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3-Day standard tour for on-land travelers

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3 days (23,5 hours)

Duration

For on-land travelers

Type of the tour

Private Tour

Tour category

min 2; max unlimited

Group Size

Overview

Take this tour if you have 3 days in St Petersburg and want to be accompanied by a tour guide and driver to all major sights in our city. On day 1 you’ll have a city tour, boat ride along rivers and canals of St Petersburg (which is “a must” as one of our city’s nicknames is “Venice of the North”), Hermitage Museum and Savior on the Spilt Blood Church with its unique mosaic made in Russia. After it you continue exploring the city on your own. On day 2 you visit the most beautiful metro stations on the way to Peterhof where you go into one of the so called small palaces ( Bath Block,  Mon Plaisir or Catherine Block) and see wonderful fountains, then you proceed to Catherine Palace with the world-famous Amber Room ; on the way back to the city you have a quick look at farmers market with its local fresh produce and have a guided tour of the Siege Memorial to learn more about the greatest siege in the history of mankind . On day 3 we take you  to Peter and Paul Cathedral in the fortress , a family cemetery of Russian tsars. Our last stops will be at  Yusupov palace where you will try to uncover the mystery of Rasputin’s murder and St Isaac’s cathedral, a former main Orthodox temple of our city.

Activity level:
Moderate

Transportation:
Comfortable sedan ( 1-2 people ) ,Mercedes Viano ( 3-4 people ) , Mercedes Sprinter ( 5+ parties)  with a/c ; Wi-Fi ( upon request ).

Guide:
Local, experienced and licensed English- speaking  guide (this tour is available in Spanish, German, French, Italian , Portuguese, Chinese as well  but by slightly different price).

Highlights:

  • The Hermitage ( with impressionists/post impressionists department)
  • Boat ride along rivers and canals
  • Petergof lower park with fountains and upper garden
  • Catherine Palace with Amber Room
  • The Church of our Savior on the Spilt Blood
  • Peter and Paul Cathedral in the Fortress
  • ST Isaac Cathedral
  • Metro stations visit
  • Farmers market
  • Peter and Paul Cathedral in the Fortress
  • Yusupov Palace

Day 1

9:00 amYour tour guide will meet you in the lobby of your hotel.

9:00 am-11:00 am Driving / walking city tour with a public (2-4 people) or private (5-10 people) boat ride along rivers and canals

11:00 am-2:00 pm Guided excursion of the The Hermitage with impressionists / post impressionists department

2:15 pm-3:00 pm Lunch (optional).

3:00 pm-4:30 pm Second part of the city tour. Сhurch of our Savior on the spilt Blood

5:00 pm Return to your hotel or independent  tour of the Faberge museum

Day 2

9:00 am Meet your guide near your hotel

9:00 am-10:30 am Travel to Peterhof, visit several  Metro (subway) Stations

10:30 am-12:30 pm Tour of Lower Park with fountains and Upper Garden in Peterhof,  Optional: a visit to the Bath Block / Mon Plaisir / Catherine Block)

12:30 pm-1:30 pm Lunch (optional)

1:30 pm-2:30 pm Travel to the Tsar’s Village

2:30 pm-4:00 pm Guided Tour of the Catherine palace with Amber Room

4:00 pm-6:00 pm Back to the city; visits to a local Farmer’s market;
Optional: St Petersburg Siege Memorial

Day 3

9:30 am Meet in the lobby of your hotel

10:00 am-11:00 am Guided tour of Peter and Paul cathedral in the Fortress

11:30 am-1:00 pm Tour of Yusupov Palace with Rasputin Exhibit

1:30 pm-2:30 pm Lunch (optional) at a traditional Russian pie cafe

3:00 pm-3:30 pm St Isaac’s Cathedral guided tour;

4:00 pm Return to your hotel

Number of people in your group 2 3 4 5 6 7 8-9 10-12
Price Per Person US $ 650 475 395 360 325 300 285 275

Children under 6 у.о. will be included   for free ; children of 6-18 y.o. and students with ISIC will  get discount $15 off the cost of the tour

  • Guide services for 3 days
  • Driver services for 3 days
  • Baby car seats for children under 6 y.o.
  • Visa invitation letters for getting visas at the Russian Embassy ( consulate) in your country- if you need it
  • Admittance fees to the museums highlighted in orange
  • Bottled water (one bottle per person per day)
  • Permits for video and photos in the museums
  • Headphones for groups of 6 or more
  • Special memory gift
  • The cost of lunches (about $10-15 per person at a traditional Russian pancake or pie house)
  • The cost of visit to one of the small palaces in the lower park with fountains( Bath Block/ Mon Plaisir / Catherine Block - $15 p/p)
  • The cost of Siege Memorial visit - $10 p/p
  • The cost of possible evening programs ( including entrance fee to Faberge Museum )

Activity's Location

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FAQs

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Do I need visa for shore excursions in St Petersburg?
According to the laws of Russian Federation cruise passengers, arriving to SPb for no more than 3 days, do not need visas (stamp in your passport which you get in Russian Embassy in your country) in their passports when accompanied by fully registered tour companies (like us; our register number is РТО 006852). The system is as such if you decide that you wish to have a tour with us we will ask you to provide us with your passport information. We will prepare for you so called tour tickets (visa substitutes) and submit your personal details to the port authorities on the eve of your ship's arrival thus you'll disembark.
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Where do I meet my guide?
You will be met by our guide (holding the plaque with logo of the company) in the lobby of Marine Facade Port (not outside) - just follow the flow of other cruise passenger.
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Where do we finish excursion day?
We will leave you directly near your ship.

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Annie and Richard, Petro Palace

Dear Julia, thank you so very much for organizing our tour in St Petersburg. From my earliest correspondence with you to our final goodbyes with Tatiana and Vladimir it was flawless. Tatiana was an exceptional guide. Warm, funny, knowledgeable and happy to oblige our thirst for more knowledge of your history. As I said to her -why read fiction when the history's so much more! We spent our last evening at the Caviar Bar in the Grand Hotel. Wow! Thank you for everything. I will tell all my friends about your superb service and have already posted on Trip Advisor. Best Wishes

Nicky and Jon Scott, Four Seasons Hotel

Dear Julia, How lovely to hear from you. Please accept our best wishes for Christmas and the coming year. Could you also pass on the same message to Kate and Edward. Jon and I have such lovely memories of your beautiful city and we always recommend your tour company to friends who are thinking of visiting. Once again, have a very merry Christmas and healthy & happy New Year. Kindest regards as ever
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