The morning of Friday 29th September 2017 saw us docking at St Petersburg – I was up very early and watched the ship manoeuvring up stream to the docks near the city centre. We had been briefed, via a ship’s newsletter, as to how we approached Russian Immigration. I thought UK Immigration staff were poker face but the Russians had them beat for deadpan face. I will admit to slight trepidation as I entered the room, passed my visa and passport across, after a few minutes of being scrutinised and my passport checked, an entry visa was stamped into my passport. (After 46 years and going through four passports my fifth was the one that had a visa stamp stamped onto it). Anyway I digress, having passed through immigration we made our way to our tour bus – Everyday St Petersburg – and it was everyday St Petersburg. We did see some of the historical/touristic sites but only externally. We explored the city centre, enjoyed a trip on the Moscow Metro, walks along “Nevsky Prospekt” bought a few gifts. As far as the cruise went St Petersburg was the highlight and the Metro trip was the bonus. Unlike the last two cities with quick tours St Petersburg was 8.5 hours and we enjoyed every minute of it.
We left St Petersburg early evening and watched the lights of the city fade as we sailed down river to the Baltic See and an overnight cruise to our next port of call Tallinn in Estonia