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The same Red October Guide, Driver and Transport will accompany you through the Tour.
Red October USA will provide you with EXACTLY the same Programs and Prices as RO St. Petersburg office.

Red October USA has been successfully working with RO clients over the past 10 consecutive years!

 

 

 

RED OCTOBER CLIENT REVIEWS Below are some Testimonials of our Customers who we helped to book Red October St Petersburg Tours.
 Reviewed September 30, 2015
I never take time to write reviews but for this wonderful experience I had to. We just returned 2 weeks ago from Baltic Cruise. We used Red October instead of getting our own visa's or using the planned cruise shore excursions. Thank goodness we did!! We were meet at shore by our tour guide Alona( hope spelling is correct) who was fantastic! Her knowledge, personality and love of St. Petersburg was unbelievable! Thank you Mike Finn ! He lives in New York which makes it easier and gives you peace of mind to talk to . Everything he said was exactly as he saiid it would be! I was apprehensive and a little worried as we had never booked independently before. We always used the ship's excursions. Never again ! With Alona as our guide and a wonderful driver we had a very personal experience in St. Pete's. We also were a group of only six, never had to wait in line and saw 5 times what others on the ship did. Alona's love and knowledge of the city was way beyond what we ever expected! She made our 3 days a historical personal experience! And the price was much better than those offered from cruise line. Anyone thinking of visiting St. Pete's I would definitely use Red October without hesitation!!! We also used Red October to plan a day excursion to Berlin . Again everything was perfect and exactly like Mike Finn told us it would be. We were met by a wonderful Tour guide who lived in Berlin her whole life. She lived thru the Berlin Wall going up and coming down! Wonderful Day. As I stated earlier I have never taken time before to write a review but was so appreciative of those before who wrote about using Red October . Because of those reviews we used RO! And I am so glad we did.. We saw more payed less and had a very personal experience in one of the most beautiful interesting cities in the world. Again thank you to our tour guide Alona! Red October obviously has a valued guide with her! Her historical knowledge was unbelievable her personality a gift! We thank her, Mike Finn and Red October!! We had Mike and Alona set up what sights we should see! They covered everything possible we could see in 3 days! Thank you Red October!
 
Visited September 2015

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I searched and found Red October Tours, I had never heard of them before, but we were looking for an alternative to the Princess Cruise Line Tours.
Interestingly they Princess Cruises provide you “IMPORTANT INFORMATION re: RUSSIAN IMMIGRATION” and inform you “Passengers booked on a Princess Tour do not require a Russian Visa”, this leads you to assume that you must book with the cruise line OR get a Visa – NOT TRUE.
As long as you have a tour booked with a recognized tour provider you will have no problem and Red October was outstanding, and you do not pay until you have completed the tour.
We did a Baltic Cruise, then a week in Paris and a few days in Hong Kong – our trip highlight was our private 2 person / 2 day tour with Red October in St Petersburg. Our guide was Catherine and our driver Gena. We live in Australia it was necessary that everything worked (it is a long way if you have to go back), we booked online no problems.
I am emphasizing all this information to ensure you, it is correct. I was really annoyed that the Cruise line is not completely truthful.
Anyone arriving by cruise ship and doing a tour in Russia you are given a 72 hr visa.

For Reference – this was our tour
DAY ONE
Pickup outside Passport control
City orientation drive: main streets and squares of St. Petersburg.
Early admission - Peterhof: “Russian Versailles”, official Summer Residence of Russian Tsars
Stroll through the wonderful “Lower Park” with its fountains.
Hydrofoil back to St Petersburg – drive meets you at dock
LUNCH
Tour of the Hermitage Arts Museum Living and gala halls of the Winter Palace
Faberge Museum
Return to ship

DAY TWO
Pickup outside Passport control
Departure for Tsarskoye Selo, official residence of Russian Tsars.
Early admission - Catherine Palace - Amber Room included
Stroll in the beautiful Catherine park with its numerous pavilions and small palaces, ponds and canals, marble statues and monuments.
Drive back to St. Petersburg.
LUNCH
Walking at Nevsky Prospect – the main street of St. Petersburg.
A short stop to pay RED OCTOBER invoice
Visit Peter-and-Paul Fortress, including inside
Return to ship

Our guide Catherine, spoke English perfectly, along with her knowledge and experience, we avoided crowds everywhere we went and she knew where the easily accessible toilets were, may sound silly, but you could queue for 30minutes or more in some places.
Gena our driver was a pure gentleman chauffeur with incredible local knowledge and his experience in the Mercedes Van, kept us out of traffic.
If you ever get the chance to go to St Petersburg, on a cruise or not, use Red October Tours
Thank you again to Catherine & Gena – our holiday highlight.
PS St Petersburg on a cruise - you do NOT need a visa – you do NOT have to do a ship tour, but you cannot just get off and walk around, you must be escorted by a recognized tour provider.
 
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Our family recently did a Baltic Cruise and we decided to book a tour in St. Petersburg through Red October based on the recommendation of our friends who used them years ago to tour the city. We are so glad we did as it was the highlight of our cruise experience. Alona, our tour guide, and Gena, our driver, were courteous, full of knowledge, and fun to travel around the city with in the car. We really appreciated how Alona adapted our tour for our two boys and actively engaged them. She was also great about showing us so much of the city without pushing us too hard when we needed more time at a particular location. Red October was very professional to deal with throughout the planning of the trip and in conducting the trip. We followed the plans as needed and Alona was great about meeting our individual exceptions (like going to the Pavel Bure hockey store :)).

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There were 13 of us from a HAL cruise. All ages! We arranged our tour on the internet via Red October USA. Very prompt responses and clear information. Could do without all the multi-colored high-lighted emails......Once we got off the ship, past Russian customs (not a big deal) we meet Alana. NOT a Babushka! She was charming, considerate and knowledgeable. Can't imagine our two day tour any better without her. We covered all the sites we wanted and she gave us some extra tips along the way. I'd highly recommend her. The only minor inconvenience was toward the end of the second day, while we were in this little shop paying our invoices, the internet connection was super slow and it took about 45 minutes too long to settle up. Still, I'm giving them and Alana 5 stars.
 

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Wonderful guide for our three days in St. Petersburg”

5 of 5 stars
We were two couples on a Baltic cruise which included three days in St. Petersburg, Russia. I booked the cruise with Red October as a result of reviews in Trip Advisor and we were not disappointed.

We arranged the tour with RO USA and everything fell into place without a hitch. Great information provided beforehand and no problem leaving the ship (in spite of what the cruise lines tell you about visas, e.tc) and our guide, Elena, was waiting on the pier.

Elena, a university English professor, is wonderful. Her knowledge and especially her passion, for the sights and sounds of St. Petersburg are incredible. She really makes the extraordinary sights come alive.

What an enjoyable three day experience! We would highly recommend Red October to anyone wanting to participate in an informative tour of this delightful city. We went on this cruise because we always wanted to visit St. Petersburg. With Elena and Red October, we were well rewarded.
 
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