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

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icon6 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 4 more

Overview

See St Petersburg's top sights and attractions on a 6-hour tour from port. You'll visit two of the city's best-known landmarks: Peter and Paul Fortress and the marvelous State Hermitage Museum, learning about local history en route. This small group shore excursion also includes a trip to Nevsky Avenue—one of Russia's most prominent streets—and a relaxing boat ride along the Neva River.
  • 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's Included

Local guide
Lunch
1-hour river cruise
Visa included
Port pickup and drop-off
Worry-free Shore Excursion Guarantee
Gratuities
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Departure & Return

Departure Point

Port of St Petersburg

Departure Time

9:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point at approximately 3pm
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What To Expect

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Itinerary
Stop At:  
Peter and Paul Fortress
Explore the grounds and visit the museums of the Peter and Paul Fortress, the birthplace of St. Petersburg Listen to numerous stories and legends about the tsars and emperors, political prisoners and revolutionaries. Surprise yourself with the panoramic views from the top of the walls of the fortress. Visit the majestic Cathedral of Saint Peter and Saint Paul and see with your own eyes the funerary vault of the Romanov dynasty.
Duration: 60 Minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
The State Museum St. Isaac’s Cathedral
St. Isaac Cathedral was originally the city’s main church and the largest cathedral in Russia. It was built between 1818 and 1858, by the French-born architect Auguste Montferrand, to be one of the most impressive landmarks of Russian Imperial capital. One hundred and eighty years later the guilded dome of St. Isaac’s still dominates the skyline of St. Petersburg. Although the cathedral is considerably smaller than the newly rebuilt Church of Christ the Savior in Moscow, it boasts much more impressive fades and interiors.
Duration: 60 Minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood
The Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood is one of the symbols of Saint-Petersburg as well as Saint Basil in Moscow. By the way, they are quite often confused. All in all, the Church of the Savior was built after St. Basil in 1881 in a memory of the dreadful death of Emperor Alexander II. It is unique particularity because of the mosaic, which covers the full interior of the cathedral.
Duration: 30 Minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
The State Hermitage Museum
See works by Leonardo da Vinci, Rafael, Michelangelo and other famous artists on this visit to one of the largest art collections in the world. Enjoy the magnificent and lavish settings and feast your eyes on the stunning collections of sculptures, prints, paintings and archaeological objects, all of which abound! Explore the museum's vast collection of historical artifacts ranging from the medieval period to the Neolithic.
Duration: 120 Minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Moika Embankment
St. Petersburg has more than 70 rivers and canals winding through the city with around 400 bridges crossing them. A new perspective on the city can be gained from water level as boat trips can visit areas of the city which might not be reached by ground. From the outset, the city was built on water, on numerous islands in the delta of the Neva River. The combination of fascinating architecture along the waterways in St.Petersburg, as it does in Venice, has a special charm. The looming silhouettes of the bridges, the grandeur of the canals, the granite embankments with their various piers and slipways, the 18th and 19th century palaces and parks on the banks of the Neva, and architectural landmarks in the form of the domes and spires of churches and cathedrals visible from afar all contribute to the unique appearance of the "Venice of the North," one of the world's most beautiful cities.
Duration: 60 Minutes
Admission Ticket Included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Visa included
  • Please note: You will need to contact the local tour operator at least 7 days before your tour commences, either by email or phone, to ensure that they can provide you with the official documentation to allow you to disembark the vessel upon arrival in St Petersburg.
  • At time of booking, Cruise ship passengers must provide the following information at time of booking: ship name, docking time, disembarkation time and re-boarding time
  • Passport name, number, expiry, country and date of birth is required at time of booking for all participants
  • The Tour does not operates for the Cruise ship passengers
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travellers
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The tour was great but nearly didn't...
Pamela D
, Aug 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.
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We were very much looking forward to...
Peter H
, Jul 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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st Petersburg was as beautiful as...
neal
, Jun 2013
st Petersburg was as beautiful as advertised, our guide was wonderful, loved the tour
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Our guide for this visit was a young...
Geoffrey D
, Jun 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.

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