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  1. We had the same experience. We wanted the Local life and Heritage tour, but since no one else signed up for it, we paid to make it a private tour. It was the best money ever spent. Like the previous post, we felt that we saw much more of the real Russia and not just the touristy side. We also went to a local communal apartment, where we sat and talked with the young lady who lived there and our guide, about what life is like now. When we went past a local Russian Orthodox Church, we were able to slip in to the back and observe a daily service that was taking place. Our guide talked to us as we traveled between different locations and we were able to ask many questions about their lifestyle. We still saw most of the major tourist stops, except we skipped the Hermitage. We felt that our time was so much better spent by getting out in to the local life. We walked the Nevsky Prospect and used the beautiful metro system that they have (complete with the underground bomb shelters). I cold not recommend this tour enough - and no, we did not get paid or asked, to write this review.
  2. We are trying to book a private shore excursion for St. Petersburg, Aug. 21 & 22, Regal Princess. Our only issue is that occaisionally, after walking for too long, my back hurts too much. For that reason when we go to the Hermitage, there are wheelchairs that you can borrow and I would like to save the possibility of using one, if need be. However, because of that, I cannot go on any of the group shore excursions and must book a private excursion. I wanted to know if anyone else would like to join us for a two day private shore excursion. That way we could share the cost and still have the advantage of being in a very small group with a lot of personal attention. Please reply to Debkrabach@msn.com if you have any interest in pursuing this. We are a couple in our 60's, from Michigan. Thanks
  3. European. Copenhagen = DKK Stockholm - SEK EUro's in 3 ports Olso, Norway = NOK Russia = rubles
  4. We will be going on a cruise that visits 6 ports, with different currency types in several of the ports. What does everyone do in order to have the correct currency for each country? Have anyone used a PrePaid Travelex card for international travel? That seems to be a good option. Or do you get a little of each currency at your bank before trip? Exchanging on the ship is a very bad value for your money, so looking for other options.
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