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1-Day Introductory Highlights Tour: Visa-Free Saint Petersburg Shore Excursion

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iconOffered in: English

Overview

Explore the sights of St Petersburg when you’re in port with a visa-free shore excursion. This comprehensive day tour introduces you to the monuments and architectural landmarks of the city center, plus you’ll visit the Hermitage Museum and royal sites like Catherine Palace or Peterhof Grand Palace, depending on the day of your tour.
  • St Petersburg sightseeing shore excursion
  • Make the most of your limited time in port
  • Visit the top attractions in and around the city in one full day
  • Admire the treasures of the Hermitage Museum
  • See how Russian royalty lived at Catherine Palace
  • Entrance fees, guide and lunch included
All port fees & local Russian taxes
Bottled still water (one bottle per person per day)
Electronic headsets for groups of 7 and more
Experienced and conscientious driver with a comfortable air-conditioned vehicle for one day
Expert, professional and personable guide for one day
Packed lunch
Photo permissions inside museums
Subway ride
Gratuity. Recommended gratuity is 10% for the guide and 5% for the driver, given separately.

Departure Point

Port of St. Petersburg

Departure Time

7:30 am, 8:30 am
The actual start and end times of the tour are shown in the tour ticket.

Return Details

Port of St. Petersburg
Your St Petersburg shore excursion starts at the cruise terminal, where you’ll meet your guide after you clear immigration. Begin your full-day experience with a 1.5-hour city highlights tour, including an optional ride on the subway.

You’ll be driven past historical monuments and buildings, such as Vasilyevsky Island, the log cabin of Peter the Great, Nevsky Prospect, the cruiser ship Aurora, the Catherine the Great monument, Arts Square, Alexandrinsky Theatre, Ostrovsky Square, the National Library, Mariinsky Theatre, St Nicholas Cathedral, Kazan Cathedral and the Russian Museum.

Afterward, head to Tsars Village (Tsarskoe Selo) followed by a visit to Catherine Palace, including its famous Amber Room and a walk through the park. (Note: Catherine Palace is closed on Tuesdays; the tour replaces it with Peterhof Grand Palace.)

Continue to the Peterhof summer estate, and tour Lower Fountain Park and Upper Gardens. Then return to the city on a hydrofoil boat, and enjoy a packed lunch of Stolle pies, a Russian favorite. In the city, visit the Hermitage Museum for about 2.5 hours, and then head to the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood (Note: the church is closed on Wednesdays; the tour visits St Peter and Paul Fortress and Cathedral instead.)

After an evening walk along Nevsky Prospect, if time permits, your day tour ends at the port before your ship’s departure.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
The State Hermitage Museum
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Grand Peterhof Palace
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Nevsky Prospekt
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Catherine Palace and Park
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
State Russian Museum
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Peter I House
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Kazan Cathedral
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Nicholas Naval Cathedral of The Epiphany
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Monument to Catherine the Great
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
The Alexandrinsky Theater
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Alla Tours
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
National Library of Russia
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Ploshchad Iskusstv
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Tsarskoye Selo State Museum Preserve
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
State Academical Mariinskiy Theatre
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Children under the age of 4 years are not permitted on our group tours. If you are touring with small children, we recommend that you book a private tour to allow your youngsters the flexibility to comfortably move at a slower pace
  • Comfortable walking shoes are recommended
  • Minimum age is 4 years
  • On the day of your tour, the following 2 items are required: a current valid passport and your visa-waiver (tour ticket). You will need both of these documents to clear Russian immigration
  • Please advise of any specific dietary requirements at the time of booking. Lunch will not be provided to customers touring free of charge unless requested
  • The availability of the hydrofoil ride is contingent on weather conditions. If weather conditions are unfavorable, all traveling will be done by land. Please note that no refunds will be made in this case
  • This tour is not wheelchair-accessible and is not recommended for clients with significant mobility issues
  • Visa-free tours available for cruise ship passengers. In order to qualify for the visa-waiver (tour ticket), please provide the following at time of booking for all participants: your name as shown on passport, passport number, country of citizenship, and your date of birth. Additionally, please inform us of your ship name
  • OPERATED BY Alla Ushakova

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during 1-Day Introductory Highlights Tour: Visa-Free Saint Petersburg Shore Excursion?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers.

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