St. Petersburg Shore Excursion: Small-Group 2-Day Visa-Free Tour Including Boat Ride

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

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


Discover St. Petersburg with your English-speaking guide on this active and comprehensive two-day excursion. You will visit the world-famous Hermitage Museum, Peterhof Fountain Park and Gardens, the iconic Church of our Saviour on the Spilled Blood, St. Isaac's Cathedral, Yusupov Palace (the site of Rasputin's murder) and more. Your local tour guide will bring the city's fascinating and grandiose history to life with stories and anecdotes. You will ride on the city's River and canals, enjoy two traditional Russian lunches and immerse yourself in this beautiful city on this small-group shore excursion for ships in port for 2 days.

This excursion is visa-free for cruise ship passengers. Please provide passport information at the time of booking so that we may issue the Visa-waiver document prior to your arrival.


Day 1: Day 1

Stop At: Grand Peterhof Palace, Razvodnaya St., 2, Peterhof, St. Petersburg 198516 Russia
Tour of the Peterhof Fountain Park and Upper Gardens, including photo opportunities of the breathtaking Grand Cascade and exterior of the Grand Palace.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Stop At: Catherine Palace and Park, Sadovaya St., 7 Tsarskoye Selo, Pushkin, St. Petersburg 196601 Russia
An inside visit to *Catherine's Palace with Amber Room and a walk in the park.

*On extremely busy days, the Palace hasn't been able to meet the demand for tickets. We try our best to secure those tickets, but if we aren't able to, we'll take our guests to a beautiful alternative site such as the Fabergé Museum, Russian Museum, Monplaisir Palace and Pavlovsk Palace.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Stop At: St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg, Northwestern District
A city sightseeing tour with photo stops. A metro ride and a tour of the opulent metro stations is at the group's request and if time permits.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Meals included:
• Lunch: Traditional Russian Lunch at a local café
No accommodation included on this day.

Day 2: Day 2

Stop At: The State Hermitage Museum, Palace Emb., 30-38, St. Petersburg 191055 Russia
Visit and guided tour of the Hermitage Museum
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, Griboyedova Kanala Emb., 2B/A, St. Petersburg 191186 Russia
Guided visit inside the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood with time for souvenir shopping.
Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Yusupov Palace on Moika River, Emb. Reki Moiki, 94 Entrance for individual visitors and small groups from Dekabristov Street, 21, St. Petersburg 190000 Russia
A visit inside of Yusupov Palace including the Rasputin Exhibit.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Stop At: The State Museum St. Isaac’s Cathedral, St Isaac_s Square, 4 Nevskiy Prospekt metro station, St. Petersburg 190000 Russia
A visit inside of St. Isaac's Cathedral.

Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: Neva Embankments, St. Petersburg Russia
Canal boat ride
Duration: 1 hour

Meals included:
• Lunch: Traditional Russian Lunch at a local café.
No accommodation included on this day.

  • 2x Lunch
  • Professional and personable English-speaking guide for two days
  • Photo passes for all museums
  • Subway ride (if time permits)
  • One bottle of water per person per day, ponchos in case of rain
  • Audio head-sets for groups of 10 or more
  • Canal boat ride
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Entry/Admission - Grand Peterhof Palace
  • Entry/Admission - Catherine Palace and Park
  • Entry/Admission - The State Hermitage Museum
  • Entry/Admission - Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood
  • Entry/Admission - Yusupov Palace on Moika River
  • Entry/Admission - The State Museum St. Isaac’s Cathedral
  • Entry/Admission - Neva Embankments

  • Gratuities
  • Infant (Baby) meals are not included
  • Photo passes at Yusupov Palace (may be additionally purchased for 5 USD per pass)
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Mandatory: Please provide Cruise Ship Name at time of booking
  • Mandatory: The following information for EACH traveler is required to confirm your booking: (1) Full Names (as it appears on Passport), (2) Passport numbers, (3) Country of Citizenship and (4) Date of Birth. (use Special Requirement field)
  • This tour is only available for ships in port for 2 days for most major cruise lines throughout the summer season, not for ships docked for 3 days.
  • A minimum of 10 days are required for visa processing
  • Vegetarian option and other special dietary restrictions available ONLY if requested in advance (at time of booking).
  • Infant meals not included
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers
Departure Point

Morskoy Fasad, ул. Кораблестроителей, 32, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia, 199397

Traveler pickup is offered
With prior notice, we can also arrange a hotel pickup for guests staying in the city of St. Petersburg


  • Port of St. Petersburg

Departure Time

8:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Voucher info

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


2 days

For a full refund, cancel at least 3 days in advance of the start date of the experience.

User's Reviews


14 Nov, 2019

Excellent tour, I really like the ideal of the smaller buses. There were 14 on our tour. Perfect size.


24 Oct, 2019

Two FULL days of touring the best that St Petersburg has to offer. Purchasing this tour online, processing it, getting emails answered (no matter how stupid my question), getting through customs and finding the guide in port was ALL super easy and much faster than I anticipated. The tour guide is chock full of information about every site, all the history of each site, everything you see and the history of Russia and its culture and past. The shops have everything that you want to buy but do not assume that it is locally made. If you want to taste the vodka/coffee/tea at the shops, go their first as they put out one round and when it is gone it is gone. The staff in the shops speak perfect English and could not be nicer or more charming. The sites are amazing, truly spectacular, beauty around every turn. Listen to the guide when (s)he says to leave everything on the bus as we watched people being pickpocked. The walk around the grounds was incredible but is long and can be quite cold (you're outside for at least an hour walking around). We had a person in a wheelchair and a person with a walker and a few places were impossible for them to visit as the elevators were non existent or not working that day; just be prepared and flexible. Be prepared that it is TWO FULL DAYS of walking (including up and down lots of stairs), standing, and listening. The guide was unbelievably informative; just be prepared that there was no silence or time to just enjoy the beauty, the tour is constantly in motion with a constant lecture.. The lunches were two of the best meals that I've ever eaten served by amazing staff and in the most beautiful locations, completely diverse from each other. And my gluten free options were outstanding (you must preorder). This would not be a good tour for children or anyone who doesn't want to be in perpetual motion or learn about Russian history and art. For me, this was as close to perfection as any shore excursion I've ever done.

Rhonda W

15 Oct, 2019

Excellent guide, Elena took us on a 2 day fabulous excursion that we could never have anticipated. She was very informative, kept on schedule, and provided exceptional talent in keeping everything organized and our group together without any incidents. The meals provided on both days exceeding our expectation and were very yummy. Highly recommend this tour to anyone able to do 2 days of touring which we were able to on our cruise with 3 nights in St. Petersburg on Norweigian.

Norma A

09 Oct, 2019

Great 2-day tour st St Petersburg. Our tour guide Ludmila, was very nice and knowledgeable, explained the history of each place in details. Some areas involved lots of walking, not so good for seniors like us. Overall, it was an excellent tour!


07 Oct, 2019

Absolutely the best shore excursion we have taken. Kate and the driver were superb. Guided us strategically and we avoided all the queues and crowds. Made the whole experience (intensive though it was) a very memorable 2 days.

User's Picture Gallery


Church of the Savior on Spilled Bood


Inside church of Spilled Blood


Great Palace in Peterhof Gardens



Time to say goodbye to our beautiful Tour Guide, Maria...good job!!!





















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