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Shore Excursion: 2-Day St. Petersburg City Tour

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


Maximize your time in the remarkable Russian city of St. Petersburg on a comprehensive 2-day shore excursion to major attractions and historical landmarks. Alongside an expert guide, visit the majestic Peterhof Fountain Park; browse intriguing exhibits in the Hermitage, Russia’s largest museum; and absorb the sacred ambiance of ecclesiastical structures like the Church on the Spilled Blood, and the Peter and Paul Cathedral. Gain valuable insight into the rich history of the city and travel by luxury, air-conditioned vehicle for the duration of your tour.
  • 2-day shore excursion to the histroical highlights and arresting landmarks of St. Petersburg
  • Marvel at the majesty of the Faberge Museum and Peterhof
  • Embark on guided tours of sacred structures, the Church on the Spilled Blood and the Peter and Paul Fortress
  • Discover the enriching exhibits of the Hermitage, Russia's largest museum
  • Receive an insightful introduction to the history and culture of the city from your expert guide

What's Included

  • Port pick-up and drop-off
  • Guide’s services for 2 days
  • Driver’s services for 2 days (comfortable car (Mercedes)/minivan with A/C)
  • A permit for photo/video at the museums per person
  • Boat ride
  • Metro visit
  • All port fees
  • All local taxes
  • Blanket visa
  • Bottled water
  • Headsets for groups of 5 and more
  • Lunch (2)
  • Gratuities

Meeting And Pickup

Pickup point

  • Passenger Port St. Petersburg "Marine Facade"
    St Petersburg, Russia, 199226

Start time

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • BLANKET VISA will be provided separately from the tour voucher. Please make sure to print it out before you set off (each passenger MUST receive and print a blanket visa (tour ticket) from local operator to pass the customs during disembarkation)
  • Visa-free tour available only for cruise passengers
  • Please provide the following information for the blanket visa (tour ticket): 1. Your full names as shown on your passports 2. D.O.B(s) 3. Citizenship(s) 4. Passport number(s) 5. Dates of the trip
  • Not accessible for people with mobility issues. In case you are travelling with a wheelchair, mobile scooter or a walking frame, please consider taking a private tour
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • Infant meals not included
  • To clear the customs in St. Petersburg port you should have: 1. Valid passport 2. Printed blanket visa provided by local operator
  • Your blanket visa requires you to be accompanied with a guide at all times
  • Please note the sequence of the sights is subject to change
  • The Hermitage reserves the right to adjust the entrance time slot
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infant seats available
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not available for travelers with mobility issues
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 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.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

Q:Do I need to bring my confirmation / ticket?

A:You should have: 1. a voucher from Viator; 2. a confirmation letter from the supplier; 3. a pre-filled tour ticket (PDF) for each traveller from the supplier to print for the customs); 4. disembarkation instructions PDF from the supplier.

