• St. Petersburg Overview
  • Peter Paul cathedral
  • St. Isaac's Cathedral
  • Spilled Blood Church
  • The Hermitage & Impressionists
  • Peterhof & Monplaisir
  • Hydrofoil included
  • Catherine Palace
  • Pavlovsk Palace & Park
  • Faberge or Yusupovs' Palace
  • Canal cruise
St. Petersburg sightseeing tour by mini-van and walk, visiting St. Isaac's Cathedral, Spilled Blood Church, Metro, Peter Paul Fortress/Cathedral, guided tour of The Hermitage (Winter Palace) and General Staff with Impressionists/Post-impressionist, Faberge Museum or The Yusupovs' Palace, trips to Catherine Palace (Amber Room), Pavlovsk Palace and Park, Peterhof Grand Palace & Park, crowned with the Canal cruise.

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  • licensed local guide
  • comfortable A/C vehicle
  • admission fees
  • blanket visa
  • lunch (for flat-rate tours)
  • photo/video permits
  • bottled water
  • raincoats (in case of rain)
  • port fees, bank fees
  • welcome gift
  • lunch (private tours)
  • gratuity (suggested is 10% to the guide, 5% to the driver to be given separately)
  • DAY 1
  • 8:30 Meet your guide in the cruise terminal or hotel, payment.
  • 8:30-12:00 Introductory City tour, take a metro ride (optional). Visit the Farmer's Market (optional). Visit inside Spilled Blood church and Peter Paul Fortress with cathedral
  • 12:00-12:30 Lunch time.
  • 12:30-15:30 Tour The Hermitage and The Winter Palace including Impressionists and Post-Impressionists at the General Staff Building.
  • 16:00-17:00 Canal cruise.
  • 18:00 Back at the cruise terminal or hotel.
  • DAY 2
  • 9:00 Meet your guide.
  • 9:30-10:30 Transfer to Pushkin.
  • 10:30-12:00 Tour Catherine Palace, walk in the park. You can choose to skip the palace (always crowded in summer) and receive $20US discount (let us know upon booking): we will show you the Royal Carriages Museum and Catherine Park with lots of photo opportunities.
  • 12:00-13:00 Lunch time.
  • 13:00-13:30 Transfer to Pavlovsk.
  • 13:30-14:30 Visit Pavlovsk Palace, the stunning 18th century royal palace, followed by a stroll amid the verdure of Pavlovsk park. The park represents nature of central Russia and is the largest landscape park in Europe. Possible to rent out a bicycle.
  • 14:30-15:30 Transfer to St. Petersburg.
  • 15:30-16:15 Visit St. Isaac's cathedral.
  • 17:00 Back at the cruise terminal or hotel.
  • DAY 3
  • 8:30 Meet your guide.
  • 8:30-10:00 Transfer to Peterhof.
  • 10:00-12:30 Tour Peterhof Park & Monplaisir palace.
  • 12:30-13:00 Transfer to St. Petersburg by Hydrofoil transport (weather permitting).
  • 13:00-14:00 Lunch time.
  • 14:00-15:30 Visit the Yusupovs' Palace or Faberge Museum tour (necessary to choose at the moment of booking).
  • 15:30-16:30 Free time, shopping.
  • 17:00 Back at the cruise terminal or hotel.
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*Tour sequence may change depending on the day of the week, logistics, museum openining hours. 

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My sister and I stayed in St Petersburg in 2009, as an extension of The Captain's Choice Silk Route Tour. In July, 2013, we toured St Petersburg, with our husbands, on a three-day intensive with Guide Guru, off the Oceania Line's "Marina". We had a far more interesting and rewarding experience with Guide Guru. The immigration procedures having been far easier than we were led to believe, we met our guide, Emma, a retired university professor. Added to her accounts of Peter, the Greatest (her view) and Catherine, the not so Great (again, her opinion), were tantalizing stories of Palace intrigues, gleaned from her researches into the archives. The crowds, at all major sites, were horrendous but she managed to get us ahead of them every time. The cost, whilst not inexpensive, was staggeringly cheaper than the tours offered by the ship. Of all the things we did in a six week trip to England and Europe, these three days in St Petersburg are the holiday experience we want to talk about.
Penny C.

Sometimes people make you very happy. Well, both Julia and Natalia did just that with their knowledge, care, good English, sense of fun etc.

St Petersburg is huge and sprawls forever so a guide is essential to maximise use of time. The driver Dima and his lovely car were also top drawer so that we had a most fulfilling 3 days. 

2 of our days were a group of 4 and we jelled completely with the other couple yet the 3rd day with just the 2 of us was so much better that I would recommend a private tour if possible.

Well done girls!

PS Make sure you see Peterhof, Catherine's Palace, the Hermitage, Yusupov Palace and Church of Spilled Blood.

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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.

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.

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.

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 (for cruise visitors).
  2. Receive our Confirmation, payment link and your tour ticket for visa-free disembarkation (cruise visitors).


Cruise visitors to St. Petersburg - 0% prepayment.
Non-cruise visitors to St. Petersburg - 50% prepayment.
Moscow tours (all visitors) - $200US/person prepayment.
The balance payment is made at the beginning of your tour.
European tours - 50% prepayment (if booked with Russia) or 100% (if only Europe).
Theatre tickets - 100% prepayment.

- Credit cards for prepayment - Visa/Mastercard/Amex/Diners/Discover/JCB/Unionpay
- Credit cards for payment in St. Petersburg - Visa/Mastercard/Amex.


St. Petersburg tours: < 24 hours or no-show - NO refund.
Moscow / European tours: < 7 days - NO refund.
Air/train tickets - NO refund.
Theatre tickets (once purchased) - NO refund.
Ship's non-call in St. Petersburg port - 100% refund.
Please inform us as early as possible if you have to cancel your trip via e-mail guidegurutours@gmail.com or 24-hour phone/Whatsapp +7-921-903-28-81.


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? You are welcome to find tour mates by placing a message on Cruisecritic/Tripadvisor boards.  

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