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2-Day All Highlights St Petersburg Join-in Shore Excursion
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A must-see program for all first-time visitors to Saint-Petersburg - the most beautiful destination in the Baltics. Small join-in group of 16 travelers will guarantee your ultimate comfort. Variety of evening options available to enhance your experience after the main tour.
19 hrs
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St. Isaac's Cathedral
30 min
St. Isaac's Cathedral is dedicated to Peter the Great's favorite saint. It is the biggest cathedral of Russia and ranks among the largest cathedrals of the world. It was built between 1818 and 1858, to be one of the most impressive landmarks of the Russian Imperial capital. It's not only the giant structure, but also the collection of the greatest engineering innovations.
Rivers & Canals Boat tour
60 min
By day or by night, the most spectacular view of St. Petersburg can be seen from the water. These are the unforgettable panoramas of the Hermitage, squares and embankments. St. Petersburg is surrounded by water and interlaced with a complex web of rivers and canals that seem to bind the city together, while also marking the borders of its different districts and neighborhoods.
Mariinsky theater
117 min
The home of Russian ballet and opera since the 1860s, the Mariinsky Theatre, is a cultural leader and one of the most illustrious and beautiful theatres in the world. Currently the performances are shown on 3 different stages: the historical theater building on the Theater square, the new theater building, located around the corner, and the specially designed unique concert hall.
Metro (subway) Tour
20 min
Go underground and enjoy palaces built for regular people - this is how amazing Subway Stations are in St Petersburg. Chrystal chandeliers, bronze works, marble flooring, amazing sculptures and mosaics. Why visit another palace? The first stations were opened in 1955, the newest ones open every year, still rich and impressive.
Peterhof Imperial park and palace
60 min

Peterhoff is one of the most beautiful Imperial Palaces. A complex combination of Baroque and Neo Classical styles, this palace is a true gem of Russian architecture, and you will surely love it. Hundreds of fountains and golden statues surround Peter's Palace – it is Russia's Versailles.

Catherine's palace and Amber room
180 min
This guided tour includes Catherine's palace tour with the world's famous Amber Room and the surrounding gardens. Catherine's Palace and the parks were created through 18th century and became the home to many Russian empresses, including Catherin the great, so it’s also known as 'village of the tsar's' ( Tsarskoe Selo ). The adjoining Cameron Gallery has a magnificent view of the park and the Agate Room. Closed Tue and the last Mon of the month.
Hermitage Museum
120 min
Hermitage is one of the largest museums of the world. But it is also the magnificent Royal palace with the stunning rooms and unbelievable views. The collection began as the project of Catherine the Great in 1764. Now it’s the temple of art, where you can see the works of Raphael, Titian, Rembrandt, de Goya and many other prominent painters from all over the world.
Church on the Spilled Blood
30 min
The symbol of Saint Petersburg - onion domed cathedral that stands out from the neo-classical surroundings of the city-center. The church is decorated with lots of mosaics inside and outside, the domes are covered with colorful enamels. The church was built on the very place where Tsar Alexander II was mortally wounded in 1881. Closed Wednesdays
Peter and Paul Fortress & Cathedral
30 min
This fortress, built to deflect Swedish raids, was the city’s very first structure. While the view from the fortress ramparts is fantastic, the main attraction is Trezzini's Peter and Paul Cathedral. Almost all Romanovs including Nicholas II, are buried here. There are several other museums scattered around the fortress grounds, like the political prison museum or St. Petersburg history exhibition and you can buy a special day ticket which enables access to all.
Day 1
08:30 - 09:00
Meet your tour guide in the arrival hall of the passenger port.
09:00 - 10:00
Enjoy overview panoramic city tour with stops in the most picturesque sights of Saint-Petersburg. Admire Peter and Paul's Fortress panorama from the best view point of St. Basil's Island across the river Neva.
10:00 - 12:00
Depart to Peterhof for a guided tour of the wonderful gardens with picturesque fountains and statues by the Bay of Finland.
12:00 - 13:00
Lunch at a Local Restaurant
13:00 - 15:30
Transfer to Tsarskoye Selo for a guided tour of the Catherine's palace including the world-famous Amber Room
15:30 - 16:30
Return back to the city of Saint-Petersburg and view some Subway stations on your way in.
16:30 - 18:00
Guided tours of the Church on the Spilled Blood and St. Isaac's Cathedral, the most outstanding churches in the city
18:00 - 18:30
Return back to the ship
Please note that tour starting time might be adjusted according to the arrival time of your cruise ship. Your tour documents will reflect the exact tour starting times on both days. Please pay attention!
Optional Tours
18:00 - 19:00
Optional Evening at Faberge Museum
19:00 - 21:00
Optional Russian Folk-Show
19:00 - 23:30
Optional Russian Ballet
Must be booked at least 72 hrs in advance!
Day 2
08:00 - 08:30
Meet your group in the arrival hall of the Cruise Passenger Terminal.
08:30 - 09:30
Start your second tour day with a relaxing and refreshing Boat Tour along rivers and canals of the Venice of the North.
09:45 - 13:30
Depart to the Hermitage Museum for a 2hr guided tour of the Largest Art Museum in Russia. You will be expertly guided through the vast collections and will get a porfect first-timer's introduction to the highlights of the collection.
13:45 - 14:45
Lunch at a Local Restaurant
15:00 - 16:30
Fascinating tour of the Yusupov palace - the most lavish private residence in the city, notorious for its connection with the name of Rasputin. You will learn much more while on tour.
16:30 - 17:00
Say your goodbyes to the amazing city of Saint-Petersburg and board the ship.
Included in tour

Visa-free paperwork for Russia (No Russian Visa is required for all passengers who book with Shore Excursions Center)

Professional English-speaking tour guide

Experienced private driver

Air-conditioned Mercedes Mini-bus

All admissions as per program

2 traditional Russian lunches

1 bottle of water per person per day

Saint-Petersburg Passenger Port fees & taxes

not Included in tour


Optional Evening Program

Important info

In case of weather conditions not permitting hydrofoil ride, the group will return by private vehicle. No refunds are provided.

Due to the group nature of this tour and to make your experience as smooth as possible we kindly ask you to accept certain rules:

  • No wheelchairs/walkers/scooters 
  • No people requiring walking asistance 
  • No children under 5