Discover Saint Petersburg's hidden architectural gems and let yourself be seduced by the charms of Russia's must cultural city. This is the perfect trip for both cruise passengers and visitors staying in the city of the Tsars.
Tour of Saint Petersburg
We start this tour from the Port of Saint Petersburg or from your hotel, where we will board an open-top panoramic bus which will take you into the heart of the Russian city.
We arrive at Hare Island, where we will visit the Peter and Paul Fortress. Constructed by Peter the Great as a defense against possible invasion, over time it has served as a military base, laboratory, and a prison. Today it houses a museum which you will explore at the hands of our guide, who will reveal the fascinating history of this fort where notable figures such as Dostoevsky and Trotsky were imprisoned.
You will enter into the citadel complex and visit the Saints Peter and Paul Cathedral, where almost all the entire Romanov dynasty is buried.
Staying with the legacy of the Tsars in Saint Petersburg, we will visit the Church of the Savior on Blood, one of the most spectacular monuments in the city. Inside, you can immerse yourself in the intricate detail of the mosaic pictures that adorn the walls and ceilings of the interior. The church was constructed in 1883 by Tzar Alexander III as a tribute to his father Alexander II, who was assassinated in this same spot 2 years earlier.
After enjoying your own free time to eat, we then take a boat tour along the rivers and canals where we will see the beautiful bridges of what is known as "the Venice of the North".
No trip to Saint Petersburg is complete without visiting the Hermitage museum. This is where Catalina la Grande started one of the most important art collections in the world. You can see works by Tiziano, Monet, Van Gogh, and Leonardo da Vinci, as well as jewels, weapons, and Russian masterpieces in an unforgettable venue. The huge complex houses 6 historic buildings along the river bank, including the Winter Palace, which was the official residence of the Tzars.
Our guided tour ends back at your boat or hotel at around 5 pm.
Tour of Saint Petersburg and Peterhof Palace
If you want to extend your experience of Saint Petersburg, you have the option to add a visit to Peterhof. In this case, you will follow the same itinerary as the tour of Saint Petersburg, but without the visit to the Church of the Savior on Blood.
Located almost 20 miles to the west of Saint Petersburg, Peterhof was the residence of the Tzars until 1917. Strolling through the majestic gardens with grand, gilded fountains, you will feel like you belong to Russian monarchy. You will discover the main gold plated fountain which is the centrepiece of a huge network of water channels.
At around 9 pm, we will return to Saint Petersburg on the bus arriving at the original departure point.
When you make the reservation, you must indicate the name and address of the hotel where you are staying in Saint Petersburg so that our guide knows where to collect you.
If you are arriving in Saint Petersburg on a cruise, the meeting point will be the Maritime Port in Saint Petersburg.
Why reserve with us?
- We guarantee reduced group sizes with a maximum of 16 people.
- The tours are open to all cruise passengers, regardless of the company you are sailing with.
- By reserving with us, cruise passengers do not require a visa to visit Saint Petersburg. We will take care of all your necessary documents for you to present at border control.
- Although our trips are oriented towards cruise passengers and designed to coincide with the cruise arrival and departure times, it is important that you check the timetable for your particular cruise and the duration of the tour to ensure that you have enough time.
- The Church of the Savior on Blood is closed on Wednesday when we visit Kazan cathedral instead.
- On Mondays, the Hermitage museum is closed, so we will offer you the opportunity to visit the Fabergé museum, which holds the world's largest collection of Fabergé eggs.
- Cruise passengers must bring a valid international passport. If you are a cruise passenger who would normally need a visa to enter Russia, you can avoid this requirement by requesting a "tour ticket" when making your reservation. These allow you to enter Russia to do the tour and then return to the ship again afterwards. If you have a visa (or are allowed into Russia without one) you can continue exploring St Petersburg at your own pace after the tour.
Children from 6 to 16 years oldUS$ 72.6
Students with ISIC card up to 21 years oldUS$ 78.1
Children under 6 years oldFree
St Petersburg + Peterhof
Children from 6 to 16 years oldUS$ 150.7
Students with ISIC card up to 21 years oldUS$ 156.3
Children under 6 years oldFree
The tour includes an English speaking guide, but the tour can sometimes be carried out in two languages.
Hotel pick and drop off from the port in Saint Petersburg to your hotel.
English speaking guide.
Entry to the Hermitage Museum.
Entry to the Peter and Paul Fortress.
Boat trip along the rivers and canals.
Entry to the Church of the Saviour on Blood (optional).
Guided tour to Peterhof (optional).
When to book?
Book as soon as possible to guarantee availability, especially during public holidays and festivities.
You can book up to 5 days before (St Petersburg local time) if there are still places available.
Once your booking has been confirmed, you will receive an email containing your booking voucher. Please print it out or download on your smartphone/tablet to show on the day of the activity.
Frequently asked questions
Q - How to book?
A - To reserve the activity, choose the date and complete the form on this page. You will receive your confirmation immediately.
No (not advisable for people with reduced mobility).