St. Petersburg 2-Day Grand Shore Excursion Tour

Tours & Sightseeing in Peterhof

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This small group (maximum 16 people), all-inclusive two day grand tour offers the most dazzling highlights of St. Petersburg for those who wish to make the most of their 2 days in this beautiful and exciting city and is the perfect way to explore St. Petersburg! Explore the best of magnificent St. Petersburg in a small group tour, allowing for a more personalized and intimate experience with premium service including lunches, a canal boat ride. The 2 day grand tour covers all of the most dazzling must-see sights of St. Petersburg with our dedicated, friendly, hand-picked guides who bring to life the fascinating sights and history of the city. This comprehensive tour is ideal for guests who wish to make the most of their 2 day stay!
Please note: The itinerary is a sample. The actual itineraries are adjusted to coordinate with your ship's arrival and departure. Sequence and timing of sights visited may vary based on days of the week, tourist congestion in the city, and capacity allowances mandated by museums. The content of each program will remain the same  EXCEPT in the rare case wherein a specific ship has a shorter time in port than normal. Please contact us for the exact itinerary for your cruise ship.  DAY 1 8:30 a.m. — Meet your guide in the cruise terminal right after clearing immigration City Highlights tour including the city's most famous and beautiful buildings and historic monuments: the tip of Vasilyevsky Island, the log house of Peter the Great, the battleship Aurora, Nevsky Prospect, Arts Square, Ostrovsky Square, the monument to Catherine the Great, the Alexandrinsky Theatre, the Yeliseyevsky grocery store, the National Library, the Russian Museum, the Gostiny Dvor department store, the Kazan Cathedral, the Admiralty, the Bronze Horseman, the Mariinsky theatre, and St. Nicholas' Cathedral. The tour gives a comprehensive view of the historic city centre and acquaints you well with the city. On the way to some suburban estates you will drive through residential areas where the majority of St. Petersburg's residents live. 10:00 a.m. — Guided tour of St. Peter and Paul Fortress/Cathedral 11:00 a.m. — Travel to Peterhof summer estate 12:00 p.m. — Tour of the Lower Fountain Park and Upper gardens 1:30 p.m. — Travel to Tsars Village (Tsarskoe Selo). Packed Lunch (Stolle pies – a Russian favorite) 2:30 p.m. — Guided tour of Catherine palace (including the famous Amber room) and walk through the park 4 p.m. —Travel back to the city. 5:30 p.m. — Onboard or Optional Evening Program DAY 2 7:30 a.m. — Meet in the cruise terminal right after immigration 8:00 a.m — Subway ride and tour of the most beautiful Metro stations 9:00 a.m. — Boat ride (picturesque canal and river tour by boat, passing famous palaces, bridges, churches and parks) 10:00 a.m. — Guided tour of the Hermitage Museum (early entry) 12:30 p.m. — Traditional Russian lunch at a local restaurant 1:30 p.m. — Guided tour of Church on the Blood 2:30 p.m. — Visit to St. Isaac's Cathedral  3:30 p.m. — Guided tour of Yusupov Palace incl. Gregory Rasputin exhibition 5 p.m. — On board

What’s included

  • Expert, professional and personable guide for two days
  • Experienced and conscientious driver with a comfortable air-conditioned vehicle for two days
  • All port fees & local Russian taxes
  • Admission fees to all places shown in the itinerary
  • Lunch on both days
  • Subway ride
  • Canal cruise (boat ride)
  • Bottled still water (one bottle per person per day)
  • Electronic headsets for groups of 7 and more
  • Photo permissions inside museums
  • Visa-waivers (tour tickets). This is a VISA-FREE tour for cruise ship guests!

What’s not included

  • Photo permissions inside Yusupov palace: photo $3, video $6.
  • Gratuity. Recommended gratuity is 10% for the guide and 5% for the driver, given separately.


  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Small-group tour
  • All entrance fees included
  • Lunch included
  • All-inclusive tour
  • Skip the line