St Petersburg 2 Day Grand Mini-Group Tour

Duration: 2 days
Destination: Russia, Northwestern District, St Petersburg
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  • 2 days
  • St Petersburg
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Cancellable

Overview

This very popular, small group shore excursion introduces  St Petersburg in a relaxed and very friendly way. The tour includes all the must sees and features St Petersburg city life. The Grand tour is the way to explore the city and to see its the most requested  surroundings. The tour balanced program offers to visit with no rush: Hermitage/Winter Palace, Catherine Palace/Amber Room, Imperial Park, Peterhof Fountain Park, Metro, canal and Neva River cruise, and more. The tour is limited to a maximum of 15 group members.

Itinerary

Day 1: City Tour

Stop At: Ludmila Tours - Tours in Russia, St. Petersburg 192284 Russia
St Petersburg Tour operator
Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: PORT, 5 5-Y Predportovyy Proyezd, 12 Корпус 2, помещение 8-Н, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia, 196240
8 30 am Your fully licensed guide will greet you at the port terminal
Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Neva River, St Petersburg, Russia, 191187
Opulent embankments and impressive facades of the most famous St Petersburg buildings facing the Niva River will give lots of opportunities to see breathtaking views of the city.
Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Peter and Paul Fortress, Petropavlovskaya Fortress, 3, St. Petersburg 197022 Russia
A simbol of St.Petersburg and one of the few remaining fortresses of the 18th century which is an imposing fortified structure originally built on a small island in St. Petersburg
Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: City Sightseeing Neva. Canal Cruise, Fontanka river embankment, 21, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia, 190005
Venice atmosphere will greet you on a boat cruise
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: The State Hermitage Museum, Palace Emb., 30-38, St. Petersburg 191055 Russia
A guided look inside the former Winter royal residence , seeing the highlights of the art collections and rooms of world famous museum
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Summer Garden, Dvortsovaya Emb., 2D, St. Petersburg 191028 Russia
The first formal park of the new capital city of Russia was created by the best gardeners of France and Italy invited to St Petersburg by Peter the Great
Duration: 30 minutes

Pass By: Anichkov Bridge, Fontanka River across Nevskiy Ave., St. Petersburg Russia
Have a drive along the symbolic spots of th city to hear the fascinating stories from your guide

Pass By: Anichkov Palace Saint Petersburg City Palace of Youth Creativity, Nevskiy Ave., 39 m. Gostiny Dvor, St. Petersburg 191023 Russia
Palace build by the order of empress Elizabeth for her secret husband keeps lots of the legends in a secret and your friendly guide will tell you why...

Pass By: Kazan Cathedral, Kazanskaya Sq., 2 Metro Nevskiy Prospect, St. Petersburg 191186 Russia
The Kazan Cathedral overlooks Nevsky Prospect, the most central street of the city. The Cathedral’s proximity to the colorful Church of the Spilt Blood means it is often overlooked by visitors to the city, but this Orthodox Cathedral is a must-see

Stop At: Nevsky Prospekt, Nevsky Avenue, St. Petersburg 191025 Russia
Have CITIZENS VIEW TOUR and a lovely stroll down the majestic streets, visit the local market, do some shopping or simply enjoy a city life.

17:00 Return to the ship.
* After your tour program you may have your choice of returning to the ship or having 3-hour extension to stay in the city center.

Optional evening activities (available for an extra fee):
• The Faberge Museum-20 USD pp
• The ballet - 128 USD pp
• Folk show 96 USD pp
• Concert of classical music 96 USD pp
• Vodka museums and vodka tasting 52 USD pp

5 pm Return to the port
Duration: 40 minutes

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

Day 2: St Petersburg Royal Beauty

Stop At: PORT, 5 5-Y Predportovyy Proyezd, 12 Корпус 2, помещение 8-Н, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia, 196240
8 30 am Meet your guide at the port terminal
Duration: 15 minutes

Pass By: The Menshikov Palace, Universitetskaya Emb., 15 Vasiliostrovskaya Metro Station, St. Petersburg 199034 Russia
On the way to the former summer residences you will see the historical buildings and hear the story about the royal past

Pass By: The Building Of The Admiralty, Admiralteyskiy Drive, 1 metro Nevskiy Prospekt, St. Petersburg Russia
The Building Of The Admiralty, St. Petersburg, Russia

Stop At: Saint Petersburg Metro Museum, Odoevskogo ul., d. 29, St. Petersburg 199155 Russia
St Petersburg metro (subway system) –is an attraction in itself – find out why they are known as the magnificent "Palaces of the People".
Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Park And Gardens of Peterhof, Razvodnaya st., 2, Peterhof, St. Petersburg Russia
One time imperial residence of Russia's tsars famous for the 18th century fountains
Duration: 2 hours

Pass By: The National Congress Palace (Constantine Palace), Beryozovaya Alley, 3, Strelna, St. Petersburg 198515 Russia
Have a look at The National Congress Palace on the way to Pushkin

Stop At: Catherine Palace and Park, Sadovaya St., 7 Tsarskoye Selo, Pushkin, St. Petersburg 196601 Russia
You will visit former Tsars' summer residence - Catherine's Palace and Catherine's Park.
Duration: 2 hours

