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St. Petersburg Shore Excursion: Small-Group 2-Day Visa-Free Tour Including Boat Ride

Badge of ExcellenceSankt-Peterburg, Russia
  • 2 days (approx.)
  • Pickup offered
  • Offered in: English


Enjoy a luxurious experience of St. Petersburg during a comprehensive 2-day shore excursion in the remarkable Russian city. With an accomplished guide, discover the most sought-after sights, including the Peterhof Palace and the St. Isaac’s Cathedral, and gain valuable insight into intriguing Russian history and culture. Feast on traditional Russian food and relish the intimate ambiance of this small-group tour, limited to only 16 people.
  • 2-day visa-free shore excursion to St. Petersburg led by an expert guide
  • Visit iconic landmarks like Peterhof Palace and the Hermitage Museum
  • Feast upon a selection of delicious Russian delicacies
  • Receive personalized attention from your guide on this small-group tour, limited to 16 people

What's Included

  • Professional and personable English-speaking guide for two days
  • Photo passes for all museums
  • Subway ride (if time permits)
  • One bottle of water per person per day, ponchos in case of rain
  • Audio head-sets for groups of 10 or more
  • Canal boat ride
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Lunch (2)
  • Gratuities
  • Infant (Baby) meals are not included
  • Photo passes at Yusupov Palace (may be additionally purchased for 5 USD per pass)

Meeting And Pickup

You can head directly to the meeting point, or request pickup

Meeting point

  • Morskoy Fasad
    Prospekt Kruzenshterna, 18, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia, 199226

    We will be waiting for you as soon as you clear immigration with orange SPB-Tours signs

Pickup points

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Start time

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

Pickup details

With prior notice, we can also arrange a hotel pickup for guests staying in the city of St. Petersburg

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Mandatory: Please provide Cruise Ship Name at time of booking
  • Mandatory: The following information for EACH traveler is required to confirm your booking: (1) Full Names (as it appears on Passport), (2) Passport numbers, (3) Country of Citizenship and (4) Date of Birth. (use Special Requirement field)
  • This tour is only available for ships in port for 2 days for most major cruise lines throughout the summer season, not for ships docked for 3 days.
  • A minimum of 10 days are required for visa processing
  • Vegetarian option and other special dietary restrictions available ONLY if requested in advance (at time of booking).
  • Infant meals not included
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 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 good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • 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

