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2-Day Group Shore Excursion in St Petersburg with Faberge Museum & Boat Cruise

Pushkin, Russia
  • 2 days (approx.)
  • Pickup offered
  • Offered in: English


Get a comprehensive overview of the St. Petersburg—considered to be the "Venice of the North"—on this 2-day small-group shore excursion. See famous sights including Peterhof, Catherine’s Palace, the Hermitage Museum and more. Enjoy skip-the-line admission to many attractions, a 3-course Russian lunch each day, a Neva River canal cruise, and a guided tour of the famous Faberge Museum.
  • Take a 2-day small-group tour around St. Petersburg’s famous landmarks
  • See the Hermitage, the Faberge Museum, Catherine’s Palace, and more
  • Skip long lines at popular attractions and enjoy 3-course lunches each day
  • Enjoy a personalized experience with a small group of 16 guests or less

What's Included

  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Visa-free arrangements for cruise ship passengers
  • All admission fees per program SKIP-THE-LINE
  • 3-course traditional Russian lunches on both days
  • Headsets to hear the guide clearly (for groups of 6+)
  • Professional & friendly English guide
  • Transportation by air-conditioned Mercedes minibus, port pickup and drop-off
  • A bottle of water per day per traveler
  • Lunch (2)

    Meeting And Pickup

    Pickup point

    • St. Petersburg Passenger Port "Marine Facade"

    Start time

    09:00 AM

    Pickup details

    A representative of our company will be waiting for you right after the passport control with a sign saying CITY BREAK TOURS. Do not forget to take your valid PASSPORT and PRINTED OUT tour ticket to the passport control with you.

    What To Expect

    Additional Info

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 7 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Please note that a high amount of walking is involved. Comfortable shoes are recommended.
    • Not wheelchair accessible. Not allowed for people with any mobility restrictions including those who use walkers. Please, book a private tour in this case.
    • Please, provide the cruise ship name (1), your full name as in the passport (2), date of birth (3), country of citizenship (4), passport number (5). The tour ticket (substitute for visa) will be sent to you via email.
    • Minimum age of participant is 7 years old. Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • You will have an audio guide in the Faberge Museum or a live guide depending on your group size
    • The tour is ONLY available for the cruise ships docked in St Petersburg for 2 days
    • No refunds are provided in case of the cruise delay or cancelation
    • On some dates, tickets to Catherine's Palace might not be available due to the high demand and closing days of the museum. The group will visit the Grand Palace of Pavlovsk instead. No refunds are provided.
    • The order of the sightseeing may be changed due to the days of the week, traffic and museums'availability.
    • Near public transportation
    • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
    • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers

    Cancellation Policy

    You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

    • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
    • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
    • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
    • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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    Traveler Tips

