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Best of the Best 2-Day St Petersburg Shore Excursion

Highlights
  • 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.

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Best of the Best 2-Day St Petersburg Shore Excursion
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The basic program
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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".
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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".
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Overview
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.

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


DAY 1

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): Folk show or Evening in the Faberge museum


DAY 2

8.00 Meeting at the ship

8.00-9.30 Drive around the city – part II (visit to an active church, 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.

Reviews (18)
1 - 5 of 16 reviews
Reviewed September 6, 2018
Best way to see St. Petersburg when limited in time!

We booked this independently from our Breakaway cruise, as we wanted a small group experience. Our family of 4 were with 6 others on our 16 person van - plenty of room for us. Our guide Victoria was great, and very knowledgable. Max - our...More

Date of experience: September 2018
4  Thank pe4all4
MashaV_BestGuides, Owner at Best Guides -Tours in St. Petersburg, responded to this reviewResponded September 15, 2018

Dear pe4all4, Thank you for this 5 star review. I’m just happy you liked Victoria and Max. Great pleasure for me to hear it! Thank you for sharing your opinion concerning the restaurant on the second day. It’s important to know your expectations. We will...More

Reviewed September 2, 2018
Amazing experience

Booking up with Best Guides was truly the best thing we could have done. We were on a cruise with a two day stop over in St Petersburg. We really appreciated the small groups and the Russian flavour that we were given in addition to...More

Date of experience: August 2018
3  Thank Debbie L
MashaV_BestGuides, Owner at Best Guides -Tours in St. Petersburg, responded to this reviewResponded September 15, 2018

Dear Debbie L Thank you for taking time to write such a detailed review and many thanks for the good words about Elena. I’m very proud of our guides. For me the most important words in your review are “we…. got a real flavour for...More

Reviewed August 17, 2018
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

Date of experience: June 2018
3  Thank travelbug201859
MashaV_BestGuides, Owner at Best Guides -Tours in St. Petersburg, responded to this reviewResponded November 1, 2018

Dear travelbug201859 Thank you very much for such a detailed review, no doubts it will be very useful for future travelers. I’m very pleased you enjoyed your time in St. Petersburg. Special thanks for the good words about our guide Irena. She is obviously a...More

Reviewed August 17, 2018
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

Date of experience: August 2018
2  Thank bd5fh2
MashaV_BestGuides, Owner at Best Guides -Tours in St. Petersburg, responded to this reviewResponded November 1, 2018

Dear bd5fh2, Thank you for the review. I’m very pleased you enjoyed your tours. Let me explain situation with lunches. All our mini group tours include sit-down lunches with fixed menu. It could be up to 12 people in such groups and if we let...More

Reviewed July 19, 2018
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

Date of experience: July 2018
2  Thank mgreco42
DalevskayaO, Manager at Best Guides -Tours in St. Petersburg, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Dear Marsha G, We are so happy you enjoyed your tour in Saint-Petersburg and Stockholm! Our company specializes not only on private tours in SPb, but in group tours as well. We prefer form small groups up to 12 people in it and held a...More

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scottbrae
October 23, 2018|
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Response from MashaV_BestGuides | Property representative |
Hi John! Thank you for the interest in our tours. First of all, if you have 2 days in St. Petersburg I really recomend you to book 2-day program The most popular 2-day (and I think it's really good) itinerary is 8.00... More
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jcoopergretna
August 21, 2018|
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Response from MashaV_BestGuides | Property representative |
Hi Julia! Thank you for the question. Yes, collapsible wheelchairs are allowed on our tours, but only in case if the person could walk short distances. For example to enter a boat/hydrofoil. Such wheelchairs are allowed in... More
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Frances R
July 12, 2018|
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Response from Frances R |
Thanks very much for clarifying this. Looking forward to our visit. Fran Ruthven
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