St Petersburg cruise tour

3 day cruise tour “All highlights”

from $440.00

It’s the most comprehensive of our private visa-free shore excursions in Saint-Petersburg that includes must-see attractions of the city, trips to Peterhof and the Catherine palace, local experiences, off the beaten track sights and a visit to Faberge museum! We use a private car on days 2 and 3 when we go to the suburbs of Saint-Petersburg, but you can choose between public transport or a private car on the first day of your stay. Lots of different impressions, yummi food, fun and interesting information guaranteed.

What you will see and experience during our  St Petersburg cruise tour:

    • a comprehensive tour of the Hermitage museum, including the impressionist and post-impressionist collection. This part of the Hermitage museum is missed by the majority of group tours, but it’s a real gem! Beautiful rooms of the Winter palace, old masters, unbelievable collection of Rembrandt, Raphael, Leonardo da Vinci, Matisse, Van Gogh, Gaugin, Renoir, Monet – we will see all of it.
    • St Isaac’s cathedral and the Savior on the Spilled blood  – two most famous churches of St Petersburg with totally different, but stunning interiors. The details of artwork will leave you speachless!
    • some beautiful and very deep metro stations. You will understand why metro is so special in St Petersburg.
    • the Peter and Paul fortress with the Peter and Paul cathedral where many Russian tsars are buried. It’s the most historical place in St Petersburg that is filled with different stories, including some very funny ones. And it’s a very good photo spot as well.
    • a visit to the local market or supermarket. Learn how citizens live, what we like and what we eat.
    • Peterhof fountain park – just the most amazing place in St Petersburg in summer. Lots of different fountains mainly dating back to the 18th century, beautiful trees and flowers & fun trick fountains of Peter the Great!  Discover the sense of humor of Russian tzars.
    • the Catherine palace and the Amber room. It’s an extremely beautiful (and crowded) palace, but we will do our best to navigate among big groups and  will take a relaxing walk in the gardens afterwards. The park of the palace is full of amazing unique pavilions & it’s always possible to find a quiet secret spot there.
    • Faberge museum that boasts the largest collection of Faberge eggs and other period jewelry
    • stop at the monument to the Heroic Defenders of Leningrad to learn a bit about this period of our history and see the most impressive monument in St Petersburg (in my opinion)
    • try delicious Russian food at local places. It’s yummi, different and inexpensive – you won’t find it on your cruise ship.
    • a walk along the Nevsky prospect to see some sights in the area, watch people, feel the rhythm of the city and find some cool small monuments that other groups will miss.

Please remember that all our tours can be customized according to your interests for free.
See other visa-free cruise tours of St Petersburg.

  • Reviews 3 Reviews
    5/5
  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
    Culture, Guided Tours
  • Activity Level Moderate
All about the 3 day cruise tour “All highlights”.

3 day visa-free cruise tour of Saint-Petersburg sample program:

Day 1: (by private car or public transport depending on your choice)

09:00 – meeting at the ship
09:30 – 10:30 –tour of the most beautiful metro stations
10:45 – 11:15 – tour of St Isaac’s cathedral
11:30 – 14:00 – Hermitage museum tour (Including the impressionist and post-impressionist collection. Visits to the treasuries are not included)
14:00 – 15:00 – lunch break in a nice local place if needed (payed extra)
15:00 – 17:00 –   city tour continues. Visit to the Savior on the Spilled blood, walk along the Nevsky prospect
17:30 – return to the port or evening options

Day 2 – private vehicle

09:00  – meeting at the ship, departure for Peterhof by private car. On the way there  you can choose between a visit  to a grocery market or a supermarket where you can find some local products (the guide will help to find them among international brands )  and learn more about everyday life of the citizens.
11:00-13:00 – tour of Peterhof fountain park. Visit to the Grand palace can be included upon agreement (it’s generally too busy in summer to be enjoyable)
13:00 – 14:00 – lunch break (can be included upon agreement)
14:00 – 15:00 – driving back to the city
15:15-16:00 – Faberge museum (independent visit or with audio-guide, audio-guides are payed extra. Private tours of Faberge museum are extremely expensive)
16:00 – 17:30 –  tour of the Peter and Paul fortress ((including visit to the Peter and Paul’s cathedral
18:00 – 18:30 – back to the ship or evening program

Day 3 – private vehicle

09:00 – meeting at the ship, departure for Tsarskoe Selo by private car
10:30 – 12:30 – tour of the Catherine palace and park
12:30-14:00 – driving to St Petersburg.  Photo stop to take pictures of the Chesma church & monument to the  Heroic defenders of Leningrad
14:00 – 15:30 – lunch break if needed (payed extra) & shopping for souvenirs if needed
16:00 – return to the ship

Please note that the real order of visiting sites may be different depending on the dates of your stay and the entry time scheduled by the main museums.

