1-day Comprehensive St. Petersburg Private Tour

Intense walking
Multiple languages
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97 USD
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One-day private tour with a professional local guide is the best way to get the most out of a one-day stop in St. Petersburg. We have designed an itinerary that will allow you to walk along the Fountain Park in Peterhof, admire the unique mosaics of the Church on Spilled Blood and even visit the Hermitage Museum, just in one day!
DAY 1
8:30 am Meeting at 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. St. Isaac’s (photo-stop), Nevsky prospect (photo-stop, if time permits)

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.

​​12:15 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 – 3:00 pm​ ​Drive to Peterhof

3:00 pm – 4:30 pm​ Stroll in Peterhof Fountain Park

4:30 pm – 5:30 pm Back to the city by car with a subway visit (time permitting)

6:00 pm​ ​Return to the ship

*Substitutions: on Mondays the Hermitage may be replaced with Yusupov Palace; on Wednesdays the Church on the Spilled Blood is replaced with Kazan Cathedral.

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

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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 

All private tours require a 50% prepayment at the time of reservation. This amount is non-refundable if you cancel your reservation less than 72 hours prior to the tour starting time


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 15 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 and a small palace in Peterhof
  • Hermitage Museum (early admission)
  • Church on the Spilled Blood
  • St. Isaac’s Cathedral (photo-stop)
  • Nevsky prospect (photo-stop, if time permits)
  • Drive-by: Admiralty, Peter and Paul Cathedral, Neva river, Menshikov Palace, Sphinx at the Academy of Fine Arts, Bronze Horseman, Palace Square, Vasilevsky Island, etc.
Price includes:
  • Admission fees to all the museums in the program
  • Professional guide for 1 day
  • A/C vehicle (Mercedes or VW) with driver for 1 day
  • Photo/video permit at the museums (except Yusupov Palace, camera pass is 3$ pp, video pass is 6$ per person)
  • All port fees
  • All local taxes
  • Blanket visa
  • One bottle of water per person per day
  • 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 guide: 10% of the tour cost, for driver: 5% of the tour cost)