaning that you’ll find all sorts of items on offer, even during the depths of the Russian winter.  

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Visado para cruceristas en San Petersburgo

by Natalia Rogachyova on January 13, 2012

Según el decreto del Gobierno de la Federación Rusa No.532 de 28 de agosto, 2003, los pasajeros de cruceros que llegan a Rusia y permanecen aquí menos de 72 horas (alojados a bordo del crucero), no necesitan el visado ruso si participan en un programa turístico organizado por una companía turística certificada local.

Crucero excursion San Petersburgo

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Russia visa for cruise ship passengers

by Natalia Rogachyova on January 10, 2012

Cruise passengers:

According to the Russian Federation Government Decree #532 of 28th, August 2003, cruise passengers arriving onboard the cruise ship and staying in the country for less than 72 hours (accommodation provided onboard), do not need a Russian tourist visa if they participate in a tour program organized by the certified travel company. Guide-Guru Tours is fully certified and insured St. Petersburg based private tour company providing our cruise customers with our Tour ticket (blanket visa) which gives you the right to go ashore visa-free in St. Petersburg 

Onboard the cruise ship, all cruise passengers will be asked to complete the Migration card (which is obligatory for all cruise passengers arriving in Russia). The ship will give you blank forms. Section ‘visa number’ is left blank for cruise passengers participating in our organized tours.

In the morning, when the ship arrives to St. Petersburg, you will leave the board of the ship and proceed to the Immigration Control. In order to facilitate the procedures at the Immigration check-point, please ensure before leaving the ship that you have the following documents ready:

– Your personal Tour ticket;
– Your passport;
– Passport photo copy (photo page)

At the Immigration check point the officer will check your documents, keep the side “A” of the Migration Card” with him, put a stamp in your passport and give you Red Shore Pass. The rest of documents will be returned to you. Please keep them safe until departure from the Russian Federation as these papers will be required for boarding the ship on your way back. After passing the Immigration Control you will proceed to the terminal meeting area where your guide will be waiting for you with Guide-Guru sign.

The entire disembarking process and Immigration control will take 20-30 minutes.

Our earlier customers reported to us about all kinds of misleading instructions given by the cruise line. The ship administration encourage you to order cruise ship excursions warning against private tours where you need Russian visa for disembarking. We guarantee your visa-free disembarkation because we are fully certified and register our customers with the Port Immigration Control in advance.

Upon arrival, you may hear announcement that those passengers having made their private arrangements must wait until the ship’s own excursion passengers exit first. You are advised to wait in certain areas until the exact disembarking time for private tours is announced. The thing is that you have absolutely equal rights with the rest of ship’s customers because you hold proper documentation for disembarking. It means you can freely walk with other passengers. For the Russian Immigration inspector there is no difference whether you are a member of the ship’s group or taking a private tour. Coming off the ship in time will save your tour time and will allow you to arrive to places earlier that big cruise ship buses.

Independent tourists: If you plan to arrive by plane, train or bus, you would need to obtain a Russian Tourist visa in your home country. When booking our tours, you can request to provide you the Tourist Confirmation and Tourist Voucher that you submit to your local Russian Consulate to obtain a Russian visa. Please contact us via

Guide-Guru Tours is an approved Baltic St. Petersburg cruise line excursions company serving cruise passengers sailing with Princess Cruises (Emerald Princess, Ocean Princess, Crown Princess), Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL Star), Holland America Line (Eurodam, Prinsedam, Rotterdam, Ryndam), Oceania Cruises (Marina, Nautica), Royal Caribbean Cruises (Vision of the Seas, Brilliance of the Seas, Adventure of the Seas, Jewel of the Seas), Celebrity Cruises (Celebrity Constellation, Celebrity Eclipse), Crystal Cruises (Crystal Serenity), Costa Cruises (Costa Fortuna, Costa NeoRomantica, Costa Pacifica), Cunard Line (Queen Elizabeth, Queen Victoria), Azamara Club Cruises, Carnival Cruises (Carnival Legend), Pullmantur (Empress), Iberocruceros (Grand Mistral), AIDA cruises (AIDAmar, AIDAbella, AIDAsol), Regent Seven Seas Cruises, MSC Cruises (MSC Poesia, MSC Magnifica, MSC Musica), P&O Cruises (Oriana, Aurora, Adonia), Seabourn Cruise Line (Seabourn Sojourn), SilverSea Cruises (Silver Whisper), Thomson Cruises (Thomson Spirit), Fred Olsen Cruises, Saga Cruises (Saga Ruby, Saga Sapphire), Discovery Cruises, Marco Polo Cruises, TUI Cruises (Mein Schiff), Hapaq Lloyd (Europa, Columbus), Windstar Cruises (Wind Surf), PHOENIX (Albatros).


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