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This was an amazing tour and well worth the money. We did this on our first day in St. Petersburg of our cruise. One thing I must tell you that at the beginning of the tour a couple still had to pay. They took us somewhere where there was a gift shop. If you are buying anything to take back with buy there. I found out too late and wished I had bought more but that gift shop was 1/3 of the price of any other gift shop. That gift shop at the port was ridiculous. Such a joke, don't buy there. Anyway Catherine The Great Palace, The Hermitage, and Cathedral of Spilt Blood was amazing but the ultimate of the tour was Petershof Gardens with the fountains. I have never seen anything like this before. AMAZING, AMAZING, AMAZING !!!!!!! Take this tour well worth the money. Next day took the excursion through Norwegian Cruise which was the Neve River Cruise and that was not worth the money.
We had a one day tour that covered all of the highlights of St. Petersburg. We spent about 2 hours at the Hermitage, went to Catherine's Palace, Peterhoff, The Church of Spilled Blood and had some time for quick shopping. I wish we could have spent more time in this wonderful city, but we are happy that we got to at least see as much as we did.Our tour guide Olga was absolutely amazing and was able to keep us ahead and away from most crowds in the museums and palaces. She was great at giving us the history and information about each place we visited and was super friendly. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone who has a 1 day cruise stop and wants to see it all.
We did this tour in May 2018 booked through Viator and delivered by TJ Tours and it was amazing. From booking to returning to the ship you knew you were in professional and expert hands. Emails to TJ Tours with queries were answered promptly with helpful info included. Our tour guide Tatiana Ivanova took us through 10 hours plus of the normal highlights of St Petersburgh and then some unexpected extras such as experiencing the incredible subway system of St Petersburgh. It was brilliantly organised to give us maximum access to sights in and around the city as well as giving time to enjoy and take photos. The tour included a basic packed lunch which was more than adequate and helped to keep us nourished and on track for sight seeing. Highly recommend!
This one day highlights shore excursion/tour of St. Petersburgh was exceptional! Our tour guide, Vadim, waited patiently for us to get out of the ship in spite of the more than 2 hours wait, as it took a while for Russian immigration to process a big ship of more than 4000 passengers. Our tour was personalized, with only 3 passengers in the comfortable air conditioned van. We enjoyed Vadim's knowledge, passion and candor, quite charming as well. He went out of his way to accompany us to a little souvenir shopping as per our request after the assigned tour. The lunch provided for was adequate and tasty, with good and healthy snacks of yougurt, fruit, juice and water. Had no issues with this company, Ksenia, the customer representative was awesome, she provided detailed information to all my queries. Edward, our driver was very professional and drove us safely around the city. Wifi was even available! I highly recommend this tour! Thanks, Vadim and Ksenia!
Maria was a fun, knowledgeable passionate representative of St. Petersburg. She made our time in Russia more memorable! Our excursion upon comparison with one offered on the ship was far more valuable! We had a small group, perfect transportation and an adaptable schedule. We were able to fit in a quick shop and Vodka tasting to top off the day. The only thing that wasn't top notch was our bagged lunch. But, I have to say it was something I will always remember
This really was an amazing tour and out guide Maria , yes it was a bit time consuming getting through immigration , and you are held on the ship until there tours have passed through , but be at the front to get off ship , when you get off look where smallest que is and move quickly , we had to wait in line about half an hour that's quick as half the ship had booked there own tours ! Once out people there to tell us where our guide was and we where swiftly off in our mini bus , didn't really want to do Hermitage but differcult to get a tour without it , but wow so glad we did , building amazing , Maria bought pictures to life with there quirky story's , objects beautiful , wore head sets so could clearly hear everything , plus instructions when we got lost , how to find the group again , in before main tourists arrived big bonus ! Peterhof , stunning gardens , fountains ,Kat ride back to St Petersburg nice , quick trip down a metro station , good fun , Don't buy anything at the official places , wait until the shop they take you to at end of tour , very good prices and they sell everything ! And free Vodka ! Which is never had but the fruit flavour one I loved and I don't drink . O pack lunch chicken salad sandwich , yogurt , apple , cake , and water and fruit juice very good . Wear your trainers as a lot of walking but a decent pace not too fast or slow , and plenty of toilet stops . We loved Maria and out coach driver xx and St Petersburg , would love to go back and spend longer at Hermitage and Peterhof. Excellent company and far cheaper than the ship . Very good communication via email once booked , visas sorted easily by company .
This was a tour selected because we wanted to get as much exposure to St Petersburg as one could get in a one-day cruise stop. It was a great choice. After clearing Russian immigration we were met right away by our guide Nina and we joined our group of about 10 and got going. This tour included stops at the Hermitage, Palace of Catherine the Great, and a hydrofoil trip to Peterhof. A full day and a lot of things to take in. Nina was an excellent guide. Friendly, highly knowledgeable and very capable of managing the logistics getting in and out of the venues. It included a box lunch as well. We were very glad we chose this tour and had a great time even though it rained all day.
Our St. Petersburg tour went off without a hitch, other than the weather being very cold because of the high wind and dampness in the air. Our guide and driver met us shortly after clearing the Russian immigration check and could not have been any nicer or knowledgeable. Katya with TJ was perfect and spoke very good English. She did her best to make our tour successful even though it had to shortened so that the ship could sail earlier or so we were told.