If you wish to take a private tour, you must get a print out of the ticket to go through passport control visa free. Check with the tour operator, check they will meet you from the ship. If you are thinking of a ship tour, these are good research, because the ship sells variations of these local tours. Remember a ship will wait for a ship arranged tour, not a private tour. These are best booked for day one of a two stop at St Petersburg if you are worried.

This is another ticket agency, called Tiqets.

Doris Visits runs numerous cruise ship chat sites, they are 100% cruise focussed, no jokes, recipes or pictures of babies please – and no moaning, take your moans to the cruise operator as we can do nothing about them and they are normally always resolved. Just cruise information and sharing, pictures and films by positive happy cruisers. Here are the rules.