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Dancing Bear Tours

St. Petersburg, Russia
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About Dancing Bear Tours
- Private and Small Group Tours (2 to 12 people) - St Petersburg Tours for land passengers - St Petersburg shore excursions for cruise ship passengers - Baltic tours for cruise ship passengers including Tallinn, Stockholm, and Helsinki. Save time and money by letting us be your guide for all your ports of call. Tell us about your likes, dislikes, hobbies, and preferences and will create an unforgettable tour customized especially for YOU. We focus on the featured attractions as well as art and architecture, Russian & Soviet history, WWII events, Jewish Heritage, shopping and experiencing local Russian cuisine, learning about famous Russian Vodka, Faberge Eggs, and Russian spy stories. We know how to surprise first time visitors and those who fell in love with St Petersburg and decided to come back again to our beautiful city. Cruise passengers wishing "to see everything" during 2 short days can join our small mini-groups (up to 8-12 people) or create their own customized tour. We are an officially registered tour company (cruise passengers do not need a VISA to experience our shore excursions) and demand no deposits upfront. "Your Tour, Your Way, with Dancing Bear Tours!"
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All St Petersburg in 20 hours two day public shore excursion -

It can be difficult to gain a comprehensive overview of St. Petersburg on limited time. Make the most of your time in port on a 2-day tour, and tick off a number of highlights with quick transfer by Mercedes vehicle. Visit attractions including Catherine’s Palace, Yusupov Palace, and the State Hermitage Museum and learn about their history from your guide, avoiding hidden costs with entrance fees included in the price.
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2 days
from $335.00

Like a Local St Petersburg 2 day public shore excursion

Want to get under the skin of St Petersburg during your cruise stop? Discover the city’s major attractions and day-to-day life and culture on a 2-day shore excursion that includes time to shop, stroll and eat. After a panoramic city drive, witness must-sees such as the fountains at Peterhof, the Catherine Palace with its Amber Room, and the Hermitage, all with an expert guide. In between, savor an included hearty Russian lunch with vodka tastings; stroll along the Nevsky Prospekt, shop for souvenirs, peruse a farmer’s market, and more.
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2 days
from $250.00

St Petersburg Must See Must Do public shore excursion with Faberge Museum

Taking this private visa free tour, you will enjoy all top St Petersburg attractions accompanied by your personal guide. Following your pace and not standing in long lines you will make most of your two short days with our non-smoking, experienced driver and fully licensed local guide, who speaks your language fluently. On Day 1 we visit suburbs of the city: Peterhof, popular for its unique fountains, and Catherine Palace with the world-famous Amber Room. On Day 2 we do the city tour enjoying the most European Russian city which center is UNESCO listed, Faberge Museum (with Royal Easter Eggs), Savior on the Spilt Blood Church, fully covered with mosaics, and the Hermitage. You can’t leave The Venice of the North without a boat trip. It takes you along rivers and canals. For lunch we take you to local cafés where you can try borsch or famous Russian pancakes or pies. The memory about your time in St Petersburg with us will remain with you forever due to our small original gift.
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2 days
from $280.00

Full-Day Private Tour to Veliky Novgorod from St Petersburg

Culture doesn’t end inside city lines. Venture out a little further to nearby locales and gain an even greater understanding of true Russian history and architecture during your one day trip to the ancient capital of Russia (directly from St Petersburg ; tour duration is 10 hours)
Novgorod the Great is one of the oldest cities in northwestern Russia. Unlike St. Petersburg, it features traditional Russian architecture, its churches are white and crowned with those famous onion-shaped domes, which will perfectly match your expectations of what old Russian towns are all about. All must see attractions are included: Millennium Russia Monument, XII century old Sophia Cathedral , Wooden Architecture museum to mention few as well as several optional visits for art lovers ( Icon Painting Museum, Faceted Chamber with jewelry exhibit and the church with Theophanous the Greek’s
murals). So if you are intrigued by old Russia, this tour is definitely for you!
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10 hours
from $60.00

