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St. Petersburg Shore Excursion: One Day Highlights Tour

St. Petersburg, Russia
St. Petersburg Shore Excursion: One Day Highlights Tour

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icon9 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
Pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds


When you’re in port in St Petersburg, enjoy this sightseeing shore excursion that introduces you to the former Russian capital’s top attractions. Visit the Hermitage, be wowed by the gardens of Peterhof and more. With a knowledgeable local guide, learn about the city’s long history and present-day culture, including information about revolutionary times and the Soviet era. Lunch is included. Note: many attractions are closed on certain days of the week, so the itinerary is subject to change.
  • See the main attractions in and around the city in one comprehensive day
  • Learn about the city's history and culture with a guide
  • See the Hermitage, Peterhof and Church on the Spilled Blood
  • Lunch and admission fees are included
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Guide’s services for 1 day
Driver’s services for 1 day (comfortable car (Mercedes/VW)/mini van with A/C)
A permit for photo/video at the museums per couple
All port fees
All local taxes
Blanket visa
Bottled water

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered


  • Marine Facade

Departure Time

Suppliers and travelers coordinate start times within the given time periods.
4/1/2021 - 10/31/2021
Monday - Sunday:07:00 AM - 11:00 AM
4/1/2022 - 10/31/2022
Monday - Sunday:07:00 AM - 11:00 AM
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • On Mondays the Hermitage is replaced with Yusupov palace. (Photo and video permissions at the Yusupov palace can be purchased on the spot, photo permission – 3 USD per person, video – 6 USD per person.)
  • Not accessible for people with mobility issues. In case you are travelling with a wheelchair, mobile scooter or a walking frame, please consider taking a private tour.
  • This tour is rather active and not recommended for children under 7 y.o. If you are travelling with small children, please consider taking a private tour.
  • Itinerary may change depending on the day of the week (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday-Friday).
  • BLANKET VISA will be provided separately from the tour voucher. Please make sure to print it out before you set off (each passenger MUST receive and print a blanket visa (tour ticket) from local operator to pass the customs during disembarkation).
  • Visa-free tour available only for cruise passengers
  • Please provide the following information for the blanket visa (tour ticket): 1. Your full names as shown on your passports 2. D.O.B(s) 3. Citizenship(s) 4. Passport number(s) 5. Dates of the trip
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • No special dress code
  • To clear the customs in St. Petersburg port you should have 1. Valid passport 2. Printed blanket visa provided by local operator
  • On Wednesdays the Church on the Spilled Blood is replaced with Kazan Cathedral
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Infant seats available
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travelers
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on sanitization during St. Petersburg Shore Excursion: One Day Highlights Tour?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by St. Petersburg Shore Excursion: One Day Highlights Tour.
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during St. Petersburg Shore Excursion: One Day Highlights Tour?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by St. Petersburg Shore Excursion: One Day Highlights Tour.

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  • "A great idea to see a lot of different sights if you only have one day to visit the city." See review


