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2-day Highlights Tour

16 person max or private | 16 hrs. with guide and driver | Moderate

Our most moderate tour of St. Petersburg, the 2-day Highlights Tour includes all the highlights with shorter days in port. Even though it is shorter than our Deluxe tour and the Russian Treasures tour, this tour still offers opportunities for sightseeing and shopping as well as a personal, professional presentation of our beloved city.

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.

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

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. 

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.  

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.

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.

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

Activity level:
starting at $ 210 USD pp
(flat-rate max. group size 16)
DAY 1 | 08:30 - 17:00
Time Description
08:30 : 09:00

Meet and greet at the ship. Settle payment (if not prepaid).

09:00 : 10:00 City sightseeing tour with shopping opportunity. A visit to the local farmers’ market. A visit to the Metro. A ride on the Metro if time permits.
10:00 : 10:45

Drive to Peterhof (Summer Residence)

10:45 : 12:15 Tour of the Peterhof Lower fountain park and gardens, including photo opportunity at the Grand Cascade.
12:15 : 13:00 Lunch stop at a local restaurant (optional)
13:00 : 14:00 Drive to Pushkin a.k.a. the Tsars’ Village
14:00 : 16:00 A visit to the **Catherine’s Palace, including the famous Amber room. A walk in the park afterward if time permits.

*Please note: On extremely busy days this year, Catherine’s Palace tickets may be sold out. On these days we will take our guests to an alternative site such as the Faberge Museum, Russian Museum, Monplaisir Palace, Pavlovsk Palace or another popular site in the city. If this is the case we will also refund you the difference.  2019 has seen increasing numbers of guests to Catherine’s Palace and the site has not been able to supply tickets to meet demand on some days.
16:00 : 17:00 Drive back to the city
17:00 Return to the ship or evening options.
Evening options
DAY 2 | 09:00 - 16:00
Time Description
09:00 Meet at the ship.
10:00 : 12:00

Visit and guided tour to the Hermitage Museum (Pre-booked entry time*)

*The exact entrance time can vary and is determined solery by the management of the Hermitage museum.

12:30 : 13:30 Lunch at a local cafe (optional)
13:30 : 14:30 A visit and inside tour of the Church on the Spilled Blood
14:30 : 15:30 A visit and tour inside Peter and Paul's fortress and Cathedral
15:30 : 16:00 Drive back to the ship
16:00 Aboard the ship
St. Petersburg, Berlin or Warnemünde/Rostock, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Helsinki and Tallinn:
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p. person
starting   at
$ 210
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Group size
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2 4 6 8 10 12 14 16
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Group size
(number of people)
2 4 6 8 10 12 14 16 17+
$599 $365 $289 $270 $260 $245 $230 $210 Request
For private parties

Tour price includes the following services:

  1. all port fees for two days and all local Russian taxes
  2. professional and personable English-speaking guide for two days. (Other languages available  for private tours upon request for +$60 USD per day). 
  3. A/C vehicle for two days with this timing
  4. admission tickets to all the museums shown on the itinerary
  5. Pre-booked entry to the Hermitage museum
  6. photo passes for all museums 
  7. subway ride
  8. one bottle of water per person per day, ponchos in case of rain
  9. audio head-sets for groups of 10 or more

Additional Notes:

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. 

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 two days.