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1-Day Deluxe Tour of St. Petersburg

*Lunch is included in the price of both group and private tours. We can remove lunches at your request on private tours and reduce the cost by 20 USD per person per day.

This one-day shore excursion of St. Petersburg will be satisfying and quick-paced, giving you a close look at the most iconic sights of St. Petersburg. You will have a break about halfway through to enjoy a lunch at a local Russian cafe, and the tour will have time for souvenir shopping.


Guided Visits:

Hermitage Museum (Winter Palace)*: Enjoy a guided tour of the museum’s most famous halls, including major highlights such as the Jordan Staircase, the Raphael Loggias, the Pavilion Hall with the famous Peacock clock, and many others, along with the world-class collection of artworks. Our tour is designed to give you a thorough introduction to truly one of the greatest museums in the world. 

Peterhof Fountain Park and Gardens: The summer residence of Peter the Great, also known as the Russian Versaille. This estate features meticulously maintained gardens and a collection of gold statued fountains that is unlike anywhere else in the world. The Grand Cascade (the park’s centerpiece) features 64 fountains alone, with the Samson statue at its center shooting a powerful jet 20 meters into the sky. 

Church of our Saviour on the Spilled Blood: The iconic Orthodox church where Alexander II was fatally wounded. The richly decorated exterior and the exquisite mosaic interior are a must-see for any visitor to St. Petersburg.

There will also be time for panoramic city sightseeing (with options for photo stops) including the Bronze Horseman, Kazan Cathedral, Nevsky Prospekt, the Neva River, Rostral Columns, and more. A metro ride and a tour of the opulent metro stations are included.


Visa-Free Excursion:

This tour is Visa-free for cruise ship passengers docking in St. Petersburg for less than 72 hours who arrive and depart from a cruise ship. SPB-Tours is a licensed Tour Operator in the Russian Federation and has the legal right to offer Visa-free excursions to cruise ship passengers.

This tour is not recommended for wheelchair users, and if a person with a wheelchair decides to participate they must have a personal helper to assist in boarding/disembarking the vehicle, entering restrooms, restaurants, and all sites. At certain locations, a wheelchair user may not be able to exit the bus and may have to stay inside the bus.

Activity level:
starting at $ 145 USD pp
(flat-rate max. group size 16)
DAY 1 | 08:30 - 18:00
Time Description
08:30 : 09:00

Meet and greet at the ship right after immigration, at the port.

09:00 : 10:30

City sightseeing tour covering the major sights and photo stops, like the Bronze Horseman, Kazan Cathedral, Nevsky Prospekt, the Neva River, Rostral Columns, including a metro ride and a tour of the opulent metro stations.

10:30 : 11:00

Drive to the Peterhof Summer Residence. 

11:00 : 12:30

Tour of the Peterhof Fountain Park and Upper Gardens, including photo opportunities of the breathtaking Grand Cascade and exterior of the Grand Palace.

12:30 : 13:30

Drive back to St. Petersburg city center.

13:30 : 14:30

Lunch at a local restaurant.*

*Cost of lunch is included on all group and private tours. We can remove lunches at your request on private tours and reduce the cost by 20 USD per person.

14:30 : 16:30

Visit and guided tour of the Hermitage Winter Palace*

*The exact entrance time can vary. Pre-booked time slots to minimize waiting are assigned solely by the management of the Hermitage Museum.

16:30 : 17:30

Guided visit inside the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood* with time for souvenir shopping.

*The Church is closed on Wednesday, so instead there will be a visit to Peter and Paul's Fortress and Cathedral, the burial place of the Tsars'.


Return to the ship.


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For private parties

Tour price includes the following services:

All port fees and all local Russian taxes for the tour

Professional and personable English-speaking guide (other languages available upon request for private tours for an additional $60 USD per day)

Air-conditioned vehicle

WiFi on the bus

Lunches (cost of lunch is included on all group and private tours, and we can remove lunches at your request on private tours and reduce the cost by 20 USD per person per day.)

Admission tickets to all the museums shown on the itinerary

Pre-booked entry time to the Hermitage Museum

One camera pass per person in the museums

✓ Subway ride

One bottle of water per person

Ponchos in case of rain

Audio headsets for groups of +6 guests


Tour price does not include the following services:

Gratuities to the guide and driver (suggested tip is 10% to the guide and 5% to the driver given separately)

Lunches for non-paying children (the restaurant will have a children's menu from which their meal can be ordered for and paid for on the spot directly)

Additional Notes:

Note: Tour sequence may vary depending on overcrowding at venues, museums’ closing days and traffic conditions. The itinerary above is a sample only. If your ship is in port for less time, adjustments will be made. Please contact us for more details.

*On Mondays the Hermitage is closed. The itinerary would instead include Yusupov Palace.

Please note the visit to the Hermitage Winter Palace does not include the collection of impressionists and post-impressionists which moved to the General Staff building. It's available upon request on private tours at an extra fee of $10 USD per person. The visit takes 1.5 hours including standing in line to get into the museum.

This flat-rate group tour is only available to ships docking in St. Petersburg for only one day.

Lunches are not included for non-paying young children.