How to Spend 2 Days in St. Petersburg Russia - Baltic Cruise - Cruise Ship - Lucy Williams Global

One of my favourite stops on the Baltic Cruise was St. Petersburg in Russia. We had two days there and I was very excited to finally see this city.

Eight years previous I had been there but could not go ashore! So I made the most of my two days and went on tour to see Catherine’s Palace, the Hermitage Museum, the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood and St. Isaac’s Cathedral.

Catherines Palace

The only way to go ashore as a cruise passenger is to either go on the ships organised tours or apply for a Russian visa beforehand. You can book with outside tour companies, but check you can 100% get through the Russian immigration first with the company you book with.

If you do neither the Russian immigration with not let you in the country. So keep this in mind if you are planning on going on a cruise around the Baltic.

Spending two days in St. Petersburg was fantastic as we could really do a lot. I was exhausted at the end of it, but I was very pleased to finally get there! Catherine’s Palace and the Hermitage Museum were out of this world.

St. Petersburg only sees 60 days of sunshine a year and the days we were there, we did not see any sunshine! Shame, but you cannot control the weather.

Catherine’s Palace

Catherine’s Palace was built-in 1756. It is beautiful inside and out. But I must warn you it is very hot inside!

The day we were there it was cold and wet. So it was nice to warm up! Also, you can not take a backpack inside, so just bring a handbag and not too big.

The palace is painted pale blue, white and gold and looks very grand from the outside. Inside every room is glorious, with lots of gold and ornate patterns on the walls.

There were lots of rooms to walk through, all very beautiful, especially the ceilings that were nearly all painted.

My favourite room was the amber room. The walls were covered with the gemstone amber, but you could not take any photos!

Whilst we were walking through we had to wear these trendy shoe covers! The gardens were lovely, but wet the day we were there.

Hermitage Museum

The Hermitage Museum is fascinating and huge. It has been open to the public since 1852.

As we were on a cruise ship tour we were allowed to enter the museum an hour before the rest of the general public.

This helped a lot as we were one of the first groups and we got to see a lot of the rooms empty. So book the morning tour for the Hermitage.

Each room was amazing and so different. It took 3 hours to walk around the museum and see everything and this was with our very knowledgeable guide.

The Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood

We only had time for a photo stop and it was raining! So my photos are not the best. The colours of the church were beautiful and in real life, it looks ten times better!

It was such a shame as this is what I was really looking forward to seeing, it would have been a lovely photo in the sunshine.

The Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood was built between 1883 – 1907.

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St. Isaac’s Cathedral

St. Isaac’s Cathedral was another quick photo stop and it was pouring with rain so I ran off the tour bus took a quick photo and ran back on the bus!

It took 40 years to build between 1818 to 1858 and is the largest Russian Orthodox cathedral the city.

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The weather was not great while I was there, in July. It was cold and raining, 13C – 15C, but the week before it was hot and sunny at 27 *C.

My packing tips for St. Petersburg are to bring comfortable walking shoes to see all the sites, rain jacket, layers (just in case it warms up!), trousers, T-shirts, lightweight jumpers and an umbrella.

Essential Info

  • Weather: Summer months between 11*C – 23*C
  • Language: Russian (some people speak English)
  • Currency: Russian Ruble (US Dollar/Euros are excepted in some shops)
  • Here are my recommendations for two days in St. Petersburg; walking shoes, rain jacket, umbrella, a small bag (no backpack), camera and foldable water bottle as it easier to carry your own water:

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How to Spend a Day in Riga Latvia - Baltic Cruise - Cruise Ship - Northern Europe - Lucy Williams Global

Riga in Latvia was another port on the Baltic cruise that is in Northern Europe. How did I spend a day in Riga, Latvia?

It was my first time there and this was a surprising little gem. Riga was a cute, small town with little markets, nice restaurants and quirky shops.

 

 

Eating in Riga

We went to a restaurant called the Key to Riga that was set back into the middle ages. It was fantastic and the waiters were dressed in medieval outfits and the menu was so funny!

All the dishes had names, my favourite was ‘Chop ’em off!’ which was bull’s testicles in cream sauce, I didn’t order that though!

 

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I had a starter of hearings which was in the shape of a heart and then we had a selection of pork served on a shield and sword plate. The presentation of the food was well thought out. I recommend this restaurant if you ever go to Riga.

Whilst we were there the weather was cloudy with a little rain, but 19*C, so quite pleasant compared to some of the other Baltic ports.

My packing tips for Riga are to bring comfortable walking shoes as there are cobbled streets in the town centre, a rain jacket, wear layers and of course an umbrella!

