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St. Petersburg

St Petersburg Shore Excursion: Visa-Free 2-Day Private Tour

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    What to Expect

    Day 1: St Petersburg shore tour - suburbian palaces and parks

    Stop At: St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg, Northwestern District
    9am - meet your guide inside port terminal,
    city introduction,
    drive to Peterhoff
    Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

    Stop At: Park And Gardens of Peterhof, Razvodnaya st., 2, Peterhof, St. Petersburg Russia
    Take a walking tour of the royal gardens located on the coast of the Gulf of Finland. The fresh air and over 100 fountains make a walk here peaceful and relaxing. All the fountains are supplied with water naturally by gravity without any pumps, which makes the garden unique considering everything you see there was designed in the 18th century. The view from the lower garden to the Grand Palace is one of the most spectacular views in the city, and the hill decorated with the Grand Cascade with its main fountain of St. Sampson is famous all over the globe.
    Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

    Stop At: Catherine Palace and Park, Sadovaya St., 7 Tsarskoye Selo, Pushkin, St. Petersburg 196601 Russia
    This summer residence is located 20 km away from the city and is considered to be the most beautiful Palace around Saint Petersburg. The Catherine's Palace consists of 2 wings - the Golden Suite of rooms and the Cameron Gallery, designed for Catherine the Great in the classical style. The golden rooms are adorned with gilded wood carvings decorated with crystal chandeliers and mirrors that provide the impression of a bigger space. The doors are also inlaid with gold and when they are opened, when looking ahead, you have the feeling of walking along a golden corridor. The highlight of the palace is an Amber room that was restored to full glory recently after it was destroyed or removed during the WW2.
    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg, Northwestern District
    Drive back to St Petersburg with quick metro tour on the way.
    ~5pm back to ship
    Duration: 1 hour

    No meals included on this day.
    No accommodation included on this day.

    Day 2: St Petersburg shore tour - day in downtown

    Stop At: St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg, Northwestern District
    9am - meet your guide. General city introduction tour
    Duration: 1 hour

    Pass By: 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).

    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

    Stop At: Zimnyaya Kanavka Canal, Zimney Kanavki Emb., St. Petersburg 191186 Russia
    What could be more impressive then seeing the beauty of Saint Petersburg leisurely from the water? The city is criss-crossed with small rivers and canals, which makes the city look like Venice or Amsterdam. Never miss a chance to take a St Petersburg canal tour while you are here!
    Duration: 1 hour

    Pass By: Saint Isaac's Square, Isaakiyevskaya Sq., St. Petersburg Russia
    The fourth largest cathedral in the world is named after the patron saint of Peter the Great. It was designed by a French architect and until the revolution it was the primary Russian Orthodox Cathedral. Richly decorated with precious stones, marble and mosaics, the cathedral is a real masterpiece of 19th century architecture. It took 40 years to build the cathedral and it is now considered to be a world heritage site.

    Pass By: St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg, Northwestern District
    ~4:30pm back to ship

    No meals included on this day.
    No accommodation included on this day.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    1: Берег Невской Губы ул., 1А, Sankt-Peterburg, Ленинградская, Russia, 199226
    2: St Petersburg Port Passenger Terminal, р. Большая Нева,, Санкт-Петербург, Russia, 199034

    Traveler pickup is offered
    Please look for your guide with MaxiBaltTours sign


