In Russia without a visa: What to do in Kaliningrad, Sankt Petersburg and Vladivostok?

In Russia without a visa: What to do in Kaliningrad, Sankt Petersburg and Vladivostok?

1. Three days in Kaliningrad

Foreign tourists can visit Kaliningrad up to 72 hours without a visa if they travel on a cruise ship. The cost of cruising with the stop in Kaliningrad is 2245 USD or more.

Listen to the organ concert in the 14th-century cathedral, that was completely destroyed during World War II and restored in 1990 year, reminding of the German past of the city.

Drink beer in a local pub (for example, pub “Brecelj”) – Kaliningrad still has a tradition of German beer and Lithuanian cuisine.

If you are bored in the city – be sure to walk around the sand dunes of the national park “Kurshskaya kosa”. Just an hour’s drive from Kaliningrad on the narrow belt of land between the Baltic Sea and the Kurshskiy Gulf are wandering wild pigs and deer that are not afraid of people. And in the “Drunken forest” you can see the pines that look like as if they are dancing. Due to that fact the forest has got its name.

2. Three days in St. Petersburg

On the same terms as for Kaliningrad, foreign tourists can visit St. Petersburg without a visa if they travel by ship. The price of a trip across the Baltic Sea with a stop in the port of St. Petersburg is 800 USD and more.

Try to find a street that is not on the maps of St. Petersburg – John Lennon’s Street near the metro station “Ploshchad Vosstaniya”. A small patio, which is officially located on Pushkinskaya Street, local fans of the “Beatles” turned into Liverpool Street. Tip: You can go through the arch in 53 Ligovsky Avenue.

During the excursion “Murder of Grigory Rasputin” you can find out how Russian aristocrats lived in Yusupov’s castle and to listen to stories about their terrible secrets: how they were connected with the death of one of the most controversial figures in Russian history – Grigory Rasputin.

Instead of the Hermitage “crowd”, choose “Faberge” or “Russian Museum in Mikhailovsky Castle”, and then relax in the café-bar “Kunst”, decorated in the spirit of the prerevolutionary apartment of an eccentric collector.

If you are not lucky with the weather, enjoy a visit to the Book House on Nevsky Prospekt, also known as the “Singer” house: after a “hunt” for souvenirs on the ground floor you can have a cup of coffee with a view of the Kazansky Cathedral. Walk along the main street of the city, try one of the original Soviet cakes – “Aurora”, “Nord”, “Slavyansky” – in the confectionery “North”, which has been working since the beginning of the 20th century.

3. Three days in Vladivostok

Also, foreign tourists can visit Vladivostok for up to three days without a visa. Price of the cruise along the coast of Japan with a stop in the port of Vladivostok from 1,589 USD or more.

Spend the day with the inhabitants of the safari park “Primorsky” (70 km from Vladivostok), where there are Siberian tigers, bears, deer and other fauna of Primorsky Krai.

To get acquainted with the cuisine of the Far East, in Port Café try the fern and sea cucumber. Take a stroll along the embankments and bridges built for the 2012 APEC summit. Take a ride on the city cable car: the most important thing is to prepare in advance and take a picture of the view of the Golden Horn Bay – the trip takes only 1.5 minutes.

The most interesting places are located outside the city center – for example, the National Aquarium of Russia on Russky Island. The main building of the Aquarium was built in the form of a giant shell. Here you can spend the whole day and watch performances of walruses, belugas and dolphins. While the guide talks about the development of life in the sea and about the polar nature, visitors walk along a “piece” of evergreen tropical forests with live orchids.

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