    Note that you need comfortable shoes to walk all those miles in the museums and outside.
    This 2 day tour is a must for a good overview of St.Peterburg .
    106 reviews
    Total review count and overall rating based on Viator and Tripadvisor reviews
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    Great overview of the city
    Brenda_G, Dec 2020
    This was a great tour to see St Petersburg from land and water. We were very impressed with the preservation of the country’s history in the museums and the pride local people take in it. Wonderful tour guide & very knowledgeable!
    Very satisfied
    angelas77944, Dec 2019
    This shore tour with City Break Tours was one of the best tours I have ever been on. The organization was on the highest level and I can’t praise enough the professional skills of the guide Olga. She was native in tour leading and a great English speaker. Olga was very well informed on each topic and gave us a great insight of Russian history. We started off with a city tour which covered a major part of the city center and gave us an opportunity to capture some amazing views. The Winter Palace was breathtaking and I properly enjoyed the visit thanks to Olga who seemed to escape many lines. The lunches were satisfying and tasty. Overall the tour was a great value for money.
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    Exceptional tour
    Jacob_C, Nov 2019
    Passing through the passport control I was a little anxious that it will take more time than expected as there were lines. It appeared to take only about 20 minutes so I was in the terminal earlier than the tour starting time. Our lovely guide Polina was already waiting and kindly explained we had to wait for the other group members. The tour took off at approximately 9:10 am when everyone was ready. The group was sized 14 people. The driver, Alexey, and Polina took us to the city center. There were some excellent picture opportunities and thanks god the weather was cloudless at this time. The first visit of the day was the Hermitage. I was totally impressed with Polina's knowledge and the skill of orientation in the hundreds of corridors, halls and rooms. During our lunch time there was an opportunity to do a little shopping. We visited the Savior on the Spilled Blood which was truly magical. The boat trip on the canal was a wonderful way to end up the first day with. On the second day, we traveled out of the city. Both places we visited were exceptionally remarkable. I do not have enough words to describe how much I enjoyed discovering these summer parks and gardens and learning about the history and the arts from our guide Polina. Thank you so much for organizing this outstanding tour for us. It was our favorite city to visit this summer.
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    2 Days to Remember
    Jenn_R, Nov 2019
    We had a wonderful time in Russia thanks to City Break Tours. As an experienced traveler I'm always taking small-group tours for me and my husband. We believe touring in a small group is the best way to discover the city in an easy way. Alexandra was our guide and she took care of us during those 2 days. She was following the schedule of the day and we had enough time to enjoy each stop on the way without feeling rushed. Alexandra was very friendly and personable. She always tried to understand what is interesting for us to adjust her pace and speech. We really got to skip the long lines to the museums as guide led us to the special entrance at the designated times. The Hermitage, Peterhof and the Faberge museum were simply stunning. There was a canal cruise, an amazing relaxing experience after a full day of sightseeing. I have to mention the lunches, against my expectations they were delicious and varied on both days. On top of that, I would like to say our driver was excellent too. If I had to go back in time and spend those 2 days in Russia again, I would not have changed a thing. It was marvelous!
    Absolutely amazing tour
    GeorginaAnne_T, Nov 2019
    Loved this tour!!!! Amazing architecture and stunning palaces, museums, churches... I knew St Petersburg was a beautiful city but never imagined it to be gorgeous on this level. Thanks to our guide Olga we discovered the city inside and out... it would be impossible without someone as experienced and knowledgeable as her. I was pleasantly surprised by Olga's excellent English language as well. The bus was spotlessly clean and the driver, Kirill, was very welcoming. I felt it’s one-in-a-lifetime adventure and wished to stay in Saint Petersburg longer. The visa free waivers and all arrangements by the tour agency were handled without any problem. I wouldn’t hesitate to book any tour from this company as the quality was on top of my expectations.
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    Wonderful tour!
    _donnahgrant, Nov 2019
    We had a lovely tour guide, Anna, and a great driver, Victor. They gave us an excellent tour of St Petersburg and the out lying areas. I would highly recommend this tour.
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    Cheers to City Break Tours
    darrellkowald, Nov 2019
    We had 2 wonderful days with City Break Tours and our tour leader Marina. She arranged all the logistics perfectly giving us a chance to see as much as possible yet without any hurry. I must say St Petersburg is a popular touristic city and it was busy in some museums, especially the Hermitage. Marina navigated our group as a professional and pointed our attention at the most worthy pieces of art. Marina told us that if we had visited St Catherine Palace, it would have been twice busier than the Hermitage and we would have been pushed by the crowds. It was hard to imagine a busier place at that moment but we believed our guide and were happy the tour organizers swapped St Catherine Palace for the Pavlovky Palace which was barely crowded at all. The tour itself was an excellent experience and I wouldn't wish to see St Petersburg in any other way.
    Can't wait to be back
    Eric_S, Nov 2019
    It was the best way to see St Peter in 2 days since the time was very limited and I found this tour the most complete. My personal favourite of the route was of course the Faberge Museum. Our guide Alexandria was extremely interesting to listen to and always amazed us with her knowledge. Without her commentary we would not be able to understand or appreciate the beauty that surrounded us. In general, it was a fantastic experience and one of the most fascinating tours Ive ever done.
