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St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg Shore Excursion: Small-Group 2-Day Visa-Free Tour Including Boat Ride

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Discover St. Petersburg with your English-speaking guide on this active and comprehensive two-day excursion. You will visit the world-famous Hermitage Museum, Peterhof Fountain Park and Gardens, the iconic Church of our Saviour on the Spilled Blood, St. Isaac's Cathedral, Yusupov Palace (the site of Rasputin's murder) and more. Your local tour guide will bring the city's fascinating and grandiose history to life with stories and anecdotes. You will ride on the city's River and canals, enjoy two traditional Russian lunches and immerse yourself in this beautiful city on this small-group shore excursion for ships in port for 2 days.

This excursion is visa-free for cruise ship passengers. Please provide passport information at the time of booking so that we may issue the Visa-waiver document prior to your arrival.
  • Book ahead to guarantee your spot on this St. Petersburg tour
  • No visa needed—take this 2-day tour while your cruise ship is docked 
  • Bypass the long lines at main attractions, including the Hermitage
  • See the city from a different vantage point on a canal boat ride 
  • Enjoy traditional Russian food picked out by locals
  • Round-trip transport from the cruise ship terminal for your convenience
What to Expect
This St. Petersburg tour takes off when your cruise ship docks at the St. Petersburg Cruise Port. Please note that crowding at the port can affect the actual departure time of this tour. Your bus departs once all passengers are present. Some of the main highlights of this 2-day guided tour include the Hermitage, Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, Peter and Paul Fortress, Yusupov Palace, and Catherine’s Palace and Park. Get admission tickets and skip-the-line access. Don’t worry about navigation, as the tour includes round-trip transportation from your cruise ship to the sights. On the way, your guide will tell you historical facts and other interesting information about St. Petersburg. Each day, enjoy a traditional Russian lunch in between activities.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Morskoy Fasad, ул. Кораблестроителей, 32, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia, 199397

Traveler pickup is offered
With prior notice, we can also arrange a hotel pickup for guests staying in the city of St. Petersburg


  • Port of St. Petersburg
Departure Time
8:00 AM
2 days
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • 2x Lunch
  • Professional and personable English-speaking guide for two days
  • Photo passes for all museums
  • Subway ride (if time permits)
  • One bottle of water per person per day, ponchos in case of rain
  • Audio head-sets for groups of 10 or more
  • Canal boat ride
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Entry/Admission - Grand Peterhof Palace
  • Entry/Admission - Catherine Palace and Park
  • Entry/Admission - The State Hermitage Museum
  • Entry/Admission - Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood
  • Entry/Admission - Yusupov Palace on Moika River
  • Entry/Admission - The State Museum St. Isaac’s Cathedral
  • Entry/Admission - Neva Embankments
  • Gratuities
  • Infant (Baby) meals are not included
  • Photo passes at Yusupov Palace (may be additionally purchased for 5 USD per pass)
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Mandatory: Please provide Cruise Ship Name at time of booking
  • Mandatory: The following information for EACH traveler is required to confirm your booking: (1) Full Names (as it appears on Passport), (2) Passport numbers, (3) Country of Citizenship and (4) Date of Birth. (use Special Requirement field)
  • This tour is only available for ships in port for 2 days for most major cruise lines throughout the summer season, not for ships docked for 3 days.
  • A minimum of 10 days are required for visa processing
  • Vegetarian option and other special dietary restrictions available ONLY if requested in advance (at time of booking).
  • Infant meals not included
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Popular mentions
SPB Tours was excellent on all of our excursions in the Baltic region. St. Petersburg was great and we covered a lot. Maria was wonderful and our small group had a great time. We will definitely use SPB for all of our excursions the next time we go to the Mediterranean.
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Response from SPB-Tours, Sales Associate at St. Petersburg Shore Excursion: Small-Group 2-Day Visa-Free Tour Including Boat Ride
Responded 3 weeks ago
Hi bkimura, Thank you for leaving a 5-star review of your time with SPB-Tours. I'm glad to read that you found our excursion to be excellent. It's great to read that Maria made your time in St. Petersburg to be extra special. I hope that we do hear from you again in the near future. Kind regards, Daniel Sales Associate, SPB Tours
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The small group helped expedite the experience. Some confusion with paying for meals. Tour guide was wonderful, well-informed and knowledgeable.
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The two day deluxe tour by SPB is probably the best guided shore excursion we have ever experienced. Our guide, Valery Dmitriev, was very knowledgeable, articulate and humorous and was able to navigate our small group of 13 people through the large crowds of fellow tourists
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We came in on a cruise and were a bit unsure about visa and currency so we decided to play it safe and go with a guided tour. We are SO glad we did! Our guide, Maria, and driver, Ruslan, were fantastic! There was so much to see and do. Maria's energy, her passion for the
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Our first impression of SPB Tours was not great as we were put on the wrong bus and had to taken off and driven into St. Petersburg to meet up with our Tour. However, from the moment we met with Alex all of our concerns were quickly erased. Alex was an amazing guide with a
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Outstanding Tour Group
We were visiting several countries in the Baltic Sea and this tour was the highlight of the trip. The tour guide
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Mary H
Two days in St Petersburg
Our guide was very knowledgeable of all aspects of our two day visit in St. Petersburg. The driver was great at
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Stefanie Y
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I miss you Olga.
My retired parents booked a Baltic cruise and invited me and my husband to join them. To be completely honest, I
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Best Tour Ever
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Excellent plus plus
It was an excellent excursion. Our guide Katryn was highly competent and extremely knowledgeable on the history of
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Harold W
Austin, Texas
Great Alternative to Cruise Line Tours
We ended up booking SPB tours in every port where we docked on our Baltic Cruise - St Petersburg, Helsinki,
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Julie T
Rather disappointed!
SPB tours came highly recommended. We chose the 2 day tour because it included a visit to St Catherine's Palace.
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Ed S
St. Petersburg
The small group helped expedite the experience. Some confusion with paying for meals. Tour guide was wonderful,
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SPB staff, guides and drivers exceeded our expectations . All the meals provided on tours were excellent. Book
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