• Location: St. Petersburg, Russian Federation
  • Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
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When your cruise ship sails into the picturesque port of St Petersburg, discover the sights of the spectacular city on a half-day shore excursion, led by a knowledgeable guide. Cruise the city's waterways while delving into the rich historical heritage of St Petersburg; pass along the Winter Canal and Fontanka River and admire the elegant facades of St Isaac’s Cathedral and Mikhailovsky Castle. Venture within the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, an indispensable part of any Russian itinerary, and then browse market stalls replete with Russian handicrafts before returning to the port well in advance of your cruise ship’s departure. 


  • Half-day St Petersburg shore excursion with a private guide
  • Admire sights such as Field of Mars, Summer Garden and St Isaac’s Cathedral from the water on a cruise
  • Pass along the Fontanka and Moyka rivers as well as the Winter Canal
  • Visit the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood and learn about the assassination of Tsar Alexander II
  • Stroll around the stalls of a St Petersburg market and shop for quality Russian souvenirs
  • Covered by Viator’s worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship

What You Can Expect

St Petersburg Shore Excursion: Private City Cruise and Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood Tour

See the famous Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood

Greet your private guide at a central St Petersburg location and climb aboard a comfortable, air-conditioned minivan destined for the city center. Listen as your knowledgeable guide offers insight into the historical heritage of the city, and then climb aboard your awaiting boat for a scenic sightseeing tour. 

Cruise past majestic palaces and golden-domed churches as you sail the Moyka and Fontanka rivers. Allow your attention to be directed to significant sights like the Field of Mars, Anichkov Bridge, St Isaac’s Cathedral and the University of St Petersburg. 

Return to dry land and hop into a minivan heading towards the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, a breath-taking monument considered one of St Petersburg’s most impressive. Steeped in legend, the lavish structure was built upon Tsar Alexander’s assassination site and boats opulent golden domes typical of 17th-century Russia. 

Head inside to marvel at the structure's marble interior and glittering gold mosaics, and then revitalize with a traditional lunch at your own expense. Sated, venture to a local handicraft market to browse stalls replete with artisan treasures; purchase special souvenirs like lacquer boxes, matryoshka dolls and woollen shawls before returning to the port in advance of your cruise ship’s departure. 

Worry-Free Shore Excursion:
We will ensure your timely return to the Port of St Petersburg for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.

Customer Reviews

Robert V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2017

We were met right at the terminal by our guide who quickly got us to downtown St. Petersburg. We first went to the Church on Spilled Blood and received excellent information about the history and significance of the church. We then went on a boat trip through the canals getting vantage points of this beautiful city that could be seen no other way. Following that we strolled briefly through some sites of the city itself then were given a prompt transport back to our ship.

Roy M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2017

Excellent Tour good opperator, great informative lady guide. Not to be missed.

Doug Lisa

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2017

We did the private tour over two days, the tour company adjusted the schedule to what we wanted to see. The guide was very knowledgeable and proud of her city! The drive was prompt and always helped everyone in and out of the can!
I would highly recommend this tour!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Our tours with viator were fntastic. Great company to deal with. The drivers and guides were ery well educated and very informative on the History of St. Petersburg. The city is beautiful. The Hermitage Museum is jaw dropping gorgeous. I would rate this company very high.

pamela a. c

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

My husband and I took this tour in St. Petersburg Russia July 30th 2015.Came in on a cruise ship Well, let me tell you, I was so impressed with this company and more impressed with the young lady Tatiana who was our guide and her driver Andrew. There was another young lady waiting for us till Tatiana got there. Tatiana spoke English very well and she was a wealth of information about the history of St. petersburg. The Canal trip was absolutely beautiful and the Church on the spilled blood was something I will never forget! Included in our tour was a shopping excursion we did not due.We were doing a shopping excursion with the cruise ship the next day So Tatiana took us to Peter and Paul fortress. We had the BEST TIME with her and cant stop praising this tour we took! What a remarkable young woman she is! This ended up being a private tour Tatiana, Thank you soooo much for showing us the best time!

Yelka L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

This was an excellent tour it was very well organised, the booking process was easy and included our visas. We were picked up from the ships terminal on time, the process was smooth and efficient. The van was clean and in a excellent condition, we also received bottles of complimentary water. Our tour guide Elena spoke excellent english and was very knowledgeable, entertaining and interesting. She was very professional and ensured the tour kept to time and our driver, Dimitri (Vlad) was very friendly and polite. We saw a lot of St Petersburg the canal cruise and a visit to the Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood was a highlight and did not disappoint. Our party of four had a great time we all thoroughly enjoyed this tour. Highly recommend this tour.

Barbara M Australia

4 star rating: Recommended November 2016

St.Petersburgh must do. Fantastic history and architecture.

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