2 days
Tour category
Shore excursion
Tour type
Tour type

Spotlight St. Petersburg tour is a comfortable way to see the main sights in St. Petersburg. As a rule, this tour turns out to be semi-private, when you share a van with another couple and ride in style. Spotlight St. Petersburg tour was designed for anyone who would like to savour the history, art and architecture without rushing around. Each day you will focus on one big museum and one short inside visit or activity. The pace of the tour allows you to also experience some simple local life activities, such as a visit to a farmers’ market or a grocery store. We did not include set-menu lunches on purpose, as this way you can stay flexible with what, where and when to eat and have the freedom to check out local coffee-shops or restaurants or return back on board the ship for your meal. Relatively short tour days guarantee you won’t be worn out in the evening and will be able to enjoy an evening program, if you wish to have one. 

Price per adult for 2 days: 230 USD

This tour is available to purchase by separate days:  150 USD per adult  for one day

TOUR DURATION Day 1 – about 7 hours, day 2 – about 7 hours.
TOUR TYPE Public (mini-group).
GROUP SIZE 10-12 persons max (on average groups are around 4-6 persons). Minimal number of people for this St. Petersburg tour to take place: 2 persons.
ACTIVITY LEVEL Easy to moderate.
TRANSPORTATION Comfortable air-conditioned vehicle of the necessary size.
TOUR GUIDE Professional English-speaking tour guide for the entire time in St. Petersburg.
INSIDE VISITS the State Hermitage museum (including the Winter Palace, Old Masters collections and General Staff building with the collections of Impressionists and Postimpressionists), Church on the Blood, Peterhof – the Grand Peterhof Palace and famous Upper and Lower fountain gardens
ALSO INCLUDED IN THE PRICE  Blanket visa (= cruise passenger visa = tour tickets), port access fee for your guide and van to meet you by the ship side, river and canal boat ride (privately for the group — separate boat),  bottled water, headsets to hear the guide clearly – for groups larger than 6 persons.
It may be necessary to see sites in a different order, subject to the museum days-off and entrance time confirmed by the museums listed in the itinerary.
Your licensed guide WILL accompany you on all the inside visits and provide the commentary and answer your questions.

Evening program

Night Boat Trip

Collect memories of fascinating night St. Petersburg and enjoy the most exciting way to see famous raised bridges!
2 hours
River Cruise

Russian Folk Show

Feel the drive of a fiery Russian dance and melody of hart-stirring Russian songs. No translation is needed.    
1 h 45 mins

Russian Ballet in St. Petersburg

Classical Russian ballet evening in one of St. Petersburg leading theatres. Ballet tickets.
starting from 2 hours

Day 1 - 09.00

Disembark, go through the passport control, meet your guide.

Your tour starts directly at the cruise terminal, after the passport control stall. Your guide will meet you at the terminal. Detailed city sightseeing tour that includes a stroll along Nevsky Avenue and one of pedestrian streets, an inside visit to a local active church and a visit to Yelisseev’s grocery store. Besides conventional must-see landmarks and monuments you will also see some minor and joke ones. Russian people believe in good luck, and upon your wish you can join in the wish-making of locals, rubbing toes and casting coins at various sights.


11.00 – 13.00

Tour of the Hermitage museum (main museum complex including the Winter Palace and Old Masters’ collections).

13.00 - 13.15

Palace square walk.

13.15 - 13.45

Time for lunch/snack/coffee-break.

13.45 - 14.30

Tour of the General Staff building (Hermitage collections of Impressionists and Postimpressionists).

15.00 – 15.30

Inside visit to Church on the Blood (world’s largest museum of mosaics).


Return on board the ship.

Day 2 - 09.00

Meeting, drive outside the city to Peterhof.

10.15 - 10.30

Tour of the Upper Fountain.

10.30 - 11.30

Tour of the Grand Peterhof Palace.

11.30 - 13.00

Tour of the Lower Fountain gardens including the highlights of the gardens such as the Grand Cascade, Chess-board cascade, Roman fountains and some informal joke fountains.

Time for lunch/snack/coffee-break on the grounds of the gardens.

Return back to St. Petersburg.

Optional: metro (=subway) ride on the way.


14.30 - 15.30

River and canal boat tour.



Return on board the ship.
Spotlight St. Petersburg
Griboedov channel
panorama of Saint-Petersburg
Vasilievsky island

Tour Reviews

5.00 based on 1 review

Dear Olga,
Just wanted to thank you for the two wonderful days in St. Petersburg on July 18 and 19. You have made our trip unforgettable.
Kind regards,
Harry and Marjan Top/The Netherlands

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