The tour includes all port fees, transportation, entry fees, camera tickets, day and evening, 2 lunches in nice restaurants, unlike most which are cold box lunches served on a bumpy road to the southern estates in a crowded van. Our tours have a maximum of 15 guests in our 18 passenger touring vans but most groups are small
The tour begins with an informative city tour with photo stops
Visit to the Winter Palace and Hermitage Museum
Visit the European art of the 19th and 20th Century at the General Staff wh ere the French Impressionists are kept(not in the Hermitage anymore)
Next, a sit down 3 course lunch in nice restaurant and a chance to relax and share thoughts about your experiences.
River and Canal cruise so see how the city looks from the water, as intended when the canal ways were the only reliable transportation in the early days of St Petersburg
Visit to the Church on Spilled Blood with its iconic exterior and stunning Mosaic interior
At the end of the first day tour you have your choice of returning to the ship for the night or stay with us and explore the city more, visit a fine restaurant, shop or just sit in an outdoor cafe people watching, attending the optional "Feel Yourself Russia" famous folkloric show, Ballet, Jazz Club, Faberge Museum, visit one of the popular English style pubs to chat with locals...it is your time to do as you please. When you are ready to return, we transport you to your ship for the night. ( Admissions for own expense)
The second day begins with another city tour covering to the south as the tour travels to the southern palace estates.
The first visit is to Pushkin for the Imperial Park
Lunch, another sit down lunch
Travel to Peterhof to explore the fabulous Fountain Park
Boarding the high speed Hydrofoil boat across the Gulf of Finland to St Petersburg
Return to your ship to prepare for departure 1 hour before sailing.
This tour was created to give the widest view of St Petersburg at a relaxed non-rushed pace, with many opportunities to take photos, talk to locals, and get an authentic taste of Russia, St Petersburg and its people, for a very reasonable price.
The evening program choices should be decided the morning of arrival after meeting your guide and driver. Your guide will have a list of what is available as event suggestions or options for that evening. You can join with others for a common activity or do what you want individually. You decide when you would like to return to the ship.
06 08 2019
We used them for a combined Baltic City tour comprising Warnemunde-Rostock, Stockholm,Helsinki, St. Petersburg and Tallinn. All the guides in the respective cities were very professional and knew exactly what they were doing. In St. Petersburg our tour consisted of 2 days, we took the standard package but because it rained heavily while we are there, the traffic was awful and we were subjected regretfully to long delays as our driver tried very skilfully to dodge the traffic jams.As we wanted to be back on the cruise ship in time we had to forego the visit to the Russian subway system. One only suggestion would be perhaps for the tour manager in St Petersburg to come to the ship to accept payments for the tours rather than for all the tour guests having to be diverted to an office/tourist souvenir shop to make payment , which would save so much time. Other than this point, I am happy to recommend Excoor for all your Baltic Tour needs.
Inclusions -All taxes, fees and handling charges -Entrance fees -Local taxes -Bottled water -3-course lunch -Professional art historian guide -Port pickup and drop-off -Guaranteed to skip the long lines -Small-group tour -Transport by air-conditioned comfortable Touring Van -VISA Free for Cruise Passengers -High Speed Internet in the Van -High Speed Hydrofoil boat return to the city Exclusions -Gratuities (recommended) 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