St Petersburg private guide: private tours and shore excursions

Alisa, private guide in St PetersburgHello,
My name is Alisa.   I  am a licensed private guide in St Petersburg  and  owner of Petersburgtrip private tours. We offer private tours and visa-free shore excursions  in St Petersburg, Russia that combine “must see” places  and charming, but still off the beaten track sights that large   groups generally miss. We design a well-thought route that allows you to see as much as possible during the time available. A local private guide will give you a feeling of what it’s like to live in St Petersburg, so we often walk or travel by public transport (a private vehicle can be arranged upon agreement as well).

St Petersburg shore excursions and private tours we offer :

visa-free private  cruise tours of Saint- Petersburg   for 1-3 days. You will see all the main attractions with your private guide absolutely hassle-free as we take care of the cruise visa formalities
 ready-made tour   programs   for those who  arrive by plane or train. The sample 1-3 day programs include as many sights as possible during the time given. It’s often cheaper to book a ready-made program than several private tours in St Petersburg on different days. All tour programs can be adjusted to your needs for free. 
 – a variety of  private tours  of St Petersburg walking city tour, Hermitage museum guided tour, White nights evening tour, Pavlovsk tour,  Yusupov palace tour,  Tsarskoe Selo (Catherine palace) tour and excursion to Peterhof. More information on the tours we offer
excursions   for St Peter line ferry passengers  .

You can contact me by e-mail stpetetrip@gmail.com  

Advantages of our services in St Petersburg:

  • Save on a private  car   if you don’t need it. Our tours are mostly designed as walking or we use public transport to get to the sights, this way you save money, travel “local style” and can be more flexible with time – no need to run from museum  to the car rented for specified time when you feel that you haven’t seen enough. Nevertheless, private transportation can be arranged upon agreement.
  • Spend maximum time in the places you like. If you are taking a day guided tour to  suburban residences such as Tsarskoe Selo or Peterhof you stay there as long as you wish.  I strongly believe that it’s impossible to see these places properly during the short time given by standard tours. Unless the weather is very, very bad . But you didn’t come to Russia to stay at your hotel, right? :)
  • The guide meets you at your hotel before all  tours. Don’t waste your precious time trying to find out how to get to the meeting place in the unknown city or waiting for other members of the group tours.  There are so many places to see in St Petersburg!
  • We are doing our best to make our tours affordable, informative and entertaining.
  • You spend your time in the museums and in the streets of the city, not the unwanted  “best souvenir shops” that often consume your limited time when you take a group tour
  • Skip the line entrance to the main museums

In my blog you will also find information on transport, top sights in Saint-Petersburg and its suburbs like Peterhof and Tsarskoe Selo,  travel tips and even recommendations on local food and places to eat. This blog is quite new, but I do my best to add information  on regular basis. Your feedback is MUCH appreciated.

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New currency exchange rules were introduced in Russia

At the very end of December 2015 new currency exchange rules were introduced in Russia: now everyone who wants to exchange a sum bigger than 15000 rubles ( rougly 190$) needs to present a passport and fill-in a questionary in a bank.

Good news is that the many places accept credit cards, so exchanging big sums of currrency at once may not be required.

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Are private shore excursions in St Petersburg expensive?

cruise shipAs a guide and travel agency owner, I often face a bias that private shore excursions in St Petersburg are much more expensive than group tours offered by a cruise company. I don’t really agree with that and to prove my point I decided to use a booklet of Royal Carribean that my tourists brought me in 2014.

The most popular sights cruise tourists visit in St Petersburg are the city tour, Savior on Spilt blood church, St Isaac’s cathedral, the Hermitage, Catherine palace in Tsarskoe Selo or Peterhof fountain park and sometimes Peter and Paul’s fortress. Continue reading

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Faberge museum visit

faberge museum coronation egg

faberge museum st petersburg

Faberge museum is the newest and probably the most anticipated museum in St Petersburg. It holds 14 large Faberge eggs, the majority of which used to belong to Russian royal family, today it is the largest collection of that type in the world. Besides that, you can see many other jewelry pieces made by Faberge company or  by the contemporaries of Carl Faberge.
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Nicholas palace folk show

folk show at Nicholas palace

Nicholas palace folk show

Folk show at the Nicholas palace is one of the oldest in St Petersburg. It’s  popular because it’s available almost all year round, but  during the “low” tourist season, mainly in winter, they may have it not every day, but only when they get enough requests. The folk show lasts a little bit less than 2 hours, and during that time you can not only listen to traditional Russian songs and enjoy national dances, but also try some typical Russian snacks including canapés with caviar and have a shot of vodka.

How to get better seats for the folk show?

The Folk show at Nicholas palace is quite famous as the quality of performance and costumes is high,  but  if you want to choose a seat you need to come early.  The reason is that  seats are not generally indicated on the tickets, so the person who comes first has better chances to take a good seat. Since many groups are usually visiting the place in summer, it’s recommended to come  in advance. Good news is that the hall where Nicholas palace folk show  takes place is not very big, so you’ll be able to see the stage well even if you are not in the first rows.  Tickets for the  performance are sold at the Nicholas  palace itself, but mainly they are  distributed through  numerous theater ticket kiosks and tour companies. Please feel free to contact me at stpetetrip@gmail.com if you are interested in visiting the folk show at Nicholas palace.

Address: The Nicholas palace is  situated on Ploshad Truda (Labor square), 4.  It’s a little bit out of the main tourist tracks, but in fact it’s relatively close to St Isaac’s cathedral.  The nearest metro station is Admiralteyskaya.

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