2-day CLASSIC St.Petersburg shore excursion
Would you like to see the best and most beautiful places of St.Petersburg in two memorable days? Join this tour and spend two magical days including cultural, gastronomic and shopping experiences.
The tour starts with a panoramic city tour, which can also include local market or metro visit if you would like.
We don’t like to rush and recommend to have a coffee break in a local cafe with a stunning view over St.Isaac’s cathedral. Feel the atmosphere of the city, laugh at funny historiсal facts and chat with a guide about real life in Russia.
Afterwards, you will discover three major cathedrals, that are absolutely different and unique.
The state Hermitage museum consists of five building and comprises about 3 min items. The guide will take you through the all highlights and show amazing staterooms, that big groups never visit.
In the evening we will be happy to arrange something special for you, like night boat tour with a spectacular view over open drawbridges, delicious typical dinner, Vodka museum visit, ballet or opera in one of imperial theatres, music concert in the palace or traditional folk show.
Your second day in St.Petersburg will be dedicated to imperial summer residences. You will spend an unforgettable day enjoying impressive fountains ensembles in Peterhof and stunning interiors in Catherine Palace.
Please note: this tour is fully customizable and can be modified any way you wish. We can easily change the timing of the tour, museums, add free time, shopping, local market and shops visit and anything according to your preferences.
DAY 1 itinerary
09.00 Meeting with a guide at the cruise terminal
09.00-11.30 Panoramic driving city tour including stops at the main highlights, metro ride (optional), local market (optional)
11.30 – 12.00 St.Isaac’s Cathedral guided tour
12.00 – 13.00 Peter and Paul fortress and Cathedral guided tour
13.00 – 14.00 Russian traditional lunch (optional, cost is not included)
14.00 – 15.00 Saviour on the Spilled Blood Church guided tour
15.00 – 18.00 The State Hermitage museum guided tour
18.30 Back onboard the cruise ship
DAY 2 itinerary
08.30 Meeting with a guide at the cruise terminal
08.30-09.30 Drive to Pushkin
09.30 – 12.00 Catherine Palace and Imperial Park guided tour
12.00 – 13.00 Drive to Peterhof
13.00 – 14.00 Russian traditional lunch (optional, cost is not included)
14.00 – 16.00 Peterhof Fountain Park guided tour
17.00 Back onboard the cruise ship
Saint-Petersburg city tour
The itinerary above is a sample only. In case your ship is in port for less time, we will adjust it easily. You can also change the program in case you would like to visit different museums or spend more time in the city. Please contact us for more details.
Please note the visit to the Hermitage does not include the collection of impressionists and post-impressionists which moved to the new General Staff building. You can request it additionally when booking the tour.
Children/Students receive a discount of 25 eur for the tour. Students must have a valid ISIC Card – Please, let us know about students and children in your group in advance so that we can reserve the right tickets for them.
The order of museum visits may change depending on availability of entrance tickets, museums days-off, traffic situation in the city.
The tour is private with your personal guide and driver. There will no be other people joining your tour.
The tour is driving. We use licensed drivers with cars (up to 2 people), minivans (3 – 7 people) and Mercedes Sprinters (8 – 19 people).
Tipping your guide and driver is not obligatory, but appreciated.
The Hermitage Museum
Dive into splendid halls full of treasuries in one of the best museums in the world. The Hermitage museum consists of 5 buildings: Winter Palace, Small Hermitage, Old Hermitage, New Hermitage and Hermitage theatre. During the tour you will visit four of them except for the Hermitage theatre, that is an active one.
The Hermitage is a really unique place, it is an imperial residence, revolution site, great museum and all in one place. Your expert guide will help you no to get lost in 3 min items and show you all the highlights and rooms, that big groups never visit.
Marvel at masters like Da Vinci, Rembrandt, Titian and others while you will be exploring this former royal residence.
Saviour on the Spilled Blood Church
This unique historical monument, a masterpiece of architecture, painting and decorative art is one of the most remarkable highlights of St.Petersburg. It seemed that this ornate church with onion cupolas came to us from early Russian epic tales. However, it’s a memorial structure built on the spot where Emperor Alexander II, who had abolished serfdom in Russia, was assassinated. The church interior is awesome. Its splendid mosaic decoration, that occupies over 7,000 sq. meters includes a great variety of coloured semiprecious stones from Italy and Russia.
