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St. Petersburg: 2-Day Visa-Free Group Shore Tour

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St. Petersburg: 2-Day Visa-Free Group Shore Tour

From US$ 295 per person

The famous collection at the renowned Hermitage Museum, opulent Russian palaces, magnificent fortresses, and the splendor of St. Petersburg will be yours to discover over 2 days on this special tour with no visa required for cruise and ferry passengers.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures apply. Learn more
Mobile ticketing
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Duration 2 days
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Live tour guide
Wheelchair accessible
Small group
Limited to 10 participants


  • Admire the stunning collection of masterpieces at the Hermitage Museum, with pre-booked admission and experienced guide
  • Tour magical St. Petersburg, seeing all the highlights of Russia's Second City
  • View the lavish gold and amber walls of the Amber Room at the Catherine Palace
  • Watch the Fountain Ceremony at the Peterhof Palace, before exploring the park and gardens
  • See precious Easter Eggs, created by Carl Faberge for the Romanov family during your Faberge Museum visit
  • Relax and enjoy a full 2-days' program of tours and activities, with all non-visa arrangements taken care of
  • Enjoy lunches with your tour group, and convenient transportation to and from your ship
  • Visit the largest Russian Orthodox cathedral in St. Petersburg, St. Isaac's, along with the Cathedral of Our Savior of Spilled Blood
Full description
Spend 2 days exploring beautiful St. Petersburg, Russia. Cruise and ferry passengers can easily participate in this tour, all arrangements will be made for them by the tour operator and no visa is required. Enjoy visits to major monuments and sites, including the Hermitage Museum, the Peter and Paul Fortress, and the Cathedral of Our Savior of Spilled Blood. Tour Russia's cultural capital to see famous artworks and revel in the opulence of St. Petersburg's imperial heritage. This 2-day tour includes a half-day visit to Peterhof, where you'll enjoy tours of the Fountain Park, the Catherine Palace, and Amber Room, before roaming the famous gardens. The 2nd day of the tour includes visits to fortresses and palaces as well as a guided tour of the infamous Hermitage Museum. Lunch is provided on both days, as well as comfortable, air-conditioned transportation to and from the port. Day 1: • 8:00 AM-8:30 AM Disembark the ship. After having passed the passport control, you will be met by your local English-speaking guide and the company representative in the arrival area of the port. (If your ship arrives to Saint Petersburg at 8:00 AM, disembarkation starts at 9:00 AM-9:30 AM). • 8:30 AM-10:00 AM City highlights tour (part 1) including photo stops at Spit of St. Basil Island and Peter and Paul Fortress • 10:00 AM-10:30 AM Transfer to Peterhoff Fountain Park by hydrofoil • 10:30 AM-12:00 PM Tour of Peterhoff Lower Gardens • 12:30 PM-1:30 PM Lunch • 2:00 PM-3:30 PM Tour of Catherine Palace including Amber Room and gardens • 3:30 PM-4:45 PM Transfer to Saint Petersburg. Visit to a metro station on the way back to the city • 4:45 PM-6:00 PM City highlights tour (part 2) including the Cathedral of Our Saviour on Spilled Blood  • 6:30 PM Return to the ship Day 2: • 9:30 AM Meet your guide at the arrival area of the port • 10:00 AM-12:00 PM Hermitage Museum  • 12:30 PM-1:30 PM Lunch • 2:00 PM-3:30 PM Faberge Museum Tour • 3:45 PM-4:30 PM St. Isaac's Cathedral Tour • 5:00 PM Return to the ship
  • Pre-booked museum admission fees
  • Air-conditioned transport throughout
  • Non-visa arrangements
  • Port fees
  • Bottled water
  • Lunch
  • River or canal tour
  • Gratuities
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All required protective equipment is provided
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds

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Meeting point

Meet your guide in the arrivals area of the cruise and ferry port. Your guide will be holding a sign with the local partner's logo on it.

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Important information

Know before you go

  • The deadline for submitting information to the border control authorities is 72 hours before the ship arrival to Saint Petersburg.
  •  Please note that the tour of Catherine Palace may be substituted with a tour of Peterhof Palace if Catherine Palace is fully booked.
  • Please provide contact details (a working phone number or email) in case the tour operator needs to contact you.
  • Shore tours are run on a "join-in" basis with guaranteed departures for certain cruise ships.
  • Groups are limited to 10 pax.
  • Evening programs and individual arrangements are available upon request.
  • Customers need to provide their full passport details to the tour operator to have their visa-free documents organized. Please be aware that the GetYourGuide tour confirmation is not your visa-free document. It will be forwarded to you separately.
Customer reviews

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4.6 /5

based on 18 reviews

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A very busy two days. Our guide, Valeria from Marina Wilson Tours, was very informative and gave us a wonderful experience of St Petersburg. There were only the two of us on the tour so we had the personal attention of our guide and driver. Entry to Catherine's Palace and the Hermitage was very speedy and 'beat the crowds'. Lunches were excellent and in unusual restaurants rather than the usual mass cratering of most tours.

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October 4, 2019

The 2 days (each from 8.30 a.m. to 6.30 p.m.) were organized in the best possible way. Our guides (Katja and Irina) were very competent, could answer every question and requests were quickly organized (trip with the metro and boat trip). A change in the visit program (due to Putin's visit to St. Petersburg at the same time) was carried out very carefully and was absolutely not disruptive. With VIP tickets there were no waiting times (we were led past the queues). The very small group size was very pleasant (on the 1st day there were four of us with our friends, on the 2nd day an English couple joined them). The guides always informed the very careful driver of the van, who was already waiting for us at the exit of the sights. I will have very fond memories of St. Petersburg. All very recommendable.

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June 17, 2019

Easy and enjoyable

All went as planned- we had different guides on the two days but both were engaging, professional and informative. This arrangement really helps you make the very most of a visit which would otherwise be quite challenging- covering distances, avoiding queues and navigating the sites to best advantage. Having a 4- course restaurant lunch provided a welcome break - we heard people on other tours were given sandwiches! Great value- couldn’t recommend Marina Wilson highly enough!

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June 6, 2019

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