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

Inclusions
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan with 4G High Speed Internet
  • Professional guide
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Bottled water
  • Hotel/port pickup and drop-off
  • Headsets to hear the guide clearly for groups of 7 or larger
  • Day 1 evening extension/free-time (optional)
  • Entry/Admission - PORT
  • Entry/Admission - City Sightseeing Neva. Canal Cruise
  • Entry/Admission - The State Hermitage Museum
  • Entry/Admission - The Menshikov Palace
  • Entry/Admission - Saint Petersburg Metro Museum
  • Entry/Admission - Park And Gardens of Peterhof
  • Entry/Admission - Catherine Palace and Park

Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Entry/Admission - Neva River
  • Entry/Admission - Nevsky Prospekt
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Infant seats available
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • At time of booking, Cruise ship passengers must provide the following information at time of booking: ship name, docking time, disembarkation time and re-boarding time
  • Russian Visa-Free Entry for Cruise Passengers
  • Visa-Free entry requires full names, date of birth, country of citizenship, passport number for each member of your group, which must be provided to the local operator well in advance of departure
  • Separate visa-free tour ticket will be sent by email after confirmation of your booking
  • Please note: you must have your visa-free tour ticket and your passport with you on the day of travel, and present them to the Passport Control Officer
  • Refunds will not be issued if tour/activity is missed due to late or non-arrival of cruise ship
  • Child rate applies only when sharing with 2 paying adults
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • This tour is visa-free for cruise passengers only. Land travellers will be required to attend to their own visa arrangements
  • Comfortable walking shoes are recommended
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • 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
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
St Petersburg Hotel or Port Terminal or centrally located hotel

Ports

  • Marine Facade


Voucher info

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

Duration

2 days

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

User's Reviews

Antony L

16 Sep, 2019

Booked our shore excursion in a small group because I have mobility issues, and the tour was perfectly arranged. Jane, the perfect guide, and Vlad, our driver, collected us at the Port punctually as arranged both mornings. We saw all the attractions of St. Petersburg at a pace which suited us 8 seniors, with lunches, arranged by the company, at lovely local cafes, which we would never have found on our own. Vlad was a good driver, very pleasant and such a gentleman. A really special mention of our guide, Jane, who was lovely and went above and beyond what I expected in arrangin everything where necessary. This tour was the highlight of my cruise and l can thoroughly recommend it.

aveshmacwan

29 Jul, 2019

This tour was conducted by Ludmila tours who happen to be one of the famous tour operators in St. Petersburg.
Communication was great and a person had come to pick us up on time at our apartment on the day of the tour.
The tour had a very small group as we were less than 10 people. The vehicle was a comfortable Mercedes Mini Van and driver Sergiev was very good and helpful.
Tour guide Masha spoke good English and had abundant knowledge about the vast History of all places we went to.

While everything was good it just felt that there was too much information about history and it got a bit difficult to understand by the end of the tour. We note that tour companies need to maintain time however as tourists we wanted a little time to take pictures and see the places but at times it felt too rushed as we just walked by some parts of the parks, palaces.

Overall for the cost, it was a great tour and well organized. It covered most of the important points if interests at St. Petersburg.

Teva M

30 Jul, 2019

The bus was fine. There were 14 of us. Meeting was on time each day. Water was provided however they ran out the second day.

About the guide, I believe her name is Eleanor (thin, shoulder length brown\reddish hair.) She was disinterested, distant and seemed a bit miserable.

1. We went to a palace and had to wear paper booties so not to dirty the floors. An older man was having trouble putting them on. Instead of helping him, she rolled her eyes and rushed him.

2. I asked her what this very unusual wooden ship was in the canal. She said, 'it's just a ship.' Later I learned from another guide that it had a very interesting history. I knew then to limit my questions.

3. My wife and I had brought egg sandwiches on the bus. Since Eleanor never gave us times to destination and since we didn't want to leave half a sandwich in the bus, my wife asked her how long till the next stop. Eleanor said in a very rude and condescending manner, "If you really want to stop that bad, we can stop right now and take pictures of the gas station across the street." And she said this in the microphone no less. We were literally sitting right behind her across. No more than 3 feet. It just got uglier from there. People couldn't believe how she acted.

4. We had till 9am at one of our 20 minute 'comfort stops.' It was 8:59 and Eleanor began rolling her eyes wondering where a couple was. Everyone else was at the back of the bus. I left the bus and there they were heading back. When I returned to the bus, Eleanor said "oh my god." like she was so put out.

4. We were going to the Hermitage, it was probably in the mid 80s with no clouds. Elenor tells us we can't take water as it's not allowed. What she didn't tell us was that there was an hour line in the hot sun and we could have brought water and thrown it out at the entry door. Nor did she tell us to bring a hat. We skipped the line at Catherine's palace as Elenor said we had special privlages, so naturally we all assumed it was the same at the Hermitage. So we all stood there in the hot sun getting fried with no water and no protection.

5. On the second day, we had been to cathedral after cathedral. We stopped at the 2nd to last cathedral and there was a huge market there with shops and cafes. We would have loved to spend an hour there and get a feel for the local culture. Instead, Elenor took us to yet another church for the last stop of the day.

One of the reasons I booked this trip was it stated time in the marketplace and time for shopping. That didn't happen except for two brief 20 minute 'comfort stops' into a single souvenir shop. There was a metro ride and a canal ride. Lunch stops were provided each day with the second day paid for by the company in a very nice restaurant.

Other than that it was palaces and cathedrals and a very rude guide who really put a dark cloud on the entire tour.

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