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

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

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 18th-century Peter and Paul fortress and cathedral. After a Russian lunch, tour the State Hermitage Museum – Russia’s finest art gallery – and cruise down the Neva River before returning to port. This small-group tour operates with a maximum of 10 people, ensuring you’ll receive personal attention from your expert guide.


  • 6-hour shore excursion of St Petersburg
  • See where tsars were buried at Peter and Paul Fortress and cathedral
  • Learn about St Petersburg’s fascinating history
  • Enjoy a classic Russian lunch in an elegant restaurant
  • Tour the State Hermitage Museum and cruise along the Neva River
  • Small-group tour limited to 10 people ensures personal attention from your guide
  • Covered by Viator’s worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship

What You Can Expect

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

St Petersburg City Tour

When your cruise ship docks in St Petersburg, enjoy a shore excursion with a friendly, informative guide. Your 6-hour small-group tour by comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle begins with a visit to see Vasilievsky Island. From here, admire the architecturally grand Old St Petersburg Stock Exchange, located at the Spit (Strelka), across from the Winter Palace.

Next, visit Peter and Paul Fortress, founded by Peter the Great in 1703 on the north bank of the Neva River. Your guide will show your small group around the cathedral’s interior, which served as a burial place for Russian tsars for almost two centuries. Listen to your guide’s commentary as you learn about St Petersburg’s fascinating history!

Afterward, head to Nevsky Avenue, St. Petersburg’s main road and one of most well-known streets in Russia. Your guide will point out the famous Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood and other monuments of iconic Russian architecture. Stop at St Isaac’s Square to take photos of St Isaac’s Cathedral – one of the city’s most impressive churches.

After lunch at a classic Russian restaurant in the city center, enjoy a 1-hour guided tour of the State Hermitage Museum, once the residence of Russian tsars. Today, the museum boasts more than 2.7 million exhibits with a diverse array of art and artifacts from around the world, from ancient Egypt to early 20th-century Europe.

Once you’ve admired works by the masters, including Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Rembrandt, Cezanne, Monet and Van Gogh, take a 1-hour cruise down the Neva River. With its network of canals, you’ll see why St Petersburg is sometimes referred to as the 'Venice of the North.'

Your tour ends with transport back to the St Petersburg cruise port.

Worry-free Shore Excursion:
We will ensure your timely return to the St Petersburg port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2013

st Petersburg was as beautiful as advertised, our guide was wonderful, loved the tour

4 star rating: Recommended August 2013

The tour was great but nearly didn't happen! I received a document which contained a barcode which I printed off. It said that we needed to confirm our booking with Marie Rose travel, the local contact. The email address did not work so I phoned the number given - from England. All I got was an fax machine.
I went to the Marie Rose website and found a different number to phone. I spoke to a Russian girl who told us our places were already confirmed. I told her that I had the ticket with the barcode - but did I need anything else?. She assured me I didn't.
However, when we disembarked the ship at St Petersburg I presented the paper and was shouted at by the local customs as our paper was not the correct one. My friend and I were commanded to sit on a bench like naughty schoolgirls and told to wait.
The guide was at another ship terminal it appeared but was contacted and she arrived to where we were. Meanwhile a chap at customs had printed off another document which was needed and belatedly we linked up with our guide.
On return home I still can't find this ticket to print off!!!
The tour was good and did all the things it promised. Lida, our guide was very good - in The Hermitage she selected a range of exhibits rather than trying to trail us round all day. She spoke good English and was knowledgeable about her city.
Other private tours were taken on the metro which I would have loved - but maybe you could include that on future tours.
In future I think these private tours offer more than the shipboard excursions which are pricey and ensure that the participants queue up for ages, whereas we were able to jump the queues at the attractions. I would therefore search around for a perfect tour next time I go on a cruise.

4 star rating: Recommended July 2013

Our guide for this visit was a young girl called Julia. She was very friendly, extremely knowledgeable and very professional. We both enjoyed our visit the more due to the manner in which she presented the city, the places we were taken to and her limitless knowledge.

Whilst the overall trip was excellent, the meal was not brilliant and I would suggest that you review both the restaurant and what was offered for future tours.

1 star rating: I do not recommend this August 2013

We were very much looking forward to this excursion. As it turned out it was not as good as we would have liked it to be. Our small-group city tour consisted of 5 of us. Our tour guide was extremely knowledgeable when it came to all the sites, and there were many, that we visited. The problems we encountered were as followed: the tour guide's heavy accent made it very difficult to understand what she was saying. Compounding this problem was that she was a low talker, making it extremely difficult to even hear her; there was no boat ride on the Neva River as advertised, extremely dissappointing; the restaurant we were to have lunch at could not accommodate us forcing the entire group to walk about 1 1/2 miles to another restaurant; the tour lasted 8 hours instead of 6. This caused us to have quite a bit of anxiety about returning to our boat on time before it left. We just made it back with very little room to spare.

Because this excursion cost us a substantial amount of money my wife and I felt that, in the end, it really was not worth the investment.

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