Enjoy a 2-day sightseeing tour of St. Petersburg’s highlights and see the magnificent Peter and Paul Fortress, St. Isaac’s Cathedral, Catharine Palace, and more. Cruise along the Neva River and get early entrance to the Hermitage to avoid the crowds.
What to Expect
Explore the imperial history and Baroque and Rococco architecture of St. Petersburg on this 2-day visa free shore excursion for cruise ship passengers. Throughout the tour you will have the services of an expert local guide.
Sample traditional lunches served in the Russan style, and learn about some of Russia’s most notorious characters, such as the “Mad Monk” Grigori Rasputin. Visit the summer and winter palaces of Russian tsars, get early entance to the legendary Hermitage to avoid the huge crowds, and cruise along the Neva River.
Following an early morning pick-up from your cruise ship, start your tour of St. Petersburg at the Nevsky Prospekt, the city’s main street, planned by Peter the Great as the start of the road to Novgorod and Moscow. Your guide will be on hand to provide a fascinating commentary about the imperial city as you see sights such as the National Library, Kazan Cathedral and Arts Square, home of the Russian Museum, Ethnographic Museum, and Mussorgsky Theater.
View the former royal residence of Saint Michael's Castle, built in various architectural styles with façades of French Classicism, Italian Renaissance, and Gothic. Marvel at the Empire-style Admiralty, re-built in the 19th century to support the Tsar's maritime ambitions. Go to Theatre Square, with its famous Mariinsky Theatre. And admire the Baroque blue and white exterior of St. Nicholas Naval Cathedral. If you're lucky, you might catch a glimpse of the brides dressed in full regalia and lined up for their weddings, as marriages in the city take place all day long, almost every day.
Next, travel by hydrofoil along the Neva River and disembark at Peterhof Palace to stroll through the fountains of what is often referred to as “Russia’s Versailles.” Pause at a local café for a traditional Russian lunch, with time to rest your feet and ask your guide questions about daily life in Russia.
Continue to the Tsars Village and Catherine Palace, just outside the city, and enjoy the grandeur of this former royal residence and summer palace to the tsars. Wander through rooms decorated in a lavish Baroque style, including the famous Amber room, known as the “8th Wonder of the World.”
Drive back to the city to see St Isaac's Cathedral, the 4th tallest cupola cathedral in Europe. Built in the middle of the 19th century, the late Neoclassical structure is of a Byzantine Greek Revival style and the penultimate stop on this long but exciting day. End at the small but ornate Church of Spilt Blood, a memorial to the Russian Emperor Alexander II, who was killed on this very spot in March 1881. Return to your cruise ship and rest up for the 2nd day of your St. Petersburg tour.
Today you will start with a boat ride to see St. Petersburg from the water. Then, it’s on to the legendary Hermitage Museum, where you will get early admission to the museum so that you can skip the lines and be ahead of the immense crowds that come to explore the magnificent collection of Western European paintings. Admire the impressive State Rooms of the Winter Palace, former residence of the tsars.
After a delicious Russian lunch, visit the cradle of St. Petersburg at Peter and Paul Fortress. Purchase some souvenir gifts, before continuing to the stunning Yusupov Palace, located on a quiet stretch of the Moika River. You will visit the exact spot where the mysterious “Mad Monk” and mystic Grigori Rasputin, one of the most celebrated characters in 20th century Russian history, was assasinated. Tired but happy, return to your cruise ship at least one hour prior to its departure time.
- Admission fees to all museums in the program
- Hydrofoil ride and boat trip along the rivers and canals
- Guide for 2 days
- Driver’s services for 2 days
- Transportation in a comfortable air-conditioned Mercedes minibus
- Photo and video permissions at the museums (except Yusupov Palace, where the camera pass is USD 5 per person, and the video pass is USD 12 per person)
- All port fees
- The cost of a blanket visa
- All local taxes
- Traditional Russian lunches
- Bottled water for each day
- Ear phones sets for group of 10 people or more
What's Not Included
- Photo and video permits at Yusupov Palace (camera pass USD 5 per person, and video pass USD 12 per person) )
- Gratuities to your guide and driver are not included. In Russia it is usual to tip 10-15% of the cost of the tour
A company representative will be waiting for you in the arrival hall of the cruise ship passenger terminal, along with your guide/driver. After you clear customs and passport control, look for the "TJ Travel" sign with your name on it. While going through customs control you will need to have your valid passport and your tour ticket/voucher, which you will receive upon completion of your reservation.
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Know Before You Go
• Tours are guaranteed, with a maximum of 16 participants
• The tour includes 2 lunches, which will be in a local café or restaurant. You will be served a 3-course typical Russian menu. Please advise if you have any food restrictions
• If the hydrofoil ride is cancelled due to unfavorable weather conditions, it is not refunded: you will get to/from Petergof by minibus
• Children under 7 years old travel for free. Older children and students (7-21 years old) receive USD 35 off the cost of the tour. Students must have a student ID or ISIC card