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  1. No, I don’t think you need any Rubles on you especially if you are on the tour arranged by a travel company. I would also suggest taking the kind advice of Trosebery and check with your tour company if there would be any need for you to have rubles on your particular tour. Good luck!
  2. I agree with Schmerl that most local restaurants and stores accept Credit Cards and if you need cash, there are also ATMs at the port terminal. The prices for coffee vary from 100 RUB to 350 RUB depending on the place and the coffee of course. I would also recommend checking with local tour companies regarding your tour options as they usually offer better rates and less crowded excursions compare to ones offered by cruise ship.
  3. I’ve recently travelled to Copenhagen and been using my contactless chip&pin card for most purchases as contactless one without any PIN verification. Only once, I was asked to enter my PIN-code when the amount was over 150 dollars.
  4. As always, wonderful photographs! Made me miss my Baltic adventures. Thank you for sharing 🙂
  5. 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!
  6. 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!
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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!
  10. 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!
  11. 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!
  12. 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!
  13. Yes, this is the Dragon fruit, also known as "pitaya", it's grown mostly in Vietnam and is native to Central America.
  14. 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!
  15. 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!
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