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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)

Best of the Best
of St. Petersburg, Russia
2-Day Shore Excursion

Transportation: 20-seat Mercedes van or Mercedes Viano (for smaller groups)

Free Wi-Fi on all the vehicles

Meals: 2 Russian style sit-down lunches. The cost of lunches is included in the total cost for open group tours and for private parties of 8 and more.

Price for OPEN GROUP TOUR (ENG): 265 US $ per person.

Price for private tours in English/French/German/Spanish:

Price per person
US $

* Prices for parties of 2,3,4,5 and 6 pax donโ€™t include cost of lunches. We suppose you will prefer lunches ร€ la carte. For bigger parties weโ€™ve included traditional Russian lunches.

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
Special notes:

NB! This shore excursion is VISA-FREE for all cruise ship passengers. More detailed info you can find here.

NB! The itinerary above is just a sample itinerary. The exact timing will depend on the arrival/departure time of your ship as well as on the week days you are in St. Petersburg.

NB! Price for tours in other languages should be checked with with our manager.

NB! Student/children discounts. Discount for students and children 6-17 y.o. is US $ 10. Students of 18 and older shall carry their ISIC card in order to qualify for the discount. Children under 6 are not allowed to any of the open group tours and will be accommodated free of charge on any private tour.

NB! In case of very bad weather or any other extraordinary situations hydrofoils wouldn't run. In such case the cost of the itinerary will be recalculated.

NB! Open group tours are not recommended for people with serious walking problems. Wheelchair users need to be accompanied by a person to assist them during the whole tour.


On this shore excursion we will show you our beloved St. Petersburg in the best way possible. Besides all essential attractions, weโ€™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.

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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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