Shore Excursion: 2-Day St. Petersburg City Explorer including Faberge Museum Visit

Duration: 17 hours
Destination: Russia, Northwestern District, St Petersburg

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  • 17 hours
  • St Petersburg
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Cancellable


This two-day group excursion is a great way to see the most well-known sights of St. Petersburg along with the Faberge museum, which has become one of the new gems in the city. Apart from this museum, you'll visit two royal residences, including the Catherine Palace in Pushkin, and Peterhof with Fountain park. Also, see the inside of the Church on the Spilled Blood and St. Isaac's Cathedral. One of the major attractions you pay a visit to is certainly the Hermitage, the largest museum in the country. During this tour you will learn interesting facts about the present and past history of the city, hear the stories about the Romanov family and gain a deeper understanding of Russian culture, traditions and everyday life. Our guides will make the history of the city come alive and our professional team will do everything to make your time in this beautiful city very special.


  • Comprehensive tour by bus/coach
  • Skip the line
  • Small group ensures personal service
  • All entrance fees included
  • Lunch included
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide

Day 1:
8.30 am Meeting by the ship. (Please note: the time of the beginning of the tour is given approximately and will be adjusted depending on your ship arrival time.) City tour includes driving and photo stops in the most beautiful, historical places of St Petersburg. A visit to subway station
10:00-11:00 am Driving to Peterhof
11:00 am-12:30 pm Guided tour of the Upper Gardens and Lower Fountain Park
12:30-1:30 pm Lunch (included)
1:30-2:30 pm Driving to Pushkin
2:30-4:00 pm Inside guided tour of Catherine Palace with the Amber Room
4:00-5:00 pm Driving to the city
5:00-5:30 pm Inside guided tour of St. Isaac's Cathedral
6.00 pm Return to the ship or evening optional program (theatre/folk show/boat trip)
Day 2:
8:00 am Meeting by the ship. Continuation of the city tour, including Summer Gardens of Peter the Great, the Spit of the Basil Island, Michael’s Castle, Admiralty, the State St Petersburg University, Academy of Fine Arts, the Monument of Peter the Great, The Russian Academy of Sciences, Ancient Egyptian Sphinxes, etc. 
9:00-10:00 am A stroll on Nevsky prospect. 
10:00-12:30 pm Guided tour of the State Hermitage museum (early admission, before the official opening hours)
12:45-1:45 pm Lunch (not included)
2:00-2:30 pm Inside guided tour of the Church of the Spilt Blood
2:45-4:00 pm Inside guided tour of the Faberge museum 
4:30 pm Return to the ship
Please note:
• The timing and the sequence of the museum visits are given approximate and depend on the days of the week.
• The sequence of the tour can be changed by your guide because of the traffic and museums' days-off.
• In order to minimize the flow of tourists inside the museum, the Hermitage authorities reserve the right to adjust the entrance time slot.
• Not accessible for people with mobility issues. In case you are travelling with a wheelchair, mobile scooter or a walking frame, please consider taking a private tour.

  • Port pickup and drop-off
  • Faberge tour is held in the group up to 15 people
  • Guide services for 2 days
  • One lunch
  • Driver services for 2 days (comfortable car(Mercedes/VW)/minivan with A/C)
  • A permit for photo/video at the museums per person (except for Faberge museum)
  • Metro ride
  • All port fees
  • All local taxes
  • Blanket visa
  • Bottled water
  • Headsets for the group of 10 and more

  • Gratuities
  • Cost of lunch on the second day
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • BLANKET VISA will be provided separately from the tour voucher. Please make sure to print it out before you set off (each passenger MUST receive and print a blanket visa (tour ticket) from local operator to pass the customs during disembarkation)
  • Visa-free tour available only for cruise passengers
  • Please provide the following information for the blanket visa (tour ticket): 1. Your full names as shown on your passports, including your middle names 2. D.O.B(s) 3. Citizenship(s) 4. Passport number(s) 5. Dates of the trip
  • Not accessible for people with mobility issues. In case you are travelling with a wheelchair, mobile scooter or a walking frame, please consider taking a private tour
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • No special dress code
  • Infant meals not included
  • To clear the customs in St. Petersburg port you should have 1. A valid passport 2. A printed blanket visa provided by the local operator after booking
Departure Point

Cruise port of St. Petersburg

Departure Time

Your Arrival time

Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Voucher info

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


17 hours

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

User's Reviews

Image - 03 Nov 2017 -

richard e

Our guide Irena was quite amazing, she was the most knowledgeable guide we have ever had. Highly recommend this, we were Lucky and we were just a group of 4 and that made it a private tour. Kudos to a job well done.

