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

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

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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
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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)
Infant (Baby) meals are not included
Photo passes at Yusupov Palace (may be additionally purchased for 5 USD per pass)

Departure Point

ул. Кораблестроителей, 32, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia, 199397

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Departure Time

8:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • 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
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." See review
  • "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." See review
  • "Small bus tours are the best because they are readily accessible and can get closer to the attraction." See review


501 Reviews

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St. Petersburg
, Nov 2019
Excellent tour, I really like the ideal of the smaller buses. There were 14 on our tour. Perfect size.
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My favorite shore excursion EVER--see all the highlights of St Petersburg and learn from one of the best
, 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.
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St. Petersburg Russia
, 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.
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St Petersburg Small group tour
, 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
, 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
, 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!
, 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
, 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
, 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
, 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.

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