1-day the Best of St Petersburg Join-in Shore Excursion

160 USD
10,5 hrs
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1-day the Best of St Petersburg Join-in Shore Excursion

We invite you to make the most of your one-day stay in Saint Petersburg during the end of the week on any day from Thursday to Sunday! Explore the world-famous Hermitage Museum, visit Catherine's palace with Amber room, walk around lush Peterhof gardens and enjoy a great panoramic city tour with inside visit to Church on the Spilled Blood!  No Russain Visa required!

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  • Panoramic City Tour
  • Hermitage Museum
  • Peterhof Park
  • Catherine's palace (Amber Room) & Park
  • Church on the Spilled Blood
  • 1 Delicious Russian Lunch
  • Visa-Free Paperwork

See as many highlights as one can possibly cover within a short period of time: Aurora cruiser, the first house of St. Petersburg, Nevsky Prospect, numerous rivers and bridges, Kazan Cathedral, Admiralty, Palace Square and the Hermitage museum, the Bronze Horseman monument to Peter the Great, Palace Bridge, St. Nicholas Cathedral, University Embankment with its historical buildings: Kunstkammer, the Academy of Sciences, and St. Petersburg State University, Menshikov Palace, the Square of Arts with Michael's Palace, the Mosque, the Smolny Convent, the Taurida Palace, the Foundry Prospect with the "Big House" (the KGB headquarters) and many more!

Please note that depending on the time allowed, not all sights might be included!
2+ hrs (depending on occasion)

Hermitage is one of the largest museums of the world. But it is also the magnificient Royal palace with the stunning rooms and unbelievable views. The collection began as the project of Catherine the Great in 1764. Now ist's the temple of art, where you can see the works of Raphael, Titian, Rembrant, de Goya and many other prominent painters from all over the world. Treat yourself with a grand exploration of the most amazing masterpieces of the European Art, including the French Impressionists, and marvel at the amazing interiors of the Tsar's Winter Residence - the Winter Palace.

2 hrs (or more if time permits)

A relaxing walk in Peterhof Lower Gardens with a scenic view of hundreds of fountains. It's a real engeneering masterpiece with no pumps, it a unique location, selected specificly to make this miracle happen. All the force and the power of the fountaing are provided by the force of gravity. A great photo opportunity for keen photographers. Take some time to see the surrounding gardens and Peter's villa Monplaisir. Unfortunately in winter the fountains are turned off and the garden statues are covered by wooden boxes.

1-3 hrs

This guided tour includes Catherine's palace tour with the world's famous Amber Room and the peaceful gardens with multiple photo opportunities. Catherine's Palace and the surrounding parks were created by Empress Elizabeth and Catherine the Great, which is why Pushkin was formerly known as 'village of the tsar's' (Tsarskoe Selo). The palace, with its famous Amber Room, is an impressive post-WWII reconstruction. The adjoining Cameron Gallery has a magnificent view of the park and the Agate Room. The gardens of Catherine Park, which are spectacular in the snow, are dotted with unusual buildings, including a Chinese village.

Closed Tue and the last Mon of the month.
2 hrs

The symbol of Saint Petersburg - onion domed cathedral that stands out from the neo-classical surroundings of the city-center. The church is decorated with lots of mosaics inside and outside, the domes are covered with colorful enamels. The church was build on the very place where Tsar Alexander II was mortally wounded in 1881.

Closed Wednesdays
15-30 min

Enjoy a delicious lunch at a local Russian Restaurant. A typical lunch includes a salad, a cup of soup, main course and dessert. Vegetarian & gluten free options are available upon request. Children under 7 (who travel free of charge) do not get an individual meal. It must be ordered seperately. Please contact your manager.

Join-in Group tours: included for groups of any size
Private tours: Included for groups of 8 and more
1 hr

Visa-Free paperwork is complimentary and included into your tour package. Don't forget to provide us with your passport details in a timely manner.

When booking, please have the following details ready for each participant:
1) Name as in Passport
2) Passport Number
3) Date of Birth
4) Citizenship

valid for up to 72 hrs

Detailed Program

Time Description
08:30 - 18:30 (Actual start time might be slightly adjusted to your ship's arrival)
08:30 Meet your guide and driver by the ship.
Depending on the day of the week that your ship is in Saint Petersburg, your tour program will be one the following below:

Each program includes the best sights available on that day of the week.  

What's included into the tour? Monday's Best Tuesday's Best Wednesday's Best Thursday's Best
Hermitage Museum
Peter and Paul Fortress & Cathedral
St Isaac's Cathedral
Catherine's palace (Amber Room) & park
Peterhof Park
One of Peterhof Smaller Palaces
Church on the Spilled Blood
Yusupov Palace     
18:30 Return back to the ship

Please note that this tour is available EXCLUSIVELY for cruise passengers whose cruise ship is in port ONLY for 1 day!


  • English-speaking tour guide (other languages available at a surcharge)
  • Experienced private driver
  • Private A/C vehicle
  • All admissions as per program
  • 1 Bottle of water pp per day
  • Visa-free paperwork
  • Radio-headsets for groups 7+
  • Welcome gift for adults 
  • Activity kit for kids
  • Port fees & taxes
  • Ponchos (when raining)
  • Lunch in a local restaurant 
  • Smiles and positive experience

NOT Included

NOT suitable for people with limited walking ability and wheelchair users.


Due to the group nature of this tour and to make your experience as smooth as possible we kindly ask you to accept certain rules:

  • No wheelchairs/walkers/scooters
  • No people with walking asistance
  • No children under 5 

Children 5 - 6 y.o.  = 130 USD OFF
Students 7 - 17 y.o. = 10 USD OFF

Join-in Group Tour in  English
Fixed price 160 USD p.p.
Book as a private tour
Not available

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