2-day Baltic Discovery in St. Petersburg *COMFY*

St Petersburg Cruise Terminal
St Petersburg Cruise Terminal
Our Transport
Our Transport
Catherine Palace in Pushkin
Catherine Palace in Pushkin
Peterhof
Peterhof
Peterhof Fountains
Peterhof Fountains
Assumption Church
Assumption Church
Winter Palace, The Hermitage
Winter Palace, The Hermitage
Canal cruise
Canal cruise
Taste Russian Blinis
Taste Russian Blinis


HAPPY MEDIUM.    COMFY.     BEST VALUE.

Small Group - MAX 10 people - only $280USpp (includes lunch)
Tour calendar  Check availability

Book a private tour online with 5% discount.

 Smaller groups, more comfort 
 Visa-free
A Welcome gift included

Do you wish to reduce the costs? Then book a seat on our 'SMALL GROUP COMFY TOUR' for up to 10 people at a Flat Rate. We build groups ourselves. The tour will depart with any number of people. You can check out our Group Tours Calendar. If you are willing to take a private tour, click 'Book a Private Tour' button.

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Russian lunch is included for flat rate group tours on both days.

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Lunch & headsets included for groups of larger than 10 people.

 18 hours

ITINERARY:

DAY 1:
07:30-08:00 - meet your guide and tour coordinator, payment.
08:00-09:30 - introductory city tour, Farmers' market (optional), take a metro ride (optional).
09:30-10:30 - transfer to Pushkin town.
10:30-12:00 - tour Catherine Palace with the Amber Room, walk in the Park.
12:30-13:30 - lunch break.
13:30-14:30 - transfer to Peterhof.
14:30-16:00 - tour Peterhof Fountain Park.
16:00-16:45 - transfer to St. Petersburg by hydrofoil.
17:30 - onboard the ship.

Check on our Evening options as well.
DAY 2:
08:30 - meet your guide.
09:30 - early entry to the Hermitage
09:30-11:30 - tour The Hermitage and Winter Palace.
11:30-12:00 - visit Spilled Blood church.
12:00-13:00 - lunch time (optionally Stolle pie restaurant).
13:00-14:30 - Comprehensive city sighseeing tour, visit St. Isaac's Cathedral.
15:00-16:00 - Canal cruise.
16:30 - onboard the ship.

*Tour sequence may change depending on the day of the week, logistics, museum openining hours. Please note the visit to the Hermitage does not include the collection of impressionists and post-impressionists which moved to the new building of General Staff. You can request it additionally when booking a private tour. The extra fee of $15US/person will apply. The visit takes 1 hour.

INCLUDED:

private guide, private comfortable A/C vehicle, admission fees (no line-ups), hydrofoil Russian lunch (for group tours), blanket visa, photo/video permits, bottled water, raincoats (in case of rain), port fees, bank fees, a Welcome gift,  headsets (for groups larger than 10 people).

NOT INCLUDED:

lunch, gratuity (suggested is 10% to the guide, 5% to the driver to be given separately).

Find out more about our St. Petersburg Excursions For Cruise Ship Passengers


Kevin B.:  It is simply not practical to self-tour St Petersburg. In addition to having to fork out big bucks for a VISA for each member of your group, the distances between some of the major sights outside of the city (Peterhof and Catherine's Palace in particular) coupled with the language just make it too much hassle. So you have to bite the bullet and pay a tour company, that way you don't need a VISA and they will take care of everything. I got four groups together via the Cruisecritic roll call for our cruise to form a party of 16 at a cost of US $240 each if paying in US $ cash. This included two full days of sightseeing in an air-conditioned 18-seater Mercedes mini-bus. Be aware that irrespective of the company you choose (e.g. Guide-Guru, Denrus, SPB, TJ, etc). Your guide is likely to be freelance and they all seem to be very knowledgeable and professional. The Princess organised tour was US $399 each so ours was nearly $200 less but also included lunch on both days, a metro ride and journey back from the Peterhof to the city on a hydrofoil. Cruisecritic st petersburg tours

