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One Day Private Active Shore Excursion

ico_maps_add_2 Created with Sketch. St Petersburg, Russia
1 day (9,5 hours)

Duration

Visa free Shore Excursion

Type of the tour

Private Tour

Tour category

min 2; max any

Group Size

Overview

Please note, this is a private tour. That means you are the only participants on it. The tour price does depend on the number of travelers and the itinerary is fully flexible:press Custom Tour button to see more museums/activities you can add/ replace/ eliminate .

After meeting your tour guide and driver you will go for the metro tour which includes the most beautiful stations in St Petersburg (you will be about 60 meters under ground). To avoid crowds and save time we do early hours visit to the summer residence of the tsars, wonderful baroque style Grand Peterhof Palace, followed by a walk in the park with the world famous fountains. This tour covers all the major sights so we get back to the city in the quickest way possible – by hydrofoil. Then we see the number one attraction in our city, Hermitage museum. Besides its unique art collection you will see the gem of the museum – Winter Palace with its luxurious gala room and have a coffee break in the museum cafe . It will take you a very short time to get to the Church of our Savior on the Spilt Blood from there ; the church is famous not only for the murder of Russian  tsar AlexanderII , that happened right there (hence the name), but also for the amazing mosaics that cover all the walls there. On Wednesday( day off for the museum)  we replace it with Kazan cathedral, a functioning church – ladies, take your kerchiefs please. After seeing the breathtaking mosaics, you will top your tour to admire the royal jewelry in the Faberge museum.

Highlights :

Number of people in your group 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10+
Price Per Person US $ 310 250 215 200 185 175 170 165 160

Children under 6 у.о. will be included   for free; children of 6-18 y.o. and students with ISIC get discounts: $10 off the cost of the tour

Activity level:
High

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

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

8:30am (will be adjusted to your ship’s arrival to St Petersburg) Meet near the ship.

8:30-10 am driving to Peterhof with visit to metro stations

10-12:30 pm Early hours visit of Grand Peterhof Palace and walk through the fountain park

1:00-1:30pm by hydrofoil to St Petersburg.

1:30- 3:30 pm The Hermitage guided tour with 30” coffee break

3:30- 5:30pm The Church of our Savior on the Spilt Blood guided tour (on Wed. -with photo stop only) or Kazan Cathedral (on Wed) and Faberge Museum with an audio guide.

6:00pm back to the ship

  • Guide services for 1day
  • Driver services for 1 day
  • Baby car seats for children under 6 y.o.
  • Admittance fees to all museums listed in the program
  • All port fees and all local taxes
  • Visa waiver for the shore excursions
  • Bottled water (one bottle per person per day)
  • Rain ponchos in case of rain while visiting Peterhof Lower park
  • Permits for video and photos in the museums
  • Headphones for groups of 6 or more
  • Special memory gift
  • The cost of lunch boxes and coffee break

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Cathy Pace, August 14, 2019; "Star Pride" cruise ship
Thank you so much Julia! You were certainly right when you said Kate was your very best tour guide! She was absolutely fantastic! Very professional, added some humor, so very polite and her knowledge was outstanding! I learned so much. She parted the mobs of tourists like “Moses parted the waters of the Red Sea” – and did it effortlessly and respectfully. She took the items that we especially wanted to see at the Hermitage & made sure we saw them all! A superb management of time given all the things that were on our itinerary for the day and the crowds of tourists & traffic. Your husband did an expert job getting us where we needed to be on time, safely & professionally. I appreciated the suggestion of reading Peter the Great prior to our visit – it certainly helped me understand more of what I was seeing. I also read War & Peace – and it too proved to be beneficial. I’ll look forward to continuing my study of Russia with the list of books below! Thank you for contributing to my literacy! We loved your city and the experience we had with Kate. If/when we come back, we would LOVE to have her again. We wish her the best and you also – as you are doing a fabulous job with your tour company! Thank you so much!!
Swan and Kim, Serenade of the Seas
Dear Julia It was lovely to hear from you. Both Kim and I had the most enjoyable and fruitful trip with Dancing Bear. Not only Kate was informative and very helpful, but she also made the trip interesting. I must say our tour in St Petersburg is the highlight of our trip. We will definitely recommend your tour to any of our friends as I am sure you will definitely not disappoint them. I will try out your recipe as it is winter now in Australia and a hot borsch will warm us up.
John, Deborah, Harry and Gary. Celebrity Silhouette
Hi Julia, I would like to take this opportunity to express our gratitude to you and your team for making our trip to St Petersburg a memorable one.Your communication beforehand was very good and we felt very at ease that everything would go smoothly. I would like to convey to yourself, Anastasia, Anatoly and Alexei our thanks for providing a wonderful experience. We would not hesitate to use you again or recommend Dancing Bear tours to others. 5 stars from us.
Lis, “Disney Magic” cruise ship
Julia, It was fantastic to meet you and Lana while we were in St Petersburg. We had a wonderful time and really enjoyed learning about the Russian culture and experiencing the beautiful landmarks, churches and museums. Everything went perfectly and we could not have asked for a better day so thank you!!!I will definitely look through the reading list, although I am still only on page 200 of War and Peace. Thanks for the recipe too, I didn't get to try it in Russia so nice to have the recipe.Thanks again!
Cindy, “Fantasia” cruise ship
Hi Julia, The tour has been fantastic and Lana is so kind, lovely and knowledgeable. Please know that we cut it short only because the group was getting tired and wanted to just get a chance to buy some souvenirs.I will highly recommend your company to anyone I know who is heading this way and certainly I will be in touch should I ever be back to do some more in depth exploration of this beautiful city. Thanks for all of your help.
Rob, “Fantasia” cruise ship
Julia, Thanks for a great tour, Tatiana and Vladimir did a very good job to accommodate our needs. We will be sure to recommend you to future cruisers.
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