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1-day Deluxe Tour of St. Petersburg

Small Group (16 person max.) or Private | 9h with guide and driver | Includes 1 lunch | Very active

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 centrepiece) contains 64 fountains alone, with the Samson statue at its centre 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 HorsemanKazan Cathedral, Nevsky Prospekt, the Neva RiverRostral Columns, and more. Metro ride and tour of the opulent Metro stations is at group's request / time permitting. 

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.

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

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

Activity level:
starting at $ 155 USD pp
(flat-rate max. group size 16)
DAY 1 | 08:30 - 18:00
Time Description
08:30 : 09:00

Disembark the ship. Pass through immigration (30-60 minutes). Meet the tour guide and SPB-Tours team right at the port.

09:00 : 10:00

City sightseeing tour covering the major sights and photo stops, including Bronze Horseman, Kazan Cathedral, the Rostral Columns, and much more. Metro ride and tour of the opulent Metro stations is at group's request / time permitting. 

10:00 : 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 cafe with the chance to try local Russian food.

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 Church on the Blood*. Time for souvenir shopping. 

*On Wednesays the Church is closed, so instead: Peter and Paul's Fortress and Cathedral, the burial place of the Tsars'


On board the ship.

Timing will be adjusted depending on your ship's departure time! You will never miss your ship touring with SPB-Tours. 

St. Petersburg, Berlin or Warnemünde/Rostock, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Helsinki and Tallinn:
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For private parties

Tour price includes the following services:

  1. all port fees for one day and all local Russian taxes
  2. professional and personable English-speaking guide for one day. (Other languages available  for private tours upon request for +$60 USD per day).
  3. A/C vehicle for one day with this timing
  4. admission tickets to all the museums shown on the itinerary
  5. one pass for the camera per person in the museums
  6. subway ride, one bottle of water per person per day, ponchos in case of rain
  7. audio head-sets for larger groups of 10 and more people
  8. Lunch at a local cafe

Tour price does not include the following services:

  1. gratuities to the guide and driver. Suggested tip is 10% to the guide and 5% to the driver given separately.

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 does not include the collection of impressionists and post-impressionists which moved to the new General Staff building. You can request it additionally when booking a private tour. The extra fee of $10US/person will apply. The visit takes 1,5 hour including standing in line to get into this museum.

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

Lunches are optional on private tours. They cost 10 USD per person per day. If you do NOT want to include lunches, deduct 10 USD per person from the tour price.

Lunches are not included for unpaying young children.