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3-Day Grand Russian Historical Private Tour

This tour covers the history of Russia from the Middle Ages to Putin and Gorbachev, taking you to places where the country’s destiny and the fate of its people were decided. A thousand years will unfold before you, from the grand Catherine’s Palace in Pushkin to the Oreshek Fortress near Lake Ladoga, where epic battles were fought throughout the centuries. In these intense 3 days, you will see all of the city’s main sights, have time for shopping, travel through the Russian countryside, and get a deep insight into Russian history and culture.

Due to requiring a specialized tour guide, this tour has limited availability.


Guided Visits:

Museum of the Defense and Siege of Leningrad: Learn more about one of the most harrowing periods of the city's history - the 900-day Blockade of Leningrad Siege of Leningrad. The museum features war artifacts, such as the German Aeroplane that was shot down and fell to the ground in Tauricheskiy Garden.

Peterhof Fountain Park and Gardens: Scenario of fierce battles during World War II, Peterhof was the summer residence of Peter the Great. 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) contains 64 fountains alone, with the Samson statue at its center shooting a powerful jet 20 meters into the sky.

Hermitage Museum*: 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. *On some dates, the visit to the Hermitage Winter Palace could be replaced for a visit to the Hermitage General Staff Building, which hosts the Impressionist Collection.

Does this tour include "early entrance" to the Hermitage Museum?

Catherine’s Palace with Amber Room: This Rococo palace was once the summer residence of the Russian Tzars and represents the peak of imperial opulence. A visit wouldn’t be complete without seeing the Amber Room, which has been completed reconstructed in great detail, some say even more exquisitely than the original.


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.

Activity level:
starting at $ 399 USD pp
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 and St. Isaac's Cathedral.
10:30 : 12:30 Visit and guided tour of the Hermitage Museum*

*The exact entrance time can vary. Pre-booked time slots to minimize waiting are assigned solely by the management of the Hermitage Museum.
12:30 : 13:30 A visit to Peter and Paul Fortress and Cathedral, the burial place of the Russian Emperors.
13:30 : 14:00 Lunch (optional).
14:00 : 15:00 Russian Revolution Tour: a visit to the Field of Mars Square and to the Monument to the Victims of Political Repression. Outside visit of the KGB Headquarters.
15:00 : 16:00

Drive to the Peterhof Summer Residence.

16:00 : 17:00 Tour of the Peterhof Fountain Park and Upper Gardens.
17:00 : 18:00 Drive back to St. Petersburg's city center.
18:00 Return to the ship, or optional evening activity.
Evening options
DAY 2 | 09:00 - 17:00
Time Description
09:00 Meet at the ship.
09:00 : 10:30 metro ride and a tour of the opulent metro stations on the way to Tsars' Village (Tsarskoye Selo) at Pushkin.
10:30 : 12:00 Drive to Tsars' Village (Tsarskoye Selo) at Pushkin.
10:00 : 12:00 An inside visit to Catherine's Palace with Amber Room and a walk in the park.
12:00 : 13:00 Drive back to St. Petersburg's city center.
13:00 : 14:00 Lunch at a local café (optional).
14:00 : 15:00 Guided visit to the Museum of the Defense and Siege of Leningrad, at the Rumyantsev Mansion.
15:00 : 16:00 Guided visit inside the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood.
16:00 : 17:00 A visit to the Cold War and Soviet Life exhibitions at The Museum of Political History of Russia.
17:00 Return to the ship, or optional evening activity. 
Evening options
DAY 3 | 08:30 - 16:00
Time Description
08:30 Meet at the ship.
08:30 : 10:00 Departure to the town of Shlisselburg near Ladoga Lake.
10:00 : 11:30 Tour of the ancient Oreshek Fortress and the town of Shlisselburg.
11:30 : 13:00 Tour of the Nevsky Bridgehead battlefield.
13:00 : 14:00 Lunch in the town of Kirovsk (optional).
14:00 : 14:30 Visit to The Breakthrough of the Siege of Leningrad Diorama and tank exhibition.
14:30 : 16:00 Departure to St. Petersburg.
16:00 Return to the ship.

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

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Group size
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2 4 6 8 10 12 14 16
Please note: This tour is not available as a
Flat-rate tour.
starting at
per person
Group size
(number of people)
2 4 6 8 10 12 14 16 17+
$955 $640 $525 $475 $450 $430 $415 $399 Request
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

Admission tickets to all the museums shown on the itinerary

Pre-booked entry time to the Hermitage Museum

One camera pass per couple in the museums

Subway ride

One bottle of water per person per day

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)

✘ Cost of lunch or snacks

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.

You will not miss any sights due to closing days! We always rearrange the itinerary accordingly to the ship's itineraries so that all venues can be visited.

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 hour including standing in line to get into the museum.

We can accommodate dietary restrictions if informed at least 10 days in advance.