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St Petersburg Cruise Port

St Petersburg was founded by Peter the Great in the 1700s to serve as a window to the west. With its imperial history and magnificent architecture, it is often considered one of the most beautiful cities in Russia. The Port of St Petersburg is the largest port in northwest Russia and serves as the primary gateway between Russia and the Baltic Sea. It is one of the world’s most popular cruise destinations. Ships docking in St Petersburg do so in the heart of the city, at Vasilevsky Island.  

How to Get to St Petersburg:

If you arrive in St. Petersburg on a cruise, you will likely head into the city center as part of an organized shore excursion and as part of a group visa. If you wish to go to it on your own, you may need to obtain an individual visa in advance, which can be time consuming and expensive. Visa rules may change without notice, so be sure to check with your travel agent when booking.

If you do visit St Petersburg independently, taxis are available at the port to take you into the center of the city, about a 15-minute ride and at a cost of around 600 rubles (about $20).

One Day in St Petersburg:

Once you are in the heart of St Petersburg, most major attractions are within walking distance of each other, but that doesn’t mean seeing everything will be easy – you will likely have to pick and choose based on your interests.

The city may be best known for the Hermitage Museum, the world’s second largest art museum after the Louvre. With more than three million works of art, the Hermitage’s collection is housed primarily inside the opulent Winter Palace, the former residence of the Russian tsars. Not far from the Hermitage you will find one of St Petersburg’s most photographed sites, the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, with its colorful onion domes, as well as the city’s most famous boulevard, Nevsky Prospekt.

A visit to the Peter and Paul Fortress across the river from the city center will include a walk through the former prison (which housed political prisoners through 1917) and a stop at the Peter and Paul Cathedral, the final resting place of many Russian tsars. For the best views of the city, climb to the top of the dome of St Isaac’s Cathedral, the largest cathedral in the city and the most spectacular. Other sites of interest near the center include the Alexander Nevsky Cemetery, the Russian Museum, the Kunstkamera (the first museum in Russia and home to Peter the Great’s “collection of natural and human curiosities”) and the Yusupov Palace (site of the murder of mystic Gregory Rasputin).

If you have a particular interest in Russian imperial history, you may instead choose to take an excursion outside of the city to one of the imperial estates: Petrodvorets (Peterhof) or Tsarskoe Selo.

Port Information:

The local currency is the ruble and the local language is Russian. English is not widely spoken – if you venture away from the port on your own, try to get the location written for you in Russian to give to a taxi driver when returning. ATMs can be found at the cruise terminal and will likely provide the best exchange rate.  The port also boasts a tourist information booth, wi-fi, vending machines and souvenir shops.

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St Petersburg Shore Excursion: Small-Group Pushkin, Peterhof and Metro Station Tour

When your cruise ship docks at the Port of St Petersburg, set out on a small-group shore excursion to discover some incredible royal palaces, located both in ...  Read more

Location: St. Petersburg, Russian Federation
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $177.00

St Petersburg Shore Excursion: Private Hermitage and Catherine Palace Tour

Visit the Hermitage and Catherine Palace with a private guide on a full-day shore excursion from St Petersburg! When your cruise ship docks in port, travel to ...  Read more

Location: St. Petersburg, Russian Federation
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $146.25

St Petersburg Shore Excursion: City Tour with Peter and Paul Fortress and Gostiny Dvor

While in port, enjoy St Petersburg’s most impressive sights on this 6-hour shore excursion with a small group. Drive along the streets and embankments of the ...  Read more

Location: St. Petersburg, Russian Federation
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $203.28

St Petersburg Shore Excursion: Small-Group City Tour with Hermitage Museum and Boat Ride

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 4 Reviews

While in port in St Petersburg, tour the city on a 6-hour shore excursion. Learn about some of the most prominent landmarks, including a visit to the ...  Read more

Location: St. Petersburg, Russian Federation
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $207.49

St Petersburg Shore Excursion: City Tour with Hermitage Museum and Peterhof

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 5 Reviews

While in port in St Petersburg, learn about the city’s most prominent landmarks -- including Peterhof – on a full-day shore excursion with a small group. ...  Read more

Location: St. Petersburg, Russian Federation
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $231.32

St Petersburg Shore Excursion: Imperial Residence Tour with Catherine Palace and Peterhof

4.5 star rating: Recommended 4 Reviews

While in port in St Petersburg, visit the magnificent summer residences of the Russian emperors on a full-day shore excursion with a small group. Discover ...  Read more

Location: St. Petersburg, Russian Federation
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $222.91

St Petersburg Shore Excursion: Sightseeing Tour Including Peter and Paul Fortress, Hermitage Museum and Cruise

4 star rating: Recommended 3 Reviews

While in port in St Petersburg, enjoy a full day of sightseeing on this shore excursion with a small group. Visit Peter and Paul Fortress, including the ...  Read more

Location: St. Petersburg, Russian Federation
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $248.14

St Petersburg Shore Excursion: 2-Day City Highlights and Pushkin Small-Group Tour

While in port, enjoy a St Petersburg shore excursion that’s spread over two full days. Discover the highlights of St Petersburg on the first day, visiting ...  Read more

Location: St. Petersburg, Russian Federation
Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $320.00

St Petersburg Shore Excursion: Private Moscow Day Trip Including Flight and Train

When your cruise ship docks at St Petersburg, fly to Moscow to enjoy a full-day tour of the capital, and then return in the evening by high-speed train. Led by ...  Read more

Location: St. Petersburg, Russian Federation
Duration: Varies from 12-15 hours

From USD $740.00

St Petersburg Shore Excursion: 2-Day City Highlights and Pushkin Private Tour

Make the most out of your time in port with a private St Petersburg shore excursion, spread over two full days! Get acquainted with the highlights of St ...  Read more

Location: St. Petersburg, Russian Federation
Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $307.25

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