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Shore Excursion: 2-Day St. Petersburg City Tour provided by TJ Travel

Shore Excursion: 2-Day St. Petersburg City Tour

Shore Excursion: 2-Day St. Petersburg City Tour
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See the highlights of St. Petersburg in two days while your ship is docked
Duration:
2 days
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Group size:
14
Infant seats available
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
  • Duration:
    2 days
  • Taking Covid-19 safety measures
  • Group size:
    14
  • Infant seats available
  • Ticket type:
    Mobile
  • Free cancellation
About
Spend two days exploring St. Petersburg on a guided tour when your ship pulls into port. With a guide handling navigation and transportation, visit landmarks such as the Peter and Paul Fortress, the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, Peterhof, and the Faberge Museum, hearing in-depth commentary about each place along the way. Enjoy early access to the popular Hermitage, meaning you don’t have to deal with the pesky crowds.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 2 days
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Highlights
  • Hear informative guide commentary about the city and its landmarks
  • Early morning access to the popular Hermitage lets you avoid crowds
  • All transportation in St. Petersburg provided
  • Entrance fees to all attractions included
What to expect
When your cruise ship pulls into St. Petersburg's port, disembark and meet your guide. On the first day, enjoy a city driving tour of St. Petersburg seeing top sights like the St. Isaac’s Cathedral, the Neva River, and Menshikov Palace. Continue on for guided tours of the famous Faberge Museum and Peterhof for a tour of the Upper Gardens and the Lower Fountain Park, where you hear about the history of this impressive landmark. After lunch (included), enjoy a mid-afternoon boat ride along the rivers and canals before returning to your ship in the evening or choose an optional evening program. On the second day, enjoy convenient pickup and head directly to the Hermitage Museum, with the privilege of early-morning admission, and the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood. Enjoy another included lunch before a guided tour of the Peter and Paul Fortress and Cathedral. Then, drive along the Nevsky Prospekt to see sights like Kazan Cathedral or Gostiny Dvor. End the day with included transportation back to the cruise port.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 2 days
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
  • Hear informative guide commentary about the city and its landmarks
  • Early morning access to the popular Hermitage lets you avoid crowds
  • All transportation in St. Petersburg provided
  • Entrance fees to all attractions included
What to expect
When your cruise ship pulls into St. Petersburg's port, disembark and meet your guide. On the first day, enjoy a city driving tour of St. Petersburg seeing top sights like the St. Isaac’s Cathedral, the Neva River, and Menshikov Palace. Continue on for guided tours of the famous Faberge Museum and Peterhof for a tour of the Upper Gardens and the Lower Fountain Park, where you hear about the history of this impressive landmark. After lunch (included), enjoy a mid-afternoon boat ride along the rivers and canals before returning to your ship in the evening or choose an optional evening program. On the second day, enjoy convenient pickup and head directly to the Hermitage Museum, with the privilege of early-morning admission, and the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood. Enjoy another included lunch before a guided tour of the Peter and Paul Fortress and Cathedral. Then, drive along the Nevsky Prospekt to see sights like Kazan Cathedral or Gostiny Dvor. End the day with included transportation back to the cruise port.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 21901P3
Important information
Inclusions
  • Lunch
  • Lunch
  • Port pick-up and drop-off
  • Guide’s services for 2 days
  • Driver’s services for 2 days (comfortable car (Mercedes)/minivan with A/C)
  • A permit for photo/video at the museums per person
  • Boat ride
  • Metro visit
  • All port fees
  • All local taxes
  • Blanket visa
  • Bottled water
  • Headsets for groups of 5 and more
  • Entry/Admission - Park And Gardens of Peterhof
  • Entry/Admission - Faberge Museum
  • Entry/Admission - Neva Embankments
  • Entry/Admission - The State Hermitage Museum
  • Entry/Admission - Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood
  • Entry/Admission - Peter and Paul Fortress
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
Duration
2 days
Departure details
  • Traveler pickup is offered.
  • Ports:
  • Passenger Port St. Petersburg "Marine Facade", St Petersburg, Russia, 199226
Additional information
  • BLANKET VISA will be provided separately from the tour voucher. Please make sure to print it out before you set off (each passenger MUST receive and print a blanket visa (tour ticket) from local operator to pass the customs during disembarkation)
  • Visa-free tour available only for cruise passengers
  • Please provide the following information for the blanket visa (tour ticket): 1. Your full names as shown on your passports 2. D.O.B(s) 3. Citizenship(s) 4. Passport number(s) 5. Dates of the trip
