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

Overview

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.

Highlights

  • 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.

Inclusions
  • All port fees for two days and all local Russian taxes
  • Professional and personable English-speaking guide for two days
  • A/C vehicle for two days with this timing
  • 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

Exclusions
  • 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.

Duration

2 days

Package is cancellable prior to three days from the commencement of the service.

User's Reviews

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djholloway50

The worst part was getting off the ship - lines were crazy long, b ut our guides waited for us. We had an exausting and amazing two days. Food was great, company and guide excellent.

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Gemma

Great experience! Maria, our tour guide, and Aleksei, our driver, are both very accommodating. Both are fluent in english. Maria’s knowledge in Russian history and the places we visited helped us appreciate the tour even more. Thank you!

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Karin L

With a small group, we were able to move about the tour with ease. We were lucky to have Luba as our tour guide. She was so knowledgeable and kind and caring that our trip was well informed and hassle free. She was amazing!!

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Wes

Dascha, was the best tour guide. Perfect English, knowledgeable and fun. She explained everything and could answer all the questions from our small group. We went to numerous places with the allotted time that the large tour buses could not get to with the same time. Small,fast and nimble is the best way to do an excursion. When we were on our last day, our van driver provided everyone with an hour or two of high speed internet access as we drove back to the ship. What a treat in Russia! Most everyone did not have access to internet except on the ship. Which is really lousy and expensive. This unexpected bonus was really appreciated by everyone in our group. I cannot say enough about how good this tour was. Highly recommend. Well worth the money compared to the cruise line tours.

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kjnelson

Great way to see the major sights! Guide Svetlana D. and driver Alexi were amazing. Svetlana knew the history and information about everything we asked. She was personable and professional and completely thorough with her tour. We loved our time in St. Petersburg!

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Church of the Savior on Spilled Bood

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Inside church of Spilled Blood

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Great Palace in Peterhof Gardens

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

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