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I love you, Peter's great creation,
I love your view of stern and grace,
The Neva wave's regal procession,
The grayish granite – her bank's dress...
(Alexander Pushkin)

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two day shore tour
(Size of the group: max 15 people)

We will show you our beloved city in the best way possible. Besides all essential attractions, we’ve included hydrofoil ride to Peterhof, early entrance to the Hermitage and a boat ride to make the tour most enjoyable. Lunches will not only give you possibility to relax in the middle of each day but also introduce you to Russian cuisine.

Sample itinerary*:

Day 1

8.30**»Meeting at the ship
8.30-10.00»Drive around the city – part I (most famous highlights)
10.00-10.30»Hydrofoil to Peterhof
10.30-12.30»Tour of the Lower park and inside visit to one of the small palaces
13.00-14.00»Lunch at a nice local restaurant (Russian cuisine)
14.00-15.00»Drive to Pushkin
15.00-17.30»Catherine's Palace with the famous amber room
17.30-18.30»Drive back
18.30»End of the day program
Evening program
Folk show or Faberge museum.
All other evening programs are available as private versions.

Day 2

8.00»Meeting at the ship
8.00-9.30»Drive around the city – part II (visit to an active church, short metro ride)
9.30-12.00»Hermitage Museum – early entrance
12.00-12.30»Walking tour of Nevsky prospect
12.30-13.30»Spilled Blood Cathedral
13.30-14.30»Lunch at a nice local restaurant (Russian cuisine)
15.00-16.00»Boat tour along rivers and canals
16.00-17.00»Drive back with a souvenir stop if possible
17.00»Back to the ship

Price for open group: 265 US $ per person.

Price for private version:

Price per person
US $

* Prices for parties of 2,3,4,5 and 6 pax don’t include costs of lunches. We suppose you will prefer lunches À la carte. For bigger parties we’ve included traditional Russian lunches.

Discount for students with ISC and children 6-18 years is US $ 10.

The cost includes:

  • Port fee, tour tickets (document which allows to provide visa free tours)
  • Guide service
  • Minivan (air-conditioned) with a driver
  • Entrance tickets to all the museums mentioned in the itinerary
  • Boat tour
  • Hydrofoil ride
  • Photo fee for all the museums where it's allowed to take pictures
  • Audio head system (for a group of 6 and more)
  • Bottled water
  • 2 lunches

The cost doesn't include: gratuities to your guide and driver.

NB! We are sorry but children under 6 are not allowed to our open group tours. For families with kids, we recommend private tours.

NB! This itinerary is quite intensive and includes some walking activity. We don’t recommend it for people who have serious walking problems. Wheelchair users need to be accompanied by a person to assist them during the whole tour. If you don't have such person, we are ready to provide a pusher, please get it touch with our manager for more detailed info. In any case, wheelchair users need to be able to walk/climb a few steps independently. For guests with serious walking problems we suggest our shore excursion packages.

* The actual itinerary will vary depending on museums’ closing days, overcrowding at venues and traffic conditions.

** Meeting time will be adjusted to the ship mooring time. The exact meeting time will be indicated in your tour tickets.

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From our clients' reviews:

Shore tour of Peterhof by hydrofoil

We had a fantastic tour of the Peterhof Palace and the Fountains. I highly recommend arriving by hydrofoil. Our guide Elena was the best and gave us great information and tailored the tour for us. I would personally ask for her in the future. I plan to use this tour company again. (Peter M, Ontario)

Shore excursion to Peterhof by hydrofoil

...Elena, our guide was great. She was friendly, spoke perfect English and knew her subject matter very well. She was very professional, friendly, spoke perfect English and knew her subject matter very well. The tour was awesome. I highly recommend this shore tour to anyone and would gladly do it again! (Anne L, Fineberg)

Shore Tour of Catherine Palace from St Petersburg

...Very nice and professional tour. Driven in a nice new and clean van. Guide was informative and pleasant. Basically a personalised tour, with the guide being so knowledgeable in history of the city and palaces that we visited. So interesting to learn about the area's history, would definitely recommend. (Andy Scott, Chicago)

Shore excursion to Catherine Palace

...I liked our tour guide, Olga, and the palace we saw was magnificent. This tour exceed our expectations. The guide and driver we punctual, friendly and informative. The commentary provided by Olga was superb. She never made us feel rushed and yet we saw everything on the itinerary and more. She was so knowledgable and taught us so much without feeling like we we being lectured. (George Jersey, USA)

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