St Petersburg 1-Day Private Shore Tour with Hermitage and Catherine Palace

Duration: 9 hours
Destination: Russia, Northwestern District, St Petersburg

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  • 9 hours
  • St Petersburg
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Non-Cancellable


Get an insider’s access to essential experiences and distinctive treasures on this 1-day shore private excursion. Immerse yourself in the beauty of the Northern Capital of Russia. Visit the imposing Peter and Paul Fortress with Cathedral which was the city’s original citadel. Be enchanted by the works of art preserved in its precious heart - the museum complex of the Hermitage Museum - an opulent repository of priceless art. Travel back in time and tour Catherine Palace with Amber Room, a magnificent example of rococo architecture, and the beautifully manicured palace gardens.

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Marine Passenger Terminal, Morskoy Slavy Sq. 1, St. Petersburg 199106 Russia

Your journey starts with your private licensed tour guide meeting you in the arrival hall of the passengers terminal. The guide will be standing right after passport control holding a sign with your name on it. After warm welcome, you will be taken to your comfortable business class car and the tour will begin. In the car you will discuss your day’s itinerary and may ask your guide any questions you have.

8:40-9:00 Meet your guide and driver in cruise ship terminal (direct pier pick-up)

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Peter and Paul Fortress, Petropavlovskaya Fortress, 3, St. Petersburg 197022 Russia

9:00-10:30 City Highlights drive tour with fotostops in the most beautiful places & short walk inside Peter & Paul Fortress which originally served as a base for the city garrison and officially was the first structure in St. Petersburg built by Peter the Great - founder of the city.

Duration: 40 minutes

Stop At: The State Hermitage Museum, Palace Emb., 30-38, St. Petersburg 191055 Russia

10:40-12:50 Guided tour of the  Hermitage Museum housed within the opulent Winter Palace of tsars and tsarinas. It is an absolute must-see for every art lover and those simply interested in an overview of the world history through the arts.

13:00-13:45 Lunch Break in a local cafe 

Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Catherine Palace and Park, Sadovaya St., 7 Tsarskoye Selo, Pushkin, St. Petersburg 196601 Russia

13:50-14:30 A scenic drive through St Petersburg to Pushkin (Tsarskoye Selo) or “Tsar’s Village,” home of the Catherine Palace with Amber Room.

Upon arrival, follow the Great Staircase to the lush staterooms on the first floor, where the interior’s baroque and neoclassical brilliance shine. Admire the opulence of the Great Hall, lined with mirrors, gilded carvings and 12 glittering chandeliers. Pause to take in the Amber Room, once described as the “Eighth Wonder of the World” for the shining amber panels lining its walls. Later, there will be time to stroll the gardens, totaling 1,400 acres of manicured grounds with a tranquil lake at its center. As you explore, you’ll see the impressive Hermitage Pavilion, which provided a private place for royalty to dine with guests and visiting diplomats.

16:50-17:50 Drive back to St Petersburg with subway ride OR using bypass road.

18:00 (6 pm) On board the ship

Duration: 2 hours

  • Visa-Free paperwork (Blanket Visa). No Visa to Russia required (obtain special paperwork from the operator)
  • Port pick-up (after passport control) & port drop-off
  • Professional licensed tour guide (different languages available)
  • Transportation by business class car with A/C
  • Professional private driver
  • Bottles of water
  • All taxes, port fees, local taxes
  • Entry/Admission - Peter and Paul Fortress
  • Entry/Admission - The State Hermitage Museum
  • Entry/Admission - Catherine Palace and Park

  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Passport name, number, expiry and country of citizenship is required at time of booking for all participants
  • Cruise ship passengers must provide the following information at time of booking: ship name, docking time, disembarkation time and re-boarding time
  • We will prepare and send your tour ticket (blanket visa) to you as soon as we receive all required information about passengers' passport details and gender
  • Make sure you bring your passport and a print out of your tour ticket (blanket visa) to present at passport control upon arrival at St. Petersburg’s port to clear customs. Your tour ticket allows you to visa-free entry into the city for your tour.
  • Itinerary depends on the day of the week
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Please let us know if you need a car seat/booster seat. This tour is free for infants. You do not need to book a seat for your baby (under 5 years old)
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Metro ride is possible only if time permits. Another option is that the drive back to the port may happen along the newly opened bypass "Circle Road" to save time and skip city center area. In this case, you will not visit metro.
  • The visit to the Hermitage does not include the collection of impressionists and post-impressionists which is located in the new General Staff Building.
  • Whenever possible, special "early admission" entrance tickets to the Hermitage will be ordered to avoid crowds. Although it may happen that there will be many other people entering the museum at the same time with you.
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Infant seats available
  • This is a sample itinerary. The order of museum visits (park and palace) may change depending on availability of entrance tickets, museum's days-off, traffic situation in the city. Catherine Palace also reserve the right to shift an entrance time on a very short notice. Supplier will rearrange the itinerary accordingly so that all venues can be visited.
  • Although tickets are pre-booked with skip-the-line entrance there may still be a slight delay (10-15 minutes) in entering the museums during busy periods (May-August). It is possible that there will be a line of people entering the museums at the same time.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
You will be met right after passport control in the terminal hall. We usually start at 9 am because majority of people will be standing in the line to pass passport control during 1,5–2 hours after ship’s arrival. It happens frequently that passengers who booked tours with cruise company go before the rest.


  • Passenger Port of Saint Petersburg ("Marine Façade")
  • Sea Port of St Petersburg

Departure Time

8:30 AM

Voucher info

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


9 hours

Package is not cancellable.

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