Discover Saint Petersburg, and all the hidden corners of this palace city, on a 2-day tour perfectly designed for cruise passengers. The comprehensive itinerary includes visits to the Peterhof Palace and the Pushkin Museum.
St Petersburg Shore Excursion Itinerary
We will leave the cruise terminal in Saint Petersburg behind and head into the beautiful Russian city on board a panoramic tour bus. On the journey, you will have wonderful views of the city's northern coastline taking in iconic sights such as the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood.
Following the bus journey, we will continue on foot to the Hermitage Museum, which is where you will also discover the majestic Winter Palace, which is the ancient residence of the Tzars. After two hours admiring one of the world's greatest art collections, you will enjoy a tasty traditional Russian meal. The menu consists of three typical Russian dishes and desserts, accompanied by mineral water, tea, or coffee (other drinks not included).
Around 3 pm, we will head to one of Saint Petersburg's greatest attractions: Pushkin museum. Located 15 miles to the south of the city, this grand palace was the summer residence of the Tzars. There, you will explore the gardens and the interior of Catherine Palace where you will discover the wonderful Amber Room, whose gold decorated walls and mirrors will leave you awestruck.
The tour leaves Pushkin around 5:30 pm, arriving back to St Petersburg at approximately 7 pm, to be able to head back to the boat.
We start the second day in Saint Petersburg doing the required passport checks at the port. Around 9 am we'll head north towards the Gulf of Finland until we reach Peterhof, the residence of the Tzars. Known as the 'Versailles of Russia', it one of the jewels of Russian art and architecture, and contains a huge number of gardens, fountains, and golden sculptures which adorn the Grand Place of Peter the Great.
After approximately two hours exploring Peterhof, we'll head back to St. Petersburg and visit the Peter and Paul Fortress, the most impressive building in the St Petersburg old town, and where you can find the burial site of several members of the Romanov family. Then, around 3 pm we'll take a cruise down the River Neva and its canals.
With the tour over, we'll return to the boats at around 4:30 pm.
If you are not a cruise passenger
Even if you are not arriving in the city by cruise, you can still reserve this tour. When making the reservation, you must indicate the name and address of your hotel in Saint Petersburg.
Why you should book with us
- Our tours are done every day and are open to everyone, regardless of the cruise company you are travelling with.
- A small group size of no more than 16 people is guaranteed.
- When you reserve with us, you will not need a visa to visit Saint Petersburg. We will prepare all the necessary documents for you to present at border control.
- Although our tour is aimed at cruise passengers and designed to fit with the cruise timetables, it is important that you check the arrival and departure time of your cruise, and the duration of the trip to ensure you have time to complete the tour.
- 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.
- The Hermitage Museum is closed on Mondays. In the case that your reservation begins on a Monday, the itinerary will be adapted to include the museum visit on the second day.
- The order of the itinerary may change depending on schedules or closures of the monuments visited.
Tour in English
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.
Pick up and drop off at the port.
English speaking guide.
Tickets for the museums, palaces and canals.
Typical Russian food (on the first day).
Boat trip along the rivers and canals.
Food on the 2nd day.
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.
You will receive an email with your ticket attached which you must print out and show on the day of the activity.
Frequently asked questions
Q - Is it possible to bring a pushchair/stroller on the tour?
A - Yes.
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).
The Maritime Port in Saint Petersburg.