St. Petersburg Private Visa-Free Shore City and Peterhof Tour

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

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


This 1-day private shore excursion will take you back to the beginnings of the city and offers an excellent combination of art and outside activities. Spend a day exploring St Petersburg while your ship is docked in port. You will be introduced to the best examples of architecture when driving in the city center. Visit the

Hermitage and wonder about its amazing collection of masterpieces. The excursion continues with a visit to Church on the Spilled Blood, which is one of the city’s most famous sight, to discover its mosaic-coated interior. Travel by car to Peterhof which is also known as the Russian Versailles. Every meter of it is unique and ravishing: from the Grand Palace full of royal decorations and furniture to enigmatic parks with sights at every step! Explore the Upper Gardens and Lower Park, considered masterpieces of landscape design. Visit the Grand Palace of Peterhof - a unique residence of monarchs, presenting itself a delightful baroque composition.


  • Flexibility to customize your itinerary to your own preferences
  • Free port pickup and drop-off included
  • Step back in time on a history tour
  • Private tour is operated with just your party and a guide/driver

This is a typical itinerary for this product

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

This tour 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.

8:45-9:00 am - Meet your guide after passport control (Note: starting time of the tour is given approximately and may be changed depending on the arrival time of your ship)

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Memorial Sign Strelka Of Vasilievskiy Island, Birzhevaya Square, St. Petersburg 199034 Russia

9:00-10:30 - City Sightseeing tour which consist of driving and photo stops in the most gorgeous and historical places in St. Petersburg. This tour will surely keep you entertained as your guide will be telling you interesting stories about famous palaces and architectural ensembles. You will see some places from this list: Kazan Cathedral, St. Petersburg's main street - Nevsky prospect, Michael’s Castle, Russian Museum, the Square of Arts, Summer Garden, the Spit of Vasilievsky Island, the Bronze Horseman, the Admiralty, Peter & Paul Fortress.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

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

10.45-12.30 - Explore one of the world's greatest art collections on a guided tour of the Hermitage. Admire the magnificent art collections of the Hermitage Museum and enjoy learning about their origins and significance with your private guide.

Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Savior on the Spilled Blood, Griboyedova Kanala Emb., 2B/A, St. Petersburg 191186 Russia

12:45-13:15 - Visit the Church on the Spilled Blood. Enjoy seeing a dazzling array of gold onion domes and mosaics of this iconic sight!

13.20-14.00 - Lunch (at your own expense)

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Park And Gardens of Peterhof, Razvodnaya st., 2, Peterhof, St. Petersburg Russia

14.00-15.00 - Transportation to Peterhof, located 23 km from St Petersburg

15:00-17:00 - Take a tour of Peterhof, the summer residence of the Russian Tsar.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Peterhof Grand Palace, Razvodnaya St., 2, Peterhof, St. Petersburg 198516 Russia

Go inside the Grand Palace and explore the lower & upper parks. Marvel at this masterpiece of landscape design that includes over 150 fountains and 4 monumental cascades. 

17.10-18.00 - Drive back to the port. By 18:00 (6 pm) you will be back on-board!

Attention: On Wednesday you will visit Peter & Paul Fortress (no inside visit to Cathedral). Being initially constructed as a fort to defend the capital from the impendent Swedish attack, this fortress will transfer you in 1721 when it was a jail for famous Russian writers M. Gorky and F. Dostoevsky. Try to notice a golden angel sat atop of the Peter and Pall Cathedral with a tall spiral!

Duration: 1 hour

  • Visa-Free paperwork (Blanket Visa).No Visa to Russia required (you must obtain it 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
  • Farewell gift
  • Bottles of water
  • Rain coats
  • Photo permits
  • All taxes, port fees, local taxes
  • Entry/Admission - The State Hermitage Museum
  • Entry/Admission - Savior on the Spilled Blood
  • Entry/Admission - Park And Gardens of Peterhof
  • Entry/Admission - Peterhof Grand Palace

  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 9 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • FULL 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.
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Stroller accessible
  • Infant seats available
  • Attention: On Wednesday you will visit Peter & Paul Fortress (no inside visit to Cathedral). Being initially constructed as a fort to defend the capital from the impendent Swedish attack, this fortress will transfer you in 1721 when it was a jail for famous Russian writers M. Gorky and F. Dostoevsky. Try to notice a golden angel sat atop of the Peter and Pall Cathedral with a tall spiral!
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
We pick up the guest from all ports of St Petersburg.

Passenger Port of Saint Petersburg "Marine Façade", Cruise Ship Terminal, St Petersburg Port Passenger Terminal

Departure Time

8:45-9:00 am, except Monday and last Tuesday of every month  Please contact the local operator directly after booking to reconfirm your arrival time.

Return Details

St. Petersburg Port

Voucher info

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


9 hours

Package is not cancellable.

User's Reviews

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Our Guide was fantastic and overall the company tailored the tour to our specific requirements. Nothing was too much trouble, I would highly recommend using them.

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Sven D

Very professional guide an driver of the private van. Friendly, knowledgeable, very good english. Prices on par with what cruise companies charge, but for completely private and thus more efficient tour. Also documents (blanket visa) was well arranged. Would definitely recommend this tour guide!

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Ronald G

Our 8 hour tour with Olga was great. She is one of the best tour guides we have ever had. Extremely knowledgeable, personal, and flexible. Her tour of St. Petersburg of our family of six was a highlight of our cruise.

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Jason P

I originally booked this tour because it offered a one on one experience that would take us to the most amount of places. What we received was beyond any expectation that I had for this tour. Our guide, Kathryn met us at the port with a sign and guided us to our waiting driver and vehicle. They had bottled water for us, which was a great amenity. We started the day at the Church on Spilled Blood followed by Mikhailovsky Castle, the Winter Palace, Hermitage and then St. Icaak. There was not one moment where Kathryn wasn't talking about the history of each of these places. She was a walking historian and provided us with more information than I could have ever imagined! This made the day so much more than what I was expecting. We also asked to be taken for a local snack...the Russian pancakes and local cranberry drink were delicious! Before heading out to the Peterhof Palace we stopped at the perfect gift shop to pick up our girls some very nice local souvenirs at great prices! We also had some regional vodka, which was a cute touch at the gift shop since we LOVE vodka:) Once we got to the Peterhof we walked through the Palace and then went out to the gardens and fountains. I would love to go back during the month of late June and early July as I am sure the gardens would be in full bloom and be absolutely stunning. We have been on a lot of tours through our travels, but I can say without certainty, there couldn't have been anything done better on this tour! If you don't book this tour you would be missing out on so much! The owner, Misha, left us a gift in the car which was a great end to this tour! Thank you for a tour of a lifetime in our eyes!

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Joe O

La Vacanza Travel assigned our group of six to Horosho Tours who handled everything expertly from blanket visas to luxury transportation. Most important was our guide Katiana, she was fluent in English and exceedingly knowledgeable regarding her city and all it's attractions. And, she gave us a candid insight into what life in Russia was like over the past 40 years. The Hirosho team deserves all the accolades bestowed on them in reviews of them and the company. I am happy to add my full endorsement to this topshelf company. La Vacanza Travel made an excellent choice when they added Hirosho Tours to the list of tour companies with whom they contract for St. Petersburg tours.

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