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1 day walking Tour of St. Petersburg - INTENSIVE (8 hours)

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Your guide will greet you at the lobby of your hotel or at passport immigration control next to your ship (for cruise ship passengers).

You'll be taken for a CITY OVERVIEW TOUR. You will walk on the main streets of St. Petersburg, see the beauty of Nevsky Avenue, enjoy the world-famous monuments of architecture such as Winter Palace, Church of the Savior on the Spilled Blood, Dom Knigi, Mikhailovsky Castle, Shostakovich Philharmonic Hall, The Russian Museum etc. During the tour you will see beautiful squares and monuments; visit one of central parks of the city.

Inside visit of Kazan Cathedral

CANAL CRUISE along rivers and canals of the Venice of the North

HERMITAGE EXCURSION - Includes the 4 buildings of this ensemble: the Winter Palace, the small Hermitage, the New Hermitage, and the Old Hermitage.

Return to a hotel or to the ship (for cruise ship passengers).

Please not:

That in case of weather conditions not permitting the river ride, we can offer inside visit of The Church of Our Savior on Spilled Blood or The Russian Art museum.

That these are the tours not suitable for any individuals who are slow walkers, who have any walking or mobility restrictions.

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Overview City Tour; Kazan Cathedral; Hermitage; Canal Cruise
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8 h
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  • Guide services
  • Blanket visas (visa-free service for cruise ship passengers)
  • Payment for public transport
  • Admissions as per program
  • Lunches*
  • Evening activities**
  • Gratuity***

Depending upon your preferences you have complete flexibility as to dining choices. We are able to offer bistro, cafe, or restaurant style dining along the route or you may order meals at recommended restaurants. For travel groups larger than 8 people we recommend ordering pre-arranged lunches at recommended restaurants in advance (a time-saver). All meals are served at the time of guest's arrival (a traditional Russian 3 - course lunch will cost you about $15 USD pp)

After the first day's tour you may return to the ship or attend the theater either to hear an opera or to watch a ballet (from $80 - $150 USD pp depending upon theater, performance and seat location). We will reserve the best tickets in advance for you for a very memorable cultural experience. You can visit the famous Mariinsky (former Kirov), Hermitage, Mikhailovsky, Alexandrinksy, Palace Theaters. If you choose to hear and see something that is connected with Russian folklore, there are folklore shows at your disposal with Russian dances, song, tricks, traditional Russian instruments (balalaika, gusli, playing on wooden spoons, or on saws) and much more ($60-80pp). Or simply enjoy a dinner at a good, not so touristy Russian restaurant. A 2 way transfer will cost 1-6 people $90, 7-12 people $140, 13 -18 people $190

Nobody will force you to tip in Russia, it's completely up to you. If your guide and driver exceed your expectations you can tip them according to western standards 10-20% shared between the guide and the driver (approximately 3-7% to the driver and 7-14% to the guide, USD, EURO or RUB in cash)

Your guide can assist you in your purchase of Russian souvenirs for your relatives and friends such as shawls, objects made of malachite and lapis-lazuli, 'Matroyshka' dolls, painted wooden ecology-friendly toys for kids, watches with revolutionary or Soviet symbols, fur, crystal, gold, icons, stamps with pictures of the Russian Imperial Family, caviar, vodka and much more. We know the stores where the prices are lowest and the selections larger than usual. We want you to get the high quality you desire at a fair price.

Upon your request made in advance, we can add a hydrofoil ride to/from Peterhof. Please be informed that some people consider St.Petersburg hydrofoils to be too noisy and crowded. Due to local navigation safety standards, they may not be available on very windy days.

We can arrange for "early admission" which allow you to enter the museums earlier than the official opening hours or "special opening" which allows you to visit the museum when it is typically closed. However, please do not expect to be the only visitors there. It is not a reservation made by one company for one group of tourists. That's how some tour providers will present it. Sometimes the museum is more crowded during "early admission" hours than after it's officially open for public. Usually museum occupancy depends on the number of cruise ships in the port on any given day. In other words that depends on your luck. Even though we won't be able to avoid all the crowds inside the sights (most of the city must sees are crowded from May to September) please do not be concerned, we will be able to take you inside avoiding long lines.

What you can expect during your visit

  • Transportation vehicle and equipment sanitized between use
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Face masks required for travelers and staff
  • Regular temperature checks for staff