Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation
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clock-o10 hours (Approx.)
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commentOffered in: English and 5 more


While your ship is in St. Petersburg, enjoy a private full-day, visa-free shore excursion around the city. Admire must-sees including the Peter and Paul Fortress and Nevsky Prospect on a panoramic drive, and visit the onion-domed Church on Spilled Blood (excluding Wednesdays). Plus, tour the highlights of the Hermitage and Peterhof’s palace and fountains. Private air-conditioned transport, metro ride, port pickup and drop-off, plus Church on the Spilled Blood, Peterhof, and Hermitage entrance fees included.
  • Flexibility to customize your itinerary to your own preferences
  • Free port pickup and drop-off included
  • Step back in time on a history tour
  • Private tour is operated with just your party and a guide/driver
Your tour starts when your private licensed tour guide meets you in the arrival hall of the cruise passenger terminal at around 8:30am to 8:45am. Your guide will wait for you outside passport control with a sign with your name on it. (Tour start times are approximate and may be changed depending on the arrival time of your ship.)

After your welcome, hop inside your private, comfortable business-class vehicle and set off.  As you travel, discuss the day’s itinerary with your guide and ask any questions you wish.

8:50am -10:30am City Sightseeing Tour
Enjoy a panoramic drive and photo stops at St. Petersburg’s most beautiful and historical places of interest. Listen as your guide tells interesting stories about the famous palaces and architectural landmarks, and see highlights such as the Kazan Cathedral, Nevsky Prospect — St. Petersburg's main street — Michael Castle, the Russian Museum, Arts Square, the Summer Garden, the Spit of Vasilievsky Island, the Bronze Horseman, the Admiralty, and the Peter and Paul Fortress.

10.45am – 12:30pm Hermitage
Explore the highlights of one of the world's greatest art collections on a guided tour of the Hermitage Museum. Admire the magnificent artworks and enjoy learning about their origins and significance from your private guide.

12:45pm -1:15pm Church on the Spilled Blood
Visit the Church on the Spilled Blood to see the dazzling array of gold, onion-shaped domes and mosaics of this iconic church.

1:20pm - 2pm - Lunch (own expense)

2pm – 3pm
Travel to the Peterhof, located 14 miles (23 kilometers) from St. Petersburg

3pm – 5pm Peterhof Palace and Fountains
Take a tour of the Peterhof, the one-time summer residence of the Russian tsars. Head inside the Grand Palace and explore the Lower and Upper Parks, admiring both these masterpieces of landscaping with their 150-plus fountains and four monumental cascades. 

5:10pm – 6pm Return to port
Step back aboard your ship by 6pm.

Please note: On Wednesdays, the tour includes a visit to the General Staff Building, part of the Hermitage, instead of the Church on the Spilled Blood. You will explore the General Staff Building's world-renowned collection of Impressionist and post-Impressionists paintings, featuring key works by Degas, Renoir, Pissarro, Van Gogh, and Gauguin.


Viator Traveler's Reviews

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, Jul 2018

Viator assigned our group of six to Horosho Tours who handled everything expertly from blanket visas to luxury transportation. Most important was our guide Katiana, she was fluent in English and exceedingly knowledgeable regarding her city and all it's attractions. And, she gave us a candid insight into what life in Russia was like over the past 40 years. The Hirosho team deserves all the accolades bestowed on them in reviews of them and the company. I am happy to add my full endorsement to this topshelf company. Viator made an excellent choice when they added Hirosho Tours to the list of tour companies with whom they contract for St. Petersburg tours.

, Sep 2017

Misha and Arina were wonderful hosts. Everything was great. Fully recommended.

, Jun 2017

Misha Horosho organized our tour of six on May 31, 2017. He guided us through the processes including a weather update a couple days before the tour so that we could be adequately dressed. The Tour Guide was excellent.
We were able to see and stop for photos at various places. We stopped by sphinxes near the spit of Vasilevsky Island, Fortress of Saints Peter and Paul, The Savior on Spilled Blood, the log cabin of Peter the Great, the cruiser ship Aurora, the Catherine the Great monument, Arts Square, Alexandrinsky Theatre, Ostrovsky Square, the National Library, St Nicholas Cathedral, Kazan Cathedral and the Russian Museum.
We drove along Nevsky prospect, etc., etc.. The Hermitage Museum visit was one of the important highlights of the trip.
The journey to Peterhof was good. We were able to see a bit more of the country other than St. Petersburg. At Peterhof, we spent quite a bit of time walking around, enjoying the gardens, various buildings, the Grottos of Grand Cascade, etc.. That was also one of the most important highlights.
We thank you for this memorable tour. There were only positives, given the weather.

, Aug 2016

Our hosts Katia and Alexi were very gracious. Despite poor weather and large crowds, we were able to cover a great deal of ground in one day. Katia's English was excellent and she explained many nuances that we would not have known otherwise. Definitely recommend!

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