St Petersburg 2 Day Top-Guided Optimized Mini-Group Tour Introducing The Best of the City And Its Suburbs

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

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


This friendly, very popular, small group shore excursion was created to introduce the best of St Petersburg in a fun and interactive way. The tour includes all the must sees and features the city culture including  all the most requested inside visits in St Petersburg and its surroundings: Hermitage/Winter Palace, St Isaac Cathedral, Church on Spilled Blood, 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.


  • All entrance fees included
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Small group ensures personal service
  • Comprehensive tour by bus/coach
  • Excellent value for money

During your Baltic cruise the visit to St Petersburg will certainly become the highlight of you entire trip. This unique 2-day program is intended for those who want to see  St. Petersburg highlights in the most effective way. VISA-FREE Shore Excursions in St. Petersburg takes care of the smallest details to make your Russian trip enjoyable and memorable.
Day 1:
Your  fully licensed guide and professional driver of a comfortable air conditioned vehicle will greet you at passport immigration control next to your ship.
8 30  Start your day with a CITY OVERVIEW TOUR. You will be able to see and take pictures of the most famous and beautiful sights of St. Petersburg center, get acquainted with the history of the city and the Romanov family.
JOURNEY TO PUSHKIN (TZARSKOE SELO) -You will visit former Tsars' summer residence - Catherine's Palace including the famous Amber Room - the 8th "wonder" of the World and Catherine's Park.
Traditional Russian lunch  (included)
PETERHOF TOUR - Another summer residence of Russian emperors. You will see the Upper Garden which resembles Versailles in its planning and, the Lower Park with its incomparable Fountains.
On the way back to the city you will have a short METRO TRIP the interiors recall palaces not subways.
17:30 Return to the ship.
* After your tour program you may have your choice of returning to the ship or having 3-hour extention
to stay in the city center to stroll the majestick  streets, do some shopping  or simply enjoy a dinner at a good( not so touristy) Russian restaurant or a café.
Optional evening activities  (available for an extra fee): 
• The Faberge Museum
• The ballet
• Folk show
• Concert of classical music
• Matrioshka doll master class
• Jazz Club
• Vodka museums and  vodka tasting
Day 2:
8 00 Meet your guide.
PRIVATE CANAL CRUISE along rivers and canals of the "Venice of the North".
SAVIOR ON THE SPILT BLOOD CATHEDRAL, which startles visitors with its mighty size, multicoloured "onion" domes, magnitude of its décor covered with mosaics created to depict religious subjects.
Have free time to have lunch in one of the local cafes (own expense).
HERMITAGE MUSEUM – Includes the 4 buildings of this ensemble: the Winter Palace, the small Hermitage, the New Hermitage, and the Old Hermitage. Enjoy art collections with over three million works of art,  the spectacular state and private rooms.
ST. ISAAC'S CATHEDRAL TOUR The dome is gilded with 100 kilograms of gold. St. Isaac's is ranked as number one in the world for the richness of its interior decoration.
17 00 Return to your ship.
Note: Your guide may change the sequence of sightseeing, depending on museums occupancy, days off, traffic and other circumstances. Please do not be concerned. You will see all the sights mentioned in your itinerary.

  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan with 4G High Speed Internet
  • Professional guide
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • 1 Lunch
  • 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 - Catherine Palace and Park
  • Entry/Admission - Park And Gardens of Peterhof
  • Entry/Admission - Savior on the Spilled Blood
  • Entry/Admission - The Museum Complex The State Museum St. Isaac’s Cathedral
  • Entry/Admission - State Hermitage Museum and Winter Palace
  • Entry/Admission - St. Petersburg Metro
  • Entry/Admission - Neva Embankments

  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Infant seats available
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • 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
Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
St Petersburg port or centrally located hotel

St Petersburg Marine Facade

Return Details

The tour returns to your ship's terminal at 5 pm

Voucher info

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


2 days

Package is not cancellable.

User's Reviews

Image - 13 May 2019 -

linda s

Everything ran perfectly. Jane was an excellent guide and host and we had absolutely no worries about getting back to the ship. I can’t recommend this company highly enough!!!

Image - 28 Jan 2019 -

Poly S

Prior to visiting St. Petersburg I began a search for who we would use for our tours. In all I found about five or six companies in St.Petersburg all of which had good reviews and fairly comparable prices for what we were wanting. Ludmila Tours was one of them. I sent emails to all companies directly and as emails were exchanged with different people, I got a sense of honesty and genuine concern from Ludmila to make our visit memorable. Other operators were very good in their presentations and offers, some were a little 'pushy' to get us to sign up with them; many made a point that they were the 'largest' or offered more tours to more people than any others and so on. Fortunately, we realized what an honest person Ludmila was and booked her tour on La Vacanza Travel. As for guides we could have been given, we certainly must have had the absolute best in all of Russia. Inna was a delightful person, was willing to adjust and schedule things to our wishes, easy to talk with and understand. She was very knowledgeable and kept things moving along smoothly for both days we had her. She was the one that really made the trip so special. The driver Vladimir was equally good at his responsibility of maneuvering throughout the city in the best and quickest routes. The vehicle was very clean and comfortable and the driver stayed close to it when we were touring so there was never a worry about the safety of things left on the bus. The meals we had arranged for us were very well priced and enjoyable - very clean restaurants with excellent service. The potentially negative part was large crowds in the Hermitage and Catherine's Palace, but somehow Inna was able to avoid all the lines and easily get all 15 members of our group through the crowd. The smallest details were all taken care of. This was definitely five star service and I'd have no hesitation to book with this company again.

Image - 17 Sep 2018 -

John F

We had a 2-day tour with Tatiana. It was the ideal tour. Her English and general knowledge was impressive. She was the best guide that we have ever had on any tour.The group was small (6 people) and we kept seeing all of the cruise tours at the same locations as us but we went straight to the front of the line, had 6 people in the group instead of 40, and paid 1/3 the price. Talking to people on the ship who took cruise sponsored tours made us realize that we actually saw more than they did! They were prompt, easy to find in the terminal, and highly reliable.My only bit of advice would be to clarify the night program in the email confirmation. You definitely want to plan that before you get there because we wanted to see the ballet and it was sold out because we didn't realize that you need to pre-plan the night option. Overall great and a highlight of our cruise.

Image - 04 Sep 2018 -


La Vacanza Travel had contracted with Ludmilla Tours in St.Pete. The price of the tour was significantly less than the Oceania Cruise tour. We only had 12 people on our very comfortable mini bus compared to the 30+ on the big buses. Our guide was Olga who spoke perfect English and absolutely had an incredible knowledge of all things Russian and the local St Pete area. In a nutshell the tour was well worth the cost and we would highly recommend it.

Image - 19 Aug 2018 -


I have the highest praise for the local company, Ludmilla Tours- tour guide Mariya and assistant Constantin, even the driver. They went out of their way to help us and make this a good experience. We were the 2 late people the first day, because of immigration delays. They met us and brought us to catch up w the rest of the group, apologized (it wasn't even their fault), and made things right. My husband had a wheelchair from them, and Constantin was the "pusher." So nice and personable. Mariya was so knowledgeable, so very nice, and made sure all the wheel chair detours were handled properly. The Hermitage was crowded beyond belief; and Mariya moved us along to at least see what we needed, w good explanations in the time constraints. I can't say enough good things about these people and their company. Thank you!!!! (PS Re the Hermitage, I would suggest that people set up a tour for that alone, or first thing in AM--this has to do w the # of tourists in St Pete and how they're let in- not the tour company.)

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Mural on the wall at a subway train station.


Visited the Church on the Spilled Blood.


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