With a 6 am wakeup call and an excellent buffet breakfast (I might like touring after all!) we were off to Russia. Passing the border was an interesting experience, first you go through Finland border (didn’t take long), go into a sort of no man’s land and then through the Russian border (which took longer but wasn’t bad). On the Russian side of the border heaps of trucks were waiting to be cleared, our guide Ilya (who was born in Russia) said once there was a 20 km line of trucks to get out!
We got into St Petersburg in the late afternoon we got to visit Peter and Paul Fortress which was really the founding point for this city. We visited the Cathedral and visited the tombs of the Tsar’s including Nicholas II and his family.