Private cruise tour price:

Number of people in a groupPrice per person, USD,
private car on all days option
2630$
3520$
4420$
5-6370$
Number of people in a groupPrice per person,USD,
public transport & private car option
2525$
3440$
4390$
5-6330$

Payment:  Payment is made in USD via bank transfer beforehand or cash in roubles on the day of the tour. If payment is made in roubles, exchange rate of the Central bank of Russia on the day of the tour is used.

Interested in our tours? Please contact us!

 

 

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • cruise visas
  • private guide
  • transportation
  • museum tickets according to the program
Whats not included in this tour.Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
  • personal expenses (meals, souvenirs, etc)

The guide will meet you at the arrivall hall after passport control with a piece of paper with your name. I recommend to give us your cell phone number in international format to be able to communicate.

Yes, our shore excursions are visa-free. We will issue so called tour tickets (blanket visas) for you. You will need to print them out and show at passport control together with your passports. In order to issue a tour ticket, we will need your passport information – full name, date of birth, number of passport and citizenship, dates of stay and name of the ship.

Yes, the city is quite safe, but as any major tourist destination we have pick pockets. Make sure to keep your belongings in a secure place everywhere (including the museums).

Overall Rating
5/5
Trevor
Reviewed On 12/10/2019
5/5

Following the recommendation of our friends who had toured with Petersburg Private Tours a few years ago, we arranged with Alisa, the owner, to guide us for our two days in the city at the end of September. Right from our initial contact, we knew we had made a great decision. Alisa’s email communication was prompt, clear, and accurate. Because her English – both written and spoken - is near-flawless - we never had any questions about what she meant. The arrangements were easily made, Alisa promised to give us what we wanted, and to customize her tour according to our wishes. That is exactly what she did. Our little worries (Will she meet us on time? Will we be able to understand? Will we be exhausted?) disappeared the moment we were met (early) at the cruise terminal and ushered to our van. We spent time in the beautiful Metro, we ate in Russian (not tourist) restaurants, we went into an Orthodox church during a service, we learned a lot about every-day life in St. Petersburg, we travelled in a very comfortable taxi van that magically appeared as soon as we left each site, and we never waited in lines because Alisa had pre-arranged the entrances for the museums. A note about the Hermitage. Everyone knows it’s really big, really beautiful, and really full – of visitors, as well as art. What Alisa did was guide us to a number of her favourite spots, outside and inside the building, then give an intelligent, clear explanation of the architecture or the painting or the object. After that, she gave us time to look at each piece by ourselves. Like a master juggler, she balanced the competing demands of the clock, the crowds, and three million works of art. We saw things we will never forget. We knew, before leaving home, that seeing St. Petersburg would be the highlight of our month-long European travels. What we knew when we left the city after our two-day immersion was that we had been given an understanding of its history, culture and passion that surpassed anything we had imagined. Endless thanks to Alisa A happy Canadian couple October, 2019

Trevor
Reviewed On 12/10/2019
5/5

Following the recommendation of our friends who had toured with Petersburg Private Tours a few years ago, we arranged with Alisa, the owner, to guide us for our two days in the city at the end of September. Right from our initial contact, we knew we had made a great decision. Alisa’s email communication was prompt, clear, and accurate. Because her English – both written and spoken - is near-flawless - we never had any questions about what she meant. The arrangements were easily made, Alisa promised to give us what we wanted, and to customize her tour according to our wishes. That is exactly what she did. Our little worries (Will she meet us on time? Will we be able to understand? Will we be exhausted?) disappeared the moment we were met (early) at the cruise terminal and ushered to our van. We spent time in the beautiful Metro, we ate in Russian (not tourist) restaurants, we went into an Orthodox church during a service, we learned a lot about every-day life in St. Petersburg, we travelled in a very comfortable taxi van that magically appeared as soon as we left each site, and we never waited in lines because Alisa had pre-arranged the entrances for the museums. A note about the Hermitage. Everyone knows it’s really big, really beautiful, and really full – of visitors, as well as art. What Alisa did was guide us to a number of her favourite spots, outside and inside the building, then give an intelligent, clear explanation of the architecture or the painting or the object. After that, she gave us time to look at each piece by ourselves. Like a master juggler, she balanced the competing demands of the clock, the crowds, and three million works of art. We saw things we will never forget. We knew, before leaving home, that seeing St. Petersburg would be the highlight of our month-long European travels. What we knew when we left the city after our two-day immersion was that we had been given an understanding of its history, culture and passion that surpassed anything we had imagined. Endless thanks to Alisa A happy Canadian couple October, 2019

Anita Jordan
Reviewed On 27/08/2017
5/5

We spent three days with Alisa when we came to St Petersburg on a cruise. We would not have been able to see all that we did on our own. The first day we visited the Hermitage, metro and the beautiful cathedrals. The other two days included a driver took us to the Peterhof and the Catherine palace. Everything was planned out so that we were able to get through the lines without too much hassle as it was a very busy tourist time. I think we would still be in some line if it wasn’t for Alisa! Her tours are a very good value for money!

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