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A convenient two-day tour of city sights, with visits to the imperial palaces in the suburbs, is great for first-time visitors to St. Petersburg. The comprehensive guided overview includes admission to the Hermitage, daily restaurant lunches, boat tour along the canals, a visit to Catherine Palace, and a hydrofoil ride to Peterhof. Cruise-ship port pickup and drop-off is included.
Guided two-day tour includes Hermitage Museum, canal boat tour
Take a hydrofoil to Peterhof and its palace gardens; drive to Catherine Palace
Guide shares an insider’s perspective of the cultural and historic sights.
Daily lunch, plus cruise-ship port pickup and drop-off is included
This tour was taken through Best Guides during our stopover in St. Petersburg. Well, have to admit was afraid of the unkown, since had not done this one before and with a country, which requires a visa. If you take an organized tour through either your ship or a private tour company this helps in not getting the paperwork done for a visa. I was scared, but it all worked out through a private tour company. You just keep the paperwork with you they send you to present at immigration control with along your passport. Keep the same paperwork even for the 2nd day, this is like your visa. Best Guides were excellent! Our guide Irina met us as instructed in the large hall after passport control. We saw so many things! It can be exhausting, but well worth it! Unfortunately, we did not make it to the folk dance show, because it would mean we would have been out all day until around 9-10pm. But others may have better fortitude. It was almost like a private tour, because there were only 4 others in our group. They used a nice Mercedes Sprinter and supplied bottled water along with 2 excellent lunches. We saw Peterhoff utilizing a hydrofoil to get there, the 2nd day was the Hermitage, Church of Spilled Blood, Canal Tour and a chance to check out a metro station. Only regret was not seeing the Faberge Egg collection, but another time. Our driver Anatole was very helpful in getting my husband's phone connected to their wifi in the van and since I'm kinda short.. He even got a stool to help me get in and out of the van. So I highly recommend this tour company and my fears were allayed.
If you want a tour of this beautiful city, go to bestguides-spb.com and pick your tour. From start to finish this company provided myself and friend with the most memorable two days in this fabulous city and with any luck your tour will be around 6 and could end up like us on the second day with us, guide, and driver. They are a patient company also because disembarkation in Russia is not easy and we were going to be late leaving the ship. I texted the company and they said they knew this might happen and not to worry and someone would be a port when we got off. Well there was and we were transported to a parking lot to meet the van containing 2 more couples. The tour was fantastic, well thought out, at a pace suitable for the six of us and the guide was knowledgeable, polite, conversed with us to make sure all was well. We saw so much the first day it was hard to believe. Second day we had the same guide and different driver and again everything went smoothly, not to forget the great lunches we had both days in two different restaurants. The drivers on both days need to be commended for the driving skills that provided us with a safe environment while touring the different areas of the city. If touring in a small group with a good tour guide and driver is what you are looking for, I would recommend taking a look at what this company offers when planning a visit to St. Petersburg and definitely ask for the canal cruise which brings the city into perspective.
My St. Petersburg experience exceeded all the expectations.
There were only nine of us in a very comfortable van. Irina our guide - was outstanding extremely informative but delivering information in an easy way engaging everyone even teenagers, great sense of humor, and considerate to everyones needs. She spoke English impeccably and her knowledge and enthusiasm were amazing. We had priority admissions to all sites and never had to wait in lines.
We couldn't have had a better guide. Thank you Irina! I definitely recommend Best Guides company and this particular tour.