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  1. As always, wonderful photographs! Made me miss my Baltic adventures. Thank you for sharing 🙂
  2. Based on my experience, traditional food is usually served for lunch on tours in St. Petersburg. In most restaurants, gluten-free and vegetarian options are also available. However, I am not familiar with this particular tour operator and I would probably suggest contacting them directly with your concern. Good luck!
  3. Every year we try to go somewhere and explore new things. We were booking that discounted tour a few years ago while we were taking tours in Moscow and in a couple of other Baltic ports with several tour operators. I would be glad to share this info with you as back then we had a wonderful tour for a decent price. However, I am afraid that I can't remember the name of the company which provided us the discount but I believe almost all local operators have similar conditions and after some research you find anything to your liking. Good luck!
  4. Some travel companies offer very good discounts if booking a few months in advance. We are strategists and love planning everything ahead, so we did book a tour 8 months prior to our arrival and got 50% discount which I think is a great bonus.
  5. As far as I know, there are no strict rules regarding changes on the private tour itineraries unlike the ship ones. Private tours are very flexible and guides will happily accompany you to any place you’d like to visit. Also, I realized that St Petersburg is not easy to DIY, unlike other Baltic ports where most people speak English. I know some people did that, but within limited time a private guide would be the best option. We took a tour with one of the local tour companies a few years back and it was very well organized. We really did not have to wait in lines much and tour guide was professional and very friendly. My personal highlight of the tour was our visit to the Hermitage. Our guide took us through multiple rooms pointing out the most important details. You could tell – she loved the history, loved her job and was sincerely interested in showing us everything. We could not have asked for a more inclusive tour in our brief visit.
  6. Another vote for visiting the Baltic in May. This month definitely has its advantages bearing in mind less crowds in museums and theaters, mild temperatures in a daytime and blooming city's parks. As mentioned above, I also suggest bringing layers and checking the weather forecast before your cruise. As long as you're prepared and you know what to wear when it rains, you can still have a great time on your trip. Good luck!
  7. It is right that most tour operators in St Petersburg also offer tours in other Baltic ports, just as Danish Viking says. If you read through the threads discussing St Petersburg, you find some names that come up very frequently. I would suggest contacting a couple of them and asking if they also run tours in Copenhagen. As far as I know, some companies also provide discounts for loyal customers. Cheers!
  8. There are four major passenger cruise terminals in Copenhagen. Getting from the various cruise terminals to Copenhagen Airport on public transportation is quite simple and definitely cheaper than taking a cruise line transfer. Most cruises depart or arrive in Copenhagen from Oceanskaj terminal. If it’s your case, you may take bus 25 to Nørreport Station followed by the metro to the airport. For more information, you may also refer to this topic There are plenty of information regarding transportation, must-visit sights etc. Good luck!
  9. It may be cold & rainy since we are talking about the Baltic. In October, the average temperature is +4+6°C and the best thing I can suggest here is dressing in layers and taking waterproof clothing. If you dress up accordingly, going out won't make any discomfort for you. Good luck!
  10. Yes, this is the Dragon fruit, also known as "pitaya", it's grown mostly in Vietnam and is native to Central America.
  11. As an option, you may also consider taking 2 half-day tours where on the first day you are taking a car (bus) city tour followed by a canal cruise which is very relaxing. As for the second day, you may catch the hydrofoil to the Peterhof Fountain Park where you can enjoy its gardens, beautiful palaces and fountains. Hope it helps and you have a wonderful journey!
  12. Copenhagen is an amazing city. I would also suggest to take an evening flight and stay a little longer. Last time we were there we took a private tour to Malmo arranged by the same company as the tour in St Petersburg. We had a great day and enjoyed exploring charming Swedish town before heading back home. Indeed it was a wonderful way to finish our holiday!
  13. Thank you for your wonderful pictures! We also realized that the most beautiful churches we have ever seen are in Russia. The Savior on the Spilled Blood, so colourful with its beautiful surroundings will stay in my memory forever.
  14. I'm not sure about the dinner but for coffee/lunch I highly recommend to visit Cafe Loki. A great place for traditional Icelandic food, such as fermented shark, lava bread etc. My favourite was the coffee and rye bread with smoked trout and cottage cheese. Here is a small tip, I suggest dining on the second floor, as this’ll give you a wonderful view of Hallgrimskirkja. Enjoy planning your trip!
  15. I am not sure about ship excursions, as we usually prefer to book private tours with local travel companies. A couple of years ago we took a private tour that included Kronborg & Frederiksborg Castle. Honestly, it was one of our favourite days of the cruise. Our guide was so knowlegeable and talked pretty much nonstop as we drove to North Zealand and in the museums. To answer your question, we also did go inside Kronborg Castle and enjoyed it as much as other spots on the tour. Overall it was a great day!
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