  • Not accessible for people with mobility issues. In case you are travelling with a wheelchair, mobile scooter or a walking frame, please consider taking a private tour
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • Infant meals not included
  • To clear the customs in St. Petersburg port you should have: 1. Valid passport 2. Printed blanket visa provided by local operator
  • Your blanket visa requires you to be accompanied with a guide at all times
  • Please note the sequence of the sights is subject to change
  • The Hermitage reserves the right to adjust the entrance time slot
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infant seats available
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not available for travelers with mobility issues
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travelers
Inclusions
  • Lunch
  • Lunch
  • Port pick-up and drop-off
  • Guide’s services for 2 days
  • Driver’s services for 2 days (comfortable car (Mercedes)/minivan with A/C)
  • A permit for photo/video at the museums per person
  • Boat ride
  • Metro visit
  • All port fees
  • All local taxes
  • Blanket visa
  • Bottled water
  • Headsets for groups of 5 and more
  • Entry/Admission - Park And Gardens of Peterhof
  • Entry/Admission - Faberge Museum
  • Entry/Admission - Neva Embankments
  • Entry/Admission - The State Hermitage Museum
  • Entry/Admission - Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood
  • Entry/Admission - Peter and Paul Fortress
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
Departure details
  • Traveler pickup is offered.
  • Ports:
  • Passenger Port St. Petersburg "Marine Facade", St Petersburg, Russia, 199226
Duration
2 days
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • BLANKET VISA will be provided separately from the tour voucher. Please make sure to print it out before you set off (each passenger MUST receive and print a blanket visa (tour ticket) from local operator to pass the customs during disembarkation)
  • Visa-free tour available only for cruise passengers
  • Please provide the following information for the blanket visa (tour ticket): 1. Your full names as shown on your passports 2. D.O.B(s) 3. Citizenship(s) 4. Passport number(s) 5. Dates of the trip
  • Not accessible for people with mobility issues. In case you are travelling with a wheelchair, mobile scooter or a walking frame, please consider taking a private tour
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • Infant meals not included
  • To clear the customs in St. Petersburg port you should have: 1. Valid passport 2. Printed blanket visa provided by local operator
  • Your blanket visa requires you to be accompanied with a guide at all times
  • Please note the sequence of the sights is subject to change
  • The Hermitage reserves the right to adjust the entrance time slot
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infant seats available
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not available for travelers with mobility issues
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travelers
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Itinerary
Overview
Full Map
8 stops
Day 1
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Day 2
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Barb C
Toronto, Canada100 contributions
Jun 2019
Used Shore Excursions 5 years ago (2015) while on a Celebrity Cruise to the Baltic. Our cruise rep suggested Shore Excursions as an alternate to what Celebrity would offer. The tour was excellent, we had a great guide and our group never exceeded 10 people.
I would definitely recommend this as much harder to see things in a timely manner when on big bus loads of people.
Written May 29, 2020
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TJ T
Thank you so much for your review, we are happy you enjoyed the tour! Hope to see you back someday!
Written November 21, 2020
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johnnlinda2018
Brisbane, Australia9 contributions
Jul 2020
We were booked with TJ Tours to go on a private 2 day shore excursion in July for 1 day Moscow, 1 day St Petesburg and due to coronvirus we unfortunately had to cancel.
I would like to say to everyone know that the company is very good with their communication and they refuned the full amount of what we paid which is better than most.
Thankyou TJ Tours for your support during this time.
Written July 4, 2020
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TJ T
We are very grateful for your feedback in these troubled times! We hope you are well and safe, and we'll welcome you in Russia very soon.
Written November 21, 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Don L
Chilliwack, Canada318 contributions
Aug 2019
We did the two day tour, booking on our Royal Caribbean ship. Tour takes care of visa requirements. Busy schedule, but we saw all the major attractions. Two guides, who were very knowlegable and able to answer any questions. Included lunches. Good buses. Wear good shoes, there is lots of walking. Able to get into attractions without excessive wait, as you may have if visiting independantly. Do the tour, you won't be dissapointed!
Written March 5, 2020
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TJ T
Thank you so much for your feedback, you are always welcome in St Petersburg!
Written November 21, 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

