2-Day St. Petersburg City and Local Culture Shore Excursion in a Small Group

Duration: 2 days
Destination: Russia, Northwestern District, St Petersburg

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  • 2 days
  • St Petersburg
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Cancellable


Get a comprehensive overview of St. Petersburg on this 2-day shore excursion with a small group. Take a canal cruise through the 'Venice of the North' , have the inside visits to the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, St Isaac's Cathedral Tour, State Hermitage Museum and Winter Palace and choose to upgrade your experience with a 3-hour tour extension featuring visits to the Faberge museum and some of the city's top nighttime attractions. Visit the Russian Imperial palaces, the Peterhof Fountain Park, and the famous Pushkin (Tsarskoye Selo). Your small group is limited to just 15 people, which ensures personalized attention from your guide. The included 3 courses lunch in one of the dated will complete your delight of the comprehensive tour of the city.


  • All entrance fees included
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Small group ensures personal service
  • Separate driver ensures your guides full attention throughout the day
  • Comprehensive tour of the city
  • Travel by boat and see the sights from the water
  • Free port pickup and drop-off included


Day 1: St Petersburg many charms, from palaces and parks to canal trips and cultural evenings out

Stop At: St. Petersburg Port
8:30-9:00 am -Meeting at the port terminal (the exact time depends on the cruise ship docking time)
9:00 am -Meeting in the lobby of centrally located hotel
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Stop At: City Sightseeing Neva. Canal Cruise
9:00-10:00 am - Take an hour-long cruise on the River Neva and several of the picturesque canals for a view of the city as it was intended, from the water.
Duration: 1 hour

Pass By: Nevsky Prospekt, St. Petersburg, Northwestern District
10:00-11:20 am Head straight out on a city orientation tour - the most requested destinations in the historic city center.

Stop At: Nikolo-Bogoyavlenskiy Morskoy Sobor
The church which has never been closed in its history even in the Soviet time
Duration: 10 minutes

Pass By: Peter and Paul Cathedral, St. Petersburg, Northwestern District
See the cradle of the city

Pass By: Palace Square (Dvortsovaya Ploshchad), St. Petersburg, Northwestern District
The main and one of the most beautiful squares of St Petersburg

Pass By: Kazan Cathedral, St. Petersburg, Northwestern District
Kazansky Sobor was modelled after St Peter Cathedral in Rom

Pass By: The Building Of The Admiralty, St. Petersburg, Northwestern District
The former ship building factory

Pass By: Bronze Horseman, Monument To Peter I, St. Petersburg, Northwestern District
One of the symbols of St Petersburg

Pass By: Senate Square, St. Petersburg, Northwestern District
The square wich has witnessed many historical events

Pass By: Summer Garden, St. Petersburg, Northwestern District
The oldest part of St Petersburg

Pass By: Mikhaylovskiy Dvorets
The most mysterious palace of St Petersburg

Stop At: Savior on the Spilled Blood, St. Petersburg, Northwestern District
11:20-12:00 am - Guided tour inside and out of the stunning Church on Spilled Blood, one of the most requested iconic sights of St Petersburg
Duration: 40 minutes

Stop At: The State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Northwestern District
13:00-15:30 pm -Interior tour of the opulent Winter Palace and Hermitage Museum and its best collections in one of the greatest museums in the world
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: The Museum Complex The State Museum St. Isaac’s Cathedral, St. Petersburg, Northwestern District
15:30-16:10 pm -St. Isaac’s Cathedral - enjoy at the enormous mountain-like edifice of Saint Isaac Cathedral full of local and European marble and semi precious stones
Duration: 40 minutes

Stop At: Faberge Museum, St. Petersburg, Northwestern District
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: PORT
17:30 pm -Return to your ship or centrally located hotel
Duration: 1 hour

Meals included:
• Lunch: 12:00-13:00 pm -Traditional Russian lunch
No accommodation included on this day.

Day 2: Venture just beyond the city limits

Stop At: PORT
8:00 am -Meeting at the port
8:30 am -Meeting in the lobby of centrally located hotel
Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Park And Gardens of Peterhof, Peterhof, Petrodvortsovy District, St. Petersburg, Northwestern District
8:00-8:30 am - Start the day with a city tour to the South. See the major sites of the palace estates including statues, monuments, rivers and canals, beautiful bridges, cathedrals and palaces, memorial squares and parks.
8:30-9:30 am –Drive to Peterhof
9:30-12:00 am Visit Peterhof Fountain Park – built to rival Versailles in France, Peter the Great helped design the 300 acre park and fountains. Stroll through the lower park, and its 150 fountains.

Duration: 3 hours

Stop At: Catherine Palace and Park, Pushkin, Pushkinsky District, St. Petersburg, Northwestern District
13:00-14:0 am –Drive to Pushkin
14:00-16:00pm - Visit Catherine Palace and view the stunning palace facade which is 1000 feet long. The tour will visit all of the major halls and private rooms. A particular highlight is the Amber Room Enjoy free time in Pushkin in the delightful, small town of Pushkin. Dine (own expense), explore, take photos, shop, or stroll its manicured parks.

Duration: 3 hours

Stop At: St. Petersburg Metro, St. Petersburg, Northwestern District
16:00 17:30 pm -Drive to St Petersburg and the Metro ride (subway system) – which is an attraction in itself – find out why they are known as the magnificent "Palaces of the People"
Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: PORT
17:30 pm -Return to your ship or centrally located hotel
Duration: 10 minutes

No meals included on this day.
No accommodation included on this day.

