Baltic Cruise: Russia Visa-Free Travel to St. Petersburg from Helsinki

Visa Free Travel to St. Petersburg, Russia

Baltic Cruise Helsinki to St. Petersburg | 3 Days

From 370 € per person

Subject to season and number of people in the booking.

Meeting point


Port (Country)

Helsinki (Finland), St. Petersburg (Russia visa free)

Sailing date

March – December 2018

Baltic Cruise Helsinki to St. Petersburg, Russia Visa Free

Helsinki with Nordic Cruises


Day 1: Visit St. Petersburg by Baltic Cruise

  • Departure from Helsinki 
  • Overnight onboard the ferry (Helsinki – St. Petersburg)

You will departure from Helsinki at 6:00 pm to visit St. Petersburg which is Russia visa free tour. You will have the plenty of time to explore, discover and enjoy Helsinki, the cosmopolitan jewel of Finland (read more What Cruise Travelers Can Do in Helsinki). A leisure day in this lovely city provides a great start to your vacation before visit St. Petersburg.  Helsinki boasts a fantastic public transport system that allows visitors to navigate the area simply and efficiently. You can shop in the open air markets and visit the Rock Church, or browse through the array of designer boutiques before setting sail on the cruise ferry and enjoy your Baltic cruise Helsinki to St. Petersburg.

Cruises St. Petersburg, Russia Visa Free

Griboedov Kanal, St. Petersburg

Day 2: St. Petersburg Tourism, Russia Visa Free

  • Arrive in St. Petersburg
  • Guided sightseeing tour with driver
  • Lunch (optional)
  • Departure from St. Petersburg
  • Overnight onboard the ferry (St. Petersburg – Helsinki)

After a restful night, you’ll have an optional breakfast buffet onboard. At 9:30 am, the boat is due to dock in Russia and you’ll disembark to visit St. Petersburg. A friendly, professional English speaking guide will meet you at the harbor and welcome you on your visit to Russia with a private full-day sightseeing tour.

A panoramic city tour will introduce you to the lively main thoroughfares and major attractions of this impressive destination. Optionally you will have lunch  in a traditional Russian restaurant. Here you’ll enjoy the sampling of popular Russian fare, such as savory borscht (beetroot soup), a satisfying main dish and classic dessert confections, all rounded off with a steaming cup of coffee or tea.

Following this hearty respite, you’ll enjoy the highlights of St. Petersburg tourism. Do not miss the Peter and Paul Fortress. This citadel  was founded by Peter I in 1703.  So, it is the oldest building in the city. At present, this remarkable structure stands as the central part of the State Museum of St. Petersburg History. The Kazan Cathedral, a spectacular structure dedicated to Russia’s most venerable religious icon, Our Lady of Kazan, also astounds visitors with its architectural splendor. The Church of the Savior on Blood is a must-see on your trip.

The Larger and Oldest Museum in the World.

One of the world’s most famous sites, the Hermitage Museum, was opened to the public in 1852 and continues to attract art lovers from around the world, who flock to the museum to enjoy its renowned collection. Housed within six monumental buildings along the Palace Embankment, including the Winter Palace, it was founded by Catherine the Great in 1764.

With a complete day open for your visit St. Petersburg, you have until 5:00 pm to return to the harbor. Depending upon personal preference, you can spend the day touring independently or with one of our qualified guides.  The MS Princess Anastasia launches off for your return voyage to Helsinki at 7:00 pm.

Visit Helsinki with Baltic Cruises


Day 3: Return Cruise and Arrival in Helsinki

  • Arrive in Helsinki

Following a farewell optional breakfast onboard, our 3-day Baltic cruise from Helsinki to St. Petersburg returns to Helsinki at 8:00 am. In order to extend your sightseeing adventures further with a tour of Helsinki; please check  the Add-ons in Helsinki for more information.
As visitors to a city with a rich and lengthy cultural heritage, those that indulge in St. Petersburg tourism can enjoy a multitude of awesome attractions. From the royal beauty of the Tsar’s Palaces to the inspiring Mariinsky Theater, this 18th century city will delight you at every turn. Our pleasant 3-day cruise, with no Russian visa needed, makes it easy to visit Russia and get to grips with one of its most iconic cities.

Experience the enchanting sites and majestic grandeur of historic Russia on our 3 Day Round-Trip Baltic Cruise from Helsinki to St. Petersburg. An ultra-convenient and luxurious way to visit Russia, we provide this journey with no Russian visa necessary. In your choice of cabin class or suite, you’ll glide across the Baltic Sea on a comfortable, newly renovated ferry. Stylish onboard accommodation, transfers, full breakfasts and a selection of excursions are included on your cruise, and the stops on land can be tailored according to your taste.

What is included:

  • Round Baltic cruise Helsinki-St.Petersburg-Helsinki (2 overnights)
  • Private English speaking guide and driver
  • Panoramic tour of Saint Petersburg
  • Peter and Paul Fortress
  • Hermitage State Museum
  • Kazan Cathedral
  • Transfer from harbor to city and back to harbor
  • Premium customer support (24h emergency phone support for existing customers, e-mail support, on-line chat, call back)
  • Fuel and harbor fee

What is not included:

  • Any transportation to or from Helsinki
  • Lunch in the famous restaurant
  • Travel insurance

Please note:

  • All times are local
  • Check your Nordic Cruises voucher for exact departure and arrival times
  • All guests must be on board at least 1/2 hour before sailing

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Russia Visa Free Requirements

Nordic Cruises Tour Operator legally offers Baltic cruises to St. Petersburg with Russia Visa Free up to 72 hours. It is enough time for first time visitors.
To take a ferry to St. Petersburg you should have to show at passport control:

  • Your valid passport WITHOUT Russia Visa
  • Nordic Cruises voucher conformation
  • Boarding Pass
  • Travel Insurance (hardly recommended)
  • Take advantage of the Russia Visa Free to discover the Northern Capital of Russia.

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