We were obliged to take a formally organised tour as it includes the visa, which is required.
Don’t plan on any true Russian shopping, the only opportunities to shop are at tourist places added to the itinerary based on availabile time.
Small bus tours are the best because they are readily accessible and can get closer to the attraction.
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St. Petersburg
Catherine_S, Nov 2019
Excellent tour, I really like the ideal of the smaller buses. There were 14 on our tour. Perfect size.
1 traveler found this review helpful
My favorite shore excursion EVER--see all the highlights of St Petersburg and learn from one of the best
gioiaalbi, Oct 2019
Two FULL days of touring the best that St Petersburg has to offer. Purchasing this tour online, processing it, getting emails answered (no matter how stupid my question), getting through customs and finding the guide in port was ALL super easy and much faster than I anticipated. The tour guide is chock full of information about every site, all the history of each site, everything you see and the history of Russia and its culture and past. The shops have everything that you want to buy but do not assume that it is locally made. If you want to taste the vodka/coffee/tea at the shops, go their first as they put out one round and when it is gone it is gone. The staff in the shops speak perfect English and could not be nicer or more charming. The sites are amazing, truly spectacular, beauty around every turn. Listen to the guide when (s)he says to leave everything on the bus as we watched people being pickpocked. The walk around the grounds was incredible but is long and can be quite cold (you're outside for at least an hour walking around). We had a person in a wheelchair and a person with a walker and a few places were impossible for them to visit as the elevators were non existent or not working that day; just be prepared and flexible. Be prepared that it is TWO FULL DAYS of walking (including up and down lots of stairs), standing, and listening. The guide was unbelievably informative; just be prepared that there was no silence or time to just enjoy the beauty, the tour is constantly in motion with a constant lecture.. The lunches were two of the best meals that I've ever eaten served by amazing staff and in the most beautiful locations, completely diverse from each other. And my gluten free options were outstanding (you must preorder). This would not be a good tour for children or anyone who doesn't want to be in perpetual motion or learn about Russian history and art. For me, this was as close to perfection as any shore excursion I've ever done.
2 travelers found this review helpful
St. Petersburg Russia
Rhonda_W, Oct 2019
Excellent guide, Elena took us on a 2 day fabulous excursion that we could never have anticipated. She was very informative, kept on schedule, and provided exceptional talent in keeping everything organized and our group together without any incidents. The meals provided on both days exceeding our expectation and were very yummy. Highly recommend this tour to anyone able to do 2 days of touring which we were able to on our cruise with 3 nights in St. Petersburg on Norweigian.
1 traveler found this review helpful
St Petersburg Small group tour
Stella_A, Oct 2019
Can't rate this too highly. Olga was very knowledgeable and managed to avoid crowds. Lunches were good and gave us a little break from all the sightseeing. Will recommend to friends.
A fabulous 2 days - knowledgable guide
lilaclindyloo, Oct 2019
Dania our guide was so knowledgable with excellent English. Her knowledge of the history and art of St petersburg was excellent. She explained everything very well. Timings were just right. Our driver Alecksi was also very good. He was always there right outside when we exited the venues. Yes they do take you to their favoured shops but the shops and their staff are very knowledgable and prices really good - and you get free vodka! Our 2 days were full and very rewarding. We had good lunches very traditional in lovely restaurants. It was great having a small group of 12 for the 2 days as we got to know everyone really well and we all gelled . We would thoroughly recommend SPB Tours
2-day tour
Norma_A, Oct 2019
Great 2-day tour st St Petersburg. Our tour guide Ludmila, was very nice and knowledgeable, explained the history of each place in details. Some areas involved lots of walking, not so good for seniors like us. Overall, it was an excellent tour!
St Petersburg 2 day perfect shore excursion!
Ruth_W, Oct 2019
Absolutely the best shore excursion we have taken. Kate and the driver were superb. Guided us strategically and we avoided all the queues and crowds. Made the whole experience (intensive though it was) a very memorable 2 days.
More free time should be better
anoncruise, Oct 2019
I was a bit disappointed by the fact that you always have to follow your guide when you are visiting with a cruise ship and without a visa. I would have loved to go shopping outside of the tourist shop but it was impossible.
St Petersburg
G1978YHchristinef, Oct 2019
Very well organised tour with friendly and knowledgable guide, Katya. Took in most important sites during the 2 days in a small and manageable group. Bonus free wi fi on bus
2 day small group tour with SPB Tours Sept. 7 and 8, 2019
Alexander_O, Sep 2019
We had a fantastic 2 day tour in St. Petersburgs. Our tour guide Maria was the best. She was so knowledgeable and friendly and we had a wonderful time. Best tour guide we had on this Baltic Cruise.