  • 1x Lunch
  • Additional, 3-hour extension after the tour
  • Bottled water
  • Professional guide
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan with 4G high-speed internet
  • Guide radio and headsets for groups of seven or larger
  • Still photography permits for museums (where applicable)
  • Raincoats, if needed
  • Guaranteed to skip the lines
  • Entry/Admission - City Sightseeing Neva. Canal Cruise
  • Entry/Admission - Savior on the Spilled Blood
  • Entry/Admission - The State Hermitage Museum
  • Entry/Admission - The Museum Complex The State Museum St. Isaac’s Cathedral
  • Entry/Admission - PORT
  • Entry/Admission - Park And Gardens of Peterhof
  • Entry/Admission - Catherine Palace and Park
  • Entry/Admission - St. Petersburg Metro

  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Your own expenses like souvenirs, beverages, snacks, etc
  • Entry/Admission - Faberge Museum
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Child rate applies only when sharing with two paying adults
  • At time of booking, cruise ship passengers must provide the following information: ship name and arrival date
  • Passport name, number, expiration and country is required at time of booking for all participants
  • Refunds will not be issued if tour/activity is missed due to late or non-arrival of cruise ship
  • A maximum of 15 people per booking
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Not suitable for participants with restricted mobility, and walkers or wheelchairs are not permitted
  • This tour is quite intensive and a reasonable amount of walking is involved
  • This tour is only suitable for passengers staying in port for at least two days
  • Please note: This tour is visa-free for cruise passengers only and is not suited to land travelers who will be required to attend to their own visa arrangements
  • In the rare event that a tour does not return before the embarkation time, the group members will be transported directly to the next port of call to rejoin the cruise at no additional cost
  • Three-day advanced booking is required with complete passport details, including date of birth for each member in your party. If you book closer to the time, a Russian visa is required to disembark from your ship.
  • Tour is a guaranteed departure; no minimum booking numbers are required
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered

St Petersburg Port Terminal or local hotel

Return Details

Cruise passenger terminal

Voucher info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.


2 days

Package is cancellable prior to three days from the commencement of the service.

User's Reviews

Image - 04 Sep 2018 -


This was a perfect 2-day visit to St. Petersburg! We were a single large family group 33 people 4 generations, and the tour operator was able to accommodate us in a full size tour bus.
Anna, our guide, was great! Very knowledgeable and she kept the tour interesting for all. Lots to see and do over two days and we got a good appreciation of the city and the culture. Hats off as well to Anna for keeping track of everyone in our group, including the little ones, and for keeping everything so well organised!
The visa-free shore excursion was one less thing to worry about for a large group, and the cost of the excursion was considerably cheaper than arranging something thru the cruise line. Very pleased that we booked thru La Vacanza Travel and glad that we picked this excursion.

Image - 03 Sep 2018 -


Great tour hitting all of the highlights of St. Petersburg. Kate, our guide, was firm but gentle in keeping our group at a good pace through all of the sites we visited and counted our group at various times to make sure everyone was present. Our two lunch stops gave us a taste of Russian cuisine and as well some of their culture. You could see her pride in showing us her St. Petersburg and gave us some insight into the effects of history on the culture and thoughts of natives of St. Petersburg.

Image - 30 Aug 2018 -

Munabu Abdul M

Had a lovely experience of our tour of St Petersburg with tour guide Elena and driver Dmitri. Elena was efficient, cheerful and very knowledgable. We were a small group of 14 on this tour and was given an excellent itinerary. St Petersburg was the highlight of our cruise thanks to Elenas expertise. She had everything planned to perfection. We didnt have to wait in any queues. We were provided with water. Entry to the museums, gardens, palaces were all included, and we also were given a boat ride as well as a metro trip. Glad to have booked with La Vacanza Travels. Thank you Elena

Image - 01 Aug 2018 -

Ghassan W

St. Petersburg is a city rich in culture and nothing better than a professional tour guide to make the most out of it.
This is a truly professional company and they care they followed up on our visa, promptly answered our telephone and addressed our concerns. We did not have a hitch passing trough customs.
Our guide was well informed answering all our questions about anything Russian history, art and a lot more, especially the best part of the tour, the Hermitage.
Our guide was very tolerant and we really appreciate her cool attitude and patience.
The bus dropped us at the right place and we did not have to walk much and picked us right on time.
Thank you Tickets and Tours

Image - 19 Jul 2018 -

Robin R

This was an exceptional tour with Anna. She is very knowledgable and keep us all on task with kindness and courtesy. Be sure to be timely on the first day as this really makes a difference in what you get to see and the time allotted. Comfortable shoes and the ability to walk easily are a must for your enjoyment. Also note that the company has to reserve group times in advance to secure these special tour activities. I saw all the highlights on my list and really enjoyed the local lunch that was included the first day. Anna and our driver Anatoli certainly made this a top notch excursion.

User's Picture Gallery


Touring Churches


Touring Museums


Souvenir Shop


Sightseeing on the Neeva river, a passing hydroplane


Catherine's palace complete extravagance


Monument at bottom of underground tube station


Fountains at Peterhof


Queueing at border control took about an hour to get through


Our guide Yelena spelling ? was excellent


Church of the Savior on Blood absolutely amazing














Catherine's Palace


Catherine's Palace


Church on Spilled Blood


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