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Two Day Active Shore Excursion

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2 days (19,5-20 hours)

Duration

Visa free Shore Excursion

Type of the tour

Private Tour

Tour category

min 2; max 12

Group Size

Overview

1) This Two Day Active Shore Excursion was designed especially for people who love sightseeing and would like to  see as much  as possible. The tour is packed with attractions so you will see almost everything in two days.

Day 1 We do a city tour in a comfortable vehicle, visit metro with the most beautiful stations resembling underground palaces and try, buy or just enjoy local grocery in a nearby  market. Our next stop is The Catherine Palace with its world-famous Amber Room. Dancing Bear Tours has a unique skip the line access to this museum. 

After having a quick lunch in some non touristy place we drive to Russian Versailles – Peterhof (which is, in fact, much more exciting than its French prototype).

Return back to the city by hydrofoil across the Gulf of Finland or drive along а new, picturesque high speed road. We finish our first day tour showing you the interior of St Isaac’s Cathedral, the fourth largest Orthodox temple in the world.

Day 2 We take you to The Peter and Paul Cathedral, a burial place of the Romanovs dynasty. It will take us 20 minutes to get to The Hermitage Museum, which  remains one of the biggest art galleries with masterpieces by Leonardo  Da Vinchi, Titian, Rafael and many others located in incredibly beautiful Gala Rooms. 

Yusupov Palace is our next stop. This is where you will find out more about Rasputin’s enigmatic death and enjoy interiors of one of the most beautiful private palatial mansions in Europe.  Alternatively you can admire the royal collection of Faberge Easter Eggs in the Faberge Museum.

Church of Our Savior on Spilt Blood is our final stop on this spectacular tour: The Church is  fully covered with mosaics outside and  inside. 

We’ll end the tour at 5pm right near your cruise ship hoping for your return to try other exciting activities, as St Petersburg is worth visiting at least twice!

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:

  • Catherine Palace with Amber Room
  • Petergof lower park with fountains and upper garden
  • Metro stations
  • The Church of our Savior on the Spilt Blood
  • St Isaac Cathedral
  • The Hermitage ( no impressionists department ; let us know if you are interested)
  • Peter and Paul Cathedral in the fortress
  • Farmers Market
  • Yusupov Palace or Faberge Museum ( upon your choice made in advance )

Day 1

8-8:30 am Meeting by your ship. City tour.

9:30 am-11:00 am Scenic drive to Tsar’s Village. St Petersburg Metro ride on the way there.

11:00 am-12:30 pm Inside guided excursion of Catherine Palace featuring the Amber Room.

12:45 pm-1:30 pm Lunch (optional).

1:30 pm-2:30 pm Scenic drive to Peterhof.

2:30 pm-3:45 pm Peterhof Lower Park with fountains and Upper Park.

3:45 pm-4:30pm driving along new high speed road with picturesque views on the city and Gulf of Finland or hydrofoil ride

4:50 pm-5:30 pm Guided excursion of St Isaac’s Cathedral.

6:00 pm-7:00 pm Return to your ship or optional evening program.

Day 2

8:00 am Meeting by your ship.

8:00 am-10:00 am Visit to a local farmer’s market. Second part of the city tour including Nevsky Prospect.

10:00 am-10:45 am Guided excursion of Peter and Paul Cathedral inside Peter and Paul Fortress.

11:00 am-1:00 pm Guided excursion of the State Hermitage Museum.

1:30 pm-2:30 pm Lunch (optional).

2:30 pm-3:00 pm Church of Our Savior on Spilt Blood inside guided excursion.

3:30 pm-4:30 pm Inside guided excursion of Yusupov Palace with Rasputin exposition or Faberge Museum

5:00 pm Return to your ship.

Number of people in your group 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11-12
Price Per Person US $ 565 420 350 320 290 270 255 245 235 230

Children under 6 у.о. will be included   for free ; children of 7-18 y.o. and students with ISIC  get  $15 discount off the cost of the tour

  • Guide services for 2days
  • Driver services for 2 days
  • 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
  • Baby car seats for children under 6 y.o.
  • The cost of lunch
  • The cost of possible evening program

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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Marilyn, Ponant's le Soleal cruise ship

Julia, Have been home for a couple of weeks now, so this is a very belated thank you to you, our driver and our guide for a wonderful 3 days. Truly, this tour met and exceeded all our expectations and we are very grateful. Katja (Katya?) was so knowledgeable, entertaining and delightful – we could not have asked for more. She proved to be adaptable and friendly and good company and we could not commend her enough.Vladimir proved to be the strong, silent type who just got things done. I personally would like to thank him for his ready help with getting an old crock like me in and out of the van without mishap!We could not believe how much difference doing a private tour made to our enjoyment of your city – just Katja knowing how and when to get me a wheelchair, our delight in walking past all those queues as she guided us to the front and we sailed past all those hapless tourists who had to wait in line! And the individual treatment we received was first rate. Julia, your help in organizing upfront was a lifesaver and we thank you heartily. I don’t believe this could have been bettered, even down to your choice of restaurants! Also your help in accommodating some of our group’s visit to the Naval Museum was above and beyond.We all enjoyed meeting with you all and wish you all the very best for the future,With heartfelt thanks.

Denise

Hi Julia, Just wanted to say a big thank you to you, Kate and Vladimir for making St Petersburg the highlight of our cruise. Kate was very good at finding clean toilets for me at short notice! She also managed to find a photo shop which sells compact flash cards which my daughter’s camera uses. These are not easy to find these days having been superseded by SD cards, but this was all done very efficiently without taking up too much valuable sightseeing time. We all loved the pie shop where we had lunch on the second day! I will be adding my own 5* review on Trip Advisor as soon as I get a chance (still trying to catch up with things up home at the moment). Kind regards.

Sue, Oceania Marina

Hi Julia, A quick note to let you know that our 3-day tour in St Petersburg was the highlight of our 18-day trip. Kate is a wonderful guide – very knowledgeable and has a great personality. Everything went perfectly. The lunches were interesting from a cultural standpoint and very good. The van was very comfortable for my husband. The driver was always there for us, much appreciated as my husband has issues walking. I enjoyed the stop at the farmers market where I had the opportunity to try local pickles – I pickle my own vegetables and am always eager to try others. This was truly a once in a lifetime opportunity for us to not only visit St Petersburg but to talk openly with Russians about every day issues. Best regards!

Mike and Kay, Wind Surf

Hello Julia, A 5 Star review has been posted to Tripadvisor. A special shout out to Elena. She is the most knowledgeable guide I have ever had. I highly recommend her when you are booking future tours.

Joan, Norwegian Breakaway

Dear Julia, thank you so much for our recent tour in St Petersburg. This was booked by our friend, John Baker. We had a brilliant time and Katya was amazing. Such a wealth of knowledge.We really appreciated all of your efforts. Thank you very much!

Diarmuid, Celebrity Eclipse

Dear Julia. Many thanks for your mail. It looks like many things we experienced during our two days there, I had not heard of it before. We arrived home at 1am this morning from our trip. In summary, it was the highlight of the the trip and we were absolutely delighted with having chosen you as our tour company. Helene was fantastic, super knowledgeable, well organized and had that personal touch. We could not have asked for a better guide. Our driver too (Sasha - hope I have the correct spelling here!) did a super job getting us right beside all the attractions. I will write more details in my review, and I certainly will be putting anyone I ever hear of going to St. Petersburg in touch with yourself. It is a beautiful city and I can see how you and your team would be so proud to show it off to visitors. I really hope to return there at some stage in the future.
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