Best of Saint Petersburg Private Tour

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Adults/Children Price from

164/134 USD pp




17,5 hours




  • Find out the secrets of jewelry masters at the Faberge Museum, and marvel at masterpieces of the Hermitage/Winter Palace
  • Admire the beauty of the Church on the Spilled Blood and enjoy a walk along the spectacular Peterhof Gardens
  • We provide headsets for groups of 5 people and up to make sure you always hear your guide
  • No hidden cost!


  • Blanket visa (tour ticket)
  • Professional tour guide
  • Transport by A/C coach
  • Entrance tickets for museums with inside visits
  • Shopping (if time permits)
  • Russian food market/Grocery store
  • Shared boat ride
  • Subway visit
  • Nevsky prospect

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 is required 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 a 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.

Tips and Discounts

  • Children under 7 y.o. are free of charge. Children (7 - 17 y.o.)/students get 30 USD off the tour price. Students of 18+ 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!



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. Isaaс’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

The Lower garden of Peterhof is one of the most impressive royal gardens in Europe with more than 300 years of history. Immerse into a special atmosphere of Russia’s Golden Age and enjoy a stroll in the garden with unique fountains, cascades and magnificent small palaces. Learn about the royal lifestyle and see all the beauty that surrounded them.
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

in a group of up to 15 people, if you would like a private tour, please contact us. Explore a unique collection numbering over 4000 items including Faberge Easter Eggs, enamels, diplomatic gifts, silverware, religious objects and objects of fantasy. The collection was acquired from an American newspaper magnate Malcolm Forbes who was a passionate collector of Faberge works.
 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Shared Boat Ride along the rivers and canals

Embark on a boat ride to see the iconic views of St. Petersburg. You will admire palaces, old mansions and gardens that are best observed from the water. While you are sailing along St. Petersburg waterways your guide will tell you fascinating stories from the past.
6.00 pm

Return to the ship or optional evening program


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.

The tour will proceed with panoramic sightseeing and photo-stops at historical sights of St. Petersburg.
 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Guided tour of the State Hermitage Museum (early admission)*

The Hermitage tour includes Winter Palace Staterooms, Italian High Renaissance art, Rembrandt's paintings, etc.
*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

This iconic building is associated with St. Petersburg and is a popular postcard image. This unique church is praised for breathtakingly beautiful mosaics and marble décor. Inside you will learn about its unusual history and the origin of the name.
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&Paul Cathedral/Fortress

Step on the territory of the oldest construction in St. Petersburg and learn why it has never been destroyed or badly damaged. Peter&Paul Cathedral/Fortress, topped with an angel carrying a cross, is a symbol of St. Petersburg and the burial place of Russian tsars who ruled the country up to 1917. You will admire its decoration and the gilded iconstand during the inside tour.
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.

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