Fantastic Excursion
Passport36413036863, Sep 2019
This is my go to tour company. I was more than pleased with my experience. The guide and tour driver were outstanding.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Svetlanurg in St Petersburg
Adventurer101697, Sep 2019
Great tour and Svetlana was knowledgable in history, art and her country. We spent two days together and she kept us on time, answered questions from the group. I would ask for her again when we return to the area. Driver was good and coordinated with the guide.
The Very Best!
Barbara C, Sep 2019
This tour is by far the best tour I have taken. Maria S, our guide, is a gem. She speaks perfect English and is incredibly well versed in Russian history. She is very kind and has a great sense of humor. Driver Igor S is a hoot. He certainly knows how to get around. He also has a great sense of humor. It was two days of perfection - including the weather!
Excellent St Petersburg tour
rosm535, Aug 2019
SPB is an extremely professional tour operator and I think we had one of their most experienced guides - Julia was so knowledgeable and efficient and the tour was very well planned. Very good access to all the sites with no queues. Highly recommended
2 Day deluxe tour
IanN201908, Aug 2019
This tour was excellent but be warned it is very frenetic in order to fit everything in. We were on a cruise so only had 2 days for our visit and this tour was perfect and much cheaper than the cruise company's but visited the same places. We were obliged to take a formally organised tour as it includes the visa, which is required. The first day it took about 40 minutes to get through passport control but the second day was much slicker taking only about 5 minutes. The tour guide was waiting for us once clear of passport control. We would have liked to have had more time at some of the locations and had some free time to explore on our own. Our guide, Svetlana. was very knowledgeable and ensured we lost as little time queuing (and most places have queues!) as possible and kept up a running commentary throughout the tour. Had we been able to have made changes to the itinerary we would have forgone the lunch each day and also the shopping stops in order to have had some free time. This is a full on two days and we were pleased to get a rest once the tour ended. Our guide did her best to fit in any specific requests to visit places the party wanted to see. We specifically asked to have a Metro ride and even though it added some time to our tour the guide and driver obliged giving us a two stop train ride. The tour certainly gave an excellent overview of st Petersburg and whetted our appetite to return at some time in the future and explore more under our own steam. We would recommend the tour.
See all the “biggies” and then some!
Brenda_J, Aug 2019
The ticket we bought took care of the visa requirements, easy peesy! We had an excellent tour guide, Tatiana, very knowledgeable and engaging. She had little patience for anyone in the group who didn’t follow her meet-up times at various stops, rightly so! Don’t plan on any true Russian shopping, the only opportunities to shop are at tourist places added to the itinerary based on availabile time. The usuals: Nesting dolls, amber jewelry, painted lacquer boxes, etc. Jam packed days. Only 16 guests in a nice MB a/c Van. Great lunches, wonderful boat ride—but we did have PeRFEct weather, so your experience may be different. Great value for the money compared to what the cruise ships charge for the same excursion with 40 people in a bus!
St. Petersburg with Tatiana
Randall_W, Aug 2019
Of course there is so much to see in St. Petersburg, but this 2-day excursion did a great job of hitting the high spots. Our guide was Tatiana, and along with our driver Dimitri, it was the highlight of our journey through the Baltics. it was just the right amount of info and we never felt that we stayed too long anywhere. Even the lunch stops were first rate. Tatiana was the best!!!
St Petersburg
sdwotr, Aug 2019
tour was well organized, tour guide was very knowledgeable and the sights were amazing. The tour bus however was not adequate for the group as those who had to sit in the back of the bus had obstructed window views and an uncomfortable and bumpy ride.
2 Day Russia
Kelsa111, Aug 2019
We had a very good tour guide for this 2 day tour Elena (hope it is spelled right). It was definitely a packed excursion. Elena was able to get us in to museums, churches, etc ahead of the crowd. She was very informative and organized. She kept our group together through some very crowded area. Definitely had a great first visit and "taste" of Russia.
Gail_L, Aug 2019
This was the most amazing tour. We did the de lux grand tour. Two full days. Packed with interesting facts. Boat trip, Hermatage, Peterhof, Fortress, church of Spilt Blood, Catherine’s palace,Yusupov palace, st Issacs Cathedral. Plus a beautiful lunch each day. Only 16 in the group on a mini bus. Much better than a large 52 seater. Our guide and driver were incredible. Knew St Petersburg like the back of their hands. Dropped of and picked up at the door every time, can’t do that in a big coach. Guide was so knowledgeable but made it fun, also had plenty of comfort breaks in the best toilets in SP. she knew how to avoid the queues. Worth every penny.


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