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One-Day tour for on-land travelers

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1 day (8 hour)

Duration

On-land tour

Type of the tour

Private Tour

Tour category

min 2; max unlimited

Group Size

Overview

If you have limited time or are a seasoned traveler who needs minimum introduction to the city, this is the tour for you. It includes the main sights: city tour with the main thoroughfare  Nevsky prospect, 3 famous cathedrals- Resurrection Cathedral (Church of Our Savior on Spilt Blood) with its unique mosaic made in Russia ,  St Isaac Cathedral (former main Orthodox cathedral of our city, now a unique combination of a functioning church and a museum) and  Peter and Paul Cathedral (family cemetery of Russian tsars from the founder of the city Peter the Great up to the last Russia tsar Nicholas II)  – you choose one  inside guided visit and get to see the outside of all of them, and the Hermitage museum – there you get an expert guided tour of the highlights and then you can try to see all 3mln exhibits as we leave you there to keep exploring on your own.

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:

  • Driving city tour
  • The Church of our Savior on the Spilt Blood, St Isaac Cathedral and Peter and Paul Cathedral in the Fortress ( with inside visit to one of them )
  • The Hermitage ( no impressionists/post impressionists department)

9:00 am-9:30 am Meet your tour guide in the lobby of your hotel or at the airport

9:00 am-12:00 pm City tour. Tour of Nevsky Prospekt

12:00 pm-1:00 pm Lunch (optional)

1:30 pm-2:00 pm Guided tour of the Church of Our Savior on Spilt Blood or ST Isaac Cathedral or Peter and Paul Cathedral in the fortress

Saying good bye to your driver

2:30 pm-5:00 pm Expert guided tour of the Hermitage Museum: we leave you in the museum to continue exploring on your own

Number of people in your group 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9-12
Price Per Person US $ 155 110 90 80 70 65 60 55

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 1 day
  • Driver services for 1 day
  • Baby car seats for children under 6 y.o.
  • 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)

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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Annette & Brian, Hermitage Official Hotel

HI Julia, We are home and getting settled back in to our real lives!We can't thank you, Elena and Vladimir enough for the wonderful tour experience. She was really amazing, as you said. Thank you for the reading list and recipe! I have forwarded your email to the girls.We will indeed get on trip advisor and rate Dancing Bear. Best to you and your business ventures,

Laura, Hotel Park Inn

Hi Julia –Thank you again for all of your help for the tour. We very much enjoyed ourselves and Olga was an impressive tour guide. Thank you

Douglas, Hotel Indigo

Good morning Julia,Thank you for a great day. Your guide Olga was excellent. I will recommend your Tours to anybody coming to St Petersburg in the future.

Marc, Kempinsky Hotel

Dear Julia…. The tour with Helen was more than enjoyable -- she's as knowledgeable as a university professor and more fun. She not only knows about the Bolshevik revolution and the preceding events, but is a fount of knowledge on Russian art and architecture.
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