2 Day Top-Guided Mini-Group Shore Excursion Introducing The Best Of Saint-Petersburg And Its Surroundings - Saint Petersburg

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 2 Days
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  • Departure Time :
    8:00 AM Tour departs within walking distance of the cruise port
  • Departure Details :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    St Petersburg
  • Return Details :
    The tour returns to your ship's terminal at 5:30pm on the first day and 1 hour before the ship's scheduled departure on the second day.
  • 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.
    • Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


This friendly, very popular, small group shore excursion was created to introduce the best of St Petersburg in a fun and interactive way. The tour includes all the must sees and features the city culture including all the most requested inside visits in St Petersburg and its surroundings: Hermitage/Winter palace, St Isaac Cathedral, Church on Spilled Blood, Peter and paul fortress, Catherine Palace/Amber Room, Imperial Park, Peterhof Fountain Park, Metro, canal and Neva River cruise, and more. The tour is limited to a maximum of 15 group members.


  • All entrance fees included
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Small group ensures personal service
  • Comprehensive tour by bus/coach
  • Excellent value for money

Know More about this tour

During your European cruise the visit to St Petersburg will certainly become the highlight of you entire trip. This unique 2-day program is intended for those who want to see  St. Petersburg highlights in the most effective way. VISA-FREE Shore Excursions in St. Petersburg takes care of the smallest details to make your Russian trip enjoyable and memorable.

Day 1:
8:00 Your private fully licensed guide and professional driver of a comfortable air conditioned vehicle will greet you at passport immigration control next to your ship.
8:30 -9:30You will be taken for a CITY OVERVIEW TOUR. You will be able to see and take pictures of the most famous and beautiful sights of St. Petersburg center, get acquainted with the history of the city and the Romanov family.
9:30-10:30Then set off for a JOURNEY TO PUSHKIN (TZARSKOE SELO) - one of St. Petersburg's suburbs within an hour drive from the city center.
10:30-12:30 Visit former Tsars' summer residence - Catherine's Palace including the famous Amber Room - the 8th "wonder" of the World and Catherine's Park.
12:30 -13:00 Have free time to have lunch in one of the local cafes (included).
14:00-15:30PETERHOF TOUR - Another summer residence of Russian emperors. You will see the Upper Garden which resembles Versailles in its planning and, of course, the Lower Park with its incomparable Fountains.
On the way back to St. Petersburg you will have a chance to see the "not so touristy" St. Petersburg and to have a short METRO TRIP the interiors recall palaces not subways.
17:00 Return to the ship.

Day 2:
8:00 Your private fully licensed guide and professional driver of a comfortable air conditioned vehicle will greet you at passport immigration control next to your ship.
9:00-10:00 PRIVATE CANAL CRUISE along rivers and canals of the "Venice of the North". Panoramic view of the PETER and PAUL FORTRESS.
10:30-11:15 Enjoy the beauty of SAVIOR ON THE SPILT BLOOD CATHEDRAL, which startles visitors with its mighty size, multicoloured "onion" domes, magnitude of its décor. The interior has the largest surface in the world covered with mosaics created to depict religious subjects.
12 00 - 12 40 Have free time to have lunch in one of the local cafes (own expense).
13:00-15:00 Visit the Hermitage Museum Includes the 4 buildings of this ensemble: the Winter palace, the small Hermitage, the New Hermitage, and the Old Hermitage. Enjoy art collections with over three million works of art,  the spectacular state and private rooms.
15:30 -16:15 St. isaac's cathedral TOUR The dome is gilded with 100 kilograms of gold. St. Isaac's is ranked as number one in the world for the richness of its interior decoration.
17 00 Return to your ship.