Jul 2019

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Traveler Tips

Please note there is a lot of walking, and because of the small group size there is not a bathroom on the bus, as its a small van size.
Small group, great guide, this is the best way to see this wonderful city.
There is a lot to see in St Petersburg so any 2 day tour needs a balance of seeing sights and not being too hectic.
405 reviews
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Fantastic 2 day tour
715nik, Jan 2020
We had a fantastic visit to St. Petersburg. Our guide was friendly, knowledgeable and always eager to answer questions. Our driver always parked close to our destinations as well as stopping in appropriate photo opportunity places. We were thrilled with our tour.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Informative and Interesting
GreatTourSept19, Nov 2019
Our tour guide, Roman was excellent. He told us the history of St. Petersburg and was very enthusiastic about his work. He answered all our questions. He was proud of his country. A wonderful experience.
Beautiful St. Petersburg
Doug B, Nov 2019
We LOVED our 2-day tour of beautiful St. Petersburg. We were a little intimidated by the idea of being in Russia, but the tour guide and his helpers were fantastic and made us comfortable. We enjoyed every stop and would highly recommend this to anyone who does not already know this beautiful city, but anyone who feels a little insecure about being in Russia.
St. Petersburg 2 day tour
Curious52609539087, Oct 2019
This was a fantastic tour! Our guide Lisa (really the Russian version of Elizabeth which I don't know how to spell) was fantastic. She was extremely knowledgeable, spoke better English than I do and was very funny. She was solicitous of all our needs. The sights were amazing.
davidsusanr, Oct 2019
Great organisation,no hiccups Guide was extremely well versed academic full of useful information and answered all questions freely Would recommend Viator again
A great 2 day intro to St Petersburg
Richard B, Oct 2019
Our guide Dimitri was excellent, very knowledgeable and friendly. The best parts of the tour is seeing the city sights and palaces in the suburbs so you get to see beyond the tourist streets. The tour itinerary could be improved by grouping city sights together. Both lunch recommendations by our guide were good too.
1 traveler found this review helpful
We saw everything - and avoided the hassles
Michael_B, Oct 2019
Our guide, Tatyana, not only was a native St. Petersburger, but was excited to show it off to us. We had lunch at both days a wonderful small local restaurants with local dishes. Our small group of 19 was able to move around and really see the places we went to visit. Not only was the tour flexible enough to insure we got to see everything but it did so without running us ragged. The wonderful guide was just the added extra. Highly recommended
1 traveler found this review helpful
excellent tour
250tinker, Oct 2019
Viator really knows what they are doing. They know how to maneuver around crowds. Our tour guide Svetlana was superb in her knowledge about St. Petersburg and was very engaging. I talked to several people who took the cruise arranged tours and no doubt ours was much better and less expensive.
Good tour of a beautiful city
Rajarama_K, Oct 2019
A good synopsis of St Petersburg in two days. The tor guide was there when we arrived at the port. There were no issues at the passport control. Compared to what the cruise line charges, this tour, which exempts one from needing an expensive Russian Visa, was a bargain. The van that seated about 14 passengers was very comfortable and clean. The guide was very friendly and spoke good English. Only suggestion is that she not walk too fast between tourist sites since some in our group had tough time keeping up. Also she should talk less about her personal story and more about history as it relates to the sites and monuments being visited.
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tonyL2242QH, Sep 2019
An amazing place with our great guide Maria who made the trip a special memory with her unbelievable knowledge
Tony Lax Party 2 Day Tour 22/23 September
davidr0gers95, Sep 2019
A well organised tour. Guide Maria was exceptional, the best guide that any of us (party of 8 from MV Columbus) had ever experienced. The tour of the Hermitage was breathtaking with a commentary which brought out an extraordinary level of content and knowledge interweaving Art, History and Architecture. The visits to various churches brought out the depth of tradition within the Orthodox and the renaissance of the church after 70 years of State rule. The tour of the city was accompanied by a narrative of social history of St Petersburg and its people as a contrast to the turbulence of the Romanov rule. It helped to complement Tolstoy's War and Peace filling in much of the background to the novel and the film.
Shore Excursion: 2-Day St Petersburg City Tour (13/14 September 2019)
Neil W, Sep 2019
This was a busy but very interesting and thorough 2-day tour. We found the Mercedes Benz mini-bus and small group to be an advantage in many ways and the tour leader (Daria) was excellent and very helpful and her knowledge of St Petersburg and the attractions was first-rate. I would like to also say that she showed a very practical approach which minimised a lot of the frustrations of travel that you can have with large crowds. She ensured our safety and comfort throughout the tour. Our driver (Constantine) was also excellent and always on time. He was able to park the van at the most convenient places and looked after our belongings whilst we were sightseeing which was very helpful. We are a group of 4 and give this tour full marks. We thought at first that it was expensive but it was worth every cent and if we ever returned we would use TJ Travel again. The administration and organisation of booking tours was simple with every question answered promptly beforehand and we felt confident throughout. Thank-you from the Harveys and Wallaces.
St Petersburg 2 day tour
Anthony_K, Sep 2019
There is a lot to see in St Petersburg so any 2 day tour needs a balance of seeing sights and not being too hectic. I thought this tour did that fairly well. Guide was excellent, knowledgeable and organised. Not a fan of the compulsory gratuity. I think a gratuity should be a reward for service not an expectation.
Great tour of the top spots in St Petersburg
Kevin_R, Sep 2019
Olga did an amazing job leading us around all the top spots in St Petersburg, including the Winter Palace, Peterhof Gardens, Catherine's Palace, the Church of Spilt Blood, and more. Her knowledge was seemingly endless as she shared amazing history as well as personal anecdotes. The small group was really good, as we had personal attention throughout the trip. Because you're visiting so many places in such a short time period, the only drawback is that you wish you could have more time in each - Peterhof Gardens could easily be a full day in itself, for example. But if you're visiting for the first time and really want to get a taste of everything the city has to offer, this is a great tour. Please note there is a lot of walking, and because of the small group size there is not a bathroom on the bus, as its a small van size. That wasn't a problem for us, but for many of the older folks on the tour we needed more frequent stops for bathroom breaks (which Olga was happy to accommodate). A wonderful tour that I'd recommend to anyone. TJ Travel is a good, well-trusted company to use.
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Wayne_H, Sep 2019
We had a wonderful 2 day tour with Ivan, a very competent driver and Victoria , a very knowledgeable guide, who showed us the highlights of many places.
The best guide
Myles_C, Sep 2019
This was a great tour particularly because of our guide, Nina. She is a mid 30ish woman who is a walking encyclopedia. Her English vocabulary is better than that of many Americans. She is also very down to earth and willing to talk about her family. We have been on many cruises and she is possibly the best guide we’ve ever had. Her timing of when to visit sites was very impressive as we avoided long lines.
Great way to see the major sights in St Petersburg in 2 days
Rita C, Sep 2019
Our guide, Idahn (sp?) , was excellent— knowledgeable about the sights and open to questions about everyday life in Russia. The tour was very well-organized and kept to itinerary, notwithstanding an unforeseeable delay in the disembarking procedure. It included every sight on our list, and although it was an ambitious itinerary, we were satisfied with the attention given to each stop. Obviously, the visit to the Hermitage, quite crowded with other tourists, was limited to high points.
Best decision ever!
Holly B, Sep 2019
We SO enjoyed our two day trip to St. Petersburg! Yelena was our tour guide and she couldn't have been more friendly or informatiive. She chose great places for lunch and handed out ponchos for those of us who didn't plan on the heavens opening up! I highly recommend this - the days are long, because there is so much to see, but it was worth it!
2 day St Petersburg
debbiehurley8, Aug 2019
Great tour. Swetlana was vert knowledgeable . She took us to great local restaurants. It was a small group . We had 4of us and there was another family of 4. So much nicer than the large groups booked through the ship
St. Petersburg in two days with T. J. Travel
James_O, Aug 2019
T. J. tours have a fabulous guide in Daria B. and a steady driver in Constantine. It was a superbly executed tour at about 50% of the cost of a cruise-sponsored alternative. There were so many highlights: The Church of the Spilled Blood, The Peter and Paul Church, Peterhof, Catherine's Palace and the Hermitage. Our day was jam packed with one awe inspiring sight after another. Daria was knowledgeable about St. Petersburg's history, pleasant and organized. She keep up good pace and coped easily with minor adjustments that had to be made to the schedule. We didn't miss anything or feel too rushed. We have done two Viator tours in the last three and both exceeded our expectations.


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