2-day Best of Saint Petersburg Private Tour

Intense walking
Multiple languages
Price from:
164 USD
p/p
If you are looking for a balanced tour that is a great value for time and money, this tour is the best choice! We designed this tour so you can visit all the main sights including the Hermitage, Peterhof Fountain Park, the most famous cathedrals and more. This tour also includes a visit to Faberge Museum, where you can enjoy one of the most impressive jewelry collections in the world.  
DAY 1

8:30 am Meeting by the ship (please note the start time of the tour is given approximately and will be adjusted depending on your ship’s arrival time)

8:30 am - 10:00 am City tour. See the 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 Drive to Peterhof

11:00 am - 1:00 pm Guided walking tour of Peterhof Fountain Park

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Drive to the city 

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Lunch (expenses are not included)

3:15 pm - 4:15 pm Guided tour of the Faberge museum. At this point of the tour you will join a small group tour up to 15 people, in all other museums you will have private tours. If you prefer to have a private Faberge tour, please contact us for more details.

4:30 pm – 5:30 pm​ ​Shared Boat Ride along the rivers and canals

6.00 pm Return to the ship or optional evening program

DAY 2
8:30 am​ ​Meeting by the ship
8:30 am – 10:00 am​ ​Continuation of the city tour. A visit to a Russian food market and a subway station.

10:00 am - 12:00 pm Guided tour of the State Hermitage Museum (early admission)

12:15 pm - 12:45 pm Guided tour of the Church on the Spilled Blood

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Lunch (expenses are not included)

2:00 pm - 2:30 pm Highlights of Nevsky prospect.The central city’s street is the heart of St. Petersburg. You will drive along the main thoroughfare to see its best highlights and stop at the Kazan Cathedral or Gostiny Dvor (Merchant’s yard), if time permits.

2:45 pm - 3:45 pm Guided tour of Peter and Paul Fortress/Cathedral

4:30 pm Return to the ship


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Visa/Tour Tickets

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.


Payment information  

A 50% deposit must be paid at the moment of booking. The remaining balance is due upon your arrival to St. Petersburg;


Cancelation policy

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.

Availability

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.


Notes

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.


Tips and Discounts

  • Children (7 - 17 y.o.)/students get 30 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!

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Inside visits:
  • Fountain Park in Peterhof
  • Church on the Spilled Blood
  • Hermitage Museum (early admission)
  • Faberge Museum
  • Peter&Paul Cathedral/Fortress
  • St. Isaac’s Cathedral (photo-stop)
Price includes:
  • Admission to all museums in the program
  • Professional guide for 2 days
  • A/C vehicle (Mercedes or VW) with driver for 2 days
  • Photo/video permit at the museums
  • Subway visit
  • All port fees
  • All local taxes
  • Blanket visa
  • Bottled water
  • Shared Boat ride
  • Headsets for groups of 5+
Price doesn’t include:
  • Lunches. It's recommended to add lunch if your group is 8 people+. The additional cost is $20 per person per 1 lunch/ or $30 per person per 1 lunch in an upscale restaurant
  • Tips (recommended tips for the guide: 10% of the tour cost, for the driver: 5% of the tour cost)
Extra options:
  • One-way hydrofoil ride to Peterhof - 15 USD per person