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2-day Deluxe Tour
16 person max or private | 19hrs. with guide and driver | Includes 2 lunches | Very active
Our most popular tour–and the most comprehensive tour at the most competitive price on the Baltic–the 2-day Deluxe Tour in St. Petersburg includes two full days of visits to the most sought-after sites as well as traditional Russian lunches. An experience accompanied by an expert yet conducted through a personal presentation of the city. There are also opportunities for sightseeing and shopping. This tour is for those who want to make the most of their two days in St. Petersburg.
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.
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.
St. Isaac’s Cathedral – This is the largest cathedral in St. Petersburg, and the fourth largest in the world. This is an awe inspiring structure from outside and from inside.
Peter & Paul Fortress and Cathedral – First established in 1703, the original timber fortress was one of the first structures erected in the city. This area has since played an important role in the history of the city and the country, not only for its military significance but also as a political prison, as well as the burial site of the Russian Tzars.
Peterhof Fountain Park and Gardens – 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 centrepiece) contains 64 fountains alone, with the Samson statue at its centre shooting a powerful jet 20 meters into the sky.
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.
Yusupov Palace – Although not of royal lineage, the Yusupov family was exceptionally wealthy and had great influence in Russia. Their residence, seated on the bank of the Moyka River, showcases ornately designed rooms, stairwells and a stunning private theatre. A visit to the room where Rasputin was murdered is also included on the tour.
Find here some more information about the City sightseeing tour.
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.
Once booked, this tour is gauranteed to run with any number of people signed up for the following cruise ships*:
- Regal Princess, Sapphire Princess
- Norwegian Breakaway, Norwegian Getaway
- Celebrity Silhouette, Celebrity Eclipse, Celebrity Reflection
- ms Zuiderdam, ms Koningsdam, ms Nieuw Statendam, ms Rotterdam
- Brilliance of the Seas, Serenade of the Seas, Navigator of the Seas, Explorer of the Seas
- Oceania Marina and Oceania Nautica
If you are on another ship, please contact us to check for flat-rate availability.
The flat-rate group tour is only available to ships docking in St. Petersburg for two days.
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.
(flat-rate max. group size 16)
DAY 1 | 08:30 - 18:00
|08:30 : 09:00||
Meet and greet at the ship. Settle payment (if not prepaid).
|09:00 : 10:00||City sightseeing tour. Subway ride (upon request if time permits) and shopping. Farmers' Market (upon request if time permits).|
|10:00 : 10:45||A visit to Peter and Paul's fortress and cathedral, the burrial place of the Russian Emperors|
|10:45 : 11:30||
Drive to Peterhof (Summer Residence)
|11:30 : 13:00||
Walk in the Peterhof Lower fountain park and the Upper gardens
|13:15 : 14:15||Lunch at a local café.|
|14:15 : 15:15||Drive to Tsars' Village (Tsarskoye Selo)|
|15:30 : 17:00||An inside visit to Catherine's Palace with the Amber Room and a walk in the park|
|17:00 : 18:00||Drive back to St. Petersburg|
|18:00||Return to the ship, or optional evening activity.|
DAY 2 | 08:00 - 17:00
|08:00 : 08:30||Meet at the ship|
|08:30 : 09:30||City sightseeing tour canal boat ride|
|10:00 : 12:00||
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.
|12:00 : 13:00||
Lunch: traditional Russian meal at a local café
|13:00 : 13:30||Excursion in the Church of Our Savior of the Spilled Blood.|
|14:00 : 15:30||A visit inside of Yusupov Palace with the Rasputin exhibit.|
|15:45 : 16:30||A visit inside of St. Isaac's Cathedral.|
|17:00||On board the ship.|
Tour price includes the following services:
- all port fees for two days and all local Russian taxes
- professional and personable English-speaking guide for two days. (Other languages available for private tours upon request for +$60 USD per day).
- A/C vehicle for two days with this timing
- admission tickets to all the museums shown on the itinerary
- Pre-booked entry time to the Hermitage museum
- photo passes for all museums per person (except Yusupov's Palace)
- subway ride (if time permits)
- one bottle of water per person per day, ponchos in case of rain
- audio head-sets for groups of 10 or more
- lunches on both days*
- canal boat ride
*Unpaying children (6 y.o. or younger) will not have lunches included. The restaurant will have a children's menu from which their meal can be ordered for and paid for on the spot directly to the restaurant.
Tour price does not include the following services: Gratuities for the guide (10%) and driver (5%) to be given separately
This is a sample itinerary. Actual start/end times are coordinated with your ship's arrival/departure time and day of the week. Sequence will vary based on days of the week.
You will not miss any sights due to closing days! We always rearrange the itinerary accordingly so that all venues can be visited.
Lunches are currently included in the price. They cost 15 USD per person per day. For private tours, we can remove lunches and deduct that amount from the tour price.
Due to the busy nature of the Deluxe Tour, the subway station and farmers' market are only possible if time permits, and cannot be guaranteed.
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 options is only available to those cruise ships docking in St. Petersburg for two days.