Saimaa Travel

We do not organize visa-free cruises to Russia in summer 2022.


Step on board M/S Carelia and travel visa-free via the unique Saimaa Canal to Vyborg and further to magnificent St.Petersburg.

The cruise begins with an early morning departure from Lappeenranta on M/S Carelia. On board you can enjoy the beautiful scenery of Lake Saimaa and the Saimaa Canal. From Vyborg your tour continues by bus to the trendy Russian metropolis. In St.Petersburg you accommodate in the Solo Sokos Hotel Vasilievsky on Vasily Island or in the hotel Oktiabrskaya in the centre. The first day ends with a Neva and canal cruise (subject to change due to weather conditions), on which you will see beautiful palaces, stunning churches and other spectacular attractions.

On the second day you will have time to get to know St.Petersburg on your own. Many significant sights, such as the Hermitage, Palace Square, the Admiralty, Russian Museum, Peter and Paul Fortress, are within easy reach from the hotel. Even without visiting any sights, St.Petersburg has a lot to offer. Maybe you just want to walk around and stop by in numerous cafes and restaurants.

For the second day you can book a guided tour in the Hermitage. You can also reserve ballet, opera, theatre or circus tickets from us.

On the departure day you'll have time to do last-minute shopping near the hotel. If the timetable allows, there will be some shopping time also in Vyborg on the way back.

For this 3-day tour you don't need a Russian visa. Citizens of all countries are welcome to take part in this visa-free tour.

An advance booking and a valid passport are required for visa-free cruises. The booking should be made at latest 3-5 days before the cruise, depending on the cruise day.

Preliminary price
€355 / person


Hotel Oktiabrskaya or Hotel Moscow

Planned departures:
on Tuesdays and Thursdays in July 2022
on Thursdays in August 2022

Price includes:

  • Cruise Lappeenranta-Vyborg-Lappeenranta on board M/S Carelia and Vyborg-St.Petersburg-Vyborg by bus
  • 2 nights in a shared twin room at the hotel in St. Petersburg
  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Neva and canal cruise in St.Petersburg (subject to change due to weather conditions)
  • English-speaking guide
  • The port fee of Vyborg

Single supplement:  hotel Oktiabrskaya and hotel Moscow €130 (price example from 2020).

The prices are based on the tariffs valid on 10.10.2019. We reserve the right for changes.

Service fee in bookings made in our office (or by email or phone) €15 / reservation. Handling fee in our eShop €5 / reservation.

Ship schedule

Day 1

Departure from Lappeenranta, Finland, at 7:45
Arrival in Vyborg, Russia, at appr. 13:15
Bus transfer to St. Petersburg

Day 3

Departure from Vyborg at 16:15
Arrival in Lappeenranta at appr. 21:45

Time in Vyborg and St.Petersburg is the same as Finnish time during summer.
Check-in starts 30 min before the departure.

We reserve the right for changes.

The combination of travel services offered to you is a package within the meaning of Directive (EU) 2015/2302.
Therefore, you will benefit from all EU rights applying to packages. Saimaa Travel Oy will be fully responsible for the proper performance of the package.
Additionally, as required by law, Saimaa Travel Oy has protection in place to refund your payments and, where transport is included in the package, to ensure your repatriation in the event that it becomes insolvent.
More information on key rights under Directive (EU) 2015/2302.

General terms and conditions for package travel
Saimaa Travel Oy Special terms and conditions

M/S Carelia buffet lunch or dinner:

  • Booked and paid in advance €22 / person, €10 / child (2-15 years)
    Booked and paid on board €24 / person, €12 / child (2-15 years)
  • Á la carte -menu available on M/S Carelia

Please book your meals together with your cruise booking. If meals are added in your reservation after payment, we charge €10 service fee for changes.


The Hermitage Museum is one of the largest and oldest museums in the world, it was founded in 1764 by Catherine the Great and has been open to the public since 1852. Its collections, of which only a small part is on permanent display, comprise over three million items. Please ask for a possibility to a German speaking guide.

Price: €49 € / person, children 2-15 years €40 € / person

Duration: appr. 3 h

Excursion day: second day of the tour

Please note that advance booking is necessary!

Day 1:

Check-in starts at the Lappeenranta harbour at 7:15, M/S Carelia departs for Vyborg at 7:45 and arrives in Vyborg at appr. 13:15. Departure by bus to St.Petersburg (there is no toilet in the bus). Arrival in St.Petersburg at appr. 17:00-18.30 (depending on the traffic). Accommodation at the hotel. In the evening River Neva and canal cruise (subject to change due to weather conditions).

Day 2:

Excursion to the Hermitage booked in advance or any program of your own.

Day 3:

Departure from the hotel at 11:30, arrival in Vyborg at appr. 14:30-15:30. Check-in starts at 15:30, M/S Carelia departs from Vyborg at 16:15 and arrives in Lappeenranta at appr. 21:45.

St.Petersburg and Vyborg are in the same time zone as Finland in summer time.

We reserve the right for changes.

For additional fee:

  • Ballet, opera, theatre tickets in St.Petersburg
  • Accommodation in Lappeenranta

Rooms with extra bed:

Hotel Oktiabrskaya and hotel Moscow
In hotel Oktiabrskaya and hotel Moscow 1 extra bed is possible in a standard room.

€355 / adult in an extra bed
€255 / child 2-15 years in a normal bed
€225 / child 2-15 years in an extra bed

If you need more than 1 extra bed in the room, please contact us to book a family room.




Ligovskij Prospekt 10, 43-45,
Situated in the city centre, in the midpoint of Nevsky Prospekt (the main street).
On departures 2020, May 28 / June 4, 25, 30 / July 9, 14, 16, 23, 28, 30 / August 4, 6, 13, 20, 27 /  September 3.


Alexander Nevsky sq, 2,
Situated in the historical center of Saint-Petersburg, near Nevsky Prospekt, on the Neva embankment.
On departures 2020, June 11, July 2.


Passport copy

Send a copy of your passport to us
- latest 3 days before the departure, if our departure day is Monday, Thursday, Friday or Saturday
- latest the previous Friday before the cruise, if your departure day is Tuesday or Wednesday

If you send us the copy latest possible day, it should be in our office by 13:00, but for last minute bookings please check the time from us.

You can send the copy
- by email saimaatravel(at)
- by post
Saimaa Travel Oy
Ratakatu 23

Don't forget to take the passport with you to the cruise!

Our cruises to Russia by M/S Carelia are visa-free for citizens of all countries.

Please notice that if you are a foreign national requiring a visa to Finland, the visa has to be a double entry or multi entry visa in order to take part in a cruise to Russia. Please send us a copy of your Schengen visa with the passport copy.

St. Petersburg


M/S Carelia

The Saimaa Canal

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