 

 Essential Info

  • Weather: Summer months between 15*C – 21*C
  • Language: Latvian and some English spoken
  • Currency: Euro
  • Top Tips: Wear layers as the weather changes a lot in one day!
  • Here are my recommendations for a comfortable day in Riga:

 

 

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A Day in a Fairytale in Tallinn Estonia - Baltic Cruise - Cruise Ship - Northern Europe - Lucy Williams Global

When I visited Tallinn in Estonia I thought I had stepped into a fairytale or the set of Frozen or Shek!

We stopped in Tallinn on the cruise of the Baltic region in Northern Europe. I had one day there and it was my first time and I could not believe how beautiful it was.

Entrance to Tallinn

This is another place for the bucket list if you have not been. The old town centre is full of fairy tale turrets and church spires. It is like going back to medieval times.

Tallin Entrance

The day we were there it was glorious, the sun was out and a lovely temperature of 20*C. A perfect temperature for sight-seeing, as it is not too hot and you can wear comfortable clothes.

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This was at the beginning of July last year and I was very happy as in Klaipeda and St.Petersburg we had rain and it was a little cold.

We walked from the cruise ship terminal into the old town, it didn’t take long to get to the main square. It is called Town Hall Square as the town hall is in the square. We were taking lots of photos so we stopped a lot!

It is a very picturesque city with cobbled streets and turrets. There was a photo shot from every angle. So bring your camera!

Tallinn View

Old Town

The town hall square is surrounded by bars and restaurants. In the centre of the square is a big market selling all sorts of scarves, clothes, amber jewellery, food, souvenirs, etc.

From the town hall square, you can walk up to Toompea Hill for views of the old town. We walked up the city walls for the view of the Virgin Tower.

The city wall around Tallinn is very old and sections of it were built-in the 13th century. More than a half of the wall has been preserved and rest has been restored.

We walked through Catherine’s Alley, which is really like going back to the medieval era, as the doors are tiny!

Russian Church Tallinn

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On the way up to the viewing point, we passed the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. It is Russian Orthodox church and was completed in 1900 when Estonia was part of the Czarist Empire.

It is very easy to walk around Tallinn to see most of the sights. All the sights I saw were free!

Tallinn Street

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My packing tips for Tallinn are to bring comfortable walking shoes, as there is a lot of walking around cobblestones and it is uphill.

Bring layers, so if the weather turns, you have something warm or if it gets too warm you can take something off. This weather is great for jeans and T-shirts, but also shorts and dresses.

Essential Info:

  • Weather: Summer months between 15*C – 20*C
  • Language: Estonian (most people speak English)
  • Currency: Euro
  • Here are my recommendations for a day in Tallinn; walking shoes, sunscreen, camera, backpack and foldable water bottle:

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What to see & do in Klaipeda in Lithuania - Baltic Cruise - Cruise Ship - Northern Europe - Lucy Williams Global

Last year I was cruising around the Baltic region in Northern Europe and it was lovely as we went to ports I had never stepped foot on. I love new ports and countries to explore!

Klaipeda in Lithuania was one of these. Klaipeda is in the Baltic region of Northern Europe.

Lithuania was a part of the Soviet Union until 1993. It became part of the European Union in 2004.

The town was very interesting and I went on a walking tour of the city. It is beautiful and a lovely place explore.

The day we were there of course it rained! This was the story of my life last summer. I was so fed up with wearing a rain jacket and using my umbrella.

The tour made up for the rain as the stories about this quaint city were great.  The one I remember, as it meant to bring good luck.

There was a small mouse statue with very big ears and if you whisper to it your wish will come true! So, I will let you know when that happens!

There were lots of Amber jewellery shops, due to being in the Baltic region and this is where it is from.

After walking around the city we went for a wine and cheese tasting at the Cheese DZIUGAS House. The set up was really nice and cosy inside and there was a guide talking us through the cheese and wine.

 

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The cheese was like parmesan but their version called Dziugas, very nice and a lot cheaper than Italian parmesan.

We tried different ages of cheese and I love cheese! This is a great attraction to visit if you do you too.

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The wine was a little strange as it was made from raspberries for the red and quince for the white, not my personal taste, give me wine made of grapes any day!

My packing tips for Klaipeda are to bring comfortable walking shoes as there are cobbled streets in the town centre and wear a rain jacket, layers and bring an umbrella.

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Essential Info

  • Weather: Summer months between 10*C – 20*C
  • Language: Lithuanian and some English spoken
  • Currency: Euro
  • Top Tips: Bring an umbrella and rain jacket
  • Here are my recommendations:

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