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2-Day Highlights Tour of St. Petersburg
16 person max. or private | 16 hrs. with guide and driver | Medium-paced
The 2-Day Highlights Tour of St. Petersburg is taken at a more moderate pace compared to the Deluxe or Treasures tour, yet still includes all the highlights with shorter days in port. This tour still offers opportunities for sightseeing and shopping as well as a personal and professional presentation of our beloved city of 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. *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.
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.
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 centerpiece) contains 64 fountains alone, with the Samson statue at its center shooting a powerful jet 20 meters into the sky.
There will also be time for panoramic city sightseeing (with options for photo stops).
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.
Guests with Mobility Issues:
This is the tour we usually recommend for guests with non-severe mobility issues. Please note this tour is not slow-paced and still features a certain amount of walking. For guests who feel like they cannot manage walking at all or getting in and out of the vehicles, we highly recommend booking a private tour instead.
For wheelchair users, we only recommend private tours.
(flat-rate max. group size 16)
DAY 1 | 08:30 - 17:00
|08:30 : 09:00||
Meet and greet at the ship right after immigration, at the port.
|09:00 : 10:30||
City sightseeing tour with photo stops at Quay with Sphinxes, The Spit of the Basil Island, Rostral Columns, St.Isaac’s Cathedral and Astoria Hotel. A metro ride and a tour of the opulent metro stations are included.
|10:30 : 11:30||
Drive to the Peterhof Summer Residence.
|11:30 : 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||Lunch at a local restaurant.|
|13:30 : 14:30||Drive back to St. Petersburg.|
|14:30 : 15:30||
Photo stops at Kazan Cathedral, Square of Arts, Michael’s Palace, Summer Garden's and Palace Square.
|15:30 : 16:30||Stroll along at Nevsky Prospect, the main street in St. Petersburg.|
|17:00||Return to the ship or optional evening activity.|
DAY 2 | 08:30 - 16:00
|08:30||Meet at the ship.|
|09:00 : 10:00||
Canal boat ride.
|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.
|13:00 : 14:00||Lunch at a local restaurant.|
|14:00 : 15:00||Guided visit inside the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood with time for souvenir shopping.|
|15:30 : 16:00||Return to the ship.|
St. Petersburg, Berlin or Warnemünde/Rostock, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Helsinki and Tallinn:
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 for both days;
- Canal boat ride;
- 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 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).
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 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 exactly two days.
We can accommodate dietary restrictions if informed at least 10 days in advance.