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Visa-free visit to St. Petersburg. Clarification of an issue

2012-03-01

Your Saint Petersburg visit has the potential to be one of the greatest travel adventures of your lifetime. And for many who come here on a cruise ship, it’s a once in a lifetime journey.

For such an important trip, wouldn’t you like to go on shore excursion tours provided by the best in the business? Especially if the pricing is comparable or even less than those offered through your cruise operator?

Certainly it makes sense to spend your money where you will get the greatest value for your dollar or euro or pound.

Unfortunately, our marketplace in Saint Petersburg has some dirty players who are making great efforts — out of sheer and nasty greed — to convince travelers that other travel services providers, like our members, are not legitimate, even saying that cruise passengers will not be allowed off the ship if they purchase their shore excursions from anyone else but them.

This has been going on for years, and our association is now attacking this matter in the courts in Russia so that these unfair trade practices will stop.

Let us clarify the facts:

  • Group, family, and individual guided shore tours offered by licensed tour operators in St. Petersburg, Russia are VISA-FREE. 
  • Licensed tour operators are officially authorized to provide you VISA-FREE disembarking and tours.
  • You DO NOT NEED TO APPLY FOR A RUSSIAN VISA unless you wish to explore Saint Petersburg on your own, without the assistance and supervision of a licensed tour operator. 
  • In accordance with the legislation of the Russian Federation, foreign tourists travelling on ships may arrive at the port of St. Petersburg without a visa and stay in Russia for up to 72 hours if they have booked an escorted shore excursion with a licensed tour operator.

Our members are legitimate, hard-working, licensed tour operators who each have established track records which demonstrate a passion to deliver world class customer service and shore excursions carried out to the highest standards. 

Our member companies are driven to excel in providing you with the best possible service. This means our members take their responsibilities to you seriously. You’re not going to get stuck with a tour guide who is fresh out of guide school who doesn’t really know anything, as is the track record with our well-connected adversaries — the ones who have partnered with the cruise lines.

Our member companies feel strongly that they offer cruise travelers superior value compared to excursions offered through your cruise line. And we each hope that you will not be swayed by the misinformation being unfairly distributed in order to stifle competition, eliminate choice, and drive your shore excursions costs higher.

Contact one of our members today about your upcoming visit. 

They will be glad to be of service.

Posted by alextours

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