This personal private tour is perfect for either cruise passengers as a Visa-Free shore excursion, or as a land tour with pick up from your centrally located hotel. It was created to include more interaction with the city and culture as well as all of the most popular attractions: Hermitage/Winter Palace, General Staff, Church on Spilled Blood, Peter and Paul Fortress, Catherine Palace/Amber Room, Imperial Park, Peterhof Fountain Park, a Metro ride, canal and Neva River cruise, and more. The private guide will introduce you to locals too so that you can share thoughts and experiences.
Pick-up from the port or your centrally located hotel. Panoramic city tour of St Petersburg and a visit to the Peter and Paul Fortress. Visit the Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood. Break for lunch (own expense). Visit the Hermitage Museum. Take a canal cruise. At the end of the first day tour you have your choice of returning to the ship for the night or stay with us and explore the city more, visit a fine restaurant, shop or just sit in an outdoor cafe people watching, attending the optional "Feel Yourself Russia" famous folkloric show, Ballet, Jazz Club, Faberge Museum, visit one of the popular English style pubs to chat with locals...it is your time to do as you please. When you are ready to return, we transport you to your ship for the night.
Pick up from the port or your centrally located hotel.
Start the day with a city tour to the South. See the major sites of the palace estates including statues, monuments, rivers and canals, beautiful bridges, cathedrals and palaces, memorial squares and parks. Visit Catherine Palace and view the stunning palace facade which is 1000 feet long. The tour will visit all of the major halls and private rooms. A particular highlight is the Amber Room.
Enjoy free time in Pushkin in the delightful, small town of Pushkin. Dine (own expense), explore, take photos, shop, or stroll its manicured parks.
Drive to Peterhof and visit Peterhof Fountain Park – built to rival Versailles in France, Peter the Great helped design the 300 acre park and fountains. Stroll through the lower park, and its 150 fountains. Please note that Peterhof is not included from October 1 to April 15 due to the Fountains being turned off for the winter, another palace will be substituted.
Return to St Petersburg and take the Metro (subway system) – which is an attraction in itself – find out why they are known as the magnificent "Palaces of the People" .
Return to your ship or centrally located hotel.
Traveler pickup is offered
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
I am very glad that we have chosen this tour. Our guide Anna and our driver Boris provided excellent service. Anna has a great knowledge about Russian history and St Petersburg and her English was beyond expectation. It was a pleasure to listening her narratives. We saw so much during 2 days of this tour what would be not possible with big group ( just think about a time needed for 40+ people to go in and out of the bus in addition to waiting in the queue to enter museums). The car was very comfortable Mercedes sedan, we were asked if we prefer bigger one. Boris is an excellent driver. We never got stack in the traffic and park always close to the spot. This tour is very suitable for someone with mobility problem. It absolutely worth the money and we decided as much as possible to take private tour like this one in the future. We highly recommend this tour and appreciate very much Anna and Boris for taking exceptional care of us in beautiful city of St Petersburg.
We had an amazing two days with Olga. Olga's knowledge of each place we visited throughout the city was extensive, from the museums to the architecture, to the overall history of beautiful St. Petersburg. She made our time there very enjoyable. I recommend this private tour to anyone spending two days in this amazing city, it was the perfect length of time, allowing for time after to do a bit of exploring on your own once the tour was complete mid-afternoon each day.
We had a wonderful time in St. Petersburg! Our guide, Maria, and our driver, Igor, were extremely knowledgeable and friendly. They showed us exactly what we wanted to see, and even dropped us for an amazing lunch at Tsar (a Georgian restaurant with a wonderful caviar tasting). They really gave us a rich understanding about the city and Russia in general. I highly recommend this tour!
Part of an 18 day Scandinavian tour, our time in St Petersburg with Katya was the highlight. We had a private tour with just two couples and we saw EVERYTHING in St Petersburg over two days. Katya did a wonderful job filling us in on the local history and provided us a totally new appreciation for this city and the surrounding areas. From palaces to scenic cruises to subways to museums, and more, we were able to get expedited entry and make the most of our time. Thanks again Katya and Vlad (our great driver)!!
Magnificent palaces, churches museums and gardens are sites to behold! Our tour guide Inna and driver Misha’s made our Russian adventure even more awesome.
My cousin and I ( 70’s female) enjoyed the entire 2days with our guide Elena and driver Boris. They packed the 2 days with lots of favorite and expected sites , as well as several unexpected, wonderful sites. For example, the Faberge Museum and lunch at 2 fabulous local restaurants for typical Russian cuisine. That was a treat! Also they were both attentive very interactive with us. Elena has extensive knowledge of history of art, architecture and Russia as a country.
Maria was our tour guide and without question she was the most knowledgeable of Russian history we have ever had. We truly loved the tour and would highly recommend it. The company is very professional.
Tatiana was an amazing tour guide! Everyone in our group (6 people) was so pleased with this tour, they couldn't say enough good things about the experience. Tatiana was very informative, very knowledgeable, spoke very good English and addressed all of our crazy questions easily. We visited everything mentioned in the tour, skipped all the lines and got a good history lesson at the same time. We told her up front that we were not that interested in museums so she was good at keeping it basic enough to keep our interest in the Hermitage and let us linger in the palaces where we had more interest. She even hunted down a Starbucks to get one of our group members her souvenir St. Petersburg cup. The restaurants she took us to were great and she was helpful in recommending some Russian dishes for us to try. We loved them all! Some of us opted for the evening add on where she was able to acquire us tickets to the Folk Show which was performed in a Palace and we were able to visit the nearby Vodka Museum and restaurant beforehand. She arranged for the others to be returned to the ship at the same time. It was a perfect 2 days in St. Petersburg!
Amazing. Got to the front of the queue at most locations and squeezed in an afternoon at peterhof.
This tour was amazing. our guide was a young girl can't remember her name now but she was amazing. Her knowledge was fantastic and she was young and full of life, very refreshing.
The places she took us to eat were fantastic local and very reasonably priced.
We were a private group of 6 friends. It was great to be a small group getting through those crowds.
Our friends who were with us had done the trip before with a bus and said they didn't see halve as much then as they saw this time so they were very happy.
This highly personal private tour was created to include more personal interaction with the city and culture as well as including all of the most popular attractions: Hermitage/Winter Palace, General Staff, Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood, Catherine Palace/Amber Room, Imperial Park, Peterhof Fountain Park, a Metro ride, canal and Neva River cruise, and more. The private guide will introduce you to locals too, so that you can share thoughts and experiences. As a bonus, you'll have the choice of returning to the ship for the night or to continue exploring the city more on the first night.