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St. Petersburg Visa-Free 2-Day Shore Excursion

4.8 / 5

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St. Petersburg Visa-Free 2-Day Shore Excursion

From US$ 509 per person

See St. Petersburg's main attractions on this private 2-day shore excursion – with no visa required. Visit all the famous city landmarks including the Peter and Paul Fortress, the State Hermitage Museum, the Peterhof Palace, and the Catherine Palace.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Mobile ticketing
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Duration 2 days
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Live tour guide
English, French, German, Italian, Spanish
Private group


  • View the huge collection of art at the State Hermitage Museum
  • Admire the neo-classical splendor of Saint Isaac’s Cathedral
  • See the Peter and Paul Fortress
  • Marvel at the gorgeous Church on the Spilled Blood
  • Discover the Catherine Palace in the town of Pushkin
  • Visit the Peterhof Palace and explore its gardens
Full description
This 2-day shore excursion takes you on a discovery of St. Petersburg and the important places in the surrounding area. On your first day of the tour you will explore the famous sights in the city of St. Petersburg and enjoy a guided tour of the State Hermitage Museum. On the second day you visit the Palace of Catherine the Great in the town of Pushkin before exploring the magnificent Peterhof Palace. Day 1: St. Petersburg The Grand City Tour on your first day offers you the opportunity to see as much as possible of the city with a knowledgeable and experienced guide from the comfort of a car or a minivan. You will take a complete tour of St. Petersburg's most famous sites including the neo-classical splendor of Saint Isaac's Cathedral, the Palace Square, the Peter and Paul Fortress, and the gorgeous Church on the Spilled Blood – the second largest mosaic museum in the world. Enjoy lunch at one of the respected restaurants in the city before taking a 2-hour guided excursion to the State Hermitage Museum in the afternoon – the largest museum of Russia and one of the richest museums of the world. Day 2: Pushkin and Peterhof Unlock the secrets of the Amber Room during a tour to the magnificent Baroque-style Palace of Catherine the Great in the town of Pushkin. Here you can also explore the park surrounding the palace – a wonderful work of Russian gardening from the 18th and 19th centuries. Enjoy lunch in a restaurant close to the palace before visiting the Peterhof Palace in the afternoon. Located on the sea shore, Peterhof is considered one of the most beautiful palaces in the world and is St. Petersburg’s most famous and spectacular imperial estate. Explore the Great Palace, filled with fascinating and elaborate interiors, as well as the surrounding park adorned with fountains, statues, and pavilions.
  • Visa-free visit to St. Petersburg
  • Port pier pick-up and drop off
  • Accident insurance
  • Transportation by private car or minivan
  • Expert local guide who speaks one of the following languages: English, French, German, Italian, Russian, or Spanish
  • Museum entrance fees to Peter and Paul Fortress, Saint Isaac's Cathedral, Church on the Spilled Blood, State Hermitage Museum, the Catherine Palace and Amber Room, and the Peterhof Palace and Gardens
  • Photo and video permits
  • Headphone sets for groups of 10 people or more
  • Boat ride
  • Traditional Russian restaurant lunch on both days
  • Shopping stops
    Covid-19 precautions
    Safety measures in place
    • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
    Traveler requirements
    • You are required to bring and wear a mask
    • All participants over 12 years old must present one of the following: proof of full vaccination, proof of first vaccination administered at least 22 days ago, proof of a Covid-19 infection in the past 6 months, or a negative PCR test taken no more than 48 hours before the activity starts

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    Meeting point

    Pick-up is from the cruise ship terminal meeting zone. Your tour guide will meet you at the cruise ship pier with a "MariaRose Tours" sign.

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    Important information

    Know before you go

    • This tour is available daily for all cruise ship arrivals
    • With the private shore excursions, the supplier provides everything you need to satisfy Russia's entry requirements. You will not need to purchase a separate Russian Tourist Visa
    • After you make the tour booking the supplier will contact you via email to ask for the additional information for each person in your private party:
    • - Full name as listed on the passport
    • - Passport number
    • - Passport expiration date
    • - Date of birth
    • - Nationality
    • - Gender
    • The above information is needed to make all the necessary arrangements with the Port Customs/ Immigration Authorities and to send you the tour ticket, which you should present at St. Petersburg port of call when disembarking your cruise ship.
    • This tour is available in English, French, German, Italian, Russian, Spanish. No extra payment is required. Simply specify your preferences when booking
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.8 /5

    based on 6 reviews

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    We had 2 wonderful days in Saint Petersburg that really took into account all of our requests. Everything was organized perfectly and everything went smoothly from the pick-up on day 1. We had a different travel companion every day and were able to take many fantastic impressions home with us.

    September 1, 2019

    The two guides were good and informative. We would rather have had the same person both days. The car, on the other hand, was very unsuitable for seeing something of the city. The windows were too low and the backrests too high. We had to contort ourselves pretty much. We are relatively large. The driver didn't know the city. We found the food in the first restaurant partly inedible. We had booked the trip for 4 people and ended up being 6. Here we refer to the complaint made by Hanspeter Schwager. We look forward to your reply and appropriate refund. Thank you.

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    August 10, 2019

    Linguistically and factually very good knowledge - personable, young, dynamic leaders - good drivers. The only negative points: the first bus was too small (5 instead of 6 seats), but was changed after the first destination and the boat trip that should have been included did not take place despite the nice weather.

    June 10, 2019

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