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Private Shore Excursion: St. Petersburg Experience

St. Petersburg, Russia

From $530.00

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icon17 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
Pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English and 7 more
Good for avoiding crowds

Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Get the ultimate St. Petersburg experience on this private 2-day shore excursion. Discover the cultural capital of Russia and see famous landmarks like the Hermitage Museum, Faberge Museum, the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, Peterhof, and Peter and Paul's Fortress complemented by informative commentary from your guide.
  • Take a 2-day private tour of St. Petersburg’s major attractions
  • See the Hermitage Museum, Catherine’s Palace, Peterhof, and more
  • Take a panoramic boat cruise along the canals and the Neva River
  • Enjoy a personalized experience with your own private tour guide
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Port pick-up and drop-off
Guide’s services for 2 days
Driver’s services for 2 days (comfortable car (Mercedes)/minivan with A/C)
A permit for photo/video at the museums per person
Boat ride (non-private)
Metro visit
All port fees
All local taxes
Blanket visa
Bottled water
Headsets for groups of 5 and more
Lunch expenses

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered


  • Marine Facade

Departure Time

9:00 AM
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • BLANKET VISA will be provided separately from the tour voucher. Please make sure to print it out before you set off (each passenger MUST receive and print a blanket visa (tour ticket) from local operator to pass the customs during disembarkation).
  • Visa-free tour is available only for cruise passengers
  • Please provide the following information for the blanket visa (tour ticket): 1. Your full names as shown on your passports 2. D.O.B(s) 3. Citizenship(s) 4. Passport number(s) 5. Dates of the trip
  • Not wheelchair-accessible
  • Not recommended for guests with back problems
  • No special dress code
  • To clear the customs in St. Petersburg port you should have: 1. Valid passport 2. Printed blanket visa provided by local operator
  • Your blanket visa requires you to be accompanied with a guide at all times
  • Stroller accessible
  • Infant seats available
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Please note the Faberge museum tour and the boat ride are not private
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on sanitization during Private Shore Excursion: St. Petersburg Experience?
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Private Shore Excursion: St. Petersburg Experience.
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Private Shore Excursion: St. Petersburg Experience?
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Private Shore Excursion: St. Petersburg Experience.


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Just Like Dr. Zhivago
, Jun 2019
Well, to begin with, it snowed!! Nobody expected it and I was happy to have an ancient vintage fur with me, so I fit right in. Daria, my tour guide, was absolutely terrific. She's a teacher and is well-versed in art history, so we were able to be steeped in knowledge as we visited the digs of Catherine the Great and thrilled to the Peterhof fountains. She even set off one of Peter's "trick fountains" simply to entertain us. It was a pretty cold day to be daring enough to get herself drenched. This is a completely private tour for two people and we got to be first in line for everything. Just to spend a few minutes alone in the Amber Room was a thrill. Anyway, we ditched one of the church tours in favor of the Vodka Museum and a memorable tasting.Quite frankly, I can't believe I might develop a taste for pork fat, but does need something to protect the stomach lining if one is to take shots of vodka (the only way to drink it, apparently). We had a beautiful Mercedes, bottled water, and Daria provided constant comment, which made it incrediby entertaining. She took us to a supermarket so I could buy coffee,and to a pharmacy for some cold medicine (still recovering from the cold,I am). The boat ride was the only disappointment,as I have been on lots of river and canal cruises but none with such a disinterested crew and a rather slovenly cabin. Everything else was abfab! Thanks Daria (and also to the driver, whom I choose to call Amtrak because I can't pronounce his name). This tour is totally worth the price and is best if you ask for offbeat stuff (we went to a pie shop) and bring your guide and driver to lunch with you. I have photos but I don't know where to upload them!
Go Like You're in the Dr. Zhivago Movie!
, May 2019
I planned to make this the highlight of a crushingly long 23-day repositioning trans Atlantic cruise and I was rewarded handsomely, mostly because of my tour guide Daria and her stalwart companion/driver whom I choose to call Amtrak because I was never able to grasp the pronunciation of his Georgian name. Not the Georgia in the U.S., silly. The Russian one. The company provided a "blanket visa," which allowed us to stay in St. Petersburg and vincinity for 72 hours as long as we were accompanied by our minders. No problem there, as they arrived in a shiny black Mercedes, had two bottles of water, and treated us like royalty. Well, modern royalty, not the over the top stuff that pleased Catherine the Great. Her gilded palace was on our list, but first we went to Peterhof, the collection of palaces and gardens that served as a private paradise for Peter the Great and his family. Daria got us there just in time for the grand orchestrated fountain display that happens but once a day. She also demonstrated a couple of the trick fountains that get you soaked when you step on a certain rock. Quite the prankster, that Peter the Great. Anyway, Catherine the Great's palace was next and we toured the inside quite thoroughly after a quick lunch. We got to the legendary Amber Room before anyone else and had it to ourselves for a few minutes before the hordes of tours decended. Really stunning gold work, although the real gold is long gone. Daria chatted non-stop about history and threw in some surprising facts along the way. She seemed really genuinely interested in her subjects, although she's probably done this hundreds of times. After we cruised Putin's neighborhood in the suburbs we went to the the Vodka Museum (not on the tour,she had to get special permission to take us there, but I couldn't take any more churches), and sampled the local wares, including some pork fat on black bread to prepare the tummy for the onslaught. We visited the terrific and artsy subway, took a so-so boat ride, went to the supermarket for coffee to replace the icky cruise java, went to the drugstore for some cold medicine. It snowed and it was bitterly cold, so naturally the sneezing began. In conclusion: This is a fabulous tour, especially for those with an interest in art (I wanted to see a Tintoretto) . And vodka, whichis everywhere. Driver was great, Daria's English (she's a teacher) was near perfect, and we really learned a lot without any pressure. Well worth the money! огромн
Excellent private tour of St. Petersburg
, Jun 2018
We booked a 2 day tour in June while on a Baltic Sea family cruise. We were a group of 13 people including a 17 month old. Everything from the pick up to the drop off on the last day went very smooth! Olga was our tour guide and did a phenomenal job! Since my mother-in-law had been to St. Petersburg on a prior trip, we had a list of places we wanted to go and Olga let us make the most of all of our stops as well as made sure we were able to fit it all in. Olga was extremely knowledgeable and was able to answer all of our questions. She took us to a couple local places for lunch and helped us order from the menu and make our choices. Olga was also able to arrange a trip to the Russian Ballet for 2 people in our party on the same day! Would definitely recommend this company as well as Olga as a tour guide.

Product code: 21901P12

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