A three-day stop in St. Petersburg gives you a great chance to see not only the main attractions, but also some lesser-known sights. Accompanied by a professional tour guide, you will visit the true must-sees of the city, such as Peterhof, the Hermitage and Catherine Palace, but also such beautiful and interesting points as the General Staff Building, Yusupov Palace and Faberge Museum.
Important: the tour is available for fast walkers. The maximum distance at one venue is approx. 1 mile.
8:30 am – 10:00 am City tour. See St. Petersburg most famous landmarks including: St. Isaac’s Cathedral (photo-stop), Admiralty, Neva river, Menshikov Palace, Sphinx at the Academy of Fine Arts, Bronze Horseman, English Embankment, Wedding Registration Palace №1, etc.
10:00 am – 11:00 am Guided tour of Peter and Paul Fortress, including a visit to the Peter and Paul Cathedral.
11.00 am -12.00 pm Shared boat ride along rivers and canals
12:15 pm - 1:15 pm Lunch (expenses not included)
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm Guided tour of Yusupov Palace
2:45 pm – 3:15 pm Guided tour of the Church on the Spilt Blood
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm Guided tour of the Faberge Museum
5:00 pm Return to the ship or optional evening program
8:30 am Meeting at the ship
8:30 am – 10:00 am Drive to Peterhof with a subway visit
10:00 am – 11:00 am Guided tour of one of the small Peterhof palaces: Monplaisir Palace or Bath Block or Marly Palace, etc.
11:00 am – 12:30 pm Guided tour of Peterhof Fountain Park
2:30 pm – 4:00 pm Guided tour of Catherine Palace with the Amber Room
8:30 am Meeting at the ship
8:30 am – 10:00 am Continuation of the city tour with a Russian food market/Grocery store visit
10:00 am - 12:00 pm Inside guided tour of the State Hermitage Museum (early admission). In order to minimize the flow of tourists inside the museum, the Hermitage authorities reserve the right to adjust the entrance time slot.
12:30 pm – 1:30 pm Lunch (expenses not included)
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Guided tour of the General Staff Building. Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art collection
3:15 pm – 3:45 pm Guided tour of St Isaac’s Cathedral
4:30 pm Return to the ship
The order of museum visits and the time spent at each venue may vary depending on ticket availability, museums’ days-off, and the traffic situation in the city.
According to the Russian legislation a licensed tour operator has the right to arrange visa-free tours for cruise passengers arriving to St. Petersburg port. TJ Travel is an officially registered tour operator authorized to issue blanket visas. You will receive your free blanket visas (tour tickets) through email once you book a shore excursion with us. Please ignore warnings from your cruise ship company indicating that only a cruise ship company is allowed to run visa-free tours in St. Petersburg. Warnings/notifications of that kind don’t have any legitimate basis.
Please note you must print your blanket visas received via email from TJ Travel and bring it along with your passports each day of your tour. Blanket visas and your passports should be presented to an immigration officer on duty during disembarkation/embarkation in St. Petersburg.
A 50% deposit must be paid at the moment of booking. The remaining balance is due upon your arrival to St. Petersburg;
If you or any other member of your party decides to cancel your confirmed booking you must notify us in writing. All payments are fully refundable 72 hours prior to the date of your tour; payments are non-refundable within 72 hours prior to the date of your tour. In case of no-show, no refund is granted.
Please ensure to make your booking at least 4-5 days prior to your ship's arrival to St. Petersburg. The port authorities require all passport information in advance, and the bookings sent in less than 4 days prior to arrival will be rejected.
Please note that in case the Hermitage museums is overcrowded, museum authorities may limit the entrance which cause an extra waiting time – up to 30 min.
Children (7 - 17 y.o.)/students get 50 USD off the tour price. Students must have an ISIC card, otherwise the discount is not available.
Gratuities to the guide and driver are not included in the tour price. The sum you wish to give to your guide and driver after a well-done tour should be up to the western standards (approximately 15%). It is a good idea to divide gratuity between your guide and driver and give it separately to them: 10% to the guide and 5% to the driver. Please have some cash with you (USD, EUR or RUB) for this reason, but it is always up to you!