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Money for spending during St. Petersburg shore excursions
The national currency is the rouble [Rbl or Rub] Banknotes come in denominations of 10, 50, 100, 500 and 1000, and there are 1, 2, 5 and 10 Rbl coins which you can use during all St. Petersburg shore excursion. There are 100 coins to every rouble. The value of the rouble changes by the hour, so we give you a rough indication of what you should expect to get for your Western cash: 1€= 34/35 Rbl, 1 USD = 24/25Rbl. Credit-card use is still in its infancy and not all establishments will take them, even if they have signs that say they will. Always have cash as back up! ATMs can be found at most metro stations, banks and large hotels. FOREIGNER PRICES: The Foreigner Price is a hangover from the good old days of Intourist-organised Soviet travel. At some theatres and museums, foreigners are required to pay 6 to 20 times more than what Russians pay thas why booking st.petersburg russia private tours could save not only your time but your money as well. These institutions insist that Russian tickets are subsidised and that foreigners pay the real price. This dual-pricing system is operating at most museums, boat trips and even some hotels which you can book with your st petersburg tour guide using our wrb-site.
Clothes to wear during St.Petersburg (Russia) private tours
Whatever the season is, it is wise to bring your umbrella and a windproof raincoat or jacket and keep it with you all time you have your St.Petersburg (Russia) private tours. You will do a lot of walking in St.Petersburg, so think carefully about footwear. Depending on the time of the year, you will need warm boots with a non-slip sole, waterproof boots/shoes, comfortable sandals.
In winter it can get very cold outside, but hotels and homes are reasonably well heated.
In spring it might be chilly at times, but in mid-May it gets warmer. The end of spring is a the best time to book St. Petersburg shore excursions.
In summer can wear shorts though these might prevent you from entering churches. Bring a sweater or light jacket for those chilly evenings. The temperature is going up to 30C
It autumn that you are most likely to use your umbrella and waterproof boots, though a Russian version of an Indian Summer (around mid-September) can be mild and fairly dry. That's why before going on st petersburg tour guides we recommend you check the weather on local internet websites.
Languahe to use on St. Petersburg shore excursions
Russian language is the principal state and cultural language of Russia and it is the most commonly spoken in business, government, and education. Russian belongs to the Balto-Slavic branch of Indo-European languages. Altogether more than 100 languages are spoken in Russia like all former soviet republics. And also it is one of the six languages of ONU. And it is the seventh language of the world (according to the number of people using this language as the native one).
It is still very difficult to speak in English or to ask any question in the street like asking the way to somewhere. Scenes the people do not speak any languages so you might better ask someone young (new generation) because they can at least understand you are talking about. Now it is obligatory to learn English even in the primary school. During St. Petersburg shore excursions you will get a very good translator who might translate street phrases or text for you.
Shopping during St. Petersburg tour guides
In general, stores are open from 10:00 am until 8:00 pm from Monday to Saturday. Large department stores and supermarkets are open from 9:00 am until 10:00 pm, without lunch breaks, seven days a week. A number of supermarkets are open around the clock, seven days a week.
That is why any day a week during St. Petersburg tour guides you can ask your guide to bring you to any store of the city for shopping. And it's understandable that everyone coming back home wants to bring some souvenir or gift.
The Russian souvenirs are: matryoshka (wooden doll), amber (rings, bracelets, ear-rings, boxes...), porcelain pieces, furs, balalaika (classical Russian music instrument), and jewelry boxes, books in English, DVD on NTSC system (USA, South America) etc.
Advice: We do not recommend you to buy anything in the street accept books and post cards. It is true that street venders sell it much cheaper than in the licensed gift store, but it is very low quality stuff made in...(???) And also there are many pickpockets in summer and you never know who is in front of you, real vender or a person who wants to take away your stuff.
Appreciated but not compulsory. Tipping is increasingly expected at restaurants. Tip 10-15% depending on service. Don't tip if the service is unsatisfactory.
Of course all our guides are very knowledgeable and they always do the best to make your stay unforgettable and expect you to give your appreciation during all St.Petersburg russia private tours.
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