    excellent shore excursion
    Patrick W, Oct 2019
    this is the best shore excursion in the whole 9 days Baltic cruise trip, particularly with a very professional tour guide named Anna who is not only very knowledgeable about all the sight-seeing spots but controlled the time frame accurately, explained the guests' question in detail with a polite manner. If I have to pick up something I don't feel satisfied I would say the lunch was mediocre.
    2-day guided tour
    Emy_H, Oct 2019
    It was a wonderful trip in the last days of September. I properly enjoyed touring the city center and the gardens in the surrondings. Lovely guide and professional driver made this journey nice and easy. The tour time was used wisely and the restaurant for lunches were located close to the visited sights. The meals were tasty and fulfilling. City Break tours was great to deal with and I will definitelly come back for the second visit to St Petersburg
    Carmen_R, Oct 2019
    Oksana is an outstanding tour guide ~ the tour program is well planned and executed. Meal included is excellent with plenty of time to enjoy it. Shopping is planned at a local merchant who carries the best of the best at reasonable prices. The Hermitage is incredible, Oksana did a very fine job of showing us the highlights and covering the history in the time allotted. Try to skip the coat check and use that time for the museum. Coat check in and out eats 30 valuable minutes!!! The sites included are all very beautiful and well deserving of the in-depth history Oksana provided. Be prepared to walk your socks off!
    Great tour guide
    Jeffrey_W, Oct 2019
    Elana was our tour guide. There were only 2 couples on this tour which made it very nice. Elana was very knowledgeable about her country and Maxim was our driver. We were not able to go to Catherine's Palace which was a disappointment but went to another Palace instead. The only part of the tour that could have been removed would be the canal cruise. The boat ride was just seeing the same places by water, and the cold wet weather didn't help. Because we were a small group, lunch was not included in our 2 days but we didn't get a discount either. If we had been a larger group, there would have been a lunch without extra charge. Elana's English was very good and she was friendly and pleasant to be with for two days.
    Julia_B, Oct 2019
    This tour and our guide exceeded our expectations. We were provided with a fantastic snapshot of life in St Petersburg as well as visiting the amazing palaces and churches. We sampled Russian food each day and Tatiana was very knowledgeable on art and Russian history.
    Elena the great
    Rafael_D, Sep 2019
    Elena was a wonderful ,knowledgeable pleasant person the tour was excellent with a lot of history specially I learned a lot about St. Petersburg, it’s people and all the extravagant of Peter the great, Alexander the 1 and so on, loved the park and fountains and enjoyed the boat ride
    Much more than just the Faberge
    michellewdsn, Sep 2019
    This tour was a very complete overview of Saint Petersburg. you got to see much more than the Faberge collection and the boat cruise. Other places were stunning especially the Hermitage and Peterhoff. I was very glad I chose to join a small group tour against going on a half-day trip organized by the cruise ship at approximately the same price... The lunches on both days were great and varied. It would be a shame to visit Russia without trying local cuisine. Tour guide Elizabeth was a great tour organizer. she always kept the group's attention and led us graciously through the crowds in the museums. We had a little time for shopping some souvenirs before returning to the cruise ship and it was cheaper than the ones sold on board. Cannot be happier with this tour!
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    2 day St Petersburg tours
    Sara L, Sep 2019
    We had a fantastic guide (Anna) who was very patient as we had some in our group who were slower walkers. The 2 days were just the right amount of time and were able to swap some visits to give a better experience. It was the right amount of time to get a good insight into the history. I would highly recommend this tour and definitely recommend Anna
    Very enjoyable
    Joshua_R, Sep 2019
    We were cruising with Norwegian getaway late august. passed the control easy despite of having some confusing information from the cruise crew. they gave us an impression that we can only disembark without visa if we buy a tour from them which was not true. with $500 US for 2 persons we had a great time in a small group with other people from our cruise ship who also booked with city break tours. both days were full with a lot of places visited. had 2 russian cuisine lunches with nice flavors. great experience for a first visit to russia
    St Petersburg
    Esther P, Sep 2019
    This excursion was one of the best that we have been on. After getting off the ship we were met by our tour guide Ana. She was awesome. She was very knowledgeable and informal\tive. Lunches were included each day and both were very good. She was able to keep our group flowing and ontime so we would be able to see as much as we could. Highly recommend this tour to all
    Great overview of St. Peterburg and best value.
    856mjs2019, Sep 2019
    This 2 day tour is a must for a good overview of St.Peterburg . Oksana, our guide and Oleg, the driver ,were fabulous. At the end of the tour we were on overload. So much to see. There was no issue with visas and return to the cruise ship was timely.
    best decision
    Joanne_B, Sep 2019
    it was a comprehensive 2-day tour of saint petersburg. we had a very good tour guide (Anastasia) for this time. she is simply amazing! the driver as well (Vladmir) he was trying his best to drop us off as close as possible to every visited spot we could not have seen so so much if we attended a different tour. on each day we were served very nice russian lunches in good restaurants my advice book this tour for your saint petersburg vacation.


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