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St Petersburg Shore Excursion: Visa-Free 2-Day Tour including the Faberge Museum

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This small-group, visa-free tour of St Petersburg will cover all major sights including the newly opened, unique Faberge Museum.
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- This tour is VISA-FREE for cruise passengers only. Land passengers (traveling by plane or road into Russia) will need to ensure that they have the appropriate visa arrangements made
- Individual visa-free tour tickets will be issued and emailed to you after booking, and you will have to show this to Russian border control when you go through customs
- Important, please note: This tour is only suitable for those spending 2 days or more in port
- At time of booking, Cruise ship passengers must provide the following information at time of booking: ship name, docking time, disembarkation time and re-boarding time
- Passport name, number, date of birth and country is required at time of booking for all participants
- Not wheelchair accessible
- Stroller accessible
- Near public transportation
- Infants must sit on laps
- Infant seats available
- Most travelers can participate
- This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers


This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Marine Passenger Terminal, Morskoy Slavy Sq. 1, St. Petersburg 199106 Russia

Day 1: 8:30 Meet and greet your guide at port terminal (Please note: the start time of the tour is given approximately and can be adjusted depending on your ships' docking time). Your tour will depart as soon as all group is gathered together

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Park And Gardens of Peterhof, Razvodnaya st., 2, Peterhof, St. Petersburg Russia

City tour includes driving and photo stops in the most beautiful, historical places of St. Petersburg. A highlight is a photo stop near St Isaac’s Cathedral. During the tour, you will drive to Peterhof, see the Upper Gardens and Lower Fountain Park and then have a traditional Russian lunch (included).

Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Faberge Museum, Fontanka River Embankment 21 Shuvalov Palace, St. Petersburg 191011 Russia

Faberge Museum (may be arranged at different time due to booking availability and museum days off)

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Peter and Paul Fortress, Petropavlovskaya Fortress, 3, St. Petersburg 197022 Russia

The birth place of Saint Petersburg is a real fortress of the 18th century that was first built in wood and then partly rebuilt in stone. The wide walls were designed specially to protect the garrison from sieges, but never saw military action. For more than 200 years the fortress became a political prison, where for several years the outstanding Russian writer Fedor Dostoevsky was confined. Inside the fortress is the highest building of the city-center: the Peter and Paul Cathedral, where all Russian Emperors starting from Peter the Great are buried (except Peter the Second who died in Moscow).

Duration: 40 minutes

Stop At: Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, Griboyedova Kanala Emb., 2B/A, St. Petersburg 191186 Russia

The Church of the Resurrection, more commonly known as the Church on Spilt Blood, commemorates the Russian peacemaker Alexander II. Although he abolished serfdom he was hated by the revolutionaries, who formed different terrorist organizations with the aim of killing the ruler. Inside, the church looks fascinating, 7 000 square meters of mosaics cover the walls. They are made of melted glass and this technique looks simply spectacular and dazzling!

Duration: 40 minutes

Stop At: The State Hermitage Museum, Palace Emb., 30-38, St. Petersburg 191055 Russia

Take a tour of the Art Gallery that is ranked in the top 5 art museums in the world. The collection is so big that only 13% is ever on display at one time. After the revolution most of the interiors lost their original decor, but 5 gala rooms are still able to demonstrate how sumptuously the Romanov Dynasty lived. While on the tour you will see the cream of the collection: Italian Renaissance art, Spanish Golden Age, Flemish art and French Impressionism.

Duration: 2 hours


Departure point:

Берег Невской Губы ул., 1А, Sankt-Peterburg, Ленинградская, Russia, 199226

Traveler pickup is offered
Can be picked up at nearest metro station Primorskaya - arranged upon request

St Petersburg passenger port

Departure time:

8:00 AM


16 to 18 hours



Terms and Conditions:

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.


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Cecile C

Fantastic! Fantastic! Alex did an excellent job organizing this tour. My cruise arrived in St. Petersburg one day later than scheduled and Alex rearranged all the tours without charging any extra even though this must have come at loss to him. He was patient and very accommodating and we got exactly what was promised and more including a boat ride. Our Tour Guide Veronika was very knowledgeable imparting her knowledge of the Russian history . I strongly recommend this company Maxbalt for any excursions in St. Petersburg. Pickup and drop off was at the cruise terminal and it was a very manageable small group.