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This was an amazing tour and well worth...
, Sep 2018
This was an amazing tour and well worth the money. We did this on our first day in St. Petersburg of our cruise. One thing I must tell you that at the beginning of the tour a couple still had to pay. They took us somewhere where there was a gift shop. If you are buying anything to take back with buy there. I found out too late and wished I had bought more but that gift shop was 1/3 of the price of any other gift shop. That gift shop at the port was ridiculous. Such a joke, don't buy there. Anyway Catherine The Great Palace, The Hermitage, and Cathedral of Spilt Blood was amazing but the ultimate of the tour was Petershof Gardens with the fountains. I have never seen anything like this before. AMAZING, AMAZING, AMAZING !!!!!!! Take this tour well worth the money. Next day took the excursion through Norwegian Cruise which was the Neve River Cruise and that was not worth the money.
An amazing tour!
, Aug 2018
We had a one day tour that covered all of the highlights of St. Petersburg. We spent about 2 hours at the Hermitage, went to Catherine's Palace, Peterhoff, The Church of Spilled Blood and had some time for quick shopping. I wish we could have spent more time in this wonderful city, but we are happy that we got to at least see as much as we did.Our tour guide Olga was absolutely amazing and was able to keep us ahead and away from most crowds in the museums and palaces. She was great at giving us the history and information about each place we visited and was super friendly. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone who has a 1 day cruise stop and wants to see it all.
1 day St. Petersburg
, Aug 2018
A great idea to see a lot of different sights if you only have one day to visit the city. The guide was very knowledgeable!
We did this tour in May 2018 booked...
, Jul 2018
We did this tour in May 2018 booked through Viator and delivered by TJ Tours and it was amazing. From booking to returning to the ship you knew you were in professional and expert hands. Emails to TJ Tours with queries were answered promptly with helpful info included. Our tour guide Tatiana Ivanova took us through 10 hours plus of the normal highlights of St Petersburgh and then some unexpected extras such as experiencing the incredible subway system of St Petersburgh. It was brilliantly organised to give us maximum access to sights in and around the city as well as giving time to enjoy and take photos. The tour included a basic packed lunch which was more than adequate and helped to keep us nourished and on track for sight seeing. Highly recommend!
This one day highlights shore...
, May 2018
This one day highlights shore excursion/tour of St. Petersburgh was exceptional! Our tour guide, Vadim, waited patiently for us to get out of the ship in spite of the more than 2 hours wait, as it took a while for Russian immigration to process a big ship of more than 4000 passengers. Our tour was personalized, with only 3 passengers in the comfortable air conditioned van. We enjoyed Vadim's knowledge, passion and candor, quite charming as well. He went out of his way to accompany us to a little souvenir shopping as per our request after the assigned tour. The lunch provided for was adequate and tasty, with good and healthy snacks of yougurt, fruit, juice and water. Had no issues with this company, Ksenia, the customer representative was awesome, she provided detailed information to all my queries. Edward, our driver was very professional and drove us safely around the city. Wifi was even available! I highly recommend this tour! Thanks, Vadim and Ksenia!
Maria was a fun, knowledgeable...
Sue S
, Nov 2017
Maria was a fun, knowledgeable passionate representative of St. Petersburg. She made our time in Russia more memorable! Our excursion upon comparison with one offered on the ship was far more valuable! We had a small group, perfect transportation and an adaptable schedule. We were able to fit in a quick shop and Vodka tasting to top off the day. The only thing that wasn't top notch was our bagged lunch. But, I have to say it was something I will always remember
This really was an amazing tour and...
, Nov 2017
This really was an amazing tour and out guide Maria , yes it was a bit time consuming getting through immigration , and you are held on the ship until there tours have passed through , but be at the front to get off ship , when you get off look where smallest que is and move quickly , we had to wait in line about half an hour that's quick as half the ship had booked there own tours ! Once out people there to tell us where our guide was and we where swiftly off in our mini bus , didn't really want to do Hermitage but differcult to get a tour without it , but wow so glad we did , building amazing , Maria bought pictures to life with there quirky story's , objects beautiful , wore head sets so could clearly hear everything , plus instructions when we got lost , how to find the group again , in before main tourists arrived big bonus ! Peterhof , stunning gardens , fountains ,Kat ride back to St Petersburg nice , quick trip down a metro station , good fun , Don't buy anything at the official places , wait until the shop they take you to at end of tour , very good prices and they sell everything ! And free Vodka ! Which is never had but the fruit flavour one I loved and I don't drink . O pack lunch chicken salad sandwich , yogurt , apple , cake , and water and fruit juice very good . Wear your trainers as a lot of walking but a decent pace not too fast or slow , and plenty of toilet stops . We loved Maria and out coach driver xx and St Petersburg , would love to go back and spend longer at Hermitage and Peterhof. Excellent company and far cheaper than the ship . Very good communication via email once booked , visas sorted easily by company .
Amazing tour! Nina our guide was...
, Oct 2017
Amazing tour! Nina our guide was knowledgeable, friendly, gave us tons of information about the history of St Petersburg. She also was very attentive and answered all our questions. Couldn’t have asked for anyone better. I give this tour a 10
This was a tour selected because we...
, Oct 2017
This was a tour selected because we wanted to get as much exposure to St Petersburg as one could get in a one-day cruise stop. It was a great choice. After clearing Russian immigration we were met right away by our guide Nina and we joined our group of about 10 and got going. This tour included stops at the Hermitage, Palace of Catherine the Great, and a hydrofoil trip to Peterhof. A full day and a lot of things to take in. Nina was an excellent guide. Friendly, highly knowledgeable and very capable of managing the logistics getting in and out of the venues. It included a box lunch as well. We were very glad we chose this tour and had a great time even though it rained all day.
Our St. Petersburg tour went off...
, Oct 2017
Our St. Petersburg tour went off without a hitch, other than the weather being very cold because of the high wind and dampness in the air. Our guide and driver met us shortly after clearing the Russian immigration check and could not have been any nicer or knowledgeable. Katya with TJ was perfect and spoke very good English. She did her best to make our tour successful even though it had to shortened so that the ship could sail earlier or so we were told.

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