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1-Day Group Tour in St. Petersburg

This 1-day public shore excursion is an ideal St. Petersburg day tour for the first-time visitors of our city who arrive by cruise and have just one day in the Russian most famous city. This mini-group guided St. Petersburg day tour includes the two most popular highlights that are must-sees in any tour itinerary: the State Hermitage Museum and Peterhof Palace and fountain parks. The river and canal boat tour by a small private boat will add to your impressions of our city, which is frequently called “Russian Amsterdam” or “the Venice of the North”. Russian traditional lunch is another must for any St. Petersburg day tour as it serves a great introduction to food culture of our country. Such everyday life things as a metro ride will show you St. Petersburg citizens in their daily routine and also will take you to the world’s deepest underground system.

  • Tour duration: 10 hours.
  • Tour type: public St. Petersburg day tour.
  • Group size: On average groups are 8-10 persons. Minimal number of people for the tour to take place: 2 persons. Max group size: 16 persons.
  • Activity level: active. The tour is not suitable for physically challenged customers.
  • Transportation: a private air-conditioned vehicle of the necessary size
  • Tour guide: an English-speaking tour guide for the entire time in St. Petersburg
  • Inside visits: the State Hermitage museum (including the Winter Palace and West-European art collections), Grand Peterhof Palace and famous Upper and Lower fountain gardens.
  • Also included in the price: sit-down restaurant lunch, metro (=subway) ride, river and canal boat tour, blanket visa (= cruise passenger visa = tour tickets), ear-phones for groups larger than 6 persons, bottled water supply for the day.
  • Included in the price: admission fees to museums listed in the itinerary, photo-permits where necessary (1 per person), sit-down restaurant lunch, hydrofoil and/or river and canal boat tour (as per program), blanket visa (= cruise passenger visa = tour tickets), bottled water (1 bottle per person), ear-phones for groups larger than 6 persons
  • Important: On Mondays the Hermitage is closed. If your cruise ship docks in St. Petersburg on Monday, the Hermitage visit in the itinerary will be replaced with a tour of the Russian Museum.

Price: 130 USD per adult

Petersburg Day Tour

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One Day Group Tour

St. Petersburg Day Tour Itinerary:


7:30 – disembark, go through the passport control, meet your guide and driver at the arrivals of the port terminal.

7:30-9:30 – Your St. Petersburg day tour will start with the city sightseeing by car and boat. You will have stops for picture taking and short walks in the most famous and beautiful squares of St. Petersburg. During the sightseeing tour you will cover: Egyptian Sphinx embankment, Spit of Vassilievsky Island, Admiralty, St. Isaac’s Square, Church on the Blood, Peter and Paul Fortress, the Field of Mars, Summer Gardens, St. Nicholas Naval Cathedral, Mariinsky Theatre and many more. River and canal boat tour will be an excellent introduction to St. Petersburg for you. You will see the most famous sights from water, enjoy beautiful vistas of the Grand Neva River as well as narrow canals of the city centre.

9:30-10:30 – Drive outside the city to Peterhof, the most famous summer residence of the Romanov tsars

11:00-13:00 – in Peterhof your tour includes the Grand Peterhof Palace inside visit. Beautiful masterpiece of early baroque style, this palace has no repeating rooms – each room is different is style, colour or composition. The unique fountain system of Peterhof has no pumps or electricity, the natural principle of gravity is imployed even nowadays

13:30-14:30 – Russian traditional lunch in a local place on the way from Peterhof to St. Petersburg downtown.

Return to St. Petersburg city centre. Metro (=subway) tour on the way. St. Petersburg metro is counted as the world’s deepest. Some metro stations are exquisitely decorated with natural stones and mosaics

15:30-17:30 – Hermitage museum tour. Hermitage is one of the world’s largest and most famous museums, possessing over 3,5 million exhibits. Of course it’s not possible to view all pieces on the exhibition even if you stay fro a week there. During your 2-hour overview tour of the Hermitage museum you will see the main highlights of the West European art collections and some of the gorgeous halls of the former Winter residence of the Romanov-tsars. NOTE: on Mondays the Hermitage is closed. If your cruise docks in St. Petersburg on Monday, the Hermitage museum tour will be replaced with a tour to another famous picture gallery: the State Russian Museum. The Russian Museum offers an interesting exposition of Russian art from ancient icons to Avant-garde paintings, including Russian impressionists, Shagall, Roerikh, Bakst and many others.

18:00 – return on board the cruise.

It may be necessary to view the museums in a different order, depending upon the entrance times confirmed by the museums.
On MOnday the Hermitage is closed, so if your cruise docks in St. Petersburg on Monday, the Hermitage museum tour is replaced with the State Russian Museum tour.
Your licenced guide to St. Petersburg will go together with you in all the museums providing the commentary and answering your questions.

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