ECS Russia

In keeping with the spirit of Bennett Reisebureau we successfully launched ECS Russia earlier this year. Bennett Reisebureau, later Bennett Cruise Service and European Cruise Service, was already present in St. Petersburg in the early 1900’s. After many years away, we are now proud to be back. With the opening of the new office, European Cruise Service stands ready to once again welcome guests to St. Petersburg!

The branch will be headed by Director Zhanna Voronkova and our well known colleague Yvonne Meddings from Norway. Both leaders have long experience and extensive knowledge of the cruise market and tour operations in Russia and Scandinavia.

Our new office, located in the center of St. Petersburg, is ready to offer you keen insights and advice on all shore excursions in and around the city. We can tailor tours to fit your specific needs and supply timings and descriptions in all major languages. Detailed info on the various venues will be eagerly provided. Our staff will test all tours in advance to ensure that you receive the best possible capacity regardless of conflicts and that your guests get a fabulous and memorable experience.

The new operation is already well staffed, both in the office and on the pier. We have access to more than 500 guides covering all languages and a large pool of vehicles in order to provide all manners of transportation. In addition, we have received strong local support from suppliers, business owners and the city and therefore have firm, direct contracts with all the suppliers. The office will keep working to offer you and your guests even more new and rare opportunities and experiences in St. Petersburg.

With the addition of ECS Russia, European Cruise Service is even better positioned to offer you the very best of customer service along with an excellence of delivery in Northern Europe and Russia.

St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg is the second largest city in Russia after its capital - Moscow, with the population of about 5 million people. It is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. The city was founded on the 27th of May, 1703 by the Russian emperor Peter I who gets the name Peter the Gtrate. The city was founded as a window to Europe and opened for the country access to the sea. St.Petersburg is a UNESCO protected architectural gem, famous for cultural life, architecture, palaces, theaters, parks and squares, beautiful bridges, canals, churches and cathedrals, impressive monuments, suburbs, colorful and exciting revolutionary history. From the mysterious twilight of the White Nights to world-beating opera and ballet productions on magical winter evenings, St. Petersburg charms and entices in every season.

There is a new and modern port in St. Petersburg called "Marine Façade ". It is the first and only in the North-Western region of Russia and also the largest in the Baltic region specialized passenger port located on the alluvial areas of Vasilievsky Island. The port complex includes seven berths with a total length 2171,06 meters to receive cruise ships up to 330 meters long, three cruise and one specialized cruise - ferry terminal.

Main Highlights:
  • Hermitage
  • Catherine Palace and Amber room
  • Peterhof: Grand Palace & Fountains
  • St. Isaac's Cathedral, Kazan Cathedral & Spilled Blood Cathedral
  • Peter and Paul Fortress
  • Mariinsky Theatre