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Two Day Standard Shore Excursion

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2 days (17,5 hour)


Visa free Shore Excursion

Type of the tour

Private Tour

Tour category

min 2; max 12

Group Size


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 .

Standard tour can be compared with golden standard as all the major sights are included: Catherine Palace with its world-famous Amber Room, Peterhof lower park with fountains, The Church of Our Savior on the Spilt Blood, The Hermitage 2, 5 hours guided tour, a metro ride (to see the most beautiful Stalin metro stations) and a boat ride to enjoy all the famous sights from water.

Day One: After meeting with your private guide we visit a food market to let you mix with locals and try some local produce; then drive to the Catherine Palace with its unique Amber Room followed by a walk in Russian Versailles – Peterhof  with its wonderful fountains: both are former summer residences of Russian Royal family.

Coming back to St Petersburg you will take a metro ride featuring the most beautiful stations designed in Stalin epoch style.

Day Two: Start your day with souvenir shopping and a guided tour of an icon of St Petersburg – The Church of Our Savior on the Spilt Blood: it was built on the spot of the Alexander II’s assassination (this is where the name comes from).The Church, fully covered by amazing mosaics, has been an icon of our city for more than 150 years. It takes us about 20 minutes to drive to the world-famous Hermitage Museum. During 2,5 hours guided tour you will be overwhelmed by the beauty of Gala Rooms and collection of European art masterpieces (including  Leonardo Da Vinci’s Madonnas). Your two-day visa free excursion will be finished by a boat ride along rivers and canals (Russian tsar Peter The Great‘s dream was to create new Amsterdam, so it is definitely a must). We return you back to the port one hour before your ship’s departure the latest.

Number of people in your group 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11-12
Price Per Person US $ 515 375 310 270 245 225 215 200 190 185

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.

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).


Day 1

8:30- 9 am Meet by your ship. City tour.

9:00 am-11:30 am Local market shopping. Scenic drive to Tsar’s Village. Visit of St Petersburg Siege memorial (optional, extra $5 per person).

11:30 am-1:00 pm Guided excursion of Catherine Palace.

1:15 pm-2 pm Lunch (optional).

2 pm-3 pm Scenic drive to Peterhof.

3 pm-4:30 pm Peterhof Lower Park with fountains and Upper Park.

4:30 pm-6:00 pm Drive back to the city. St Petersburg Metro ride on the way there.

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

Day 2

9:00 am Meet by your ship.

9:00 am-10:00 am Second part of the city tour and/or souvenir shopping.

10:30 am-11:00 am Church of Our Savior on Spilt Blood indoor guided excursion.

11:30 am-2:00 pm Guided excursion of the State Hermitage Museum.

2:30 pm-3:30 pm Lunch (optional).

3:30 pm-4:30 pm Boat ride (one hour a public boat ride with an audio guide or 30’ private boat ride ( for the groups of 6+ people).

4:30 pm Return to your ship.

  • Guide services for 2days
  • Driver services for 2 days
  • Baby car seats for children under 6 y.o.
  • Admittance fees to all museums listed in the program
  • All port fees and all local taxes
  • Boat ride along rivers and canals
  • 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
  • The cost of lunches
  • The cost of possible evening program


Based on 3 reviews
Very Good

Greg, 24-25 June, 2019; “Celebrity Silhouette” cruise ship

Julia, We are finally home and recovered from a very long and wonderful vacation. I wanted to send you an email personally to let you know what an amazing time we had in your beautiful city. The Back to the USSR tour was absolutely perfect for us, as my son and I are both very interested in history. Of course all of the sites that we visited were amazing, some of the most beautiful sites I have ever been to…but I want to focus my email on another area. First, you and your company were amazing to work with. I really appreciated how responsive you were to all of my questions and how accommodating you were. The help you gave us with the ballet was invaluable…the night at the Mariinski at the ballet was an event I will never forget…and you were instrumental in helping us arrange that. Secondly, Kate was beyond amazing. She is the reason why we always try to take small, private tours. We of course want to see all of the tourist sites, but we like to get a glimpse into the personal lives of the people. Kate was so easy to talk to and willing to share with us about anything that we wanted to ask. She was happy to answer every question asked of her, no matter how controversial it may have seemed, with a grace and honesty that we appreciated beyond what I can say. It was so enjoyable sharing dinner with her and Sergei, it really added to the personal nature of our visit. My family and I were so honored that she invited us into her home…I know that is above and beyond what is expected of her…please let her know just how much we appreciated her and how honored we are to have experienced that.I could go on and on, but suffice it to say that I could not have been more impressed with Dancing Bear, with you personally, or with Kate and the rest of your staff. I told Kate that I would send you a few pics of us at the ballet that I have attached, but I also included one with Kate and us having coffee and donuts. Please feel free to use the pics and my review on your website, and refer anyone that wants to talk to me without hesitation. Thank you again for everything…

Colin & Irene , 15-16 July 2019 ; Viking Sky

Hi Julia, We loved the trip with Dancing Bear and have recommended to many friends and on trip advisor! The books you have recommended sound fascinating. Colin has just retired so it is time to start reading and thinking about a trip to Moscow! Thank you and your wonderful team!

Jennifer&Ken, Viking Sun

Julia, I have been trying to figure out why Natalia is such a marvelous guide. For me, it is her ability to share stories about individuals in the royal family, which helps them come to life. And of course, all the detail that just pours out of her! She is a treasure and we are so pleased that you chose her to be our guide. When we get home we will post a 5 star review on Tripadvisor. Every detail was perfect, starting with the early interaction with you. We are grateful to have had your company recommended to us.
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