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    booked on the thomson spirit for baltic cities in august know the ship been on before, but would be intrerested on views of ports of call and an idea of exspense. i believe i need 4 different currencies and don't want to left with lots at the end of the day.

    #2
    please can you list your ports?
    Meg

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      #3
      ports of call. kalunborg denmark, talin estonia,st petersburg russia, helsinki finland, stockholm sweden,

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        #4
        Originally posted by happyjack, leicester (2) View Post
        ports of call. kalunborg denmark, talin estonia,st petersburg russia, helsinki finland, stockholm sweden,
        Can't help with Kalunburg;

        Tallinn is beautiful and easily diyable;

        St Petes you'll need to do an organised trip unless you want to shell out for your own visas;

        Helsinki is the only place we've ever had to pay for a shuttle bus, but once in town everywhere is walkable;

        Stockholm: depends where the ship is 'parked' we were in Nynashalm and had to pay for a 'Stockholm on your own trip' to get to town. Once there, it's diyable;

        I think you'll find the Euro/US$ is accepted everywhere
        Meg

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          #5
          thanks very helpful

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            #6
            Finland and Estonia have the Euro as their official currency. Sweden and Denmark each have their own Krona but Euros are widely accepted, although maybe not at a good rate. Use a credit card for any significant purchase. Russians seem to like US dollars but also take Euros. As said by Meg you either need to do a ships tour or a land based company tour, where you are covered by a group visa. You are not allowed to go on your own without a personal visa which you will find costs about the same as a tour and not recommended.
            Brian

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              #7
              St.Petersburg is fabulous make sure you go to the Hermitage and the Peterhof they are amazing and I hope you get a lot of time to see them as they are HUGE !!

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                #8
                Alla Tours in St Petes get rave reviews everywhere. No experience of them but worth checking them out!

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                  #9
                  all ports take Euros. we used DenRus for St Petersburg. we had two fantastic days with their tour guide. it cost us $295pp in 2009 for the two day tour, lunch was included as were entrance and camera fees, metro fares, canal boat cost and blanket visa.
                  don't want to work, just want to cruise.

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                    #10
                    The only tour we took was in St Petersburg. You would gain nothing finacially by DIY there and would struggle considerably if you don't read and speak Russian. We were berthed within walking distance of the city everywhere else, although we took the shuttle bus into Tallin and then walked up the hill in the old town before the ships' tours got there. Don't miss the Vasa museum in Stockholm, there is a water taxi that will take you there and there is a nice park next to the museum, if you have a nice day. Copenhagen is lovely and the bishop's palace is worth a visit. Again, you may prefer to take the bus in to the town and walk back along the quayside, through the army barracks and past the little mermaid. Don't be tempted to buy a snack in this area, it is very expensive! Judith

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                      #11
                      some great replies thanks everyone

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                        #12
                        Try Tour de Force for the St. Petersburg trip. You can google them. We found them great and very reasonable, 4 of us in a luxury mini bus with driver and personal tour guide, no queuing or waiting and nice restaurants. Day one city tour, Fort, river trip, Hermatage. Day two Katherines Palace and Peterhof last a trip on the underground to see the stations. well worth it. Enjoy
                        It seems to me that rudeness is the refuge of the incompetent

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                          #13
                          Hi there
                          We used Denrus in St Pete's on our last trip there.
                          We're going again in May and will use them again. Cant praise them enough.
                          They can be found at DenRus Baltic Shore Excursions

                          You will love St. Pete's and 2 days most definitely isnt enough.

                          Enjoy your holiday.

                          Regards

                          Garfield

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by Garfield, Waterlooville View Post
                            Hi there
                            We used Denrus in St Pete's on our last trip there.
                            We're going again in May and will use them again. Cant praise them enough.
                            They can be found at DenRus Baltic Shore Excursions

                            You will love St. Pete's and 2 days most definitely isnt enough.

                            Enjoy your holiday.

                            Regards

                            Garfield
                            Why waste your time on a cruise, book a shore holiday or take a river trip from Moscow to St Petersburg or the other way around, you stop over for a couple of nights at each end of the trip so really get to see much more. The river boat stops off in lots of large towns on the way and you get tours all included.

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by spartan, kent View Post
                              Why waste your time on a cruise, book a shore holiday or take a river trip from Moscow to St Petersburg or the other way around, you stop over for a couple of nights at each end of the trip so really get to see much more. The river boat stops off in lots of large towns on the way and you get tours all included.
                              Thank you for your advice but my reply was an attempt to help the OP with their enquiry.

                              If I need any advice on how to " waste my time" as you so succinctly put it I'll put a question on the forum.

                              Regards

                              Garfield

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