Explore St. Petersburg on this 2-day small-group shore excursion
-See Peterhof, the Hermitage Museum, Pushkin, and much more
-Learn about Russia’s rich history and sample its gastronomy
-Enjoy a worry-free trip with special visa-free access to the city
Day 18am Your private fully licensed guide and safe driver will greet you at passport immigration control next to your ship.
You will be taken on an OVERVIEW TOUR OF THE CITY in a comfortable air-conditioned vehicle. You will see and take pictures of the marvelous panoramic sights along the banks of the Neva River and the most famous and beautiful sights of the city center.
Then set off for a JOURNEY TO PUSHKIN (TSARSKOE SELO) - one of St. Petersburg's suburbs within an hour drive from the city center. You will visit the summer residence of former Tsars- Catherine's Palace (including the famous Amber Room - the 8th Wonder of the World) and Catherine's Park with its many beautiful pavilions, sculptures, and ponds. Lunch (included) PETERHOF TOUR. Peterhof is another summer residence of former Russian emperors. You will tour the Upper Garden which resembles Versailles in its planning and, of course, the Lower Park with its incomparable fountains. A short METRO TRIP the interiors of which recall palaces not subways.
ST. ISAAC'S CATHEDRAL TOUR. The dome is gilded with 100 kilograms of gold. St. Isaac's is ranked as number one in the world for the richness of its interior decoration.
17:00 Return to the ship
Day 28am Your private guide and driver meet you at passport immigration control next to your ship.
CANAL CRUISE along rivers and canals of the "Venice of the North". Enjoy the birth place of St. Petersburg, PETER AND PAUL FORTRESS where nearly all the Russian emperors are buried. The Peter & Paul Fortress tour. SAVIOR ON THE SPILT BLOOD CATHERAL TOUR. The cathedral amazes visitors with its mighty group of multicolored “onion” domes and the magnitude of its décor. lunch ( optional)* HERMITAGE EXCURSION - Includes the 4 buildings of this ensemble the Winter Palace, the small Hermitage, the New Hermitage, and the Old Hermitage.
SHOPPING for those guests, who wish to purchase some gifts for their friends & relatives, or STROLLING THE CENTRAL AVENUE NEVSKY for those guests, who want to see some more sights
17:00 Return to the ship Your guide may change the sequence of sightseeing depending on museum crowds, museum days closed, traffic or other unforeseen circumstances. Please do not be concerned. You will see all the sights mentioned in your itinerary. Included: 1 Lunch,Guide services; Driver services; Air conditioned vehicle; Blanket visas (visa-free service); Admissions to all museums as per program; Bottled water; Photo& video permits; All taxes and fees; Rain coats
Lunch in the second day * Depending upon your preferences you have complete flexibility as to dining choices.
We are able to offer bistro, cafe, or restaurant style dining along the route or you may order meals at recommended restaurants.
06 11 2019
This tour is by far the best tour I have taken. Maria S, our guide, is a gem. She speaks perfect English and is incredibly well versed in Russian history. She is very kind and has a great sense of humor. Driver Igor S is a hoot. He certainly knows how to get around. He also has a great sense of humor. It was two days of perfection - including the weather!
07 08 2019
Great 2 days of touring. Julia was an expert guide with complete knowledge of the sights, best way to get around, rest room locations, etc. We had a small issue with the canal cruise that she handled professionally. This was the best excursion we had on our cruise. Lunches were especially good, authentic, and promptly served.
05 08 2019
Great 2-day tour st St Petersburg. Our tour guide Ludmila, was very nice and knowledgeable, explained the history of each place in details. Some areas involved lots of walking, not so good for seniors like us. Overall, it was an excellent tour! Absolutely the best shore excursion we have taken. Guide and the driver were superb. Guided us strategically and we avoided all the queues and crowds. Made the whole experience (intensive though it was) a very memorable 2 days.
23 07 2019
Our tour itinerary was awesome and we saw everything that was advertised. I wish our assigned time at the Hermitage hadn't been left to the last stop on the last day, but I know those are assigned so flexibility was limited. Our tour guide Olga was simply exceptional! She had an excellent knowledge of all the areas we visited and supplied local interesting information about culture and life in St. Petersburg. I simply can't say enough supurlatives about how fantastic she was. Made the trip very memorable and well worth the cost.
18 07 2019
There were 8 of us in our group plus another 7 for a total of 15 on this small group tour - it was perfect. Our guide, Val, was the EXCELLENT. He knew were to stand to get the best photo shots, angles for viewing and his English was PERFECT! He was so easy to understand and made the life and history of St. Petersburg very interesting - never boring. All 8 of us talked about how great this tour was because of Val. The driver was awesome too. He was always prompt and never kept us waiting. He stayed on the bus so we could leave things on the bus and not have to carry everything when it wasn't needed. It's a busy two days, but 100% well worth it! It was nice to get out into the "countryside" for day two to see the gardens and C Palace. Lunches were good too.
16 05 2019
Excellent tour, I really like the ideal of the smaller buses. There were 14 on our tour. Perfect size. Excellent guide, Elena took us on a 2 day fabulous excursion that we could never have anticipated. She was very informative, kept on schedule, and provided exceptional talent in keeping everything organized and our group together without any incidents. The meals provided on both days exceeding our expectation and were very yummy. Highly recommend this tour to anyone able to do 2 days of touring which we were able to on our cruise with 3 nights in St. Petersburg on Norweigian.
23 06 2018
This '2 day deluxe' May 2018 excursion by SPB was brilliant. Kate our guide was faultless, She is knowledgeable, personable and always interesting.Everything worked, the itinerary is great given what can be fitted into two days. The small group approach is definitely a winner. Comments from fellow cruisers indicate a clear winner over ship excursions. Highly recommend. Ian.
What's Included All taxes, fees and handling charges Bottled water 1 Lunch Port pickup and drop-off Transport by air-conditioned minivan If you arrive by cruise ship, we will be greeting you with EXCOOR sign next to your ship at the Passport/Immigration Control. Meeting time is 8:30 am, if disembarkation takes longer please do not be concerned we will be waiting for you. If you arrive by air/rail we will be greeting you at the lobby of your hotel at 9:00 am