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Best of the Best 2-Day St Petersburg Shore Excursion

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  • Guided two-day tour includes Hermitage Museum, canal boat tour

  • Take a hydrofoil to Peterhof and its palace gardens; drive to Catherine Palace

  • Guide shares an insider’s perspective of the cultural and historic sights.

Best of the Best 2-Day St Petersburg Shore Excursion
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The basic programMost Popular
The main part of the program.
The basic program + Folk Show
In addition to day trips, this tour includes an evening program: famous Folk Show "Feel yourself Russian" + "Charm of the White Nights" tour as a present. See more in section "Activity Details".
Basic program + Faberge Museum
In addition to day trips, this tour includes an evening program: visit to the Faberge Museum + "Charm of the White Nights" tour as a present. See more in section "Activity Details".
A convenient two-day tour of city sights, with visits to the imperial palaces in the suburbs, is great for first-time visitors to St. Petersburg. The comprehensive guided overview includes admission to the Hermitage, daily restaurant lunches, boat tour along the canals, a visit to Catherine Palace, and a hydrofoil ride to Peterhof. Cruise-ship port pickup and drop-off is included.
What to Expect

We will try to show you our beloved city in the best way possible. We included hydrofoil ride to Peterhof and early entrance to the Hermitage to make the tour most pleasant. Lunches will not only give you possibility to relax in the middle of each day but also introduce you into Russian cuisine.

You can also order an evening program in addition. At your choice it could be famous Folk Show "Feel yourself Russian" in the Nicholas Palace or evening visit to the Faberge Museum. After the Folk show or visit to the Faberge Museum we will provide a special guided evening tour "Charm of the White Nights". We will take you around the night city and you will see the palaces and embankments in the White Night light. Your guide will tell you about unique traditions of St. Petersburg White Nights. You will have a chance to experience some of these traditions yourself.

Average duration of the first day - 10 hour, the second day - 9 hours.
Duration of the evening program is about 4-4,5 hours.


8.30*  (or 1 hour after ship arrival time) Meeting at the ship

8.30-10.00 Drive around the city – part I (most famous highlights)

10.00-10.30 Hydrofoil to Peterhoff

10.30-12.30 Tour of the park and inside visit to one of the small palaces

13.00-14.00 Lunch at a nice local restaurant (Russian cuisine)

14.00-15.00 Drive to Pushkin

15.00-17.30 Catherine’s Palace with the famous amber room

17.30-18.30 Drive back

18.30 End of the day program

Evening program (optional):

18.00-19.00 Extra time in the city (on the choice of the group it could be stop for souvenirs, short walking tour of the center or stop at a city café)

19.00-20.45 Folk show or Evening in the Faberge museum

20.45-22.30 ''Charm of the White Nights'' tour as a present!



8.00 Meeting at the ship

8.00-9.30 Drive around the city – part II (visit to an active church, Famers' market, short metro ride)

9.30-12.00 Hermitage Museum – early entrance

12.00-12.30 Walking tour of Nevsky prospect

12.30-13.30 Spilt Blood Cathedral

13.30-14.30 Lunch at a nice local restaurant (Russian cuisine)

15.00-16.00 Boat tour along rivers and canals

16.00-17.00 Drive back with a souvenir stop if possible

17.00 Back to the ship

* Meeting time will be adjusted to the ship mooring time. The exact meeting time will be indicated in your tour tickets.

Write a ReviewReviews (16)

1 - 5 of 14 reviews

Reviewed 3 days ago
Fabulous tour was a highlight of the Baltic cruise

We had an amazing two days in St Petersburg with Best Guides, June 9-10, 2018. Our tour guide, Irena, was so knowledgeable and a lot of fun. Because we were a small tour group, we were able to see a lot more than the larger...More

1  Thank travelbug201859
Reviewed 3 days ago
Two days trip with night extention

Our family of 4 did this tour with a small group. The experience was wonderful. The guide and driver were very professional. The schedule was planned well. The only downside was the lunch. They were simple and budget type. We hope we were given an...More

1  Thank bd5fh2
Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Awesome tour for a great value!

We booked this tour instead of doing a shore excursion through our cruise. This was WAY lower in price and very informative. We had about 12 people in our group, and our guide was very knowledgeable. I loved that we got to see so many...More

2  Thank Marsha G
Reviewed 12 July 2018
Best Guides Best of the Best 2 day tour St Petersburg

We were met at the cruise port terminal after passing through immigration by Anna our guide and Dmitry our driver. Anna was polite courteous and charming and Dmitry kept us amused with his humour. The tour gave us a good overview of St Petersburg with...More

3  Thank serenity133
Reviewed 10 July 2018
Highly recommended tour

We fell in love with Elena, our tour guide. The 2-day tour was fun and interesting and Elena was incredibly knowledgeable and had a witty sense of humor. She happily accommodated all our requests, and the program was perfect for us (a member of our...More

2  Thank kinn e
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Frances R
13 July 2018|
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Response from Frances R |
Thanks very much for clarifying this. Looking forward to our visit. Fran Ruthven
8 July 2018|
Response from MashaV_BestGuides | Property representative |
Hello Yelena! Thank you for the question. We will be pleased to organise private tour for your family - in English or Russian. The cost will be ABOUT 460 US $ pp with a small discount for the chid. Tour tickets (visa free... More
Lydia G
18 June 2018|
Response from MashaV_BestGuides | Property representative |
Yes, it includes tour tickets. Such tour tickets will work as visa. The tour tickets will be send to you via this site within 1-2 days after you booked the tour.