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One Day Shore Excursion

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1 day (9,5 hours)

Duration

Visa free Shore Excursion

Type of the tour

Private Tour

Tour category

min 2; max 12

Group Size

Overview

Our One Day Shore Excursion is perfect for the first time travelers. In a short time we show you the main attractions of the city: Catherine palace with Amber Room,  wonderful fountains of Russian Versaille -Peterhof, the Hermitage Museum  (tour gives you a chance  to enjoy  Winter Palace gala rooms as well as unrivaled collection of European masterpieces) and  incredible mosaics of The Savior on the Spilt Blood Church.  Spending a day with us you will be able to see all highlights of Saint Petersburg. This tour doesn’t include lunch, but we can easily arrange  lunch boxes in order to save your time.

Skip-the-line visits on One Day Shore Excursion:

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).

Highlights:

  • Catherine Palace with Amber Room (replaced by Pavlovsk Palace on Tuesdays)
  • Petrgof lower park with fountains and upper garden
  • The Church of our Savior on the Spilt Blood (or Peter and Paul Cathedral on Wednesday)
  • The Hermitage ( no impressionists department ; let us know if you are interested)

8:30 am Meet by the ship.

8:30 am-9:00 am Orientation City tour ( as much as possible during so short time on the way to Pushkin city )

9:00 am-10:00 am Drive to Pushkin City

10:30 am-11:30 am Guided tour of Catherine palace with Amber Room (replaced by Pavlovsk Palace on Tuesdays).

11:30 am-12:30 pm Drive to Peterhof, Optional: lunch boxes – let us know in advance if you need them

12:30 pm-1:30 pm Tour of Peterhof Lower Park with Fountains.

1:45 pm-2:30 pm Back to St Petersburg by hydrofoil

2:30 pm-4:30 pm Guided tour of the The Hermitage Museum: Gala Rooms and masterpieces of the European Department.

5:00 pm-5:30 pm Guided excursion of Сhurch of our Savior on the spilt Blood (replaced with a visit to Peter and Paul cathedral in the Fortress on Wednesday).

6:00 pm Return to the ship.

Number of people in your group 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10-12
Price Per Person US $ 315 245 205 190 175 165 160 150 145

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

  • 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

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 .

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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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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