Peter and Paul Fortress and Cathedral
The birthplace of the city it was the first structure to be built in St. Petersburg and it never served for defence. Instead, it has had a rich history as a military base, a home of government departments, the burial ground of the Russian Imperial family, the site of groundbreaking scientific experiments, and a forbidding jail that held some of Russia’s most prominent political prisoners.
Today this unique monument of Russian history and culture is a symbol of St.Petersburg.
The main cathedral of the Russian Empire, where memorial events were celebrated by the Royal family in a majestic atmosphere.
You will be impressed by the size and stunning decorative embellishment: the beauty of malachite and lapis lazuli of the columns, the mysterious shimmering of the mosaics and gilded ornaments. The guide will tell you about the secrets of the cathedral’s construction, that lasted for 40 years.
The height of the cathedral is 101.5 meters, which makes it the tallest and most grandiose church in Russia. Climbing up the old winding staircase (562 steps) to the colonnade allows visitors to observe the amazing panorama of the city from the observation deck which is situated 43 meters high.
Catherine Palace with Amber Room
Catherine Palace ranks as one of the masterpieces of world art. This palace became favourite summer residence of the Russian
The tour takes you through the luxurious gilded rooms – Golden Enfilade, including the famous Great Hall and the gem of the palace – Amber room.
A nice view over the Catherine park opens through the windows. Charming pavilions decorate the park and add to the splendour of the palace.
Peterhof Fountain Park
The large fountain cascade is the main attraction of Peterhof and architectural dominant of the whole Park complex.
This famous ensemble of fountains classed as a World Heritage Site, where the Grand Cascade comprises 64 different fountains, and over 200 bronze statues, bas-reliefs, and other decorations. At the centre stands Rastrelli’s spectacular statue of Samson wrestling the jaws of a lion.
Private guided boat tour through canals and Neva river
Nothing captures the majesty of St. Petersburg quite like breezing along the Neva River and charming canals, which offers an endless parade of breathtaking monuments.
We provide upscale private boat open or with panorama roof and deck, depending on weather conditions.
Faberge museum visit
Located in the Shuvalov Palace, this museum with stunning interiors represents a private collection of Faberge jewellery items, including nine of the world-famous Faberge Imperial Easter eggs.
General Staff Building with Impressionists and Post-Impressionist collection
The works of the Impressionists (Monet, Renoir, Degas, Sisley, Pissarro) and post-impressionists (Van Gogh, Gauguin, Matisse, Cézanne) are widely presented in the General Staff building.
In St.Petersburg for cruise passengers there are 72 visa free hours, we will provide you with a document called a Tour Ticket which acts as your blanket visa during your stay in St. Petersburg. This document will allow you to take your tour with us.
Please, send us requests for shore excursions at least 4-5 days prior to your ship’s arrival to St. Petersburg. Otherwise, there is not enough time to issue travel documents for you required for passing passport control.
WHY YOU’LL LOVE THIS
- great two-day tour to feel the atmosphere of the city
- get a relaxed but comprehensive overview of the major highlights
skip the line and spend more time in front of the artworks
travel back in time to experience life at the Palaces
discover all the iconic St.Petersburg monuments and suburbs
The Cathedral looks fascinating due to its monumentality on the outside and the amazing beauty inside. The Kazan Cathedral was built and named in honor of the Kazan icon of the Mother of God, which Is placed inside the temple and is considered to be one of the most revered icons in Russia. So the queue of people wishing to touch the shrine is a common thing here. Read more
Best viewing points in St. Petersburg
When you are a regular traveler, it is difficult to explore one of the most beautiful cities in the world — Saint-Petersburg — in a short period of time. A great opportunity to literally look over the whole city look is to visit one of the viewing points of the Northern Capital. The panoramic terraces of cathedrals, museums, restaurants and hotels will allow you to combine a walk and a tour, arrange a romantic date and make great photos. Read more
The mystery of the Mikhailovsky castle
The Mikhailovsky (or the Engineer’s) castle became infamous immediately after the death of Emperor Paul I, who was strangled in his bedroom in the castle. And no wonder the palce gained bad reputation, since Palace coups and the Emperor’s murder were not a common thing for Russian Empire after all. Read more