    • Marine Facade St Petersburg
    • St Petersburg passenger port
    Departure Time
    9:00 AM
    2 days
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    • Professional guide
    • Port pickup and drop-off
    • Guaranteed to skip the long lines
    • Private tour
    • Entry/Admission - Park And Gardens of Peterhof
    • Entry/Admission - Catherine Palace and Park
    • Entry/Admission - Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood
    • Entry/Admission - The State Hermitage Museum
    • Entry/Admission - Zimnyaya Kanavka Canal
    • Guaranteed to skip the lines
    • Lunch
    • Gratuities
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • This tour is VISA-FREE. We will issue and send you individual tour tickets that you have to show to Russian border control when you go through customs
    • Passport name, number, date of birth and country is required for all members of the group at time of booking for all participants
    • 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
    • Collapsible wheelchairs can be accommodated providing the passenger is accompanied by someone who can assist them board and disembark
    • Please note: actual timing and sequence of sites can be changed by your guide due to museum days off, booking availability, traffic and other unexpected circumstances
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Thanks to Alexei with MaxiBaltTours our Baltic Cruise vacation was Fabulous!!! We had the Best Tour Guides, The Best Drivers and Excellent clean vehicles at every port. While researching shore excursions for St Petersburg prior to our sailing date on October 11th 2019 I
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    Responded 1 Nov 2019
    Dear Sandy! Thank you so much for such a comprehensive and thorough review full of positive feedback and remarks. I am happy that our St Petersburg private tour + folk show and a complete Baltic ports shore excursion package worked out so well for your family. Thank you for being so positive from the very beginning of our trip planning - it helped us a lot. Please know that your right attitude and openness is one of the main reasons that it all was such a success. It's definitely flattering to receive such a good rating from a person who's also from tourism business and knows all ins and outs outs of it. Please spread the word) and you have to come back to spend more time in St Petersburg and maybe visit Moscow as well. Just let me know! Your Russian friend - Alexei
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    We had oringinally booked another tour operator and about 2 months before tour they advised us that they are not able to get tickets into Catherine’s Palace. I am so glad that I was able to rebook through Maxibalttour. Alexei was prompt in responding all emails. Tour was very
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    Responded 30 Sep 2019
    So glad to hear that you enjoyed us hosting you here. Truly - Catherine's Palace and Amber room are very hard to get tickets to during high tourist season. But the fact that we have direct contract with this museum (as well as all other major attractions in St Petersburg) allowed us to secure your visit. However I do strongly recommend always booking all excursions ahead of time. This is also true about ballet - getting you tickets with nice seats was a miracle) Please spread the word! Your Russian friend, Alexei
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    My family of 2 adults and 2 teens was looking for a St. Petersburg tour that combines highlights and war, revolution history/sights. Working with Maxibalt was a fantastic experience from the moment I contacted Alexei, owner Maxibalt, to the moment we waved goodbye. Many tour
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    Responded 8 Sep 2019
    Dear Jennifer and the family, Thank you such a detailed review. It's really the best reward we could get for our work. I am glad that you enjoyed your St Petersburg tour with us. The fact that you had contacted me in person ahead of time and explained all your needs and interests - gave me opportunity to prepare everything for your private tailored visit. Thank you for being such a attentive and responding history explorer - it's truly always a pleasure for us to host guests that are not indifferent. There's still so much to see - so please come back!!! Your Russian friends, Alexei + Olga + Vladimir
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    Private tour for 3 adults and 2 children (14 and 11yo) in a large van with microphone. Seems like all the private tours have the same schedule of events as we kept running other private tours from our ship. Lots of crowds in the summer but the perk with the private tour is
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    Responded 19 Aug 2019
    Dear Matt and the family, Thank you very much for your feedback. It's so nice to hear that you enjoyed your tour and other activities that we planned and organized for you in St Petersburg. Glad that we managed to schedule everything in way that it all went smoothly and even bypassing huge queues. And of course thank you for being so flexible and easy-going - it all helped to make it a success. Please spread the word!) And of course you should know that you are always welcome back! Your Russian friends: Alina + Vladimir + Alexei
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    My wife is in a electric wheelchair. Veronika complete with driver and car was absolutely amazing . Every thing was so easy and enjoyable, from the trip on the underground railway to the detailed visits to Museums and Gardens. Veronika and team really cared , it was a
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    Responded 7 Aug 2019
    Dear Christopher and Kim, Thank you very much for your kind review. It means a lot to us. I will now pass your kind words to your guide Veronika and driver Alex - I am sure they will also be glad to hear them. . Yours truly! Alexei, owner of MaxiBaltTours
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    Grace Stead
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    Chell M
    Sydney, Australia
    One of the highlights of our trip
    This museum was seriously a highlight for us. It’s housed in a beautifully restored palace and is apparently the
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    Our guide was ILyana and she was the best guide ever. Right on time and extremely knowledgeable as well as
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    Kettering, United Kingdom
    Great way to see the Treasures of St Petersburg
    Our two-day tour enabled us to see some of the magnificent sights, despite lots of summer visitors. Tour guide
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    My Trip
    It was great and I would do it again if I plan to go to Russia again. Time was well spent tour guide was great.
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    Very efficient
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