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Roseanne G

This was a fantastic tour and our guide Elena was absolutely wonderful! She did an absolutely amazing job of fitting all the sights in as promised in this tight two day timeframe. In contrast to some of our other group who had a different tour guide and did not get to see the subway system which shouldnt be missed. Its a marvel of engineering and decorated like a museum. The information overall was overwhelming and the sights unparalleled. We had just been to Buckingham and Kensington palaces in England and after seeing the Russian palaces, the English ones are very poor in comparison. This is a city you could spend months in exploring and so this tour shouldnt be missed especially if you can get our guide Elena!

Image - 28 Sep 2017 -

Hector V

The tour guide was very knowledgeable on all aspects of the tour and very detailed in her explanations. I highly recommend the TJ Travel which handled our shore excursion. St. Petersburg is a must see place.

Image - 22 Sep 2017 -

Nancy Byrne I

Everything about this tour was first class. Booking and confirmation, follow-up to be sure we got all the required paperwork. The van we rode in: 2 seats on left, then an aisle, then a single seat on the right. Nobody had to sit in the middle. Very comfortable. Our guide Nina was a wonder, with an encyclopedic knowledge of Russian history and the places we visited. We decided on this tour because Holland America did not offer a 2 day tour that included a visit to the Faberge Museum. Cheaper than HA's offerings too. No issues with the visa, getting through immigration, etc. would definitely book with La Vacanza Travel/TJ Travel again.

Image - 12 Sep 2017 -


We booked this tour about 3 weeks before we left on our Baltic Cruise. The tour operator, TJ Travel, promptly responded to our email inquiry and after the booking provided detailed instructions and forms for obtaining the required visa and instructions about the Immigration and Customs process in St. Petersburg - better than the ship's instructions as it turned out and significantly less expensive than the ship's tour. T and J was a first class operation.
We chose this tour in large part for the Faberge Museum component. It should not be missed. Also, the early entry to the Hermitage before opening to the general public is also a must. After 2 1/2 - 3 hours of relatively peaceful and unhurried touring of the Hermitage we saw the huge crowds including other ship/private tours trying to enter and move throughout the museum.Our guide, Helena, was extremely well organized and juggled our schedule on both days to take advantage of the weather/conditions. When there are up to 6-8 ships in port discharging 3000-4000 excursioners each - together with the normal tourist flow - organization and coordination with the driver is a premium. Our driver, Vadim, was always at the pick up point before we arrived and moved us skilfully through the heavy traffic.
Helena was a wealth of knowledge about all of our stops and the vast amount of museums and sites to see in St. Petersburg makes a quality guide a must. She fit the bill. As there were only 9 of us in a Mercedes Van - we moved quickly and efficiently through pour schedule. The small number made it easy for Helena to be comfortable with us and share stories and information about Russian history and culture.Her breadth of knowledge was amazing - she was proficient whether we were at the Hermitage, the Faberge Museum, the Peterhof, Catherine's Palace or the Subway an extremely interesting part of the tour. At all of the sites we visited Helena was in the lead and got us jump the line status - whether it was a Museum, Palace, Church or the Hydrofoil.
I highly recommend T and J Travel for this tour and you would be fortunate to have Helena and Vadim as your guide/driver.

User's Picture Gallery


Catherine Palace


Faberge egg




Church of the Spilt Blood


Inside the Hermitage


Faberge museum


Hermitage museum


Admiralty Subway Station

Amazing, beautiful subway station that is about 27 floors below the city. Longest escalator ride I've ever seen.


Peterhof Palace, St. Petersburg

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