Russian Visa-Free Entry for Cruise Passengers

Transport by air-conditioned minivan with 4G High Speed Internet

Professional guide

All taxes, fees and handling charges

Entrance fees

Bottled water

Hotel/port pickup and drop-off

Headsets to hear the guide clearly for groups of 7 or larger

1 Lunch


Gratuities (optional)

Food and drinks, unless specified

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability

At time of booking, Cruise ship passengers must provide the following information at time of booking: ship name, docking time, disembarkation time and re-boarding time

Passport name, number, expiry and country is required at time of booking for all participants

Refunds will not be issued if tour/activity is missed due to late or non-arrival of cruise ship

A moderate amount of walking is involved

Not wheelchair accessible

Infant seats are available on request if advised at time of booking

Child rate applies only when sharing with 2 paying adults

Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately

This tour is visa-free for cruise passengers only. Land travellers will be required to attend to their own visa arrangements

Traveler Reviews

  • 04-Nov-2019

    We had an excellent 2 days seeing St. Petersburg. I booked a long time ahead as we were coming by cruise and was hoping for everything to go smooth. The company kept their promises and we were picked up at the cruise terminal on time. Our guide had a good English and she was very personable. No lines at the attractions as everything was pre-booked. I would definitely recommend this tour if you want to see everything important in 2 days.

  • 13-Aug-2019

    We quite simply had an amazing tour. Our guide and driver were the best and quickly made alterations to suit the itinerary to make the most of the warm weather. From the canal ride, the gorgeous palaces (no queuing), the underground ride and eating traditional Russian lunches both days - it was definitely the best way to get a taste of this wonderful country. We would highly recommend this tour.

  • 19-Jul-2019

    This is the way to visit st petersburg. Tour guide was excellent and the tours were very well done. I will always look to Viator for tours in the future.

  • 18-Oct-2017

    Our 2 days in Saint Petersburg iwere fabulous! The city has very rich history, beautiful architecture and incredible cultural heritage. Our guide Svetlana from Ludmila tours did her best to help us to enjoy maximum of Saint Petersburg for such a short time . The most special for us was the tour to the Hermitage. The company booked special entrance to the museum. It was a surprise for us but what a surprise!!! We also did very pleasant trip to the suburbs of Saint Petersburg to visit former summer residences of royal family. Our driver Boris was very professional, we felt safe in his car which was very important. We have heard that Russian drivers are crazy that is defiantly not about Boris he is top professional. By the way Ludmila from Ludmila tours is a real person. She greeted us and her other tourists in the sea terminal in the morning of the second day. She appeared to be very pleasant. She and her great team guide Svetlana and driver Boris did our journey unforgettable.

  • 11-Sep-2017

    Our tour guide Elaina was extremely knowledgeable and interesting. Tour was well organized.

  • 30-Aug-2017

    I must admit we were slightly apprehensive at first, but passing through Russian customs with no problems and then meeting Ludmila put us all at ease! Anna, our guide, was a delight she was punctual and has a terrific demeanour with not only us but also with other tour guides and groups, her knowledge and obvious pride in her country came through constantly, as did her fantastic breadth of knowledge all through the two days.
    Thank you also for organising the wonderful Faberge Tour where we were chaperoned by Sonia who we all agreed was a delightful young lady and like Anna, very proud of her country. She patiently made sure that everything was in order and even looked after our bags which was much appreciated.
    Our driver Anastasia hopefully correct spelling was really helpful and competent in negotiating the traffic and liaising with Anna for drop offs and pickups etc.

  • 26-Aug-2017

    Anna was an amazing guide! Very knowledgeable and open to discussing life in St. Petersburg and Russia. She took us to local markets so we could see daily life as well as all the highlights of St. Petersburg. I highly recommend this tour!

  • 15-Aug-2017

    Great tour, did so much. Small and Anna was the best, she really knows her stuff.

  • 15-Sep-2016

    Excellent tour which includes all the popular places in St Petersburg that everybody should visit. The 14 people group is perfect, not too big nor too small. Our guide Marsha is great. She took good care of us all. she is knowledgeable and passionate and well organized. Her English is fluent. Her narrates are perfect, enough to make it educational, but not too much to make us bored. We enjoyed our 2 days with this tour and the tour guide.