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Alla Tours, St. Petersburg

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We would be grateful for reviews by travelers who have traveled with Alla Tours in St. Petersburg on their Two Day Grand Tour Package for St. Petersburg. It seems to cover all the sights we need to see.

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    We used DenRus. I think they are comparable. For us it came down to who I was able to get a dialogue with first to make the changes I wanted. (Alla was not a company we consulted of the three that I contacted.)

    Any of the tour companies will hit the same sights. I would suggest that you do some research if there are things that you want to see or spend more time at. My wife and I went through guidebooks to understand what we wanted, then looked at the Ship excursions for comparison. Once we understood what was possible, we asked to have a tour that fit what we wanted and covered all that we wanted to see.

    We traveled with two young kids and changed our itinerary to spend our time at Peterhof in the outside fountain area, for example. (If not part of their standard tour, I would suggest it is worth it.)

    If you want to see the Gold Room at the Hermitage (which I highly recommend) check to see if it is included in the base price or a cost supplement.

    DenRus pre-plans lunch spots on both tour days. I would suggest you ask Alla about meals and flexibility to order off the menu if that is important to you.

    If on a cruise there are cruise lines that make it difficult if using an outside company. We did not find that to be the case with Celebrity. We had no issues getting off the boat on-time to start our tour.

    Not sure who a couple on the boat used, but we were telling them how much we appreciated that our guide talked about the attitudes and life in general in St. Petersburg. Their guide, from another company, had no interest but in explaining the sights.

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    We recently made the error of booking an Alla Tour in St. Petersburg, Russia. As a verteran cruise (50+ cruises) I must say this was the most disorganized operation I've ever encountered. To pay, you must kill an hour of the day standing in line at the overpriced junk store they own. The rates are somewhat higher than quoted, and no cheaper than on the ship. Our tour guide was so propaganda filled it was like a Saturday night live skit. Comments so watered down like referring to concentration camps as "encouraged people to not live there anymore". And the lunch? good lord, if that's what they served tourists, what do they serve in prisons. It was wretched. I travel write for a living, and this is now my new benchmark for how bad things can be on excursions. I wouldn't even take it if it was free.

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