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2-day Cruise Excursion 'Baltic Discovery' Light in St. Petersburg

Our Transport
Our Transport
Peterhof Fountain Park
Peterhof Fountain Park
Catherine Palace Church
Catherine Palace Church
Catherine Palace, The Hall of Mirrors
Catherine Palace, The Hall of Mirrors
Nevsky Prospect
Nevsky Prospect
The Eliseevs' Food Store
The Eliseevs' Food Store
Dvortsovaya (Palace) Embankment
Dvortsovaya (Palace) Embankment
Nevsky Sidewalk Cafe
Nevsky Sidewalk Cafe


THOUGHTFUL.      LIGHT.       INSPIRING.

Book online with 5% discount

 Visa-free 
 Slow pace
 Early admission to The Hermitage 
 Only main attractions
 Time for shopping

 On-time return guarantee 

 A Welcome gift included 


TOUR COST PER PERSON, $US 

Group size 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10* 11* 12* 13* 14* 15* 16*
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BOOK FIXED PRICE !!! WE FIND TOUR MATES.
 
 

*Price in red is indicated for cash payments.

DURATION: 17,5 hours.

ITINERARY:

DAY 1:
8:00-8:30am - meet your guide and tour coordinator.
8:30-10:00am - introductory city tour, take a metro ride.
10:00-11:30am - transfer to Peterhof (you can also request Hydrofoil transport for an extra $15US/person which will reduce your travel time by 30 minutes).
11:30am-1:30pm - tour Peterhof Fountain Park .
1:30-2:30pm  - transfer to Pushkin.
2:30-3:30pm  - lunch time.
3:30-5:00pm - tour Catherine Palace.
5:00-6:00pm - transfer to the ship.

8:00-10:30pm - Extra Evening Offer!!! 'VODKA UNWIND CANAL CRUISE' for only $60US/person


DAY 2:
8:30am - meet your guide.
9:30am - early entry to the Hermitage
9:30-11:30am - tour The Hermitage and Winter Palace.
11:30am-12:30pm - visit Spilled Blood church.
12:30-1:30pm - lunch time (optionally Stolle Pie restaurant).
1:30-3:30pm - free time, shopping.
4:00pm - onboard the ship.
*Tour sequence may change depending on the day of the week, logistics, museum openining hours.

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

NOT INCLUDED: lunch, gratuity (suggested is 10% to the guide, 5% to the driver to be given separately).

St. Petersburg cruise tours All our customers receive this guaranteed gift: an MP3 disc with recordings of the most well-known Russian and Soviet songs

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


Albe: This is the one port of call where I would NOT recommend you try to wing it. First of all, you would have to obtain a visa to do so, and then what? You are docked in a port many miles from anything you want to see, and at each attraction you will stand in line for hours while those of us on tours zip right in ahead of the throngs of independent visitors. My recommendation is that you do as we did and book a private tour. It cost us about half what the cruise line shore excursions charge (we paid $260 for 2 full days; $234 for those with student IDs and also for our octogenarian grandparents), plus we had a comfortable midi-van for 20 people with a private guide rather than a big bus with at least twice that many people being herded about. We used Natalia at Guide Guru and I would recommend her highly (feel free to mention my name). Cruisecritic st petersburg tours
Kenneth S.: We recently took a Baltic cruise. My husband and I decided to use a local tour company instead of the tours offered by the cruise line. We decided to go with Guide Guru and we were very happy. Right from the first contact they were very responsive and answered all our questions quickly. We were met at the port by our guide, Anna, and our driver Dimetri. We had two very complete days and saw all the sights that we were counting on. Anna was very well informed and not only told us about the things we were looking at but also included Russian history. We would recommend this company very highly. 
Jennifer W.Guide Guru definitely set the bar VERY HIGH for any other tours that I decide to take during this lifetime. Svetlana, our tour guide, was EXCELLENT! She began the day with, "Goodmorning" and told us everything she could about St. Petersburg until she ended the day with, "Goodnight-see you tomorrow". My group could not have dreamed for a better tour, let alone a better tour guide. This was the best ever! Guide Guru picked us up from the cruise port and took us all over town to see: Peterhof and Catherine's Palace, The Gardens, The Hermitage, the Hydrofoil, lunch at city restaurants and much, much more. You didn't hear it from me; but after polling fellow cruise passengers we found, our Guide Guru tour was far better than the planned cruise ship shore excursion(s). I definitely recommend you as for Svetlana for this tour! She was very thorough and did not skip a beat. I love Guide Guru! I am certain that those of you who decide to hire them, will too!  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. 
 If I book a \"light\" 2-day for St Petersburg at the \"flat rate\" for 6, BUT there are only 2 of us on tour, will I then be charged the rate for 2 persons at tour conclusion???
Even if you are 2, you will be charged the flat rate as in a group of 6.
 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 day 2 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:
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 Cruisecritic.com Roll Calls where you can locate your cruise ship and posts for your trip. 



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