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Two-Day “Like a local” Visa Free St Petersburg Shore Excursion

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2 days (16,5 hour)


Visa free Shore Excursion

Type of the tour

Public Tour

Tour category

min 1; max 12

Group Size


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

You are an eager traveler but do not want to be overloaded with too many museums and want to see everything making most of your time? You like local atmosphere and real feel of the city?

Than our “Like a local” tour should definitely be your choice. All the main sights are included: Peterhof with its wonderful fountains, metro ride, showing you the most beautiful stations, Catherine Palace with its splendid Amber Room, and even a Russian Cuisine lunch with vodka tasting (you haven’t really visited out country if you don’t try the most traditional alcoholic drink) – all of it is on day 1.

On day 2 you will see farmers market, where locals buy the best food, State Hermitage Museum (early hours to make it less crowded) and The Church of Our Savior on the Spilt Blood with its world-famous mosaic. In the afternoon you will walk in the very city center and enjoy its real atmosphere. This tour lets you know the official city and get acquainted with its soul as well.

Activity level:
Light , but not recommended for the guests with children under 6y.o.

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.


  • 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)
  • Farmers market

Day 1

9:00 am Meeting by your ship

9:00 am-10:30 am Driving to Peterhof with visit of metro station on the way there

10:30 am-12:30pm the ceremony of the fountains opening; guided tour of upper and lower parks.

12:30 pm-1:30 pm Driving to Pushkin city (Tsars Village)

1:30 pm-2:30 pm Russian Cuisine lunch with vodka tasting

2:45 pm-4:30 pm Guided tour of Catherine Palace with the Amber Room; short walk in the park.

4:30 pm-6:00 pm Driving back to the ship.

6:00pm back to the ship or more time in the city (optional) sitting in the cafe or/and shopping.

Day 2

9:00 am Meeting by your ship.

9:00 am-10:00 am Visit to a local farmer’s market. Souvenir shopping

10:00 am-12:30 pm guided tour of the State Hermitage Museum (no impressionists department visit).

12:30 pm-1:30 pm Lunch

1:30 pm-2:00 pm Church of Our Savior on Spilt Blood inside guided excursion.

2:00 pm-4:00 pm Strolling along Nevsky Prospect and nearby

4:30 pm Return to your ship.

Number of people in your group 4 5 6 7 8 9 10-12
Price Per Person US $ 220

Children of 6-18 y.o. and students with ISIC  get discounts: $10 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
  • 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
  • One 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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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.
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.
Where do we finish excursion day?
We will leave you directly near your ship.


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