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. This tour includes such prominent sights as: Nevsky Prospect (the main boulevard of St. Petersburg), Anichkov Bridge and Anichkov Palace, the Fontanka and Moika Rivers, Kazan Cathedral, Admiralty, Winter Palace, Palace Square, and many other sights. You'll become acquainted with the history of St. Petersburg and the Romanov family. 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.
HERMITAGE EXCURSION - Includes the 4 buildings of this ensemble the Winter Palace, the small Hermitage, the New Hermitage, and the Old Hermitage. Observe the magnificent interiors of the buildings, State Halls, and the most important masterpieces of the Western European artists. When you are inside of its miraculous halls, you'll have a strong sensation of having gone back to the times of the emperors.
SAVIOR ON THE SPILT BLOOD CATHEDRAL TOUR The cathedral amazes visitors with its mighty group of multicolored "onion" domes and the magnitude of its decor.
PETERHOF TOUR. Peterhof is the summer residence of former Russian emperors located in one hour drive from the city center. You will tour the Upper Garden which resembles Versailles in its planning and, of course, the Lower Park with its incomparable fountains. You'll be astonished by the Great Cascade with its gold-embossed sculptures glistening amidst springs of crystal clear water! Your guide will show you many beautiful fountains along with pavilions and sculptures that bare historical significance.
On the way back to St. Petersburg you will have a chance to see the "not so touristy" districts of St. Petersburg making 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.
Return to the ship (or attend optional evening activities)**
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".
ERARTA MUSEUM TOUR. This museum is the biggest global project in contemporary art.
FABERGE MUSEUM TOUR You will see the biggest collection of Faberge works in the world and explore SHUVALOV PALACE
RUSSIAN MUSEUM TOUR The museum contains the biggest collection of the Russian Art in the world. Among the most precious exhibits in the Russian Museum are ancient 12-17th century icons.
Return to the ship
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. For travel groups larger than 8 people we recommend ordering pre-arranged lunches at recommended restaurants in advance (a time-saver). All meals are served at the time of guest's arrival (a traditional Russian 3 - course lunch will cost you about $15 USD pp)
After the first day's tour you may return to the ship or attend the theater either to hear an opera or to watch a ballet (from $80 - $150 USD pp depending upon theater, performance and seat location). We will reserve the best tickets in advance for you for a very memorable cultural experience. You can visit the famous Mariinsky (former Kirov), Hermitage, Mikhailovsky, Alexandrinksy, Palace Theaters. If you choose to hear and see something that is connected with Russian folklore, there are folklore shows at your disposal with Russian dances, song, tricks, traditional Russian instruments (balalaika, gusli, playing on wooden spoons, or on saws) and much more ($60-80pp). Or simply enjoy a dinner at a good, not so touristy Russian restaurant. A 2 way transfer will cost 1-6 people $90, 7-12 people $140, 13 -18 people $190
Nobody will force you to tip in Russia, it's completely up to you. If your guide and driver exceed your expectations you can tip them according to western standards 10-20% shared between the guide and the driver (approximately 3-7% to the driver and 7-14% to the guide, USD, EURO or RUB in cash)
Your guide can assist you in your purchase of Russian souvenirs for your relatives and friends such as shawls, objects made of malachite and lapis-lazuli, 'Matroyshka' dolls, painted wooden ecology-friendly toys for kids, watches with revolutionary or Soviet symbols, fur, crystal, gold, icons, stamps with pictures of the Russian Imperial Family, caviar, vodka and much more. We know the stores where the prices are lowest and the selections larger than usual. We want you to get the high quality you desire at a fair price.
Upon your request made in advance, we can add a hydrofoil ride to/from Peterhof. Please be informed that some people consider St.Petersburg hydrofoils to be too noisy and crowded. Due to local navigation safety standards, they may not be available on very windy days.
We can arrange for "early admission" which allow you to enter the museums earlier than the official opening hours or "special opening" which allows you to visit the museum when it is typically closed. However, please do not expect to be the only visitors there. It is not a reservation made by one company for one group of tourists. That's how some tour providers will present it. Sometimes the museum is more crowded during "early admission" hours than after it's officially open for public. Usually museum occupancy depends on the number of cruise ships in the port on any given day. In other words that depends on your luck. Even though we won't be able to avoid all the crowds inside the sights (most of the city must sees are crowded from May to September) please do not be concerned, we will be able to take you inside avoiding long lines
This was a great option to see many of St Petersburg’s highlights in one day. Our guide Ludmila was personable and knowledgeable. Not only did she know tons of history about the locations we visited, but he helped us understand the local Russian culture - a unique perspective you can't get by just seeing the sights on your own. We were fortunate to have this private tour, so we were able to see and learn quite a lot. Ludmila’s love for the city was very apparent and we were very happy to be part of it, if only for some days! Would highly recommend.
This tour definitely hit the highlights as well as some great hidden gems of the city . Tour guide Marina was great and very knowledgeable. While there just isn't enough time to go into every location we visited, they also let you know what was worth coming back to see if you had time. We did get inside the Hermitage and we saw paintings of Leonardo da Vinci and Rembrandt ( were really looking forward to this) we had a 2 hour break in an amazing restaurant “the Tsar” and tasted Russian dumplings and beetroot soup. (Highly recommend)
Be sure to wear comfy shoes, because we walked about 7 miles.
My daughters and I booked this private tour inSPb which included main highlights. We visited Russia in May. We had Rita as our tour guide. We really enjoyed the time we spent with her. Rita really explained everything to us in a great way. Her English was excellent. She was also able to provide us with recommendations for supper after the tour and that was one of the best meals of our trip! I would highly recommend this tour and Rita.
Excellent tour, well organized and well paced. We appreciated the personal approach.
23 06 2018
I loved our private tour in SPb. The Hermitage and Palaces are breathtaking. The tour guide (wish I had wrote her name down) was excellent. She was very knowledgeable and added a touch of humour to her wonderful commentary for the hidden beauties of St Petersburg and historic sights.
Had a great time with this tour when in Petersburg. We were late in booking our tours and luckily found an opening for the date we needed. Excellent guide Helen, good stops and excellent explanations. Would recommend if not looking for full tours and looking for something exquisite with a personal approach. My husband says he will never forget Russian beef stroganoff and blossoming parks of St P
Air conditioned vehicle
Blanket visas (visa-free service)
Admissions to all museums as per program
Photo& video permits
All taxes and fees
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