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: Peter and Paul Fortress, 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
1:15 pm - 2:15 pm Lunch (expenses are not included)
2:15 pm - 3:15 pm Drive to the city
3:15 pm - 3:45 pm Visit to a Russian food market/grocery store. Shopping
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm Shared Boat ride along the rivers and canals
5:30 pm Return to the ship or optional evening program
10:00 am - 12:00 pm 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.
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Lunch (expenses are not included)
2:15 pm - 3:15 pm Highlights of Nevsky prospect including Eliseevsky store and Kazan Cathedral (outside).
You will stop at Ostrovsky square and get inside Eliseevsky store where you can indulge in delicacies, chocolate, caviar - all in a splendid art nouveau ambience of the century-old food hall. The next stop is at the Kazan Cathedral that is reminiscent of St. Peter’s Cathedral in Rome by its monumental colonnade opening up to the main city’s street.
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 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!