Sue W.: Our party of 6 had an excellent 2 day tour of St Petersburg. Our driver Yuri maneuvered the crazy traffic with ease and did drop offs and pickups very conveient so we did not have to walk much. We scheduled a canal cruise with snacks and drinks before the Folk Show. It was a wonderful cruise. Perfect weather, great sights and the snacks and drinks were just perfect. Did I mention Vodka- yes it was enjoyed in the true Russian tradition.  We would highly recommend Guide Guru to anyone traveling on a cruise ship. The cost was less that taking the big bus from the ship. We really enjoyed our guide and driver because we got a more personal tour. We were able to arrange the time to suit our needs rather than having a fixed time schedule. Natalie made the tour schedule meet our needs perfectly.  Read more reviews
 
 Is Russian visa required on this tour?
No, Russian visa is not required. Guide-Guru, LLC. is the certified tour operator (MBT 010048 reference number in the Registry of Russian Tour Operators). There is a decree permitting visa-free stay in Russia for cruise passengers who take tours of the local authorized tour operators. Our tour ticket is your blanket visa.
 Where do we meet our guide?
Major cruise ships dock at the St Petersburg Cruise Terminal 'Marine Facade'. Our guide and tour leader meet the groups inside the terminal in front of the passport control area. Smaller ships dock in the city center and the guide will be meeting you on the pier in front of the passport control area.
 Can the tour be customized?
Yes, the tour is customizable for private groups.
 What happens if the ship is delayed?
We will be informed of this circumstance and the guide will be waiting for you until you disembark. If the ship arrives in time and you do not show up, the waiting time will be maximum 1,5 hours. Please disembark according to the time specified on your tour ticket.
 What time do we meet our guide?
The meeting time will be confirmed and mentioned in your tour tickets. The time shifts are possible to match your ship's docking time. The time can also be customized if you are a private group.
 What if we miss the ship?
We do not plan distant afternoon trips on the day of your ship's departure. Our excursion programs are designed to make sure you stay close to your cruise ship on the sailing date. Our excursions normally bring you to the ship 1,5 hours before the ship's departure. 
 Small group tour - what does it mean?
If you would like to reduce the tour costs, you are welcome to reserve a seat in our 6-people group. We will be forming a group ourselves and you don't have to worry about finding tour mates. You are guaranteed the rate in a 6-people group at the moment of booking. If you are less than 6 people by the tour beginning, you will be anyway paying the guaranteed fixed rate. This condition applies only to English-speaking groups. You have to book for 6 people if you require the tour in any other language.
 Can you give us some helpful tips while doing tours in Russia. Is it easier to bring Russian Ruble to buy snacks , or use restrooms or eat at restaurant while you are taking us on tours? Any suggestions for us to be aware of?
You can withdraw some cash rubles from any ATM in the city (there are many). Many stores and restaurants take bank cards (Visa, Mastercard). The guide will help you with money exchange on the day of the tour.
How to book:
1. Send a tour booking and passport information.
2. Receive our Confirmation and your tour ticket for visa-free disembarking.

Payment:
No deposit or prepayment is required. Payment is made at the beginning of your tour.
 
 Credit cards (Visa/Mastercard/Amex). No extra bank fees.
 Cash.
 
Cancellation: there is no cancellation fee. Please inform us as soon as possible if your plans change and you have to cancel your trip via e-mail info@guide-guru.com or 24-hour phone +7-812-903-28-81.
 
Discounts:
Child younger than 6 y.o. may travel with 1 parent free of charge. Schoolchildren, students and children over 6 y.o. receive a discounted rate. (Students must provide their international ISIC ID card to our Tour Coordinator upon payment to claim their discount. If they fail to do this, they will be charged the full adult price).
 
Tour mates:
You must be fit to participate in our small group tours. If you have any mobility issues, it is necessary to book a private tour.

Other:
If hydrofoil is cancelled due to unfavourable weather conditions, the fare will be non-refundable.



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