2 day private shore excursion St Petersburg with Catherine The Great

This private visa free shore excursion is truly unique. While covering all the must-sees of St Petersburg, it, at the same time, gives you a very special and very personal angle to look at our city from.If you want to know how a German princess that had no more rights for Russian throne than you do ended up as the world famous Russian Tsarina and ruled the country for over 30 years, this tour is definitely for you.Let’s find out more about the story of her life together, visit the places she used to come to, discuss political plots, love affairs of the 18th century and just enjoy yourselves for 2 days as Catherine The Great always enjoyed her life.
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2 days
from $165.00
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Margaret J wrote a review Aug 2020
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We booked a private two day tour of St. Petersburg with Dancing Bears Tours for June 2020. Julia, the owner, handled the booking and customized the tour so that we could see every site we wanted to visit. It was going to be considerably less expensive than the tours offered by our cruise ship, and was going to be much more thorough and efficient than traveling around St. Petersburg with 30 other people. Unfortunately Covid 19 got in the way. We had to cancel trip, and our tour of St. Petersburg. At our request, Julia very graciously returned our full deposit. We were so impressed at how willing she was to work with us to design exactly the tour that we wanted, and were even more impressed that she was willing to return our deposit. We will definitely re-book with Dancing Bears when we can finally travel to St. Petersburg.
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Date of experience: June 2020
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Sherpa63731862942 wrote a review Jul 2020
Russia2 contributions
Enjoyed a lot Dancing bear tours are awesome. well guided and able to see the exciting places which we want to.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Sinda wrote a review Jan 2020
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We are a family of four with one teenager and 8 year old. Julia suggested and customised a tour especially for us given the ages of the children and all our preferences. We did a 2 day private tour and it was excellent. Our guide Elena was very knowledgeable, personable and made our 2 days very enjoyable. We had an active tour and covered a great deal of the sites in St Petersburg in the 2 days without feeling the strain. A definite must do with Julia and the Dancing Bears Tours. You will not regret it. Highly recommend them.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Response from Julia I, Owner at Dancing Bear Tours
Responded Jan 8, 2020
Dear SinJP, it was my true pleasure to meet you and your family. Many thanks for your high appreciation of our efforts to make your visit to St Petersburg so memorable. BR ,
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Donna G wrote a review Dec 2019
Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States6 contributions1 helpful vote
I cannot say enough about my experiences. Julia worked with me while I was still at home to get exactly what we wanted on our tour. Very professional and knowledge. Wonderful driver. Personalized care. Olga was so well versed on both palaces - got us in and out with ease. So personable and kind and a wealth of information. If you need a tour, look no further than dancing bear. Incomparable quality. We will be back in Abt 18 months and are already planning our next dancing bear excursion!! Loved loved loved it. A highlight of our trip.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Response from Julia I, Owner at Dancing Bear Tours
Responded Dec 20, 2019
Dear Donna, many thanks for your beautiful review- waiting for your touring with us next year with your little one!
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David D wrote a review Oct 2019
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Our group of two dads and 3 sons was on a 72 hour visa to St. Petersburg. So time was limited but the sites were plentiful. This tour really made our trip! The owner was extremely communicative. Even when we were making several last minute requests they did a great job accommodating us. The tour van picked us up at our hotel. They were even early. The owner showed up to make sure everything went smoothly. The van was large and held our luggage which were carryon bags. This was our last day and after the tour they would drop us at the ship. They had an organized preapproved itinerary. The van itself was nice and the seats very comfortable and adjustable. My back was happy. The tour guide Tatiana was amazing! She was young and energetic and had a wealth of knowledge. She was a certified guide. This is important when you go to locations like Catherine's palace. She gave us a background of the neighborhoods we drove through and how the city developed since it's inception. We hit some sites I would not have picked but were not crowded and added to our tour nicely. We hit the maximum number of sites that time would allow and they fit well with our tour like the cake church Catherine built but is hardly visited. We have unique picture not many tourists have. Our biggest site was Catherine's palace. I could write a book on Tatiana's tour here! Wow. The key is while everyone was waiting to pickup tickets we walked in past the gates into the garden! We had private pictures there while almost everyone was outside the gates. We got 15mins of pictures and then got to the entrance doors. This saved us so much time! In each room Tatiana not only explained everything but gave the staff (in almost every room) confidence she was watching us. This means they felt good letting us get in early or allowing us a private minute to get pictures alone with our group. The pictures are worth a million bucks to us! Stunning and once in a lifetime. Tatiana never complained about taking pictures. She always had a nice smile and good interactive conversation. We had lunch on site to save time. Tatiana answered our questions on life in Russia. The teenage boys were entertained and never spoken down to. They loved her. After more pictures and touring we got back to the car. Water was waiting for us there. We had some extra time so we added chesma church. Tatiana had no issues with this and was also knowledgeable on this location. From there was walked across street to a wonderfully hip coffee shop! She used her phone number to get us on WiFi (you need a code text). This allowed us to upload all our pictures before the boat where we had no internet. We went back to the ship and now the tour was done. After we said goodbye and got our gift book from the tour, Tatiana decided to stay and help us with the ship line. She wanted to see if we had priority entrance to the ship. She waited with us 30min before we told her to go and rest, we were fine. She also text us after the tour several links about information we were curious about. This was one of the best tour companies I have ever used. They are very responsive. They care very much about customer reviews. Russia can be difficult and not very customer service friendly. This tour company is the opposite. They really saved our trip! Oh our driver was good also.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Response from Julia I, Owner at Dancing Bear Tours
Responded Oct 28, 2019
Dear David D., great thanks for so detailed and thoughtful review !
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