Shore Excursion: 2-Day St. Petersburg City Tour

This city tour is the perfect way to explore St. Petersburg in 2 days. During this comprehensive group tour you will see the major attractions of St. Petersburg including the Hermitage, Peterhof summer residence with the Fountain park, and Catherine Palace with the Amber room. You will pay a visit to the Church on the Spilled Blood which is beautifully decorated with mosaics and enjoy a stroll along the main city's street - Nevsky prospect. The tour won't be complete without a relaxing boat ride along the legendary Neva river. Finally, you'll be able to visit one of the most beautiful subways in the world!  During the tour you will hear stories about the city, its foundation, emperors and empresses that changed its appearance through centuries, interesting facts about the Soviet period and learn a lot about modern life in Russia: housing, transportation, health care system, family life and much more.
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  • Min price: $210.00
  • Recommended duration of visit: 16 hours
  • Departure Point: Cruise port of St. Petersburg

Departure Times:

  • Good for:
    • Comprehensive tour by bus/coach
    • Skip the line
    • All entrance fees included
    • Informative, friendly and professional guide
    • Small-group tour
  • Operates: Daily
  • Inclusions:
    • Port pick-up and drop-off
    • Admission fees to all museums in the program (including the early entrance to the Hermitage)
    • Guide’s services for 2 days
    • Driver’s services for 2 days (comfortable car (Mercedes)/minivan with A/C)
    • A permit for photo/video at the museums per person
    • Boat ride
    • Metro ride
    • All port fees
    • All local taxes
    • Blanket visa
    • Bottled water
    • Headsets for groups of 10 and more
    • One packed lunch is included on the day when you are outside the city (Peterhof and Pushkin) 
  • Exclusions:
    • Gratuities (recommended)
    • Lunch on Day 2
  • Additional info:
    • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
    • BLANKET VISA will be provided separately from the tour voucher. Please, make sure to print it out before you set off.  (each passenger MUST receive and print a blanket visa (tour ticket) from local operator to pass the customs during disembarkation)
    • Visa-free tour available only for cruise passengers
    • Please provide the following information for the blanket visa (tour ticket): 1. Your full names as shown on your passports 2. D.O.B(s) 3. Citizenship(s) 4. Passport number(s) 5. Dates of the trip
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Not recommended for guests with back problems
    • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
    • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
    • No special dress code
    • Infant meals not included
    • To clear the customs in St. Petersburg port you should have: 1. Valid passport 2. Printed blanket visa provided by local operator
    • Your blanket visa requires you to be accompanied with a guide at all times
  • Return Details: Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy: If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
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  • 5
    - 20 November 2017 -

    The tour was fantastic covering the most important aspects of the city. The guide was a very responsible and enthusiastic person. Everything was well planned. We are very satisfied with her performance. It is very good value for money.

  • 5
    - 13 November 2017 -

    A really informative and well organised tour. Good value for money.

  • 4
    - 25 October 2017 -

    Amazing tour and our guide was very knowledgable but I felt the time at the Hermitage was too long and our party would have liked more time to shop insead of being herded into a shop at the end of 2 days and given only 30 minutes. The bus driver was amazing how he would drop us off at a venue go away and park vehicle and somehow always managed to get back through traffic and pick us up on time again. I saw and learnt things that I would never have seen of St Petersburg if it wasn't for this tour ........ Church of Spilt Blood was the highlight for me ..........recommend tour highly!

  • 5
    - 16 October 2017 -

    Had a great caring guide. Norwegian cruise line's shore excursions were far to hard for handicap even tho my personal consultant assured me they were not! The guide was very informative showed us many beautiful places Catherine Palace, Amber room fantastic to gardens, churches Cut the line entrance to all attractions. Sadly I booked the Russian Ballet Thru NCL Level 1 for handicap. They took us to a smelly theater That had 45 steps WITHOUT a railing to the door and 2 MORE FLOORS of stairs with a rail Their performers were more like a dance school recital than a professional group. Then we found out the next day our Viator companions were treated to the Russian Ballet at the Hermitage Theater.. Viator 10 stars, NCL minus 10 stars

  • 5
    - 14 October 2017 -

    I really enjoyed this trip and the history was excellent!

  • 4
    - 13 October 2017 -

    We had a great guide, but unfortunately the organisation at the pier was appalling to commence the tour. Large numbers of people trying to find out which group they were in and one lady handling the queries. They could have had a board with names and groups written on and your tour leader waiting at a group point. Otherwise the tour covered all the main highlights of St Petersburg and despite the terrible traffic conditions which wasted a lot of the day, we were very happy with the price paid and what we saw.

  • 5
    - 12 October 2017 -

    Very well organized and fun tour. You will see all the key highlights, and our tour guide Dina was the best. She was so informative and thoughtful, while making sure we got to see and learn about everything. Be sure to book this before you leave. Excellent investment.

  • 5
    - 08 October 2017 -

    Amazing 2 day excursion with our guide Maria. She was a font of information! On the first day we were 'pushing' our time due to the long immigration process from the ship. Took 1.45 hours!! However TJ Tours are aware of this and wait for each of us. Sergay the driver, was a marvel driving amongst the traffic and on the horrific roads! Great going out into the suburbs to have a traditional lunch Beef stroganoffon the first day. There was no option given for a night tour. Maria felt we had had a long day already! Second day was spent in 'town' seeing the sights, and eating a typical café lunch. Paid by credit card. Very cheap. The history and grandeur of the palaces and museum is definite worth seeing and having the knowledge and insight from Maria. Definitely recommend TJ Tours

  • 5
    - 06 October 2017 -

    Highlight of our cruise. Olga our tour guide was both informative and entertaining.

  • 5
    - 05 October 2017 -

    Absolutely wonderful! It is arduous getting through customs into Russia but once there it is captivating! Our guide Helene was fabulous! Excellent English and knowledge. She ensured we saw and did everything possible in the time allowed. Great value for money!!

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Things to Do in this tour

Catherine Palace and Park

The Catherine Palace (Russian: Екатерининский дворец, Yekaterininskiy dvorets) is a Rococo palace located in the town of Tsarskoye Selo (Pushkin), 30 km south of St. Petersburg, Russia. It was the summer residence of the Russian tsars.

Nevsky Prospekt

If you saw most of the wonders of St. Petersburg Already you should go see Nevsky Prospekt. This is one of the most loved attractions in the city. The avenue is also the main and best-known one among foreigners. Read more for further details.

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