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
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infant seats available
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
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

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

User's Reviews

Image - 31 Jul 2019 -


Elena was an excellent guide. Booking through La Vacanza Travel was painless. Elena was knowledgeable in Russian history, art history and the Faberge museum. She also knew great restaurants to take us to.
Our driver, Andrew, was pleasant and knowledgeable also. Thank you for a wonderful two days in your country. We didn’t expect such warm weather!

Image - 24 Jul 2019 -

Mary H

My family and I which included three generations (two school age children, their parents, and me the grandmother) very much enjoyed our tour of St. Petersburg. Our guide, a lovely Russian woman, spoke excellent English and was knowledgeable about the sites we visited. She slipped us into very crowded sites (The Hermitage, Catherine's Palace, Peterhof gardens, the Church of the Spilled Blood) and saw to it that we toured these sites in comfort while she explained and pointed out all relative aspects of what we were viewing. The Faberge Museum was well worth the visit, not only to see the beautiful Easter eggs, but to also see a mansion of a privileged Russian aristocrat. I was worried about getting off our cruise ship in time for an independent tour, but this was not a problem. The ship was considerate about the starting time for our tour and it was very easy to go through Russian customs. Wear comfortable walking shoes as there is quite a bit of walking on the tour.

Image - 03 Jul 2019 -

Peter John Y

Enjoyed the 2 day tour with TJ Travels. We felt special as if we Were in our own private tour. Since there were 10 people in our group we had the van all to ourselves and our guide Tanya and driver Sergei were very good and took care of our group’s needs and any requests we had especially since we had several seniors in our group. Would highly recommend this tour and the guide Tanya.

Image - 03 Jul 2019 -


Wonderful and the tour guide was exceptional. One day little rainy, but did not hamper the wonderful experience. Avoided the long lines which was a blessing. Made new friends

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.

User's Picture Gallery


Catherine Palace


Faberge egg




Church of the Spilt Blood


Inside the Hermitage


Faberge museum


Hermitage museum


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