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Two Day “Back to the USSR” tour

ico_maps_add_2 Created with Sketch. St Petersburg, Russia

2 days (18 hours)


For visa free cruise passengers & on-land travelers

Type of the tour

Private Tour

Tour category

min 2; max 12

Group Size


Welcome to The USSR!

Would you like to know how much our country has changed since the Soviet time and what it was like living in the USSR? Take  this tour to get answers to these questions. We start it on day 1 with a metro visit (it was founded in the Soviet period), then do the Siege Memorial (there we discuss the role of the USSR in WWII), visit Catherine Palace (greatly damaged during Nazi occupation), go to Russian Museum  focusing  on Soviet period collection and finish with vodka museum (find out more about this most popular Russian alcohol drink).

On day 2 we have a coffee break in the legendary Soviet donut café, visit Museum of Political History of  Russia( to learn more about Soviet period-from Lenin to Gorbachev)  and finish with the Hermitage Museum collection (a chance to see the highlights of over 3mln exhibits collection and hear some stories and legends of Soviet times).

Activity level:

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

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).


  • Catherine Palace with Amber Room;
  • Siege Memorial
  • Russian Museum ( section of Soviet Art)
  • The Church of our Savior on the Spilt Blood
  • The Hermitage ( no impressionists/post impressionists department)
  • Vodka Museum
  • Museum of Political History
  • Metro ride

Day 1

9am Meet near your ship in the port / your hotel lobby

9:00 am-11:00 am Travel to Pushkin (25 km from St Petersburg). Visit to the Stalin Metro.

10:15 am-11:00 amVisit to the Siege memorial.

11:30 am-1:30 pm Inside tour of Catherine Palace with the world famous Amber Room.

1:45 pm-3:00 pm Driving back to St Petersburg with a quick lunch in a non-tourist place.

3:30 pm-4:30 pm Inside guided tour of the Russian Museum.

5:00 pm-5:30 pm Guided tour of the Church on the Spilt Blood.

6:00 pm-6:30 pm Russian Vodka museum.

7:00 pm Return to the port/ your hotel lobby

Evening program ( optional )

7.00pm- 8.30pm Dinner with the Russian family in their apartment

9:00pm – return to the port/ your hotel lobby


Day 2

9:00 am Meet in the port / your hotel lobby

9 am-11:00 am Second part of the city tour. Coffee break in a famous Soviet donut cafe.

11:00 am-12:00 pm Museum of the political history of Russia.

12:30 pm-1:30 pm Lunch in a Soviet style cafe.

2:15 pm-4:30 pm Hermitage museum inside guided tour (no impressionist department visit)

5:00 pm Return to the ship/hotel

Number of people in your group 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9-12
Price Per Person US $ 460 340 280 260 230 215 205 Upon request

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.

  • Pick you up and drop off either in the lobby of your hotel or near your ship in the port
  • Guide services for 2days
  • Driver services for 2 days
  • Baby car seats for children under 6 y.o.
  • Admittance fees to the museums highlighted in orange
  • Metro ride
  • 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
  • Blanket visas( visa substitute)for cruise passengers or visa invitation letters for on-land travelers
  • Special memory gift
  • The cost of lunches (about $10-15 per person at a traditional Russian pancake or pie house)
  • The cost of possible evening program
  • Port fees ( for cruise passengers )


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Bill, Norwegian Breakaway

Hi Julia,Thanks for the references and the recipe. We will gladly try it. I have been telling all of my office mates about the fantastic trip we had with Elena and Dancing Bear. There are others here who have also done your tour. If we can make it back we will certainly choose your company. Two days was not enough in SPb. I will visit the website and give Dancing Bear an excellent review. Thank you again for making things so nice for my group, all 14 of us loved every second of the trip.

Michele and Wayne, Serenade of the Seas cruise ship

Dear Julia, We have returned home and wanted to let Galina, Vladimir and you know we truly enjoyed our days with you all. You helped us see, learn and feel some of the history and culture of Russia and more specifically St. Petersburg. We have been on many excursions throughout the years. Yours has been our most favorite of all. We are so appreciative of all of the extras and the opportunities to have conversations to get to know you all as well. Thank you for Stopping so we could purchase the Russian Standard Vodka. Seeing the expressions on our sons’ faces made the last minute stop worth it. They were both grinning from ear to ear and have not stopped since. This email does not adequately express all of our gratitude. Please feel free to use us as a reference!

Sue, Navigator of the Seas

Dear Julia,thanks very much for the follow up. We had a fantastic time in St Petersburg. You weren’t joking when you said you had given us your best guide – Olga was very informative and engaging! Absolutely 1st class and we will most certainly recommend to any friends who are visiting St Petersburg. Best wishes


Hi Julia, I hope you are well. We have returned from our trip to Europe and I just want to say a big thank you for all of your help. Kate was fantastic and the itinerary was perfect for us. We have learned so much about St Petersburg and Russia as a result. Swan Lake was beautiful and the seats couldn't be better! I will not hesitate to recommend your company to anyone who is interested in visiting St. Petersburg and will persuade friends to go even if they haven't considered it! Please send Kate and Peter our many thanks. They were truly wonderful. Kind regards

Harold and Corine

A 1000 thanks Julia to you and you team. We enjoyed every minute. Russia us a great country with freat culture and people. All the best and god bless.

Paul, Pam and Holly, Crown Princess

Julia , you made our trip to St Petersburg very special and we would not hesitate to give your service, your business and the people who work with you our absolute highest recommendation for professionalism, service and knowledge of the region and also the wonderful place we visited. We could not have hoped for or wished for more. If we ever visit Russia again we will most certainly be looking to contact you and Dancing Bear team once again.Two very satisfied customers.P.S please feel free to use the recommendations if it helps. Have a great festive break. Kind regards

Nicky and Jon

Dear Julia Jon and I have such lovely memories of your beautiful city and we always recommend your tour company to friends who are thinking of visiting. Once again, have a very merry Christmas and healthy & happy New Year. Kindest regards as ever
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