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

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  • Duration: 2 Days
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  • Departure Time :
    8:00 AM Times are subject to change due to local traffic conditions.Tour departs within walking distance of the cruise port
  • Departure Details :
    Morskoy Fasad, ул. Кораблестроителей, 32, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia, 199397
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  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


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. 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 the time of booking so that we may issue the Visa-waiver document prior to your arrival.


  • Lunch included
  • All-inclusive tour
  • All entrance fees included
  • Small-group tour by minibus
  • Small group ensures personal service
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Separate driver ensures your guide's full attention throughout the day

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Itinerary - 

Check the usual basic itinerary for your St. Petersburg Shore Excursion - 

Day 1
08:30am-09: 00 am Meet and greet at the port
09:00am-11:00 am City sightseeing tour. A visit to the Metro station/ride on the subway (optional, if time permits)
10:00am-10: 45 am A visit to Peter and Paul's fortress and cathedral, the burial place of the Russian Emperors
11:00am-11: 45 am Drive to Peterhof Fountain Park
11:45am-01: 00 pm Walk in the Peterhof Fountain park and Gardens
01:15pm-02:15 pm Lunch at a local caf
02:15pm-03:15 pm Drive to the Tsars Village (summer residence)
03:15pm-05: 00 pm visit to Catherine's Palace with the Amber room and a walk in the park***
05:00pm-06: 00 pm Drive back to St. Petersburg
06:00 pm 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 caf
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

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

*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 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.


Canal boat ride

Lunch on both days

Photo passes for all museums

Subway ride (if time permits)

Audio head-sets for groups of 10 or more

A/C vehicle for two days with this timing

All port fees for two days and all local Russian taxes

One bottle of water per person per day, ponchos in case of rain

Professional and personable English-speaking guide for two days



Infant (Baby) meals are not included

Photo passes at Yusupov Palace (may be additionally purchased for 5 USD per pass)

Additional Info

Not wheelchair accessible

Infant meals not included

Confirmation will be received at the time of booking

Mandatory: Please provide Cruise Ship Name at time of booking

Vegetarian option and other special dietary restrictions available ONLY if requested in advance (at time of booking).

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.

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). A minimum of 10 days is required for visa processing

Traveler Reviews

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  • 14-Nov-2019

    Excellent tour, I really like the ideal of the smaller buses. There were 14 on our tour. Perfect size.

  • 24-Oct-2019

    Two FULL days of touring the best that St Petersburg has to offer. Purchasing this tour online, processing it, getting emails answered (no matter how stupid my question), getting through customs and finding the guide in port was ALL super easy and much faster than I anticipated. The tour guide is chock full of information about every site, all the history of each site, everything you see and the history of Russia and its culture and past. The shops have everything that you want to buy but do not assume that it is locally made. If you want to taste the vodka/coffee/tea at the shops, go their first as they put out one round and when it is gone it is gone. The staff in the shops speak perfect English and could not be nicer or more charming. The sites are amazing, truly spectacular, beauty around every turn. Listen to the guide when (s)he says to leave everything on the bus as we watched people being pickpocked. The walk around the grounds was incredible but is long and can be quite cold (you're outside for at least an hour walking around). We had a person in a wheelchair and a person with a walker and a few places were impossible for them to visit as the elevators were non existent or not working that day; just be prepared and flexible. Be prepared that it is TWO FULL DAYS of walking (including up and down lots of stairs), standing, and listening. The guide was unbelievably informative; just be prepared that there was no silence or time to just enjoy the beauty, the tour is constantly in motion with a constant lecture.. The lunches were two of the best meals that I've ever eaten served by amazing staff and in the most beautiful locations, completely diverse from each other. And my gluten free options were outstanding (you must preorder). This would not be a good tour for children or anyone who doesn't want to be in perpetual motion or learn about Russian history and art. For me, this was as close to perfection as any shore excursion I've ever done.

  • 15-Oct-2019

    Excellent guide, Elena took us on a 2 day fabulous excursion that we could never have anticipated. She was very informative, kept on schedule, and provided exceptional talent in keeping everything organized and our group together without any incidents. The meals provided on both days exceeding our expectation and were very yummy. Highly recommend this tour to anyone able to do 2 days of touring which we were able to on our cruise with 3 nights in St. Petersburg on Norweigian.

  • 09-Oct-2019

    Great 2-day tour st St Petersburg. Our tour guide Ludmila, was very nice and knowledgeable, explained the history of each place in details. Some areas involved lots of walking, not so good for seniors like us. Overall, it was an excellent tour!

  • 07-Oct-2019

    Absolutely the best shore excursion we have taken. Kate and the driver were superb. Guided us strategically and we avoided all the queues and crowds. Made the whole experience (intensive though it was) a very memorable 2 days.

  • 07-Oct-2019

    I was a bit disappointed by the fact that you always have to follow your guide when you are visiting with a cruise ship and without a visa. I would have loved to go shopping outside of the tourist shop but it was impossible.

  • 02-Oct-2019

    Very well organised tour with friendly and knowledgable guide, Katya. Took in most important sites during the 2 days in a small and manageable group. Bonus free wi fi on bus

  • 16-Sep-2019

    We had a fantastic 2 day tour in St. Petersburgs. Our tour guide Maria was the best. She was so knowledgeable and friendly and we had a wonderful time. Best tour guide we had on this Baltic Cruise.

  • 09-Sep-2019

    Great tour and Svetlana was knowledgable in history, art and her country. We spent two days together and she kept us on time, answered questions from the group. I would ask for her again when we return to the area. Driver was good and coordinated with the guide.

  • 02-Sep-2019

    SPB is an extremely professional tour operator and I think we had one of their most experienced guides - Julia was so knowledgeable and efficient and the tour was very well planned. Very good access to all the sites with no queues. Highly recommended

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