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Dominick M

Veronica was a wonderful guide .She dealt very well with some problem tourist . Very knowledgeable and HONEST about St. Petersburg . Our group of 16 was perfect size.We did not waist any time getting on and off buses like Tours threw Cruise Ships.. Faberge Museum was OK . We did Folk Show in evening for extra $ but, was well worth it. Had great time .Lunch was also very good . Felt very safe entire time on tour. Many in our group was worried about that for some reason.

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Patrick M

Absolutely a great tour! Our guide was amazing, her English speaking skills were perfect. Our timing was perfect, as others waited in long lines our tour group moved through each stop with total ease. The guide kept our group of 15 perfectly paced to see all the key sights. She placed us in the best spot at the right time at Petroff fountain to see the opening ceremony. Her knowledge level across the tour, was like having a University professor guide you through the stops and explain the amazing history of St Petersburg. We were so glad we booked this tour instead of cruise ship version. We paid less and got to do and see more.

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This was a fantastic tour. Highly recommend it. Our tour guide Veronika was incredible. She explained everything we were seeing and answered every question. Wear your walking shoes, there is a lot to see. The tour doesn't include going inside of St. Isaacs but we ran over there during lunch and purchased a ticket and went in takes about 15 minutes to see the inside. Get the 'museum' ticket-- they call the inside of the church the museum. The Faberge eggs were gorgeous. The palaces and Hermitage were so ornate. The cathedral of the blood was breathtaking. Unfortunately there was some scaffolding on the outside, but it was still gorgeous. If you have difficulty walking distances at a pretty good clip this may not be the trip for you -- we put something like 13,000 steps on our fitbits each day.

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Great two day in St. Petersburg and able to visit great places. Peterhof and Catherine's Palace are spectacular. The grounds and fountains at Peterhof are spectacular. And at Catherine's Palace - an Amber decorated room that Russia spend 12 million to restore! Veronika was a great guide. She was knowledgeable and entertaining. The Church of Spilled Blood is incredible! We definitely were able to enjoy the beauty of the places and get a great amount of history. And Russian pancakes -- pretty good! We only wish that members of a tour group were a little more courteous and get to the meeting places on time. One group was 45 minutes late. Getting through Russian Customs from a cruise ship was a little slow, but there were plenty of booths open and we were alerted to allow extra time. Thank you Veronika very much for making out 2 day visit very enjoyable.

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David F

We had a great guide Anna who knew everything from Russian automobiles to Rembrandt brush strokes. She was amazing!! We got to experience the history of St. Petersburg, the grandeur of the palaces, the Highlights of the Hermitage AND the daily life of the Russian citizens!!

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Susan G


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OMG- Amazing Tour. Faberge Museum was just breathtaking. The whole 2 days was just so filled with amazing sights and experiences. Our guide Enlena and our Driver Andrew were brilliant. Our Lunch's both days were great. Great Tour, Totally recommend it.

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Leopold L

Good accommodation good driver but TERRIBLE, TERRIBLE GUIDE from MaxiBaltTOURS Saint -Petersburg Russia .Her name is TATIANA not only that she had a very very strong accent that made her presentation misunderstood but also she didn't use a microphone so we didn't hear her most of the times .On top of that she had an attitude when we ask questions she was answering with a whole speech to cover her ineptitude .She mixed ,dates of events ,also historical names and events ,numerous times .She didn't wait for us, and permanently answering like a robot, that she follows a "program" The lunch was very bad ,less then $4 for a fix menu (260 rubles) they gave us, and the owner asked us to pay extra for a glass of faucet water and for butter ,was a really dump with only 1 local costumer besides our group , used mostly as a take out joint .Very poor choice to bring visitors and especially costumers that paid a great amount of money for this guided tour, if you want to show off with your beautiful City and the great people of Russia .Viator is a good company highly regarded by so many ,and was very difficult for me to write this negative review ,but hope that was help[full to your company .I will use you again .Thank you for your consideration .

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Cindy B

I was disappointed with the group size of 30. I was under the impression from your description of the tour that we would be in a small group of 10-15! Next, our guide Eve (on the first day) was very uninformative, bathroom breaks were not very often, and while walking thru gardens at The Peterhoff, she walked very fast and it was hard for some to keep up! We did find out that she (Eve) was sick and didn't feel well. Our second day was MUCH better and our guide, "Love", was FANTASTIC!!


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St Petersburg Shore Excursion: Visa-Free 2-Day Tour including the Faberge Museum

This small-group, visa-free tour of St Petersburg will cover all major sights including the newly opened, unique Faberge Museum.

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