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

Duration: 2 days
Destination: Russia, Northwestern District, 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, Peter and Paul's Fortress and Cathedral, 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 time of booking so that we may issue the Visa-waiver document prior to your arrival.


  • Small group ensures personal service
  • All-inclusive tour
  • Lunch included
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Separate driver ensures your guides full attention throughout the day
  • Comprehensive tour of the city
  • Perfect introduction for first-time visitors
  • Travel by boat and see the sights from the water

Note: Below is a SAMPLE itinerary. The actual tour sequence will vary depending on overcrowding at venues, museums’ closing days, and traffic conditions.

Day 1

08:30am-09:00am Meet and greet at the port

09:00am-11:00am City sightseeing tour. A visit to the Metro station / ride on the subway (optional, if time permits)

10:00am-10:45am A visit to Peter and Paul's fortress and cathedral, the burial place of the Russian Emperors

11:00am-11:45am Drive to Peterhof Fountain Park

11:45am-01:00pm Walk in the Peterhof Fountain park and Gardens

01:15pm-02:15pm Lunch at a local café

02:15pm-03:15pm Drive to the Tsars’ Village (summer residence)

03:15pm-05:00pm visit to the Catherine's palace with the Amber room and a walk in the park***

05:00pm-06:00pm Drive back to St. Petersburg

06:00pm Return to the ship

Day 2

08.00 am Meet at the ship

08.30-09.30 am Sightseeing tour by boat along canals and Neva river

10.00-12.00 pm Visit and guided tour to the Hermitage Museum (Pre-booked entry time*)

12.00-01.00 pm Lunch at a local café

01.00-01.30 pm Excursion in the Church of Our Saviour on the Spilled Blood

02.00-03.30 pm A visit to the Yusupov Palace, site of Rasputin's murder

03.45-04.30 pm A visit to St.Isaac's cathedral 

05.00 pm Return to the ship
*Please note: Entry times will vary as pre-booked time slots are scheduled to minimize waiting are assigned solely by the Hermitage museum.
***Substitution on certain dates–Due to the 2018 World Cup and a record cruise season, on certain dates there may be extensive waiting times, overcrowding or limited availability to Catherine's Palace. The substitute visit will be the Faberge Museum or Pavlovsk Grand Palace and is intended to provide a more comfortable and enjoyable visit to St. Petersburg.

  • 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
  • Lunch on both days
  • Canal boat ride
  • Air-conditioned vehicle

  • 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
Departure Point

Cruise Ship Terminal

Departure Time

8:00 AM

Times are subject to change due to local traffic conditions.

Tour departs within walking distance of the cruise port

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 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

User's Reviews

Image - 16 Aug 2019 -

Loreto K

We had a very good tour guide for this 2 day tour Elena (hope it is spelled right). It was definitely a packed excursion. Elena was able to get us in to museums, churches, etc ahead of the crowd. She was very informative and organized. She kept our group together through some very crowded area. Definitely had a great first visit and "taste" of Russia.

Image - 14 Aug 2019 -


This was the most amazing tour. We did the de lux grand tour. Two full days. Packed with interesting facts. Boat trip, Hermatage, Peterhof, Fortress, church of Spilt Blood, Catherine’s palace,Yusupov palace, st Issacs Cathedral. Plus a beautiful lunch each day. Only 16 in the group on a mini bus. Much better than a large 52 seater. Our guide and driver were incredible. Knew St Petersburg like the back of their hands. Dropped of and picked up at the door every time, can’t do that in a big coach. Guide was so knowledgeable but made it fun, also had plenty of comfort breaks in the best toilets in SP. she knew how to avoid the queues. Worth every penny.

Image - 12 Aug 2019 -

Janet H

All places were where I wanted to go. Small bus/van great for getting around. I liked the small group so we did not wait in long lines.

Image - 07 Aug 2019 -

Clayton W

This was an action packed, well planned 2 days of sights and experiences- long days, but well worth the time spent. Lines during the busy season in St. Petersburg can be intense, and we were expertly escorted around them to our reserved places. This saved hours of standing in line (literally!) and the chance of missing some desirable locations. Our guide, Irena, was positive, energetic, funny, and great to work with. Distances between some locations took a while but our bus driver and vehicle were great. The price point for this tour was substantially less than our cruise ship's price, and the itinerary was better!

Image - 05 Aug 2019 -

Janet S

I give this a five because we saw it all however very quickly. Be advised it is a lot of walking and climbing stairs. Our guide was wonderful very knowledgable. Lunch first day was Italian and excellent. Second day was Russian and definitely different. This tour is well worth the time and price. If you are on a cruise ship don’t worry they are waiting for you when you get off ship and get you back to ship on time .

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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