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

Discover St. Petersburg with your English-speaking guide on this active and comprehensive two-day excursion. You will visit the world-famous Hermitage Museum, Catherine's Palace with Amber Room, 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.
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  • Min price: $304.11
  • Departure Point: Cruise Ship Terminal

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  • Good for:
    • 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
  • Operates: Daily
  • Inclusions:
    • All port fees for two days and all local Russian taxes
    • Russian visa-waivers (Tour Tickets)
    • Professional and personable English-speaking guide for two days
    • A/C vehicle for two days with this timing
    • Admission tickets to all the museums shown on the itinerary
    • Pre-booked entry to the Hermitage museum
    • 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 (optional)
    • Infant (Baby) meals are not included
    • Photo passes at Yusupov Palace (may be additionally purchased for 5 USD per pass)
  • Additional info:
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • 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
    • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Departure Info: 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
  • 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
    - 22 November 2017 -

    This tour is one of the best we have ever taken. Our tour guide, Maria, was fabulous and spoke perfect English. We saw so much the two days we were in St. Petersburg and Maria gave wonderful explanations regarding all the places we visited. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone going to St. Petersburg. You will see all the best of St. Petersburg and the small group made it very worthwhile. It is well worth the price and was better than any of the ship excursions that we took on our 12 day cruise.

  • 2
    - 21 November 2017 -

    Because of our late start to the tour , particularly on our first day delays at port checkout , not the fault of the company our tour was rushed to the point of running after the guide on occasions. At Peterhof , in huge crowds and congestion , we were lost by our guide ! She failed to check she had group with her and quickly became out of range on the headset microphone . This is very worrying in a country where we had no communication route apart from other guides with other parties , one of whom was able to contact head office for us . We were eventually collected about an hour later . But had spent a very stressful time and missed these wonderful gardens! As lengthy delays are not an unusual feature I wouldn't think it impossible to have a plan B for such occasions ! Sorry but our experience of St Petersburg was spoilt by our experience early on our first day of the two day tour !

  • 5
    - 18 November 2017 -

    This was the best Shore Excursion that I've been on my last 14 cruises. Hats off to our Tour Guide Maria for doing such a great job with her familiarity with the history behind every place that we have visited. Every question was answered with my utmost satisfaction. Viator, great job for putting such a great itinerary. Highly recommended to anyone wishing to join this tour. Ed C and 5 friends

  • 5
    - 20 October 2017 -

    Our two day shore excursion was fantastic and so well organised. The driver and guide were fantastic, friendly and knowledgeable. One of the hardest things was to remember all the information they passed on. Entrance to sights was easy ... glad we weren't trying to do it independently as we might still be waiting in line! In two days we covered so many sights and all the ones we needed to see in our limited two days. Meal stops were excellent. We highly recommend this tour.

  • 5
    - 09 October 2017 -

    This was a great tour and I would highly recommend it for Cruisers stopping for two days in St. Petersburg. It hit all the must see sights and the two lunch stops were at very nice venues with very good food and drink. our driver was Dimitri and our guide was Tatyana. They were both excellent and Tatyana was full of local info and told some very entertaining stories. The organization of the local tour company SPB Tours was excellent. The price was right, and all entry fees to the museums and other attractions were covered by the tour. This tour is an excellent value..

  • 5
    - 08 October 2017 -

    So happy we booked with you small group, outstanding value, friendly knowledgeable guide, it was all it was made out to be. Thank you

  • 5
    - 08 October 2017 -

    We did this 2-day tour first week of October. It was superb! Our guide, Luba, was tremendous. We saw all of the major attractions at much less cost than our ship's 2-day excursion. In fact, we spoke with some people who took the ship's tour and they were very disappointed in their tour and guide. We saw Catherine's Palace, Peterhof fountains, the Hermitage, toured the entire city by bus and also a canal ride, St. Isaac's Church, Church of Spilled Blood we went inside as well our ship's tour only did the outside, Yusopov palace which the ship did not tour at all and the subway which the ship did not do ...... I know, you're probably thinking - the subway? really? It is ranked as one of the ten most beautiful subways in the world and it certainly was incredible! It was a highlight! This was one of the best tours I have ever taken - and we've taken a lot! I would highly recommend it!

  • 5
    - 05 October 2017 -

    The worst part was getting through passport control. Get there early as it took us over two hours. The tour that was supposed to start at 9:00 didn't start until 10:30 because of the delay. Maria was excellent and spoke English very well. The sites were interesting as was Russia in general. It was a great educational experience.

  • 5
    - 05 October 2017 -

    St. Petersburg was definitely the highlight of our cruise of the Baltics. Everything was organized quite well, there were no long lines to wait to get in anywhere. Our tour Guide Yekaterina was great and the only comment I could make even though she was pregnant it was pretty much always run - run - run. She was not slow by any means. On Catherines Summer Palace with the great gardens, she focused our attention on a squirrel. I was unimpressed. It's a rat with a fancy tail. Strangely enough, she was not the only tour guide, we witnessed several doing the same thing. What's up with that. Imperial Squirrels? The rest was great even though the weather didn't fully cooperate, 50 shades of gray she called it.

  • 2
    - 02 October 2017 -

    When we crossed customs at the cruise port, the company seemed to have a mess. Our names were on a list but they told us the group was full so they send us to another one that was supposed to be the same. We discovered that all of the people in the tour paid way less than ourselves between 220-240 and we paid 307. This made me kind of angry, why does viator offers the same tour but charges different prices? The tour is ok, but everything was so quickly. I know that the tour tries to cover a lot of things in 2 days but for example we spent 45 minutes at a gift shop in St Petersburg but we had 5 minutes at Peterhof main fountains. This was kind of disappointing. We didn't use the hydrofoil as well. The city is very pretty.

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Things to Do in this tour

State Hermitage Museum and Winter Palace

The State Hermitage Museum and Winter Palace is the most fascinating attraction in Saint Petersburg. The baroque style three-floor building is an epitome of true beauty. To discover more about this unique structure continue reading.

Yusupov Palace on Moika

Yusupov Palace on Moika was once the main residence of the House of Yusupov in Saint Petersburg, Russia. That is also the same location where Grigori Rasputin was murdered in the year of 1916. To discover more about this location check out the page.

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