Visa-free 'Experience the Russian Life!' (for cruise passengers)

Experience the local metro
Experience the local metro
The Eliseyevs' Store
The Eliseyevs' Store
Vodka variety
Vodka variety
Eliseyevs' Store, Chocolate Lenin
Eliseyevs' Store, Chocolate Lenin
Candies variety
Candies variety
Nevsky sidewalk cafe
Nevsky sidewalk cafe
Taste Borsch
Taste Borsch
Kuznechny Food Market
Kuznechny Food Market
Shop for Caviar
Shop for Caviar


Book online with 5% discount.

 Visa-free, no cancellation fees 
 Slow pace
 Time for shopping 
 On-time return guarantee 
 A Welcome gift included 

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$US / Person 268 152 123 115 94 92 90 84 82 80 77 75 73 70 68 65

NCL Cruises

 4 hours


This tour will allow you to experience the life in today's Russia. First, you will take an exciting metro trip. St. Petersburg metro is famous for its cleanliness, efficiency and beautiful underground architecture. Moreover, it is the deepest in the world in terms of the average depth of its stations. The deepest station (Admiralteyskaya) lies about 258 ft underground. You will next drive to the city center and visit one of the food markets to see a variety of food products and enjoy a local shopping experience. The car will next leave you in the city center for you to walk along the main street of Nevsky Prospect and have a delicious snack of true Russian Blinis at Teremok cafe.

*Tour sequence may change depending on the day of the week, logistics, museum openining hours.


private guide, private comfortable A/C vehicle, blanket visa, photo/video permits, bottled water, raincoats (in case of rain), port fees, bank fees, a Welcome gift.


lunch, admission fees, 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 

Jaspa J: We got in touch with Guide Guru after a plan with our local travel agent fizzled out. In hindsight, it was the best thing that could have happened to us. Natalia listened carefully to what we wanted and then created an itinerary to suit, even when we added new things in at the last minute. Our guide, Yana, was incredible. She was knowledgeable and fun, and couldn’t do enough to ensure our time in St Petersburg was perfect. We only had to mention something in passing, and before we knew it, Yana had arranged it. We’re pretty sure that if we’d said we wanted to visit the Moon, Yana would have found a way. The icing on the cake was that, although this was a tailor-made itinerary for just the two of us, we paid less than it would have cost to go on one of the ship’s fixed excursions with a bus-load of other people. All in all, we had two perfect days in Russia, and can’t wait to visit St Petersburg again with Guide Guru.  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.
 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 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. 
How to book:
1. Send a tour booking and passport information.
2. Receive our Confirmation and your tour ticket for visa-free disembarking.

No deposit or prepayment is required. Payment is made at the beginning of your tour.
 Credit cards (Visa/Mastercard/Amex). 
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 or 24-hour phone +7-812-903-28-81.
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:
Did you know you can save a lot of cash by finding travel companions to join your tour? We can help you in finding tour mates by placing a message on our Online Boards and Facebook page. You can also find travel companions yourself via Roll Calls where you can locate your cruise ship and posts for your trip. 


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