St Petersburg Shore Excursion: Small-Group City Tour with Hermitage Museum and Boat Ride

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St Petersburg Shore Excursion: Small-Group City Tour with Hermitage Museum and Boat Ride information and booking

6 hours
Departs from
Port of St Petersburg
Returns to
Returns to original departure point at approximately 3pm
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While in port in St Petersburg, tour the city on a 6-hour shore excursion. Learn about some of the most prominent landmarks, including a visit to the 18th-century Peter and Paul fortress and cathedral. After a Russian lunch, tour the State Hermitage Museum – Russia’s finest art gallery – and cruise down the Neva River before returning to port. This small-group tour operates with a maximum of 10 people, ensuring you’ll receive personal attention from your expert guide.

When your cruise ship docks in St Petersburg, enjoy a shore excursion with a friendly, informative guide. Your 6-hour small-group tour by comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle begins with a visit to see Vasilievsky Island. From here, admire the architecturally grand Old St Petersburg Stock Exchange, located at the Spit (Strelka), across from the Winter Palace.
Next, visit Peter and Paul Fortress, founded by Peter the Great in 1703 on the north bank of the Neva River. Your guide will show your small group around the cathedral’s interior, which served as a burial place for Russian tsars for almost two centuries. Listen to your guide’s commentary as you learn about St Petersburg’s fascinating history!
Afterward, head to Nevsky Avenue, St. Petersburg’s main road and one of most well-known streets in Russia. Your guide will point out the famous Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood and other monuments of iconic Russian architecture. Stop at St Isaac’s Square to take photos of St Isaac’s Cathedral – one of the city’s most impressive churches.
After lunch at a classic Russian restaurant in the city center, enjoy a 1-hour guided tour of the State Hermitage Museum, once the residence of Russian tsars. Today, the museum boasts more than 2.7 million exhibits with a diverse array of art and artifacts from around the world, from ancient Egypt to early 20th-century Europe.
Once you’ve admired works by the masters, including Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Rembrandt, Cezanne, Monet and Van Gogh, take a 1-hour cruise down the Neva River. With its network of canals, you’ll see why St Petersburg is sometimes referred to as the 'Venice of the North.'
Your tour ends with transport back to the St Petersburg cruise port.
Worry-free Shore Excursion:
We will ensure your timely return to the St Petersburg port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.

What's included

  • Local guide
  • Entrance fees: hermitage, peter and paul fortress and cathedral
  • Lunch
  • 1-hour river cruise
  • Visa included
  • Port pickup and drop-off
  • Worry-free shore excursion guarantee

What isn't included

  • Gratuities (optional)