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Two-Day “All St Petersurg in 2 days” Visa Free St Petersburg Shore Excursion

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2 days (19 hours)

Duration

Visa free Shore Excursion

Type of the tour

Public Tour

Tour category

min 1; max 12

Group Size

Overview

Important: we start this  tour having 4 people minimum and reserve the right to increase the number of participants to 12 people maximum

– we do not change the program of this tour – if  you want  some changes/ additions you may book  one of our private tours
– the price of the tour doesn’t depend on number of participants

Can you take in our city in 2 days? Yes, if you decide to join this tour. It covers all the major sights and  is quite strenuous. If you are active and want to see as much as possible, this tour is especially for you.

On the first day you visit St Petersburg metro (to mix with locals and feel the local atmosphere), unique baroque style Catherine Palace with its world famous Amber Room;  have traditional Russian lunch to help you understand our cuisine, then drive to Peterhof Lower park with its wonderful fountains , after that we return you   to the city by hydrofoil (amazing  pictures of the city center guaranteed) where you enjoy 30’ tour of  St Isaac Cathedral (the biggest Orthodox church of our city, now a museum and a church at the same time).

Early in the morning of Day 2 you see again familiar  face of your guide  which will be with the whole day : you will  visit local farmer’s market with its fresh produce, the Hermitage museum where your guide will show you the most important exhibits of the over 3mln pieces collection, Church of our Savior on the Spilt Blood with its wonderful mosaic made in Russia and world class Faberge Museum with unrivalled collection of Royal Easter Eggs, enamels and silver.

Activity level:
High (not recommended  for children under 6 y.o. and guests with mobility issues)

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

Guide:
Local, experienced and licensed English – speaking  guide.

Highlights:

  • Catherine Palace with Amber Room
  • Peterhof lower park with fountains and upper garden
  • Metro stations
  • The Church of our Savior on the Spilt Blood
  • The Hermitage ( no impressionists department ; let us know if you are interested)
  • Faberge Museum
  • St Isaac Cathedral
  • Peter and Paul Cathedral

Day 1

8:30 am Meet by your ship. City tour

9:30 am-11:00 am 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 Traditional Russian lunch

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

2:30 pm-4:00 pm Peterhof with Lower park and fountains and Upper Garden

4:00 pm-4:30 pm return back to the city along new high speed road or by Hydrofoil across the Neva River

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

6:30 pm- Return to your ship

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. Nevsky Prospect, shopping

10:00 am-12:00 pm Early admission and guided excursion of the State Hermitage Museum

12:30 pm-1:00 pm guided excursion of Peter and Paul Cathedral inside Peter and Paul Fortress

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

5:00 pm Return to your ship

Number of people in your group 4 5 6 7 8 9 10-12
Price Per Person US $ 280

Children of 6-18 y.o. and students with ISIC  get discounts: $20 off the cost of the tour.

  • Guide services for 2days
  • Driver services for 2 days
  • Admittance fees to all museums highlighted in blue
  • All port fees and all local taxes
  • Visa waiver for the shore excursions
  • Hydrofoil ride ( if weather permits or driving along high speed road)
  • 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
  • А lunch on the first day
  • The cost of lunch on the second day
  • The cost of possible evening program

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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Jenny

Dearest Julia, We are now back home in Australia and also back at work.Firstly I need to thank you with all my heart for putting our 2 day private tour together and making it the best days ever. Our guide Svetlana was amazing, she told us so much and with so much enthusiasm. She looked beautiful too. Our driver Anatole was also excellent. His car was polished and he was very much a gentleman. You personally met us outside immigration which I thought was just a wonderful start to our 2 day adventure in St Petersburg. What an amazing city! Thank you again Julia for looking after us in a country so far from home. And I will keep on reading about the history of your country. Kind regards

Neer

Hi Julia: we all made it OK back home after the unbelievable beautiful cruise. The main highlight of the trip was St. Petersburg. Enjoyed every minute of the trip thru you. You are an amazing guide and moreover amazing person. I just go around sharing the beauty of St. Petersburg to my coworkers and very proudly show your picture to everyone. If ever we visit your side of the world we will contact you. Good luck on your marriage proposal. Keep in touch.

Sikandar and the Group

Dear Julia, Sorry for being late to thank you for your Excellent services.. First of all, our entire group want to thank you for providing us Tania as a Tour guide. She is very knowledgeable, kind and helpful, a people's person. We definitely will recommend your services to all our friends. Please check with Tania if she received her pictures, which I send her few days back. Give our regards to Tania. All the best.Regards
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