Help and additional services

We are more than willing to help with any other aspect of your stay in St Petersburg, so please ask (both before and during your stay).

Visa invitations. If you require official visa invitations, we can supply these through our partner, Blue Dreams, which is a travel agency registered with the Russian Ministry of Affairs. For this we shall need to know: your full names, dates of birth, passport numbers, nationalities, precise dates of your visit to Russia (if different from those of your stay with us), and a fax number. There is a small charge (20 euros per invitation, or 30 euros in the event that you are staying in Russia for more than 7 working days) to cover our costs.

Airport transfers. I have an excellent and very helpful driver with wonderful English - Leonid ( - who will not only meet you at the airport, but provide a running commentary on the sights during the drive in to the city centre.

Tours and excursions. For standard and not so standard guided walking tours, try peterswalk and sputnik. Masha, a friend of mine, can offer a personal and usually fascinating take on the city in English an French (not a standard tour, but something more personal). Her email address is: Leonid (see above) can also take you to the palaces at Pushkin, Pavlovsk, and Peterhof, and though not a professional guide, offers motorized introductory tours of the city. Useful if you want an English-speaking, informed commentator and a car in one package.

Literature and writing on St Petersburg For suggestions as to what to read about St Petersburg, click here.

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Help and additional services