goinDreamin
NJ10 contributions
Sep 2017 • Friends
My parents and I visited St Petersburg during a cruise in September 2017. We booked the 'All Highlights St Petersburg Excursion' two day tour. Its a very intense tour, every minute of the day was taken up, literally. The tour included a hydrofoil ride to Peterhoff, Peterhoff gardens, Tsar's village, Catherine's Palace, St Isaac's Cathedral, Hermitage Museum, Peter and Paul Fortress, Yusupov Palace as well as two lunches.

Our guide was Nina, driver was Anton. Nina is so knowledgeable that I highly doubt there is anything she doesn't know about the history of St. Petersburg and Russia.At every turn there was a history lesson or a story. Anton was also great, St Petersburg is a big city, he got us to and from our destinations safely and on time. There are places in these tourist attractions where drivers cant always park, but when it was time to go, we never had to wait for him more than a minute or two.

Being from the former Soviet Union, we did not have any trouble communicating with either Nina or Anton. However, they are both fluent in English and I did not see that anyone in the group having issues understanding them at all.

Although my parents have been to St. Petersbug before, this was my first visit. All three of us had an amazing time. Seeing the places that I have heard about since I was a child was almost surreal. What an amazing experience. I cannot recommend TJ travel enough. You really cant go wrong with them, if I could give it 10 stars, I would.
Written December 31, 2017
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John E
Biggleswade, UK312 contributions
Sep 2017 • Couples
These guides were excellent, the coach driver was careful and safe. We did exactly what the itinerary stated. Both days full of amazing buildings and with guides that really knew their city. We also booked through TD the evening folklore show also brilliant. Top Marks
Written January 6, 2018
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Kevin32080
St. Augustine, FL30 contributions
Sep 2018 • Couples
We were on the Norwegian Breakaway and had a two day stop at St Petersburg. We booked a 2 day excursion with TJ Tours. The reviews looked pretty good and we really didn’t know what to expect not having toured in Russia before. We travel often and this turned out to be one of the very best excursions we have ever booked. This was less than half of the cost of a similar ship excursion and was outstanding in every respect. Due to weather the ship was 2 days late arriving in St Petersburg, TJ Tours emailed us and let us know that all necessary adjustments had been made and to relax that they were ready and waiting for us. We were picked up as we exited the ship, led to a newer Mercedes van that seated about 20 passengers but we were a smaller group of 12. They had multiple groups assorted by language and all groups were smaller and manageable in size. The tour was well paced, we were never bored and never hurried. The sights were incredible and the days were full of incredible stops. Lunch was included both days and was very nice. The best part of this excursion though was our tour guide. Her name was Svetlana Shostatskaya and she was energetic, spoke excellent English, was wonderful with each of the guests, full of incredible information and on the off chance she didn’t know an answer she found out and Answered it later. She kept the group together and moving but never rushed. She never stopped smiling the entire time! The knowledge she possesses of Russian history, the history of each of the palaces and cathedrals and other sights we visited was astounding! Because of her efforts and the organization and communication from TJ Travel, St Petersburg was one of our favorite cities to visit and easily the best excursion we have ever purchased. Well worth every penny! Thank you Svetlana and TJ Travel!!!
Written October 4, 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

j0urney_girl
Kitchener, Canada92 contributions
Aug 2018 • Couples
We visited Russia as part of a Baltic cruise, our ship docked in St Petersburg for 2 days. We decided to do a 2 day tour with TJ Tours as well as a night time Vodka Tasting and walking Tour! Both were amazing.

I would recommend this tour company, they take small groups so you can ask questions, see more sites. We got the same early entry to the sites before it is open to the public. There is a lot to see and you move quick to see it all!

Our Tour Guide Ksenya was WONDERFUL! lots of stories, a few jokes and she made sure that if you wanted to see something ~ she would add that into the tour.

We got to see the highlights of Russia, Hermitage, Katherine Palace, soaked in some history, drank vodka and had some traditional Russian meals.
Written November 13, 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Alistair John Y
72 contributions
Sep 2018
Great tour, well organised by JT travel.We arranged it privately before going on the cruise, and found it cheaper and more informative . The guide was excellent , and took us to the places we wanted to see, skipping itinary we did not, another reason we went private rather than with NCL tour . A beautiful city with a lot of history to it, you can't see it all in one day, or event he two we had, but we did cover a lot of it. Bus was well maintained, clean, and the driver very good, safe and comfortable in traffic. The lunch stops were great too, menu of local foods were selected and presented well, not rushed , but no time wasted by staff who are obviously used to ealing with whistle stop tour groups
Written February 13, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

brownowl2017
Glasgow, UK28 contributions
Jun 2018 • Couples
Booked this company on the recommendation of friends instead of using cruise company tour. So glad we did as tour was really good. Eugenie the guide and Vitali our driver couldn't have done more for us and gave us an insight into life in Russia as well. We had a ride on the Metro as well as Hermmitage, Catherine's Palace, Peterhof Garden's and a lovely walk along Nevsky Prospekt . We also had a boat trip on the river which other tours didn't offer. Would not hesitate to use them again in other cities.
Written July 2, 2018
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CAROL J
Queensland, Australia43 contributions
Jul 2017 • Solo
I was travelling independently to St Petersburg but my lack of any local knowledge or language made me decide to opt for an introductory two-day tour and I couldn't be more pleased that I opted for TJ Travel. They were very efficient and prompt in answering queries before the tour and I could even choose to pay before or during the tour. The rest of the tour group were from a ship, but each day TJ Travel collected me from my hotel and deposited me back there at the end of the day. Our guide, Nina, was very knowledgeable, personable and, without seeming to push us, made sure that we saw everything on the agenda, in a timely way. I can't fault their organisation.
Written November 17, 2017
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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I had a wonderful time in St Pertersburg
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Two sight-filled days with a knowledgeable and friendly guide in a new Mercedes mini van.
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Fantastic Tour with T.J. Travel
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The best decision we made for our entire trip was booking TJ Travel!
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Unexpected but unforgettable experience
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Dimitri excellent guide
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St Petersburg highlights
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