Alfa Travel is a Saint-Petersburg based tour company, licensed and registered at the Russian national Federal Agency for Tourism. Registration numberis РТО 020616. We are situated in the heart of Saint-Petersburg, close to Palace square and the Hermitage.
Explore the lovely city of St.Petersburg, enjoying the commentary of our fully licensed guides willingly sharing their knowledge, and entrust the booking routine to the hands of caring professionals.
We do care about every guest of ours, this is why alongside with general standard tours we offer personally tailored tours, which our personnel will be glad t odesign for you following your personal preferences.
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If you have your own idea about the time you want to spend in St-Petersburg please let us help you arrange your activities.
Frequently Asked Questions
ARE YOU AN OFFICIALLY REGISTERED COMPANY?
Yes, we are. Our registration number in the Russian Federation of Tourism is РТО 020616. As we are officially authorized by the Russian government we will supply you with a tour ticket which will allow you to easily pass through customs and immigration. In addition, we have a contract with the new St. Petersburg sea port “Morskoy Fasad”, so we can guarantee to meet you directly near your ship.
DO WE NEED A TOURIST VISA OR DO YOU TAKE CARE OF THIS?
Visas are not required when touring with Alfa Travel. We provide our clients with documents, including tour tickets, that confirm your booking with Alfa Travel. Your tour tickets act as a visa when you pass through Russian immigration in the cruise terminal. You will need ONLY your Alfa Travel ticket and your passport.
Here is some formal information about the requirements for visa-free passengers: According to Russian Immigration Law, tourists arriving to St. Petersburg on cruise ships have the right to disembark the ship without a regular Russian tourist visas provided they have met the following conditions:
(1) Duration of stay in Russia should not exceed 72 hours.
(2) Cruisers should overnight on board the cruise ship.
(3) Cruisers should utilize the service of a Russian Tour operator
The right to tour without visas is given to all cruise passengers matching the above conditions regardless of Tour operator.
WHAT INFO DO YOU NEED TO BOOK A TOUR?
We will send you a tour ticket (blanket visa) by e-mail and you will need to print it at home and to bring it with you to pass through Russian customs control. The following information is required to issue your Tour Ticket:
- Your full name (as it reads in your passport)
- Date of Birth
- Passport number
- Passport Issue Date and Passport Expiration Date
- Arrival and departure dates in St Petersburg
- The name of your ship
WHAT IS THE DEADLINE FOR BOOKING A TOUR?
Please, ensure that you make your booking at least 4-5 days prior to your ship’s arrival to St. Petersburg. The port authorities require all passport information in advance and late bookings sent in less than 4 days will be rejected.
DO WE GET A DISCOUNT FOR EARLY BOOKING?
If you book your tour for next year, we are happy to provide you with 5% discount off the cost of any St. Petersburg tour.
STUDENTS AND CHILDREN
Children until 10 years can travel with us for free. Children 11-16 = 50% discount.
Students can get discount for some tours with the ISIC (obligatory to have it by).
HOW DO WE PAY FOR THE TOUR?
Unless you prefer different, you may pay for your tour in the morning of the second day of the tour. If it is a one-day tour, you can pay in the afternoon. Depending on the tour route your guide will either take you to our office or our manager will come to your van. In case of cash payment you also can pay directly to your guide just to save time.
As a rule we don’t ask for any deposits. The only exceptions are theater tickets and railway/airplane tickets.
SHALL I LEAVE GRATUITIES TO MY GUIDE AND DRIVER AND HOW MUCH?
Gratuities to the guide and the driver are not included in the cost of the tour. According to Russian standards, the recommended amount will be around 15% of the cost of the tour service. As a rule it is 10% to the guide and 5% to the driver and it is better to give it separately. Gratuities will be happily accepted in any currency: US $, euro or rubles. However all the gratuities depend on how much you were pleased by the service and remain solely to your kind will!
WILL WE WAIT IN A LINE IN FRONT ANY OF THE MUSEUMS?
We always reserve the entrance tickets/vouchers in advance and do our best to plan the museum entrances for the time when it is less crowded and we usually are able to avoid waiting in line. Please notice that in high season we can’t give you a 100% guarantee and sometimes you will have to wait for the entrance for 10-15 minutes. Catherine Palace in Pushkin is the place where the situation is the worst and very often we have to wait in line there. So if you have a tough schedule or come on very busy days, we would recommend to avoid going there and include something else instead. Pavlovsk Palace or Grand Palace of Peterhof are no less interesting and beautiful than Catherine Palace.
DO YOU ORGANIZE EVENING PROGRAMS AS WELL?
Yes, and, in fact, we recommend you to take advantage of this unique chance. Don’t miss the opportunity to see a Russian ballet or to enjoy an evening of Russian opera in one of the best theatres in St. Petersburg. We also highly recommend a visit to the Folk Show or a night boat trip along the famous canals. Or, perhaps you would like to feel yourself as a Russian aristocrat and enjoy an extravagant dinner in one of the former royal Russian palaces. Upon your request, we will send you additional information about our “optional evening” programs.
Wе have the brightest choice of evening entertainments in Saint-Petersburg and we have prebooked seats in most attractive theaters during the high season in the city.
Danke danke viel mals fuer unsere Ferien - wir sind soooooo zufrieden, ich kann es nicht beschreiben: Peterhof und Puschkin sind die schoensten Plaetze auf the Welt, welche ich mur gesehen have...Danke fuer einen guten Reiseleiter und fuer keine lange Schlangen - Sie haven alles vorgesehen und ganz toll organisiert!
Mein lieber Nikolay!
Vielen Herzlichen Dank fuer eine wunderschoene Reise! Wir sind bis jetzt begeistert, obwohl wir schon ein paar tage zu Hause sind. Under Reiseleiter Sergey war einfach atemberaubend - wir sind ihm dankbar fuer 2 unvergaessliche Tagen und wenn naechstes Jahr unsere Wervandten nach Sankt-Petersburg fliegen, so geben wir ihnen Eure Kontakten.
Just wanted to thank you so very much for our wonderful tour and the great work yesterday keeping us all safely together throughout the madness of the fantastic celebrations! We had the most amazing time. Memories that will stay with us forever
David and I want to thank our guide Vadim for an amazing adventure in St. Petersburg. His knowledge of the history of St. Petersburg as well as local stories and sense of humor was greatly appreciated. Most of all her patience with all of us.
Dear friends! We have nothing but good memories of our tours with your pleasant, friendly and informative guides, in particular, Maria in St.Petersburg. We have already recommended you to a number of people including a couple from Canada who we met on the cruise. If we were ever to come back, we would not hesitate to choose AlfaTravel.
We choose Alfa Travel for our sojourn in Saint-Petersburg and we are really glad about it! Thank You so much, it was amazing trip, the minivan was perfect, and our Guide Vadim - is the the most imformed person I've ever met. Thank You, guys!!
Thank You for great job - we did not wait a lot of time in the queues, as other people, the executive entrance to the Hermitage is the miracle! We enjoyed the riches the the Winterpalace and had enough time to marvel. We did not regret we had paid a little bit more, thank You once again for Your good advices.
Lovely city, I was shocked because of the beauty and majesty of Peterhof - I would highly recommend everyone to go there - and Alfa Travel will help You to spend the time with benefit.
191186 St. Petersburg,
Bolshaya morskaya st. 3-5 office 5
ООО «Альфа Тревел»
Юр.адрес: 191186 Санкт-Петербург, ул. Большая Морская 3-5 лит. А оф 42-Н2 офис 5
Фактический адрес: 191186 Санкт-Петербург, ул. Большая Морская 3-5 лит А. офис 428